Wyoming Conversation April 21
Preservation and Development topics
April 13, 2005
The statewide "A Wyoming Conversation" will conclude in Pinedale on April 21 with a public forum on "Balancing Preservation and Development." The general public is invited to attend the 7 p.m. discussion at the Rendezvous Pointe Senior Center. Mary Lynn Worl will serve as moderator on behalf of the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.
The conversation will focus on how Wyoming should determine the balance between economic growth and the preservation of its history, open space and wildlife. Participants will also consider pertinent local issues such as the impact of second homes and "rural sprawl" and the impact of energy development on the landscape.
"Most Wyomingites want to see economic diversification and job opportunities for the younger generation," said Marcia Wolter Britton, executive director of the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.
"At the same time, those participating in ‘A Wyoming Conversation’ to date have expressed ambivalence about some of the changes they see taking place in the state. How do we protect the things that make Wyoming unique while creating a better economic future for ourselves and our children?"
To start the conversation, Wyoming Public Radio will broadcast a special interview on the topic of "Balancing Preservation and Development" at 6:30 p.m. on April 20. Along with Pinedale, local conversations on "Balancing Preservation and Development" will take place simultaneously April 21 in Cheyenne, Jackson, Ethete, Fort Washakie and Gillette.
The six-part "A Wyoming Conversation" is sponsored by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities in partnership with Wyoming Public Radio, Wyoming Public Television and the Wyoming Community Foundation.
Major funding has been provided by the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from Qwest, the Thursday Roundtable of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the University of Wyoming American Studies Program.