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Why. How to get those planning grants. Susan Bigelow, CEcD Vice President of Development Northern Wyoming Community College District WEDA Conference September 26, 2012. Project Concept Goal(s) What we know What we don’t know. Project Planning Answers to questions

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how to get those planning grants


How to get those planning grants

Susan Bigelow, CEcD

Vice President of Development

Northern Wyoming Community College District

WEDA Conference

September 26, 2012


Project Concept

    • Goal(s)
    • What we know
    • What we don’t know
  • Project Planning
    • Answers to questions
    • Modifications to concept
    • Go/No Go
  • Implementation Phase
    • Construction
    • Operations & Maintenance
    • Or
    • Implement ED Plan

Project Concept

  • We have a goal – but do we have a supportable plan?
planning projects end result

New WBC Business Ready Communities Planning Grants

  • A document that either creates or further develops a community’s specific economic development strategy.
  • The plan at a minimum must identify the
    • potential future economic development opportunities and
    • feasibility for funding the identified opportunities.
Planning Projects – End Result

Implementation Plan

  • Result of good planning process.
  • Answers questions for funding proposals and grant applications.
  • Increases probability of getting funding.
  • Increases probability of successful project.
  • Funding for implementation
    • Infrastructure grants
    • Fundraising
  • Implementation
  • Phase
  • Successful Projects
reasons to use planning grants

Structures the planning process

  • Determines the results of the process in terms of “what will we know then?”
  • Facilitates a team to consensus
  • Pays for expertise and staff capacity to complete the plan
  • Can force a decision about go/no go
  • Prepares for funding phase
  • Increases probability of getting funding
  • Increases probability of being successful
Reasons to use planning grants
what we know

National data and studies

    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Census
    • Energy Information Administration
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis
What we know
what we know1

State data and studies

    • Labor Market Information
    • Profile of Demographics, Economics and Housing
  • Local studies and data
    • Collection of Wyoming Planning Documents
    • Comprehensive Plans
    • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies
    • Community Assessments – Rural Development
What we know
local planning documents

Sheridan County

  • Master Plan for Child Development Center, Sheridan (2007)Sheridan County Fairgrounds Phase II Report (2006)Business Plan of the Free Clinic of Sheridan County (2006)Sheridan County Housing Needs Assessment. (2006)Sheridan County Fairgrounds Feasibility Study (2005)
  • SheridanSheridan Senior Center Needs Assessment and Plan (2011)Sheridan Senior Center's In-Home Services Program Memo (2011)Sheridan High Tech Park Conceptual Plan (2010)Arts and Culture: Economic Inventory, Assessment, Strategy and Work Plan for Sheridan, Wyoming (2008)Green House for Sheridan (2006)Our Camp, Inc. Planning Only Grant Feasibility Study and Report (2005)WYSTAR (Wyoming Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Center) Planning only Grant Feasibility Tudy and Report (2003)Market Analysis & Feasibility Study: the Historical Sheridan Inn as a Hospitality Property. (2003)Downtown Sheridan Streetscape Master Plan Update (2001)Downer Neighborhood Sanitary Sewer, Streets and Drainage Improvements Feasibility Study. (1998)
Local planning documents
what we don t know have

Answers to questions

    • forimplementation grant application
    • for business plan
    • for funding proposals to local governments
    • raised by the steering group
  • Expertise needed to answer questions
  • Capacity to conduct the planning project
  • Realistic schedule
  • Accurate costs
What we don’t know/have
recent project in sheridan

WYO Performing Arts and Education Center

    • Identified questions that needed to be answered
    • Reviewed existing planning documents/studies
      • Arts & Culture Assessment
      • WYO Theater Business Plan
      • Downtown Sheridan Master Plan
    • Decided College/City/WYO staff had expertise and capacity to develop answers for most questions
    • Hired architect to complete concept and cost
Recent project in Sheridan
current project in sheridan

Affirmation of target industries

    • Update to 2007 Wadley Donovan Study
  • Alignment of Career Technical Education pipeline to Occupations
    • Programs from Junior High through Community College to target industry occupations
  • Target industries verification
    • Team does not have expertise/experience
  • Alignment of programs to occupations
    • Team does not have capacity to complete study
Current project in Sheridan
why to get those planning grants

Opportunity for a planning grant?

  • Any questions?
  • Thank you!
  • Contact information:

Susan Bigelow

307-752-1762 (mobile)

307-674-6446 ext. 2861

Northern Wyoming Community College District

PO Box 1500

Sheridan, WY 82801

Why to get those planning grants