The board that oversees the development of the former Amoco refinery property will hear about the scope and costs of the proposed conference center at its monthly meeting at 2435 King Blvd. at 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the board's agenda.

The Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board has cleared several hurdles for the conference center, hotel, parking lot and other improvements proposed to be located on 17 acres on the Platte River Commons, the name for the former refinery property.

Last month, board Chairman Bryce Row said central Wyoming already has hotels that can accommodate hundreds of people, but it needs an all-inclusive conference center to handle conventions for thousands of people.

"But as far as taking in a large base, when it comes here for a convention of thousands of people, we don’t have the facilities in town," Row said.

The ARAJPB was created in 1998 when Amoco — now BP — signed an agreement with the city of Casper and Natrona County to oversee the development of the property. The Casper City Council and the Natrona County Commission appoint the board members.
BP pledged more than $25 million toward the goal of replacing the number of jobs lost when the refinery shut down in 1991. The board receives no money from the city or the county.