GCEDC awards Q2 Progress Program into the community

Friday, February 02, 2018

Torrington, WY --- Goshen County Economic Development Corporation pushes funds back into Goshen County to enhance economic development projects, thanks to the quarter cent economic development sales tax.  Since its inception in 2011, The Progress Program has assisted over 144 businesses, non-profits, and municipalities in Goshen County and pushed over $732K back into the community towards economic development projects. The overall goal of the Progress Program is to help businesses succeed by making their properties more attractive to their customers, and to make communities more attractive to potential new businesses, employees, residents and visitors. Progress Programs include Capital Matching, Community Enhancement, and Infrastructure Investment Funds. Applications are received and reviewed by a committee consisting of community members, GCEDC board members and staff. Final approval is awarded by the GCEDC Board of Directors.


Community Enhancement projects included $2,696.50 in awards for:

  •  $2,696.50 to Fort Laramie Historic Association for Point of Sale Software for their Non-profit Operation in the Fort Laramie Bookstore


Eligible uses for Capital Matching Funds include storefront remodeling (including windows, siding, doors, signage, etc.), landscaping, screening and fencing; demolition, clean-up, remodeling, etc.; sidewalk and parking lot – construction and replacement; stand-alone signs (properly permitted); ADA accessibility; specialized equipment; and other special requests as approved by GCEDC board. Community Enhancement Funds assist communities and nonprofit organizations to create, improve and strengthen the quality of life by promoting and enhancing job development through cultural, historical, recreational, education, health/fitness and social/ethnic activities. Generally, funds are used for capital improvements (i.e. land, buildings, equipment); programs, annual events, special events; operating expenses; marketing; community development and other activities that lead to job creation. The Infrastructure Investment funds are utilized by the local municipalities for additional infrastructure needs they may have in their community.

GCEDC is now accepting applications from businesses and organizations for 2018 funding. Applications are due to the GCEDC office no later than 12pm on Friday, March 23rd, 2018. All projects require matching funds and must be submitted for pre-approval before project is completed. Interested businesses can obtain Progress Program applications online at www.GoshenWyo.com or at the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation office located at 110 West 22nd Avenue in Torrington.  For more information about this program please contact Sondra Dent at 307-532-5162 or email sondra@goshenwyo.com.

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