Baucus Announces New Headliner for Upcoming Economic Development Summit in Butte

Source: ABC (KFBB) - Great Falls

Senator Max Baucus stopped in Great Falls today as he travels the state on his ‘Montana Solutions Jobs Tour’. ABC 5’s Rachel Ousley was there for the announcement of a new headliner at the upcoming Economic Development Summit in Butte. Max Baucus is traveling the state with one thing in mind:  jobs.

Baucus:  “Most everything depends upon good paying jobs. We’re an outdoor state. We Montanans love to hunt, fish, backpack, hike, but you need to be able to put food on the table to enjoy the great outdoors. You got to have a job and a decent paying job.”

His ‘Montana Solutions Jobs Tour’ is sort of a precursor event for the Economic Development Summit in Butte this September.

Baucus: “It brings people in our state to one location to compare ideas. It brings people from outside of Montana, big name companies.”

Today Baucus announced a new headliner for the summit — the CEO of Boeing. Hopefully through collective brainstorming — state and business leaders can find solutions to some barriers preventing economic growth in the state. One of those barriers is transportation.

Baucus: “We in Montana, we’re a little off the beaten path and so we got to work on transportation. And that’s important because that’s access getting people to and from, but it’s also cost.”

Another key focus will be on job training.

Baucus: “Jobs of the future tend to be jobs that require more skill.”

And that’s something the Great Falls area Chamber of Commerce thinks our community may have an advantage.

Steve Malicott, Gret Falls Commerce: “We have a well trained work force. We have a low unemployment level. We have Great Galls College MSU that can adapt their education and training program to meet specific needs of employers that are coming here.”

Malicott says job growth is crucial to our economy.

“We need to diversify our economy. We depend very heavily the Military, both Malstrom Air Force base and the Montana Air National Guard.”

Baucus continued to Helena this afternoon and tomorrow he will be in Missoula and Butte.

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