(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton Economic and Community Development Association, RECDA, will be meeting Wednesday morning to hear an update on work done so far through the one percent optional sales tax to address community infrastructure. The For Our Roads Citizens Committee (FORCC) Chairman, Wendell Manka, will be the guest speaker, according to Kevin Kershisnik, the new part-time Executive Director of IDEA, Inc.
The breakfast meeting is set for 7 a.m. at the Sundowner Station’s Claimsteak Restaurant.
Kershisnik has taken over Phil Christopherson’s role, after he relocated to Gillette last month to be that community’s economic development director.
Kershisnik said he will be working about 20 hours per week for IDEA, Inc, to work on strategic planning and top level projects. He said continued development of applications for the State Loan and Investment Board, developing a local business incubator, working with the Wyoming Economic Development Association and securing reliable commercial air service at Riverton Regional Airport are his immediate priorities.
A veteran of Pertech Industries where he has been for the past 19 years, Kershisnik said the annual summer slowdown at that business allows him to take on this additional role.
Christopherson’s announcement that he was moving caught the community by surprise. Christopherson not only served IDEA Inc. for economic development but he was also the University of Wyoming’s Manufacturing-Works Engineer for the area. That position will be filled by UW.