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A Prosperous New Year in Butte!

We’re a month into 2020 and are already building on the successes we celebrated in 2019 at the BLDC.  We’ve been hard at work these cold months planning for another great year serving as our communities lead economic development organization and we’re excited about what’s to come for Butte. 

At the top of our priority list, this winter is to expand our efforts to recruit new retailers to both the Harrison corridor and Uptown. While recruitment is a process that moves slowly, we’re confident that with the tools we have through our contract with Buxton and the development of the new South Harrison URD we are strongly positioned for retail growth. 

We’ve got more exciting projects than ever before slated for 2020 and look forward to working with all of our partners in the community to continue the strong economic growth that Butte experienced in 2019!

~ Joe Willauer, Executive Director of the BLDC

Read the three-part series Economic Outlook by the Montana Standard.  The series will run three Sundays in a row, in an expanded Business Section and will feature various economic topics around Real Estate, Healthcare, Big Business, Small Business, Economic Development and other such related topics as they impact the community of Butte, Anaconda and other surrounding areas.
Read the full Economic Outlook Section
Butte has everything to elevate your winter, from cross-country skiing at night on a lighted course on the Continental Divide, to fat-biking along a 25-mile groomed-trail on the historic Milwaukee Railroad in Thompson Park. Rendezvous with family and friends in Uptown Butte with a warm meal and cold beer to share stories about your epic day of skiing uncrowded runs at Discovery Ski Area. Wind your exhilarating weekend down by shopping at boutique retail shops around town or soak your muscles at Fairmont Hotsprings.

Whether you enjoy your winter outdoors in the expansive wilderness at your own pace or reconnecting with others, Butte has it all. Experience Montana’s untapped winter destination in Butte.

Thank you to these amazing locations for letting us feature you!
5518 Designs Fairmont Hot Springs La Casa Toscana Sláinte Discovery Ski Center Homestake Lodge High Altitude Skating Center Thompson Park - Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Rec SNöFLINGA Georgetown Lake Uptown Butte Miners Hotel Copper King Hotel & Convention Center Derailed Bike Shop ...and the many other individuals and organizations who contributed! Produced by Montana Television Network in partner with Butte Local Development Corporation, the Butte TBID, Butte CVB, Butte-Silver Bow City-County, and Butte Chamber of Commerce.

NorthWestern Energy’s Butte general office earns first LEED

Gold certification in Butte for green building

NorthWestern Energy’s Butte General Office at 11East Park Street in Butte earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. “NorthWestern Energy’s priority is to provide a healthy work environment for our employees and to be a productive contributor in the communities we service,” said NorthWestern Energy Manager of Facilities Management Services John Habeger. “The Gold certification for LEED is a testament to that priority.”

NorthWestern Energy’s Butte General Office received high marks for assets such as a sustainable site, community connectivity, maximum open space, water use reduction, construction waste management, recycled content and green power. “Our general contractor, Dick Anderson Construction, and all of the subcontractors were extremely diligent, strictly following the architect’s design specifications and the LEED programs requirements to accomplish the LEED Gold certification,” said NorthWestern Energy Director of Support Services Danny Kaluza, who was the project manager for the building construction. “The entire project team and construction workforce played
integral parts in meeting those objectives.”

Mosaic Architecture held a LEED workshop for a team from NorthWestern Energy in April 2013 and the goal to attain LEED Gold was set. “From the beginning, from company leadership on down, there was a commitment to a building that was good for the employees and energy-efficient,” said Mosaic Architecture
Principal Ben Tintinger. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. NorthWestern Energy’s Butte General Office building at 11 East Park Street was completed in 2016. It is the first Butte building to earn a Gold LEED building certification.

“We are very proud to have this facility included among other Montana LEED Gold certified buildings, such as the Tippet Rise - Olivier Barn in Fishtail, the Montana Department of Natural Resources Building in Helena, the Museum of the Rockies Curatorial Center for the Humanities in Bozeman and Missoula College in Missoula,” said Kaluza.


New Survey: Business Outlook for 2020

Record Expansion to Continue; Few Predict 2020 Recession

Leaders See Solid First Quarter for Their Businesses


Butte, Montana – As Americans prepare to ring in the new year, the stock market is near record highs, unemployment is near record lows and the country is experiencing the longest economic expansion in history. But will it continue after the ball drops and into 2020?


To answer that question, Express Employment Professionals released the results of a survey of businesses on their outlook for 2020, and respondents generally are optimistic about the year ahead.  The almost 600 business leaders across the nation were asked in a survey, “Looking ahead to the next three months, do you anticipate your business will trend up, stay the same or trend down?” 42% said trend up, 44% said stay the same, and 13% said trend down.


On whether they expect the country to enter a recession in the next two years, only 14% expect a recession before the end of 2020, and 46% don’t expect one at all.


Respondents also have a generally positive outlook for wages with 45% saying wages will increase at their companies over the next six months and 54% saying they will stay the same. Nineteen percent expect benefit increases in the next year.


Jason Manning, owner of Express Employment Professionals of Butte said “unemployment should stay low with factors such as worker inventory available continuing to fluctuate throughout first quarter of 2020. I expect to see some business sectors turn around with the increased activity of local business advocates and leaders.  My suggestion would be to explore multiple hiring options to help your business grow in the first quarter.” 




“Not long ago, conventional wisdom said that 2020 would be the ‘Year of the Recession.’ But from all indicators, it looks like 2020 could turn out to be a year of stability, if not strong growth,” said Bill Stoller, CEO of Express. “As in any economy, surprises are always possible. But as 2019 comes to an end, business leaders are ready to welcome 2020.”

About the Survey
In December 2019, Express Employment Professionals surveyed 585 business owners, decision-makers, and human resource professionals about the overall national hiring trends in the market today and how their business is impacted.


If you would like to arrange for an interview with Jason Manning or Tabatha Hyatt, call (406) 723-6531. 

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work and employed a record of 566,000 people in 2018. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit The Butte Express office is located at 700 E Front St and serves Southwest Montana. 

Economic Outlook Seminar 2020


This half-day seminar highlights the latest economic trends for local economies and the state of Montana.


Finding Good Workers

For many Montana employers, the days of receiving stacks of applications is a distant memory – and it’s not necessarily due to a strong economy and low unemployment. In today’s knowledge based, social media connected and information rich economy, the rules of engagement between candidates and companies have changed. The economic success of local communities and the entire state depends on making the best match between workers and workplaces. Montana has some advantages in attracting talent, but there are plenty of things we could do better.

Join us for the 2020 Economic Outlook Seminar as we examine the challenge of finding good workers – for every kind of business and organization.

Why Attend EOS 2020?

BBER economists present national, state and local economic forecasts for each seminar city and industry experts will give their outlook for Montana’s important sectors, including tourism, health care, real estate and housing, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and forest products.

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February 6, 2020
NorthWestern Energy General Office

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Headwaters RC&D has partnered up with the Small Business Development Corp. (SBDC) to provide you an opportunity to attend our six-week AMP-UP Business Accelerator Course. The course will begin on February 26 – May 6 (Every Other Wednesday) in the Thornton Building 2nd floor conference room from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.  The cost to attend this six-week course is $150 per person. Advanced registration is required! 


Are you ready to AMP-UP your business to the next level? Would you like to see expansion, profit growth, and more efficient processes and procedures? This workshop will provide you with great insight. During this six week course you will learn how to understand your financials, plan for growth, assistance on accounting, understanding your target market, networking with other business owners and much more!

Registration is now open for the Amp-Up Business Accelerator Course! Don’t miss out! 

If you are interested in attending this course, please register at the following link:

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The purpose of this program is to increase visitation in Butte Montana and support Butte lodging partners. Other partners such as local retailers, restaurateurs, transportation businesses, and tourism attractions also benefit from increased visitation. The execution of Butte TBID grant funding must be in line with the Tourism Business Improvement District’s (TBID) mission to generate room nights for lodging facilities in Butte, Montana by effectively marketing the region as a preferred travel destination.
APPLICATION DUE DATES Applications must be in the Butte Chamber of Commerce/Butte TBID office, located at 1000 George Street, Butte, MT 59101, by 5:00pm last Friday in June and January, with funding meetings to be held in July and February.
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The Tourism Grant Program announces a special application cycle to award funds of $5,000 up to $25,000 for an event to be held in Montana by an eligible entity prior to June 30, 2021. The purpose of this grant is to attract non-resident or out-of-area resident visitors to the event enhancing attendance and increasing visitor generated revenues. To prepare for this special application cycle for events only, the Tourism Grant Program will host an Events Application Workshop on Tuesday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will present an overview of the qualifiers and timeline of the application cycle for events as well as a review of the application. Click this link to register for the Events Application Workshop.

Grant funds are available for either the creation of a new event or to make an on-going event more successful. Eligible events are those held for entertainment, arts, and destination brand events that fit within the following categories:

  • Attendance Event: creating or further developing a lifestyle event that generate attendance at and complete the Montana activity experience.
  • Enrichment Event: activities that enhance the experiences of visitors and residents through cultural and/or heritage activities.
  • Destination Development Event: generating cost effective product development and destination brand awareness through media exposure.
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The Business Assistance Bureau connects businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools to create and grow market opportunities and jobs.

Business Assistance Resources



Commerce Tradeshow Assistance Program
The Department of Commerce Tradeshow Assistance Program assists Montana-based companies to explore new domestic and international wholesale markets by encouraging first-time exhibition at new tradeshows.

Montana / Regional Wholesale Trade Shows:

  • The Made in Montana Wholesale Tradeshow, Montana's premiere Made in Montana wholesale tradeshow, takes place annually in Helena.
  • The Billings Market Association hosts a wholesale merchandise show three times a year in Billings, MT, and features Made in Montana products.
  • Spanning 240,000 square feet with 800 exhibitors, Las Vegas' ACRE (American Craft Retail Expo) features American and Canadian hand made products in a full range of price points. Product lines include stationery, tabletop, jewelry, furniture, decorative accessories, seasonal and garden, toys, fashion and fashion accessories, and more.

Montana hosts many retail shows including arts and craft fairs, farmers markets, and home and garden shows. These are great selling opportunities for businesses that aren't ready or don't want to enter the wholesale market but still want to reach buyers. International Trade and Gift Shows can help expose your product to buyers all over the world.

International Marketing Assistance Program
A state-federal partnership providing financial assistance to qualified Montana small businesses for international marketing efforts in beginning exporting or market expansion.

It is designed to help increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting so they can grow and create more jobs. 

Export Trade

Export Montana, through the Office of Trade and International Relations, is committed to helping Montana companies pursue commercial opportunities abroad.

An export specialist provides technical export assistance to Montana companies with information and training to address issues such as:

  • export regulation and compliance;
  • methods of shipment;
  • methods of payment;
  • market research;
  • responding to trade leads; and
  • follow-up communication with overseas clients.

Export Montana coordinates the state's protocol and foreign relations with foreign diplomatic office representatives. This includes providing briefings, scheduling meetings and arranging receptions for visiting dignitaries. Maintaining good relations with the various foreign diplomatic missions that serve the Montana region is essential to assisting Montanans with international business connections.

Finance Assistance Resources

Business Planning and Feasibility


Montana Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund (WP RLF) 
The Montana Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund (WP RLF) Program assists businesses in the wood products industry affected by the downturn in the economy. The program provides a long-term affordable lending tool to assist businesses in retaining or creating jobs providing a long term economic benefit to the State of Montana.



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It's a challenging time to be the chancellor of any university, and Montana Technological University is certainly no exception. But halfway through his first year leading Montana's only special focus institution, Les Cook seems to be reveling in all of it.

He can tick off the challenges faced by academia, one by one: institutions continue to experience diminishing resources, rising costs, increased competition, and new skepticism about the value of a college degree.

Specific to Tech, enrollment has been down for the past couple of years and the school is still adjusting to its changed status, no longer under the aegis of The University of Montana but subject to new demands and expectations within the university system.

 "Although the space we're in may be worrisome to some, it can also be a great motivator for all," Cook says. "We have an opportunity to step back, review, and redefine who we are."

Through fortuitous circumstance as well as design, Cook has the chance to build his own leadership team, and he has already made great strides in doing so. "We need to invest in people, and make sure we have the right people," he said...

Read the full article by The Montana Standard
The Butte Local Development Corporation proudly thanks our Platinum Sponsors! Their investment in Butte highlights their passion for Butte's economic development. They are true champions of change in our community.

Media Sales Executive
Lee Enterprises
Butte, MT
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Director of Operations
Butte, MT 
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Patient Financial Specialist
SCL Health
Butte, MT
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Archives Administrative Assistant – Clerk III
City and County of Butte-Silver Bow MT
Butte, MT
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Behavioral Health Specialist
SCL Health
Butte, MT
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Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Montana Tech
Butte, MT 
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Butte, MT 
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Butte Comfort Inn Hotel Sales and Marketing Manager
Town Pump Company
Butte, MT
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