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2015 Energy Open Scheduled for August 20th and 21st

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The 12th Annual Energy Open Tours and Golf Tournament will be held on August 20th and 21st, 2015 in Colstrip, the “Energy Capital of Montana.”

 

Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) and Montanans for Responsible Energy Development (MRED) cordially invite the public to participate in this unique opportunity which “showcases the economic benefits of responsible energy development.”

The Energy Open starts at 10:00 am on Thursday August 20th at the Colstrip High School Auditorium with registration and networking opportunities. Lunch will be served prior to the attendees departing on two different Tours. The two Tours which run concurrently, will feature the Colstrip Power Plant, formally PPL MT (coal fired power generation), the Boilermakers Training Center (workforce training), Castle Rock Lake (environmental and quality of life benefits) and the Western Energy Rosebud Coal Mine (mining, safety and award winning reclamation efforts). The first day will conclude with a dinner at the Moose Lodge featuring Keynote Speaker, State Senator Duane Ankney.

On Friday August 21st, the Ponderosa Butte Golf Course in Colstrip will host the Energy Open 18-Hole Golf Tournament with lots of prizes, a shot at the “Coal Cup” Corporate Trophy and the $20,000 Hole-In-One prize. The golf teams will be treated to a breakfast prior to the tee time of 10:00 am.   The day will conclude with a scholarship raffle and the tournament awards presentations. This is a great opportunity to network with energy leaders, decision makers, legislators and golf one of Montana’s most challenging public courses.

The Energy Open is free to the public but prior registration is required. For more general information, please contact SEMDC at (406) 748-2990 or email jatchison@semdc.org or prhill@semdc.org. Additional information is available at www.semdc.org.

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Numerous Coal Board Grants Awarded in Southeastern Montana

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(Hardin) The Montana Coal Board met last week in Hardin and awarded numerous grants into Southeastern Montana.   “We are very appreciative and certainly excited to have been awarded these funds which will bring additional assistance to communities that have been impacted by coal,” stated Jim Atchison, Executive Director of Southeastern Montana Development (SEMDC).

Four (4) Applications that SEMDC was involved with were awarded $880,068.  “SEMDC directly assisted three of the four and supported the fourth application,” noted Atchison.

“This is an excellent state program for returning limited dollars back to coal impacted communities to improve the quality of life,” he added.  Applicants awarded funds were:

* City of Colstrip: $500,000 for a portion of a major waste water rehabilitation project,

* City of Miles City: $166,118 to assist with an airport runway paving project,

* Treasure County: $73,950 to help purchase a new ambulance and

* Town of Hysham: $140,000 to assist in paying for replacement of the town’s water tower.

Atchison also gave credit to the area state legislators in securing these addition Coal Board funds during the session.  “Senator Ankney and Representatives Berry and Custer were key drivers and supporters during the legislative session in which HB-228 was passed,” Atchison noted.  “These funds give the Coal Board additional leverage to assist these communities.”

SEMDC is a regional non-profit economic development group that was established in 1997 to stimulate and encourage economic activity in the four (4) Counties of Custer, Powder River, Rosebud, and Treasure.  Today, SEMDC continues to work with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to help create and retain jobs in these four counties.  Their track record has documented over 986 jobs created or retained and over $35 million dollars in project assistance since 1997.  Since 2005, SEMDC has been designated by the State of Montana as a Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) as an Economic Development District.

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County Receives Tentative Approval For Federal Funding For Ranch Creek Road Improvements

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(Broadus) Powder River County recently applied for and received approval for programming through the 2014 Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in the amount of $7.2 million. With support from Bureau of Land Management and Montana Department of Transportation personnel, Powder River County Road Supervisor, Ty Gee and SEMDC Grant Administrator, Julie E. Korkow, teamed up to submit an application to pave a portion of Ranch Creek Rd near Biddle, MT.  The Montana Department of Transportation also pledged matching funds of over $1 Million to the project.  The portion of Ranch Creek Road that will be improved would start at Highway 59 and travel east for 4.5 miles.  The majority of work will include minor culvert and drainage work, over excavation of soft spots, shoulder work, stabilization of subgrade, new base coarse and paving meeting specifications of a standard secondary state highway.

 

The legislation Congress passed that implements the Federal Lands Access Program only authorizes the program for the fiscal years 2013 and 2014.  Therefore, funds from the Access Program for this project are not guaranteed.  Funding is dependent on the availability of appropriations from Congress.

 

The next step in the process is for the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) to develop funding agreements with the state and local agency partners.  The funding agreement will indicate the year that funds may be available for the project.

 

According to the grant application submitted Ranch Creek Road (Route 544) needs to be reconstructed and paved due to the heavy amount of oil field traffic deteriorating the current road conditions.   Powder River County is responsible for maintenance but does not have the budget to fix this road because gravel and other materials are not readily available in this area.  Paving this route would make it an all-weather road and make it safe for all to use.  During inclement weather the surface turns to muddy slurry that is almost impossible to navigate and at dry times dust clouds the entire valley.

 

Ranch Creek Road (Route 544) serves the oil field at Belle Creek, local ranchers, recreationalists accessing BLM land, and traffic traveling from Biddle to Boyes, Mt. The Belle Creek oil field employs hundreds of workers and subcontractors that use this route for access.

 

Present road conditions restrict the ability of Denbury Resources, Inc. getting equipment, materials, and personnel to the site in wet conditions.   The dust created from the road in dry conditions creates concerns for the health and safety of local residents and area ranchers trying to prevent dust pneumonia in livestock.  Dust treatments have been applied to this area in the past with little benefit since the current quality of the road topping material does not accept the treatment to prevent dust and stabilize the road.

 

The past four (4) years of heavy oil field traffic has substantially increase the County’s maintenance requirements on Ranch Creek Road extracting equipment and resources from other parts of the county.

 

For additional information, please contact the Powder River Commissioners at 406-436-2657.

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RID 1A Sewer Replacement Project Completed in Miles City

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DSC01130The RID Sewer was first constructed in 1900.  It was a series of clay tiles that traveled a direct route from the Pine Hills State School to the slough in Miles City.  It had been in serious decay for some time and needed replacement.  Custer County had limited funding to afford such a project.  Efforts began as early as 1992 to address the problem.  The Custer County Commissioners had at one time secured a Congressional appropriation for the project but were unable to provide the matching funds needed to complete the project.  At that time, an assessment was instituted to build a reserve fund up to have matching money to pursue grant funds with.  Gary Matthews picked the project back up in  2009 when that fund reached approximately $100,000 and together with Southeastern Montana Development Corporations’ grant administrator, Julie Korkow, the two submitted a CDBG application and TSEP application in 2010.  The grant applications were successful and notification that funding was received came in 2011.  Applications for additional funding were then submitted to USDA, Rural Development.  These too were successful.  In late fall of 2013, the project was advertised for bid and all of the bids received exceeded the budget.  Custer County did not have additional funding to put into the project.  It was feared that the project would be lost again, but USDA, Rural Development stepped up to the plate and provided more grant funding to help the project come to fruition.  The total project cost was $2.463 million.  RID residents provided $123,000 through their reserve fund and incurred a loan for $288,000.  $2.052 million was received in grant funds.  The project is now complete, the moratorium on hookups has been lifted, and ownership of the area is being transferred from Custer County to Custer County Water and Sewer District.  Residents of this area now have a safe and reliable sewer system and the project has opened up vacant lots that can be used for development.

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2014 Energy Open Scholarship Awarded at Miles Community College

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Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) announced last week that it has awarded the 2014 Energy Open Scholarship to Ms Sandra Moller of Volborg.

 

The Scholarship is sponsored by Southeastern Montana Development for Miles Community College (MCC). It is intended to be used with the Heavy Equipment program at MCC, which is in its 8th year.  The $500 Scholarship is used to off-set the cost of books and tuition. The very popular program is intended to train students and help bridge the employment gap with regional heavy equipment operations.  Courses in this program are instructed by Jerry Forman and Dale Marcil.  For more information on the Heavy Equipment program contact MCC at 800-541-9281 or online at www.milescc.edu.

 

“It is our pleasure to partner with MCC on the Heavy Equipment Program and assist deserving students with their education through this Scholarship. It’s good to see such committed and dedicated students as Sandra,” noted SEMDC Executive Director Jim Atchison.

 

The funding for the Scholarship is made available through SEMDC from the Energy Open Conference and Golf Tournament. The Energy Open was created to “showcase the economic benefits of responsible energy development.”  The 11th Annual Energy Open was held August 21st and 22nd.

 

SEMDC is a regional non-profit economic development group that was established in 1997 to stimulate and encourage economic activity in the four (4) Counties of Custer, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure. Today, SEMDC continues to work with various groups and individuals in the public, private and non-profit sectors to help create and retain jobs in eastern Montana.  Since 1997, the Colstrip based group has documented assistance in creating or retaining over 925 jobs and over $33 million dollars in totalprojectscompleted.For more information contact SEMDC at 748-2990 or visit their website at www.semdc.org.

 

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Energy Open Scheduled for August 21st and 22nd

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The 11th Annual Energy Open Conference and Golf Tournament will be held on August 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Colstrip, the “Energy Capital of Montana.”

 

Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) and Montanans for Responsible Energy Development (MRED) cordially invite the public to participate in this unique opportunity which “showcases the economic benefits of responsible energy development.”

 

The Energy Open starts at 8:00 am on Thursday August 21st at the Colstrip High School Auditorium with registration and networking opportunities.  The morning program includes a presentation on the

“War on Coal” from PPL Montana and a Panel Discussion: “The War on Coal – An Industry Perspective.”  The program will also feature a Candidates Forum where invited state and federal candidates will be given a set time to share with the attendees their response and outlook to the statement: “Responsible Energy Development Opportunities in Montana.” Lunch will be served prior to the attendees departing on two different Tours.  The two Tours which run concurrently, will feature the Rosebud Power Plant (coal fired power generation), the Boilermakers Training Center (workforce training), Castle Rock Lake (environmental and quality of life benefits) and the Western Energy Rosebud Coal Mine (mining, safety and award winning reclamation efforts).  The first day will conclude with a dinner at the Moose Lodge featuring Keynote Speaker, State Senator and businessman, Taylor Brown.

On Friday August 22nd, the Ponderosa Butte Golf Course in Colstrip will host the Energy Open 18-Hole Golf Tournament with lots of prizes, a shot at the “Coal Cup” Corporate Trophy and the $20,000 Hole-In-One prize.  The golf teams will be treated to a breakfast prior to the tee time of 10:00 am.   The day will conclude with a scholarship raffle and the tournament awards presentations.  This is a great opportunity to network with energy leaders, decision makers, legislators and golf one of Montana’s most challenging public courses.

 

The Energy Open is free to the public but prior registration is required.  For more general information, please contact SEMDC at (406) 748-2990 or email jatchison@semdc.org or prhill@semdc.org. Additional information is available at www.semdc.org.

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New Regional SBDC Director Announced

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Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) of Colstrip is pleased to announce that John Sisson has been selected as the new Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Invest In Success Conference

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The Montana Small Business Development Network
will be hosting their 3rd annual state wide conference
Missoula, MT
April 23 & 24
Holiday Inn, Downtown

The conference will provide essential business resources on financing, manufacturing, government contracting, marketing and business management during breakout sessions throughout the day.

We are honored to have keynote addresses from:              

Tom McMakin
Business author and former COO of Great Harvest Bread Co.

To learn more and to register, please follow THIS LINK

 

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New Regional SBDC Director Announced

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Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) of Colstrip is pleased to announce that Jaimi Balsam has been selected as the new Director of theSmall Business Development Center.  As Director of the Small Business Read the rest of this entry »

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Appreciation for Gill Fennern’s Participation on SEMDC’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee

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SEMDC wants to thank Gill Fennern for dedicating over 14 years to SEMDC’s Revolving loan Fund Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Jim Atchison Executive Director presents a plaque to Gil Fennern. Revolving Loan Fund Committee Board Member retires after 14 years.

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