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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

Department of Commerce Launches Montana’s ‘Opportunity Zone’ Application Process

UPDATE: Local governments must submit their proposals by March 30

A welder works on a pipeline.

The Montana Department of Commerce Tuesday opened the application process for local governments and economic developers to submit their proposals for an Opportunity Zone designation as created by Congress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Montana Facility Finance Authority Bond to Save Plains Hospital $1.89 Million

HELENA, Mont. – Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains will save $1.89 million over the life of a $6.17 million loan after the Montana Facility Finance Authority refinanced it into a bond at a lower interest rate and shorter repayment term.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Broadband for Montana Schools Awards 2 Grants, Additional Funding Available

Schools can learn how to access funding during a Feb. 23 webinar

Internet fiber cables

Two Montana public schools have been awarded state match funds to pay for special construction charges for broadband upgrades, increasing Internet access for their students.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Commerce’s Treasure State Endowment Program Awards Planning Grants to 63 Montana Communities

The Missouri River flowing through Fort Benton.

Sixty-three Montana communities will share $900,000 in infrastructure planning grants through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) to assist with the financing of public facilities projects.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Learn How to Access Broadband Funding During Feb. 23 Webinar

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Join Broadband for Montana Schools February 23 at 9:00 a.m. for a brief webinar on how your school or district can apply for a portion of the $2 million state match funding to boost broadband access in your schools.

Friday, February 9, 2018
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