By Ron Gullberg, Communications Director

April 21, 2017


Take 10 minutes to tell the state what your community needs to thrive

The Wyoming Business Council needs the public’s help in crafting a five-year plan for spending $3 million in federal Housing and Urban Development money across the state.

An anonymous, 10-minute survey available at tinyurl.com/wyneeds walks participants through some of the challenges facing Wyoming and asks how the state should address those issues. The survey is open until June 1.

HUD money can be used to build affordable housing, improve basic infrastructure like streets and sewers or construct community facilities like senior centers and museums. Funding can also contribute toward public services like childcare, transportation, mental health care and asbestos mitigation.

The work Wyoming undertakes in the next five years will provide better opportunities for military veterans, the elderly, victims of violence, the disabled and the poor. Work done with HUD money creates jobs, fuels economic development and builds more livable communities.

Examples of projects that have successfully used HUD money include cleanup of 5.6 acres of contaminated industrial property along the Laramie River, renovation of firefighting and sewer infrastructure in Evansville and construction of affordable housing in Cody, Guernsey and Powell.

This brief survey will guide regional priorities for development around the state. It is the first step in the public process of creating a five-year plan for HUD. Responses will also be used to develop the statewide housing plan. Call Community Initiatives Director Kim Porter at 307-777-5812, or e-mail her at kim.porter@wyo.gov, for more information about the survey and the housing plan.

Get involved now to ensure Wyoming’s federal money is spent in ways that serve your community best. Those interested in community needs like infrastructure, housing and public services are invited to attend a 3 p.m. meeting on May 4 at the Wyoming Business Council's Cheyenne office located at 214 W. 15th St. Online participation is also encouraged. Call Senior Grant and Loan Specialist Stephanie Horton at 307-777-2813, or e-mail her at stephanie.horton@wyo.gov.

Business Council partners on this project include the Wyoming Community Development Authority, the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Department of Family Services.


About the Wyoming Business Council: Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to www.wyomingbusiness.org for more information.

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