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Business Stabilization Grant reporting due soon, more PPP available

2020 was difficult for businesses, non-profits, ag producers and so many others due to COVID-19. In late April the first round of COVID Relief Funds through the CARES Act rolled out for Montanans, in the form of grants and loans. $1.25 billion was al...

 

Recreation and rural counties: attracting new residents and higher incomes

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation continually seeks way to assist and promote the communities that we work in, which includes Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Prairie and Wibaux Counties. This often involves researching new ways to diversify...

 

Montana Community Foundation scholarship applications available

Applications for Montana Community Foundation (MCF) scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year are now available for Montana students. Last year, MCF awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to 168 Montana students throughout our state. These...

 

MT Dept. of Agriculture requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant applications

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $3 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. The purpose of the SCBG program is to enhance the...

 

Creating value in value-added agricultural products

To further explore this question, you need to know what a value-added agriculture product is. The USDA defines it as a result of the change in physical state or the manner in which the agricultural commodity or product is produced and segregated,...

 

Making the community stronger through 'placemaking'

submitted by Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation What is "placemaking?" Placemaking can be confusing and a little bit intimidating for most. Placemaking as an economic development...

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Tuesday, December 15, Montana reports a cumulative total of 74,040 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 803 new cases since yesterday, 8,916 active cases, and 64,298 people considered recovered....

 

EPEDC adds two team members

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation is thrilled to announce two new positions who will be able to provide economic development assistance in Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Prairie and Wibaux...

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Tuesday, December 8, Montana reports a cumulative total of 69,346 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 859 new cases since yesterday, 17,448 active cases, and 51,135 people considered recovered....

 

MDT and Oftedal Construction complete new Miles City Broadus Interchange on schedule

Originally constructed as a farm-interchange in 1961, today the Broadus interchange serves as the primary gateway to Miles City. Increased population growth and commercial activity in the area have...

 

EPEDC announces grant opportunities

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation recently announced two grant opportunities for OHV recreational opportunities: the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program and the Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program (SMTP). Both grant programs are...

 

Forest Service Christmas tree permits available online

It’s that time of year when thousands of families make the annual trek into the woods to cut their own Christmas tree. The Forest Service is helping to carry on this tradition and make it even easier by offering a new online option for Christmas...

 

A time to donate

As we approach the end of 2020 you may be thinking about donating to one of Montana’s charities. Your donation helps these organizations provide critical services and this year many need your help. In addition to helping charities, your donation...

 

More hunters, mild weather for final big game weekend

Very pleasant weather for the final weekend of the big game hunting season drew lots of hunters out to try to punch their tags in southeastern Montana. Hunter traffic was above average at two of the...

 

12 Montana counties officially establish Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

Twelve Montana counties have officially founded the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority to advocate for the return of passenger rail service across southern Montana. The finalized joint resolution,...

 

SBA economic injury disaster loans available to Montana small businesses

Small nonfarm businesses in nine Montana counties and neighboring counties in South Dakota and Wyoming are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N....

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Tuesday, December 1, Montana reports a cumulative total of 63,205 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,015 new cases since yesterday, 16,157 active cases, and 46,350 people considered...

 

FWP trail grant programs

Fish Wildlife and Parks has multiple trail grants available. Funds can be used for maintenance, construction and signage, among other things. The deadline to apply for either of these grants is February 1st, 2021. The Recreational Trails Program...

 

Bullock announces Montana's unemployment rate decreases to 4.9% in Oct.

Governor Steve Bullock recently announced that Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 4.9% in October, down from 5.4% in September, due to strong job growth over the month. “As Montana’s economy continues to recover, the health of the economy...

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Monday, November 23, Montana reports a cumulative total of 56,381 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 677 new cases since yesterday, 16,317 active cases, and 39,450 people considered recovered....

 

Bullock announces new COVID restrictions

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock enacted more measures in response to the coronavirus. "These are decisions that I don't take lightly, yet they are a necessity,"...

 

Plymouth Rock and relatives

The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 traded newfound religious freedom for harsh living conditions being unprepared for the bitter winters of New England. The Plymouth historical...

 

COVID-19 cases

As of Tuesday, November 17, Montana reports a cumulative total of 49,398 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,500 new cases since yesterday, 19,750 active cases, and 29,105 people considered...

 

Weather shuts down two check stations, slows traffic at third

Severe winter weather shut down two out of three big game check stations in southeastern Montana on Sunday, the last day of antelope rifle season. Poor visibility and icy road conditions prompted FWP to cancel biological check stations at Hysham and...

 

Statewide and local numbers

As of Tuesday, November 10, Montana reports a cumulative total of 41,151 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,101 new cases since yesterday, 16,816 active cases, and 23,873 people considered...

 

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