Department of Commerce awards City of Baker

HELENA, Mont. – The Department of Commerce today announced $827,300 in economic development grant awards to support the creation of up to 114 new jobs at growing businesses in Montana.

Funds will be awarded through two programs administered at the Department of Commerce: the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and the Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG). The competitive reimbursement grant programs work in concert to create and train for good-paying jobs.

“As Montana businesses work toward long-term, sustainable growth, the economic development programs at the Department of Commerce help them to reach new heights while building an ever-stronger economy,” said Jenny Pelej, division administrator for the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at Commerce.

Since 2013, BSTF has assisted more than 340 businesses and supported the creation of more than 2,500 jobs. The WTG program has assisted nearly 40 businesses to train more than 1,000 workers over that same time.

The City of Baker will receive a grant on behalf of Running Supply, Inc., which estimates it will create 10 jobs and will be reimbursed up to $48,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment, machinery and construction materials and for wage reimbursement. Running Supply, Inc., is a general merchandise retail store.

Additional grant funds will be available next quarter. The deadline to apply is April 3. Learn more at BSTF.MT.GOV or WTG.MT.GOV.