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Richard O’Gara - Richard, was the founder and director of the Wyoming Center for Business & Economic Analysis for the first 32 years of its existence and gratefully relinquished the directorship in the summer of 2015 so he could begin to move towards retirement.  He completed his undergraduate work at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio in economics and his graduate work (MS) in economics at the University of Wyoming. He taught Economics, Money & Banking, Financial Management and other courses for 27 years at Laramie County Community College before retiring from teaching in 2002.

In 1983, Richard created the Center for Economic & Business Data while at Laramie County Community College and then moved it to downtown Cheyenne in June 2004, changing its name to the Wyoming Center for Business & Economic Analysis. In the summer of 2015, the Center returned to the campus of Laramie County Community College where it shall permanently remain as part of the College. Prior to working at the college, he directed the Research & Statistics Division of the Wyoming Department of Labor and worked as a fiscal administrator for the Wyoming Recreation Commission. The author of numerous economic and financial columns, Richard also works as a forensic economist.

Richard is a member of the National Association of Forensic Economists and the American Academy of Legal and Economic Experts.  He currently serves as a board member with the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority and also serves on the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council.


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