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Opportunity Zones Networking Event Survey:


Any regional stakeholders who have an interest in providing input for an upcoming educational networking event focused on the new federal Opportunity Zone tax incentive and community investment program ...


Arts can drive Billings' economy, but it'll take time and creativity, speaker tells crowd:


ArtsQuest, an arts and culture hub and economic development driver in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (which about 50 Billings Chamber of Commerce travelers visited last spring), has a $145 million annual economic ...


Downtown revival, "hot" market and Missoula's reputation speak to district's future:


The vacancy rate in downtown Missoula hovered north of 20 percent seven years ago, still better than peer cities hit hard by the recession. The shuttered Mercantile sat at the heart of it, along with ...


Butte-Silver Bow to give out more than $60K for projects to boost economy :


Residents and organizations still have time to propose initiatives that could benefit Butte's economy while getting county money for their idea or cause. Commissioners will soon give out more than ...


Untapped potential: As new director, Grant Kier outlines vision for Missoula Economic Partnership:


Strong communication and public outreach rank high on Grant Kier's list of things to do as he settles into his new role as MEP's executive director. The organization announced its selection on Wednesday, ...


Missoula Economic Partnership Announces Grant Kier as New Executive Director :


The Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) http://www.missoulapartnership.com is pleased to introduce Grant Kier as MEP's new Executive Director beginning October 1, 2018. Grant brings a balance ...
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BNSF: Libby, Montana Industrial Park Ready For New Rail-Reliant Business:


BNSF Railway is promoting Libby as an area ripe for new rail-reliant development. The Kootenai Business Park is one of three industrial sites nationwide BNSF is spotlighting this year. BNSF's Certified ...


Crowd to One Big Sky developers: Billings' downtown should be authentic, accessible, safe:


Monday's One Big Sky District update included a wrinkle -- audience participation. The roughly 100 people attending the noontime meeting at the Billings Public Library were asked to circle their chairs ...


BNSF certifies Port Authority business park:


Kootenai Business Park is now one of only about 20 sites nationwide to be certified through a four-year-old BNSF Railway program. The park will be "highly promoted through BNSF and their website to ...


2018-2019 Missoula Business Retention + Expansion Survey for your review Missoula Economic Partnership:


As you probably know, MEP launched a formal business retention and expansion (BRE) program last year. BRE is an important part of our operations, as the program allows us to gather data about local businesses ...


Conference aims to work on on economic development among Native American community:


The Native American Development Coorporation held a conference that focuses on businesses within Native American tribes, promote healthcare, and present those who have succeeded in the business world. Cora ...


the Impact - Butte Local Development Association:


June and July were very successful months for the economy of Butte-Silver Bow. At the end of June, the BLDC, City/County, and Butte Chamber hosted the 3rd annual Montana Young Professionals Summit. ...


One Big Sky District Plans Discussed in Billings, Montana:


On Monday, strategy partners and funding partners for One Big Sky District Development met to talk more about the plan to build a district in Downtown Billings. The One Big Sky District Analysis will ...


Native American Development Corp. Hosting Conference, Session - 8/1-2 - Billings, Montana :


The 2018 Native American Development Corp. Economic Development and Procurement Conference http://nadc-nabn.org/ is scheduled for Aug. 1-2 at the Big Horn Resort and Conference Center. This year's ...


Economic development advocates hope to recruit businesses to Butte with site selector tour:




With challenges ahead, Missoula Economic Partnership launches search for new leader:


Missoula's economy is roaring, with public and private development breaking records the last several years. But there are deep-rooted, significant problems to overcome if the goal is to boost the quality ...


Governor Bullock Announces 3rd Annual Innovate Montana Symposium:


Symposium to target opportunities for small and early-stage Montana businesses Governor Steve Bullock today announced the opportunity for small businesses to gather with some of the most promising ...


Consultants Advise Butte Economic Development Team On How To Grow :


If Butte is going to compete as a location for new businesses, it needs to grow its workforce, its service sector, and work on its appearance. That's according to a group of outside experts. Butte's ...


Destination Missoula and the Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) have event grant funds available:


Are you planning a new Missoula event or trying to expand an already successful event but need a little help with funding? Destination Missoula and the Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) ...


Missoula Economic Partnership Statement on 2018 Competitive Realities Report:


The Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP), is pleased to release Garner Economics LLC's "A Competitive Realities Report and Target Industry Strategy for Missoula, Montana." The report, commissioned ...


New businesses to be put in once Capital Hill Mall is torn down in Helena, Montana:


Helena's Capital Hill Mall has sat mostly empty for almost a year, after its last retail store closed its doors. But developers say they've always seen potential at the site. "This property is ...


A strong handshake, talent and a gut feeling led Israeli tech company to Missoula:


When Nissim Titan and his team at 4Cast arrived in Missoula last winter to vet the city as a potential location for a U.S. office, night had fallen and the snow was heavy. The CEO of the Israeli-based ...


Montana's public lands drive economic growth, give state recruiting advantage:


Over a five-year span ending in 2015, venture capital invested in Montana's early stage companies averaged just $5 million a year, placing the state near the bottom of the national list. By last year, ...


How a Virtual Reality (VR) community grew in Northern Ohio:


I've written a few times in this newsletter about various "pipelines" for startup activity -- universities, coworking spaces, and local corporations. But one pipeline I haven't touched on yet is local ...


U.S. Treasury approves 25 Opportunity Zones in Montana, including one in Great Falls:


The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new economic development program called Opportunity Zones designed to encourage long-term private investment in low-income communities. The program ...


Missoula Economic Partnership sees healthy increase in companies looking to locate, expand to Missoula:


Companies looking to Missoula to base their growth or expansion are on the rise, and with new air service to Dallas set to launch next month, the flurry of activity has economic leaders feeling confident ...


Leaders hope Opportunity Zone designation draws investment to downtown Helena:


Business development groups say, in places like downtown Helena, it can be hard to attract investment. "Getting access to capital - patient capital is what we would call it - is very difficult," said ...


MoFi Offers New Down Payment Resources for Montana Homebuyers :


MoFi (formerly Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation) has expanded its popular HomeNow down payment assistance program to make homeownership more accessible and more affordable to working ...


May is for Growing Business at Lake County Community Development Corporation:


LCCDC clients Aphia and Justin Fisher are a colorful success story. As the owners of Fisher Painting, they have been providing high quality residential and commercial painting services to the Mission ...


Upstart group looks to pin Missoula's economic identity to sustainability:


"We're going to have a focus on fixing the biggest problem, the glass problem, and we're going to throw business at it, brainstorm ideas and build something up," Hansen said. "We've got a problem, so ...

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