By Baylie Evans, Writer

September 6, 2019


The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will consider two Business Ready Community (BRC) funding requests during its Sept. 11-12 meeting at the Thorne-Rider Campus Center, 1 Whitney Way, in Sheridan.

The meeting will be held from 1 to 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 11 and reconvene at 8 a.m. on Sept. 12. Click here to view the full agenda.

The Board will continue strategic planning discussions with a focus on budgets, and will hear an update and recommendations on the Business Ready Communities program. The Board will take action on an amendment to the contract with the University of Wyoming for the Business Resource Network, and will also consider appointments to the Broadband Advisory Council.

For those participating, listening and/or watching remotely, please register at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Users will be given an audio option (computer or phone). The site will automatically proceed to the GoToMeeting streaming video. Participants can also use the GoToWebinar app from a smartphone.

To speak during the meeting, please call Content Marketing Manager Tom Dixon at 307-275-2217 or send an email to prior to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. Please state your name and the topic about which you would like to speak. 

Board meeting materials are available for review at



Business Council staff review each application, conduct site visits, or conference calls in the case of planning grants, and make presentations to a board subcommittee before making final recommendations to the full board.  

About the Program: The Wyoming Business Council administers the Business Ready Community grant and loan program, 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 and loan recommendations to the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) for final approval. The SLIB is comprised of the five statewide elected officials: the governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer and state superintendent of public instruction. 

The SLIB will make final decisions on BRC project requests at its 8 a.m. meeting on Oct. 3.

Community Development - Enhancement 

  • City of Casper requests a $500,000 grant phase III to restore 13.5 miles of the North Platte River and its banks that traverse Casper. Funds will be used to enhance channel form and function; improve fish and wildlife habitat; stabilize eroding banks; improve passive treatment of storm water; and improve aesthetics along a 2,700-foot segment immediately downstream of the former BP-Amoco Refinery. Funds will also be used to purchase a portion of property and construct a boat dock at the river's intersection with West B Street. (Staff does not recommend funding.)

Community Development - Readiness

  • Town of Alpine requests a $2,300,370 grant for a modular wastewater pretreatment system and sludge handling facility at the town's wastewater treatment plant. The pretreatment system will have the ability to accommodate the current and future organic waste from the Melvin Brewery as well as future commercial and industrial developments. (Staff recommends funding as requested.)

For more information about these projects, visit the Wyoming Business Council website,, or call 1-800-262-3425. 


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