(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council will hold three public hearings at its regular meeting tonight on grant applications to be submitted to the Wyoming Business Council. Mayor Ron Warpness is also scheduled to issue a Proclamation naming Sept. 23 as Family Day in Riverton.
Other items on the 7 p.m. agenda include the annual franchise agreement with Source Gas is up for first reading and the council will consider a request from the Riverton Chamber of Commerce regarding the vacant lot at 422 East Main. The council will also be asked to approve the purchase of a new Sewer Jet truck in the a mount of $303,071. The purchase had been budgeted for this year.
The public hearings include:
• Resolution #1281 for IDEA, Inc. for a Contingency and Development Agreement for the purchase of 302 acres of land on the east side of Highway 26/789 between Honor Farm Road and Walmart. The land has been declared as surplus by the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board and will be sold at a public auction. IDEA, Inc. would like to acquire the ground and develop it in concert with the city for a business park and housing.
• Resolution#1282 for PitchEngine for a Contingency and Development Agreement under the Wyoming Business Council’s Data Center Incentive Grant Program. PitchEngine is applying for a $2.25 million grant to facilitate the development of a new data center in Fremont County. With offices in both Riverton and Lander, PitchEngine plans to utilize the grant funds to build a high visibility technology presence in Central Wyoming that will attract and retain high level technology workers to the state. The site and building would be owned by IDEA, Inc. and leased to PitchEngine.
• Resolution #1283 for PitchEngine. This application is identical to the one above except that the funding would be used to repurpose an existing building to be modified to support and contain a Managed Data Center. In a memo to the city council, city staff indicated if successful, the application would allow the first data center in Fremont County and pave the way for future data centers and other technology businesses.
The City Council must approve the grant applications before they are submitted to the Business Council. A work session on the grant applications was held last week. To read more about the applications, click here and here.
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