A Business Plan for Montana by Montanans

For Montana by Montanans
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Governor Steve Bullock initiated the Main Street Montana Project in early 2013 by enlisting the services of two of Montana's most respected and accomplished business leaders: Larry Simkins, CEO of the Washington Companies, and Bill Johnstone, CEO of D.A. Davidson Companies. 

The goal of the project was and is to create a dynamic private-public partnership to build and implement a business plan for Montana by Montanans. Over the course of approximately one year, Larry and Bill worked with members of Governor Bullock's administration to engage in a process of soliciting broad input and engagement from the private sector, as well as conducting research regarding Montana's economy - its strengths and challenges. More than 3,000 Montanans provided input through participating in a series of regional roundtable meetings and completing surveys.

The Main Street Montana Project plan was released in early April 2014. It identifies five Pillars upon which the plan is built:

1. Train and Educate Tomorrow's Workforce Today
2. Create a Climate that Attracts, Retains and Grows Businesses
3. Build upon Montana's Economic Foundation
4. Market Montana
5. Nurture Emerging Industries and Encourage Innovation

The Main Street Montana Project is a dynamic and ongoing process. As it is implemented, its progress will be monitored and assessed. Adjustments will be made in light of input received, and lessons learned from implementation efforts. Annual reports will be issued.

Upcoming Events:

Join us for the third Main Street Montana Series at the Market Montana Conference in Missoula, Montana. Market Montana will feature successes from around the state, highlight partnerships, and share with our audience the great things to come in Montana's future.


This conference is also an opportunity to network, learn and enhance how you market your Montana product. Panel sessions and speakers such as Governor Bullock, author Liz Carlisle (“Lentil Underground”) and branding visionary David Placek (Lexicon Branding) will make this an innovative event you won’t want to miss!


Please join us in Missoula on September 11th and 12th. Register now!


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Please join us in Butte for the Beyond the Classroom Symposium, September 20-21 to discover what tools are available to you and Montana businesses to grow your workforce and achieve great success!

Montana will be facing a worker shortage over the next decade that will impact every sector of our economy – the time to start preparing is NOW!

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Quick Links

Montana Economic Development Report (Released January 2016)
Main Street Montana Project Annual Report (Released March 2015)
Main Street Montana Project Report (Released April 2014)
About the Key Industry Networks (KINs)
Main Street Montana Project Implementation Team

Executive Order No. 04-2014 | Directing the Implementation of the Main Street Montana Project