Four out of seven applicants obtain funding for economic development in the Lander; distribution process under consideration

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Four community organizations will receive a combined total of nearly $140,000 from Lander’s 0.5% local sales tax for economic development for the second quarter of 2022.

Lander City Council approved the funding recommendation at a regular meeting last week.

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The recommendation document indicates Apple Valley School will receive $70,500; Lander LLC – which Lander City Council member Julia Stuble described as a “boutique hotel restoration” – will receive $55,000; the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Arena will receive $10,000; and Lander presents will receive $3,635.

Three other organizations have applied for funding but will not receive any this quarter: Rising Star Gymnastics, Fairfield Tree and Lawn and Holiday Lodge.

Alternative model

The Lander investment for tomorrow The committee had proposed an alternative sales tax distribution model that would have given economic development funding to all organizations that applied for it this quarter, but city council decided to follow the recommendation of the Economic Development Association of the Lander to more fully fund organizations that scored higher on the funding matrix that was developed to guide the process.

Over the next few months, members of the two economic development groups said they plan to review the sales tax distribution model, using “council input” to determine “in which direction you would prefer we were going” in the future.

“The question is… do we try to spread the money from this pool over as many applicants as possible, so we give people smaller amounts, or do we want to start (at the top of the list) and work until what we’ve completed this funding,” said Sarah Hamlin, LEDA board member and LIFT liaison.

The problem, said Andy Gramlich, president of LIFT, is that “the demand for funds is much greater than (what) we have available.”

“We are looking for the fairest way to distribute (this money),” he said. “It (requires) a deeper discussion about where we want to be in the future.”

For more information call City of Lander at 332-2870.

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