Council Votes Yes on Conference Ctr | Big Horn Basin Media

Powell Council Supports Hotel/Conference Center

Written by on June 8, 2018

An economic development project in Powell has been given the go-ahead by the City Council.
The Council gave its support to a planned hotel and publicly owned conference center at its meeting on Monday, in a 5-1 vote to apply for a $2.6 million grant from the Wyoming Business Council.
According to an article in the Powell Tribune, the money from the grant would be used to build a 10,000 square foot conference center with a commercial kitchen, meeting space for 250 people and connections to a proposed 70-plus room hotel. The facility would be built in the Gateway West business park on the west side of Powell.
Christine Bekes, executive director of the Powell Economic Partnership, told the newspaper that the vote was a win for the community. She applauded the Council’s willingness to weigh the benefits over the financial risk.
The project is being driven by Billings developer Steve Wahrlich. He said the next steps are finding investors for the hotel and continuing the community grant process for the conference center.

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