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Montana Department of Commerce Announces $15 Million to Develop Affordable Homes

Now accepting applications to the Multifamily Coal Trust Homes Program

The Montana Department of Commerce announced Monday that for the first time, state dollars are now available to develop affordable rental homes. Commerce’s Montana Housing is accepting applications for the Multifamily Coal Trust Homes Program. The new program makes available $15 million of Coal Tax Trust Fund dollars to develop affordable rental homes by providing developers with low-interest rate loans.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Commerce Director Rice, Film Director to Attend Local Premiere of Anaconda-set Mickey and the Bear

Photo credit Conor Murphy

On Friday, Dec. 6, Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice will join the writer and director of the new film Mickey and the Bear at the film’s Anaconda premier, where it was filmed in 2018.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, on location in Montana!

Column by Allison Whitmer, Montana Film Commissioner

Belton Bridge in Glacier National Park, courtesy of GNP

It’s not just the skiers who rejoice when snow starts to fall across Montana’s mountains, film crews are gearing up for winter car commercials that air during the holidays.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Commerce Department, SBA Celebrate a Year of Small Business Development Success

Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday

Higgins Ave. in downtown Missoula, Mont.

Ahead of Small Business Saturday on November 30, the Montana Department of Commerce and U.S. Small Business Administration released the Montana’s Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) impact for 2019.

Monday, November 25, 2019

12 Montana Communities Receive Grants to Plan Crucial Infrastructure Projects

The Montana Department of Commerce announced Thursday that 12 Montana communities will share more than $167,000 in planning grants through the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) to facilitate the development of infrastructure projects across the state.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CDBG-Economic Development Application Deadline Approaching

Apply before December 18

Anaconda, Mont. main street

The Community Development Block Grant Economic Development program is accepting applications for job creation and employee training awards on a rolling basis until Dec. 18, 2019.

Friday, November 8, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau to Increase Field Wages for Montana Workers in December

Census worker

Beginning December 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will increase Census field workers’ pay rates across the country. In Montana, the wages will increase to a starting rate of $17 per hour for enumerators and $19.50 for those working in Cascade, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Missoula and Yellowstone Counties.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Supporting a Community-Led Effort to Boost Eastern Montana Tourism, Business

Guest Column by Tara Rice

Makoshika State Park, Montana

As the folks responsible for promoting the vibrant, charming towns and stunning landscapes across our state, we know that Montana’s strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism and outdoor recreation economy.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Commerce Department Announces Investments in Native American Economic Development Services

The Department of Commerce today announced investments in eight tribal economic and business development organizations – one for each tribal government in Montana. The investments, totaling $160,000, will support business services for tribal entrepreneurs through the Native American Business Advisors program at the Department of Commerce.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Categories: Indian Country

Public Comment Period Opens for New Historic Preservation Grant Program

Public hearing scheduled for December 2

Historic cabin in Montana

The Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program, created by the 2019 Legislature and signed by the governor, is designed to support public or private entities with the preservation of historic sites, historical societies, or history museums through grant funding.

Monday, November 4, 2019
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