Pillar 3: Build Upon Montana's Economic Foundation
As we reap the rewards of our resource-rich state, it is essential that we strive for long-term, sustainable growth and commit to making investments in our critical infrastructure needs.
In 1862, prospectors struck gold in Bannack. Montana’s “Eureka!” moment has lasted for 150 years. To this day, the Treasure State continues to produce incredible economic opportunities in farming, ranching, mining, forestry and the state’s latest opportunity – the Bakken energy boom in eastern Montana. Montana’s bountiful harvests and natural resources have built communities, created jobs, and driven economic growth and prosperity. However, we have learned over the last century and a half that these economic benefits do come at a price. As we reap the rewards of our resource-rich state, it is essential that we strive for long-term, sustainable growth and commit to making investments in our critical infrastructure needs.
In every corner of the state, Montanans named “quality of life” as one of our most important strengths for economic development. It is clear that we Montana’s cherish our outdoor heritage – hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, cycling. Life under the Big Sky is what keeps many of us here and attracts new businesses and workers seeking a better life for their families.
Eastern Montanans resoundingly called for support in community planning, transportation and housing infrastructure. Rural Montanans need upgraded and expanded telecommunications resources to allow businesses to compete in a 21st Century economy. Montana farmers and ranchers feed the world, and improving transportation for exports and value-added opportunities provide avenues for growth in agriculture, one of Montana’s foundational industries.
Montana’s natural resources and quality of life present an incredible boost to residents and businesses in every one of our 56 counties. We are committed to capitalizing on these assets through responsible, efficient and effective development policies. Working together, we can ensure our prosperity not only today, but for future generations of Montanans.