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Public and private sectors collaborate to grow Montana business - Leadership Announced - - Main Street Montana Project Regional Meetings Start July 15.

July 6, 2014View for printing

Gov. Steve Bullock's Main Street Montana project http://www.mainstreetmontanaproject.com/ , a public-private partnership to develop and implement a state business plan, is moving ahead with his appointment of some top business leaders to serve as co-chairs of a dozen industry sectors.

"There are CEOs from banks to manufacturing to construction to hospitals that are engaged and want to start taking parts of the plan and say how can we be part of it," Bullock said.

By CHARLES S. JOHNSON IR State Bureau

Full Story: http://helenair.com/news/local/publi ... 2963f4.html

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Here are the co-chairs, by network:

Energy and utilities: Niles Hushka, Missoula, president and CEO of KLJ; and Bob Rowe, Helena, president and CEO of NorthWestern Energy.

Financial services: Kay Clevidence, Victor, president of Farmers State Bank; and William Coffee, Billings, CEO and chairman of the board of Stockman Financial Corp. and Stockman Bank.

Food and agriculture: Jim Peterson, Buffalo, owner and manager of farming and ranching operation, and a state senator; and Greg Thayer, Great Falls, president and CEO of Montana Milling.

Health and wellness: Rick Haraldson, Sidney, CEO at Sidney Health Center; and Larry White, Missoula, retired president and CEO of St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center who now is an associate professor in the school of Public Health and Community Health Services at the University of Montana.

Housing and construction: Dick Anderson, Helena, CEO of Dick Anderson Construction Inc.; and brothers Brad and Greg McCall, Billings, co-owners of McCall Homes.

Innovation and technology: Donald Beeman, Bozeman, retired CEO of LigoCyte, a biotech company in Bozeman now known as Takeda Vaccines; and Jason Corbally, Missoula, president of Edulog, a company that develops and sells products for the student transportation industry.

Interconnectivity/telecommunications: Rob Ferris, Great Falls, CEO of Vision Net, which offers advanced telecommunications solutions; and Bill Squires, Missoula, CEO of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.

Manufacturing: Brothers Bert and Mike Robbins, Butte and Seattle, vice president and president, respectively, and co-founders of SeaCast Inc., with Mike Robbins also president of Montana Precision Products; and K.C. Walsh, Bozeman, president of Simms Fishing Products.

Natural resources: Todd Myers, Denver, vice president, business development, for Cloud Peak Energy; and Loren Rose, Seeley Lake, chief operating officer at Pyramid Mountain Lumber,

Small business/downtown: Sara Calhoun, White Sulphur Springs, owner of Red Ants Pants, which makes work pants for women; and Scott Brown, Billings, owner of the Base Camp outdoor stores in Helena and Billings.

Tourism: Rhonda Fitzgerald, Whitefish, owner and operator of the Garden Wall Inn; and Taylor Middleton, Big Sky, president and general manager of Big Sky.

Transportation: Jason Matheny, Missoula, chairman and CEO of Davis Transport Inc.; and Thomas Walsh, president and CEO of Montana Rail Link Inc.

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Read more about the five Pillars and the goals identified for each here. http://www.mainstreetmontanaproject. ... illars.aspx

To read the full Main Street Montana Project Report, click here. http://governor.mt.gov/Portals/16/do ... t_FINAL.pdf

Beginning in July 2014, meetings will be convened in each of the five regions identified in the report. Click here for more information about these regional meetings. http://www.mainstreetmontanaproject. ... etings.aspx
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