University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan is visiting Gillette this week. Buchanan says he and other university officials are traveling throughout the state meeting with various legislators. Buchanan says he uses the time to discuss the upcoming legislative session in Cheyenne and in particular the budgets requests that area lawmakers can expect to see from the university. Buchanan adds that it is just a good opportunity to answer any questions and make sure everyone is up to speed. As far as things going on in Gillette with the university, Buchanan says they are working on broadening services in Campbell County.
"Right now we are in the middle of some serious conversation about opening up a business incubator."---Buchanan
Buchanan says economic development experts from Campbell County and the university have been making progress on the project and says he's only received positive feedback on the effort. He also says Gillette was a great location to get the business incubator project rolling.
"Its a growing community, it has focused industrial sectors, and its a community that has a real history of making things happen."----Buchanan
Buchanan and UW's Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs, Chris Boswell, also took some time to address some of the recent state headlines. They addressed Buchanan's pending retirement as well as budget plans for the coming fiscal year. More on those topics can be listened to below.