Montana Economic Development

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Can Funding Counties Directly Help Them Overcome Their Biggest Problems?

Thousands of county officials came to Washington, D.C., to make the case with Congress that funding counties directly is the best way to improve lives across the country’s diverse rural and urban communities.

The U.S. needs homes. But first, it needs the workers to build them.

Montana becomes a model for an apprentice training program

GFDA Top Ten for 2-11-24 + Great Career Opportunities

Congratulations to the McLaughlin Research Institute of Great Falls, Montana, on winning a prestigious $13.8M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to launch the Center for Integrated Biomedical and Rural Health Research (CIB-RHR) and expand its research enterprise over the next five years!

This is why immigration in the U.S. is so vital to our future. How, where, and why Montana became the grayest state in the West

People like to talk about new technologies and innovations, because that’s fun. Demographics aren’t fun. But they’re going to be as important, if not more, to overall economic growth than most innovations over the coming decades.

Strong Towns 2024 National Gathering – 5/14-15 – Cincinnati, Ohio

For the Gathering itself, we’re running early bird pricing through April 1. Make sure to get your tickets soon for the best price.

Carter County, Montana Growth Policy development and availability of community survey

Citizens of Carter County are encouraged to get involved in the Growth Policy process.

Another ‘Great Retirement’ Wave Hits the US After Stocks Rally

A generation ago, one popular song implored workers to tell their bosses to “Take This Job and Shove It.” Judging from how many Americans are choosing retirement, millions are taking that advice.

GFDA Top Ten for 2-8-24 – Expanding to 100 More Childcare Slots in Great Falls

We closed a $457,900 bridge loan to Robyn’s Nest Daycare to help facilitate the purchase of a property for the expansion of her childcare facility. It will be exciting to see this expansion from the remodel stage to opening the new facility with up to 100 additional childcare slots in Great Falls!

2024 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism – April 14-16, 2024 – Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

The event will feature a variety of sessions that will expand and challenge our thinking, provide direction for the future and supply us with new tools to promote and develop our markets and services. 

Switching Careers, and Curricula, in Rural Montana

Montana has responded with aggressive efforts to attract more adult students to healthcare and other in-demand fields, from construction to manufacturing. Yet the obstacles to training students in rural areas like the Bitterroot Valley are many.