Duerr joins Stock Growers board
Steve Duerr joined the board of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, an organization focused on conserving agriculture lands. Duerr is an associate broker with the Western Ranches Division of Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates and serves as general counsel for Lower Valley Energy.
Virus mitigation grants awarded
Businesses and nonprofits from around the state are starting to be approved for coronavirus mitigation grants through a program administered by the Wyoming Business Council. The grants, funded by federal pandemic relief legislation passed in the spring, are to pay for COVID-19-related health and safety expenses. Among the local businesses awarded grants are Mexican Y La Gringa LLC (Streetfood at the Stagecoach), Jewels and Stones LLC (JH Flower Boutique), New West Building Co., Black Diamond Transportation, the Stagecoach Bar, the Gun Barrel Steakhouse and Jackson Hole Resort Lodging. As of Tuesday the Business Council had received 545 applications for $25.8 million. The total amount available is $40 million. A list of who is getting what can be found online at WyOpen.gov/wbc.
High demand for relief grants
Requests from businesses and nonprofits for grants from the state’s Relief Fund are “quickly exhausting available funding,” according to the Wyoming Business Council. “Applicants are not guaranteed funding at this point and may be placed on waitlists.” The grants are for businesses with 100 or fewer employees and certain nonprofits that have lost revenue due to public health orders or have incurred COVID-19-related expenses. Of the $50 million reserved for those that were required to close because of the pandemic, the Business Council has received 581 applications totaling $46.7 million. For the $135 million available for other businesses and nonprofits there have been 1,735 applications seeking $134.9 million. The funds come from the pandemic relief legislation passed by Congress in the spring. Awards are posted at WyOpen.gov/wbc.
Breakfast chat changes
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce changed the topic of the Sept. 3 Business Over Breakfast to “mental health resources during back-to-school season.” The discussion will include panelists from Mental Health JH, Becoming Jackson Whole and more. It starts at 8 a.m. and is free to attend. Register at TinyURL.com/y3qtd4kh. The “winter preview” topic has been pushed to October, when the ski resorts and panelists will have a better view of the winter season to come, the chamber said.