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  • REDC's October Projects

    Leslie Messer|Nov 8, 2023

    In the change of beautiful fall foliage, REDC was remaining busy marketing, showcasing, and promoting Richland County in a variety of ways. Area Richland County representatives met with the Rich Garman, ND Director of Economic Development & Finance as he shared the good news of several huge projects potentially building 30 miles from Sidney in ND. REDC learned the impact that these companies might have on our economy. REDC made two presentations to manufacturing companies, looking at Richland...

  • REDC Tours PSC Insulation, LLC

    Leslie Messer|Jun 28, 2023

    Jamey Buxcel and Linda Knutson were fantastic hostesses as they took several REDC directors and RLF committee members through the manufacturing business of PCS Insulation, LLC, in Sidney. PCS was the most recent recipient of the Revolving Loan Fund. This emerging company creates, sews, packages, installs, and ships custom made insulation products. Everything from removable insulation for oil field sites, transport protection for vehicles and Ag equipment, blow-in insulation for homes, noise...

  • Revolving Loan Fund Awarded To Feiler

    Leslie Messer|Dec 14, 2022

    Richland Economic Development Corp is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) committee has awarded its 19th loan for the purchase of a building in Sidney. Jamey Feiler was approved for a loan to purchase the old "Mitchell Oilfield" office building. Feiler completed an application in partnership with her lead lender, Chad Molden, Stockman Bank, Sidney, and presented this project to the RLF committee for review. The funding request was to purchase the building and equipment....

  • First Childcare Summit Deemed a Success

    Leslie Messer|Sep 28, 2022

    Richland Economic Development Corp could not have been more pleased with the outcomes of the first ever event. Bureau Chief Butler stated that she was delighted to be in Sidney to present on the importance of early childhood services to the communities in eastern Montana. Butler covered various programs that are offered through the Dept of Health and Human Services. Other speakers included Michele Herres, State Farm; and Davey Madison, Montana Cooperative Development Center, Great Falls....

  • Revolving Loan Fund Awarded to Kringen

    Leslie Messer|Sep 28, 2022

    Richland Economic Development Corp is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) committee has awarded its 18th loan for the purchase of a building in Sidney. Serina Kringen was approved for a loan to purchase the old "Yellowstone Merc" building. Kringen completed an application in partnership with her lead lender, Veronica Melby, Stockman Bank of Sidney, and presented this project to the RLF committee for review. The funding request was to purchase the building and equipment. For...

  • Childcare Summit, Sept. 16, Sidney

    Leslie Messer|Aug 31, 2022

    Richland Economic Development Corp is pleased to announce the inaugural Childcare Summit in Sidney. The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 16. The event will be held at the Pella Lutheran Church multi-purpose room. Since the two top priorities for the economy of Richland County are workforce and childcare, REDC has focused on bringing solutions to our area. This event is packed full of a wide variety of topics for anyone currently operating a daycare, considering opening a daycare, or someone who needs to be recertified in CPR and First Aid....

  • Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Available To Small Businesses In Eastern Montana

    Leslie Messer|May 4, 2022

    Small nonfarm businesses in 10 North Dakota counties and neighboring counties in Montana are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began April 15, 2022. Primary North Dakota counties: Billings, Divide, Golden Valley, McKenzie and Williams; Neighboring North Dakota counties: Burke, Dunn, Mountrail, Slope and Stark; Neighboring Montana counties: Fallon,...

  • Educational & Promotional Tour in Sidney April 15

    Leslie Messer|Apr 14, 2021

    Richland Economic Development Corp is pleased to partner with the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to bring an educational and promotional tour to eastern Montana. As the only statewide resource for cooperative development, the MCDC works with new and existing co-ops and other interested groups to evaluate co-op business models and strategies to meet their objectives. MCDC is a nonprofit corporation that receives financial assistance from state and federal sources, which allows MCDC to offer services at little or no cost to...

  • 2020 Census State Championship

    Leslie Messer|Sep 23, 2020

    Game on, Montana! Can we count you in? Complete the 2020 Census, and help your community bring home the state championship plus $20,000 in federal funding per Census response. That’s right, Montana gets $20,000 in federal funding over a decade for each person counted in the Census. Based on Census data Montana receives: • Almost $500 million each year for education programs • Nearly $600 million each year for infrastructure • Over $1 billion each year for health care • Over $250 million each year for seniors, workers, and families And, nati...

  • Governor Bullock Directs $50 Million To Maintain, Expand Child Care & Support Montana Families

    Leslie Messer|Aug 19, 2020

    Funding will be available beginning Aug. 19, and allocated as follows: • $30 million in grants to maintain and expand child care for school-age children during out of school time. Applications for this portion of the funding will be available online at covidrelief.mt.gov beginning on Aug. 19. • $10 million for families with special circumstances requiring in-home care. Applications will be available online on the DPHHS Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) website page beginning on Aug. 19. • $8 million for supplemental payme...

  • COVID From My Perspective

    Leslie Messer|Aug 12, 2020

    As an EMT, and a reasonably intelligent person, when I learned about COVID-19, my initial thoughts were: “We just don’t know enough about this virus, so I should proceed with caution, not fear, to protect myself, my family and others that I come in contact with.” My perspective was affirmed with a vengeance when my husband contracted COVID from a co-worker. I felt shock and dismay at the number of people whom he had been in contact with, before he was even aware that he had been exposed: co-workers, family, friends, neighbors, etc. My heart lit...

  • Savage Hall Board Appreciates Community Support

    Leslie Messer|Jun 10, 2020

    A lot has changed in one year, and the Savage Hall Board cannot thank the community enough for the support to turn things around. A great deal of time has been spent on making much needed changes. All of the existing tables and chairs have been replaced with uniform, durable updated ones. This was accomplished by a very generous donation from the Savage "Breezy Flats" Museum. With a generous donation from Stockman Bank, both exterior doors and mechanics were replaced. The walls were patched by...

  • Governor Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    Leslie Messer|Apr 1, 2020

    The directive asks Montanans to stay home to maximum extent possible except for essential activities and temporarily restricts all nonessential businesses and operations Montana – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, will buy time for health care workers on the frontlines and seeks to limit long term impacts to the state’s economy. “In consu...

  • DEQ Extends Comment Period For Yellowstone Disposal

    Leslie Messer|Jan 24, 2018

    The buzz around Richland County lately has been the proposed Yellowstone Disposal Class II solid waste landfill facility. The project is proposed on the east side of the Yellowstone River, located on 650.7 acres of privately-owned property, approximately 4.5 miles southeast of Sidney, across the highway from the Thiel Subdivision. The Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a public meeting from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. The center is located at 120 3rd Ave. SE in Sidney. An open...

  • "Dry And Arid" Is The Natural And Wild State of These Lands Without The LYIP

    Leslie Messer|Jul 6, 2016

    Depicted here are photos that show what the land looked like before and after the LYIP. Returning the river to its "Natural and Wild" state, will only bring back the barren landscape that was here before....

  • Revolving Loan Fund Award

    Leslie Messer|Feb 17, 2016

    Richland Economic Development Corp. is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) committee has awarded its thirteenth loan for the expansion of an existing business in Sidney. Michelle Frank, of Esprit Health & Wellness, was approved for a loan to expand Esprit Health Clinic. Michelle completed an application in partnership with her lead lender, Stasia Creek, of Stockman Bank of Montana, and presented this project to the RLF committee for review. The funding request was to...

  • Volunteers Needed!

    Leslie Messer|Jul 22, 2015

    The Richland RSVP program is looking for volunteers of various ages to conduct the Richland County Community Health Assessment. The community health assessment is a short survey taken every three years to identify the public health needs of our community. Volunteers are needed to conduct these short surveys during the early evening on July 29th & 30th. Volunteers will be trained and provided the necessary tools before going out in the community. All volunteers will be given an identifier shirt to wear while conducting the surveys, survey...

  • NRDC Requests Extended Comment Period For LYIP, New Deadline April 17th

    Leslie Messer|Apr 15, 2015

    Over the past year, Richland Economic Development Corp implored you to weigh in on the continuation of reliable irrigation water for Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. Many of you responded passionately with cries of support for the preservation, prosperity and heritage of the families of the Yellowstone Valley, the LYIP, the concrete weir, and fish by-pass. Well done! Our voices were heard, and they mattered greatly! The safe passage of the endangered species, the pallid sturgeon, around the Intake Diversion structure has been front...

  • RED Urges Your Support of Local Irrigation

    Leslie Messer|Apr 23, 2014

    Ever wonder, after the fact: “How could this have happened? Why didn’t we know about this issue?” Richland Economic Development Corp has been asking this question a lot lately. The safe passage of the endangered species, the pallid sturgeon, around the Intake Diversion structure has been front and center for us. I personally thought that once the modifications to the headworks by adding the fish screens to prevent the small “fingerlings” from entering into the canal system was accomplished, that an alternative for fish passage would be remedi...

  • Revolving Loan Fund Awarded to Watsons to Purchase Footers in Sidney

    Leslie Messer|Feb 19, 2014

    Richland Economic Development Corp. is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) committee has awarded its eleventh loan for the purchase of an existing business in Sidney. Jerry and Robin Watson were approved for a loan to purchase Footers. Jerry and Robin completed an application in partnership with their lead lender, Stasia Creek, of Stockman Bank, and presented this project to the RLF committee for review. The funding request was for the purchase of the Footers restaurant and...

  • PPL Community Fund Award

    Leslie Messer|Dec 18, 2013

    Tami Christensen was appointed onto the PPL Community Fund Advisory Board in 2013. The board meets in the spring and fall to distribute $200,000 annually in grant funds to eligible applicants focusing on the areas of education, the environment, or economic development. Since the fund was established in 2005, $1.9 million in grants has been awarded to nearly 230 organizations across the state that are touching the lives of thousands of people and, as a result, improving the quality of life for...

  • Revolving Loan Fund's Tenth Award

    Leslie Messer|Dec 4, 2013

    Richland Economic Development Corp is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) committee has awarded its tenth loan for the expansion of an existing business in Sidney. Marci and Michael Albin, a brother – sister team, were approved for a loan to launch "The Lucky Buckle" in its new location at the Shops at Fox Run. The Albins completed an application in partnership with their lead lender, Nancy Verschoot, Richland Federal Credit Union, (RFCU), and presented their project to the RL...

  • Updates on the Richland Economic Development Corp Revolving Loan Fund

    Leslie Messer|Aug 14, 2013

    Since it's inception in 2006, and with the allocation of oil revenue funds from the county, over a four year period, the revolving loan fund (RLF) has continued to gain momentum. The Richland County Commissioners demonstrated their commitment to the integrity of Richland Economic Development Corp (REDC) by pledging this money for the RLF. We are truly thankful for their investment, and we do not take the responsibility lightly. The determination and vision of the Richland County Commissioners has paid off. Their trust in REDC and their...

  • "Boomtown Country" To Portray Montana's Boom & Bust Heritage

    Leslie Messer|Apr 24, 2013

    John White and the “Pikes Peakers” began an era that changed the heritage of Montana, with the discovery of gold in Grasshopper Creek. The first boomtowns were born as thousands rushed to Bannack, Virginia City and other outposts in the 1860s. News of the strike spread fast, and led to the greatest flood of prospectors to the west since the California gold rush in 1848. Miners lived in tents, caves, dugouts, shanties, huts and wagons. It wasn’t long before Montana’s gold and silver mines began to falter as the majority of easily recoverable pre...

  • Eastern MT Impact Coalition Launches Energy Impact Study

    Leslie Messer|Feb 20, 2013

    The Eastern Montana Impact Coalition (Coalition) last week announced via meetings with eastern Montana legislators and government stakeholders that it has launched a study to identify how and when eastern Montana communities will be impacted by accelerating energy development. The study’s goal is to help local communities understand the timing and magnitude of these impacts and determine the priority issues to be addressed and investments required to benefit from energy development and build t...

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