Senators announce $88,530 in economic development grants

Senators Say Dollars Will Be Used To Create Nearly 50 Good Paying Jobs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced $88,530 is headed to Montana for four separate economic development projects across the state.

The Rural Development funds are expected to create or save nearly 50 jobs by providing technical assistance and Web site development for a statewide outreach plan to boost economic development in Ravalli, Missoula, Gallatin and Flathead Counties.

In addition to the statewide outreach plan, the dollars will be spent helping business owners further their education and get the certifications they need to keep their doors open and expand.

“I’m very pleased with these grants,” Baucus said. “They’ll help ensure the economic strength of our state, create good paying jobs so folks can afford to stay right here to live, work and raise their families.”

“This is good news, not only for the folks in these four counties, but for all Montanans,” Tester said. “Max and I work in the Senate to support this funding because these grants are an investment in the future of Big Sky Country.”

Rural Development Grant Recipients:

Ravalli County Economic Development Authority – $33,000

Montana Community Development Corporation in Missoula Co. – $32,700

Jobs Now, Inc., MT West Economic Development, in Flathead Co. – $13,660

Tech Ranch Foundation, Gallatin Co. – $9,170

The Rural Development Grant dollars are awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture.