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Governor Bullock Announces 2017 Montana Ambassador Awards

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the 2017 Montana Ambassador Awards honoring individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to economic development in Montana.

Monday, April 24, 2017
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How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing

Guest Column by Bruce Brensdal and Jennifer Olson

Beautiful image of Helena from atop Mount Helena.

There’s no better place to live, work, and play than Montana. Building a successful life here starts with having an affordable and accessible place to call home. Still, for many Montanans finding a stable home can come with barriers. We know families are encountering rising housing costs, a low supply of affordable apartments, and housing choice barriers. Every day our teams here at the Montana Department of Commerce are working to break down these barriers and make access to safe housing affordable and accessible.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Helena SBDC Regional Director Wins 2nd Place at Business Startup Challenge

The SBDC would like to congratulate Helena Regional Director Brandon Orr, hosted by Helena College, for taking home second place at the 28th annual statewide John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge last week. His business, Ryffit, creates custom sheet music books, and Orr plans to leverage YouTube influencers with large audiences and generate revenue for both parties through the books. Orr beat out 14 other competitors for the second place win of $7,500, only surpassed by Cowboy Cricket Farms, SBDC Shark Tank second place winner in March.

Friday, April 21, 2017
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Community Development Projects Boost Jobs, Infrastructure, Access to Affordable Housing

April 17-22 is Community Development Week

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Each year, more than $5 million is awarded to Montana towns for community development projects that improve infrastructure, access to affordable housing, and increase training and job opportunities. The Montana Department of Commerce is recognizing National Community Development Week, April 17-22, by celebrating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Helena Renovation Project Keeps 118 Affordable, Accessible Apartments Available to Low-Income Seniors

Project creates 73 jobs, generates $6 million in wages

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Thanks to a partnership among private and public organizations, 118 affordable and accessible Helena apartments have been fully renovated and will remain available for the next 45 years to low-income seniors and those with a disability.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Montana Department of Commerce Grant Brings Filmmakers to Wildlife Film Festival

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In support of the 40th annual International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, the Montana Department of Commerce and Montana Film Office have granted the festival funding to bring filmmakers to the state to participate in a variety of events.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
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VIDEO: Accessible, Affordable Housing is the Key to Living a Full, Independent Life

April is Fair Housing Month

Accessible, Affordable Housing is the Key to Living a Full, Independent Life

For many Montanans, finding accessible and stable housing can mean the difference between living an independent, healthy life or struggling to get by. That’s why the Montana Department of Commerce is recognizing Fair Housing Month, and continuing to work with property owners to develop more accessible, affordable housing options.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Grants to Create 97 New Jobs, Help Main Street Businesses Grow and Expand

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $860,366 in grants to help businesses in seven Montana communities grow and create 97 new jobs for hard-working Montanans.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Moody’s Upgrades Montana Board of Housing Rating

Montana Board of Housing’s rating has been upgraded to A1

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The Montana Board of Housing’s credit rating has been upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service which will result in the board being able to provide more low-interest mortgages to Montanans.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Montana-Made Commercial Wins ‘Outstanding Location’ Award

LMGI Awards in Los Angeles

A television ad filmed in Montana took home the top prize Saturday for outstanding location at the Location Managers Guild International awards. It’s the first time Montana has been recognized as an outstanding location.

Monday, April 10, 2017
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