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Consultant says state could entice manufacturing to diversify economy

May 9, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- An economic consultant says Wyoming's economy has diversified over the last decade but it needs to do more to stay economically competitive.

Howard Benson is the founder of the Atlanta-based National Community Development Services.

Benson was the keynote speaker Wednesday at a Wyoming Business Alliance event designed to examine where Wyoming stands as an economic entity and what options it has to grow.

Benson says Wyoming should target attracting manufacturing firms looking to move or expand.

Te also suggested the state open itself more to young, recent graduates and skilled immigrants from India, Eastern Europe and other world regions. He said they can add science, math and engineering-based skill sets to the labor force. That would make the state that more competitive where it counts.

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