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$1,000 of project funding available for 2021 survey takers

Sweetgrass Development is offering $1,000 of project funding to the community that submits the most responses to the 2021 needs assessment survey. The survey should take less than three minutes to complete. The deadline has been extended until June 11th, giving ample time for business owners, non profits and local governments time to respond.

We will use the responses from this survey to provide business trainings and assess the needs of the region for long term planning. Anyone who owns, operates, or represents a business, nonprofit, or government entity, including the Blackfeet Tribe, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and Toole Counties, is invited to provide feedback. The community that provides the most responses by Friday, June 11th will receive $1,000 towards the project of their choice.

During the pandemic, we were able to assist in securing over $1 million in emergency funding for small businesses and nonprofits. These funds allowed many entities to keep their doors open. We were also able to hire Corey Hageman, our regional director, Sean McGuire, our executive assistant, and Kathy Woodford, our joint administrative assistant with the Pondera Regional Port Authority. Please visit our website at to learn more about trainings, presentations, business assistance, Brownfields assessments, community projects and more.


The North-Central Montana Economic Development District, dba Sweetgrass Development, is a private, non-profit corporation created in 2004 to support economic development in the counties of Glacier, Cascade, Pondera, Teton and Toole, as well as the Blackfeet Nation. We are a diverse area that includes a large metropolitan area, many small towns, rural farming areas, several Hutterite Colonies and the Blackfeet Reservation. A nineteen-member Board of Directors governs Sweetgrass Development. The Board is comprised of community leaders who are elected or appointed officials as well as business owners and representatives of the communities.

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