Montana Governor Greg Gianforte

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Montana film industry excited about growth but needs more buy-in from the state

While Montana has a portion of the necessary ingredients, more infrastructure, a higher tax credit, and more workers are needed to ensure the industry’s continued growth.

Montana has paid only 3,000 return-to-work bonuses, only a quarter of the 12,000 individuals the state once anticipated paying.

The program, which Gianforte launched in the same breath as he ended Montana’s participation in federally-funded enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits, was intended to get workers with active unemployment claims into the workforce with bonus payments issued upon the fourth week of employment at a new job.

Statewide YE Educators meet via Zoom with Montana Governor Gianforte

Before going into Q & A, Governor Gianforte shared information on the new position at the Department of Labor and Industry created to foster more public-private relationships with education and industry leaders around apprenticeship and workforce development opportunities.

Gov. Gianforte Announces Investment of $2.3 million to improve public safety and increase economic stability in Yellowstone County

“Over the course of the pandemic, Yellowstone County has seen a significant increase in drug-related and violent crime, threatening both public safety and the vitality of local businesses,” Gov. Gianforte said.

Gov. Gianforte visits Missoula for the end of Montana’s Apprenticeship Week

For calendar year 2021, Gianforte set a goal to create 10,000 jobs meeting that criteria. Within the first six months there were more than 5,000 jobs paying over $50,000 a year created in the state, he said.

Montana Training Directors Strongly Oppose Governor’s Move to Change Apprenticeship Ratios  

“Drastically changing the current ratio to 2:1 reduces the quality of training and in the end produces a less skilled workforce for Montana. This way of thinking is contradictory to the concept of apprenticeship and its purpose.”

Montana Launches $7.5 Million Value-Added Agriculture Grant Program – 3 reasons agriculture is poised for a surge of sustainable innovation

Governor Greg Gianforte today launched a $7.5 million Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program to invest in value-added agricultural products across the state and strengthen the industry.

Gov. Gianforte, Commerce Announce $10 Million for New Workforce Training Program

“These grants will build a stronger Montana workforce and empower Montana workers with the skills they need to succeed and thrive,” Gov. Gianforte said. “These grants will help us to close skill gaps, create more good-paying Montana jobs, and expand career opportunities for more Montanans.”

Montana relief funds recommended to recruit health care workers – $12,500 for out-of-state health worker

$12,500 in relocation expenses, plus the taxes on that additional income, to each out-of-state health worker who comes to Montana to work for at least a year.

Gov. Gianforte Announces Significant Step to Expand Broadband in Montana

The state has released a Request for Information (RFI) to support the ConnectMT Act broadband program, one of the first major steps in closing the digital divide for Montana.

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