GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette city officials and a consulting group are exploring ways to revitalize the city's downtown and spur more investment.

The Associated Press reported  the study got under way on Monday and wraps up in April.

It comes ahead of a utility construction project on Gillette Avenue that will replace water mains in 2014.

Michael Surface, a planner on the city staff, says officials want to encourage investment in downtown to accompany the street improvements.

The consultant on the project is RDG Planning and Design.

The collaboration with the designer will be paid through a $40,000 Wyoming Business Council grant, which requires a match of $10,000.

Half the match comes from the city of Gillette and the rest from a grant provided by the national Main Street program.