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MATR Newsletter – December 14, 2018
The state with the best education wins!

While we’re still fine tuning some of the new functionality we hope you’ll find the new site as exciting as we do.

Stay tuned for a full description of the new features.

To get started, we’ve cleaned out the very popular Companies listings as there was no way for companies to update their listings so please, if you haven’t already, register here and then register your company here

We will continue to improve MATR and encourage your participation and recommendations.


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PS – Sorry for the length of this newsletter but it contains all stories submitted over the last 2 weeks as we were working out the new functionality. Future newsletters will be more manageable. Events are at the bottom of the newsletter.

Today’s MATR Newsletter is sponsored by:

Montana Department of Commerce

Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development

  • How the Outdoor Economy Feeds Us
    Conference attendees noted that the very creation of a statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation represents a paradigm shift from the days when all economic attention centered on Montana’s oil and gas industries, as well as timber, coal and agriculture.

Northwestern Energy


Great Falls Development Authority

  • GFDA Top 10
    Announcing our new logo to align GFDA’s business development marketing with Great Falls Tourism’s marketing efforts! The more Team Great Falls works together, along with our rural partners, the more bang for the buck we get out of local investment and the more wins we help generate.
  • GFDA Top 10
    Another downtown building is being renovated!
  • New Cargill R&D facility opens in Great Falls, Montana
    “We’re thrilled one of the world’s largest privately held companies has chosen Great Falls, Mont. for their innovative research facility,” says Brett Doney, president and chief executive officer of the Great Falls Montana Development Authority (GFDA).
  • Great Falls on the Rise
    “We’re doing well with our per capita income growth. You know, that growth rate is out pacing the national and Montana averages,” Jolene Schalper, Great Falls Development Authority’s VP of Business Development.

Come Home Montana

Montana Business

Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana

Montana Education/Business Partnerships

Visit Montana

Montana Economic Development

  • Choteau citizens continue to work on handful of projects
    The Choteau Area Port Authority Board, meeting Nov. 29, reviewed project reports from several groups working on community and economic development projects that arose out of a community assessment held last spring.
  • Is Havre, Montana Dying or Evolving?
    The Herald spoke to business owners who’ve been in the game for decades and to those who’ve just begun, gears and levers that help make Havre go, day in day out.
  • Do you know about Montana’s economic engine?
    By providing access to information, connection to local resources and management of statewide data, Montana’s librarians and geographic information professionals are powering our communities.

Montana Leadership

Funding and Building your Business


American Prairie Reserve

City Club Missoula

Montana Education Excellence

Regional Business

Wyoming Business

Non-Profit News

The Creative and Cultural Economy

University Business Plan Competitions

Regional Economic Development



Miscellaneous Ramblings

Cool Stuff That’s Coming

Incubators and R&D

Energy and Climate Change



Other Economies

Rural Communities

Come Home Wyoming

MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative

  • MSU students paired with local nonprofit boards
    Created and developed by Carmen McSpadden, MSU Leadership Institute director and staff, Boardroom Bobcats was launched in 2016 with the support from a $5,000 seed grant from MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Council.

Workforce Development

Montana Economic Developers Association

Montana Businesses For Sale

The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana

2018 Montana Politics

21st Century Education Initiative – “You Should Care…”

Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Privacy, Hacking and Virus Alerts

STARS Montana Early Education Program

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