Business Council board to hold meeting in Pinedale, will tour local area facilities

May 18, 2012

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CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting in Pinedale, Wyo., May 22-25, and will include a tour of the area and local facilities, a trip to Big Piney-Marbleton, and a joint meeting with the Wyoming Board of Agriculture.

The board will also evaluate applications for one Business Ready Communities (BRC) Business Committed grant totaling $1,223,178; six BRC Community Readiness requests totaling $9,956,816; and seven BRC Community Enhancement requests totaling $2,459,753.  Twenty-two Community Development Block Grant applications totaling $2,408,959 will be reviewed as well.  Additionally, the board will hear updates from the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division; Business & Industry Division; and Wyoming Rural Development/Wyoming Main Street.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., May 24 at the Sublette County Library located at 155 S. Tyler Ave., Pinedale, Wyo.  The meeting agenda follows the press release.

If unable to make the meeting in person, the public may listen to the meeting via telephone by calling 1-866-931-7845 and using the Conference Code 589138. If interested in commenting via telephone during the meeting, please register to speak in advance by calling 307.777.2803 or emailing Those commenting by phone will be un-muted at the proper time so they may speak.  The registration deadline to speak is 5 p.m., May 18. Board meeting materials are available for review at


The board will review 14 applications, totaling $13,639,747.  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 its June 21 meeting at 8 a.m. in Room B-63 of the Hershler Building in Cheyenne.

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 Joe Meyer, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.


Cody requests a $1,223,178 Business Committed grant to construct a 6,000 square foot value-added processing facility to increase the ability of Wyoming Authentic Products to control costs and production schedule.  (Recommended in full)


Campbell County requests $2.1 million to construct roads and associated drainage in an industrial development south of the corporate limits of the city of Gillette. (Recommended in full)

Evanston requests $1 million to construct a 9,000 square foot medical spec building. (Recommended in full)

Laramie County requests $3,479,569 to build 2.4 miles of road and water main to open up 670 acres in the Swan Ranch Business Park. (Recommended in full)

Sheridan requests $1 million to construct approximately 2,650 feet of 24’ roadway and 2,650 linear feet of sewer main adjacent to the Sheridan High-Tech Business Park. (Not recommended)

Sweetwater County requests $1 million to construct a 7,500 square foot training facility at the Western Wyoming Community College campus. (Recommended in full)

Upton requests $1,377,247 for completion of approximately 12,710 of water and sewer lines to the final 100 acres of the Upton Regional Industrial Park.  (Recommended in full)


Buffalo requests $250,000 for signage, sculptures, plaques, decorative railing, wall murals, landscaping, irrigation, lighting for murals, new trail and trail surface, bike racks, benches, decorative trash receptacles and business/parking signage at Crazy

Woman Square in downtown Buffalo. (Recommended in full)

Cody requests $242,451 for the rehabilitation of the grandstand and entryway improvements at the Cody Stampede Rodeo Grounds.  (Recommended in full)

Cheyenne requests $250,000 to construct 1/4 mile of connecting pathway in east Cheyenne, making 16 miles of continuous Greenway. (Recommended in full)

Hulett requests $16,820 for landscaping and lighting at the Community Center site. (Recommended in full)

Jackson requests $250,000 for Phase I of the Snow King Convention & Event Center Improvements project.  (Recommended in full)

Laramie requests $1,330,269 in Community Readiness Loan funds to bring electrical infrastructure serving historical downtown Laramie to code standards and to replace cobra style streetlights with fixtures that are more befitting to the historic ambiance of the area and is estimated to be the final phase of the project.  (Recommended in full)

Lyman requests $120,213 for landscaping and parking lot enlargement for the Heritage Barn Community Center.  (Recommended in full)


The board will review 22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program applications totaling $2,408,959.  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.

The full staff recommendations including project overviews are available at


  • Albany County requests $275,000 for a CDBG Handicapped Accessibility grant to upgrade and install handicap accessible amenities throughout the Laramie Plains Civic Center. ($105,000 recommended)
  • Evansville requests $249,599 in CDBG Public Infrastructure funds to replace a section of failing undersized water main. (Recommended in full)
  • Lander requests $465,000 in CDBG Housing Infrastructure funds to improve an existing water and sewer line. ($460,000 recommended)
  • Laramie County requests a $500,000 CDBG Community Facilities grant to provide funds for Meals on Wheels to build an addition onto their retail store facility. ($362,448 recommended)
  • Midwest requests $198,156 of CDBG Public Infrastructure funds to replace a section of main sewer line pipe. (Recommended in full)
  • Sheridan County requests $300,000 in CDBG Community Facilities funds to renovate a 1,900 square foot ground floor space in the existing Public Health Building to relocate its Free Clinic. (Recommended in full)
  • Yoder requests $500,000 to complete improvements on the two current sewer lagoons, and construct a third lagoon to increase their capacity. ($224,449 recommended)


  • Laramie requests $174,000 to construct street and storm system infrastructure and ADA infrastructure on Cleveland Street. (Recommended in full)


  • Albany County requests a $15,000 planning grant to conduct a feasibility study, cover engineering and architectural fees to help determine the viability of the purchase of a building as a permanent facility for a Laramie community mentoring center and administrative offices.  ($13,950 recommended)
  • Buffalo requests $15,000 in planning funds to determine the current condition of the Clear Creek Elementary School slated to be replaced and what will be required to make any necessary renovations including cost estimates.  ($13,950 recommended)
  • Carbon County requests a $15,000 planning grant to conduct a study to gather information about families with a need for early childhood education or childcare services, the ages of the children to be served, and the size and type of building necessary to accommodate the children.  ($13,950 recommended)
  • Evanston requests $50,000 in planning grant funds to create a conceptual design plan for the local airport. ($44,796 recommended)
  • Gillette requests $32,000 in planning grant funds to develop a plan that will coordinate the redevelopment of their downtown district. ($29,760 recommended)
  • Green River requests $15,000 in planning funds to study the Union Pacific Railroad Depot’s possible uses, costs associated with renovation, and a renovation strategy. ($13,950 recommended)
  • Meeteetse requests $22,850 in planning funds to develop a comprehensive community-wide plan.  ($21,204 recommended) 
  • Moorcroft requests $15,000 in planning funds to conduct a study of the Moorcroft Elementary School building slated for replacement, its possible uses, and the financial responsibilities inherent in the acquisition of this property. ($13,950 recommended)
  • Natrona County requests $50,000 in planning funds to update its Comprehensive Plan.  ($44,796 recommended)
  • Riverton requests $50,000 in planning funds to analyze how to minimize construction impacts of Federal Boulevard.  ($44,796 recommended)
  • Rock Springs requests $10,000 in planning funds to conduct a feasibility study on the First Security Bank Building in downtown. ($9,300 recommended)
  • Sheridan County requests $15,000 in planning funds to determine if an expansion of the Sheridan Senior Center if feasible. ($13,950 recommended)
  • Sheridan requests $48,000 in planning funds to develop an economic development strategy for the community’s railroad corridor. ($43,005 recommended)
  • Wright requests $15,000 in planning funds to conduct a Town Hall Building re-use study.  ($13,950 recommended)



Board of Directors Meeting

May 22, 23, and 24, 2012

Pinedale, Wyo.


Tuesday, May 22

6 p.m.              Business Alliance presentation dinner – Moose Creek Trading Company


Wednesday, May 23 

8-10 a.m.         Joint Board of Agriculture and WBC Board of Directors meeting

                        Baymont Inn Meeting Room

Discussion topics: horse slaughter update, slaughter facilities, Mountain

States Lamb Co-op Update, Wyoming Premium Heifer Program

10 a.m.            Tour of area

11:30 a.m.       Lunch at Marbleton Senior Center with Marbleton and Big Piney Town


1 p.m.              Walking tour of Airgas Facility

2 p.m.              Drive to Daniel

2:20 p.m.         Board of Agriculture returned to Pinedale

2:30 p.m.         WBC Board/Staff Retreat – Daniel Historic School House

4:30 p.m.         Meet & Greet at Daniel Historic School House, hosted by Sublette

                        Chamber of Commerce

5:30 p.m.         WBC Board & Staff returned to Pinedale

6 p.m.              Board/Staff Dinner – Meet in lobby of Baymont Inn

Lakeside Restaurant


Thursday, May 24

8:30 a.m.         Public Board Meeting Call To Order, Sublette County Library

Gary Negich, co-chair


Board member introductions

Minutes approval from March 15 meeting

8:45 a.m.         Rural Development/Main Street update – Mary Randolph, director

9 a.m.              Agribusiness update – Cindy Weibel, division director

9:15 a.m.         Business & Industry update – Ben Avery, division director


Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Technology Business Center

Research Products Center

Market Research Center

Small Business Innovative Research Center (SBIR)

Manufacturing Works

Women’s Business Center

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

State Energy Office

Credit Memorandum – Lower Valley Energy, Inc.

9:45 a.m.         Business Development Sub-Committee – Rex Lewis, chair

Loan/Portfolio Program

Report of Exam

Loan Loss Analysis/Challenge Loan Credit Memo

Past Due Report

Charge-Off Report

Small Business Investment Company Update

Report for Joint Minerals Committee

Gingi Prince

10 a.m.            Community Development Sub-Committee – Lynne Michelena, chair

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Project Recommendations

Child Care Loan Recommendation

Business Ready Communities (BRC)

Project Recommendations

Rules & Recommendation

Allocation Plan

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Break  (Provided for Board & Staff)

1 p.m.              Community Development Sub-Committee (continued)

2 p.m.              Personnel, Budget & Audit Sub-Committee – Lee Lockhart, chair

Personnel Report

Financials – Diane Joyce, chief financial officer


McGee, Hearne & Paiz

Land Investments, LLC

2:30 p.m.         Regional Director’s report – Leah Bruscino, field operations director

2:45 p.m.         CEO update – Bob Jensen, CEO

3 p.m.              Old Business, New Business, Other Business

3:10 p.m.         Adjournment

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