Business Council offers training for community assistance grant programs

May 3, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council is offering two public training sessions for those interested in learning more about the Business Ready Community (BRC), Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program (CFP), and Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).

The trainings will provide insight into the application process; will discuss the new BRC Planning Grant program and application process; and will allow time for personal consultation with Business Council staff on economic development projects.

The trainings are free and open to the public. The first training will take place June 6, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn in Rock Springs, Wyo., located at 1901 Dewar Drive. The second training is set for July 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center in Evansville, Wyo., located at 71 Curtis Street.

The training agenda:

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Introduction, Pat Robbins, Business Council South Central regional director

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.   CDBG Training, Sandy Quinlan, CDBG program manager

9:45 – 10 a.m.   Break

10 – 11:30 a.m.   CFP, BRC Training, Dave Simonsen, BRC/CFP program manager

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Question and Answer Session

12 – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch (not provided)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Project Review – Personal discussion of potential future projects with the program managers

To register for the training, please contact Sandy Quinlan, CDBG program manager at the Business Council at 307.777.2825 or

The Business Ready Community program provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. Cities, towns, counties, joint powers boards and both Tribes are eligible to apply for funding. Public infrastructure that is eligible for funding includes water; sewer; streets and roads; airports; rights of way; telecommunications; land; spec buildings; amenities within a business park, industrial park, industrial site or business district; landscaping, recreation and educational facilities; and other physical projects in support of primary economic and educational development. For more information, visit

The purpose of the Community Facilities Program is to assist communities with grant and loan funding to construct local enhancements to a school building or facility or preserve former school and government facilities that have existing or future community uses. All projects must be related to economic development or quality of life enhancement. Facilities may be space for community gatherings and functions, recreational, swimming and athletic facilities for community members, particularly youth. For more information, visit

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded pass through grant program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Business Council is Wyoming’s designated agency for administering the program. For more information, visit

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit


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