Partnership In Action

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The Partnership’s June Investor Breakfast

Thanks to all who attended our June Investor Breakfast! Please find media from the presentations available for download below. UM […]

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MSBA Capstone Showcase

On Wednesday, April 26th, from 5:15-7:00, you are invited to attend the showcase for UM’s Master’s of Science in Business […]

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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: 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 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: THE ROLE OF MANUFACTURING IN THE GROWING ECONOMY

When I started writing this monthly column several years ago, it was intended to be used as an educational tool […]

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Freer column: Putting Missoula on the map for relocating businesses

Lots of open space. Not many people. Good fly-fishing. And … not much more. Those were the answers I received […]

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Grunke column: Big data, I.T. a good fit for Missoula

In recent decades, cities across America have worked to attract and grow information technology companies. It’s no wonder those businesses […]

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Grunke column: UM research is key to economic growth

For Missoula’s economy to expand faster than broader economic growth rates, innovation and entrepreneurship must take the lead. That truism […]

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Miranda-Freer column: Improved air service helps local economy take off

From the day when Missoula Economic Partnership formally launched in 2011, one of our key strategic initiatives has been to […]

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Grunke column: Keeping business in the family

First Interstate Bank and Worden’s Market might not appear, on the surface, to have a lot in common. One is […]

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Grunke column: Ten Things To Do if You’re Starting a Business

In my 20 years’ working with businesses, I’ve observed and advised many entrepreneurs as they worked through the challenge of […]

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Grunke column: Entrepreneurial Culture Taking Root in Missoula

In February 2014, the University of Montana will officially launch its new Blackstone LaunchPad program. Taken alone, this is big […]

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Miranda-Freer Column: Funding programs can speed your company’s growth

Few business executives have the time or inclination to familiarize themselves with the economic development programs offered by local, state […]

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Progress Report from the Board of Directors

October 31, 2013 On November 14, 2012, exactly two weeks after the Missoula Economic Partnership’s last annual meeting, a Maine-based […]

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Grunke Column: Big Data Means Big Opportunity for Missoula Businesses

Last month, together with Blackfoot Telecommunications and the Montana Technology Enterprise Center, we announced a partnership to bring gigabit broadband […]

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Guest editorial: Missoula’s high-tech partnerships are bearing fruit in local economy

Caitlin Copple of the Missoula City Council wrote an excellent guest editorial for the Missoulian about the work of the […]

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Grunke column: MEP Angel Network connecting entrepreneurs with capital

Anyone who has walked down Front Street in Missoula lately has probably noticed the massive, gleaming copper tanks and serpentine […]

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Grunke column: Planting the Seeds of Development in Missoula

Over the course of two days in late June, I joined Mayor John Engen to host eight local and regional […]

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Grunke column: UM business plan contest plants the seeds of entrepreneurship

What do an heirloom tomato production facility, a mobile social organizing app and a food delivery business have in common? […]

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Grunke column: Bakken oil fields are a market for goods made here

Over the past few years, many of us have known someone who left the Missoula valley to pursue work in […]

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Grunke column: Shared vision and individual effort will shape our economic future

Even if you don’t count yourself an expert in economic development, you’re probably aware of some of the greater success […]

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Grunke column: Wood products are still a ‘best fit’ for Missoula

In recent years, a perception has spread throughout Western Montana that the wood products industry, long a pillar of our […]

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Grunke column: Innovation Initiative Helps Startups Survive

New business can drive the growth that ends recessions. Those aren’t my words; they’re the words of the Montana Department […]


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