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Business Ready Community Grant & Loan Program

The Wyoming Business Council provides the Business Ready Community Grant & Loan Program, a program that provides financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities. Cities, towns, counties and joint powers boards are the primary applicants for this program. State and local community development organizations can assist and provide project management development under contract to the primary applicant.

Resource Type:funding resource
Subtopic:funding & financing, business assistance, economic development, employment & workforce, rural community issues & solutions, infrastructure & communications, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing,
Tags:funding, economic development, jobs, small business support, sustainable development, infrastructure, local government

U.S. Economic Development Administration

As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in facilitating regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.

Guided by the basic principle that sustainable economic development should be locally-driven, EDA works directly with communities and regions to help them build the capacity for economic development based on local business conditions and needs. EDA’s grant investments in planning, technical assistance, and infrastructure construction are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that make it easier for businesses to start and grow.

EDA’s flexible programs and structure enable nimble operations and allow for innovation and responsiveness to changing economic needs and conditions faced by its local and state government partners. Grants made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

EDA provides economic development financial assistance to communities so they can encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in a way that works best for them. Through its network of regionally-based staff and portfolio of flexible grant tools, EDA helps communities experiencing economic distress, take control of their future and position themselves for economic prosperity and resiliency.

In addition, EDA leads the integration of economic development resources from all sources, including federal, state, local and philanthropic, to achieve better outcomes for communities across America.

Geography:United States, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho
Resource Type:funding resource, technical assistance, Economic Development
Subtopic:economic development, employment & workforce, business assistance,
Tags: infrastructure, economic development, planning, funding
Telephone:(406) 599-9795

New Mobility West (NMW)

New Mobility West (NMW) provides training, tools and resources to help improve transportation systems. NMW peovides links to various recources including: funding sources for bike and pedestrian related projects, main street help, and guidence concerning how to engage local, state, and national transportation agencies.

Geography:Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Resource Type:information source, funding resource, organization
Subtopic:active transportation & recreation, access & mobility, transportation, planning, funding & financing, infrastructure & communications, Recreation & Health, Special Populations, Issues & Opportunities, Land Use Planning & Housing,
Tags:transportation, funding, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle transportation, trail, transit, walking, transportation master plan, transportation planning, community design, training, information

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

Founded in 1978, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions.

RCAC’s work includes environmental infrastructure (water, wastewater and solid waste facilities); affordable housing developmenteconomic and leadership development; and community development finance.

Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, United States
Resource Type:training, consultant or business, finance, technical assistance
Subtopic:economic development, rural community issues & solutions, community & public health,
Tags:affordable housing, economic development, leadership, community development, finance, environmental health