MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the Kauffman Foundation, a leading research organization specializing in economic growth and entrepreneurship, has ranked Montana as the top state for entrepreneurship for the fourth year in a row.
“Montana continues to lead the nation in ensuring that entrepreneurs and small businesses have the tools and resources they need to grow and expand and create good-paying jobs, putting more hard-working Montanans to work and making our strong economy even stronger,” said Governor Bullock. “This ranking is the result of responsible decisions made by Republicans and Democrats working together to keep our state great for future generations.”
The 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity is available here [LINK].
Since taking office in 2013, Governor Bullock has worked to create an environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and thrive. Through the Main Street Montana Project, Governor Bullock has cut red tape and increased opportunities for Montana businesses, put more Montanans to work through job training and apprenticeship programs, increased the promotion of made-in-Montana products and businesses, and invested in research and services that benefit Montana residents, businesses, and industries across the state.
Under Governor Bullock’s leadership, the State of Montana is consistently ranked in the top ten for innovation and entrepreneurship, business climate, tax climate, and income growth.
- #1 state in the nation for fiscal prudence. [JP Morgan]
- #1 for entrepreneurial activity for the fourth year in a row. [Kauffman Foundation]
- #1 in the nation for fairest tax system. [WalletHub]
- #3 in the nation for lowest tax rates [WalletHub]
- #3 best place to be a taxpayer. [WalletHub]
- #6 best business tax climate [Tax Foundation]
- #6 for long-term job growth [U.S. Chamber of Commerce]
- #7 in the country for economic growth [U.S. Department of Commerce]
- Unemployment rate nearly one point below national rate [U.S. Department of Labor]
- More Montanans are working than ever before [MT Department of Labor]
- Montana added 10,244 jobs in 2015 [MT Department of Labor]*
- Since Governor Bullock took office over 20,000 jobs have been created [MT DOL]*
- Manufacturing growth is twice the national average [BBER & MMEC]
- Montana exports have risen to over $1 billion [BBER & MMEC]