MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street Program Coordinator, (406) 841-2756
Ronja Abel, Communications Director, (406) 841-2557
Montana Main Street Planning Grants Awarded to Lewistown, Great Falls, Miles City and Shelby
(HELENA) – The Montana Department of Commerce announced the award of $40,200 in planning grant funds to four Montana communities through the Montana Main Street Program. The recipients of the planning grants include the City of Lewistown, the City of Great Falls, the City of Miles City and the City of Shelby.
“The Montana Main Street Program assists communities in revitalizing and strengthening our state’s downtowns,” said Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary. “We look forward to working with these four communities in planning the improvement of the economic, historic and cultural vitality of their vibrant and charming downtowns.”
The Montana Main Street Program is a collaborative effort between the Community Development Division and the Montana Office of Tourism at the Department of Commerce. The collaboration combines the Divisions’ goal to create and maintain vibrant and charming Montana towns with the mission to facilitate a comprehensive sense of place for Montana communities through planning and providing for safe, efficient, and quality public facilities. The program helps communities strengthen and preserve their historic downtown commercial districts by focusing on economic development, urban revitalization and historic preservation through proactive long-rang planning, organization, design and promotion.
The following awards were made:
• City of Lewistown - $10,000 – The City of Lewistown will use their Montana Main Street Planning Grant to develop a way-finding plan. The project will include the design of non-customized signage and will provide guidance as to the most effective signage types and locations based on community needs as part of a wider effort to grow regional tourism infrastructure and economy.
• City of Great Falls - $5,200 – The City of Great Falls will use their Montana Main Street Planning Grant to create façade improvement design renderings. The project builds upon past successes incorporating renderings of historic district buildings into the Great Falls Master Plan, local collaborative planning efforts, and building rehabilitation.
• City of Miles City - $10,000 – The City of Miles City will use their Montana Main Street Planning Grant to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The project emphasizes the beginnings of downtown revitalization and historic preservation.
• City of Shelby - $15,000 – The City of Shelby will use their Montana Main Street Planning Grant to prepare a preliminary architectural report and conduct a feasibility study for the historic Rainbow Hotel. The overall project will include a business plan and potential investor structure as part of a collaborative funding effort between Department of Commerce programs. The City of Shelby was awarded $15,000 from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund and $4,350 from the Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED) in support of these efforts.
For more information regarding the Montana Main Street Program, please contact Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street Program Coordinator, at (406) 841-2756 or e-mail DOCMainStreet@mt.gov.