CEO Report – 1/6/23

Kick-off to the Legislative Season

The 68th Legislative Session began Monday, January 2nd, and your Chamber Chair, Scott Anderson and I attended the Montana Chamber Business Days at the Capitol for a number of breakout

Shane Etzwiler, Todd O’Hair, Scott Anderson

sessions discussing the upcoming session. Those topics were:

  • Civil Litigation Issues Affecting Business in Montana and Around the Nation
  • Ballot Initiative Reform
  • The State of Energy in Montana and the U.S.
  • Manufacturing in Montana: Improving Montana’s Business Climate
  • Legislative Leadership panel – hearing from the Senate President ~ Jason Ellsworth, Senate Minority Leader ~ Pat Flowers, Speaker of the House – Matt Regier, and the House Minority Leader ~ Kim Abbott
  • Governor Kristen Juras on Cutting The Red Tape.
  • Economic Development Director, Governor’s Office ~ Mark Blasdel
  • Governor Greg Gianforte with The Last Word

This event is always a great way to kick off the Legislative Session and provides additional opportunities to engage with our Legislators at the Monday evening Legislative Reception.

2023 Community Guide

We are wrapping up and close to completing our 2023 Community Guide and we are looking forward to sharing with you all of the things that make Great Falls GREAT!! We have some fantastic featured articles of some of our Chamber Members as well as updated statistics on our economic drivers in our community ~ housing, agriculture, medical and health care, and more! We still also have Advertising Opportunities available for you to take advantage of at GREAT rates! The best in town.

Take a look at last year’s 2022 Community Guide here

This a reminder that all ads are clickable to YOUR website and the Chamber Member listings with your website address are also clickable to YOUR website. We are seeing through our Community Guide – it is driving YOUR website SEO search results further up in Google searches. That is the POWER of YOUR Chamber Membership!

February Luncheon – Wednesday, February 22nd

I am inviting all to join us for our upcoming Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, February 22nd at the University of Providence.

We will be hearing from Brian Bird, CEO of Northwestern Energy as of January 1, 2023. We listened to Brian at our Montana Association of Chamber Executives conference this fall and again at the MT Chamber Business Days at the Capitol as Brian is sharing the challenges in the energy sector today – including some statewide challenges on the horizon for Montana.

This is one Chamber Luncheon you will want to attend as some of the information shared will both surprise you and cause some concern about how fragile our national energy infrastructure is both now and in the future.

Please Register for our February Chamber Luncheon here! 

Ag Banquet Deadline approaching – next Friday, January 13th

The Ag Appreciation Banquet, scheduled for Friday, January 20th, is always a fun-filled event for everyone! The deadline to register is quickly approaching next week, so register today and be prepared for a great meal, great connections, and great fun as we recognize the Ag Advocate of the Year, Ag Business of the Year, and the highlight of the evening – providing scholarships to several young students continuing their higher level educational studies in an Ag related field! Register Here!