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Investment Ready Communities. Business Ready Community Planning Grants Presentation WEDA Fall Conference September 26, 2012. 1. Investment Ready Communities. BRC – Business Ready Community CFP- Community Facilities Program BRC Planning Grants. BRC Grants and Loans. BRC Planning Grants.

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Investment Ready Communities

Business Ready Community Planning Grants Presentation

WEDA Fall Conference

September 26, 2012

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investment ready communities
Investment Ready Communities
  • BRC – Business Ready Community
  • CFP- Community Facilities Program
  • BRC Planning Grants
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Application Deadlines: December 1st and June 1st
  • Planning Project Definition: This is a project in which an applicant creates or further develops a community’s economic development strategy.
  • Grants for planning projects outlined in Chapter 2, Section 5 may only be used for the creation of the planning document(s). Funds may not be used for salary costs of the applicant or local organizations, travel costs for anyone other than the planning consultant(s), or reproduction of any promotional materials.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Evaluation Criteria:
    • The extent to which the project assists the community’s Main Street Program and/or Certified Tourism Program efforts.
    • The extent to which the planning project will create or further develop a community’s specific economic development strategy.
    • The extent to which the planning project will potentially lead to job creation or retention.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Evaluation Criteria:
    • The extent to which the planning project will address methods of funding to implement the plan.
    • The extent to which the tourism planning project will increase overnight visitors, local sales tax revenue, local lodging tax revenue, and local employment opportunities and earnings.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Project and Application Components:
    • 25% Match
    • The end result of a planning project shall be 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 opportunity(ies) and feasibility for funding the identified opportunity/ies
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Project and Application Components:
    • A clear budget statement of the sources and uses of all funds needed to complete the project. An explanation of the level of commitment of other funds needed to complete the project. The budget must be supported by an expert’s estimate of project costs. Grants and/or loans will be made only to applicants that demonstrate that upon receipt of the grant and/or loan funds all projected project costs will be funded.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Project and Application Components:
    • A copy of the certificate of incorporation of the organization, if the project will be carried out by contract with a Community Development Organization.
    • Project Timeline
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Community Development Organization (CDO)
    • a group of private citizens organized as a business entity authorized to do business in this state for the purpose of providing financing for new, existing, or expanding businesses and other economic or community development purposes throughout its community or county and which may take equity positions and shall take security positions in its borrower’s business and appropriate personal guarantees from the owners thereof
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Project and Application Components:
    • The applicant must demonstrate its plans to pre-qualify planning consultants as well as demonstrate its process to select a consultant. Council staff reserves the right to require more information on the applicant’s process.
    • Region Director must be involved.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Community Development Block Grant funds. If a planning project qualifies for Community Development Block Grant funds, those funds must be exhausted first.
    • The plan, if implemented, will potentially lead to the creation of new primary jobs and/or retention of existing primary jobs. The plan will also address methods of funding to implement the plan.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Economic Development plans. Maximum of $50,000. These are plans that address the community as a whole and identify potential future economic development opportunities and further develop a community's economic development strategy. (This is not intended to be used for community development plans such as land use plans, zoning plans, etc.).
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Feasibility Studies. Maximum of $25,000. These are site specific or industry specific plans must determine the feasibility of a project or plan for a project that addresses an economic development objective.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Promotional Plans. Maximum of $25,000. These are plans that specifically address the promotion of a community's economic development asset(s). Examples would be branding or downtown development.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Tourism Plans. Maximum of $25,000. These are plans that address economic development opportunities for a defined region or community that specifically focuses on the tourism and hospitality industry.
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BRC Planning Grants
  • Additional Information:
    • Regional Targeted Industry Plans. Maximum of $50,000. These are plans that encompass a defined region and potential targeted industries for economic development growth.
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Investment Ready Communities
  • The Process for both CFP and BRC
    • Submit application by the deadline
    • Staff reviews the applications and will often communicate initial questions and concerns
    • Site visit
    • Recommendation
    • WBC Board Meeting
    • SLIB Meeting
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Investment Ready Communities
  • Regional Director
  • WBC website www.wyomingbusiness.org
  • Dave Simonsen, BRC/CFP Program Managerdave.simonsen@wyo.gov307.777.2813
  • Karen Fate, BRC/CFP Senior Grant and Loan Specialistkaren.fate@wyo.gov307.777.2827