MISSOULA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $410,300 in economic development grant awards to support the expansion of two businesses in western Montana.
“Montana’s economy continues to grow when public and private sectors come together to create jobs and provide training for workers,” said Governor Bullock. “As Montana businesses plan for long-term and sustainable expansion, we are working with them to support important economic development projects that result in new opportunities for hardworking folks in our communities.”
Funds will be awarded through two programs administered at the Department of Commerce: Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG). The competitive grant programs promote economic growth through the creation of and training for good-paying jobs.
Missoula County will receive a BSTF grant on behalf of Montana Health Solutions, Inc., dba Consumer Direct Management Solutions of Missoula, which estimates it will create 37 jobs and will be reimbursed up to $255,300 for purchase of equipment, furnishings, software, and construction materials, and for wage reimbursement. The business also will be reimbursed up to $55,000 through the WTG program to train 11 new employees. Consumer Direct Management Solutions provides administration and back office services for companies that provide in-home care.
Ravalli County will receive a BSTF grant on behalf of Bitterroot Tool and Machine, Inc. of Stevensville, which estimates it will create 10 jobs and will be reimbursed up to $50,000 for purchase of equipment and machinery. The business also will be reimbursed up to $50,000 through the WTG program to train 10 new employees. Bitterroot Tool and Machine designs and manufactures ammunition and milling equipment.
Additional grant funds will be available next quarter. The deadline to apply is December 19. Learn more at BSTF.MT.GOV or WTG.MT.GOV.