Governor releases economic development plan
MATT VOLZ Associated Press
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock released an economic development plan Thursday that he said aims to attract and keep more businesses in Montana and train the state's workers in emerging technologies.
The report, which the Democratic governor called the Main Street Montana Business Plan, is the product of 10 months of roundtables, surveys and one-on-one meetings with thousands of industry, labor, community and governmental leaders across the state.
Its authors distilled the information they received to identify five key areas in which to boost development: workforce training, improving the business climate, marketing the state, nurturing emerging industries and building on Montana's economic foundation.
Within each of those areas is a set of goals that business and community leaders will work on developing into specific proposals in the coming months, said Bill Johnstone, one of the report's authors.
Those goals range from building job-training partnerships between the private and public sectors to streamlining natural resource regulations while protecting the environment.
"This project will be private-sector driven," Johnstone said.
Expanded story in Friday's Havre Daily News.