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Montana Department Of Commerce

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Polar Plunge. A frigid fundraiser brought 50 swimmers briefly into the water of Lake Elmo, all for the benefit of Montana Special Olympics. Yellowstone County Undersheriff Kevin Evans, the event chairman, reports that the 2014 Polar Plunge raised about $24,000 — $4,000 more than last year.

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Applications open for tourism-related tax-fund grants

The Montana Department of Commerce has $500,000 in state accommodations tax funds available for tourism-related facility improvement projects through the Montana Office of Tourism’s 2014 Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program.

July 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Shopping 'small' this holiday season will make big impact

The holidays are upon us. Our homes fill with loved ones, the slopes become blanketed in sheets of white, and as our hearts get bigger — our wallets get a little thinner. As we embark upon the season of giving, I’d like to remind us all to give the gift that keeps on giving: shopping “small”.

November 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Mitchell named Commerce deputy director

HELENA — Doug Mitchell, a former top administrator in the state, federal and nonprofit sectors and a private business owner, will take over Monday as deputy director of the Montana Department of Commerce, Director Meg O’Leary said Friday.

October 25, 2013 5:01 pmLoading…
Red Lodge wildlife sanctuary gets $54K tourism grant

Red Lodge wildlife sanctuary gets $54K tourism grant

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary in Red Lodge has been named as one of eight recipients of a total of $500,000 in grants from state tourism officials.

October 23, 2013 11:28 am Photos

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Exports in the bag: More Montana producers are cashing in on foreign sales

Exports in the bag: More Montana producers are cashing in on foreign sales

Nine years ago the Outside Magazine Buyer’s Guide selected a bag by Billings-based Red Oxx Manufacturing as part of its Gear of the Year. Such widespread exposure for Red Oxx’s PR5 Safari Beanos bag helped spark interest from buyers scattered all across the globe.

September 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Made in Montana trade show moving to Helena

Made in Montana trade show moving to Helena

GREAT FALLS — Next year's Made in Montana trade show is moving from Great Falls to Helena.

May 08, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Montana pig farmers eye Asian trade deal

When Dave Hofer’s piggies go to market, they’re often bound for Japan or China, which is why the Montana Hutterite is closely watching Trans Pacific free trade talks.

April 21, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Montana commodity exports steady at $1.6B

HELENA — State officials say Montana's commodity exports held steady last year at $1.6 billion.

February 18, 2013 2:53 pmLoading…
Missoula choral, Celtic festivals receive tourism grants to lure attendees

Missoula choral, Celtic festivals receive tourism grants to lure attendees

MISSOULA — Two revered Missoula summer festivals got a boost Monday from the Montana Office of Tourism’s Special Events grants.

January 21, 2013 6:24 pmLoading…

State seeks nominations for tourism awards

HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce says it is looking for nominations for its annual tourism awards.

January 18, 2013 2:57 pm Related Loading…

Seeley Lake residents to vote on resort tax

SEELEY LAKE - Voters in Seeley Lake are being asked if they want to implement a 3 percent resort tax, with 95 percent of the proceeds to be used to pay for a new water system and a planned $20 million sewer system.

October 29, 2012 8:56 amLoading…

Business digest

Snowy Mountain Development Corp. in Lewistown, received a $26,250 planning grant from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund through the Montana Department of Commerce. The funds will assist Central Montana Rail with a preliminary engineering report to assess the flood-damaged railroad …

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Zoo gets $20K tourism grant

Zoo gets $20K tourism grant

ZooMontana has been named as one of a dozen recipients in communities across Montana that will receive a Montana Department of Commerce tourism grant. A news release from the zoo said it will receive $20,231 to build new interactive exhibits in its Living Wall area. "This gift is exactly wha…

October 24, 2012 3:07 pmLoading…
Montana tourism in NYC

Montana tourism in NYC

Gov. Brian Schweitzer made a trip to Times Square in New York City in April with semi-trucks promoting Montana attractions such as Yellowstone and Glacier national parks.

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Schweitzer visits NYC to appear on Letterman show

Schweitzer visits NYC to appear on Letterman show

HELENA -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" show Wednesday, with the late-night gig coming as part of a Big Apple tour promoting Montana products and as a vacation destination.

April 25, 2012 7:27 am Related Loading…

Montana opens new Asian trade offices

HELENA — The state says it is opening three Asian trade offices to replace one recently closed in Taiwan.

March 23, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…

State says exports reach new high

HELENA -- The Montana Department of Commerce says state exports reached a record high in 2011.

February 24, 2012 12:04 pmLoading…

Office of Tourism wins award for campaign

Images of bighorn sheep making their way through wildflower grasses along a mountain top, a bison standing before snowy peaks and the iridescent hues of spring water at Yellowstone National Park have been featured in national publications, billboards and buses across the United States.

September 13, 2011 7:04 pmLoading…

Stalled trade deals frustrate farmers

To feed the world, you need a seat at the table. That’s what Montana wheat producers hoped for last spring when long-delayed free trade agreements with three rapidly improving economies seemed ready to pass.

July 31, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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