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Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Urge U.S. Census Bureau to Uphold Commitment to a Complete Count Following COVID-19 Disruptions

Letter asks U.S. Census Bureau to “stick with its extended deadline of October 31” for the 2020 Census

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today sent a letter urging the U.S. Census Bureau to continue 2020 Census operations through its extended deadline of October 31 to get an accurate count for Montana while allowing for continued health and safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Commerce Announces Expanded Census Outreach Using Coronavirus Relief Funding

Commerce Partners with Montana Nonprofit Association, Western Native Voice and Forward Montana Foundation on Targeted Outreach to Low-Response Areas

The Montana Department of Commerce today announced it is expanding 2020 Census outreach efforts with statewide partners through $530,500 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to ensure all Montana households are counted in the decennial Census.

Monday, August 3, 2020
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Montana Tourism Industry Unites for ‘Montana Aware’ Campaign

17 CVBs, 6 tourism regions to participate in statewide effort to promote safety measures

VISITMT.com Montana Aware homepage

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and Business Development has launched the “Montana Aware” campaign to promote safe and responsible behavior among those who are traveling in the state. The public health initiative aims to educate residents and visitors on best practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Montana-made Spirits May Soon be in Highball Glasses All Over the World

Support from Department of Commerce Puts Bigfork-based Whistling Andy on the Map for International Success

Brian Anderson and Lisa Cloutier, the husband-wife creators of Whistling Andy, opened their Bigfork-based distillery on New Year’s Eve almost 10 years ago. They believe it’s the oldest operating distillery in Montana. That makes Lisa and Brian old pros at trying new things.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Film Industry Contributed $48 Million to Montana’s Economy in 2019-2020

Independent report details 18-month industry impact

Filming in Montana

The production of films, television shows and commercials contributed $47.6 million to Montana’s economy over the last 18 months according to a new independent report on the film industry’s impact commissioned by the Montana Department of Commerce. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Governor Bullock Praises Montana Businesses for Stepping up in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Mask up with these Montana-made masks

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney visits Coaster Cycles in Bonner, Mont. which started making face shields in response to the pandemic.

Funding is available through the Montana Business Adaptation Program to help businesses mask up

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Requiring Face Coverings in Certain Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Gatherings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Directive applies to counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19

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MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 to slow the spread of the virus in Montana.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Responding to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for Montana's tourism industry partners

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The State of Montana prioritizes the health and safety of our citizens and visitors. We are closely monitoring the impacts of coronavirus or COVID-19 and are updating this page as-needed with new information. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Montana hospitals, Department of Commerce partner to ‘mask up’ Montana

45,000 cloth face coverings to be distributed through statewide network of tourism visitor centers

(Helena, Mont., July 10, 2020) – As part of an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the state, the Montana Hospital Association and the Montana Department of Commerce today announced shipments of 45,000 free cloth face coverings to 25 communities statewide.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lt. Governor Cooney Visits Great Falls Public Library to Talk COVID-19 Response, 2020 Census Efforts

GREAT FALLS – Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today visited the Great Falls Public Library to see firsthand how the library is continuing to provide essential services to the public, including serving as a 2020 Census Be Counted Site and utilizing a $10,000 state Coronavirus Relief Fund grant to create a drive thru window to ensure Montanans have access to library services while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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