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‘Yellowstone’ TV Series Production Injects $70M Into Montana Economy

Filmed in and around the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, the fourth season of the hit television series “Yellowstone” brought more than $70 million in additional spending to the state, according to a study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Montana State University professors, alumni receive grants from Montana Film Office

Nine filmmakers affiliated with the Montana State University School of Film and Photography have been awarded more than $375,000 in grants from the Montana Film Office to support their upcoming productions.

Montana Department of Commerce Announces 35 Productions to Share $1.5 Million of Grant Funding to Film in Montana

To qualify for a Big Sky Film Grant (BSFG), a production must shoot at least 50% of its principal photography in Montana.  The BSFG and the Montana Film Office are funded by the 4% Lodging Facility Use Tax, commonly known as the “Bed Tax.”

Deer Lodge Entrepreneur Wins Retailer of the Year Award at 2022 Made in Montana Tradeshow.

Entrepreneur Rachel Jenkins was announced as the 2022 Retailer of the Year today at the annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts in Helena. Montana Department of Commerce Deputy Director Adam Schafer presented the award to Jenkins, who owns Montana Made & The Lilliepad Boutique in Deer Lodge.

Burst! from Team Kaizen Games of Great Falls, Montana – FIRST EVER video game to be supported ($27K) by the Montana Film Office with a Big Sky Film Grant!

Thank you Montana Film Office for this vote of confidence! We view our position as representing Montana to the game industry as well as representing the game industry to Montana, and we’re excited to show people what we can do!!

Cascade County, Montana approves financing program for energy related projects – CPace – What is your county doing?

The program was established during the 2021 Legislature and allows local governments to “designate an area of the territory of the local government as a district within which an authorized local government official and the record owners of a privately owned commercial or industrial facility, covered multifamily housing accommodation…or agricultural property may enter into written contracts to impose assessments on the property to repay the financing by the owners of energy conservation projects,” as defined under state law.

Census Bureau survey reveals undercount of Native, Black and Hispanic populations

The U.S. Census Bureau Thursday said its 2020 headcount missed American Indian, Black and Hispanic residents at higher rates than a decade ago. The Census Bureau’s post-census survey measures whether certain populations were undercounted or…

Deer Lodge Entrepreneur Wins Retailer of the Year Award at 2022 Made in Montana Tradeshow

“Small businesses are the foundation of Montana’s economy, and are vital in keeping our communities thriving by creating jobs and opportunities,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Scott Osterman. “This year’s winner of our Retailer of the Year Award clearly has strong community connections and enthusiastically supports Made in Montana producers,” Osterman added.

2022 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation – April 17 – 19 – Billings

This conference will elevate the industry by inspiring innovation, educating through on-the-ground insights, connecting tourism and recreation organizations and businesses, and drawing inspiration from nationally renowned speakers.

Gov. Gianforte Awards $605,000 for Workforce Training, Apprenticeship Programs

Since the program’s launch, eligible businesses have been able to apply to the program and receive up to $3,000 per eligible employee, with a maximum allocation of $210,000. Each eligible employee must make a wage that meets or exceeds 170 percent of Montana’s current minimum wage, which today is $15.64 per hour.

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