Posted at 3:20 p.m., April, 12 2016

Website aims to bring Wyoming workers home

Page invites former Wyomingites to gain experience, come back

Although Wyoming’s population has steadily grown over the last few years, the state is working to bring home some of its former residents.

“We learned, through a research and planning division, that 60 percent of our youth were leaving the state after graduation,” said Hayley McKee Wyoming Grown coordinator.

Established in 2015 by Workforce Services and Gov. Matt Mead, Wyoming Grown is a website created specifically to bring people back to Wyoming after they’ve left. There are currently 118 program participants, and 29 people have already relocated to Wyoming through the program, McKee said. The program specifically targets people who have left the state and gained more experience but want to move back to Wyoming, she said.

“We really are looking to engage Wyoming employers and folks that we haven’t dealt with before,” McKee said. “We have 20 workforce centers throughout the state and typically serve people who have barriers to their employment.” McKee said that the most common positions for people looking to return to Wyoming are health care, marketing, human resources and government employment positions.

“What this program aims to do, is once those youth have gone out and gotten an education or experience elsewhere and they find themselves wanting to come back, they can,” McKee said.

Friends or relatives of those looking to return to Wyoming can go to wyominggrown.org and refer them Wyoming Grown will then help them begin a job search. People can also enroll themselves.