Welcome to MEDA Online News. The purpose of this webpage is to serve as a communication link within the MEDA membership. It is to be a member-to-member site to inform MEDA Members and Partners about news within our organization.  If you would like to submit an article, an idea, a comment – please do. Let’s keep in touch and keep our network strong. 

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A comparison for businesses

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJA") changed deductions, depreciation, expensing, tax credits and other tax items that affect businesses. This side-by-side comparison can help businesses understand the changes and plan accordingly. Some provisions of the TCJA that affect individual taxpayers can also affect business taxes. Businesses and self-employed individuals should review tax reform changes for individuals and determine how these provisions work with their business situation. Visit regularly for tax reform updates. Businesses can find details and the latest resources on the provisions below at Tax Reform Provisions that Affect Businesses. Continue to full article
Guest opinion: Celebrate Montana's veteran-owned businesses

Friday, December 07, 2018

National Veterans Small Business Week is an opportunity for us to, once again, reflect upon the sacrifices made by many of our fellow citizens who chose to serve in our nation’s armed forces. When we see dates like this on the calendar, we are glad that there are organizations working to help veteran businesses thrive in our community. That is the goal of the Veterans Business Outreach Center hosted at Big Sky Economic Development as we train, consult, and promote small business opportunities for veterans and their families. National Veterans Small Business Week is our chance to celebrate and recognize the...
Governor Bullock Announces $490,000 in Grants for Montana Film Production

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Granted Projects Include Adaptation of Montana Novel by Academy Award Nominee HELENA, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock announced $490,000 in grant awards for productions filming in Montana, including a grant responsible for bringing the Ed Harris-backed feature film “The Ploughman” to Fort Benton and Great Falls. “Filmmakers are taking notice that Montana is the ultimate location for film production,” said Gov. Bullock. “By welcoming them into our communities, we’re creating jobs for Montanans, infusing dollars into our local businesses and strengthening our important tourism industry by inspiring folks to visit Montana.” “The Ploughman” is adapted from the novel of the same name by Montana author...
Fitness tech company in Missoula celebrates 100-worker milestone

Monday, December 03, 2018

In less than a year, a high-tech fitness-focused company called ClassPass has gone from just a few workers to more than 100 relatively highly paid employees in Missoula. The company will soon be moving into a new 15,000-square-foot office on the fifth floor of the First Interstate Bank building downtown. ClassPass hosted Gov. Steve Bullock and executives from its home office in New York to celebrate the achievement. Brian Mitchell, the head of talent acquisition for the company, said ClassPass began discussions about a third office in January 2017 and looked at more than 900 towns and cities before adding Missoula to...
Bozeman entrepreneur helps launch app to train workers displaced by technology

Friday, November 30, 2018

Robots are taking over workers’ jobs, there’s no doubt about it. McKinsey and Co., a research firm, found that 45 percent of current jobs could be replaced by artificial intelligence, and researchers expect that number to keep climbing, displacing millions of workers. To solve this problem, a local entrepreneur has launched NextStep Interactive, a company that will use a mobile phone app to help train workers displaced by artificial intelligence and automation for careers in the growing health care industry. Removing the barrier of having to take classes in-person, users can complete coursework on the app to become certified in an entry-level job, like a...
Snowy Mountain Development Corp. Wins Innovation Award from MEDA for Creekside Project

Friday, November 09, 2018

Kathie Bailey, Executive Director for Snowy Mountain Development Corp., has a simple mantra – “If you’re going to succeed it’s up to you. As a community, you have to step up and create what you want.” That attitude is shared by the residents of Lewistown, Montana, as evident by their Creekside Project, an initiative that led to Snowy Mountain Development Corp. earning MEDA’s Innovation Award. Community members in Lewistown decided they wanted a public meeting space, a place to gather to eat and listen to music, and outdoor restrooms – all things that would make the downtown an epicenter for family...
MEDA August 2018 News

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Catch up on all the MEDA News....and MEDA Unconference Registration is now open.
MEDA July 2018 News

Sunday, July 01, 2018

MEDA July News is ready for your summer reading pleasure.  See you in Billings in August for Innovate Montana.
MEDA June 2018 News

Thursday, May 31, 2018

MEDA June News - Check out Community Reviews, Grants, Membership News, and more.
MEDA April 2018 News

Saturday, March 31, 2018

MEDA April 2018 News - be sure to check out the list of Tools for you to use as well as the Grant Opportunities.
MEDA February 2018 News

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MEDA Registration is now live.  Catch up on the agenda and news!
December MEDA News

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Catch up on all things MEDA! Decemer News
MEDA November News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MEDA November News - Catch up on all things MEDA
October News

Saturday, September 30, 2017

MEDA October News
Registration Now Open!

Friday, March 17, 2017

MEDA Spring Conference Registration Now Open! Charting the Course in the Winds of Change May 2 - 3, Great Falls, MT
MEDA Fall 2016 Conference

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Working Toward the Future:  Sustainability and Culture in Economic Development     Agenda         Registration
August 2016 MEDA News

Saturday, July 30, 2016

There have been no lazy dog-days of summer for MEDA.  Catch up on the news.
July MEDA News

Friday, July 01, 2016

Summer is heating up with lots of MEDA news
MEDA Spring Conf Summary

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Enjoy the photos and review the great presentations from the 2016 MEDA Spring Conference.
Agenda and Registration MEDA Spring Conference

Monday, March 14, 2016

Agenda and Registration This conference is centered around developing a talented workforce. Learn from those conducting innovative workforce initiatives and apply the best practices to your community to develop, train, and retain qualified workers.   Sponsor Letter. Highlights of the conference agenda thus far:  * Pub Crawl - visit three breweries * Keynote: SBA new Regional Administrator Betsy Markey * Fostering a Talented Workforce * The Press is Calling ~ How to Best Respond  * Partners in Progress – Innovative Solutions to Job Creation and Retention  * Walking Tour Break: visit the oldest business in Butte (126th Year)  * How to get your Community “Tapped In”? Rural Craft Beverage...
MEDA March 2016 News

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

March News features a calendar of events, conference update, BEAR Report, Working Group Updates..and more!
MEDA December 2015 News

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

MEDA December 2015 News Enjoy reading about Economic Develpoment activities and all things MEDA.
MEDA October 2015 News

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The month of October is packed with great opportunites for learning, networking, contributing, and sharpening your skills.  Check out the highlights in MEDA's October news.
MEDA September 2015 News

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

September 2015 MEDA News A lot of news for you:  MEDA MT Infrastructure Call to Action, MEDA Fall Conference Registration, New Members, Grant Info, Tools for You..and more!
Updated Agenda: IMPACT!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Check out the updated MEDA Spring Conference Agenda and register today.  Join us in " Learning, Sharing & Partnering for High Performance" at this IMPACT event.  Early bird registration ends April 15th - save $$$ today.  Updated Agenda        Registration    
MEDA Day in the Rotunda

Monday, January 05, 2015

Join us for MEDA Day in the Rotunda   Wednesday, January 14th   10:00am—2:30pm  It would be our privilege to have you join us at IMPACT—Partnerships that Work    Showcasing: IMPACT of Partnerships working in economic development across Montana; visit displays! Slideshow of Partners at Work and Business Success Stories Networking with constituents across Montana Visiting with Legislators as they enjoy lunch. We look forward to seeing you on January 14th!
How Reinventing Regulation Can Boost Economic Growth

Monday, December 10, 2018

A conversation with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and New Belgium co-founder Kim Jordan Improving regulatory processes can be a powerful and cost-effective economic development strategy for states. According to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts, two reforms have the strongest potential to boost state economies: First, states can make it less costly and time-consuming for businesses to comply with regulations. And second, they can partner with businesses to increase compliance and create economic opportunities. In Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper has demonstrated the value of these strategies. He has implemented a statewide effort to set and achieve annual goals for reducing compliance costs for...
MDOC Opportunity Calls

Friday, October 30, 2015

MT Dept. of Commerce schedules with MEDA a monthly Opportunity call which takes place the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30am.   The calls are limited to two agenda items:  1.  MDOC Opportunities – such as funds available, deadlines, and program updates; and 2.  MEDA update of activities or projects from the field in which MDOC could be of help.   September 30, 2015 Notes October 28, 2015 Notes
MEDA August 2015 News

Sunday, August 02, 2015

  Read a summary of MEDA News including first Annual Awards, MEDA Infrastructure Town Hall Meeting - Call to Action, new members - and more! 
MEDA Award Announcement

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Montana Economic Developers Association announces two award opportunities designed to recognize and celebrate economic development achievements.   Deadline:  September 8th MEDA Innovation Award Anthony J. Preite Champion of Economic Development Award          
MEDA July 2015 Online News

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July Newsletter What a great time to be a MEDA Member - new opportunities to become engaged.
June 2015 MEDA News

Monday, June 01, 2015

/media/userfiles/subsite_48/files/June2015.pdfMEDA June News - includes Grant info and Opportunities for You
May 2015 MEDA Online News

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Catch the latest on MEDA News for May.  Don't forget scholarship aps are due May 20th.  See you in Great Falls!
Final days to register!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It's here! The final countdown to the MEDA conference!  View the latest agenda and register!
April MEDA News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Read the April MEDA News and catch up on the Spring Conference, Scholarships, Grants, and opportunities for you as you work in economic development in Montana.   
MEDA 2015 Spring Conference: Registration and Agenda

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hosted by Great Falls Development Authority in downtown Great Falls, this Montana Economic Developers Association Event will deliver on its promise to Impact! you. For $125 for members, $175 non-members, and $75 for students, this conference will provide you with:   Keynote addresses from Renowned Experts Networking with Economic Development Professionals Tours with Businesses Impacted by Economic Development Programs Options to Explore a Revitalized Downtown Great Falls Details on Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Insights for Innovative Financing of Real Estate and Businesses Ways to Unleash Leadership Talent Recruitment and Development Door Prizes Resource and Sharing Showcase       
MEDA Fall Conference Summary

Saturday, November 01, 2014

MEDA Fall Conference Photos and Files  Thanks to our sponsors for supporting a terrific event:  Harvesting Partnerships Across Montana!
MEDA Resource Team in Phillips County

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 43rd MEDA Resource Team Assessment is on the ground in Malta and making a difference in Phillips County.  Contact if you are interested in holding a Resource Team Assessment for your community.
October 2014 News

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Catch up on MEDA news, grant opportunities and updates.
September 2014 Newsletter

Monday, September 01, 2014

In this issue: Coundown to MEDA Launch Registration Opens Soon Main Street Montana Project Update Tax Increment Finance Workshop MEDA Working Groups Montana Bear Program Highlights Grants and Funding Opportunities and Tools for You Download the Newsletter here!
August 2014 Newsletter

Friday, August 01, 2014

In this Issue: Save the Date Tax Increment Finance Workshop Main Street Montana Project Update MEDA Working Groups Montana BEAR Program Highlights Grants and Funding Opportunities and Tools for You Download the Newsletter Here!
July 2014 Newsletter

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In this Newsletter: Key MSMP Meetings TIF Workshop August 7th Membership Committee Website Launch Working Groups Gateway Update MEDA Fall Conference BEAR Update Grants and Funding OPS and Tools for You Download the Newsletter Here!
June 2014 Newsletter

Monday, June 02, 2014

Catch up on all of the news; enjoy once again all of the photos, presentations and activites in Havre at the 2014 MEDA Spring Conference.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Brigitta Freer, Missoula Economic Partnership, was awarded $1,000 to attend IEDC’s Basic Economic Development Course.  Warren Vaughn, Gallatin County, received $1,000 to take  the second NDC course on Business Credit Analysis.  Jenn Kreiner, Sanders County Economic Development, received $800 to attend an in-depth grant writing course.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to Todd Erickson,  and Liz Marchi for receiving $1,000 scholarships to advance their economic development skills.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Winners of the Fall 2013 MEDA Rick Jones Memorial Scholarships  include:   John Sisson, SEMDC-SBDC, ASBDC Annual Conference and Training $600; Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Missoula Economic Partnership, U of O Economic Development Institute $300, Katharine Thompson, City of Kalispell, IEDC Certification and Speaker $300; John Winegart, Lake County Development, NDC ED201 $900; Kellie Danielson, Montana West Economic Development, IEDC training $300; and Lorene Hintz, Great Northern, QuickBooks Trainer Certification $300. Congratulations!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to:  Jim Smitham, Butte Local Development Corp., $800 to attend IEDC course; Warren Vaughan, Gallatin County Planner, $800 to attend NWED Games; Tina Oliphant, Montana West Economic Development,  $800 to attend EDFP Art of Deal Structuring; Andy Zdinak, $195 to attend BBI Financial Management.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The following received $500 scholarships for training:  Jaimi Balsam, SEMDC; Katharine Thompson, City of Kalispell; Katie Weaver, Headwaters; Kellie Danielson, Montana West; Rose Kipp, Eureka Rural Development; Sarah Converse, Sweetgrass Development.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to the following MEDA Rick Jones Memorial Scholarship Spring Round winners:   John Winegart, Lake County Community Development,  $1,200 for NDC ED201 Credit Analysis;   Brigitta Freer, Missoula Economic Partnership, $600 for ED in Indian Country and Renewable Project Development Finance; Joseph Willauer, Headwaters RC&D, $1,200 for NDC ED 201 Credit Analysis.   
Montana Faces Growth and Economic Opportunities

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Montanans know energy. The state has plentiful natural resources — wind, hydro, coal and a fast-growing oil and gas industry. Montana is home to one of the most important and prolific shale oil regions in the United States and oil production in the Bakken formation in eastern Montana and North Dakota has played an enormous role in reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign oil. The industry has created thousands of jobs and as a result Montana and North Dakota have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Economic Impacts of Keystone XL in Montana Keystone XL would become one...
News Richland Economic Development Director Continues Work to Move County Ahead

Sunday, May 18, 2014

When it comes to economic activity in Richland County, Leslie Messer makes it her job to have a good pulse on what’s going on in the area. Messer is the executive director of Richland Economic Development Corp. She began working at the organization in September 1999 as a project assistant and in 2001 was promoted to her current position. Before that, Messer worked as a substitute teacher and a teacher’s aide while raising her children. She has an education degree from Minot State University. As an lifelong eastern Montanan, living in Richland County is more than just a place of residence. “This is...
Pondera County Prospects are Promising

Sunday, May 18, 2014

CONRAD — Pondera County and its incorporated towns of Conrad and Valier are fairly stable economically and looking for ways to grow, says Cheryl Curry, veteran executive director of the Pondera Regional Port Authority. “Our economy is largely based on agriculture, and we’ve had good wheat and cattle prices and conditions the last several years, so we haven’t felt the ups and downs as severely as Montana’s university towns have,” she said. Pondera County’s economic development efforts, particularly attracting businesses that add value to agricultural products, look promising, Curry said. Curry, 64, is a retired postal worker who has been executive director of...
Will Access to World Markets Keep Montana Energy Growing?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Last year America produced 84 percent of the energy we consumed, the highest level since 1987. Our net energy imports (measured in terms of energy content) are at a 26-year low.  The speed with which our energy imports have been diminishing is astonishing. According to the Energy Information Administration, our net imports of energy decreased 19 percent from 2012 to 2013. With that fast pace, America is truly on a trajectory to full energy self-sufficiency in the very near future. Part of the decline in energy imports has been due to increased energy efficiency, but by and large the chief factor has been...
2014 MEDA Spring Conference

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

/media/userfiles/subsite_48/files/MEDA%20sponsorship%20Letter%20Fall%202016%20FINAL.pdfJoin us in "Building Main Street and Montana" with Governor Bullock and Montana leaders to create solutions to issues raised in the Montana Main Street Project Report. The conference will include professional development training, program training, business "how to" success stories, a tour, and dinner theater.                     Agenda and online registration here.
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