Applied Communication, LLC works with local governments, non-profit and community organizations to with strategic planning projects, grant writing and meeting facilitation. Applied Communications offers the following community development services.
Tax Increment Finance
Training & Workshops
Following are descriptions of non-profit projects that Applied Communications has undertaken.
North Central Montana Housing Needs Assessment (2015)
Completed a housing needs assessment for an 11-county area in North Central Montana. The assessment included data analysis, community survey and key informant interviews.
Transportation Alternative Program - Grant Writing (2015)
Applied Communications wrote a grant for $60,000 to the Montana Department of Transportation for the North Central Transit Agency. The grant will allow agency to conduct safety audits for all of their transit stops and will include strategies to improve connectivity from transit stops to the pedestrian/trail network.
Downtown Development Expo (2015)
Applied Communications organized a downtown expo in Great Falls, MT in the spring of 2015. The expo included a funder's panel and provided technical assistance to small towns in the region to implement main street projects.
Helena Area Housing Needs Assessment (2010)
AppCom worked with the Helena Area Housing Task Force to complete a Housing Needs Assessment for the Greater Helena Area. The needs assessment includes information on housing costs, housing condition, socio-economic data, consumer demand and housing supply. The final report identifies challenges and opportunities and includes policy recommendations and strategies to meet housing needs.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (2009)
AppCom worked with the Whitefish Housing Authority to submit a grant application for Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. The grant would fund the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed and abandoned housing for rental and homeownership.
South Kalispell Urban Renewal District (2009)
AppCom worked with the City of Kalispell to update the Urban Renewal Plan for the south Kalispell area. The Plan provides for expansion of the Kalispell City Airport and redevelopment of commercial/industrial properties that are the gateway to the city.
Whitefish Housing Authority (2008)
Applied Communications completed a Housing Needs Assessment for the Whitefish Housing Authority. The needs assessment included a housing survey, pricing profile, key informant interviews, and structural condition analysis. Key findings included an evaluation of energy conservation and rehab programs and more variety in product types.
Kalispell Housing Study (2008)
Applied Communications completed a Housing Study for the City of Kalispell that was funded with a Community Development Block Grant. The study encompassed the core area of Kalispell and included a housing survey, neighborhood meetings, pricing profile, and housing condition analysis. The recommendation included taking a neighborhood wellness approach to preserve the quality of life in affordable neighborhoods as well as investigating the establishment of a housing land trust. Since adoption of the plan, the Land Trust has been established and Kalispell is pursuing a $4 million NSP grant to implement recommendations.
Montana Tourism Strategic Plan (2007)
Applied Communications was part of the project team to update the Tourism Strategic Plan for Montana. The project included outreach workshops across the state, an on-line survey and presentations at the Governor's conference. The plan provides strategies on promotion, product development and partnerships.