April 6, 2015


The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) will consider five Business Ready Community (BRC) grant requests totaling $8,256,801 at its April 9, 2015 meeting.

The SLIB will meet at 8 a.m. in room B-63 of the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors, at a March 12 meeting in Casper, recommended the SLIB approve the grant requests. The Business Council administers the BRC program, which provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development and diversity within Wyoming communities.

The Business Council Board of Directors is required by state statute to forward all BRC recommendations to the SLIB for final approval. The SLIB is comprised of the five statewide elected officials: Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Ed Murray, State Treasurer Mark Gordon, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

The recommendations that will be considered are:

BRC Community Readiness Applications

  • Kemmerer requests a $1,925,500 Community Readiness grant to fund the development of water infrastructure integral to the continued economic and community development of the Kemmerer-Diamondville area.  (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
  • Natrona County requests a $2,578,000 Community Readiness grant to construct a 10,000 square-foot hangar and 2,000 square feet of office space at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport, which will be available to house aeronautical service providers or companies with corporate aircraft looking to establish or relocate operations.  (Recommended to the SLIB in full)
  • Buffalo requests a $1,758,961 Community Readiness Downtown Development grant to improve and revitalize portions of Benteen Street, Fetterman Street, Lobban Avenue and the Clear Creek Trail.  (Recommended to the SLIB in full)

BRC Senior Care Application

  • Goshen Care Center JPB requests a $1 million Senior Care grant and an $894,340 loan to fund a 6,000 square-foot expansion of the Goshen Care Center. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)

BRC Planning Grant Application

  • Buffalo, Sheridan and Gillette request a $100,000 Planning grant to develop a unified regional marketing plan to support economic development between the three communities. (Recommended to the SLIB in full)

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