Following the success of the Downtown Restaurant Payroll Grant in December 2020, Laramie Main Street is once again partnering with United Way of Albany County to bring a second round of grant funds. Donations from ANB Bank, The Mortgage Source Inc. and Ivinson Memorial Hospital helped make this second grant possible, along with individual donations from John Nutter, Suzanne Lewis, and many other generous community-minded individuals.

The effects of COVID-19 continue to impact small Laramie businesses, with many experiencing reduced foot traffic and a decrease in sales. This grant is intended to alleviate concern related to payroll expenses for businesses within the designated historic district. The first round of payroll grants was able to support 21 downtown eating and drinking establishments, which collectively employ 90 full-time employees and 287 part-time employees.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Feb. 17 edition. It is being rerun because certain information was accidentally omitted, having failed to appear on the A3 jump page.

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