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Mead pushes tech growth in Sheridan

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Governor Matt Mead spent his Monday in Buffalo and Sheridan discussing among other things, his push for continued growth in the state's technology sector.

"Connectivity's a big deal too.  And we've increased our connectivity across the state over the last two and a half years exponentially," said Mead.

After speaking at a Buffalo luncheon Mead visited several Sheridan businesses, like the Ptolemy Data Center.

"We were rated this last year as the number two state in terms of emerging data center hubs," said Mead.

"We look forward to showing him how we're built a little bit different, the features and benefits of a data center of our type and what it is we can accomplish here in the State of Wyoming," said Ryan Mulholland.

Mead claims data center expansion will lead to more jobs in the state.

"Not only do the individual companies employ people, but on top of that there's collateral benefit, because companies that use their products also are the beneficiary.  You start to have telemedicine in a rural state, that's a big deal; tele-education," said Mead.

"Data centers and technology represent economic diversification for the State of Wyoming.  Folks don't realize the kind of money and tax revenues that can be generated for the state and the local economies," said Mulholland.

Mulholland adds the industry is already growing here in Sheridan.

"Sheridan's a great place to build a data center.  There are a lot of really great things underway right now that will do nothing more than expand opportunity up here and promote further growth," said Mulholland.

Governor Mead is also hosting a broadband summit in late October where many people in the industry will meet and discuss accomplishments and where Wyoming's tech sector is heading.

The technological focus is helping education as well.  The number of schools with Ethernet jumped from 95 to 265 in just this past year in the Cowboy State.

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