The City of Cheyenne entered into a competition and made it to round two.
Mayor Marian Orr shared the announcement that Cheyenne was selected as a #MayorChallenge Champion City. Over 500 communities applied. Cheyenne is one of thirty five communities selected to move forward to the next round. This round will require Cheyenne to pilot the submitted proposal.
“This Award is a testament to hard work and innovative thinking.” Shared Mayor Marian Orr.
Blight is the prime issue being addressed in the proposal. “Buildings with a purpose” is the name of the initiative and is a way to pair entrepreneurs with brick and mortar locations to reduce blight and encourage innovation. $100,000 has been awarded to the community to test the project.
“We have ideas and this next phase it to put this idea fully together.” Shared Robert Briggs.
Overall there are property owners who are interested in redeveloping their building and this plan would pair them with viable businesses in need of space.
“We have worked hard to find creative ways for entrepreneurs to be encouraged to expand their businesses in our community from their garages. This project concept is a great fit and solution.” Stephanie Joy Meisner Maggard, Vice President of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to helping the City of Cheyenne on this next phase.”
Through the exploration of proposal 17 buildings were identified which could fairly be adapted for entrepreneurs, according to Mr. Briggs. The top winner will receive $5 million and the top 4 winners will receive $1 million once this phase is completed.
To learn more about this competition visit the website.