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Montana economy and budget may be the "envy of the nation"

"We’re one of only two states that’s been operating in the black. As a result of that, the governor is going to be able to present a budget that, as I tell people, is not just going to be balanced, but it’s not going to raise taxes. It’s going to retain essential core services and still have a good and even balance. And there are very few states in the nation that can say that," said Evan Barrett, Montana Chief Business Officer.

Governor Schweitzer and the State of Montana Partner with Delta Air Lines’ Sky Magazine for the January 2011 Issue – Montana Companies Can Participate In This Partnership

"This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Montana to the world," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Sky Magazine to bring the magic of Montana to their more than 5 million readers."

Eleutian Technology of Cody, Wyoming looks at Billings, Montana as possible site as it expands

Kent Holiday, Eleutian’s president, said the demand for English-speaking teachers is exploding throughout Asia.

New campaign aims to lure businesses to Montana – "Innovate Montana"

"It’s all part of an integrated vehicle to get the word out," said Evan Barrett, chief business development officer under Schweitzer. "When all the states are in trouble and they’re all looking at tax hikes and draconian things like education, we’re in an enviable position right now."

Research & Commercialization Board Awards $1.3 Million for Clean Coal & Renewable Resources, Laser Optics, Biotechnology, and Production Agriculture Projects

"It is critical for Montana to invest in research, commercialization and technology projects that broaden Montana’s education and job opportunities," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "This investment helps to diversify our economy and allows Montana to compete in the global marketplace."

Montana Technology Innovation Partnership – MTIP Mailer Oct. 2010

MTIP – Paving the Technology Path to Economic Development

Register Now for 2011 Made in Montana Marketplace Special Deals

"The Made in Montana Marketplace is a fantastic opportunity for Montana producers to sell their products to wholesale buyers and network with other producers. It’s also a one-stop-shop for wholesale buyers looking for something authentically Montana," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "Register now. This show is not to be missed."

Final Report: Montana’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED)

The WIRED initiative in Montana has come to a conclusion. The full $15 million was utilized and resulted in 3,618 individuals completing training, 634 educators prepared and hired for instruction in the alternative energy industry, 101 new curriculums developed, resulting in 1,447 additional students that can be trained annually.

Montana Means Energy, September 2010

Energy Promotion and Development Division, Montana Department of Commerce

Montana’s Economic Development Report Card

As a result of a good economy and sound fiscal management by the Governor,
Montana is one of only two state governments operating "in the black".
(Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Time Magazine)