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Nation’s First Chief Growth Officer on Reimagining Michigan

The former Rust Belt state is betting its future on a sought-after natural resource — people — guided by one person in particular. Hilary Doe, the first state chief growth officer anywhere, discusses what’s next.

10 negative body language signals to avoid in your next meeting  

When you consciously choose how to show up, it transforms meetings from mere discussions into powerful platforms for connection.

Number of job openings has declined sharply in every state

At the height of the labor shortage in 2022, there were two job openings per job seeker. As of April, the ratio was down to 1.2 openings per person.

Wanted: Montana ( and other states) host families for international students

Students from throughout the world come to the United States every year to not only study in our schools but to gain a better understanding of our American culture. And without the help of gracious host moms and dads, their education wouldn’t be possible.

Dept. of Commerce allocated $8M to 16 Montana economic development organizations to support Montana economic growth

The grant, funded through the Big Sky Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund Grant Program, provides funding to Montana businesses in local economies.

Nationwide Women’s STRIKE (Wear Red) Expected on Monday – June 24 – SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!

The organizers are calling for supporters to wear red, stay home from work and school, and not spend any money unless it’s at a women-owned business. The movement is calling for equal rights, reproductive freedom and the end of gender-based violence.

Starting teacher pay $9K higher in Montana than national report, state says

News about new teachers’ pay comes on top of other news that Montana’s teacher turnover is high. Nearly 31% of first-year teachers are experiencing turnover in Montana public schools, and more than 27% are leaving within two to five years, according to OPI.

Montana Film Office Reel Report Summer 2024

This quarterly newsletter from the Montana Film Office at the Montana Department of Commerce (Commerce) aims to keep the state’s film and television industry professionals, constituents and fans informed of the latest Montana production, infrastructure and festival news. You’ll also find information on locations and upcoming events. We’re here to help you stay connected with all things “film” in Montana.

Montana Child Care Business Connect Summit – 8/7-8 – Helena

Our second annual Summit will include inspiring keynote speakers and break-out sessions hosted by experts in the fields of business and child care.

More info to come!

U.S. Workers Are Experiencing A Gap Between Expectations Versus Reality

For Montana, this trend underscores the importance of fostering strong leadership and communication to enhance job satisfaction and economic development. As the state continues to invest in education and workforce development, addressing these concerns could play a critical role in boosting employee confidence and driving economic growth.