The first phase of Main Street Montana Indian Country saw significant success, from establishing a Tribal Apprenticeship Program to increasing collaboration across state agencies to work more effectively with tribal communities.
The next phase of Main Street Montana, Rural Partners, focuses on reengaging with tribal communities. The Initiative is working with tribal communities to bridge resource and capacity gaps, address challenges unique to Indian County, reduce or eliminate roadblocks to economic success, and connect communities to share opportunities.
Based on what we heard in the first phase of Main Street Montana and priorities identified through the process, we held roundtables on all Reservations to reevaluate and reprioritize what came out of the first phase and identify ways the project can assist with current and ongoing efforts. The goal is to provide meaningful assistance to bring economic and community development project(s) to fruition.