JACKSON, Wyo. — William Wecker and 20 employees are relocating from California to Jackson. But their business has nothing to do with tourism or real estate. He has what is called a location-neutral business, though location has everything to do with his decision to move to Wyoming.
"We happen to be a company that can do our business from anywhere in the world," he said. But while Wyoming's reduced taxes and less stringent regulations played a part in his decision to relocate to Wyoming, Jackson Hole's attractions were crucial, he said.
"There are few places with the attraction of Jackson Hole," he said. "It has a small-town nature in a magnificent setting that also has a world-class airport and a high-quality school system."
The Jackson Hole News&Guide explains that the company bills itself as providing "statistical and mathematical consulting services" and "data analysis," primarily for pharmaceutical companies. The company reviews the efficacy and potential side effects of drugs that companies are trying to bring to market.
Most of the company's 20 employees have doctoral degrees in mathematics or master's degrees from prestigious schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The company is an example of how some business leaders in the valley are successfully pitching Jackson to attract new jobs from industries that don't require much more than a good airport and a fast Internet connection," said the newspaper. Except, in this case, the company found Jackson Hole on its own.
Real estate project moves toward OK
EAGLE, Colo. — While the Great Recession certainly stopped the building and population boom in its tracks, developers continue to think that the market will pick up again for new housing product.
A case in point is a project mid-way between Vail and Eagle, at a hamlet called Wolcott, which is hard by Interstate 70 and the Eagle River. Plans have been afoot for development of the raw land there for decades, but Eagle County commissioners are reviewing the final iteration for what would yield 577 residential dwelling units.
The broader expectation is that population growth will resume. Eagle County grew at between 60 and 90 per cent per decade after the Vail ski area opened in 1962, finally slowing down to just 25 per cent in the first decade of this century.
Population experts in Colorado expect the growth to pick up again. From fewer than 5,000 in 1960, the county now has 52,000 — and should reach 72,000 by the end of this decade, they say.
Youngers invited to advise Aspen elders
ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen is a place with a committee for almost everything. It now has a "next generation advisory board" that is intended to represent the interests of 20- to 40-year-olds to the city government.