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  • The Debacle of SB442: Good Bill and Bad Politics

    Senator Russ Tempel and Rep. Paul Tuss|May 8, 2024

    The two of us are from different political parties, don’t always agree on legislation and actually ran a spirited campaign against one another several years ago. Having said that, we are not enemies. In fact, it’s just the opposite. We are friends that actually get along and work together as much as possible for the betterment of the Hi-Line and those who live and work here. One legislative proposal we both were pleased to enthusiastically support, along with 86% of our House and Senate colleagues, was Senate Bill 442, sponsored by our fel...

  • Bear Paw Development Seeks Input on Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

    Paul Tuss, Executive Director Bear Paw Development|Sep 7, 2022

    Bear Paw Development Corporation is seeking input from area residents on the organization’s draft 2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The CEDS was last updated in 2020 and is typically utilized for five years. However, the federal Economic Development Administration has requested that Bear Paw’s CEDS be updated in 2022 to align with the same CEDS approval schedule as other Economic Development Districts in Montana. Bear Paw is a regional nonprofit corporation organized to assist with the economic and community development prioriti...


    Paul Tuss, Executive Director of Bear Paw Development|Mar 9, 2022

    Bear Paw Development Corporation recently released its Annual Report for 2021 during its Annual Meeting at MSU-Northern and announced that the nonprofit economic and community development organization had a $13.1 million impact on the region it serves in northern Montana. The Annual Report also documented that Bear Paw Development assisted the private sector to create or retain 61 jobs through their small business lending and advising activities. “The work Bear Paw Development was able to accomplish in 2021 helped the communities we serve w...


    Paul Tuss, Executive Director of Bear Paw Development|Feb 16, 2022

    Bear Paw Development Corporation recently announced the addition of two new employees to their roster of economic and community development practitioners. Joining the organization is Julea Robbins as Regional Disaster Economic Recovery Coordinator and Wyatt Anderson as Director of Bear Paw's Food and Agriculture Development Center. "We are exceedingly fortunate to have the opportunity to add two individuals to our team who will hit the ground running and will have an immediate and positive...

  • Supporting the home team

    Paul Tuss, Executive Director Bear Paw Development Corporation|Jun 3, 2020

    Montanans, especially those of us who live and work in rural areas and small communities, are a hearty bunch. We literally and figuratively weather storms, we help our neighbors when they need a hand, and we also enjoy a quality of life that is second to none – one in which our urban counterparts are often envious. While this may all seem nostalgic or old-fashioned, we know it’s true. In northern Montana, we live, work, and raise our families in communities that are full of small businesses who also support our communities in myriad ways. It...

  • Important to be counted as Census Day nears

    Paul Tuss, Executive Director Bear Paw Development Corporation|Mar 25, 2020

    Montanans, along with all Americans, will soon be asked to do something we haven’t done in a decade – fill out our Census form. Every ten years since 1790, citizens throughout the United States help determine how federal funds are distributed, and how we are represented in the halls of Congress. Beginning this month, all Montanans will be asked to respond to the 2020 Census by answering nine simple survey questions. For the first time ever, households can respond online at It’s an easy way to make your voice heard and your...

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