Business Grant Returned

Greybull, WY – One of the first grants awarded under a multi-million dollar state economic development grant has been given back to the Wyoming Business Council. The $1.5 Million grant was awarded to Big Horn County, which had plans to build an airport hangar and lease it to Hawkins and Powers Aviation. Shawn Reese manages the Business Council's Business Ready Community Program and says the project never got off the ground due to some difficulties at Hawkins and Powers, which is now reorganizing. Reese says the Business Council is disappointed the Big Horn County grant didn't work out because Hawkins and Powers in the county's biggest employer and the project would have created about 100 new jobs. However, with the return of the grant, there is now $1.5 Million worth of funding in the Business Ready Program.