Phil Christopherson

Board Position - Staff

Company - Energy Capital Economic Development

Company Position - CEO

Phil is a Wyoming native and has lived in the state most of his life. Phil graduated from UW with a BS degree in Computer Engineering. After graduating Phil and his family moved to Seattle Washington where Phil worked as a design engineer and Project Manager for The Boeing Company on several different military and commercial airplane projects. Phil has continually added to his education earning several certifications and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wyoming.

Phil has always been very active in the community. While living in Washington, he helped organize a committee to incorporate his local area into a city and after a successful incorporation effort was elected to the first city council. In 1999 Phil and his family moved home to Wyoming. Phil was offered a position with the University of Wyoming’s Manufacturing Extension Center (Manufacturing-Works) in Riverton as a Field Engineer managing the local office. In this position Phil was very involved with local and statewide economic development efforts. He also worked closely with manufacturers around the state providing Lean Manufacturing training and other services.

In June of 2004 Phil and Manufacturing-Works contracted with IDEA Inc, (The economic development organization for Riverton) to fill the position of Executive Director for IDEA Inc. As the Executive Director for IDEA Inc., Phil wrote several grants obtaining over 9 million dollars for business expansion and growth in Fremont County. Associated with the grants Phil managed four construction projects that were instrumental in saving two businesses and expanding two others providing or saving over 120 jobs in Fremont County. In 2007 Phil was elected to the board of the Wyoming Economic Development Association and in 2008 Phil became the president of that organization. In 2010 Phil was appointed by Governor Mead to the State of Wyoming’s Work Force Council to represent economic development on the council.

In June of 2014 Phil accepted the position as CEO of Campbell County Economic Development Corporation and he and his family moved to Gillette. They are very excited about the move to Gillette and have been warmly received and welcomed to the community.

Phil is excited to continue the work of economic development in Campbell County. This area has incredible opportunity for growth and diversification. Phil believes that working together as businesses, communities, and individuals we can strengthen and grow our existing businesses, recruit new primary type businesses and help new entrepreneurs with new and exciting opportunities. He is excited to help lead the future growth and development of Campbell County.