Missoula Economic Partnership grants manager Nicole Rush told City Council members on Wednesday that companies she’s working with in Missoula could create 400 new high-wage jobs over the next year.

“Since 2013 we’ve helped 24 companies create 532 jobs” in Missoula, Rush said. “Collectively we’ve received $3.7 million in (grant) support.”

Those jobs provide an average annual collective wage of $20.6 million in Missoula, she added.

“Missoula has secured more of these grants than any other city in Montana,” she said. “We have $2 million in pending applications. The next round of applications have six companies interested in just that round. We think over the next year those companies might create 400 new jobs.”

They might

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