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Wyoming Business Council CEO resigns, says agency ready for next level

Shawn Reese

Shawn Reese announced his resignation today as Wyoming Business Council (WBC) chief executive officer. Reese did not set a specific date for the end of his tenure as head of the state of Wyoming’s economic development agency but said it will be by the end of the year.

The Cheyenne native and University of Wyoming graduate plans to prioritize time with his family, who has recently moved to Laramie. His wife, Amiee, is newly employed with the UW Foundation as a director of development.

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Reese rejoined the WBC in June 2014 as CEO after serving as former Governor Matt Mead’s policy director for 3 ½ years. He said this is the opportune time for change personally, and at the agency’s CEO level.

“The Wyoming Business Council has never been more ready to take it to the next level,” he said.

“Shawn and I have worked together since my time as treasurer and I have always appreciated his steadfast leadership,” Governor Mark Gordon said. The Governor is a non-voting co-chairman of the Board. “His work at the Business Council, particularly in reforming the Industrial Development Bonds program and establishing the Economic Development Large Project Program, has been terrific. We appreciate his contributions to Wyoming and eagerly await his next step.”

“Wyoming’s greatest resource in economic development may be our people,” WBC Board Co-Chairwoman Megan Goetz, of Laramie, said. “Shawn has been the ultimate model of this resource through his steadfast consistency, loyalty and dedication to the Wyoming Business Council for 15 years. We are so appreciative of the efforts led by Shawn at the WBC and wish him all the best in his new ventures.

“The future is very bright, thanks to Shawn.”

Reese twice held leadership roles during critical moments in the WBC’s 21-year history.

From 2003-11, Reese managed the WBC’s Investment Ready Communities Division. In 2003, he developed the Business Ready Community Grant and Loan program for publicly owned infrastructure in response to feedback from existing Wyoming businesses and potential business recruitment targets that the state lacked the infrastructure necessary for expansion and recruitment.

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