Dave Spencer, Regional Director for the Wyoming Business Council, and Dave Simonsen, Economic Development Director for the Joint Powers Board, approached the Buffalo City Council at their last meeting, explaining why they feel the need to apply for a planning grant to study the feasibility of a technology-based business corridor east of Buffalo.
Dave Spencer explains why they are looking at a business corridor near Buffalo.
Spencer said the study focused on specific areas that had been or could easily be developed with infrastructure close by.
Buffalo's best location,according to their study is city-owned lands surrounding the waste water treatment plant.
There is an electric substation within a half mile of the city-owned lands with quite a bit of available power, Spencer said.
Also a plus for the area is the discharged water from the waste water plant that is at a temperature that it could be used for cooling purposes if needed, he said, and the fiber-optic has been developed in the area, although better long-haul fiber optic lines are needed throughout the region.
Also looked at was land adjacent to the joint powers board's existing properties near the old Ouray Building.
Spencer suggested the city apply for a planning grant for the city-owned property near the waste water plant and that the Joint Powers Board apply to study the lands near the Ouray Building as both the city and the JPB would qualify for the grant.
The grants would be for $25,000 each with a local match of $8,333.25 for each application. The city council approved moving forward with the city's Wyoming Business Council Business Ready Community Planning Grant.