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Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce through its employees, community partners, public outreach, and media contacts enhances economic prosperity in Montana; fosters community led diversification and sustainability of a growing economy; maintains and improves our infrastructure, housing and facilities; and promotes and enhances Montana’s positive national and international image.


Director's Office

The Director's Office is the central management unit of the Department of Commerce. The office sets policy and offers problem-solving guidance to all divisions and programs.



Business Resources Division

The Business Resources Division is comprised of a variety of programs aimed at improving, enhancing, and diversifying Montana's economic and business climate. Working closely with the private sector, our economic and community development partners, other department divisions, state agencies, and federal and private programs, the division provides resources that help to improve the economic base of Montana through business creation, expansion, and retention efforts.


Business Resources Division


Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund
Census & Economic Information Center
Certified Regional Development Corporations
Community Development Block Grant - ED
Energy Promotion and Development




Community Development Division

The Community Development Division works with federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector, in all areas of community development including public facilities planning and financing, community planning and growth management, subdivision regulation and zoning, housing development for low and moderate income families, neighborhood revitalization, needs assessment, and coal and hard rock mining mitigation, and project management.


Community Development Division

Planning Bureau

Community Technical Assistance Program
Main Street
Planning Grants


Grants Bureau

Community Development Block Grant
Coal Board
Hard Rock Mining Impact Board
Historic Preservation Grant Program
HOME Program
Local Government Grant Program
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Quality Schools Program
Treasure State Endowment Program 



Housing Division

To provide mechanisms which enable Montanans to own or rent decent, safe, and sanitary housing which is within their financial capability.


Multifamily Program
Homeownership Program
Section 8 Program
Consolidated Plan

Board of Housing 


Montana Promotion Divisions

The Montana Promotion Division strives to strengthen Montana's economy through increased visitor travel, visitor expenditures, and the filming of motion pictures and commercials in the state.

Montana Promotion Division


Travel Montana
Montana Film Office


Tourism Advisory Council



Other Administratively Attached Boards & Commissions

Board Of Investments (BOI) - In addition to our investment responsibilities, one of the main goals of the Board is to provide creative solutions to financial issues facing new and expanding businesses in the state of Montana. To accomplish this goal, the Board administers a number of different loan programs that can be specifically tailored to meet an individual business's or local government's needs.


In-State Investments
Short-Term Investment Pool
Unified Investment Program


Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA)- The purpose of the Authority is to assist health care and health care related facilities in containing future health care costs by offering debt financing or refinancing at low-cost, tax-exempt interest rates for buildings and capital equipment. These cost savings are shared with the health care consumer in the form of lower health facility fees. The legislature extended eligible facilities to include community pre-release centers.



Direct Loan Program
Equipment Revenue Note Program
Montana Capital Assistance Program
Stand-Alone Bond Financings
Trust Fund Loan Program


Montana Heritage Commission - In 1997, the 55th Montana Legislature established the Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission to acquire and manage historic properties for the State of Montana.


Montana Heritage Commission

Virginia City/Nevada City
Reeder's Alley
Viriginia City Institute