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April 1, 2020 in Coronavirus, NACo

Hotel Arrangements for Healthcare Workers, National Guard, Patients & First Responders

The National Association of Counties has been contacted by the IHG hotel chain (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge, etc.) regarding hotel arrangements for healthcare workers, National Guard, patients, and first…
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March 31, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

President Trump Approves Montana Disaster Declaration

Today (March 31st), President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Montana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts…
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March 31, 2020 in Coronavirus, Emergency Situations

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

The President announced new guidelines to address COVID-19: 30 Days to Slow the Spread.
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March 31, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legislative Updates

Legislative Update: Leadership Meets via Conference Call

Legislative Leadership met via conference call this morning to begin discussing various aspects of the Coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic, mainly the $1.45 billion coming to Montana from the CARES Act/Stimulus Package…
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March 30, 2020 in Association News, Risk Sharing

MACo HCT Trustee Appointment Process Notice

MACo HCT Trustee Tom Berry, Musselshell County Commissioner, elected to a 4-year term (09/2019 – 09/2023), has resigned as County Commissioner in Musselshell County and thereby resigned as Health Care Trust…
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March 27, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Issues Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Directive

On March 26th, Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home; it also temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The…
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March 27, 2020 in Coronavirus, NACo

NACo Releases CARES Act Analysis

NACo's analysis of the CARES Act highlights relevant components for county governments, including a section-by-section breakdown outlining items of significance for county policy priorities.
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March 27, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

Reclamation & Development Grants Program Deadline

DNRC has extended the deadline for the RDG Project Grants and RRGL Project Grants to 5 p.m. on June 1, 2020. We understand the impacts COVID-19 is having on communities…
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March 26, 2020 in Coronavirus, National News

FEMA Advisory: COVID-19 Federal Response Efforts Continue

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of the American people is our top priority.
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March 26, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Montana DOR Update: COVID-19 Property Assessment Division

The Department of Revenue is continually monitoring the COVID-19 effects on Montana and adjusting our work plans accordingly. We are implementing social distancing standards within our offices and actively enabling…
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March 26, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News

U.S. DOL Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 26th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to…
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March 25, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State

Governor Issues Directive Allowing Counties to Hold Primary via Mail Ballot

The Governor issued a Directive (attached) this afternoon, March 25th, which allows counties to conduct the Primary Election via mail ballot.  This is not a statewide mandate; it is 100%…
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March 25, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

How Montana Manufacturers Can Help With COVID-19 Critical Supplies

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center has developed a resource page for Montana manufacturers to assist with the development and production of supplies that are needed to slow the spread of…
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March 24, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Issues Directive Providing Flexibility to Local Governments

On March 24th, Governor Bullock announced measures to give local governments the flexibility needed to adhere to social distancing guidelines in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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March 23, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

TSEP Application Submission Deadlines May Be 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 is taking…
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March 20, 2020 in State News

2020 Census is Live!

Montanans can now begin filling out their Census forms online or by phone at or 1-844-330-2020. In conjunction with the beginning of the 2020 Census, Montana’s Complete Count Committee…
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March 19, 2020 in Coronavirus, News

State Personnel Guidance Does NOT Apply to Local Government Employees

County Elected Officials: You may be aware that the Montana Department of Administration has issued personnel guidance (below) to state employees. This does not apply to all public employees (such…
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March 18, 2020 in Coronavirus, Emergency Situations

Emergency Loans Now Available to Mitigate Impact on Businesses in Montana Communities

Businesses in eligible Montana counties impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are now able to apply for emergency loans through the through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster…
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March 17, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

Montana Board of Investments COVID-19 Update Regarding STIP, INTERCAP & Continuation of Service

On March 17, 2020, the Montana Board of Investments (BOI) issued a memo stating that given unprecedented moves in the US financial markets in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, they will…
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March 16, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

Cybersecurity Awareness: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Scammers

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products,  using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to…
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March 11, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Pondera County Seeking Part-time Sanitarian/Sanitarian-in-Training

Pondera County is seeking a sanitarian/sanitarian-in-training. This is a non-exempt part time position, not to exceed 1560 hours per year unless approved by Pondera County Commissioners.
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March 11, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Fergus County Seeking Legal Assistant

Fergus county is seeking a Legal Assistant for the County Attorney's Office. This position performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of department goals and functions such…
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March 6, 2020 in Risk Sharing

MACo Health Care Trust Receives AGRiP Recognition Award

The MACo Health Care Trust was awarded recognition at the Association of Governmental Risk Pool (AGRiP) conference in Orlando, Florida on March 2, 2020.
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March 5, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Sanitarian

Dawson County is seeking to fill the position of Sanitarian. The District Sanitarian is a public health professional who is qualified by education, training and experience to perform environmental health…
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March 4, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Pondera County Accepting Letters of Interest for Position of County Attorney

Pondera County is currently seeking letters of interest for the position of Pondera County Attorney, to fulfill the remainder of the current term, expiring December 31, 2022.  Pursuant to Montana…
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February 27, 2020 in County News, State News

Governor Bullock Announces $6 Million Grant to Provide Lifesaving Equipment to Law Enforcement

On February 27th, Governor Steve Bullock announced a $6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to provide 2,200 lifesaving Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to…
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February 26, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Granite County Seeking Public Health Nurse

R.N. with a Bachelor of Science or Associate's Degree in Nursing is wanted for full-time Granite County Public Health Nurse position.  Two years of public health nursing is preferred, but…
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February 24, 2020 in County News

USDA Awards $3.3 Million to Southern Montana Telephone to Improve Broadband Access in Rural Beaverhead County

WISDOM, Mont., Feb. 24, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Charles Robison joined Congressman Greg Gianforte to announce USDA has invested $3.3 million in…
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February 21, 2020 in Grants

AMDD Announces Spring 2020 Crisis Matching Grant Opportunity

AMDD will rerelease the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the County and Tribal Matching Grant and Mobile Crisis Unit Program in early Spring 2020. This will provide an opportunity for…
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February 20, 2020 in Safety Corner

2020 Risk Management Safety Awards

The MACo WCT/PCT Risk Management Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Midwinter Conference in Great Falls.  MACo recognizes those counties exhibiting a continued commitment to…
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February 16, 2020 in Risk Sharing

Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award Presented to Pat Greany

The seventh annual Rickey Mart Memorial Agent Appreciation Award was awarded to Pat Greany of Leavitt Great West Insurance at the recent MACo Midwinter Conference held in Great Falls.  Unfortunately,…
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February 14, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Yellowstone County Seeking Equipment Operator II in Custer Area

Yellowstone County, Billings, MT is hiring for an Equipment Operator II in the Custer Area. Applications available on the Yellowstone County website.
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February 13, 2020 in Grants

State 911 Grant Program Open for Applications SFY 2020

The Montana Department of Administration has officially opened the 9-1-1 Grant Program for submittal of applications for SFY 2020.  Linked below is the new grant application form.  Grant applications must…
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February 12, 2020 in Grants

Funding Available: Reclamation & Development Grants Program

The DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting grant applications for both: RDG Planning Grants, up to $50,000; and RDG Project Grants, up to $500,000.
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February 10, 2020 in Grants

2020 HAVA Grants

On December 20, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 into law. The Act includes $425 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, made available to states…
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February 7, 2020 in County News

Montana PTAC Funding Opportunity/RFP

The Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at Big Sky Economic Development in Billings is requesting proposals from eligible entities interested in operating a full-time Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)…
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February 4, 2020 in State News

Public Health Agencies Respond to New Coronavirus

Public health agencies at all levels are responding to a new coronavirus originally identified in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province of China. Since the detection…
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February 4, 2020 in NACo

NACo 2020 Achievement Awards Program

NACo is closing in on their 2020 Achievement Awards deadline, coming up on March 30th. In celebration of 50 years of county innovation, they are encouraging counties, parishes, and boroughs…
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February 3, 2020 in County News

2019 Consumer Price Index (CPI)

We have updated our Consumer Price Index spreadsheet for 2019. The result is that the Annual CPI change for 2019 is 1.8%.
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February 2, 2020 in County News

MACSS County School Superintendent of the Year Award Open for Nominations

The Montana Association of County School Superintendents (MACSS) will be recognizing one of its members each year with a new award. Because County Superintendents work with so many individuals and…
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February 1, 2020 in County News

New Year, New You…Same W-2 Tax Scam

Tax season is in full swing, which means criminals will go to great lengths to separate you from your money, your identity, or anything of value that is within their…
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January 17, 2020 in Grants

MLIA Grant Program Open & Accepting Applications for FY 2021

The Montana State Library is pleased to announce that the MLIA Grant Program is now accepting applications for state fiscal year 2021. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, February…
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January 15, 2020 in State News

Complete the Free National CyberSecurity Review (NCSR)

For those of you that are looking at grant funding this coming year, you have less than 30 days left to sign up and complete the free National CyberSecurity Review…
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January 15, 2020 in County News, NACo, National News

Montana Commissioners in DC

View pictures of Commissioners Joe Briggs, Cascade County, and Greg Chilcott, Ravalli County attending landmark events at the White House.
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January 14, 2020 in State News

The Montana Water Summit 2020

Mark your calendar for the second biennial Montana Water Summit, March 3-4 in Helena! The goal of the Montana Water Summit is to provide information, spur discussion and explore solutions…
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January 14, 2020 in National News

FY 2020 Federal Spending Agreement

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94), which reauthorized SRS payments for FY19 (payment year FY20) and for FY20 (payment year FY21). …
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January 8, 2020 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Mary Rose Cloninger to the Health Care Trust

Mary Rose Cloninger joined MACo’s Health Care Trust team as the Member Services Specialist/Office Coordinator on January 6th. She has a diverse background working in different areas of the healthcare…
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January 8, 2020 in Association News

Pre-order your Directory of County Officials

The 2020 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for pre-order at a cost of just $15.00.  Look for a digital edition, coming soon!
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January 6, 2020 in Association News

2020 MACo Committee Members Appointed

Annually, the MACo President appoints committee members based on interest of the membership.  President Shane Gorder, Richland County Commissioner, along with the assistance of the MACo Executive Committee and others,…
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January 5, 2020 in State News

DNRC Energy Summit

Montana DNRC's Energy Summit will take place February 13, 2020 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. The summit was designed for farmers and ranchers to help them understand their…
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