Montana in the News


Governor Gianforte To Lead Trade Mission to Taiwan

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced he will lead a trade mission to Taipei, Taiwan with representatives from Montana’s agricultural, manufacturing, photonics, and bioscience industries.

Governor's Office
October 27, 2023

UM Creates New Partnership to Expand Montana’s Technology Workforce

MISSOULA – The University of Montana and The Whole Group are partnering to develop workforce education and training pathways to position Montana as a global leader in meeting the rapidly growing need for a workforce skilled in the ServiceNow technology platform.

University of Montana
October 26, 2023

5 States with the Lowest Combined Business Taxes

When determining the lowest tax states, assess not only the tax rates but also the overall tax burden and incentives offered.

CPA Practice Advisor
October 18, 2023

How Montana Is Paying the Way in Trades Education

From the cockpit to the welding shop, a state-funded public school program is helping put students in the workplaces they want.

September 12, 2023

Microsoft Selects AccelerateMT to Grow Economic Opportunity in Montana

MISSOULA – Accelerate Montana announced a partnership today with Microsoft TechSpark to foster regional digital inclusion, job creation and technological innovation in the Treasure State.

University of Montana
July 31, 2023

10 Best States for Starting a Business – Where to Launch Your Startup

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 47 million people quit their jobs in 2021. Then, roughly 5.4 million new business applications were filed, a 53% increase from 2019. If you’re thinking about joining this entrepreneurial club, several crucial decisions lie ahead. Below are the best states for starting your business.

Management Library
May 23, 2023

A New Study Has Named Montana the Best State in America to Start a Business

The research undertaken by accounting software considered the following factors to determine the best state to start a business: corporate tax rates, business filing fees, private sector establishment closure rate, monthly commercial energy bills, household income, and the number of workers aged 16-64 in each state’s workforce.

May 11, 2023

The Cheapest States to Start a Business

It costs money to launch a business, and entrepreneurs need every edge they can get. These are the states with the lowest costs associated with starting and running an LLC. According to this article, Montana is ranked #4 in the nation for being the least expensive state to start a business.

The Street
April 20, 2023

Tailored Support for Montana’s Rural and Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Idaho, Montana, and Florida saw the highest population growth among U.S. states between 2020-2022.

April 18, 2023

Gun State Success: Montana is Making it Happen

Big Sky Country, also known as Montana, is more than just Yellowstone. However, Gov. Greg Gianforte is making sure the state stays rooted in the same values that made the state what it is today.
March 6, 2023

See the fastest growing (and shrinking) U.S. states

Idaho, Montana, and Florida saw the highest population growth among U.S. states between 2020-2022.

April 9, 2023

Butte's future Praxis Center awarded job creation grant by Montana Department of Commerce

The Praxis Center will be a medical training center, located at the corner of Park and Arizona streets. It will be the nation's first simulation training center dedicated specifically to the needs of rural healthcare providers.

4KXLF Butte
April 7, 2023

2023’s Tax Burden by State

Unlike tax rates, which vary widely based on an individual’s circumstances, tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes. This report shows Montana is in the top 10 of least tax burdened states.

March 28, 2023

States with the highest rates of small business employment

Montana led the nation, with about 2 in 3 employees working for small businesses—surpassing the national average by 20 percentage points.

March 15, 2023

States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates

According to research done by the organization WalletHub, Montana has the 3rd lowest overall tax rate.

March 6, 2023

Calumet Montana oil refinery in Great Falls to become top US producer of sustainable jet fuel

The Calumet Montana oil refinery in Great Falls has completed the multi-million dollar expansion project it began more than a year ago and is now poised to become the largest producer of sustainable aviation fuel in the United States, if not the world.

Great Falls Tribune
February 4, 2023

Bozeman Landed Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio R&D Center. Now Montana Is On The Hunt For More Manufacturing

Now a consortium of government, academic and business leaders in the state, including the Montana Manufacturing Association under the Montana Chamber of Commerce, has been working for the past few years on a collection of other attractions to draw one specific kind of newcomer to Big Sky Country: manufacturers.

February 3, 2023

Montana Actively Inviting Gun Industry To Friendlier Big Skies

While doing business was the main agenda during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, two officials from Montana were in town working to entice firearm industry-related businesses to move their operations to the Big Sky Country.

The Gunmag
January 31, 2023

The 10 Best (and Worst) States for Small Business Taxes

These are the best and worst states for small business taxes ranked. Where does your state fall on the list? Montana is ranked 5th in the best states for small business taxes.

Business News Daily
January 23, 2023

Next Frontier Advanced Manufacturing Institute (NFAMI) and Highlands College Introduce First Operation Next Cohort

NFAMI and Highlands College of Montana Tech announce the first cohort of transitioning service-men and women to take advanced manufacturing courses under the Operation Next Program from LIFT. 30 students will obtain advanced certifications in welding or CNC machining via a hybrid intensive training at Highlands College and virtual.

January 10, 2023

Americans Moved to Low-Tax States in 2022

Americans were on the move in 2022 and chose low-tax states over high-tax ones. That’s the finding of recent U.S. Census Bureau population data and commercial datasets released this week by U-Haul and United Van Lines.

Tax Foundation
January 10, 2023

Montana State joins Regional Alliance for High-tech Economic Development

BOZEMAN — Montana State University has joined with a dozen other universities in the region to form a partnership aimed at creating economic development opportunities around emerging high-tech industries.

MSU News Service
January 9, 2023

Governor Gianforte Shares Priorities to Further Improve State’s Business Climate

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today joined business leaders to discuss his administration’s pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-business priorities for the 68th Legislative Session and year ahead at today’s Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol.

State of Montana Newsroom
January 03 2023

Amazon building facility in Missoula, first-ever in MontanaThe Best and Worst States for Business Taxes in 2023

HELENA, Mont. - Amazon is currently building a facility in Missoula, the first Amazon facility in Montana. A release from the office of Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the facility will bring in more than 100 new jobs to Montana.
Montana Right Now
December 16, 2022

Gianforte approves $309M in broadband grantsMontana in Top 5 Least Regulated States

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday signed off on a series of grants that will direct $309 million in federal stimulus money to projects aimed at increasing high-speed internet access across the state.
Helena Air
December 14, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Business Taxes in 2023

Before you start or move your business, it can be beneficial to look at the tax-friendliness of states you’re considering operating in. For example, if you want to relocate to a state that has consistently warm weather, you might consider Florida, which is also one of the most tax-friendly states for businesses.
The Balance - State Taxes
December 1, 2022

Montana in Top 5 Least Regulated States

Over time, policy decisions can lead to a large stock of regulations that may have unintended consequences for businesses and individuals. Research shows that regulatory accumulation leads to lower growth rates for the economy, can have a negative effect on business dynamism, and can exacerbate problems like poverty and income inequality.
Mercatus - George Mason University
November 1, 2022

Montana Ranks in Top 5 in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index

The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by state governments, the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems and provides a road map for improvement.
Tax Foundation - Business - October 25, 2022

ExxonMobil sells Billings refinery to Houston-based Par Pacific

ExxonMobil's oil refinery in Lockwood was purchased by Houston-based Par Pacific for $310 million in a deal announced Thursday.
Billings Gazette - Business - October 20, 2022

Gov. Gianforte Expands State’s All-of-the-Above Energy Policy With Regional Hydrogen Hub

Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana has entered into a memorandum of understanding with North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub.
Montana Gov. Office - BUSINESS - October 18, 2022

Montana Job Growth Continues Setting Records

Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana’s economy continued its strong growth in July, reaching a new record high for the number of Montanans employed. Job creation in Montana grew in July for the 27th consecutive month.
Montana Gov. Office - BUSINESS - August 19, 2022

Montana surpasses governor's goal for job creation in 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Montana exceeded the job creation goal in 2021 by nearly 30%. Department of Labor and Industry data shows the state added just under 13,000 jobs paying over $50,000 last year, surpassing the governor's goal of 10,000.
NBC Montana - BUSINESS - July 27, 2022

Simms Fishing Products sold for $192.5 million

Simms Fishing Products was reportedly acquired by Vista Outdoor Inc. on Wednesday for $192.5 million. In a press release, Vista Outdoor Inc. announced that the gross purchase price includes a net present value of roughly $20 million in future tax benefits.
KXLH - BUSINESS - July 27, 2022

Shovels hit the dirt for 87,000-square-foot office building on MSU's Innovation Campus

It's been a busy few weeks of groundbreaking ceremonies at Montana State University’s Innovation campus, with the third major groundbreaking taking place Friday morning. What's now an empty field on MSU’s Innovation is set to become a unique home for Industry Bozeman, an office building space with the goal of collaboration.
KBZK - BUSINESS - June 10, 2022

First look: Aurora to build lidar research and development facility in Bozeman, Montana

Autonomous vehicle company Aurora Innovation Inc. plans to build a 78,000-square-foot research and development facility in Bozeman, Montana, that will employ up to 200 workers following its construction, which is currently undergoing the permitting process for a groundbreaking that is anticipated to take place in the coming months.
The Business Journals - Business - June 7, 2022

Business, government leaders highlight why people are moving to pro-growth states like Montana

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte acknowledged there are housing and other challenges that come with growth in population.
Fox Business - ECONOMY - June 4, 2022

Snowflake relocates executive office from California to Bozeman, Montana, as company goes distributed

The company designated Bozeman, Montana, as its principal executive office because it’s required by the SEC to have one and that’s where CEO Frank Slootman and CFO Mike Scarpelli are based.

Applied Materials Expansion Brings 200 Jobs to Evergreen

The semiconductor-plating manufacturer hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 4 to celebrate its expansion in the Flathead Valley.
Flathead Beacon/BUSINESS - BY MAGGIE DRESSER - MAY 8, 2022

$20 million Hyundai Motor Group R&D Center to open in Bozeman

New headquarters to create more than 50 Jobs
KBZK Bozeman - Local News - Posted at 1:59 PM, May 05, 2022

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