We're helping spread the word about the latest business conditions survey by our partners at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. They have been releasing periodical questionnaires for businesses to keep tabs on how things are going on the ground, from Main Street to your street!

Businesses today face a multitude of challenges, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is partnering with state and local chambers of commerce, economic development associations, and other business groups across Ninth District states (MN, MT, ND, SD, WI, UP/MI) to hear your insights and feedback on current business conditions.
Please take this 5-minute survey to help Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and other leaders assess real-time business conditions in the region. Results are shared with our partners (who sent you this survey), and they will share results with you once the survey is closed. We also brief policymakers and release survey results to the general public. Your input helps inform this broad audience about current business conditions.
All responses are anonymous. To maintain anonymity, please do not include any self-identifying information in any comments. If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.
We also continue to expand our outreach to more businesses for new and additional perspectives on current conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

We travelled from across the state to Anaconda on May 24, 25, and 26 for our annual spring conference to share best practices, provide professional development, network with partners, and meet our new executive director, Rebecca Meyers!

We made sure to get copies of the slides used by our presenters.

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Updated: Jul 5

Please join us in welcoming the interim website for the Montana Economic Developers' Association! To mark the occasion, we've included a celebratory photo of Taps, the official mascot of Smelter City Brewery in Anaconda, where we held our spring 2022 conference and witnessed economic development in motion, from historic renovation to thriving businesses old and new.

It's been a long road since we first commissioned our NextGen report and this website is our latest milestone. After reviewing our traditional website and hearing widespread feedback, we decided to start from scratch, using Wix to design a new "placeholder" website that will suit our current needs while we plan for the future.

What you see on your screen is "Phase I" of this placeholder. It contains basic information including a contact form, organizational history, the NextGen reports, current working groups, "save-the-date" event entries, and a basic membership directory (unfortunately, we cannot offer mapping or searchability at this time).

"Phase II" will include comprehensive event registration and payment capabilities, a login and payment platform for MEDA members, policy/advocacy resources, members-only archive, searchable membership database, and much more! We expect these features to debut within the next six months.

Our goal is to maintain a simple and practical online resource that pleases the eye and which establishes a foundation on which a future (and more high-powered) website can be built by a professional firm in order to support the growth of our organization and amplify its advocacy for Montana communities and the Montana economy.

For Phase I, we worked with Sean McGuire, a MEDA member with Sweetgrass Development, on design and copywriting. We consulted with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors along with several key state agencies to identify critical information and features to include in Phases I & II.

Now that Phase I is online, we would like to collaborate with you. This project is breaking new ground for MEDA and we hope you will share your thoughts. Please comment below to tell us what you think of the new and what you would like to see in Phase II.

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