At Tuesday's Sheridan County Commission meeting, members of Forward Sheridan and other business leaders in the community came before the Commission to receive their authorization to submit an application to the Wyoming Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program for a Community Readiness Project. The project would support the building that would house mostly high-tech start-up businesses, as well as office space for Forward Sheridan. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has more.
Forward Sheridan Director Jay Stender told the Commission that they had originally approached the City, but while a couple Councilmen supported the idea, Mayor Kinskey and the remaining Council did not.
County Business Manager Renee Obermueller told the Commission that there are a lot of "what if's" regarding what happens to the County's investment if the business incubator should fail. A representative from the Wyoming Business Council said that compliance is five years, so if the project wouldn't work, the County would not be "on the hook" forever.
Ultimately, Commissioners Steve Maier, Mike Nickel and Terry Cram voted to approve the authorization of the grant application submission in the amount of $978,000 to the Wyoming Business Council. Maier says.
With the lone dissenting vote, Commissioner Tom Ringley indicates.
Commissioner Bob Rolston recused himself from any discussion or voting, because he sits on the Forward Sheridan Board. He did, however, commend the approval of the Resolution.