Initiatives

Initiatives are action items that will help Wyoming fulfill its vision to achieve excellence in energy development, production, and stewardship of its natural resources for the highest benefit of its citizens. These strategic initiatives were proposed by many different people and organizations and were evaluated by all who chose to participate.

Action items, and the process leading to their formulation will be reviewed, revised and reconsidered annually. They will be integrated into ongoing state planning, evaluation and budgeting processes.

Theme 1: Economic Competitiveness, Expansion and Diversification

Maintaining our position as a world-class energy producer entails competitively producing, adding value to, selling, and transporting our energy resources. Infrastructure maintenance and expansion are required if we are to maintain current production levels and move our resources to market. The same infrastructure that was built for our existing energy industry has the potential to draw new businesses and create new opportunities.

Objective 1 - Maintain and Expand Production

Objective 2 - Infrastructure

Objective 3 - New Industries

Theme 2: Efficient, Effective Regulation

Clarifying rules and expectations for industry, protecting the state’s resources, and providing security to the public are hallmarks of efficient and effective regulation. Efficient regulation also avoids duplication by multiple levels of government or agencies. Identifying which government entity has regulatory responsibility enhances timely, defensible decisions and enforcement. Stated simply, questions of who is responsible for what—and when—should be readily apparent to the public and responsible agencies. 

Objective 5 - Streamlining Processes

Objective 6 - Defensible Decision Making

Objective 7 - Taxation

Objective 8 - Conflict Resolution

Theme 3: Natural Resource Conservation, Reclamation and Mitigation

Achieving excellence in the protection of natural resources, reclaiming impacted land and water, and improving existing habitats require more than maintaining the status quo. Through inventorying resources, planning and management, we can both use and improve natural resources. Establishing baselines and measuring trends will help to establish reclamation goals and set expectations for mitigation measures to offset effects. In the long term, development can become a net benefit when mitigation efforts protect and improve additional areas, and when reclamation returns disturbed lands to their previous condition or better. When government sets reasonable expectations, individuals and companies have the flexibility to innovate and find solutions in a fair, market-driven process.

Objective 9 - Conservation

Objective 10 - Reclamation

Objective 11 - Mitigation

Objective 12 - Bonding

Theme 4: Education, Innovation and New Technologies

Wyoming’s people are our most important resource, and a brighter tomorrow will come from developing ideas, initiatives and workforce today. Students are our future workers, developers and leaders. They will benefit from knowledge about the state’s primary industry, its contribution to the state, and potential career opportunities.  Professional development of the existing workforce will enhance job performance and lead to increases in productivity and safety. Investing in people and technologies today will pay future dividends.

Objective 13 - Education

Objective 14 - Workforce Development and Workplace Safety

Objective 15 - Energy Efficiency

Objective 16 - Innovation and New Technologies