OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on April 11 relaunched Innovate Montana, a public-private partnership highlighting the advances taking place in Montana’s entrepreneurial community.

The partnership has two primary objectives: to connect Montana entrepreneurs and businesses across the state with economic development and networking resources, and to promote the state’s broad spectrum of thriving businesses. The Governor’s announcement came on the heels of a Montana Department of Labor and Industry report on the state’s 5.6 percent unemployment rate – an almost complete recovery to peak employment.

“I’ve been traveling across the state talking to the men and women who are starting sustainable, cutting-edge businesses with a global market, right here in Montana,” Gov. Bullock said. “Innovate Montana is telling that story – that you don’t have to live in New York or San Francisco to run a successful business or have a meaningful career. You can build your dream here, surrounded by the places that millions of tourists make their vacation destinations every year.”

Innovate Montana’s cornerstone is its website, innovatemontana.com, an online portal for accessing resources for working, living and growing businesses in Big Sky Country. The website features profiles of Montana entrepreneurs and businesses, a newsfeed showcasing the state’s diversity of economic success and groundbreaking initiatives, and a jobs board.

Visitors can also connect to Innovate Montana’s active social media community through the website, and watch videos highlighting the benefits of living and working in Montana on YouTube.

“Montanans have an amazing ability to come together to get a job done,” Bullock added. “I’m looking forward to seeing the collaboration and opportunities for moving our state forward that Innovate Montana will generate.”