On Friday, the Montana Chamber of Commerce wrapped up the second week of its Montana Business Agenda (MBA) Tour.
The Montana Chamber stopped in Laurel, Billings, Colstrip, Miles City, Glendive, Sidney, Glasgow, Butte and Anaconda.
For the Montana Chamber, the MBA Tour was an opportunity to share with the public its successes during the Session and was a chance to update attendees on its 10-year strategic plan, Envision 2026. But more importantly it was a chance for the Montana Chamber to hear about what business concerns locals had.
One of the most pressing concerns in eastern Montana was infrastructure and connectivity, especially with news that Verizon Wireless was terminating contracts in rural Montana.
“Keeping all of Montana connected is important, not only from a business perspective, but for emergency services, too,” said Webb Brown, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll be working with providers and others to see how we can maintain quality access.”
Bridger Mahlum, the Montana Chamber’s government relations’ director, said he was encouraged by the turnout in Butte and Anaconda.
“Excellent discussions ensued regarding the bed tax in Butte and the impact of the fire season on Anaconda, but workforce is the foremost issue in these communities,” he said. “With the local job service office closing in Anaconda and several other towns this fall, the need to find creative solutions to find qualified talent is crucial.”
The Montana Chamber rolls into its third week of the tour next week as it visits north central Montana. You can find a full schedule of the tour here. If you want to RSVP contact Dee Durand at Dee@MontanaChamber.com.
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