News Briefs

Libby Chamber announces membership drive

Have you checked out what your Libby Area Chamber of Commerce has done over the last year?
We are proud of our accomplishments in such a short period of time… just to name a few…
We partnered with Glacier Country Tourism for a winter season campaign to show the activities that Libby offers in the winter along with giving out a free weekend in Libby and we ha 811,242 unique social impressions.
We started a new website, a weekly newsletter, and started promoting businesses on our Facebook site. We advertise specials and local events for our members
We hosted a public forum, business workshops, along with after hour networking gatherings and monthly luncheons.
Your chamber created fantastic information wall in our updated chamber building about our members with brochures and business cards, along with putting together an informative re-location packet for our newcomers.
We believe in promoting local business , so we revamped our Libby Bucks program to keep money in town and spent at our chamber members; last year alone we sold $56,000 in Libby Bucks to be used locally.
We are offering a one time fee of $100 to join the chamber for a year. This rate will only e available May 1 until May 31, 2o018. We would love to discuss any questions you have about the chamber. Please contact us via email, phone, Facebook, or on our website. Help us rebuild the economic vitality of Libby

Locals honored by DPHHS Child and Family Services
DPHHS announced last week that two locals will be honored with awards from the Child and Family Services Division.
Kayla Friss of Libby will receive a Resiliency Award which is given to an individual or team that displays traits that foster a supportive and positive work environment and that embody a healthy work/life balance.
MacKenzie Hurlbutt of Troy will be honored with a Youth Achievement of the Year award which is given to a foster or adoptive youth who exhibits a drive to be successful and makes positive changes in their life.

Montana Chamber Foundation scholarship opportunity
 Applications are now open for the 2018 Kuntz Memorial Scholarship and will be accepted through the close of business on May 11. Applicants can apply online at bit.ly/KuntzApplication.
A key objective of Envision 2026, the Montana Chamber’s 10-year strategic plan, is entrepreneurship. Applicants must write a brief essay on what they view is the biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship in Montana.
This scholarship is given to continuing college students, with preference being given to former High School Business Challenge students, as well as someone pursuing a business degree.
The Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2014 in memory of Kelly Kuntz, a former Montana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member. Kuntz was the senior vice president, financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Company when he passed away. He was a strong advocate for the Chamber Foundation’s educational business simulation, the High School Business Challenge.
For more information or questions about the scholarship, email Stacye Dorrington at Stacye@MontanaChamber.com.
If you are interested in donating to the Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship, please click here.
Previous Winners:
2017: Jace Holyoak, Montana State University
2016: Molly Whitewater-Stroupe, Flathead Valley Community College

FVCC summer classes and camp registrations open
FVCC’s Continuing Education Center is now accepting registrations for its summer lineup of adult classes and youth camps. 
Kid’s College is scheduled for the weeks of June 18-22 and June 25-29, with morning and afternoon classes for elementary and middle school-age children. Several new classes have been added to the schedule this year, including “Minecraft Designers,” “Cooking Around the World” and “Navigation.” 
In addition to Kid’s College, FVCC is offering weeklong Black Rocket digital art camps in July and August for children ages 8 to 10 and 11 to 14.  Camps include “Minecraft Modders” July 9-13, “ROBLOX Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs!” July 16-20, “Code Breakers” August 6-10 and “App Attack!” August 13-17.
For additional youth camp information, including times, cost and registration forms, visit www.fvcc.edu/kids-college.
To view the complete schedule of adult classes offered this summer, visit www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education or contact the Continuing Education Center at 756-3832 or ceinfo@fvcc.edu for assistance.

City of Libby nominated as an opportunity zone
Governor Steve Bullock has nominated 25 areas of Montana for designation as an Opportunity Zone, after communities submitted proposals for consideration. The City of Libby was chosen as one of them.
The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new economic development program called Opportunity Zones designed to encourage long-term private investment in low-income communities. The program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized investment vehicles dedicated to certain low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.”
While Montana has 106 eligible Low-Income Community Census tracts, the federal government has limited Montana to identifying just 25 of those tracts for Opportunity Zone designation. More than 60 Census tracts were proposed for Opportunity Zone designation by communities. The Montana Department of Commerce has committed to assisting communities in areas where Census tracts were not nominated. This includes continued conversation based on the information and indications of the needs in those communities and resources that may be available.
 The financing tool has the potential to direct private capital toward distressed communities and serve as a catalyst for long-term, inclusive economic development. This may include downtown revitalization, workforce development, affordable housing, infrastructure, and business startup and expansion.