Buffalo, Sheridan, Gillette Jointly Applying For Planning Grant
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The three major communities in northeast Wyoming are working together to apply for a planning grant through the Wyoming Business Council for economic development.
Dave Simonsen, Director and CEO of the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board (KBJJPB) in Buffalo, said the three communities have decided to apply for the grant and have asked the state to make an exception in this case, as this will be the first time three cities from different counties have applied for the grant.
Simonsen explains what the grant would allow them to study.
An example would be if a business is a good fit for Gillette, Buffalo may support that, because there may be jobs available to Buffalo people, but the fit is better in Gillette than Buffalo, according to Simonsen.
Internally marketing the region to itself would also be part of the plan, he said, so that businesses and people would know about the cooperative effort of the region.
Public meetings on the grant applications will be happening next week in all three communities, Simonsen said, and the grant application is due December 1st, then the review process will happen.
The Wyoming Business Council Board will then review the applications in March and make their recommendations to the State Lands and Investments Board (SLIB) who will ultimately make the decision as to whether or not the grant will be awarded to the three communities together, according to Simonsen.