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Montana Economic Development News


Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation lands $65M in tax credits; project announcements expected:


A financing group spread across Montana and Idaho secured $65 million in new market tax credits this week, bringing its running total in the competitive federal program to more $496 million over the past ...


A Phoenix rising from the asbestos Libby, Montana hopes brand management will help reverse Superfund stigma:


"He said every small community in the western United States is trying to do, at some level, what you're trying to do," Peck recalled. "However, (he also said) what every other small community in the western ...


Startup Fever is Catching on Everywhere (Even in this Little Montana Town):


One Montana town is the home of more than 100 engineers working for one of the world's fastest growing and highest valued startups. By Dustin McKissen Founder and CEO, McKissen + Company@DMcKissen https://www.inc.com/dustin-mckissen/startup-fever-is-catching-on-everywhere-even-in-this-little-montana-town.html Co-working ...


2018 economic outlook - Mentors, volunteers and health care clients: Aging population in southwest Montana has pros and cons:


Fred Hartline, 72, feels an affinity for what he describes as Butte's "informal, do-it-yourself, spunky atmosphere and denizens." He celebrates the city's comparatively low housing costs and the surrounding ...


Gallatin County remains 'poster child' for growth in generally improving state economy:


State economists, business and university system leaders were in town Wednesday to discuss the condition of Montana's economy, arguing for the importance of higher education. As part of the annual ...


Jeff Fee named interim leader of Missoula Economic Partnership:


The Missoula Economic Partnership's board of directors named former St. Patrick's Hospital CEO Jeff Fee as its interim leader, replacing James Grunke, who announced last week he is stepping down. Fee, ...


Montana is growing, but not proportionately. Here's how rural communities are coping with population decline:


Between 2000 and 2015, the number of jobs in Montana grew 20 percent. But just five counties -- Missoula, Flathead, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark and Yellowstone -- account for three-quarters of it. In much ...


Where is your community now and where does it want to go? Montana Economic Developers Association Resource Team Assessments:


What is a Resource Team? Sponsored by Montana Department of Commerce with coordination by Montana Economic Developers Association and your local Certified Regional Development Corporation, Resource ...


After resignation, Missoula Economic Partnership chairman says board will discuss search for new president:


"The person we're looking at today might be a little different than when we were starting this organization." The Missoula Economic Partnership's http://www.missoulapartnership.com/ board of directors ...


What others can learn from Bonner, Montana's success in revitalizing its old mill site:


Bonner and Frenchtown are, in many ways, like two sides of the same coin. Both were "mill towns" where the economy was largely dependent on a huge industrial site that employed hundreds of workers. ...


A new kind of vibe: Arrival of ClassPass brings energy to Missoula's tech scene -Multiple Career Opportunities Available:


Recruiting an international tech company to Missoula would have appeared as a longshot just a few years ago, back when the city was searching for identity as it transitioned from a long reliance on resource-based ...


James Grunke hints at possible year-round air service to San Francisco., new potential at Smurfit-Stone in update to Missoula:


The Missoula Economic Partnership offered an optimistic update to the City Council on Wednesday, noting recent announcements on expanded air service and the successful recruitment of an international ...


When Copper Kings leave, what happens to the slag?:




Want to revitalize a depressed economy? The EPA can help. Anaconda, Montana:




The challenges of urban economic growth vs. rural stagnation in the West. What can communities learn from each other?:


What are rural Montana communities doing to respond to a growing economy in the cities without much evidence of that growth in their communities? What can they do to help their residents weather the ...


How the 'scenery economy' reinvigorated a Montana town:


These days, though, Philipsburg's historic district is one of the state's small-town success stories -- its buildings restored and bustling, with brightly painted facades that have won national recognition ...


Lake County, Montana Community Development Jan 2018 Monthly News:




Tourism agency pursuing district renewal, assessment increase to better attract tourist to Great Falls:


The city's tourism agency is requesting that City Commissioners renew the tourism business improvement district, which is funded by an assessment on lodging facilities in the city. Great Falls Montana ...


ClassPass arrival in Missoula punctuates robust year of downtown growth:


"It's exactly what we're all working toward," said Pam Udall, the business development director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership. "All the stakeholders in downtown Missoula are working toward this ...


International fitness company ClassPass to open third North American office in Missoula, Montana:


“Missoula offers ClassPass the opportunity to become an employer of choice in a smaller, highly educated location whose culture matches their company mission of promoting healthy and active lifestyles,” ...
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Montana's Fort Belknap Continues Push for Food Sovereignty with help from First Nations Development Institute and the Northwest Area Foundation :


A Colorado-based development group has provided a $30,000 grant to promote food sustainability at Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The Havre Daily News reports part of the grant will ...


Montana West Economic Development - Making the Most of Economic Development Possibilities:


Montana West Economic Development https://www.dobusinessinmontana.com/ has proven to be a powerful toolbox for local businesses and entrepreneurs "To be able to do this great work on behalf of the ...


Tax bill threatens bonds that build Montana communities:


Congress has the unenviable job of deciding who wins big and who will be hurt by tax reform. One decision that should be easy for lawmakers is to retain the tax tool that has resulted in the development ...


Lake County Community Development December Newsletter:


Lake County Community Development is excited to present its first e-newsletter sharing impact stories from its four Centers; Business Development Center, Community Development Center, Cooperative Development ...


Downtown Billings: Developer envisions $2B, 20-year redevelopment:


One Big Sky Center, originally conceived of as a multimillion-dollar building project in the heart of downtown Billings, expanded considerably Monday night, at least conceptually. Bob Dunn, president ...


Report: Adequate Daycare, Affording Housing and Better Internet Needed in Flathead County:




Yellowstone County grants tax break to Phillips 66 oil refinery :


Yellowstone County on Tuesday approved a tax break sought by Phillips 66 oil refinery in Billings for a $298 million project to improve crude oil processing and sulfur recovery. The project qualified ...


Butte, Montana aims to elevate image - "Butte Elevated":


Butte's been cleaning up its mine waste for years now. But, only recently has the city is trying to clean up its image as well. "We're more than a pit, we're more than historical mining. We have a ...


Big Sky and the big screen: A star-studded history, an economic motive and the future of film in Montana:


"The biggest loss (from productions choosing other states), again, may not be the value of production itself, but the lost revenues from the tourism-related commerce that film generates for its location," ...


Butte's new local development director Joe Willauer shares vision for economic future:


Most children don't imagine themselves becoming economic development advocates when they grow up, and as a child Joe Willauer was no different. Today, however, Willauer would likely tell you that ...

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