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Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice has announced 25 organizations in 23 communities across Montana will receive funding to strengthen local economies through tourism and outdoor recreation-related activities.

Funds totaling $750,000 will be awarded through the Tourism Grant Program at the Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and Business Development.

“Experiencing Montana is all about visiting charming, vibrant communities and taking in the breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled nature found across our state,” Rice said. “This funding invests in communities all over Montana to help them enhance or create tourism and recreation assets that will strengthen local economies.”

In 2018, 12.4 million non-resident visitors added $3.7 billion to Montana’s economy. That was a nearly 11 percent increase over 2017 visitor spending.

The following area organizations will be awarded funding: 

* Blackfeet Manpower in Browning will receive $29,166 to develop the Buffalo Calf Interpretive Visitor Center and install lighting and security in the campground

* The Choteau Area Port Authority (city of Choteau) will receive $8,800 for brand development and marketing of the Choteau area

* The city of Shelby will receive $4,000 to design, construct and install a north entrance welcome sign into the city

Learn more about the Tourism Grants Program at MARKETMT.COM.

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