Applied Communications
Community Development & Non-Profit

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.

  • Strategic Plans 
  • Housing Plans
  • Needs Assessments
  • Revitalization Plans
  • Tax Increment Finance
  • Grant Writing
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Training & Workshops
Following are descriptions of non-profit projects that Applied Communications has undertaken. 

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.  

Anaconda Resource Team (2006)
Ms.  McMahon was part of a resource team that worked with the City of Anaconda, MT to conduct a city-wide need assessment and establish priorities for community projects. 

North Central Montana Community Ventures Project (2002-2004)

Applied Communications was a member of the consulting team that developed a strategic plan for poverty reduction for an eleven county area in north central Montana. The project involved a coalition of over 80 agencies from throughout the region and resulted in over 100 strategic actions in seven target areas to address poverty issues. In December, 2003 the Northwest Area Foundation awarded the project $12 million dollars to implement the plan.

Montana State University - Northern - Adjunct Faculty - Grant Writing (2000 -2004)

Ms. McMahon Taught college course on grant writing (3 hours credit). Developed curriculum and students produced a grant proposal by the end of the semester. Additionally, she taught the course as a one-day grant workshop for the Hill County, MT Cooperative Extension office and the Lewistown, MT Adult Education Cooperative.

Lewistown Regional University Center - Strategic Plan (2000)

Applied Communications developed a strategic plan for a regional university center with distant learning capability in central Montana. The center will have the ability to bring in College courses and degree programs to a geographically isolated region. Based on the plan, the community has raised $600,000 in local dollars, received a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 and received a donation of land worth $150,000.

Cascade County, MT - Community Needs Assessment. (2003)

Completed a Community Development Block Grant needs assessment that was submitted with a successful CDBG-grant for over $500,000 of infrastructure improvements to an industrial park north of Great Falls.

Stanford, MT - Housing Needs Assessment & Community Development Block Grant Application (2004)

Applied Communications completed a Community Wide Needs Assessment and Housing Plan for the city of Stanford and is completed a Community Development Block Grant Application that resulted in a $250,000 Housing Grant to assist in implementing the plan.

Alliance For Youth, Great Falls, MT - Strategic Planning (2004)

  •  Youth Asset Building - The Alliance for Youth Received a grant from the Montana Board of Crime Control to work with 3 pilot communities in north central Montana to develop local action plans that will coordinate activities among community groups to build assets and healthy behaviors in youths.
  • Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan - Applied Communications assisted in facilitating meetings with service providers in Great Falls to identify needs and strategies for improving the juvenile justice system.