Business Council reviews 36 grant applications at regular board meeting

May 24, 2012

PINEDALE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors held its regular board meeting in Pinedale, Wyo., today to hear updates from Business Council divisions and review 36 applications for Business Ready Community (BRC) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requests.


The board evaluated applications for one Business Ready Communities (BRC) Business Committed grant; six BRC Community Readiness requests; and seven BRC Community Enhancement requests. Twenty-two CDBG applications were reviewed as well. Additionally, the board heard updates from the Business Council’s Agribusiness Division; Business & Industry Division; Regional Directors and Wyoming Rural Development/Wyoming Main Street.


The board held a joint Wyoming Board of Agriculture/Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors meeting the day before to discuss horse slaughter facilities, the Mountain States Lamb Co-op, and the Wyoming Premium Heifer Program.


The board also adopted rule changes to the BRC program as recommended by staff. The changes include allowing for planning as an eligible grant loan activity; and an increase in the maximum amount for Community Enhancements to $500,000 among other changes. Details may be found at: http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/content/board_meeting_materials under "BRC Rules Revision.” Staff recommendations and comments on the changes may be found on the same webpage under “Comments and Recommendations to Proposed BRC Rule Changes.” The rules will now be delivered to the Management Council of the State Legislature and then to the governor’s office for a final decision.


BUSINESS READY COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATIONS

The board reviewed 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 State Loan and Investment Board (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.


BUSINESS COMMITTED GRANTS

  • Cody requested 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 to SLIB for approval)

COMMUNITY READINESS GRANTS

  • Campbell County requested $2.1 million to construct roads and associated drainage in an industrial development south of the corporate limits of the city of Gillette. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Evanston requested $1 million to construct a 9,000 square foot medical spec building. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Laramie County requested $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 to SLIB for approval)
  • Sheridan requested $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 for SLIB approval)
  • Sweetwater County requested $1 million to construct a 7,500 square foot training facility at the Western Wyoming Community College campus. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Upton requested $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 to SLIB for approval)

COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT

  • Buffalo requested $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 CrazyWoman Square in downtown Buffalo. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Cody requested $242,451 for the rehabilitation of the grandstand and entryway improvements at the Cody Stampede Rodeo Grounds. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Cheyenne requested $250,000 to construct 1/4 mile of connecting pathway in east Cheyenne, making 16 miles of continuous Greenway. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Hulett requested $16,820 for landscaping and lighting at the Community Center site. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Jackson requested $250,000 for Phase I of the Snow King Convention & Event Center Improvements project. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)
  • Laramie requested $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 to SLIB for approval)
  • Lyman requested $120,213 for landscaping and parking lot enlargement for the Heritage Barn Community Center. (Recommended to SLIB for approval)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

The board reviewed 22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program applications totaling $2,383,213. 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 www.wyomingbusiness.org.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

  • Albany County requested $275,000 for a CDBG Handicapped Accessibility grant to upgrade and install handicap accessible amenities throughout the Laramie Plains Civic Center. ($105,000 approved)
  • Evansville requested $249,599 in CDBG Public Infrastructure funds to replace a section of failing undersized water main. (Approved in full)
  • Lander requested $465,000 in CDBG Housing Infrastructure funds to improve an existing water and sewer line. ($460,000 approved)
  • Laramie County requested 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 approved)
  • Midwest requested $198,156 of CDBG Public Infrastructure funds to replace a section of main sewer line pipe. (Approved in full)
  • Sheridan County requested $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. (Approved in full)
  • Yoder requested $500,000 to complete improvements on the two current sewer lagoons, and construct a third lagoon to increase their capacity. ($198,703 approved)

INFRASTRUCTURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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

PLANNING GRANTS

  • Albany County requested 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 approved)
  • Buffalo requested $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 approved)
  • Carbon County requested 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 approved)
  • Evanston requested $50,000 in planning grant funds to create a conceptual design plan for the local airport. ($44,796 approved)
  • Gillette requested $32,000 in planning grant funds to develop a plan that will coordinate the redevelopment of their downtown district. ($29,760 approved)
  • Green River requested $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 approved)
  • Meeteetse requested $22,800 in planning funds to develop a comprehensive community-wide plan. ($21,204 approved)
  • Moorcroft requested $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 approved)
  • Natrona County requested $50,000 in planning funds to update its Comprehensive Plan. ($44,796 approved)
  • Riverton requested $50,000 in planning funds to analyze how to minimize construction impacts of Federal Boulevard. ($44,796 approved)
  • Rock Springs requested $10,000 in planning funds to conduct a feasibility study on the First Security Bank Building in downtown. ($9,300 approved)
  • Sheridan County requested $15,000 in planning funds to determine if an expansion of the Sheridan Senior Center if feasible. ($13,950 approved)
  • Sheridan requested $48,000 in planning funds to develop an economic development strategy for the community’s railroad corridor. ($43,005 approved)
  • Wright requested $15,000 in planning funds to conduct a Town Hall Building re-use study. ($13,950 approved)

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 www.wyomingbusiness.org.



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