Manufacturing leaders and workforce development experts met in southwest Wyoming to identify opportunities and establish actions needed to promote sector growth last week.

The group discussed the need to grow markets by driving demand for natural gas as a transportation fuel; develop new process technologies like real-time materials monitoring, blockchain and system linkage; and create policy changes such as increasing weight allowances for Class 8 trucks.

Other priority actions included working with the community to enhance both life skills and technical skills of local students, improving the marketing of southwest Wyoming’s image and strengthening infrastructure.

Regions throughout Wyoming are in the process of launching their own Next Generation Sector Partnerships. This effort is being supported at the state-wide and local levels by the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Department of Education and Wyoming Community College Commission.

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