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U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $529,361 to Expand Vocational Workforce Training Opportunities in Montana

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $529,361 grant to Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana, to help purchase and renovate a former National Guard Armory building to house the College’s Commercial Driving License and Heavy Equipment Operations program.

“Through our ‘Skills for Business’ initiative, the Department of Commerce has made skills and workforce development a priority,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “EDA is pleased to partner with Miles Community College to ensure that Montana workers receive the top-notch training they need to compete for critical new job opportunities.”

EDA’s investment will leverage existing state funds to redevelop and repurpose a dilapidated former National Guard Armory building to help Miles College address the local and regional need for skilled workers by expanding their existing vocational training programs. EDA’s investment will help with site work, handicap accessibility, classroom renovations and necessary upgrades.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The Economic Development Administration marks 50 years of public service, leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.