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  • Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition receives $500,000 in supplemental funding

    Beth Epley, Executive Director of Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    On June 16 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $500,000 in supplemental funding to the Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition which includes Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC), Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) and Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) to clean up and redevelop contaminated brownfield properties in eastern Montana. GNDC is the administrator of the Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition. The Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition serves the...

  • Why the census matters

    Beth Epley, Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation|Updated Aug 13, 2020

    An accurate and complete count of all Montanans is critical for determining the federal funding distributed to the state. Overall, more than $2 billion from 300 federal programs is allocated back to Montana based on Census information. The Census count also shapes local voting and school districts, and it determines whether Montana will receive a second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Without an accurate Census count, Montana risks having other states get some of our state's fair share of funding. Missing only one...

  • Grant opportunities for agriculture producers

    Beth Epley|Updated May 16, 2019

    Not only is agriculture the number one industry in Montana, it is both a way of life and an identity, especially in eastern Montana. It is undeniable that the Ag industry has changed extensively in recent decades with new technologies coming out all the time. Innovation and diversification are essential to the long-term success of local communities and Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) is committed to supporting producers in establishing longevity and stability in their operations. For this reason,...