Bear Paw Receives 2023 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award

(Havre) – Bear Paw Development Corporation has received a 2023 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for securing $10 million from USDA Rural Development for the establishment of the Montana Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) in partnership with four other Economic Development Districts.

Bear Paw Development received the MPILP award through a nationally competitive solicitation from USDA Rural Development, whose goal with the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Program is to increase the capacity of meat processing facilities to process more beef and poultry from local sources. Bear Paw was the lead applicant for this award and partnered with other regional Economic Development Districts located in Great Falls, Helena, Butte and Lewistown to secure the funding.

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