Baucus, Tester announce millions for Missoula

Senators fight for hospitals, university, police department funding

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today detailed several Missoula area projects that are slated to receive millions of dollars in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2009.

The projects, which create jobs and boost Montana’s economy, are part of an overall appropriations bill that funds the federal government.

“Jon and I worked hard to get these worthwhile projects the funding they deserve because they create good-paying jobs and make the Garden City a better place to live, do business and raise a family,” Baucus said.  “These are all projects that will move our economy forward and we’re proud to fight for them in the U.S. Senate.”

“These projects are all smart investments for the Missoula area because they will put folks to work now, and they will help us rebuild our economy for the long haul,” said Tester, a new member of the influential Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal discretionary spending.  “Max and I are proud of these projects because they will help get our economy back on track.”

The projects for the Missoula area break down as follows:

  • $300,000 for the City of Missoula for a new police headquarters.
  • $750,000 to build a new Public Safety and Operations Center for Missoula County.  The facility will house a 911 dispatch center, a training center, and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department.
  • $400,000 for the University of Montana Safe Schools program to provide teacher training, curriculum development, and awareness initiatives to prevent school violence.  
  • $300,000 for UM’s Montana World Trade Center to continue trade missions and trade shows.
  • $238,000 to establish the Institute for Leadership and Public Service at the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.
  • $238,000 for curriculum development at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. 
  • $476,000 for Community Medical Center for facilities and equipment. 
  • $285,000 for St. Patrick’s Hospital to help establish a new mental health care center. 
  • $950,000 for the Burns Street Square project to help renovate a building to provide services to a low-income neighborhood. 
  • $285,000 for the Poverello Center to expand its facilities.
  • The City of Hamilton is eligible to receive money to upgrade the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  
  • The City of Stevensville is eligible to receive money to upgrade its water system.
  • The legislation also clarifies that previous funds from the Fiscal Year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act for the “Bridge Over Broadway” project may be used for a pedestrian-friendly crossing. 

Baucus and Tester will announce federal funding for other Montana-specific projects for Fiscal Year 2010 later this year.