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Casper City, County officials optimistic about economic future

City manger Carter Napier presents to Chamber of Commerce members on Feb. 17
City manger Carter Napier presents to Chamber of Commerce members on Feb. 17(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 6:28 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce hosted business, city and county officials to inform everyone on the state of the economy today and for the rest of the year.

Paul Bertoglio, the Vice Chairman of the Natrona County Commissioners, said more money could come to the community if the next stimulus package is passed.

“Natrona County could be getting $15. 5 million and the City of Casper I think is over $9 million,” Bertoglio said.

He added CARES money has helped with some expenses but steady income is best. This week commissioners are discussing a couple of projects that this money could be used for, like the Natrona County Library.

“[I hope] we can take some money every year and start putting some funds away and hopefully start making progress getting enough funds that we could build [a new one],” Bertoglio said.

Carter Napier, the city manager, said the city is doing better than expected, but there is still work to be done.

“We have $25 million needed in our wastewater plant. That’s a big amount to try to come up with,” Napier said.

There are also other big projects that Napier feels are a priority for the city like a new police station and river restoration. “Those also demand a lot of resources and unfortunately none of those things are cheap and easy to do overnight,” Napier said.

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