Glacier Regional Port Authority

The mission of Glacier County Regional Port Authority is to promote, stimulate and advance the general welfare, commerce, economic development and prosperity of its region.

 

What is a Regional Port Authority?
As the name implies, the Port Authority concept began in cities along the ocean and major inland rivers and lakes. Port Authorities provide quasi-governmental services with the ability to move at a much faster pace than government in providing the necessary support to develop and retain businesses. The Montana legislature recognized this by passing laws to support and fund activities of a port authority.

What can the Port Authority do?
(a) Promote, stimulate, develop and advance the general welfare, commerce, economic development and prosperity of its jurisdiction and of the state and its citizens;
(b) Endeavor to increase the volume of commerce within the jurisdiction of the port authority and the state through planning, advertising, acquisition, establishment, development, construction, improvement, maintenance, equipment, operation, regulation and protection of transportation, storage or other facilities that promote the safe, efficient and economical handling of commerce;
(c) Cooperate and act in conjunction with other organizations, public and private, in the development of commerce, industry, manufacturing, services, natural resources, agriculture, livestock, recreation, tourism, health care, and other economic activity in the state;
(d) Support the creation, expansion, modernization, retention, and relocation of new and existing businesses and industry in the state and otherwise stimulate, assist in, and support the growth of all kinds of economic activity that will tend to promote commerce and business development, maintain the economic stability and prosperity of its jurisdiction and of the state, and thus provide maximum opportunities for employment and improvement in the standard of living of citizens of the state;
(e) Promote economic development through the education and training of the region’s citizens.

How is the Port Authority governed?
The County Commissioners, the town of Browning and the city of Cut Bank appointed nine governing board members according to a prescribed criterion, who will serve staggered four-year terms, after which the members of the board will be elected or appointed.

How was the GCRPA formed?
It was established by a joint resolution of Glacier County, the City of Cut Bank and the Town of Browning. All three governments determined that there exists a need to stimulate commerce, develop employment opportunities, and increase taxable valuation in the Town of Browning, the City of Cut Bank and Glacier County.

In 2014, the Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce applied for and received an Economic Development Fund grant from the Glacier County Regional Port Authority to work towards the renovation of a historic downtown building in Cut Bank. The funds were used to work towards making our property safe and more marketable for eventual redevelopment. Without the Glacier County Regional Port Authority’s generous grant, we wouldn’t have been able to complete the first phase of our project within our budgeted time and continue making forward progress of creating a revitalized downtown in Cut Bank.
This letter is written with the intent of expressing our sincere thank you for awarding us a grant of $10,000. As promised the entire amount of the grant will be used to construct an inclusive playground within the City of Cut Bank. Your grant when combined with other revenue sources are bringing the first accessible public playground to our community. As the project continues, I will update the Port Authority on the progress of the playground construction. Please take a moment to reflect upon the impact of your work on the children, parents, and grandparents in our community. Once again, thank you.
Nicholas Bradford, Glacier County EMS
The City of Cut Bank would like to thank the Port Authority for their generous donation of $10,000 towards the pavilion cover at the City Park stage. Without donations like this, these projects would not be possible. The Port Authority is a valuable asset to the citizens and communities in our area by helping to support worthwhile projects that enhance our communities. The 38’ x 46’ Poligon pavilion cover will protect the stage at the City Park from the weather and allow more events, including the spring and fall, making the stage a three-season venue. More events will not only make Cut Bank a more attractive tourist destination; it will make the City Park more inviting to both those who live and visit our community.
Thank you for your support,

Mayor Raemaeker

Dan Raemaeker, City of Cut Bank

Tom McKay, Board Chairman
Patrick Murphy, Vice Chairman
William Morris, Secretary
William McCauley, Treasurer
Amie Allison
Neal Bartleson
Ken Hoyt
Tyson Michaels
Tony Sitzmann

Useful Links

Economic Development Fund Overview                          GCRPA Bylaws

Economic Development Fund Application                      GCRPA Loan Policies

Montana Non-Profit Association                                      Montana Small Business Development Center

FundingMT.org                                                                 BlackfeetNation.com

Small Business Administration                                         Montana Women’s Business Center

Veterans Business Outreach Center                                  SCORE

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