USDA Collaborates with Montana Small Business Partners and Stakeholders

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Please join Oscar Gonzales, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for a meeting with Montana’s community based organizations which support their local small businesses. USDA will be discussing opportunities to collaborate in support of small businesses owned by rural, minorities, women, veterans and those with disabilities.

The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST, for Montana Partners and Stakeholders.  USDA will use the Microsoft TEAMS platform. 

Please RSVP with to Jacqueline Davis-Slay by Wednesday, September 22, 2021, and confirm your participation by accepting the TEAMS invite.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jacqueline by email or at 202-422-2551. 

MEDA: Montana NextGen Project

Montana Economic Developers Association and Montana Chamber of Commerce team up for the MT NEXT GENERATION ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA), in partnership with the Montana Chamber of Commerce, has contracted with TIP Strategies (TIP), an economic strategy firm with offices in Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, to complete an analysis of Montana’s economic and community development tools, programs, and funding mechanisms. Support for the project comes from over 75 partners across the state. TIP will provide specific recommendations to improve the state’s competitiveness. Although the recommendations will be designed for near-term implementation, the impacts will be focused on maintaining and improving the long-term competitiveness of the state.

“An effort like this has not been conducted on this grassroots level for nearly 20 years. In the face of such great change and future economic opportunities and challenges, Montana needs to do its homework and consider anew what tools and strategies are needed to maximize economic future. Let’s get this work done and then let’s have the conversation about strengthening each of our communities.”

Steve Arveschoug, MEDA President and Todd O’Hair, Montana Chamber

Here’s a one-page project description: worth a look!

Choteau Economic Development Efforts Highlighted in Governor’s Office of Economic Development Whitepaper

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Download the whitepaper Across the State: A Picture of Local Development Efforts by Main Street Montana Rural Partners

“Like many small communities in Montana, Choteau relies heavily on volunteer support, which can be overwhelming and exhausting for the handful of volunteers that serve on every board, committee, and organization in town. Communities often look for new ways to increase capacity for community projects and economic development initiatives.”

Read the whole whitepaper here: