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.
- 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).