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					           COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
             ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Seven Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications are being forwarded
to the board for consideration at the May meeting. These Economic Development
Program applications consist of one infrastructure, five planning only and one
technical assistance. The request is for a total of $395,823. The 2007 grant year
award is $3,245,104, with $1,067,751 allocated to the Economic Development
Program. The formal HUD CDBG 2007 grant agreement has been received, executed
and funds are available to grantees.

               SUMMARY OF APPLICATIONS, FUNDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


                                      Estimated New    Requested    Available   Recommended
      Grant Type       Applications        Jobs          Funds       Funds         Funding
Downtown
Development                 0              0                   $0    $318,115                 $0
Infrastructure              1              24            $277,323    $327,751           $277,323
Planning Only               5               0            $111,000    $227,405           $111,000
Technical Assistance        1               2              $7,500     $25,000                 $0
Job Training                0               0                  $0     $25,000                 $0
Convertible Loan            0               0                  $0          $0                 $0
       TOTALS               7              26            $395,823    $923,271           $388,323

Note: Existing allocations are based on past experience and best judgment. Planned
allocations are not meant to be restrictive and upon Council approval, funds from one program
category may be moved to fully fund requests in other program categories. Prior awards
approved in January and March of 2007, pending receipt of the 2007 grant year award, were
deducted from funds available for infrastructure ($151,885) and planning ($25,000). An
additional $32,405 in deobligated funds, from various previously approved grants, was added.



                              PROPOSED FUNDING DISTRIBUTION
                                  Amount Needed to Deficit or
                        Available    Fund Current  Remaining   Source of
      Grant Type         Funds     Recommendation    Funds    Supplement Funds Remaining
Downtown
Development                $318,115               $0     $318,115     N/A               $318,115
Infrastructure             $327,751         $277,323      $50,428     N/A                $50,428
Planning Only              $227,405         $111,000     $116,405     N/A               $116,405
Technical Assistance        $25,000               $0      $25,000     N/A                $25,000
Job Training                $25,000               $0      $25,000     N/A                $25,000
Convertible Loan                 $0               $0           $0     N/A                     $0
       TOTALS              $923,271         $388,323     $534,948     N/A               $534,948




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APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING


Six proposals are recommended for funding. See pages three through nine for
expanded information on the applications. In selecting projects for recommendation,
staff focused on projects which are in full compliance with CDBG guidelines and the
CDBG national objectives of benefiting low and moderate income families, eliminating
slum and blight conditions, and addressing health and safety concerns that present an
imminent threat.



 Applicant                          Project                        Amount

Infrastructure
Natrona County                 Old Pump House                      $277,323
                               Sub-Total Infrastructure                            $277,323

Planning Only
City of Buffalo                Main Street Business District
                                                 Assessment        $   24,000
Converse County                Library Study                       $   25,000
Town of Granger                Community Development Plan          $   25,000
Town of Kaycee                 Feasibility Study: Senior Housing   $   25,000
Town of Upton                  Feasibility Study: Senior Center    $   12,000
                               Sub-Total Planning Only                            $111,000




                                             TOTAL REQUESTS                       $388,323




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             COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
               ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

INFRASTRUCTURE– RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

      NATRONA COUNTY - OLD PUMP HOUSE INFRASTRUCTURE: $277,323
Background
Platte River Parkway Trust (PRPT), a 501 (c) (3), was established in 1985 to build a
scenic pathway and greenway along the Platte River through Casper. They are
overseeing completion of the Rail-to-Trail project which the city had begun. In January
2007 BP transferred the old Midwest Pump House to the Trust to be used as a
trailhead center, with a restaurant and recreational equipment shops. This is a
component of the Platte River Commons Reuse Plan which was adopted by the City of
Casper.

Use of Funds
Economic development funds will be used to build infrastructure into this portion of
the Commons, which is owned by the Platte River Parkway Trust. It will include public
water and sewer lines.
                    Source                 Amount         Percent of total
           CDBG                          $277,323.00           75%
           Platte River Parkway Trust    $ 92,442.00           25%
                       PROJECT TOTAL    $369,765.00           100%
Plan Implementation
Upon completion of this infrastructure project, the Trust will move forward to renovate
the Old Pump House. An existing restaurant group, with a proven track record, has
committed to locating a restaurant in the pump house. Under the agreement with BP,
a bike & kayak rental store will also be located there. The trust has identified
transportation enhancement activity-local, (TEAL) grants, 1% optional sales tax and
private funds from foundations and individuals.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed infrastructure grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low
and moderate income individuals through job creation. The restaurant group has
committed to create 24 new jobs, 21 or 88% of which will be available to low and
moderate income persons.

Eligible Project Type
The improvement of building sites is an allowable project under the Community
Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested upon completion of the environmental review,
including a flood plain analysis. Under HUD requirements, the review will include the
entirety of the Old Pump House section, located west of Amoco Park. Funds cannot be
drawn down until all funding for pump house renovation have been committed and are
in place.



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PLANNING ONLY – RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING

CITY OF BUFFALO–MAIN STREET BUSINESS DISTRICT ASSESSMENT: $24,000

Background
The city of Buffalo is currently completing an update of their comprehensive plan
which was created in 1975. The motivation for this has been the sustained growth the
city is experiencing due to adjacent energy development. With the city being located
at the junction of Interstates 25 and 90; commercial enterprises have been relocating
from the downtown to the main travel arteries, along the interstate corridors, to
capture increased traffic trade. While this business leakage has resulted in storefront
vacancies and a reduction in retail businesses on Main Street, it also creates an
opportunity to reassess the role and possible options for Buffalo’s downtown.

Use of Funds
A consultant will be hired to conduct a detailed assessment of the Main Street
downtown district section of Buffalo. The assessment will cover design standards,
traffic control, parking constraints and an inventory of housing units. It will update
the city’s 2001 community assessment to current conditions and provide the level and
span of detail necessary to create a master plan for the downtown district. Areas of
consideration will focus on integrating retail business, historic preservation and
workforce housing.

                     Source                Amount         Percent of total
           CDBG                           $24,000.00           75%
           City of Buffalo                $ 8,000.00           25%
                     PROJECT TOTAL        $32,000.00          100%

Plan Implementation
After the assessment is completed and necessary information is available, the city will
move forward to create a master plan for its Main Street business district. The master
plan will inform what programs to pursue for funding such as the Main Street
program, historic preservation and workforce housing.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed planning grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low and
moderate income individuals through the creation of jobs when a master plan is
implemented.

Eligible Project Type
The Main Street assessment is an eligible project type for planning only grants under
the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested.




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                 CONVERSE COUNTY - LIBRARY STUDY: $25,000

Background
In 2006 a needs assessment for the Converse County Library system was completed.
It concluded that the Glenrock and Douglas facilities, in existence since 1968, no
longer provided adequate space for patrons, collections, programs and staff. The
Glenrock and Douglas facilities also serve as community centers for both towns.
Converse County is anticipating significant growth in the near term due to adjacent
energy development and would like to develop their library services to meet the
growing needs of their communities.

Use of Funds
Funds will be used to have an architectural review and assessment of existing facilities
conducted. The study will make recommendations for increasing functional utility of
existing space, as well as determining what expansion would be required to meet
future needs identified in the study.

                   Source                  Amount          Percent of total
           CDBG                          $25,000.00             75%
           Converse County               $ 8,333.00             25%
                    PROJECT TOTAL       $33,333.00             100%

Plan Implementation
Converse County Library system has put in place a building contingency account that
has begun to establish initial funding for this project. A library foundation is also in
place that has been conducting ongoing fund raising. The Library Board and the
Foundation will partner to develop fund raising strategies at a community level
involving both Douglas and Glenrock. This partnership will work to obtain county
support for an increased mil levy should the study recommend a building project. In
addition, the county has been awarded one time funding by the state legislature for
collection development.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed planning grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low and
moderate income individuals.

Eligible Project Type
The library study is an eligible project type for planning only grants under the
Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested.




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      TOWN OF GRANGER – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN: $25,000

Background
The Town of Granger is strategically located on Route 30 between Interstate 80 and
Kemmerer. Outside of the interstates, this two lane highway currently has the
heaviest truck traffic in the state due to energy development in Sweetwater County.
Inadequate infrastructure is currently restricting Granger’s ability to capitalize on the
opportunities this presents.

Use of Funds
Building upon the 2004 Wyoming Rural Development community assessment, a
consultant would be hired to prepare a comprehensive community development plan.
The plan will direct the design process for public infrastructure, including water and
sewer lines. It will also result in limited land development regulations and put in place
a long-term strategic plan with a twenty year horizon, along with a five year action
plan, to guide the Town’s future.

                    Source                Amount            Percent of total
           CDBG                          $25,000.00              56%
           Town of Granger               $20,000.00              44%
                    PROJECT TOTAL        $45,000.00             100%

Plan Implementation
The near term goals of the five year action plan will direct the sources of funding to be
pursued. The town of Granger has raised $5.8 million from a Specific Purpose Excise
Tax that can be used to rehabilitate, replace or up-grade water and sanitary sewer
infrastructure of the town. It is also the recipient of impact funds from the State Land
and Investment Board. Funding for street improvements and public pathways will be
pursued through mineral royalty (MRG) and local transportation enhancement activity
grants (TEAL).

CDBG National Objective
The proposed planning grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low and
moderate income individuals.

Eligible Project Type
The community development plan is an eligible project type for planning only grants
under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested.




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     TOWN OF KAYCEE – FEASIBILITY STUDY SENIOR HOUSING: $25,000

Background
A 2004 community assessment of the town of Kaycee was conducted by the Wyoming
Rural Development Council. It identified seniors, who then represented roughly 25%
of Kaycee’s population, as an underserved sector in the community. For two years a
local task force has been researching the potential of developing low income housing
and the creation of a not for profit organization to operate such a facility.

Use of Funds
The proposed feasibility study would include the following tasks: a demographic
survey of the geographic region (to include southern Johnson County and the northern
Natrona County communities of Midwest and Edgerton), a needs assessment analysis
(targeted population below the median county income), conceptual design and cost
estimate for a sustainable housing facility and establishment of a non-profit
organization with development of its business plan.

                    Source                Amount         Percent of total
           CDBG                          $25,000.00           75%
           Town of Kaycee                $ 8,333.00           25%
                    PROJECT TOTAL        $33,333.00          100%

Plan Implementation
Grant funding opportunities for implementation that have been identified include HUD,
WCDA, and USDA Rural Development. A private family foundation is committed to
participating in development of senior housing in Kaycee.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed planning grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low and
moderate income individuals.

Eligible Project Type
A feasibility study is an eligible project type for planning only grants under the
Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested.




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      TOWN OF UPTON-FEASIBILITY STUDY SENIOR SERVICES: $12,000

Background
In 2002 a new school was built in Upton and the old one in the center of town was
torn down. The property has been deeded to the town. After much consideration the
town of Upton offered to donate the property for use of seniors. In 2004 Upton Senior
Services, Inc., a non-profit, was established. It received an initial planning grant to
develop demographic and service need data for the senior population in the area,
including portions of Weston and Crook Counties. That study concluded that a Senior
Center was vital to the life of the community; however, the closest “full service”
center, which supports independent living with nursing, nutrition and home health
services, is twenty-nine miles away. Consequently, the town is experiencing an
exodus of elderly who must move to other locations, away from family and
community, in order to continue living independently.

Use of Funds
The proposed study would determine the feasibility of a senior center in Upton. It will
determine what population numbers and services would result in a break-even budget
and sustainable operation. Deliverables would include conceptual design for a senior
center, estimate of construction cost, an operating budget and five year business plan
for Upton Senior Services, Inc., which will operate the center. The final report would
be used as a roadmap for fund raising, design of the senior center and operation of
the facility.

                    Source                Amount          Percent of total
           CDBG                          $12,000.00            75%
           Town of Upton                 $ 3,000.00            25%
                    PROJECT TOTAL        $15,000.00           100%

Plan Implementation
The Town of Upton is willing to donate real property for a community senior center.
The results of the study will determine if the town is able to commit to a long term
subsidy of the center. Other sources for additional funding include CDBG, USDA Rural
Development, Wyoming Senior Services grants and private foundation, industry and
individuals.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed planning grant meets the CDBG national objective of benefiting low and
moderate income individuals.

Eligible Project Type
The feasibility study is an eligible project type for planning only grants under the
Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
Staff recommends funding as requested.




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      TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE– NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
                                    FUNDING

             TOWN OF MOUNTAIN VIEW–WEBSITE DESIGN: $7,500

Background
Uinta County State Bank recently benefited from a lease purchase agreement for new
facilities through Mountain View’s BRC committed business grant. The next step in
the bank’s business plan is to increase its regional market share through updating
service delivery technology.

Use of Funds
The funds would be used to design an interactive web site. The intention is to improve
customer service efficiency and provide cutting edge services. The intended result
would be to increase the bank’s customer base in the region.

                    Source                 Amount           Percent of total
           CDBG                          $ 7,500.00              75%
           Uinta County State Bank       $ 2,500.00              25%
                    PROJECT TOTAL       $10,000.00              100%

Plan Implementation
Uinta County State Bank has committed funds to launch the website and implement
on-line banking features upon completion of the design.

CDBG National Objective
The proposed technical assistance grant meets the CDBG national objective of
benefiting low and moderate income individuals through job creation. The bank has
committed to the creation of two new jobs, both of which would be available to low
and moderate income individuals. These two jobs would be in addition to the nine
newly created jobs committed to under the BRC business committed grant.

Eligible Project Type
Technical assistance grants for project planning and design are an allowable activity
under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Recommendation
The historical model for technical assistance grants is for early stage, independent,
entrepreneurial businesses marketing of new products – therefore Staff does not
recommend funding.

Staff also recommends the Board consider the following options for future technical
assistance grants:
   1) Staff to provide the Board an historical analysis of technical assistance grants,
       in order to redefine the intent and clarify the type of businesses to be targeted,
       or
   2) Eliminate this grant type under WBC’s economic development program.



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