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Business incubator, golf club project receives .09 funding


May 9, 2019

Nancy Cochran meets with Whitman County Commissioners, from left, Dean Kinzer, Michael Largent and Art Swannack, after the Colfax Downtown Association was awarded $30,000 from the county's .09 fund, also known as the Economic Development Public Facilities Fund.

Colfax Downtown Association plans to use $30,000 awarded from the county's .09 fund for a business incubator launch site. The shared rent facility would start off with a frozen yogurt shop, mini-pedi salon and space for at least one more start-up business, according to Nancy Cochran, association board member.

The fro-yo shop plans to start in the incubator and eventually move into its own space. The goal is to open the incubator in late fall this year, and the association is currently seeking a building to house the incubator.

Colfax Golf Course and Country Club was awarded $70,000 from the .09 fund. According to Craig Gronning, pro at the golf course, the money will be used toward the goal of doubling the capacity for events at the club's facility.

The project is still in the planning phase, so it is unknown whether that will mean adding on to the current structure or constructing a new building which would be connected to the club house via a breezeway.

The facility currently has capacity for 100 people, but often receives requests for larger venues, Gronning said.

The .09 funds are generated from a sales and use tax option in the county. The funds are intended to be used for public economic development projects.


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