Baucus Announces Economic Development Summit in Butte
Senators Statewide Job Creation Summit Scheduled September 13th and 14th in Mining City
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010
Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010
(Washington D.C.) Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus today announced that Butte will be home to Montana’s next Economic Development Summit. This is the Senator’s fifth Job creation conference. The event will bring Montana businesses together while providing resources to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in Montana- all to boost the economy and get workers back on the job.
“We need to fix the economy, and the best way to do that is to create good paying jobs,” Baucus said. “Since I first started hosting these summits ten years ago, they’ve just gotten better and better. I have a feeling this is going to be our best summit yet. More than ever before, Montanans are working together to get our economy back on track. We are working to create good paying jobs that will keep Montana families right where they belong- here in Montana.”
The Montana Economic Development Summit will take place September 13-14 at Montana Tech. The event is free and open to the public, and features policy discussions, one-on-one networking between Montana business owners and corporate and federal agency decision makers, and training workshops on issues like launching a business and exporting.
Baucus said he picked the Mining City to hold the fifth statewide economic development conference for the second time in a row because Butte is centrally located and the town has a burgeoning high tech industry.
Baucus organized the first-ever statewide economic development summit in Great Falls in 2000. He held another summit the following year in Great Falls and again in Billings in 2003. Each Summit attracted economic development leaders from across the state and nation.
In May 2007, after General Electric leaders attended Baucus’ summit, GE announced they would open an Operations Center in Billings. Other Economic Development Summit success stories include a $28.5 million investment in Bozeman’s LigoCyte, $1 million in small business advertising money from Bresnan Communications, and countless one-on-one meetings to spur Montana businesses forward.
As in past summits, the ideas gathered at the breakout sessions will be given to lawmakers, the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and its Economic Advisory Council. The state’s top elected leaders – Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Dennis Rehberg – will be invited to co-host the Summit.
Baucus spent last week holding Jobs Roundtables and meetings around Montana to discuss job creation and economic issues facing small businesses. Baucus is chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and is currently working on several targeted job creation proposals – including a series of smart, effective, responsible tax cuts.
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