Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced economic development grants for multiple projects in Bozeman, MT, along with a planning grant for the City of Helena.
The grants will be made through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) program.
The Bozeman projects awarded grants include expansions by Montana Instruments, Simms Fishing Products, and Elixiter, Inc.
Montana Instruments, which specializes in highly precise optical measurement solutions for commercial as well as research applications, is expanding in Bozeman. The company plans to create 17 new jobs and will be purchasing new equipment. The City of Bozeman is getting a $127,500 BSTF grant to assist Montana Instruments with the expansion.
Another $26,250 in BSTF funding was awarded to the Prospera Business Network to help Simms Fishing Products. The grant will be used to help the fishing gear manufacturer complete an engineering report for an expansion of their headquarters and manufacturing facility in Bozeman.
Elixiter, Inc., which specializes in marketing strategy technology and planning services, was awarded $30,000 through the WTG program to help the company train employees in new jobs.
Gov. Bullock said in a release announcing the grants that he is committed to ensuring that Montana stays ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative business development and job creation efforts.
Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary added that the Department facilitates public-private collaborations that are proven to strengthen Montana’s economy through business growth and expansion.
Another $26,250 BSTF grant was awarded to the Montana Business Assistance Connection. This grant will assist the development of a comprehensive master plan for downtown Helena by the Helena Business Improvement District (HBID) and the City of Helena.
Last week, the City of Helena and the HBID announced the selection of a team of consultants lead by WGM Group to lead the process of developing the plan. The master plan will be a community-based planning effort, with the vision and content of the plan driven by the public.
HBID Executive Director Tracy Reich said in a release announcing the launch of the planning process that it’s important that the citizens of Helena have a say in what their downtown will look like in 5, 10, 20 years and understand the processes that will take place to achieve that vision.
Apart from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund grant, this effort to create a master plan for downtown Helena is being funded by the HBID’s own funding and through another grant from the Montana Main Street Program.