MAIN STREET MONTANA PROJECT
A Business Plan for Montana by Montanans

For Montana by Montanans
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The Rural Partners Initiative, which grew out of lessons learned and accomplishments of the Main Street Montana Project, will focus on empowering small towns in Montana to stay ahead, support their efforts, and ensure economic opportunities are shared throughout the state. The Initiative will engage in new partnerships in rural and tribal communities to bridge resource and capacity gaps, address challenges unique to rural Montana, and connect communities to share opportunities. It will tell the success stories of what rural and tribal communities are already doing to strengthen their economies and communities, so others can connect, learn, and emulate efforts in their own communities.

PRINCIPLES

  • SUPPORT rural and tribal communities across Montana
  • BUILD the capacity of rural communities so they can attract new investments, residents and jobs
  • STRENGTHEN opportunities in rural communities, especially for young adults
  • DIVERSIFY rural economies to improve community resilience

Through a series of community meetings, we will engage with rural communities and meet them where they are in their process and provide meaningful assistance to bring economic and community development project(s) to fruition. The Initiative will not replace or repeat local efforts, rather, it will support ongoing efforts and provides assistance where the community needs it.

Beginning this fall, there will be an initial 6 partnerships with communities, which will be selected based on their capacity and level of clarity and readiness to proceed with project(s).

Community Partners

To begin delivering productive partnerships and action as soon as possible, Rural Partners’ initial work is focusing on communities that are already engaging with the state on projects or have local projects in which the state can help bring to fruition. There will be an initial 6 partnerships with communities, which will be selected based on their capacity and level of clarity and readiness to proceed with project(s).

Check back soon for to learn more about our initial partnerships. 

Contact

For questions about the Main Street Montana- Rural Partners project or how you and your community can be involved please contact Elisa Fiaschetti at

Elisa.Fiascehtti@mt.gov or 406-444-5472

Resources

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Rural Partners is an initiative of the Main Street Montana Project that will engage rural communities to help build local capacity to increase economic vitality and sustainability. Like Main Street Montana, the initiative will work to convene conversations, increase communication and create models for partnerships that we can expand across our state.