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A University of Wyoming program that has helped find solutions to natural resource challenges is being retooled to work with Wyoming communities in an effort to boost the state’s tourism economy.

Using a $50,000 grant from the university’s new Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is developing plans to focus its Collaborative Solutions Programon helping communities grow their recreation economies while stewarding their environmental resources.

“The idea is to help Wyoming communities by fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and outdoor recreation collaboratives throughout the state,” says Steve Smutko, the Haub School’s Spicer Wyoming Excellence Chair who leads the Collaborative Solutions Program. “The funding from the IIE will allow us to position ourselves to support Wyoming’s economic diversification efforts and help the university achieve its goal of improving the well-being of Wyoming communities.”

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Upton is located 70 miles east of thirteen open pit coal mines, including the Thunder Basin Coal Mine, the nation's largest. You can arrange to have guided tours to learn more about this critical industry in northeast Wyoming. Upton and Newcastle are on the railroad right-of-way that ships most of the coal to midwestern and eastern markets. There is an average of 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad trains that pass through Weston County daily. This is a train watchers heaven!