Today Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney launched a new initiative of the Main Street Montana Project which will focus on building economic opportunities in small towns and rural and tribal communities in Montana.
Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney will be developing new partnerships with leaders, businesses, local organizations and community members in rural communities to bridge resource and capacity gaps, address challenges unique to rural Montana, and connect communities to share opportunities.
“Montana has extraordinary economic resources and strengths. The fabric of Montana’s rural communities – our schools, our families, our work ethic and our outdoors – contribute to our unparalleled quality of life,” said Governor Bullock. “By working together we can empower all cities and towns across Montana to get ahead and stay ahead, and ensure that economic opportunities are shared all throughout the state.”
“We can chart a path forward for our rural communities that ensures they won’t be left behind,” said Lt. Governor Cooney. “I look forward to working with Montanans in rural communities to build capacity to attract new jobs and new residents, strengthen opportunities for young adults, and diversify rural economies to improve community resilience.”
In 2013, Governor Bullock launched the Main Street Montana Project and engaged public and private sectors in an unprecedented partnership to implement a business plan for Montana by Montanans and provide direction for Montana’s economic future.
Main Street Montana – Rural Partners will build on the success of the Main Street Montana Project and beginning this Fall with support from Lt. Governor Cooney and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development will initiate six initial community partnerships to provide meaningful assistance and bring economic and community development projects to fruition.