From an economic development perspective, Jason Nitschke of the Great Falls Development Authority said that if businesses can’t get employees back to work fully or full productivity, “we’re in trouble and that’s unfortunately the reality.”
This increase in testing will not only augment efforts to identify cases early and support COVID-19 response and mitigation measures, it will build a foundation that will better prepare businesses for possible increased exposure that may occur in the future.
“The grants have always been a huge component of our growth in bringing jobs to Missoula and Montana,” said Carey Davis, director of operations for the local office. “We’ve been lucky to hire many talented individuals. Most of them are from all corners of Montana, or want to move back to Montana.”