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Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) 2021 Legislative Priorities and Principles

As the State’s lead economic development agency, MEDA comprises more than 225 economic development practitioners and partners serving as leaders dedicated to building Montana’s economy.  MEDA members strive to improve the State’s economy through business creation, expansion, retention, and through the empowerment and diversification of our State’s economic base. 

These are the 3 skills you need to succeed in 2021

If you’re looking to advance your career this year, the executive director of Harvard Business School Online suggests you hone your skills in these key areas.

Startup, Nonprofit Team Up on Hybrid Public Meeting Software

A blog post last month on People Speak’s website announced the integrated platform is available to the broader public. Speaking for the city of Lakewood, Parker said hybrid-style remote meetings are the future for them and possibly every city in a matter of years.

Book Review: Grounded – “A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America” by Senator Jon Tester

Senator Tester’s memoir could become a helpful roadmap for coastal Democrats fighting for rural votes. The question is: will they pick it up and read it?

Today’s TED Talk – 6 essential lessons for women leaders

In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power — and share six standout lessons on what it takes to lead and build solidarity in the face of gender bias and stereotypes.

Kalispell’s Scott Osterman Tabbed to Lead Commerce Department

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Jan. 11 announced his choice of Scott Osterman as head of the Montana Department of Commerce, citing the Kalispell business executive’s experience in high-tech manufacturing, including at the Flathead Valley’s Applied Materials, as key bona fides qualifying him for the top cabinet position.

University of Montana Institute Selects First Cohort of Baucus Leaders for Montana

Students chosen for Baucus Leaders Montana will have the opportunity to make a difference as they participate in project-based learning with offices throughout the state in the summer of 2021.

MEDA 2021 Legislative Policy Statements and Priorities

As we begin the second week of Montana’s 67th Legislative Session,  please find links below to MEDA’s Policy Statement as well as MEDA Legislative Priorities.  These are living documents and will change as Montana’s economic needs change.

Missoula County, Montana continuing trend of marking Native American heritage

“We name things after what’s familiar to us, but that’s not good enough anymore.” Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier

Today’s TED Talk – The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive

What’s the best way to make a good point? Organizational psychologist Niro Sivanathan offers a fascinating lesson on the “dilution effect,” a cognitive quirk that weakens our strongest cases — and reveals why brevity is the true soul of persuasion.