12 Montana tourism facility improvement
projects awarded $530,000 in
Montana Department of Commerce
Big Sky Community Corp. receives
$50,000 for community park project
The Montana Department of Commerce
has approved the award of
$530,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure
Investment Program (TIIP) for
tourism-related facility improvement
projects in Big Sky, Butte, Bynum,
Choteau, Glasgow, Great Falls, Helena,
Huntley Project, Kalispell, Missoula
and Red Lodge.
“The 2011 TIIP grant funds are reinvesting
Montana’s tourism tax dollars
into the improvement of key tourism
facilities. These projects will help attract
visitors to Montana and keep them
here longer – spending more money
in our main street businesses,” said
Montana Department of Commerce
Director Dore Schwinden. “These
projects also benefit Montana residents
through local investments and upgrading
and improving the facilities.”
Schwinden approved the TIIP grant
funding for the tourism facility projects
following recommendations from
Department of Commerce staff and
the state’s Tourism Advisory Council.
The twelve TIIP grant recipients were
selected from 30 applications requesting
just under $2 million in grants from
the program.
“This year’s TIIP grant investment
leverages $2.6 million from other state,
private and national funding sources
to finance these projects. This investment
supports local construction jobs,
the state’s building supply and service
industry, and strengthens Montana’s
visitor appeal,” Schwinden said.
The Big Sky Community Corp.
received $50,000 for the Community
Park Project.