Early renderings of the new Lander community center. (Image provided)

WBC - logo(Casper, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will tour local businesses, attend a community reception and review applications for Business Ready Community (BRC) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requests at its May 22-23 meeting in Thermopolis.   

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds Multi-purpose Bldg., located at 1213 Springview St., Thermopolis, Wyo.   

Two Fremont County grant applications are to be acted on at the meeting, including the City of Lander’s request for a $500,000 Business Ready Communities Community Enhancement Grant and a $150,000 Loan for the Lander Community Center Construction. According to the agenda for the meeting, the WBC staff has recommended funding the project in full. Community Entry Services in Riverton is requesting  a $15,000 planning grant for a Community Entry Services Dementia Facility. WBC Staff has also recommended full f unding for this project.  

The Business Council’s Agribusiness, Business and Industry, Rural Development/Wyoming Main Street, and Regional Office divisions is scheduled to report on their recent work.  The board will also meet with the state’s Board of Agriculture.  In addition, the board will evaluate 20 BRC grant applications totaling $18,592,642; and 15 CDBG applications totaling $2,837,570.

BUSINESS READY COMMUNITY PROGRAM

The board will review 20 applications totaling $18,592,642; staff is recommending $17,092,642 in funding.  If staff’s recommendations are approved and awarded by the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB), $37,475,203 will be left for the rest of the biennium.  Before making the final recommendation to the board, staff reviews each application, conducts a site visit, and presents to a board subcommittee.  Board recommendations will be forwarded to the SLIB for approval at their June 20 meeting in Cheyenne at 8 a.m. in room B-63 of the Hershler Building.     

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Business Council administers the Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program (BRC), which provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. The Business Council board is required by statute to forward BRC grant recommendations to the SLIB for final approval. The SLIB is made up of the five statewide elected officials: Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Treasurer Mark Gordon, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

Business Ready Community Business Committed Applications

·         Afton requests a $289,800 Business Committed Grant for the Star Valley Medical Center.  (Staff recommended in full)

·         Jackson requests a $1.5 million Business Committed Grant for the Snow King Mountain Resort. (Staff recommends a $500,000 grant and $1 million loan)

·         Jackson requests a $1.5 Business Committed Grant for the Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole. (Not recommended for funding)

·         Natrona County requests a $1.5 million Business Committed Grant for water and sewer infrastructure for the Casper Crude to Rail, LLC. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Thayne requests a $1,089,000 Business Committed Grant for the Star Valley Medical Center. (Staff recommended in full)

 

BRC Managed Data Center Cost Reduction Applications

·         Laramie County requests a $2.25 million Managed Data Center Cost Reduction Program Grant for the Microsoft expansion. (Staff recommended in full)

 

BRC Community Readiness Applications

·         Alpine requests a $550,250 Community Readiness Grant for the Snake River Water Line. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Carbon County requests an $849,715 BRC Community Readiness Grant for the Career and Technical Education Center Road Extension project. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Jackson Hole Airport Joint Powers Board requests a $2 million Multi-Year BRC Community Readiness Grant and a $3 million Multi-Year Loan for the Jackson Hole Airport expansion. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Marbleton requests a $250,000 BRC Community Readiness Grant for the Sleepy Hollow Industrial Looping Waterline. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Sheridan requests a $1 million BRC Community Readiness Grant for the Sheridan Northwest Infrastructure project. (Staff recommended in full)

 

BRC Community Enhancement

·         Big Horn County requests a $500,000 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the Big Horn County Multi-Purpose Building. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Casper requests a $185,580 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for a downtown public restroom. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Cody requests a $46,180 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the Riley Center Spectator Seating project. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Green River requests a $162,500 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the re-design and construction of the Clock Tower Plaza. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Lander requests a $500,000 BRC Community Enhancement Grant and a $150,000 Loan for the Lander Community Center Construction. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Old Penitentiary Joint Powers Board requests a $102,813 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the stabilization and enhancement of the Wyoming Frontier Prison. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Rawlins requests a $297,475 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the Rawlins Way Finding System. (Staff recommended in full)

·         Wheatland requests a $120,326 BRC Community Enhancement Grant for the Wild West Splash Park. (Staff recommended in full)

 

BRC Child Care

·         Baggs requests a $749,003 BRC Child Care grant for the expansion of Little Rascals Childcare. (Staff recommended in full)

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

The board will review 15 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program applications totaling $2,837,570.  Before making the final recommendation to the board, staff reviews each application, conducts a site visit (except CDBG planning grants) and presents to a board subcommittee.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Business Council administers the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), which is a federally funded pass through grant program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

CDBG Planning Grant Applications

·         Buffalo requests a $15,000 planning grant for the Carousel Complex Feasibility Study. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Elk Mountain requests a $15,000 planning grant for a community center.(Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Johnson County requests a $15,000 planning grant for the Buffalo Senior Center Study. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Powell requests a $50,000 planning grant for an Economic Development Plan. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Riverton requests a $15,000 planning grant for a Community Entry Services Dementia Facility. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Wheatland requests a $15,000 planning grant for a commercial kitchen feasibility study. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Worland requests a $33,750 planning grant for a master plan. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Wright requests a $45,000 planning grant for a comprehensive community plan. (Staff recommends funding in full)

 

CDBG Community and Economic Development Grant Applications

·         Cody requests a $500,000 Community Development Grant for Housing Infrastructure for Habitat for Humanity. (Staff recommends $395,000 in funding)

·         Evansville requests a $309,553 Community Development Grant for Public Infrastructure for fire hydrant and sewer manhole replacement. (Staff recommends $269,733 in funding)

·         Laramie requests a $330,525 Community Development Grant for Public Infrastructure for the clean-up of the Cedar Street Refinery. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         LaGrange requests a $176,744 Community Development Grant for Community Facility for a Rural Health Clinic. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Mills requests a $347,828 Community Development Grant for Public Infrastructure for water main replacement on Wyoming Boulevard. (Staff recommends funding in full)

·         Rawlins requests a $500,000 Community Development Grant for a Downtown Development Façade Easement program. (Staff recommends $250,000 in funding)

·         Thermopolis requests a $469,170 Community Development Grant for Community Facility for the demolition and construction of the HOPE Agency Building. (Staff recommends funding in full)

For more information about these projects, visit the Wyoming Business Council Website at www.wyomingbusiness.org.