Both Montana and Michigan have pledged to use money from a federal
program to develop their alternative fuels industries.
The money, from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation in
Regional Economic Development program, referred to as WIRED, was awarded to 13
regions across the U.S.
Each region was awarded a three-year, $15 million investment to help
create jobs and economic development in key areas.
The Montana Standard reported the money will be used in Montana to help create a biodiesel and
bioproduct industry in the central and eastern parts of the state.
Michigan, meanwhile, plans to use its money to fund research at its
universities to help build an alternative fuels industry in the state.
Neither state has released further details on future plans.