Partner Message – Friday, Jan. 29 Public comment period open for rule changes to the Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program  The Business Ready Community (BRC) Grant and Loan Program has long been a crucial piece of the economic development puzzle for many communities, businesses, and economic development partners. To address a variety of issues, the Business Council is amending and further clarifying BRC program rules. Issues being addressed include award and match amounts, requirements for revenue-generating projects, expanded public notice requirements, added requirements to projects that involve ownership of infrastructure, and other revisions.  The proposed rules are available online (click on “Business Council”). We welcome all comments and suggestions on these proposed rules until March 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. Comments must be submitted directly on this form. Commenters may request a statement of the agency’s position regarding each comment and the actions taken before or within 30 days of rule adoption. Also, anyone may request the agency not adopt the rules. If requested, the agency will provide a written response stating its reasons for overruling the consideration against adoption. Submit all requests or questions to Noelle Reed, WBC Community Development Manager. The public has 45 days to comment and the proposed amended rules will be in effect upon adoption.Thrive > Survive Spotlight: Hugging Booth One of the most tragic aspects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been the inability to embrace loved ones. This became a very difficult time for everyone, but especially those in long-term care facilities who have been unable to physically hold onto their families or loved ones for almost an entire year.  To bring back that missing power of touch, the Cody Regional Health Foundation created a Hugging Booth with help from community members and businesses for Cody Regional Health Long Term Care Center residents and their families. Learn more at thrivewyoming.orgBusiness Relief Program Tax Information It’s that time of year when businesses are busy closing out the previous year and preparing to file tax documents. All CARES Act funding received through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program is considered taxable income and should be included in tax filings. The State Auditor’s Office has issued all applicable 2020 1099 forms. CARES grant recipients will be issued 1099-Gs. Please Note: The State Auditor’s Office and the Wyoming Business Council cannot provide any tax-related advice. If any Business Relief Program recipients have questions related to filing, claims, etc., they should contact a tax professional.Have questions? Reach out to your local regional director or visit wyobizrelief.org for updates. FacebookTwitterView this email in your browser 
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