Senator Jon Tester is focused on jobs.

Tester plans to host a Small Business Opportunity Workshop next month in Bozeman. Hundreds of Montanans attended another similar workshop in Missoula on Wednesday. There, the Senator said businesses across the Treasure State will be able to create more jobs and more opportunities for growth, due to a critical investment in the Montana Community Development Corporation. The Montana economic development organization will receive $56 million through the New Markets Tax Credit initiative, he said.

This is MCDC’s second New Market Tax Credit allocation. Tester, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is a proponent of the New Market Tax Credits initiative, which provides tax credits to projects that create jobs by revitalizing underdeveloped and low-income areas.

Tester’s Bozeman workshop will be March 26, at the Strand Student Union Building at Montana State University, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event focuses on agriculture in Montana and how farmers and ranchers can plan for the future, take advantage of new technology, research and USDA programs, and add value to their family farms and ranches.

“Agriculture built our state and continues to be the backbone of our economy because Montana’s family farmers and ranchers produce the finest food in the world,” said Tester, the only farmer in the U.S. Senate. “This is about bringing producers together to make sure they have the best information available to grow their farms and ranches in order to keep our rural communities strong.”

Over a thousand of Montana small business owners and entrepreneurs have attended Tester’s workshops in Great Falls, Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula over the past two years.

The Bozeman jobs workshop is open to the public. Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at tester.senate.gov/workshop.