Wyoming Business Council asks for funding increase

2013-09-28T18:15:00Z Wyoming Business Council asks for funding increaseThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 28, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Business Council is making a case for more money so it can help attract companies to the state and promote other economic development efforts.

The Business Council is seeking almost a $34.5 million general fund budget increase for the upcoming two-year budget cycle.

The organization wants to boost funding for the Business Ready Communities program, the Community Facilities program and the Community Development Block Grant Program.

The agency's budget request is in the process of being reviewed by Gov. Matt Mead, who is expected to release his recommendations by Dec. 1.

The Legislature would have to approve the budget when it meets next year.

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  1. Gale
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    Gale - September 29, 2013 1:45 pm
    How about abolishing WBC and at the same time do away with CAEDA. These corporate handout organizations never deliver except to their insiders.
  2. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - September 29, 2013 9:50 am
    I think everyone is getting aware of what the wyoming business council really is. Its a funneling program to non governmental organsations of tax payers dollars for private developers to get businesses to move to the region. all these that apply for these dollars use the money for adminstration costs which are very high in most cases, generate little job growth, and cost tax payers millions for very little in return. the other part of this is, these NGO's use their voices in determining everything for us, like planning and zoning issues, mixed use areas, smarth growth, bike paths, hiking trails, zone changes on long standing property owners. anytime the government get involved in growth of jobs or economy thus far has been a failure. My Favorite, the rail hub its still 98% empty.
  3. Cody Coyote
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    Cody Coyote - September 29, 2013 9:29 am
    It's been proven time and time again that publically funded economic development agencies end up costing the taxpayer more than the jobs they create reimburse in real payroll and taxes, etc. .

    The New York Times ran an extensive 3-part series on this back in December researched and written by Louise Story for over a year. It could have been written anywhere by anyone, from massive subsidies and tax breaks given to Airbus, BMW, and other multinationals to relocate to the American South , down to the shell game played by our own WBC right here in Cody via the Forward Cody conduit.

    It really is a robbing Peter to pay Paul parallel. I would hope for an outside audit and economic analysis of the Wyoming Business Council track record. Keep your eye on the Bob Grady guy.
  4. Phelpsi
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    Phelpsi - September 29, 2013 9:17 am
    Take Forward Cody for example/ very few "real" jobs have been created, even after $1,000,000's have been sent up there to be cared for by James Klessen. The huge monsterosity Euletian Builing that was supposed to house 50 employess making at least $50k a year. There is only around 5-6 late 1980's cars sitting on their lot during the weekdays. Only one solid "job" has been created -- Klessens position. Klessens knows how to play the game to keep himself fed
  5. Todd
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    Todd - September 29, 2013 7:12 am
    More money??? Isn't that where the money for ski resorts comes from? Ski resorts that lose money? Aren't they the ones that sent millions to the poor underserved in Jackson for a 3 story greenhouse? Millions to a family in Cody to build a huge new building for executives overseeing teaching overseas. That business turned down an offer from Cody to obtain the old library building for free. So our tax dollars went to them for new and fancy.
    C'mon. Let's see a breakdown of their expenditures for say the last 5 years, and how much money the businesses they are supporting bring in and the location of those businesses. In other words let's see what the benefit of the Business Council is to the people as a whole.
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