County to Consider Applying for Development Grant for Small Business Pandemic Relief

County to Consider Applying for Development Grant for Small Business Pandemic Relief

SWEETWATER COUNTY โ€” The Sweetwater County Commissioners will consider approval Tuesday for the county to apply for the Wyoming Business Council for a Rural Development Grant to assist small businesses in recovering from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

If approved, the grant award would be used to assist small businesses in Sweetwater County recover from the pandemic by providing consulting sessions and a webinar in collaboration with “Entrepreneurial Communities”. The project would be led by consultant Mo Collins, who would provide “short-term, high-impact” consulting sessions.

According to the Commissioners’ meeting agenda and packet, the project also includes developing a “business community assessment” that could identify future courses of action to strengthen economic development in Sweetwater County.

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The grant would be in the amount of $4,000, with no local cash match. The project is estimated to take place between March 15 through April 30. The Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition advisory team has reviewed and recommends the project.

The public can attend the meeting at the Sweetwater County Courthouse or they can watch the meeting on the Sweetwater County YouTube channel.

The county resident concerns portion of the meeting will take place at about 8:45 a.m., in which the public can express concerns either in person at the meeting, by calling 307-872-3891, or by sending comments ahead of time via email to: publiccomments@sweet.wy.us.

There is limited seating at the county courthouse as to practice social distancing and be consistent with state guidelines.

Other Business

The Commissioners will also consider approval of the second round of requests for funding under the Community Charitable Relief Program. These funds were determined by the Governorโ€™s Office using population as a primary allocation metric which has been awarded to each county.

The Commissioners already allotted $631,043 of the $932,414 allocated to the county from the state. This left about $301,370 left for the second round of applicants.

The Sweetwater County Commissioners will also hold a public hearing at the start of the meeting for the renewal of liquor licenses.

To view the full meeting agenda, click here. To view the full meeting packet, click here.