Baucus Announces ConocoPhillips CEO to Headline 6th Montana Economic Development Summit
Senator Joins Montana Chamber of Commerce to Kick Off Montana Solutions Jobs Tour in Harlowton, Billings
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
(Billings, Mont.) - Montana U.S. Senator Max Baucus joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce to kick off his 'Montana Solutions Jobs Tour' with stops in Harlowton and Billings today. The tour is intended to spark a statewide conversation and action plan for bringing more good-paying jobs to Montana ahead of Baucus' 6th Economic Development Summit. Baucus announced that the Summit will be held in Butte on September 16th & 17th.
Baucus unveiled Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips Ryan Lance will be among a list of heavy hitters to deliver keynote addresses at this year's event. Lance graduated from Great Falls High School and earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech University. Lance previously worked for ARCO, an American oil company. He serves on the boards of both the American Petroleum Institute and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, is an advisory board member of Montana Tech and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Baucus will continue to unveil headliners at stops along the 'Montana Solutions Jobs Tour' planned in Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula and Butte this week.
"Time and time again we have proven that handshakes turn into deals and deals turn into jobs - that is what our Summits are all about. It's my job to get the right investors in the door, and from there Montana businesses blow them away with all the exciting things they are doing across the state," Baucus said. "Energy development is a huge job creator in Montana. I'm excited to welcome Montana's-own Ryan Lance to bring all he has to offer to our mission to create Montana solutions for Montana jobs."
Baucus' 2010 Summit featured six energy panels, bringing Montanans together with national energy leaders such as General Electric, Horizon, and Siemens, along with power purchasers such as Pacific Gas and Electric, the administrators of Western Area Power Administration, Bonneville Power Administration and Department of Energy. (Read More)
Baucus will be joined along the 'Montana Solutions Jobs Tour' this week by President and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce Webb Brown and local Chamber members. The Montana Chamber is partnering with Baucus and businesses across the state to put on this year's Summit.
"Montana businesses are on the cutting edge of technologies in everything ranging from cloud computing to our natural resources. With Max's help, we're going to get some of the biggest names in business right here in Montana to help connect our folks with the resources and investments they need to take their companies to the next level and boost jobs across the state," Brown said.
Baucus has launched new online resources to encourage Montanans from every corner of the state to get involved with the Summit and support it's mission: "Montana Solutions for Montana Jobs." Montana businesses are encouraged to register and check for Summit updates:
Additional Background on Baucus Economic Development Summits:
Baucus' Montana Economic Development Summits are considered the most highly regarded jobs-focused events in Montana. The most recent Summit in 2010 attracted more than 150 businesses and 2,500 participants and featured nearly 40 panels and breakout sessions with entrepreneurs from around the state, business leaders from around the country and ambassadors from around the world.
Baucus' Summits feature a top-tier list of keynote speakers along with dozens of panels and breakout sessions designed to bring Montana businesses together with the biggest names in their industries:
Baucus' Summits have a long track record of providing Montana businesses with the connections and resources necessary to create new good-paying jobs:
Baucus has issued three ground rules for the Summits:
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