Cody Community Review Finds Seven Themes To Move Forward On

Oct 17, 2019

Amy Quick, northwest regional director of Wyoming Business Council, begins presentation of community review results.
Credit Kamila Kudelska

This week, Cody residents participated in a community review. Within two days, more than 200 people gathered at different listening sessions to offer feedback about specific issues, including outdoor recreation, healthcare and local politics. At the listening sessions, the audience were asked three questions: what are the strengths, opportunities and aspirations for Cody.

The results are seven main themes the community is interested in improving: air service, workforce development, a year round economy, outdoor recreation, housing, amenities, and planned growth.

The Wyoming Business Council and a University of Wyoming extension organized the review. Kim Porter, the rural development manager at Wyoming Business Council, said the work is not done.

"Probably after the first of the year, we'll come back and start a process called strategic doing. This process is really cool because it is action oriented using the assets that are in the room and getting people mobilized to start taking advantage of some of the opportunities that are available."

Porter said they are there to help facilitate the process but really everything happens at the local level.

"We're here to help them with the process with the resources they need."

In about six weeks, the Wyoming Business Council and their partners will release a detailed report about action plans. Then after the strategic doing meeting, community members invested in a certain theme will meet one hour per month for at least a year to start working on solutions to change the community for the better in the future.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Kamila Kudelska, at kkudelsk@uwyo.edu.