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Gardiner, Belgrade, Livingston Receive New State Funding for Tourism Promotion

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HELENA – Three Montana cities have new resources for promoting travel to their areas after forming the state’s newest convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs).

Nonprofits in Belgrade, Gardiner and Livingston will receive state Lodging Facility Tax (also known as the bed tax) funds collected in fiscal year 2016 to promote tourism through a CVB. The Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) works closely with CVBs to provide education and development resources, joint venture advertising opportunities and more.

“Tourism drives economic growth by supporting businesses and jobs across Montana,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary said. “By forming a CVB, each of these cities will have new ways to increase the positive impacts of tourism in their communities. We welcome and look forward to working with them.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Governor Bullock and Director O'Leary Announce $500,000 Coal Board Grant Award to the City of Colstrip for Wastewater Upgrades

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the recent award of $500,000 to the City of Colstrip for construction costs associated with upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The Montana Coal Board made the award.

“A strong infrastructure is a critical piece of a strong economy. I am glad that we are able to support regional efforts to deal with the everyday impacts related to Montana’s coal industry through entities such as the Montana Coal Board,” said Bullock. “This is another example of Montana’s strong fiscal management assisting local economic development throughout our state.”

The City of Colstrip’s wastewater treatment plant is 37 years old, and has operated without substantial upgrades since 1978. A recent wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) revealed several major deficiencies including inadequate pretreatment facilities and the lack of a redundant clarifier. These deficiencies create a health risk for operators, and hinder efforts to establish a successful maintenance and repair program.

Monday, July 20, 2015
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State of Montana Moves Forward in National Disaster Resilience Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that the State of Montana has made it to Phase 2 of the CDBG-NDR Competition. If the State is successful, these grant funds will provide a historic opportunity to help Montana communities address unmet recovery needs and increase long-term resiliency across Montana.  

For Phase 2, the State will work with its partners to identify resilient projects in areas that have met thresholds set by HUD to be eligible for grant funding.  In the coming days, the Department of Commerce will be in contact with all communities and partners that participated in the Phase 1 application process to discuss next steps.  Additionally, the Department will be scheduling meetings, one-on-one outreach and technical workshops in the coming months, to further engage Montana communities in the CDBG-NDR process and overall resiliency efforts.

Monday, July 13, 2015
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Public Comment Period Open for State of Montana's National Disaster Resilience Grant Application

HELENA, MT - The Montana Department of Commerce is preparing the State of Montana’s application for Community Development Block Grant – National Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Monday, March 23, 2015
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Governor Bullock and Director O'Leary Announce $610,500 for Low-Income Housing in Downtown Missoula

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $610,500 to the Missoula Housing Authority to assist with the construction of Dakota Place Apartments. Dakota Place Apartments will be a complex for single or homeless households, prioritizing those with a mental illness or co-occurring disorder in the Missoula area. The funding is being made available through the Montana HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

“This project will ensure that some of the most vulnerable residents in Missoula have access to safe, quality, and affordable housing,” said Gov. Bullock. “I look forward to continuing to work with communities across Montana to increase access to low-income housing for those who need it most.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Montana Communities Receive Grants to Help Plan for Growth and Development

Montana Communities Receive Grants

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the award of $169,750 to nine communities across Montana through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at the Montana Department of Commerce.

“These grants help Montana’s cities and counties plan for future growth and development in their regions,” said Governor Bullock. “The projects we are funding will help our community leaders create long-term solutions to critical housing and infrastructure needs.”

Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Grants Awarded to Five Montana Communities for Downtown Improvement Efforts

Grants Awarded to Five Montana Communities

HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce announced the recent award of $51,000 in planning grant funds to five Montana communities through the Montana Main Street Program. The recipients of the planning grants include the cities of Kalispell, Helena, Thompson Falls, Dillon, and Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.

“The Montana Main Street Program helps communities strengthen and preserve their downtowns and Main Streets,” said Director Meg O’Leary. “We’re excited and inspired by the projects envisioned by our member communities, and looking forward to helping them leverage the program’s resources to help them achieve their goals.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Governor Bullock and Director Meg O'Leary Announce Grant to City of Havre to Upgrade Wastewater Infrastructure

City of Havre Receives Grant

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced a grant of $500,000 to the City of Havre to rehabilitate and expand the city’s wastewater system. The funds are being made available to the City of Havre through the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP).

“We cannot build a strong and resilient Montana economy without strong and resilient public infrastructure,” said Gov. Bullock. “This grant will help the City of Havre make critical improvements to its wastewater infrastructure and ensure the safety and reliability of the treatment system for future generations.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Department of Commerce Announces $600,000 Grant to City of Missoula for Low-Income Housing Assistance

City of Missoula Receives Grant

HELENA - Today, Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the recent award of $600,000 to the City of Missoula. The grant will be used to assist low- and very low-income households to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to prospective homeowners. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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