Welcome to the Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development is the state's lead organization to help businesses succeed in our state - and we take that mission to heart.  

Whether you are interested in locating your business here, starting a new one, or expanding an existing business, we are ready and able to assist you.  Let one of our team members answer any questions you have, and direct you to the best resources available to help your venture succeed. 

Contact us to get moving on your next big opportunity in Big Sky Country. 

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2019 Montana Economic Development Report

30 September 2019

2019 Montana Economic Development Report

Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has had several big wins in the last year. Notably, ClassPass has expanded beyond what anyone anticipated and now employs over 125 people in Missoula. Many other new companies relocated to Montana recently as well. Some of the most notable include 4Cast, an Israeli tech firm, Birddog Innovations, a consulting company, Kudos, a social media app, Free Agent Software, a customer relationship management software, and The MeatEater, a video production and lifestyle brand. Universally, the reasons for these companies moving to Montana has been the state’s excellent workforce, affordable cost of doing business, and outstanding quality of life.

2017 Montana Economic Development Report

6 March 2018

2017 Montana Economic Development Report

Governor's Office of Economic Development

It may be accurate, at this time, to say Montana has been discovered. With unprecedented interest from external businesses and workforce in relocating to our state, we have an opportunity to use this interest to drive intentional, thoughtful growth. Historically, Montana has relied on natural resource extraction and agriculture to drive its economy. While those industries remain critically important, Montana is home to a burgeoning group of high-tech businesses, outdoor recreation businesses and tourism businesses. We are host to an expanding clean energy production industry and are adding more value to our agricultural products than ever before.

2015 Montana Economic Development Report

2015 Montana Economic Development Report 28 January 2016

2015 Montana Economic Development Report

Governor's Office of Economic Development

This is an exciting time for the state of Montana. We are experiencing strong business and employment growth, increasing wages, and expanding industries. Unemployment levels are nearly a full percentage point below the national average at 4 percent, and more Montanans are at work all across the state than ever before. Over the past few years, Montana has been consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation for entrepreneurship, business climate, tax fairness, government responsibility, and income growth. Indeed, our state ranks within the top ten in nearly every economic category. While our economy and wages are growing in the private sector, in the public sector we are cutting waste, challenging every expense, aligning with the needs of the private sector, and eliminating unnecessary regulations and red tape.

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