Lander awards economic development money to seven organizations

The Lander City Council awarded a total of $156,500 to seven organizations through the local half-percent sales tax for economic development last week.

More than twice as many groups had applied, requesting a total of $1.2 million, local LIFT Committee members said – but only $170,000 was available.

“It was quite a challenge,” LIFT Committee member Marilyn Fisher said. “We did have to work with each individual applicant to try and get them to prioritize their request.”

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LIFT was able to reduce the total request amount to almost $920,000, committee member Sarah Hamlin said. But there still wasn’t enough money in the account to fulfill all of the applications.

Awards

The LIFT Committee recommended the following awards, which the council approved during a regular meeting April 12:

-Auto Medic, $66,975 for equipment

-Red Point LLC, $20,000 for capital improvements

-HMH Outdoors, $19,098 for warehouse upgrades and equipment

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-Back Country Cobbler, $16,645 for equipment

-Global Response Systems Corp, $16,000 for software development and testing

-Amon Care home health nonprofit, $16,000 for salaries

-Central Wyoming Climbers Alliance, $1,750 to support the International Climbers Festival

The following organizations were not recommended for funding:

-Benessere Clinic

-Holiday Lodge

-Railroad Expresso

-Central Wyoming College

The following organizations sumitted incomplete applications:

-Lander Brewing Company

-County 10 Flooring

-Lander Bar

One application was withdrawn, from Lark and Lore Beer Creations.

Next round

This round of funding awards was drawn from half-percent sales tax revenues that came in during the last quarter of 2021, city staff said, and applications were due Feb. 1.

Applications for revenues that came in during the first quarter of 2022 are due May 1. Click here to apply, or visit Lander City Hall, 240 Lincoln St., for a paper application.

Email [email protected] for more information.

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