In Great Falls, Tester Announces $2.6 Million for Great Falls Development Authority, Tours Rocky Mountain Building Brownfields Site

Senator secured the funding through his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

During a visit to the Rocky Mountain Building—the future site of Alluvion Health’s new Health Care Center—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today was joined by local Great Falls leaders to announce $2,650,000 in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownsfields grant funding for the Great Falls Development Authority for projects to clean up pollution and spur economic development.

Tester made the announcement alongside Great Falls Development Authority President and CEO Brett Doney, Alluvion Health Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Casey Schreiner, and Great Falls Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Wolff. This funding will replenish the Great Falls Development Authority’s Brownsfields fund for future projects, and it is a part of $15,148,199 from Tester’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Brownsfield grant funding for 11 projects across Montana.

“Redeveloping sites like the Rocky Mountain Building is critical for the long-term economic growth of Cascade County, and Great Falls Development Authority has been leading the way, investing federal resources in projects that create jobs, lower costs, and grow our economy,” said Tester. “That’s exactly what these funds from my bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are designed to do. And local partners like the GFDA are critical to making sure that once these investments make it out the door, they make it to where the greatest needs are on the ground.”

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, Tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties. A Brownfield is a property that the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Funding for the Great Falls Development Authority will be delivered in the form of Revolving Loan Funds.

Tester worked across the aisle for months to negotiate the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and the White House, and he was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to vote for it. Tester’s law is projected to create more than 800,000 American jobs and lower costs for businesses by making targeted investments that will strengthen our nation without raising taxes on working families.