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Alphabet Soup

Every industry has its own trade language and can be difficult to navigate without a "cheat sheet" of some sort. Below is a list of the most common acronyms used in Montana economic development:

BIA – Bureau of Indian Affairs

BLM – Bureau of Land Management

BRCD – Beartooth RC&D

BSED – Big Sky Economic Development

BSTF – Big Sky Trust Fund

CDBG – Community Development Block Grant

CRDC – Certified Regional Development Corporation

CEDS – Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

EDA – Economic Development Administration

EDD – Economic Development District

FMPP – Farmers Market Promotion Program (USDA)

FPEP – Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (USDA)

GIS – Geographic Information Systems

GTA – Growth Through Ag grant (MT Dept of Ag)

HOME – Home Investment Partnerships Program (HUD/MT DOC)

HUD – US Department of Housing and Urban Development

IRP – Intermediary Relending Program

MBOI – Montana Board of Investments

MCEP (TSEP) – MT Coal Endowment Program (previously Treasure State Endowment Program)

MDOC – Montana Department of Commerce

MDLI – Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry

MDA – Montana Dept. of Agriculture

MDOT – Montana Dept. of Transportation

MDFWP – Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

MEDA – Montana Economic Developers Association

NADO – National Association of Development Organizations

NRCS – Natural Resource Conservation Service

NSFP – National School Food Program (USDA)

RBDG – Rural Business Development Grant (USDA)

RC&D – Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc.

RCDI – Rural Community Development Initiative (USDA)

RD – Rural Development (a division of USDA)

RLF – Revolving Loan Fund

RMAP – Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (USDA)

SBA – Small Business Administration

SBDC – Small Business Development Center

SSBCI – State Small Business Credit Initiative

TIF – Tax Increment Finance District

TEDD – Targeted Economic Development District

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture

USFS – United States Forest Service

VAPG – Value-Added Producer Grant (USDA)

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