Montana Governor Steve Bullock today announced Pam Haxby-Cote will serve as the Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
“Pam Haxby-Cote is a lifelong Montanan with a proven commitment to economic development and creating jobs,” said Governor Bullock. “I’m confident her leadership and dedication to public service will strengthen Montana’s economy and ensure our state remains one of the best places to live, work, recreate, and start a small business.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Governor Bullock’s team to create growth and quality jobs in Montana,” Haxby-Cote said. “I look forward to working alongside the professionals at the Montana Department of Commerce who, following the lead of the governor, are helping to create new jobs and expand Montana businesses, increase access to affordable housing, and promote our state as a world-class destination to live, work and play.”
Pam Haxby-Cote was raised in Butte and most recently served as the Executive Director of Butte Local Development Corporation. She has devoted most of her career to economic development and creating jobs, having nearly 30 years of experience in the field. Her work began as Deputy Director and Loan Officer for the Butte Local Development Corporation.
From there she became heavily involved with local and state government as Community Development Director and Urban Renewal Director for Butte, as the Senior Economic Development Specialist for Governor Brian Schweitzer, and as the Butte Regional Director and Economic Development Director for Senator Jon Tester. In addition, Pam served as the Regional Director for the Montana Blackstone LaunchPad program. She has served on many boards including the Highlands College Advisory Board and the Governor’s Equal Pay Taskforce.
Haxby-Cote will begin her position as Director March 2017.