Yellowstone Celebrates the NPS Centennial, August 25, Gardiner

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Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

Gardiner, Montana

Yellowstone National Park and its partners will host a very special Centennial event to kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, and recognize the completion of the Gardiner Gateway Project (Phase One).

The event features a talented line-up of performers: Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Leyla McCalla, the children’s chorus The Singing Angels from Cleveland, Ohio, and Teddy Roosevelt reenactor, Joe Wiegand, with more performers and details to be announced in the coming months. Local, state, and national dignitaries will also speak at the event.

Advance Tickets Required
Tickets are free, but limited. The first ticket release will be on Sunday, May 15 at noon MT via Ticket River. Additional ticket releases will occur on June 15 and July 15. We recommend that people secure lodging before getting a ticket because lodging is limited in Yellowstone and in nearby communities.

Can’t attend in person?
You can still join this historic event by watching online. Information about how to watch at home or on your mobile device will be provided here once details are finalized. We’ll also promote any public gatherings in the region that will be broadcasting the event live.

For the safety and comfort of all attendees, no alcohol, coolers, umbrellas, or dogs will be allowed at this event. Qualified service animals are welcome; however, they must be leashed and under control at all times.

Market Montana Missoula, September 11-12

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Are you registered for the upcoming Market Montana Symposium, the third event of the Main Street Montana Project Peer-to-Peer Symposium Series?

With an agenda like this, you’ll want to be! And while you’re there, remember to use the #MarketMontana hashtag to share all the best moments.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation about promoting Montana now and into the future. Register today!


Missoula Art Museum

5:00-8:00 PM

Registration and welcome reception

MONDAY, SEPT. 12 University Center

7:00-10:15 AM


7:00-7:45 AM


8:00-8:30 AM

Opening remarks by Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary, Missoula Mayor John Engen, and University of Montana President Royce Engstrom

8:30-9:30 AM

Keynote by Liz Carlisle (“Lentil Underground”)

9:45-10:45 AM

PANEL: Identifying and Using Montana’s Competitive Advantage to Your Advantage

10:15 AM

Solutions Lounge opens (continues through the day and by appointment)

11:00-11:45 AM


  • Myth to Marketing – Moving Beyond Perceived Barriers to Find Success
  • When You Think Montana, You Think Medicine, Magazines, and Movies: Using Location to Your Advantage
  • You Want Me to Go Where? Lessons in Recruitment
  • Sharing Unique Cultural Assets

11:45 AM-1:00 PM

Lunch campfire chats

1:00-2:15 PM

Keynotes by David Placek (Lexicon Branding) and Erin Francis-Cummings (Destination Analysts)

2:30-3:15 PM

PANEL: Promoting Your Brand to the World

3:30-4:15 PM


  • Taking Local to Another Location
  • Maximizing Tech Tools to Market in the 21st Century
  • Where Should I Market and Who Can Help?
  • Stories of International Success

4:15-4:45 PM

Closing remarks by Governor Steve Bullock

5:00-7:30 PM

You’re invited to the FALL FEASTIVAL at the Oval. Come enjoy this local foods feast in celebration of the success of the UM Farm to College program. The first 60 Market Montana Symposium registrants will receive free tickets! Other attendees may choose to add this optional event for $11 at the time of registration.

Glasgow Tourism Business Education Roundtable Sept. 14

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Voices of Montana Tourism will be in Glasgow to host a business education roundtable with local business leaders on the hi-line.  Event is sponsored by Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association, Montana Restaurant Association and Cottonwood Inn and Suites.

Noon at Cottonwood Inn and Suites

Please RSVP to Dax Schieffer,

Building MT’s 21st Century Workforce Symposium 2016 September 20 & 21 Butte, MT

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Montana is facing a workforce shortage across all industry sectors over the next decade. This shortage will impact all industries across the state. Now is the time to work together to move Montana’s economy forward and prepare for the future.

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry is projecting 130,000 retirees with only 123,000 Montanans between the ages of 16-24 to replace them in the workforce. The math just doesn’t add up and now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to build our current and future talent pipeline.

To be successful in the 21st Century economy it is vital we look at work based learning and statewide partnerships as a cornerstone to address this workforce shortage including growing your business through apprenticeships and learning how to best use your Job Service Montana offices. We’ll be covering these topics along with hearing from business leaders across the state about how they are building their workforces.

Please join us for the Beyond the Classroom Symposium, September 20-21 at Montana Tech in Butte to build Montana’s economic future!Learn more here.

Leadership Montana Signature Event, The Confluence, September 22-23, Butte

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Multiple day conference is open to the public, advance registration required.  More information available by clicking here.

Because Montana deserves great leaders, our vision is to be the premier leadership development organization for the state of Montana. Leadership Montana seeks to empower and energize leaders within organizations and communities to shape Montana’s future with enhanced leadership skills and a deepened knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state

MT Lodging & Hospitality Association Tourism Conference & Trade Show, Oct. 24-26, Fairmont Hot Springs

Posted by: on May 15, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

This is the can’t miss event if you are one of the fortunate to be part of the hospitality and lodging industry in Montana.  The annual conference features professional speakers, excellent networking opportunities and the chance to work with the best industry vendors in the marketplace.  There are also Sales and Marketing professional development opportunities at the event.

More details available at MLHA Webpage.


Manufacturing and International Trade Day, May 29

Posted by: on May 2, 2014 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

The Montana Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Manufacturing & International Trade Day, May 29, at the Holiday Inn Bozeman.

Governor Steve Bullock is scheduled to attend and present awards including  Exporter of the Year and  Manufacturer of the Year. U.S. Senator Jon Tester is also scheduled to speak.

For more information and to register visit the Chamber’s Manufacturing and International Trade Day event page.

Since 2012, travel has been our nation’s #1 service export with nearly 67 million international arrivals to the U.S. and international traveler spending (export receipts) totaling almost $130 billion that year.

To see how the nearly $370 million spent by international travelers to Montana in 2012 compared to our state’s commodity exports that year, check out our fact sheet, 2012 MT Exports Summary (Mar 29, 2013).

For the first time, tourism was formally recognized, along with environmental consulting and computer services, as one of Montana’s top service exports in the Main Street Montana Project report published April 4. Check out our latest e-update for more information at Voices Industry e-Update for April 2014.






Legislator and Candidate Breakfast Roundtable in Kalispell, May 22

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Are you a state legislator or candidate in the Kalispell/Flathead area and want to learn more about our state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry?

Do you have a stake in the health of our state’s tourism industry and want to help educate and shape perceptions of tourism?

Voices of MT Tourism, along with other leading tourism organizations, will hold a roundtable discussion in Kalispell, Thursday, May 22, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 am, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

In the coming weeks, you can expect additional information about this event including our guest speakers & presenters, participating & sponsor organizations, as well as how you might RSVP.

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Leadership Montana Signature Event in Helena, Sept. 26-27

Posted by: on Aug 29, 2013 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

Registration is still open for the 2013 Leadership Montana Signature Event in Helena on September 26-27! Visit the Leadership Montana website to learn more about the event and register!

Leadership Montana is a collaboration of business leaders, community members, higher education and government coming together to form a strong partnership for the betterment of Montana. Leadership Montana offers participants a program that develops leadership skills and offers personal growth and reflection. Participants gain an awareness of state issues and build powerful personal connections with their classmates and a network of committed alumni.


Montana Economic Development Summit: Sept. 16-17

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Senator Max Baucus is hosting the 6th Montana Economic Development Summit September 16th and 17th in Butte, Montana. Keynote speakers include Sheryl Sandberg, Jim McNerney, Safra Catz, Elon Musk, and Ryan Lance, and the event is expected to attract 3000 business, community, organization and thought leaders.

The goal is simple: boost our state’s economy by finding Montana solutions for Montana jobs. By working together toward this common goal we can find the solutions necessary to make Montana an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

Full details are available on the Montana Economic Development Summit website.