Mission West Receives $40,000 Boost from Local Banks and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Ronan, MT – April 19, 2024 – Mission West Community Development Partners, a regional economic development district
serving Lake, Sanders, and Mineral Counties, is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a combined $40,000 in grant
funding thanks to the collaborative efforts of Glacier Bank, Valley Bank of Ronan, and Eagle Bank. These local financial
institutions submitted applications for Mission West through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines' (FHLB Des Moines)
Member Impact Fund program, and each generously matched the awarded funds.
"We are incredibly grateful for the proactive approach and support from Glacier Bank, Valley Bank of Ronan, and Eagle Bank,"
said Jan Tusick, Executive Director of Mission West. "Their dedication to securing these funds through the Member Impact
Fund program significantly enhances our ability to carry out our mission and promote economic development within the
communities we serve."
The grants from Glacier Bank, Valley Bank of Ronan, and Eagle Bank showcase their commitment to fostering the
communities they serve. By actively seeking this funding opportunity and matching the awarded funds, these local
institutions demonstrate their role as pillars in the community and advocates for regional economic growth.
Member Impact Fund: Multiplying Community Impact
The FHLB Des Moines Member Impact Fund is a powerful program that empowers organizations like Mission West to achieve
greater impact. This innovative initiative allows financial institutions to amplify their community development efforts by
leveraging matching funds from FHLB Des Moines.
“We are so thankful for our local banks and their continued support and commitment to Mission West," said Roxanne
Duckworth, Chair of the Mission West Board of Directors. "These funds will be instrumental in carrying out our mission and
supporting our core services in business development, economic development, and through our food and agriculture
development program. We offer a range of services to businesses, including workshops, coaching, and technical assistance,
all available at low or no cost to participants. This funding will allow us to expand these offerings and empower even more
local entrepreneurs to thrive. We are excited to collaborate with our partners to create a more vibrant and prosperous
Mission West region."
About Mission West Community Development Partners
Mission West Community Development Partners is a regional economic development district serving communities in Lake,
Sanders, and Mineral Counties. The organization works to promote economic development, enhance community
infrastructure, and improve the quality of life for residents throughout the region.

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