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Project Experience

Location: Wamsutter, Wyoming
Client: BearWest
145 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah  84111
Sweetwater County
80 W. Flaming Gorge Way
Green River, WY  82935
Contact: Jim Carter or Rulon Dutson and Mark Cott, Planner
Year Completed: May 2002
Project Scope:

Sweetwater County retained BearWest, a consulting firm providing planning, environmental and community issue services, to develop a community development plan for the Town of Wamsutter, a community of roughly 262 residents.

BearWest subsequently retained Pedersen Planning Consultants to assist in the evaluation of potential economic development opportunities for the Town of Wamsutter.  This evaluation was one of the primary  considerations underlying the recommendations associated with the community development plan for Wamsutter.

This effort initially involved informal discussions with some residents of the community, municipal officials, local small business entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of natural gas exploration, production, and transmission companies. To facilitate these discussions, PPC prepared a community profile that briefly summarized the characteristics of the local economy, community demographics, as well as significant factors influencing future economic development.

Interstate 80 along Town of Wamsutter

Based upon these discussions, the community profile, and the economic planning experience of the firm, PPC identified three potential economic development scenarios.  These scenarios involved varied levels of natural gas development, as well as variable levels of interstate trucking traffic coming into the community. 

A statistical model was developed by PPC to model and compare potential employment generation, resident population, various types of retail sales, housing demand, visitor accommodations, and other economic indicators for each of three development scenarios.  The information generated from the model was used to help evaluate and identify feasible economic development opportunities in the community.