Among the Lander businesses visited by the Wyoming Business Council Board on Wednesday was the office of PitchEngine/County10.com. CEO Jason Kintlzer talked about the companies with the visitors. (Ally Weller photo)
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors toured local businesses, heard updates from its operational divisions and reviewed seven Business Ready Community (BRC) grant requests at its Thursday meeting in Lander.
Among the project approved by the board through its BRC Program was a $1.5 million Business Committed grant for a 7.6 mile-long road upgrade in Fremont County to provide Cameco Corporation and other mining companies safe and reliable access into the Gas Hills. The road upgrades a current path that connects the Fremont-Natrona County boundary area with the Gas Hills Road. Cameco plans to begin uranium production at the Gas Hills mine site in the first quarter of 2015. The WBC recommended full funding for the project to the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB).
The Business Council’s Agribusiness, Business and Industry, Rural Development/Wyoming Main Street, and Regional Office divisions also reported to the board on their recent work. Additionally, the board heard an update from the Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA).
BUSINESS READY COMMUNITY PROGRAM
The board recommended the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) approve seven grant requests totaling $4,531,227. If the recommendations are awarded by the SLIB, $31,671,817 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 Oct. 3 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
- Fremont County (see second paragraph above)
- Laramie requested a $2.4 million Business Committed grant and a $519,477 Business Committed loan to construct a 20,000 square foot manufacturing/warehouse facility in the Laramie River Business Park for the relocation of HiViz Shooting Systems’ corporate headquarters. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
BRC Planning Applications
- Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board requested a $25,000 BRC Tourism Planning grant for the Gillette Visitor Center Location Study. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
- Converse County requested a $22,500 BRC Planning grant to conduct a feasibility study for the NEWEDC Plastic Pellet Industry in northeast Wyoming. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
- Green River requested a $25,000 BRC Feasibility Study Planning grant for the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport Master Plan. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
- Laramie Plains Civic Center Joint Powers Board requested a $20,500 BRC Planning grant to conduct a feasibility study for the Laramie Plains Civic Center electrical system. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
- Rolling Hills requested an $18,750 BRC Planning grant for the Rolling Hills Multi-Use Facility Feasibility Study. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
–Wyoming Business Council