Governor Gordon speaks at community forum in Jackson Hole – Buckrail
JACKSON, Wyoming – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon hosted a community forum at the Center Amphitheater this morning, August 31.
The forum is part of the Teton County Centennial Series, organized by the Teton County Library. The series aims to contemplate the questions: “Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?”
Gordon opened his speech with a minute of silence in honor of the slain Marine Rylee McCollum. McCollum died on August 26 in a terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He said: “The work we have done in Afghanistan and Iraq has not been in vain, it has actually promoted what America is, our mission has been accomplished, but please because you have the opportunity to see veterans and active duty people and their families, please remind them how much you appreciate their service and work.
Gordon then discussed the direction Wyoming is taking in terms of COVID-19 response, management of tourism, energy and our natural resources. He answered questions from the crowd. About 60 to 70 people gathered on the lawn to hear what Gordon had to say.
“We do not believe that [mask] mandates of high level work, we believe that local control, local government, is where that connection is, they are locally elected people in your community and they can appreciate the circumstances at the local level ”, Gordon said.
“We have conquered this [COVID-19] once before we know what it takes, to be distanced, to wash your hands, to be considerate of others, to be kind, to wear a mask when you can’t be socially distanced.
He then discussed personal choices and the importance of community. “I respect people’s choices for themselves, but in this environment, in this world, I think it’s extremely important that we recognize that we are a community and that what we do together can be very effective in overcoming the virus.”
Gordon addressed the record number of visits to national parks and the concerns of many in the Teton County community regarding tourism.
“I think there are ways to manage the number of visitors that go through both Jackson and our parks and do it without imposing some sort of permit system, doing it in a way that doesn’t hamper the freedom for those wishing to come and visit, ”said Gordon.
He discussed the diversification of the destinations that people are drawn to visit.
“We’re really working on trying to diversify the number of destinations that people can go to and trying to maybe do some planning on how a person can organize a trip so that they can really get a feel for everything. what Wyoming is. “
Gordon then discussed his administration’s focus on creating the country’s strongest education system, the energy industry, and the challenges and opportunities that coal presents. He also spoke about carbon capture opportunities and cryptocurrencies.
“The sensible energy policy for Wyoming is to be a leader on all fronts and we are on renewables, on fossil fuels, on nuclear. We are positioning Wyoming as a leader in all of these technologies. “
The full forum can be here.