Notice of Appointments by Governor Dayton

Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Clean Water Council, the ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors, and the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

TESTER OPPOSES BILL THAT DESTROYS THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

Senator Jon Tester today issued the following statement of opposition in response to Congressman Rob Bishop's bill to overhaul the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

GOVERNOR BULLOCK ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SUPPORT FILM PRODUCTION IN MONTANA

Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the award of $281,519 in Big Sky Film grants to support the production of 21 new film and multimedia projects taking place in Montana.

Governor Bullock Urges Montana’s Federal Delegation to Support the Swift Reauthorization of the Land...

Governor Steve Bullock today released a letter to Congressman Ryan Zinke, Senator Jon Tester, and Senator Steve Daines urging them to support the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which is set to expire in September of this year. The LWCF uses royalties from the depletion of offshore oil and gas to create and protect natural areas and water resources across the nation. Bullock encouraged Montana’s federal delegation to join the large bipartisan support behind S. 338 which would permanently reauthorize the LWCF

LWCF LETTER TO MONTANA’S FEDERAL DELEGATION

As you know, the LWCF was created by Congress in 1965 as a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources, wildlife, and our cultural heritage, and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities. Now, in 2015, the program is set to expire unless Congress takes action. Congress must act quickly to reauthorize the program, at funding levels that meet or exceed the currently-authorized levels.

Trails West Real Estate and West Venture Real Estate Merge and Rename to PureWest...

Leading brokerage and premier real estate office Trails West Real Estate announces its merger with leading brokerage West Venture Real Estate and PureWest Christie’s Real Estate, located in Bozeman, MT.

Montana and 12 Other States Challenge New EPA & Corps of Engineers Regulation

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the new regulation broadly expanding the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The case was filed in the U.S. district court for the District of North Dakota

TESTER, FRANKEN FIGHT TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE, INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY IN INDIAN COUNTRY

In a letter to the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Tester and Franken urged the committee to provide additional infrastructure resources to Indian Country as they continue work on the Highway Bill.

Kennedy Funding Financial Closes $1.41 Million Loan Secured by Mixed-use Property in Montana

Kennedy Funding Financial LLC has closed a $1.41 million loan to American Land Development-Sidney, LLC, owner of a 22.59-acre development site along E. Holly Street in Sidney, Montana, announced Kevin Wolfer, CEO of the Englewood Cliffs, NJ-based direct private lender. The three-year interest-only loan will be serviced by Kennedy Funding Financial

TESTER FIGHTS TO EXPAND PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS

Tester offered an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that would provide $400 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which supports conservation easements, land acquisition, and state and local efforts to increase public access for outdoor recreation.

TESTER ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION FOR MONTANA COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Senator Jon Tester today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service will grant Montana $3 million to support four nonprofits across the state. The AmeriCorps grants will support Montana Conservation Corps in Bozeman, Justice for Montanans and Montana State Park AmeriCorps in Helena, and FoodCorps Montana in Butte

Montana CDC Receives $65 Million Allocation to Fund Start Ups and Expansions

With the award, Montana CDC will continue to fund business start-ups and expansions in Montana and Idaho that create jobs and significant community impact. This is the sixth award Montana CDC has received since 2008, and it brings their cumulative total to $341 million.

A Bozeman Mainstay Will Breathe New Life into North 7th St.

Universal is a Bozeman success story. Started in the back of a car by Larry Aasheim and Dick Hart in 1971, the partners wanted to provide high quality, specialty sporting goods for Montana’s young athletes. Today, Universal has 13 locations in five states. The three Bozeman locations are at capacity, and the new, consolidated facility on 7th will allow the business to continue to grow

TESTER ANNOUNCES $6.8 MILLION DOLLAR AWARD TO EXPAND BROADBAND IN NORTHWEST MONTANA

Senator Jon Tester today announced that Frontier Communications will receive a $6.8 million award to expand broadband access to as many as 2,300 homes and businesses in northwest Montana.

TESTER’S PUBLIC LANDS RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ACT GETS SENATE HEARING

Tester's bill streamlines the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands and also ensures that funds generated by energy development benefit various conservation efforts. The legislation also establishes a revenue sharing system that aids local communities that are home to these energy projects and helps mitigate the impact that construction could have on land, water, and wildlife.

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How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing

There’s no better place to live, work, and play than Montana. Building a successful life here starts with having an affordable and accessible place to call home. Still, for many Montanans finding a stable home can come with barriers. We know families are encountering rising housing costs, a low supply of affordable apartments, and housing choice barriers. Every day our teams here at the Montana Department of Commerce are working to break down these barriers and make access to safe housing affordable and accessible