Governor’s Office of Economic Development
This state office advises the governor on public policy issues that relate to economic development in Montana. In addition, this office leads the state’s business recruitment, retention, expansion and start-up efforts. And, it serves as the state’s primary economic development liaison between federal, state and local agencies; Montana tribal governments; private nonprofit economic development organizations and the private sector.
For the governor, experts here support business in Montana — whether starting, expanding, choosing a location or re-locating here from out of state.
The staff works directly with local development organizations, certified regional development corporations and native tribes toward the retention, recruitment and expansion of businesses. Experts here help structure deals making maximum beneficial use of state programs and resources.
In this process, office staff also focus on workforce development, infrastructure development, technology development and permitting/regulatory issues. Additional areas of activity include economic development finance and tools, information tools, sector development and cluster support.
The office — and its website — also offers up-to-date site selector tools.
The office is headed by a chief business development officer and two economic development specialists (project development/administration, workforce development, Indian development, energy development and value-added agriculture development) and an office manager/executive assistant.
Its “Report on Activities 2005–2010 to Governor Brian Schweitzer” is available online.
Click here to learn more about this office’s resources for business.