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Park & Missoula County Districts Announced For Energy Upgrades

The Montana Department of Commerce announced today Montana’s first two Commercial Property Assessed Capital Enhancement Districts. Through Commerce’s Montana Facility Finance Authority, commercial building owners in Park County and Missoula County will be able to utilize the financing for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy investm...

New State Website Launched To Attract Out-Of-State Health Care Workers

The website CareInMontana.com was launched Monday. It invites qualified health care providers to move to Montana. Participating employers can offer new employees reimbursement of up to $12,500 for moving expenses plus an additional 35% to offset taxes associated with the reimbursement amount. The program is being jointly administered by the Mo...

Energy Stipends May Increase For Winter Energy Demands

A state rental aid program is providing financial aid to Montanans facing housing insecurity this winter. Cheryl Cohen with the Department of Commerce says it’s considering changing the monthly stipend for energy bills because the current level may not be enough during the harsh Montana winters as energy costs continue to increase. https://no...

CARES Act Allocates Over $9 Million To Montana Communities

The Montana Department of Commerce says 16 projects in 13 communities statewide have been awarded more than $9.4 million in federal grant funding for activities that will help counties, cities and town prevent prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the allocated projects will benefit lower to middle wage-earning Montanans wit...

Department Of Commerce To Seek Out New Businesses

A new position of “Business Attractions Manager” in the Montana Department of Commerce will have a $500,000 budget to recruit businesses to the state. The state is looking for candidates with executive-level experience in the West Coast Midwest or Southeast regions of the U.S. These are areas that have shown trends in site selectio...

Montana Justice Rice Files Challenge Against Legislative Lawsuit

Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice was the only justice to file a court challenge against a legislative subpoena seeking his communications regarding any polling conducted on pending legislation. Monday District Court Judge Mike McMahon grilled a state attorney representing the Legislature on Republican lawmakers’ chosen methods of p...

Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program Begins Taking Applications

Montana has a new program to provide rental assistance for people who have lost income and are at risk of housing instability due to the pandemic. The Legislature has appropriated $17 million in federal funding for the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program which state officials estimate will help about 8,000 renters stay in their homes. ...