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Commerce Highlights Successes for National Economic Development Week

HELENA, Mont. – National Economic Development Week is May 7–12, and the Montana Department of Commerce is celebrating by reflecting on the successes of its work to support the creation of jobs and opportunities for Montanans in communities across the state.

Monday, May 7, 2018
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Lt. Gov. Cooney and Commerce Director Haxby-Cote Honor Affordable Housing Champions

Revonda Stordhal, Executive Director, Butte Housing Authority 

Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote today presented awards to Montana’s affordable housing champions during the Annual Montana Housing Partnership Conference.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Montana Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Sweetgrass Commons grand opening in Missoula.

April is National Fair Housing Month and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Governor Bullock Sends Opportunity Zone Nominations to U.S. Treasury

Map of Opportunity Zones in Montana

Governor Steve Bullock has nominated 25 areas of Montana for designation as an Opportunity Zone, after communities submitted proposals for consideration.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Montana Housing to Fund New Affordable Homes in Deer Lodge

A view of downtown Deer Lodge, Mont.

Montana Housing at the Department of Commerce allocated $3.9 million in federal housing credits to Helena’s GL Development to help finance the new construction of the Cottonwood Creek Apartments in Deer Lodge. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant Program Awards Funding to 6 Montana Communities

Fishing in Harlowton

Six Montana communities will share $2.6 million of federal grant funding through the Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support the financing of critical infrastructure and community development projects in Montana.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Equal Pay Day, Governor Bullock Renews Calls to Close Montana’s Wage Gap

Bullock signs new Executive Order, honors a Montana business

MONTANA – Five years after launching the Equal Pay for Equal Work Taskforce, Governor Steve Bullock on National Equal Pay Day renewed his charge to close Montana’s gender wage gap. Bullock unveiled a new Executive Order promoting equal pay while speaking at a Montana business that prioritizes workplace transparency.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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Montana Board of Investments Executive Director to Retire

The Montana Board of Investments today announced the pending retirement of Executive Director David Ewer, effective in October 2018. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rural Health Clinic Upgrades Made Possible by Low-Cost Financing

The Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA) recently closed on a low-cost direct loan for the Phillips County Hospital in Malta. The $99,070 loan will allow the clinic to remodel its nurses’ station to improve patient privacy and increase work efficiency.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Housing Trust Fund Grant Awarded to Rehabilitate and Preserve Affordable Homes in Anaconda

Woman in a wheelchair

Missoula’s Homeword Inc, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, has been awarded $1.4 million from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for the rehabilitation of the Hearthstone Apartments in Anaconda. Hearthstone is an affordable apartment complex where seniors and individuals with disabilities call home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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