Downtown project awarded nearly $30k in grants

Today, the Wyoming Business Council approved nearly $30,000 in grants for continued improvements to Gillette's downtown area. Gillette Main Street's Jessica Seders said the WBC approved the funding for the town's gateway project. The purpose of the project is to make Gillette Avenue and the surrounding area more enticing to visitors and more pedestrian friendly. GMS has been installing more signage promoting downtown and hits historic nature, in part to slow traffic down. The $29,164 grant approved today, which is the largest the organization has received to date, will fund additional blue "uranium" lights for the parking area behind Pat's Hallmark Shop. The tall, blue tinted lights are designed to resemble old-style lanterns, and several have already been installed along parts of Gillette Ave. Seders made it clear that during these tough financial times, the continued downtown improvements are only being funded by grants. The city is putting no money toward it, and in fact, the grants will help pay for city employees' labor for the installations. Therefore the money for the projects is actually go right back into the community. A second phase of the project will seek grant funding next year. *photo of the blue "uranium" lights h/t Gillette Main Street* #county17 #news