May 2018 WIA Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2018


7:00 a.m.

  • Roll-call, Establish Quorum
    • Board Members: Mark Stege, Ken Miller, Mike Easley
    • WIA Staff: Jason Begger, Sarah Young, Felicia Delara
  • Approve Agenda
    • Approved
  • Approve Minutes from February 2018 Board Meeting
    • Approved
  • Financial Report – Don Collins
    • Don not on call, will review in June
  • Old Business
    • ITC
      1. Dedication Event – Wednesday, May 16
        1. RSVPs at 65 – final reminder being sent today
        2. State & National Media Outreach
        3. Live Streaming the event to increase coverage
      2. XPRIZE orientation
        1. Schedule sent last night
        2. Will be doing activities in Gillette Wed AM – Fri AM
      3. NCCC partnership
        1. Agreement finalized last week
        2. Goes into effect June 1
        3. Will make a joint announcement between ITC/NCCC
      4. JCOAL/KHI
        1. Will be testing at ITC
        2. 7 will be coming for dedication, Ken has helped line up tours and will help with transportation
      5. Challenges
        1. Immigration
          1. How to get VISAs for teams, don’t fit into specific category
          2. Reviewing possibility J-1 academic VISAs under university umbrella
        2. Air permitting
          1. Can’t start construction onsite until you have a valid air permit
          2. DEQ has been great, but important to impress urgency on incoming tenants
    • Legislative update
      1. Oil and Gas study
        1. Released early April, due Friday, May 18
        2. Received one this week
        3. On schedule to meet deadline
      2. CCUS/Authority merger
        1. Minerals committee meeting May 31-June 1 in Gillette, WIA is testifying on the 31st on ITC and WIA activities
        2. Goal is to better align what entities are doing and be more responsive and efficient
      3. Energy Strategy proposal
        1. Sent draft proposal last night
        2. Will set up call with Minerals Chairman asking for clarification on deliverable: develop process vs. develop content
  • New Business
    • Accounting manager
      1. Has been closed, April 30
      2. Current bookkeeper is leaving May 31
      3. Interviewed 3 candidates
      4. Made an offer to one, waiting to hear on decision
    • Fall conference
      1. October 3-5 (conference will likely occur Oct 4 & possibly 5)
      2. Cheyenne (LCCC, Little America) or Jackson (Hotel Terra in Teton Village)?
        1. Board agrees on Cheyenne
      3. Possible topics:
        1. Blockchain update/smart grid activities, content in Laramie was great, Governor candidates discuss vision for energy
        2. ENDOW recommendations are due in August so may be opportunity to have someone walk through those proposals
        3. Focus on instate issues vs national issues
        4. Opportunity for workshop/roundtable activities
    • Legislative PRB Tour
      1. Legislators from Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Missouri attending
      2. BHE, ITC, Peabody mine tours
    • Ken – WY MT UT SD NE KS joined Lighthouse lawsuit
  • Public Comment Opportunity
    • No members of the public present
  • Adjournment
    • Mike moves
    • Dave seconds
    • Adjourned