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Local Medical Group Receives Huge Grant

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GREAT FALLS - "This facility particularly studies neurodegenerative diseases, things like Alzheimer's, things like MS."

We all know someone impacted by those mentioned afflictions and The McLaughlin Research Institute and Benefis Health Systems are working to slow and stop the diseases in their tracks.  To help them, the Governor and Department of Commerce awarded a grant worth nearly a million dollars to continue the fight, along with strengthening our community.

"This also really translates to jobs on main street.  I mean there are good paying jobs here and good paying jobs in the research and technology sectors, jobs that I couldn’t have even imagined when I was a kid," said Governor Steve Bullock.

The Governor had the chance to tour the unique facility and found a lot of things that were interesting, including some furry study participants.

"There’s a lot of mice in this building, so if one’s afraid of mice, you’d want to think twice.  But really they are going down to the actual gene level of going through and saying how can we actually identify and isolate what’s causing some of these diseases," said Governor Bullock.

So how did McLaughlin and Benefis get chosen?

"Is it creating jobs in the community, in the area for the state?  So economic development is a very important part of what’s going on here at the McLaughlin Research Institute so that made it a really easy decision," said Meg O'Leary, Director of Commerce.

"I think at the end of the day, there are incredible things happening in every corner of our state, but we also have to look at making investments through the long term and that the jobs and the opportunity in the future aren’t necessarily the jobs of yesterday.  So what this does is helps provide more or less that platform off which to build," said Governor Bullock.
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