Local Organizations In Line for State Grants

Two local organizations are in the running, this time around, for Community Development Block Grants from the Wyoming Business Council.

One is the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority or SEEDA, requesting $50,000 to pay for a planning grant to develop plans for up to five prioritized projects integrating art as a component of the local economic development.

The other is the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board. That organization is requesting a $1 million Community Facilities Program grant to renovate a portion of the Clear Creek Elementary School building which was vacated by Johnson County School District 1 in June and deeded to the city of Buffalo for a proposed community center. The money would be used to update the heating and cooling system.

The applications will be reviewed next week, on Thursday, in Cheyenne, by the business council board. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 at The Plains Hotel on Central Avenue. The meeting Is open to the public.

The state business council has two board members from the local area – Lynne Michelena of First Interstate Bank in Buffalo and Thomas Scott of First Interstate Bank in Dayton. Four of the members are from Cheyenne, and include Governor Matt Mead, and two are from Casper. The others come from across the state – Laramie, Torrington, Worland, Thermopolis, Burlington, Gillette, Savery and Lyman.

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