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Governor Issues Directive to Reopen Montana in Phases

By | Coronavirus, County News, State News

Today, April 22nd, the Governor’s Office announced their Reopening Montana Phased Approach and Guidelines.  Linked below is the directive (please read) as well as the guideline documents.  It is of the upmost importance that counties coordinate with your business leaders, law enforcement, public health folks, and county attorneys in this process, and that you begin that coordination as soon as possible as to what reopening is going to look like for your communities.  We will be unraveling the impacts to counties and providing guidance soon.

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Governor Bullock Announces Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force

By | Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Bullock has announced the establishment of a Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force to provide guidance and advice on how to best use $1.25 billion appropriated to Montana through the Federal CARES Act to assist workers, businesses, and sectors of the economy impacted by COVID-19. The Task Force includes 24 Montanans from various sectors, of which MACo Executive Director, Eric Bryson, has been appointed a seat.  MACo thanks Governor Bullock for including local government in the creation of this important group.

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USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | Coronavirus, County News, National News

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

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Montana’s Counties Need Help

By | Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

HELENA, MT – Local Government is at the front lines of the COVID-19 response, including our law enforcement, health departments, health officers, county-owned medical facilities, and through our work with local private providers and facilities.  Montana’s counties are working hard to ensure continuity of operations and service delivery during this nation-wide pandemic while keeping the public as safe as possible.  County operations are being modified to comply with protective measures while still providing essential county service delivery and ensuring public access and participation.  Montana counties need help.

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