Runnings awarded Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Grant

On January 22, 2019 the City of Baker, Running Supply Inc. (Running’s) and Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC) received notification from the Montana Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Business Development that Running’s would be receiving $48,000 in grant funds for the purchase of equipment and wages at their new Baker store. This grant was written by EPEDC and submitted by the City of Baker on behalf of Running’s.

Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation (EPEDC), which serves Fallon, Carter, Wibaux, Prairie, and Dawson County is committed to providing the support needed for a better economy in eastern Montana through grant writing, business development and technical assistance. EPEDC employs Beth Epley, Executive Director and Ashley Bonamie, Community Development Specialist, in their Baker office to assist businesses, nonprofits and governments in promoting economic development and diversification.

The (BSTF) offers grants to projects that create good paying jobs for businesses with an out of state market focus. The purpose of the BSTF program is to create good paying jobs for Montana residents, promote long term stable economic growth, retain or expand existing businesses, provide a better life for future generations through greater economic growth and prosperity and encourage workforce development including workforce training and job creation in high poverty counties by providing targeted assistance.

With the construction of the new facility in Baker, Mont., Running’s recognized their need to hire more employees. Running’s has committed to hiring ten new full-time employees. They will utilize the $48,000 grant which equals $4,800 per new full-time employee to purchase non-merchandizing equipment and materials needed for display and product merchandizing and other retail fixtures. These are essential start up cost items and not the items that will be sold in the store.

This project utilizes both public and private funds and provides a great way for the local and state government to support private job creation. This grant award helps to empower the community to being more resourceful and promote job growth and longevity for years to come.

To learn more about Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation go to or come to our office at 101 S Main Street, Baker (Nstyl Building).