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MT Grain Growers Association

The Montana Grain Growers Association works to provide MT farmers and ranchers with market and industry statistics, national and state growers’ information, and tools for business research and development. Online, they provide a Market Manager tool to assess various factors in the crop and cattle industries for forecasting industry outcomes. They also provide tools and information on the new farm bill policies and programs, upcoming events, and network contacts. 

National Registry of Historic Places

The counties of Northcentral Montana contain nearly 100 nationally registered historic places. To find registered places in your county, go to the Montana National Register of Historic Places at the State Historic Preservation Office website. And, to find out how to get a building, site, or landmark on the national register, visit the National Register of Historic Places by clicking below. 

Montana Dept of Commerce Housing Funding Programs

This website provides links to several different resources for housing development, including Section 8 housing, block grants, housing investment programs, lending and lending partners, census and housing data, and other funding and planning information. These resources are provided by both federal and state entities such as the USDA, HUD, and Montana Board of Housing. Follow the link to find out more.

Montana Office of Public Instruction

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) “provides vision, advocacy, support and leadership for schools and communities to ensure that all studetns meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.” The OPI website provides information on local school data, grant applications, and resources for schools and instructors. Explore the website for more information, links, and downloadable data.

MT Main Street Program Guidelines

The Montana Main Street Program (MMSP) is an initiative of the MT State Department of Commerce. The program offers technical assistance, best practices, and funding to communities throughout the state seeking to revitalize downtown areas. The program promotes historic preservation, tourism, and economic efforts of local communities. The MMSP Guidelines explain how a community can apply to become a member of the program and be eligible for funding.

Click here to learn more.  

Montana Employer of National Service

In his address to 300 AmeriCorps members and alumni during our annual ServeMontana Symposium in March, 2015 Governor Steve Bullock made an exciting announcement–Montana is the first state in the west (second in the nation) to become an Employer of National Service!

As an Employer of National Service, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni can now indicate their service experience through a question included on all state job postings. The homepage of the Montana state career website (statecareers.mt.gov) has been updated to include language encouraging AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to explore careers within state government.

We know National Service alumni are highly-qualified individuals. They bring valuable skills to the workplace such as determination, teamwork, and the will to do good for others. I encourage alumni to look at what the greatest state in the nation has to offer and to make a commitment to pursue a lifetime of service right here in Montana.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with engineering, manufacturing, and business expertise in a variety of industries. Their website contains contact information for technical assistance providers throughout the state, opportunities for workforce training grants, case studies of successful Montana manufacturers, and resources for starting or growing your own manufacturing business. Explore the website for more information and contacts.

Montana Site Selector

Montana Site Selector is a planning and economic tool that was developed to help provide business owners and entreprenuers with important data needed to start or expand a business within the state. The Site Selector aids in finding a location and facilities for businesses as well as market research, consumer demographics, surrounding services, customer analysis, and more details for sites throughout Montana. To view the user guide, click here.