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" fhursda_y,. November 11, 1999 / "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Times Schelling g Business recently named Dave as their regional di- in northeast Wyo- six directors in the office is lo- Gillette from which Crook, Camp- Sheridan, and counties. The other are located in Cheyenne, Powell, and Rock Springs. of Illinois, Spen- to Wyoming in worked primarily and Campbell as a consultant. In his experience in- mix of both the and public sectors" communities, and private busi- eastern Wyo- 1992 until 1999. 'August 4, he is on- serve the greater region of Wyo- studied the history County, Spencer little fluctuation- increases or low either the economy over the last decades. to being what an "aesthetically place to live', Spen- Crook County's has remained then, is to start roots level to what is wanted in what already , and where the people want to go. Terming himself a "P.R. guy', Spencer said, "I hope to help organize a county ef- fort with local residents. I am not here to do for the com- munities, but to help the communities do for them- I selves." "I am a member of a team, not necessarily the leader. I'm not here to be a front- person, but I'll work within the county organization." Crook County, Spencer said, is the least organized of the five counties under his charge. "That's pretty typical of rural areas," he added, amy job is to work with each com- munity and ensure that ev- eryone gets attention from the WBC. That also requires that each community put forth effort and resources. "I enjoy working with rural communities and small businesses. There is a unique challenge in working with fewer people and less resources. The key is to fo- cus on a feasible plan of pri- orities." Adhering to the WBC stra- tegic plan, Spencer said his threefold goal is to: 1. cre- ate jobs; 2. enhance in- comes; and 3. retain local youth in the Wyoming labor force. Spencer will also work with individual companies that request assistance. Spencer may be contacted at: dspencer@wysbc.com; PO Box 962, Gillette, ,WY 82717; telephone, 307-685- 0283; cellular phone, 307- 660-8800; or fax, 307-686- 7268. '\ According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, Wyoming's personal income is now growing faster than the rest of the nation. The Bureau of Economic Analy- sis (BEA) has Just released sec- ond quarter 1999 personal in- come reports for each state, show- ing that Wyoming's personal in- come has grown 6.4 percent dur- ing the last four quarters, com- pared to 5.4 percent for the na- tton as a whole. Wyoming ranks eighth in the nation for personal income growth from second quarter 1998 to second quarter 19~J9. During those four quarters, the state's personal Income grew from, $I 1,004 million to $11,711 mil- lion, or 6.4 percent. Neighboring state Colorado, a widely recog- nized economic powerhouse, is Just ahead of Wyoming, ranking seventh in the nation with 6.5 percent growth. Personal income, as tracked by the BEA, is composed of three main components: earnings (such as wages and sole propri- etorship profits); dividends, in- terests and rent (investments); and transfer payments (govern- ment payments). In Wyoming, the mix of these components Is 63.2 percent earnings; 20.9 per- cent dividends, interest and rent; and 15.9 percent transfer pay- ments. These quarterly reports, espe- cially since they are revised each quarter, can be quite volatile," said Joe Coyne, director of Re- search for the Wyoming Busi- ness Council. "However, ft. we examine several quarters and follow the trends, then we are on much more solid 'ground. For instance, the BEA initially re- ported that Wyoming ranked third in the nation for the first quarter 1999 growth. This latest BEA report revises that ranking to ninth, but it also raises Wyoming's ranking to # 1 for third quarter 1998." "We have put together four straight quarters of solid growth," said John Readon, chief executive of the Wyoming Business Coun- cil. "Clearly, things are on the upswtr for Woom ." The second quarter of 1999, the most recent time period for which personal income data is available. indicates that Wyoming is enjoy- lng a broad-based tumarotmd. 'This is the first time in years that every major Wyoming industry and component of personal income has not seen negative numbers," Reardon said. "Most industries show at least some growth for the second quarter, and not one of them is negative. That is a major chanqge from Wyoming's economic history, where two or three indus- tries carried the others." Accordin to the BEA report this week. Wyoming's personal income grew I. I percent in the second quarter of 1999. "More than 70 percent of this growth came from industry earnings," said Coyne, "especially in construction and services sectors. These are the same industries that have driven growth for the last several quar- ters." 'This latest report from the fed- eral government is consistent with the other tnformation we have been receiving," observed Reardon. "We know that Wyoming has become a leader in Job creation in several sectors, such as manuf oeturing, con- struction and services. We are becoming more diversi- fied and more wealthy." According to recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis- tics |BLS), Wyoming is one of Just I I states that have added manu- facturing jobs in the past year. Wyoming ranks fourth In the nation for job growth In that sec- tor, with an increase of 1.8 per- cent in manufacturing Jobs. Ad- dit/onally, Wyoming has enjoyed 6.5 percent Job growth in con- structlon ranking the state tenth in the nat/on. Wyoming experi- ences a 3.0 percent Job growth in services giving the state a rank- ing of eighteenth in the nation. The Local Area Unemployment Statistics released last week by the BLS shows that Wyoming had approxLmately 3,000 more Jobs in September 1999 that it did in September 1998. 'With all of these positive re- ports, we expect to see strong personal income growth next quarter, as wen," Reardon said. %Ve can't call Wyomlnffs economy strong yet. but it is clearly turn- ing around and showing more diversification." For more information, please visit the websites of the agencies ment0oned in thls article: BEA: http: //www.bea.doc.gov/ BLS: http: //stats.bls.gov/ blshome.htm Lyle and Lola Warner of Cody, WY were guests at the home of Larry and Peggy Warner during the week. On Monday morning Tom and Honey Hooper joined family members for breakfast at the Log Cabin Care. Dick and Helen Engelhaupt re- turned on Sunday from Branson. MO where they enjoyed a week of touring and sight seeing. Darlene VanZee. Ruth Gurkowskl and Robert Roadffer drive dally to FL Meade to visit Dale Roadffer who is a paUent in the Nursing Home section of the hospital. They also visit with Hubert Mathews and Harold Smith who are also patients in the hospital. Annabelle Ellsbury recently re- turned home after spending a week in Florida. Mary Ellen Hooper met her in Denver and Lhey flew to Orlando. They took a boat tour from Ft. Lau- derdale to the Bahama Islands. They sailed from Nassau in a sight seeing ship amund the Islands. While in FL they called on Mary EUsbury who recently moved to the are~ Many friends and neighbors of Buddy and Norma Livingston at- tended their 50th wedding anniver- sary open house on Saturday at the United Methodist church fellowship room, Dora Hayward attended the BOth wedding anniversary celebrat/on of Buddy and Norms IMvingston and also attended the birthday party for Rovelia Thompson at the Sen/or Citi- zen Center. On Sunday Donna Dark and Dora Hayward were among those attend- Ing the tour of homes with Christmas displays in Rapid City. Evelyn Edwards and Beverly Peter- son spent Friday to Monday in Rapid City. They were house guests of Velma Davis and Larry and Shirley Beagle. The November birthday coffee will be held on Friday November 12 at the center. On Friday November 19 the special Thanksg/vlng dinner will be served. Bobble Smith visited her sis- ter, Ciaralee Vote, on Sunday at Black Hills Rehab Hospital. JeffVore drives to Rapid City daily where he visits his mother. Claralee. They report she is walking and getting therapy daffy Ln many forms. Hermit crabs generally live alone, In the I~tlls of sea 1mails. 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