FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2015
Dave Parker, Communications Director, 444.9844
Mike Wessler, Deputy Communications Director, 444.9725
Helena, Mont—As part of his efforts to ensure Montana businesses have a deep pool of talented and trained workers, Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the successful Choose Montana business recruitment campaign is expanding to recruit workers from across the nation. The increased focus on workforce recruitment is a significant part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project.
“Montana is an amazing place to call home, and with rising wages and rapid job creation, now is the perfect time to invite folks from around the country to choose Montana and enjoy everything our state has to offer,” Bullock said of the effort. “Workers looking to relocate to Montana for our unmatched quality of life, friendly residents, and amazing outdoor opportunities, now have a robust tool to help them find a good paying job to support themselves and their family.”
With this expansion to focus on workforce recruitment, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will partner with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), and private businesses to bolster the state’s robust jobs board, where workers can find open positions in fields such as welding, health care, and sales. In addition, GOED will launch an extensive social media campaign, as well as a data-driven online recruitment effort targeting Montanans who have left the state, or those who are likely to be interested in working in Big Sky Country.
Workers looking to access the jobs board can do so by visiting ChooseMontana.com. As of Monday morning, the board hosted more than 7,000 open positions. Also on the website, visitors can discover more of the benefits of living in Montana, learn economic information about the state, and connect to keep informed about job opportunities in the state.
“Many companies like ours are on the constant search for highly trained and educated workers,” said Tammy Jones, Human Resource Director for CTA Architects, one of the private businesses listing career openings on the jobs board. “We applaud the efforts of the Governor and the Main Street Montana Project in recognizing the need to establish a concerted effort to recruit workforce that we will need to Montana.”
Bullock recently released the annual Labor Day Report, which showed that while Montana’s economy is strong, an aging and retiring workforce presents potential challenges for continued economic growth. The report found that over the next ten years, businesses in the state are expected to create 6,500 new jobs per year, but the labor force is only expected to grow by 4,100 workers per year.
Bullock has already taken important steps to ensure that workers that currently call Montana home have access to the training and skills to fill the jobs that will be most in demand in the next decade. He secured two grants, totaling roughly $40 million to bring together the state’s colleges, business, and workforce development professionals to ensure that schools were providing students with hands-on training and experience to fill these jobs. In addition, earlier this month, he announced a $1 million grant to expand college and career readiness programs at high schools and colleges throughout the state.