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2017 Montana Legislature Session

The Missoula Economic Partnership tracks bills in the Montana Legislature that have a direct economic impact on Missoula. We pay […]

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Grunke Column: Campaign aims to understand needs of local businesses

Everyone loves ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations – outward signs of a community’s progress along the path of economic […]

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Grunke Column: Session offers chance to push economic growth

Montana, we have a lot of work to do. On January 2, 2017, the Montana Legislature will convene for the […]

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Grunke Column: Gratitude and success go hand in hand

As the holiday season dawns, I’m thinking about gratitude and thankfulness – not only how they grace our lives, but […]

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Jeff Fee: Five years of economic development, with more work ahead

In my five-plus years as the chair of the Missoula Economic Partnership Board of Directors, I have witnessed Missoula become […]

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Grunke Column: The myth about Missoula and jobs

“There are no good jobs in Missoula.” I’ve heard it said. So have you. More times than we’d like to […]

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Grunke Column: Students have opportunities to stay in Missoula

As thousands of students begin a new school year at the University of Montana, we not only say “welcome,” but […]

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President and CEO James Grunke on What Do You Know

Missoula Economic Partnership President and CEO, James Grunke, speaks with Scott Richman and Arnie Sherman on “What Do You Know,” originally […]

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Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference October 5-7, 2016

Beginning nearly two decades ago, Montana’s premier Manufacturing Conference provided attendees an opportunity to learn, network and grow. This year, […]

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Grunke Column: Goals to help Missoula grow in next 5 years

While our nation wrestles with its vision of the future, the Missoula Economic Partnership is clear about where we want […]

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Montana’s Economy Comes Back into Balance

MISSOULA – After the oil and commodity boom, Montana’s economy is evening out. “The big story is Montana’s economy is […]

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Grunke Column: Becoming a community of employers of choice

“If you don’t like it here, go work someplace else!” How many times have you heard that? The answer should […]

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Grunke Column: Let’s build a town-and-gown connection

I recently had the privilege of serving on the search committee for the new dean of the University of Montana […]

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Grunke Column: Missoula-style debates require strong leaders

Missoula loves a good civic rumble. We’re legendary for our tussles over everything from baseball to mother-in-law cottages. And that […]

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Grunke Column: Missoula Economic Partnership lays plans for next five years

Six years ago, I set foot in a very different Missoula. Our economy was struggling to stay afloat amid a […]

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Grunke Column: UM declining enrollment not just a campus issue

We are all aware of the significant challenges facing the University of Montana because of declining enrollment, but I don’t […]

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Grunke Column: Montana is at a crossroads

Montana is at a crossroads. Either we can invest in the infrastructure needed to provide for a healthy economy, or […]

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Grunke Column: Life Sciences Can Breathe New Life Into Missoula’s Economy

The life sciences are booming all across the U.S., and offer significant potential for Missoula as we look to expand […]

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Grunke Column: Economic Development is a Team Sport

I am sometimes asked if there is a secret sauce for communities to be successful at economic development, but there […]

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Grunke Column: Missoula Businesses Need All Skill Levels of Workers

I was recently called by a local television reporter who told me two national chains that were set to soon […]

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Grunke Column: Planning for the Future

The Missoula Economic Partnership develops its economic development priorities, goals and funding in five year cycles. MEP’s primary goals have […]

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Grunke Column: Why Foreign Direct Investment Matters

Recently a ground breaking was held for a 20 unit luxury condominium building known as Pollys Square in the Old […]

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Grunke Column: I Want to Talk to You.

I have been working in economic development organizations or related activities since the early 1990’s, and one of the things […]

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Grunke Column: Entrepreneurship Alive and Well In Montana’s Higher Education

One of the most enjoyable activities I get to be a part of each year is the John Ruffato Business […]

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Grunke Column: The development of the creative industries

Economic diversity is a key component of any economic development strategy, which allows for sustainability rather than having only one […]


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