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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

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

A student works at a computer

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

Department of Commerce, Butte-Silver Bow Partner to Open Shelter

$200,000 Grant, Local Contributions to Fund Shelter Through Harsh Winter

HELENA, Mont. – Low temperatures and heavy snowfall have created unsafe conditions for Butte’s homeless population, and the Department of Commerce is helping the community to address it by awarding grant funds to operate a shelter this winter.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Commerce’s HOME Program Expands Affordable Housing with Funding to 4 Montana Communities

A rendering of Butte's Copper Ridge Apartments.

Four Montana communities will receive grants through the Montana Department of Commerce’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program to assist with the development of affordable housing for Montanans.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bitterroot Valley Hospital to Expand with $15 Million Bond Closing

A rendering of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital's new surgical center.

Hamilton’s Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital will soon have a new operating room suite thanks to a $15 million bond issue financed through the Montana Facility Finance Authority’s (MFFA) Master Loan Program.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Department of Commerce Announces Community Development Block Grants for 8 Montana Towns, Cities and Counties

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote today announced $3.3 million in federal community development grants to assist eight local governments with projects to add or enhance important services for their communities.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Montana Main Street Program Grants Awarded to 9 Communities to Help Revitalize, Strengthen Downtowns

Downtown Lewistown, Montana

Nine Montana communities will share $100,000 in grants through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Main Street Program, to support downtown revitalization and economic development projects.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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