Montanans have proven that they are national leaders in business ingenuity and hard work. These strengths helped Montana weather the economic storm of the recession better than most other states.
The Main Street Montana Project, which was commissioned by Governor Steve Bullock and co-chaired by Larry Simkins of the Washington Companies and Bill Johnstone of D.A. Davidson & Co., aims to develop a bottom-up, self-sustaining blueprint to support the creation, recruitment and retention of Montana jobs. The Project will engage Montana business, education and training, economic development and community leaders to develop a business plan for Montana, by Montanans.
Over the past two months, through a series of roundtable discussions, the Project has engaged more than 1,000 Montanans to learn more about the diverse challenges and opportunities facing Montana businesses and workers. Click on the links below to learn more about the economic situation in regions throughout the state.
The roundtable discussions provided a strong foundation of data, but we're not done listening. The Project is now in its second phase, where we use this data to drill down to the specific needs of each county in the Montana through targeted community surveys. The information collected from these surveys will help the Project develop concrete proposals to create jobs and encourage business growth. Click here to learn more about this survey and ensure your voice is heard.