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2017 Montana Economic Development Report

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January 5, 2018View for printing

Dear Governor Bullock, Legislators and Citizens of Montana,

I am pleased to report that Montana's economy is strong and growing. Opportunities abound to create a more resilient and robust state economy, and we are fortunate to have diverse businesses, an outstanding workforce and abundant natural resources.

The following report summarizes activity by the Governor's Office of Economic Development in the largest and fastest growing sectors of Montana's economy. In addition to what is featured in this report, this office has assisted hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs, promoted Montana to hundreds of outside businesses, and worked to ensure workforce development and business infrastructure needs are being met.

It may be accurate, at this time, to say Montana has been discovered. With unprecedented interest from external businesses and workforce in relocating to our state, we have an opportunity to use this interest to drive intentional, thoughtful growth. Historically, Montana has relied on natural resource extraction and agriculture to drive its economy. While those industries remain critically important, Montana is home to a burgeoning group of high-tech businesses, outdoor recreation businesses and tourism businesses. We are host to an expanding clean energy production industry and are adding more value to our agricultural products than ever before.

I'm bullish on Montana and believe that through the leadership of Governor Bullock our state will continue to thrive. With our workforce's can-do attitude, the optimism of our entrepreneurs and unparalleled quality of life, Montana will continue to be an outstanding place to live, work and play.

Full Economic Development Report:


Ken Fichtler

Chief Business Development Officer

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State of Montana

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Congratulations to the staff of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Given the tight budgets and staffing constraints, they've provided an excellent record of Montana's economic success in 2017.

All Montanan's should be proud of this report and strive to make 2018 even better.

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