Wyoming government asking citizens twice for input during the Wyoming water strategy development process has drawn attention from University of Wyoming Extension community development educators.
Representatives from Gov. Matt Mead’s natural resource policy staff had asked their help to facilitate listening sessions across the state.
“We may often think our government doesn’t involve citizens in decision making,” said Julie Daniels, extension community development educator based in Laramie County. “This was an example where the governor’s natural resource policy staff took a lot of effort to engage citizens to hear what they had to say and implement what the citizens wanted in the water strategy plan.”
Jerimiah Rieman and Nephi Cole, natural resource policy director and policy adviser, respectively, and representing the natural resource policy staff, received the Friend of Community Development Award this month from the Wyoming Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.
Rieman and Cole were recognized at the governor’s office by Daniels.