Sheridan County Enjoys a Thriving Business Community

By Jessica Mozo on March 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord

Sheridan County has a strong economy, thanks to an abundance of coal and natural gas as well as a multitude of working ranches that salute the area’s rich agricultural heritage. The county is fortunate to have an unemployment rate of less than 3 percent, and employers continually find it a great location to start and grow their business. Local workforce-development agencies make the community even more business friendly by connecting job-seekers to those offering jobs and training existing employees to diversify their skills.

Sheridan County Major Employers

Wyoming’s abundant coal and natural gas resources have made it a hotbed for coal and oil production. RockWell Petroleum Inc.’s U.S. headquarters are in Sheridan, and the company specializes in using enhanced oil recovery techniques (EOR) at its Osage and Poison Spider oil fields in Wyoming, as well as properties in Texas and Louisiana.

Decker Coal Co. and Spring Creek Coal Co. operate mines out of nearby Decker, Mont., but are major local employers. Other top Sheridan County employers include Sheridan County School District Two, Sheridan Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Health Administration Medical Center, Sheridan College and Wyoming Sawmills Inc.

Sheridan County Airport and Infrastructure

Getting in and out of Sheridan County is easy, whether you’re traveling by air or on the ground. Sheridan County Airport has an 8,300-foot runway and is the primary operating site in the county for national companies such as UPS and FedEx. Great Lakes Airlines serves the Sheridan area with direct flights daily to Denver International Airport.

Sheridan County is situated halfway between Yellowstone National Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota and is accessed by Interstate 90; U.S. Highways 14, 16 and 87; and Wyoming Highway 193.

Downtown Sheridan

Historic Downtown Sheridan is a joy to discover, with local merchants selling everything from antiques to cowboy memorabilia out of picture-perfect storefronts featuring Old West charm. Downtown Sheridan is especially lively the third Thursday of every month from May through September, when the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce sponsors its Third Thursday Street Festival. The event brings scores of people downtown for live music, socializing on the sidewalks and visiting booths set up by area merchants and organizations.

Downtown Sheridan also hosts the Sheridan Farmers Market every Thursday from mid-July to mid-September at the Whitney Commons, where shoppers can find local growers and artisans selling fresh produce and handmade crafts.

 

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