Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa has been named to the advisory board for the statewide economic development initiative known as ENDOW—Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming.
The board’s purpose is to “offer Governor Matt Mead objective advice on formulation of economic diversification policy, including assessing local, national and global business conditions and trends and evaluating the significance of those factors relative to Wyoming,” according to Jerimiah Rieman, director of economic diversification strategy and initiatives.
“In essence, the advisory board gives an external lens to the work of the ENDOW Executive Council,” Rieman added.
Hicswa has a special interest in the role community colleges play in economic development.
“Wyoming’s seven community colleges are key to successful economic diversification in our state,” Hicswa said. “I am honored to represent Wyoming’s colleges on the ENDOW Advisory Board.”
In her fifth year as NWC president, Hicswa joins 37 others on the advisory board. Gov. Mead and Greg Hill, Hess Corporation president and chief operating officer, co-chair the board, which will meet later this spring.
According to the ENDOW website, the initiative’s goal is to develop a 20-year strategy to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy in Wyoming.
The ENDOW Executive Council submitted its first report to Gov. Mead and the Wyoming Legislature on Aug. 30, followed by a socioeconomic assessment on Dec. 29; an economic diversification strategy is expected Aug. 1 of this year.