Look locally for a promising, productive 2022

At the end of 2019 we knew nothing of an impending pandemic. Now commonly spoken words and phrases like: ’15 days to stop the spread,’ Covid-19, quarantine, variants, new cases, disease testing, hot spots, face masks, hand washing, social distancing, Zoom meetings, among others were not heard in 2019.

Other terms of mostly self-inflicted policy decisions that we hear today were also rarely discussed in 2019. Things like: inflation, deflation, smaller workforce, supply chain problems, high gas prices, shortages of some goods and services, worker shortages, riots, high violent crime rates, and aggression from the same countries mentioned above are all front and center in conversation these days.

In Cheyenne at the end of 2019 we had a somewhat fractured local government featuring feuding amongst some city and county leaders. Missteps in the mayor’s office, and others, created a non-productive environment with undefined priorities. Common goals and policy agreement seemed out of reach for local leaders.

While the future looked bright from a national perspective in 2019, the local outlook was murky.

But as we head into 2022 instead of looking at the macro level, our best bet is to look locally for what will make the new year a good one.

Cheyenne has righted the ship. Our city council and county commissioners have come together establishing common goals through improved communication and a suitable work ethic. Right now our leaders are pulling together in the same direction for the betterment of our town and county. They are working well with the Chamber of Commerce, LEADS, developers and other local groups to make things happen. Better communication and a more hands on approach are leading to business expansion, and new business and industry for our corner of the state.

Local leaders are also working well with state elected and appointed officials to keep things moving in a positive direction.

Local school boards in our county are also showing thoughtful leadership and a willingness to separate from the national organizations they work with when necessary for the betterment of schools here. All while keeping meetings open to hear from parents.

Instead of looking at what is happening nationally for hope, we are better off looking at what is happening locally to lead us to a properous and happy 2022.

Happy New Year!