Riverton City Council member John “Lars” Baker and IDEA, Inc., Executive Director Phil Christopherson talked after Tuesday night’s council meeting. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) - The Riverton City Council approved three resolutions at its regular meeting Tuesday night for potential economic development in the city. One of the resolutions was on behalf of IDEA, Inc., the city’s economic development organization, and two were for the technology firm PitchEngine. Each of the grant applications will now be submitted to the Wyoming Business Council for review and action.
IDEA, Inc is seeking to purchase land between Walmart and the Honor Farm Road for a business park. The land, just over 302 acres, is owned by the State and is currently in agricultural use by the Wyoming Honor Farm. The parcel could be used for commercial and housing development if IDEA, Inc. is the successful bidder when the parcel is offered at a public auction. The land was recently declared as surplus state land and can be auctioned for its “best use.”
Fremont County-based PitchEngine is seeking two grants, one for a data center and the other to repurpose a building to accommodate a data center. The Executive Director of IDEA, Inc., Phil Christopherson, when questioned by Mayor Ron Warpness, said the building under consideration for the data center is in the Central Wyoming College Business Park and is currently occupied by Brunton Outdoor Group. The transit manufacturing operation inside the building would remain, but the remainder of the now mostly vacant facility would be repurposed for the managed data center. Christopherson said agreements are in the works with the building’s current lease-holders, Fenix Outdoors and Fiskars Sweden, to accommodate the data center.
The votes on all three resolutions was unanimous.
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