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October 16, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

October 16th: Townhall Answering Your CARES Act Questions

On October 16th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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September 25, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Sidney Fitzpatrick, Big Horn County

I will be dedicated to MACo and will work to bring cooperation and diversity with other counties to ensure integrity in the 2nd Vice President position. I would respectfully serve…
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September 24, 2020 in National News

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo President, Commissioner Shane Gorder, Bids Farewell

I wanted to put a few words together to say thank you to everyone for the opportunity to serve as the MACo President this past year. It has truly been…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Dennis Zander, Dawson County

I was elected in 2016 and currently serve as the Dawson County Commission Chair, and have held a seat on MACo's Energy Committee since joining the Association. I will continue…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Roman Zylawy, Mineral County

I want our smaller voice at the county level to be heard and acknowledged by larger government entities while the discussion is happening and before the decisions are made. The…
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September 21, 2020 in County News, National News, State News

New Lodging Rates Beginning October 1st

The General Services Administration has announced new lodging rates effective for travel beginning October 1, 2020.
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September 18, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

September 18th: Townhall Continues to Address COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On September 18th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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September 17, 2020 in County News, State News

CDBG Community Planning Grant Applications Accepted Through October 15, 2020

Community Development Block Grant Community Planning Grant Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2020.
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September 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

3rd FEMA/CAREs Reimbursement Application

Application materials are now available for the third reimbursement cycle, closing September 25th. The process is similar to the first two application cycles wherein the reimbursement form includes FEMA and CAREs…
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September 15, 2020 in County News, State News

Commerce Department Launches the 2020 Census State Championship

The Montana Department of Commerce has launched the 2020 Census State Championship to encourage counties and tribes in Montana to compete for the highest increase in self-response rates to the…
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September 15, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

Lewis & Clark County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney. Under the general direction of the County Attorney, this position prosecutes criminal and civil offenses, represents county government in legal…
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September 10, 2020 in County News, NACo

NACo Launches NEW Online Advocacy Toolkit

The National Association of Counties has developed a county online federal advocacy toolkit to help you be an effective advocate for top county priorities.
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September 4, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

September 4th: Townhall Continues to Answer COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On September 4th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News

An Important Message from Our MACo President

MACo President, Shane Gorder, shares an important message with MACo members and partners during this unprecedented and challenging time.
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August 21, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

August 21st: Townhall Focuses on COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On August 21st, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 12, 2020 in County News

FY 2020 Mineral Impact Fund Distribution

The FY 2020 Federal Mineral Royalties have been distributed. Montana statute provides that money deposited into the mineral impact account shall be distributed to local governments according to MCA 17-3-240…
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August 7, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

August 7th: Townhall Focuses on COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions as well as Census & General Election Directive

On August 7th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 6, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Counties Allowed the Choice to Conduct Mail Ballot Election & Expand Early Voting for November General Election

Governor Bullock today (August 6th) issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail…
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August 3, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Deputy County Attorney – Criminal Department

Cascade County is currently seeking to fill the position of Deputy County Attorney (Criminal Department). This position performs complex legal, professional and administrative work. The work is performed in accordance…
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August 1, 2020 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Joanne Romasko as HCT Trust Administrator

Help us in welcoming our new team addition! Joanne Romasko, RHIA, CHDA, CCSP, joined the MACo Health Care Trust Team on as the Health Care Trust Administrator.
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July 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

July 24th: Continuing to Answer Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 24th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Requiring Face Coverings in Certain Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Gatherings

On July 15th Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active…
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July 10, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

July 10th: Answering Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 10th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 2, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Plan Released for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana

On July 2nd, the Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana was released to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in…
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July 1, 2020 in Association News

MACo Launches Mobile App

After several years fielding requests, the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is eager to announce that we are now offering a mobile application.
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June 29, 2020 in County News, National News

FY 2020 PILT Payments Distributed

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)…
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June 17, 2020 in Association News

MACo Awards 2020 President’s Scholarships

MACo President and Richland County Commissioner, Shane Gorder, has announced that Allyson Young, Everett Jensen, and Mason Mindt are the awardees of the 2020 MACo President’s Scholarships.
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June 12, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

June 12th: Local Government Reimbursement Program Update & Answering Your Questions

On June 12th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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June 5, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants, State News

Local Government Reimbursement Program Created

The Local Government Reimbursement Program is now open.  Reimbursement is available to local governments as part of the CARES Act and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant…
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June 3, 2020 in County News, National News, State News

Montana 2020 Census: Fill Out Your Form!

With the Census continuing until October, the State Complete Count Committee is closely tracking Montana’s response rates down to the Census tract level. Read this article to view a highlight…
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May 29, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

May 29th: Update on CARES Act Reimbursements

On May 29th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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May 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, NACo

Ravalli County Commissioner, Greg Chilcott, Elected President of WIR

Ravalli County Commissioner, Greg Chilcott, took up the presidential reins of NACo’s Western Interstate Region (WIR) on May 13th during a remote WIR Board Meeting.  The Officers were scheduled to…
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May 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Millions Available in Emergency Grants Via Montana Programs

The state has created a single application portal for emergency grants funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided Montana with $1.25 billion for…
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May 22, 2020 in Association News, County News

MACo’s Annual Salary Survey Completed: Results Available for Download

Every year, MACo collects county elected official salary information from the current fiscal year (FY 2020) for use by counties in the budget-setting process for the next fiscal year (FY…
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May 21, 2020 in Coronavirus, NACo

National Association of Counties (NACo) to Hold Virtual Annual Business Meeting

The National Association of Counties’ Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the NACo Annual Conference and proceed with a virtual Annual Business Meeting, which will include the…
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May 21, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

CISA, IRS, USSS, and Treasury Release Joint Alert on Scams Related to COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) urge all Americans to be on…
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May 19, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Phase Two of Reopening Planned to Begin on June 1st

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1…
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May 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

On Friday, May 15th, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for…
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May 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

TSEP Application Submission Guidance Presentation

An application submission guidance presentation has been posted on the TSEP webpage for applicants applying by the Friday, June 12, 2020 deadline.
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May 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

CDBG Grant Application Deadlines

Grant applications for three Community Development Block Grant programs, managed by the Department of Commerce, are now being accepted.
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May 13, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus

Upcoming 2020 District Meetings

Given these unprecedented times, and after MUCH discussion, we have come to the difficult decision that this year’s district meetings will be virtual as opposed to in-person. The annual trip…
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May 13, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

TSEP Application Deadline Extended

Due to the repercussions of COVID-19, the Montana Department of Commerce has received many public comments expressing concern over the May 1, 2020 TSEP Construction application deadline. Commerce has: (1)…
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May 8, 2020 in County News, Grants

Livestock Loss Board Loss Prevention Grants

Apply now for livestock loss prevention grants. The Livestock Loss Board has $80,000 available for wolf only loss prevention projects. Limited money will be available for grizzly bear loss prevention…
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May 8, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

May 8th: Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force Update & Outcomes

The second session in our series of townhalls focused on the Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force.  MACo Executive Director, Eric Bryson, reported on the progress and guidance that came…
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May 1, 2020 in County News, Grants

Second Opportunity for Mobile Crisis Unit Grant

The Department of Public Health and Human Services, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD), recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Mobile Crisis Unit Grant; however, the the…
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April 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau…
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April 29, 2020 in Association News, County News

Letter from Our MACo President

I am writing you all to say hello and to wish you, your family, and friends all well in these uncertain times. Thank you to all the counties and their…
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April 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

COVID-19 Department of Revenue Property Assessment Updates

The Property Assessment Division (PAD) staff, for the most part is still working remotely. PAD does have a limited number of people working in offices where the space allows for…
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April 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News

Letter from MACo Fiscal Officer Calling for Full Funding of SRS & PILT

County governments across Montana and the nation face budget shortfalls as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is no surprise when local small businesses and the agriculture industry struggle…
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