The ENDOW Initiative
Citing the need for a comprehensive approach to diversify the Wyoming economy, Governor Matt Mead announced in November 2016 that he is creating the ENDOW initiative. The initiative will coordinate and expand ongoing efforts across the state, as well as produce measurable results expanding the Wyoming economy. He made the announcement during the Governor’s Business Forum, hosted by the Wyoming Business Alliance.
The ENDOW acronym represents “Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming.”
“We need immediate and measurable results now,” Mead told the forum audience. “We need to build on recent success in establishing technology as a fourth leg of Wyoming’s economic strength. We need to build on the efforts to add value to coal, minerals and natural resources. We need to build on our success in a growing manufacturing industry.”
Governor Mead cited several decades of economic studies and plans – some dating to the period when his Grandfather, Cliff Hansen, was Wyoming’s Governor. Many of these recommended addressing issues still pressing in 2016.
“For decades we have wanted to grow opportunities that keep our young people in Wyoming,” Mead said. “We have known for more than 50 years that it is important to add value to our natural resources, to improve air service and to expand research. The problem with the past plans is that they have addressed the next four years – or next eight years. These are connected with political terms and we need economic action that spans the next 20 years -- efforts that go beyond this Governor and the next.”
Greg Hill, Co-chair
Mark Gordon was elected Wyoming's 33rd Governor, on Nov. 6, 2018. He was sworn into office on January 7, 2019.
Growing up on the family ranch in Johnson County, Governor Gordon learned the values of hard work and integrity and the importance of working together. As Governor, he brings those values to the table in pursuing his commitment that Wyoming continues to be a place where its citizens can pursue their dreams while retaining its unique character. He is a strong believer in Wyoming's ability to chart its own course and a staunch defender of its interests to do so.
Governor Gordon is working on efforts to set Wyoming on a sustainable fiscal path and making government more accessible, productive and efficient. As part of those efforts, Gordon seeks to refocus government to better assist local communities with the tools and resources needed to thrive and set their own direction. He is also dedicated to ensuring that citizens have access to quality education, including safer schools, advanced degrees, and career and technical education opportunities.
Governor Gordon served as Wyoming State Treasurer from October 2012 until January 2019 when he was sworn in as Governor. As State Treasurer, he led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the public. His efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulted in Wyoming being ranked number one in the United States for transparency and third in the world among all sovereign funds.
Governor Gordon and his wife Jennie have four grown children, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with fiancé Austen, Anne with partner Bracewell, and Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.
Greg Hill is President and Chief Operating Officer of Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.
Hess is a leading shale oil and gas producer and a leader in deepwater production and development. Its global portfolio is focused in five strategic areas: onshore North America, deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, offshore West Africa and offshore Malaysia. The company is also engaged in exploration and appraisal activities in the Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Australia and Nova Scotia.
Prior to joining Hess in 2009, Hill spent 25 years at Shell in a variety of operations, engineering, technical and business leadership roles in the Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. This included serving as Executive Vice President – Exploration and Production of Singapore-based Shell Asia Pacific, Vice President of Production for Shell E&P Europe, and Senior Vice President of Aera Energy, a California-based joint venture affiliate of Shell and Mobil.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He is co-chair of the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force and the Secretary of the University of Wyoming’s Foundation Board of Directors. He also is a member of the 2017 Super Bowl Host Committee, a Board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, and a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources created in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).