Meetings, Events and Training

Meetings, Events, and Training


Participate in CDD Events!

The Community Development Division has listed below Hearings, Meetings, and Workshops that you are encouraged to participate in. Please email us or call 406-841-2770 for more information or questions about participating in these events.

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NEXT MONTANA COAL BOARD MEETING:

DATE & TIME:  March 23, 2017 — 8:30 a.m.

LOCATION:  301 S Park Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 226 & 228, Helena, MT

AGENDA: Click Here

Conference Call Dial In: 1-877-273-4202
Conference Room ID: 6517798


UPCOMING 2017 MONTANA COAL BOARD MEETING DATES:

June 22, 2017

September 21, 2017

December 21, 2017

Please note that these dates will be confirmed by the Board at the meeting prior to the date listed.

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The Department of Commerce anticipates opening the next Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grant application cycle in early July 2017; stay tuned for more information. If you are seeking planning grant funds in the coming months for a project in response to economic development distress or an economic development opportunity that has potential to create or retain jobs, we encourage you to contact the Big Sky Trust Fund Program to determine if your project is eligible for funding through their grant pool.

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Upcoming Webinar Opportunity

Event:  Free Webinar, "Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders - Parks, Community Health, and the Arts"
Date & Time:  February 28, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST
Register:  https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/BFLeveraging4/

Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. It is the fourth in OBLR's webinar series on what communities need to know to successfully leverage resources for brownfields revitalization. 

Agenda:
1.   Welcome: Andrew Seth, President, Sustainable Strategies DC
2.   Introductory Remarks: Aimee Storm, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. EPA
3.   National Park Service Resources: Joel Lynch, State and Local Assistance Programs Division, National Park Service
4.   Health and Human Services Resources: Harold Taylor, Community Economic Development Specialist, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, HHS
5.   National Endowment for the Arts Resources: Jen Hughes, Community Solutions Specialist, NEA
6.   Case Study - To be determined.

Questions? Contact Patricia Overmeyer: EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, 202-566-2774, Overmeyer.Patricia@epa.gov


2017 BACI Action Institute

For those not familiar with the BACI Action Institute, it is a 3-day training and networking opportunity for Montana cities or counties interested in making their communities safer and more accessible for walking and bicycling. All travel costs to attend are included for those communities selected. Up to six community teams, representing multiple sectors, will be selected to attend the BACI Action Institute May 16-18, 2017, in Butte, Montana. Information about the Action Institute, who can apply, and the application are available on their website. They will begin accepting applications January 5 and the application closes on February 10. There will be an informational webinar about this opportunity and the application process through the Montana Rural Health Initiative (RHI) on January 5th, 2017 at 10 a.m. Please go to their website to register for this webinar. We hope you will consider applying!

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HARD ROCK MINING IMPACT BOARD MEETING:

DATE & TIME:  May 5, 2017 — 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  301 S Park Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 228, Helena, MT

AGENDA:  Coming Soon

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Upcoming Webinar Opportunity

Event:  Free Webinar, "Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders - Parks, Community Health, and the Arts"
Date & Time:  February 28, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST
Register:  https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/BFLeveraging4/

Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. It is the fourth in OBLR's webinar series on what communities need to know to successfully leverage resources for brownfields revitalization. 

Agenda:
1.   Welcome: Andrew Seth, President, Sustainable Strategies DC
2.   Introductory Remarks: Aimee Storm, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. EPA
3.   National Park Service Resources: Joel Lynch, State and Local Assistance Programs Division, National Park Service
4.   Health and Human Services Resources: Harold Taylor, Community Economic Development Specialist, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, HHS
5.   National Endowment for the Arts Resources: Jen Hughes, Community Solutions Specialist, NEA
6.   Case Study - To be determined.

Questions? Contact Patricia Overmeyer: EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, 202-566-2774, Overmeyer.Patricia@epa.gov


2017 BACI ACTION INSTITUTE

For those not familiar with the BACI Action Institute, it is a 3-day training and networking opportunity for Montana cities or counties interested in making their communities safer and more accessible for walking and bicycling. All travel costs to attend are included for those communities selected. Up to six community teams, representing multiple sectors, will be selected to attend the BACI Action Institute May 16-18, 2017, in Butte, Montana. Information about the Action Institute, who can apply, and the application are available on their website. They will begin accepting applications January 5 and the application closes on February 10. There will be an informational webinar about this opportunity and the application process through the Montana Rural Health Initiative (RHI) on January 5th, 2017 at 10 a.m. Please go to their website to register for this webinar.

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Draft 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan and Substantial Amendment to the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan Public

Both the Draft 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan and the Substantial Amendment to the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan can be found on the Consolidated Plan Documents webpage and are available at any of the Repositories. Comments can be received in writing to:

Consolidated Plan
Montana Department of Commerce
301 S Park Avenue
PO Box 200523
Helena, MT 59620-0523
Or via email to: DOCConPlan@mt.gov

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Long-Range Planning Subcommittee Meeting Quality Schools HB14

As a reminder, the Joint Appropriations Long-Range Planning (LRP) Subcommittee meeting will be accepting public comment on House Bill (HB14) specific to the Quality Schools projects. Public comment and review of the Quality Schools projects will begin Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and may continue through Wednesday January 25, 2017 for projects from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 317B of the Capital Building. Please see the attached schedule. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

The public hearing will allow time for project representatives, in rank order, to provide testimony to the subcommittee. Project representatives will have a limited amount of time to provide public comment (3 minutes of testimony is suggested to allow all project representatives time), please be sure to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the time listed on the schedule.

If project representatives are unable to attend the hearing in person, you may submit written testimony for your project to Crystal Bridges at cbridges@mt.gov or DOCQualitySchools@mt.gov. Your testimony will be provided to the Long Range Planning subcommittee.


HB14 Local Infrastructure Grants and Loan Program

As a reminder, the Joint Appropriations Long-Range Planning (LRP) Subcommittee meeting will be accepting public comment on House Bill (HB14) regarding the new Local Infrastructure Grants and Loan Program, providing funding opportunities to local governments for infrastructure projects. This new program would be a solution for projects that were not recommended for infrastructure funding through infrastructure grant programs, such as the Treasure State Endowment Program, Renewable Resource Grant and Loan program, and Quality Schools, or newly identified local infrastructure projects. Public comment regarding this program is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 317B of the Capital Building. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

If you are unable to attend the hearing in person, you may submit written testimony regarding this program to Crystal Bridges at cbridges@mt.gov or DOCCDD@mt.gov. Your testimony will be provided to the Long Range Planning subcommittee.


On November 15, 2016, Governor Bullock released his 2019 Biennium Executive Budget. Included in Volume 8 of the Budget are the Governor’s recommendations to fund 9 school facility projects through the Quality Schools program, with a total appropriation of $5,413,013.98 for project during the 2019 Biennium.

The full Quality Schools program 2019 Biennium Report, including project funding recommendations for the 2019 Biennium project grants is now available on the Community Development Division website HERE.

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Long-Range Planning Subcommittee Meeting TSEP HB14

The Joint Appropriations Long-Range Planning (LRP) Subcommittee meeting will be accepting public comment on House Bill 14 (HB14). Public comment and review of the projects will begin Monday, January 16, 2017 for bridge projects, continuing with infrastructure projects that identify TSEP-only as a funding source (not-combined with RRGL), followed by infrastructure projects identifying TSEP funding combined with RRGL funding on January 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 317B of the Capitol Building. Please see the attached schedule. Please note the schedule is subject to change.
 
The public hearing will allow time for project representatives, in rank order, to provide testimony to the subcommittee. Project representatives will have a limited amount of time to provide public comment (3 minutes of testimony is suggested to allow all project representatives time). If project representatives are unable to attend the hearing in person, you may submit written testimony for your project to Crystal Bridges at cbridges@mt.gov.. Your testimony will be provided to the Long Range Planning subcommittee.


HB14 Local Infrastructure Grants and Loan Program

As a reminder, the Joint Appropriations Long-Range Planning (LRP) Subcommittee meeting will be accepting public comment on House Bill (HB14) regarding the new Local Infrastructure Grants and Loan Program, providing funding opportunities to local governments for infrastructure projects. This new program would be a solution for projects that were not recommended for infrastructure funding through infrastructure grant programs, such as the Treasure State Endowment Program, Renewable Resource Grant and Loan program, and Quality Schools, or newly identified local infrastructure projects. Public comment regarding this program is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 317B of the Capital Building. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

If you are unable to attend the hearing in person, you may submit written testimony regarding this program to Crystal Bridges at cbridges@mt.gov or DOCCDD@mt.gov. Your testimony will be provided to the Long Range Planning subcommittee.


On November 15, 2016, Governor Bullock released his 2019 Biennium Executive Budget. Included in Volume 4 of the Budget are the Governor’s recommendations to fund 24 infrastructure projects and 5 bridge projects through the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP), with a total appropriation of $17,754,473 for project, planning, and emergency grants during the 2019 Biennium. The full Treasure State Endowment Program 2019 Biennium Report, including project funding recommendations for the 2019 Biennium and a status summary for all 2017 Biennium emergency, planning, and project grants is now available on the Community Development Division website HERE.

 

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The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Allocation Plan has been approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HTF Allocation Plan is posted below and on the Consolidated Plan website at http://commerce.mt.gov/conplan/documents.

**NEW** Montana Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan ( PDF)



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