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Governor Bullock & Ag Development Council Award Additional $110,000 to Ag Businesses

Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $110,718 in grant funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program. In all, seven agriculture businesses were awarded funds to assist with their development and growth.

EPA provides $400K to advance the cleanup and revitalization of targeted properties in Missoula

As part of a tour highlighting several completed, ongoing and planned redevelopment projects in Missoula, Mont., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Shaun McGrath today presented Mayor John Engen with $400K in EPA Brownfields grant funds. The EPA grants will be used to expand local efforts to assess, clean up and redevelop properties throughout Missoula, including Urban Renewal Districts and properties along the Clark Fork River waterfront.

Utah Man Ordered to Pay Over $97,000 in Restitution to Montana State Fund

Last week, Utah resident Benjie Leroy Christensen plead guilty in Lewis & Clark County District Court to felony theft for receiving Montana workers’ compensation permanent disability payments for six years while he was actually performing construction work

Zinke Urges Senate to Take Swift Action to Block EPA’s Waters of the U.S.

Today Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke called on the Senate to take swift action to block the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Administration announced its final rule today. Zinke voted in support of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would require the EPA to withdraw its proposal or finalized rule. The Senate adjourned for recess without taking up the issue.

Early career award goes to MSU scientist who investigates solar cell materials

A Montana State University faculty member who investigates new materials for solar cells has received an early career award from the U.S. Department of Energy.


During a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, Vice-Chairman Tester highlighted how vital these water compacts are for the health, safety, and the economy of tribal and non-tribal communities. Tester discussed his bill, the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act, that invests $35 million annually for 20 years to help pay for projects associated with tribal water compacts.

Montana auto accident victims paid less than they deserved

One of the nation’s largest insurance companies has agreed to pay a $95,000 fine and rebate dozens of Montanans to resolves a dispute with the office of Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen, which alleged the company was shortchanging Montana auto accident victims.


Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today announced they will introduce a bipartisan bill to guarantee critical investments to improve and update Montana's aging rural water systems. The Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act will establish a guaranteed annual investment of $80 million from the Reclamation Fund to upgrade eligible rural water systems for 20 years.

City of Missoula: South 3rd Street West Roadway Reconstruction

The City of Missoula will start the reconstruction of South Third Street West between Schilling and Reserve streets on the evening of May 17. The project will bring new roadway asphalt, curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes, storm drainage and a center turn lane.

Daines Introduces Bill to Roll Back EPA Regs

Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce legislation that ensures Montanans have access to affordable energy and protects good-paying coal jobs.

Tester fights to improve affordable broadband access in rural Montana

Tester today sent a bipartisan letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the agency to modernize its Universal Service Fund, a fund that provides financial assistance to telecommunications carriers who supply services to rural customers.

Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Support Bozeman, Helena Business Development Projects and 23 New...

Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the award of $210,000 in grants to support 23 new jobs and supplement business investments in Bozeman and Helena.

Residents Located West And North Of The Missouri River Asked To Limit Water Usage

The City of Great Falls is asking residents located west and north of the Missouri River (homes located in Neighborhood Council Districts 1, 2, 3, & Black Eagle) to limit their water usage, specifically in regards to watering and irrigating their yards.

USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs and Agricultural Producers to Develop New...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making $30 million available nationally to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

MSU’s online master’s degree program for science teachers continues to grow

Nine science teachers from across the U.S. earned online graduate certificates from Montana State University via MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network. It is the largest number of science teaching certificates awarded in one semester since the program was launched in 2011.



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