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WY Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Wyoming Business Council
Ben Avery
Director, Business and Industry
214 West 15th Street
Cheyenne, WY USA 82002
800-262-3425
info@wyomingbusiness.org
www.whywyoming.org
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WY Regional Economic Development Agencies

Lincoln-Uinta Association of Governments
Mary Crosby
Executive Director
1100 Pine Avenue, Suite 2E, P.O. Box 389
Kemmerer, WY USA 83101
307-877-3984
luag@qwestoffice.net
www.luag.info
Northeast Wyoming Economic Development Coalition
Linda Harris
Executive Director
2201 South Douglas Highway, Suite 140
Gillette, WY USA 82718
307-686-3672
linda@newedc.com
www.newedc.com

WY County Economic Development Agencies

Big Horn County Economic Development, Inc.
Barbara Anne Greene
Director
P.O. Box 790
Basin, WY USA 82410
307-568-3055
develop@tctwest.net
www.developbighorncounty.com
Campbell County Economic Development Corporation
Philippe M. Chino
Executive Director
2001 West Lakeway Road, Suite C, P.O. Box 3948
Gillette, WY USA 82717
307-686-2603
mary@ccedc.net
www.gillettewyoming.com
Carbon County Economic Development Corp.
Cindy Wallace
Executive Director
215 West Buffalo Street, Suite 304
Rawlins, WY USA 82301
307-324-3836
info@ccwyed.net
www.ccwyed.net
Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, Inc. (CAEDA)
Robert Barnes, Jr., CEcD
President & CEO
300 South Wolcott Street, Suite 300
Casper, WY USA 82601-2468
307-577-7011
robert@caeda.net
www.casperworks.biz
Cheyenne LEADS
Randy Bruns
Chief Executive Officer
121 West 15th Street, Suite 304
Cheyenne, WY USA 82001
307-638-6000
leads@cheyenneleads.org
www.cheyenneleads.org
Converse Area New Development Organization (CANDO)
Joe Coyne
Executive Director
130 South 3rd Street
Douglas, WY USA 82633
307-358-2000
jcoyne@candowyoming.com
www.candowyoming.com
Forward Sheridan Economic Development
Philippe Chino
CEO
203 South Main Street, Suite 2003
Sheridan, WY USA 82801
307-673-8004
info@forwardsheridan.com
www.forwardsheridan.com
Goshen County Economic Development Corp.
Lisa E. Johnson
Executive Director
117 West 22nd Avenue, P.O. Box 580
Torrington, WY USA 82240
307-532-5162 307-532-76
ljohnson@goshenwyo.com
www.goshenwyo.com
Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
Karen Gibbons
Vice President, Business Development
P.O. Box 1250
Laramie, WY USA 82073
307-742-2212
kmgibbons@laramiewy.org
www.laramiewy.org
Platte County Economic Development (PCED)
Dan Brecht
Director
P.O. Box 988
Wheatland, WY USA 82201
307-322-4232
info@pcedwyo.org
www.pcedwyo.org
Sweetwater Economic Development Association (SWEDA)
Michelle Hostetler
Director
1400 Dewar Drive, #205 A
Rock Springs, WY USA 82901
307-352-6874
mhostetler@wyoming.com
www.sweda.net
Thermopolis-Hot Springs County Economic Development
Lorraine Quarberg
Executive Director
420 Broadway, P.O. Box 603
Thermopolis, WY USA 82443
307-864-2348 or 800-501-6708
lquarberg@thermopedc.com
www.thermopedc.com
Uinta County Economic Development Commission
Dell Atkinson
Director
225 9th Street
Evanston, WY USA 82930
307-783-0378
deatkinson@uintacounty.com
www.uintacounty.com
Washakie Development Association
Le Ann Baker
Executive Director
501 South 15th Street, Suite C
Worland, WY USA 82401
307-347-8900
wda@rtconnect.net
www.washakiedevelopment.com

WY City Economic Development Agencies

City of Evanston Economic Development Division
Jim Davis
Director of Administrative Services
1200 Main Street
Evanston, WY USA 82930
866-783-6300
jdavis@evanstonwy.org
www.evanstonwy.org
City of Kemmerer
Michael Archibald
220 Wyoming Highway 233
Kemmerer, WY USA 83101
307-828-4061
marchibald@kemmerer.org
www.kemmerer.org
City of Lander Economic Development
Gary Michaud, M.B.A.
Community Resource Coordinator
240 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY USA 82520
307-332-2870
gmichaud@landerwyoming.org
www.landerwyoming.org
City of Rawlins
Amy Bach
Director, Community Development
521 West Cedar Street, P.O. Box 953
Rawlins, WY USA 82301
307-328-4515
amybach@rawlins-wyoming.com
www.rawlins-wyoming.com
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce
Joe Locurto
Executive Director
836 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY USA 82414
307-587-2777 201
exec@codychamber.org
www.codychamber.org
Dubois Chamber of Commerce
Bobbie Sue Carroll
Director
616 West Ramshorn Street, P.O. Box 632
Dubois, WY USA 82513
307-455-2556
duboiscc@wyoming.com
www.duboiswyomingchamber.org
Glenrock Economic Development Corporation
Kathy Patceg
Director
P.O. Box 417
Glenrock, WY USA 82637
307-436-9294 314
kpatceg@gedwyoming.com
www.gedcwyoming.com
Green River Futures
Brad Sutherland
President
P.O. Box 130
Green River, WY USA 82935
307-871-1941
sutherland@greenriverfutures.com
www.greenriverfutures.com
IDEA Inc. (Economic Development for Riverton)
Phil Christopherson
Executive Director
213 West Main Street, Suite C
Riverton, WY USA 82501
307-856-0952
philc@wyoming.com
www.rivertonidea.com
Lander Chamber of Commerce
Scott Goetz
Executive Director
160 North 1st Street
Lander, WY USA 82520
307-332-3892
director@landerchamber.org
www.landerchamber.org
Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce
Dave Hanks
CEO
1897 Dewar Drive, P.O. Box 398
Rock Springs, WY USA 82902-0398
307-362-3771 or 800-46-dunes
rschamber@sweetwaterhsa.com
www.rockspringswyoming.net
Town of Chugwater
Anja Bendel
Economic Development
P.O. Box 243
Chugwater, WY USA 82210
307-331-0012
anja.bendel@gmail.com
www.chugwater.com
Town of Wright
Chrissy Herrera
Clerk/Treasurer
201 Wright Boulevard, P.O. Box 70
Wright, WY USA 82732
307-464-1666
clerk@wrightwyoming.com
www.wrightwyoming.com
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Wyoming State Incentives

The BUSINESS READY COMMUNITY GRANT & LOAN PROGRAM can provide financing for publicly owned infrastructure that promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. Cities, towns, counties and joint powers boards are the primary applicants for the program. The typical maximum award is $1.5 million with a 10 percent match. Publicly owned infrastructure that facilitates a specific businesses needs.

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT REVENUE BONDS: Cities and counties may issue tax-exempt industrial development revenue bonds to provide financing for manufacturing and energy generation businesses. These bonds are issued within the State’s IRS allocation of tax-exempt bond financing. The maximum project was increased to $600,000,000 in 2011 and the business must provide a bank “letter of credit” to guarantee payment of the bonds. Interested businesses must apply for an allocation within the State’s volume cap. The Wyoming Business Council will coordinate this process.

WYOMING PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGE LOAN PROGRAM: The Wyoming Business Council can participate with a local lender on a loan to a business. The State’s portion of the participation maybe up to 35 percent of the project (maximum $500,000) in a shared note and collateral position with the local lender. Participation can be increased to 50 percent of the loan or $1,000,000 is the lender has secured a federal guarantee (i.e. SBA, USDA) to guarantee repayment of a loan made to a business.

The MANAGED DATA CENTER COST REDUCTION GRANT PROGRAM (Passed 2009) is a $2.25 million maximum grant that can be used to reimburse accrued utility expenses for power or broadband over 3 years. In exchange for providing these reductions in costs, the applicant (a Wyoming city, county, joint powers board) shall contract with the business to receive direct benefits and indirect economic development benefits including a specific amount of capital investment from business, specific minimum payroll created by the business, the provision of discounted IT services.

DATA CENTER SALES TAX EXEMPTION (originally passed in 2010, amended 2011): Requires a $5 million investment in capital infrastructure (building, walls, engineering, dirt work, etc) in a Wyoming location in addition to a $2 Million or larger investment in data center equipment (servers, peripheral equipment and data center containers) and software purchases. If these thresholds are met the sales tax burden on the qualifying computer equipment is exempt. This exemption can be applied if the data center invests $2M in equipment a calendar year in the future. In 2011, the Wyoming State Legislature added another tier requiring a $50 million capital infrastructure level. This tier also requires the $2 Million in data center equipment purchases. At this tier the qualifying exempt equipment also includes uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), back-up power generation, specialized heating and air conditioning equipment and air quality control equipment.

DATA CENTER PERMIT EXEMPTION (passed 2011): A mega-data center project, which exceeds $178.3 Million in capital investment, would be exempt from the requirement of applying for an Industrial Siting Permit through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. This presents a cost savings of approximately $500,000 associated with permit application preparation, wildlife studies, economic analyses, public meetings, permit hearings, attorney fees, etc.

DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FUNDS (passed 2011): A $15,000,000 appropriation to assist Wyoming cities, towns and counties to build necessary public infrastructure for the recruitment and operation of data centers.

FARMERS MARKET PROMOTIONAL GRANT: The Wyoming Business Council offers a $400 reimbursable grant for advertising and promotional materials to Wyoming farmers markets that can be used by a local Wyoming government agency, a Wyoming association, a Wyoming nonprofit organization (e.g. Chamber of Commerce) or a Wyoming Producer Association that conducts a farmers’ market.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM: Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Wyoming Business Council, it is designed to help Wyoming processors with the costs associated in becoming organically certified. Two kinds of Organic Certification Reimbursement Grants are available. Wyoming businesses (organic processors) and Wyoming farms/ranches (organic producers) are eligible to apply.

WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANTS (WDTF): Created by the 1997 Wyoming Legislature and administered by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, it assists new and existing industries in the state with the training needs of newly hired or current employees. Grants are available for up to $4,000 per trainee.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM: Administered by the Wyoming Business Council, it provides grants to local governments for community and economic development projects and makes convertible loans based on job creation as well as other tools that may assist businesses.

MANUFACTURING SALES TAX EXEMPTION: The sales tax burden is exempt on the sale or lease of machinery to be used in the State of Wyoming directly and predominately in manufacturing tangible personal property.

SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON ELECTRICITY USED IN MANUFACTURING: The sales tax burden is exempt on sales of power or fuel to a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, processing or agriculture when the same is consumed directly in manufacturing process.

MARKETING ASSISTANCE

Sales are directly tied to marketing Wyoming companies’ services and products. The Wyoming Business Council offers help through several programs.

  • COOOPERATIVE ADVERTISING: The Business and Industry Division offers economic development groups and businesses the opportunity to join cooperative advertising in national publications.
  • COOPERATIVE MARKETING PROGRAM: The Business Council secures booth space at trade and selling events to share, at minimum cost, with WY businesses and local economic development groups.
  • MARKETING CONSULTING/MEDIA TRAINING: Consulting and training helps Wyoming businesses fine tune their marketing and public relations efforts to reach their target audience.
  • TRADEMARK LICENSING PROGRAM: The Business Council has an agreement with the Secretary of State to use the Bucking Horse and Rider logo.
  • TRADE SHOW INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM: Encourages state businesses to promote and sell their WY-made products to statewide, national and international audiences with grants to help offset the costs of the trade events. It is a reimbursable grant; and as such, the applicant must pay all expenditures before the grant award can be disbursed. The business shall function independently in performing this activity and shall assume sole responsibility of any debts or liabilities that may be incurred in regard to this trade event.
  • WYOMING FIRST PROGRAM: Assists Wyoming companies with the identification and promotion of their Wyoming-made products and services. Participants can use “Bucking Horse and Rider” design stickers and hang tags and have their companies featured in a catalogue and a Web site.
  • WYOMING MARKET RESEARCH CENTER (WMRC): Provides low to no cost market information to Wyoming businesses including competitive analysis, marketing lists, custom demographic and psychographic analysis, industry trends, government regulations, geographic information services, marketing material evaluations and original research.

SMALL BUSINESS NON-PROFIT ENERGY AUDIT PROGRAM: A matching grant that provides 50 provides for a level 2 energy audit up to a maximum of $2,500. A Level 2 Energy Audit will include quantification of energy users and losses through a detailed review and analysis of equipment, systems and operational characteristics. After the energy audit is conducted, the remainder of the grant may be used to pursue energy retrofits identified in the audit. Retrofit and audit funds are up to a maximum total of $5,000 with a 50 percent reimbursement. Manufacturers may use the audit to qualify for a sales tax abatement on the energy used in the manufacturing process.


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