City supportive of CDBG Block Grant

By Alastair Baker
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Red Lodge City Council gave a giant thumbs up to news of a CDBG Block Grant recently secured by the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF).

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

It is designed to stimulate economic development activity by assisting Montana’s private sector to create or retain jobs for low- to moderate-income Montanans and can assist businesses by making fixed-rate financing available to them at low interest rates, and can offer payment deferrals, lower payments in the first year, and interest-only payments.

CDBG funding is intended to be used in situations where a funding gap exists and alternative sources of public and private financing are not adequate.

Presenting the news was Tracy Timmons, RLACF executive director, and Pat Thompson, RLACF volunteer, whose plan is to utilize the Old Roosevelt Project.

“We are reinvigorating that space for art and culture events and for conferences with a focus on the shoulder seasons of Red Lodge, along with incubated businesses,” said Timmons. “We are spending a lot of time and effort identifying start up businesses that qualify for some of the requirements that are required by this particular grant and that is, half of it must benefit low income businesses.”

“We are trying to extend Broadway by two and a half blocks and make it a destination for visitors. We’re not competing with businesses on main street, we’re trying to help this economic engine,” said Timmons.

“Job creation is a key piece, you get $25,000 from the State for every job you create so for us to get the $400,000 we have to create 16 jobs, and Roosevelt has the space to do that,” said Timmons.

Other Items:

The City passed a resolution requesting distribution of bridge and road safety and accountability program funds for the White Ave. Street project, over at Airport Hill that is more milling than road. “This new fund by the state provides a $20 match with $1 of local government funds so very little impact on our budget,” said Council member Andrew Dimich.

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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