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By Eric Dietrich
Montana Free Press 

'Economic transformation' commission adopts priorities, seeks public input

Lawmakers and Gianforte administration officials tasked with allocating $150 million to bolster Montana’s post-COVID economy name business innovation, value-added ag, worker training and affordable housing as priorities


August 11, 2021

HELENA — Officials serving on a commission tasked with helping Gov. Greg Gianforte spend $150 million of the state’s COVID-19 relief money to bolster Montana’s post-pandemic economy agreed Wednesday to consider proposals sorted into four buckets: business innovation, value-added agriculture, workforce development and affordable housing.

The Economic Transformation and Stabilization and Workforce Development Advisory Commission also heard from economists and public commenters about how worker, housing and childcare shortages are holding the state back as its economy rebounds from the p...

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