WBC Boards of Directors Meet in Rock Springs Sept. 7-8

CHEYENNE, WYOMING — The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors and the Wyoming Main Street Advisory Council will hold their quarterly meetings in Rock Springs next week.

Wyoming Main Street Advisory Council

The Wyoming Main Street Advisory Council will meet in person at the Broadway Theater (618 Broadway; Rock Springs, WY; 82901) and simultaneously via Zoom for a council meeting on Wednesday, September 7 starting at 9 a.m.

This meeting will cover community updates from Main Street programs across the state, review a presentation to the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors, and more.

The full meeting agenda is available on the Business Council’s website.

Those wishing to view the meeting can do so at wbc.pub/MS_Meeting or by calling 1.669.900.6833 (Meeting ID: 824 5868 6660).

The Main Street Advisory Council is made up of local economic developers, Main Street practitioners and community leaders from across the state. It is a seven-member advisory council whose goal is to revitalize downtown Wyoming.

For more information, contact Kayla Kler, Main Street Program Manager, at 307.630.3801.

Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors

The WBC Board of Directors will consider four applications for funding from the Business Ready Community (BRC) at its regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 8. The meeting will be held at Western Wyoming Community College (2500 College Dr, rooms 3650A and 3650B; Rock Springs, WY 82901) and simultaneously via Zoom Webinar starting at 8 a.m.

Meeting documents and the full agenda are available at wbc.pub/WBC_Board.

For anyone interested in joining the meeting remotely, you can do so at wbc.pub/wbc_meeting or by calling 1.669.900.6833. Enter the 9-digit meeting ID 295-704-768 (no PIN required, press # when prompted). If registering by phone, please note that your ability to interact with panelists may be limited due to system limitations.

Members of the public wishing to speak at the meeting should email [email protected] before 4 p.m. on September 6. Please indicate your name and the subject you wish to discuss.

Other business to be transacted at this meeting includes a presentation from Wyoming Main Street, a review of a contract with the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, a review and discussion of the Connect Wyoming program rules, an update on the Pathways project to Prosperity, a presentation of the rules of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) and the annual report of the BRC, a review of imputations on economic disaster loans, as well as reports from each WBC team.

BRC projects under review at the September 8 meeting:

Community Project Applications

The Town of Bar Nunn is applying for a $500,000 Community Project Grant to build a new community center and town hall. Although this facility is a single building, BRC funds will only invest in part of the community center.

The Meeteetse Joint Powers Board is applying for a $750,000 community project grant to build a 6,600 square foot community center. This community center will be located on land owned by the Meeteetse Recreation District.

Engaged Enterprise Applications

The City of Cody is applying for a $1 million business grant to build a 16,000 square foot facility for the expansion of Wyoming Legacy Meats. The facility will be located on a 7.6 acre parcel owned by Forward Cody. All infrastructure is on site.

The City of Laramie is seeking a $20 million grant from companies hired to build an approximately 60,000 square foot research and development facility for “Project Jupiter.” The facility will be built on 16.35 acres in the Cirrus Sky Technology Park, which is owned by the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance (LCBA).

ABOUT THE BUSINESS READY COMMUNITY LOANS AND GRANTS PROGRAM

The Wyoming Business Council administers the Business Ready Community (BRC) grant and loan program, which funds public infrastructure that meets business needs and promotes economic development in Wyoming communities. Board staff thoroughly review and review each application, conduct in-person or virtual site visits, and present to a Board sub-committee before making recommendations to the full Board.

The Board of the Business Council is required by law to forward BRC grant and loan recommendations to the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) for final approval. The SLIB is made up of the state’s five elected officials: the Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Auditor, the State Treasurer, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The SLIB will make the final decisions on the BRC project requests during its meeting on October 6 at 8:00 a.m.