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Governor Discusses Economy With Business Leaders

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BOZEMAN - Governor Steve Bullock is in the first phases of putting together a plan to boost Montana's economy.  

On Tuesday, Governor Steve Bullock met with business leaders at Montana State University for the fifth roundtable discussion on the Main Street Montana Project.

The project seeks to build a business plan for the state by using the input from business leaders and educators statewide.

"It's really an exciting project that's led by two of Montana's business leaders that really takes a look at build a business plan for the state of Montana," said Bullock. "With this project, we are bringing everybody together nor prejudging the process and trying to make sure we come out with something that's going to be good for all Montanans."

The purpose of the roundtable discussions is to figure out the state's economic situation.

"The round tables is really just the first step. Next, we'll do county by county surveys then we'll travel to neighboring states and really try to put together an action plan for our state," said Bullock.

Chairman and CEO of D.A. Davidson Company, Bill Johnstone is one local business owner working side by side with the Governor.

"It's a honor to be asked by the Governor to do anything," said Johnstone. "I think any citizen would respond favorable and I did."

He said topics addressed at each roundtable discussion include the importance of education and the development of a well trained workforce .

Bullock said he is looking forward to what will come out of this never done before project.

"We've never as a state done any sort of a measure analytical process," said Bullock.

The next roundtable discussion will take place in Kalispell on July 8th.

Bullock said they plan on complying all the data from the survey by the fall and releasing the report by the beginning of 2014.

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