WPR News
9:09 pm
Mon May 4, 2009

Out of state contractors will get some Wyoming stimulus money

Cheyenne, Wy – Part of Wyoming's federal stimulus money will go to companies from neighboring states. The Wyoming Department of Transportation recently awarded 28 million dollars in highway construction contracts, funded with federal stimulus money. Many of the contracts are going to out-of-state companies. But WYDOT chief engineer Delbert McOmie says Wyoming workers should still see some of the economic boost.
"What you tend to see with out-of-state contractors is they tend to bring in a lot of their management, their supervisory type of personnel, but they still hire locally for their labor force, so the people they're hiring will still be Wyoming residents."
McOmie says federally-funded projects require that Wyoming go with the lowest bidder. He adds that the number of out-of-state bidders on Wyoming transportation projects has increased during the recession.