Community Action Agency’s Corner
The mission of our economic development team is to help retain existing jobs, promote business expansion and recruit new businesses in the communities we serve.
This is accomplished alongside the support of local and statewide economic development entities and initiatives and partnering with community, state and national leaders in the region we serve.
Our local community-based economic development team members serve as essential grassroots contacts for retail and small commercial/industrial opportunities. They serve as resources for expertise in the areas of energy management and utility operations.
NorthWestern Energy has contracted with Circle Analytics, Inc. to provide free impact studies for up to 100 projects within our service area in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. NorthWestern Energy will provide the grants valued at approximately $1,500 each to fund eligible studies that are conducted by Circle Analytics.
The program application involves a one-page form with funding decisions typically made within 48 hours. Eligible applicants include Cities, Counties and Economic Development Organizations and NorthWestern Energy Key Accounts within the Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska service area. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a $1,500 grant. The studies will help applicants measure the economic impacts of existing businesses or local development projects.
Circle Analytics will use proprietary software tools and historical data to measure the economic ‘footprint’ of select projects. The report will help predict the flow of dollars as they multiply through the community and include both direct and indirect jobs.