Montana economic summit to feature 40 job-focused panels

2013-09-04T00:00:00Z 2015-08-18T13:37:29Z Montana economic summit to feature 40 job-focused panels Montana Standard
September 04, 2013 12:00 am

Topics range from freight to tourism

The Montana Economic Development Summit slated Sept. 16-17 at Montana Tech will offer 40 job-focused panels led by industry leaders.

Montana’s senior U.S. Sen. Max Baucus on Tuesday unveiled the summit agenda, which promises to transform Butte into a center of world business powers — at least for two days.

Convention organizers expect about 3,000 participants. Baucus urges Montanans to register at because space is limited. Registration is free.

Panels include topics such as Freight Transportation and Economic Growth, Montana Travel and Tourism and The Bakken as an Economic Driver. The complete schedule is available at

Among the 44 panels and speakers are the following:

Kurt Kuen, Chief Financial Officer, UPS — Freight Transportation and Economic Growth; Sam Byrne, Co-founder, CrossHarbor Capital Partners — Montana Travel and Tourism Discussion; Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner, Federal Communications Commission — Small Business Data and Communications Infrastructure Panel; Keith Kelly, assistant secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor — Hiring veterans: How to Gain Strong Returns on America’s Investment.

Also, Jennifer Straumins, president, Calumet Specialty Products — The Many Bakken Plays: The Bakken as an Economic Driver; David Goodin, President and CEO, MDU Resources Group, Inc. — The Many Bakken Plays: The Bakken as an Economic Driver; Conrad Anker, mountaineer, rock climber, author —

Boosting Montana’s Economy through the Great Outdoors; Alex Pourbaix, President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, TransCanada - Energy Without Borders: Delivering Energy Beyond Montana.

Also, Elana Broitman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense — Demystifying the Department of Defense: Contracting Through the Drawdown; Dow R. Wilson, CEO, Varian Medical

Services — From the Lab to the Board Room: Taking Research to the Next Level; Charlie Papazian, President, Brewers Association — Bottoms Up — Exploring Growth in Montana’s Craft Beer Industry; Sam Byrne, Co-founder, CrossHarbor Capital Partners – Montana Travel and Tourism Discussion.

Also, Kurt Kuen, Chief Financial Officer, UPS — Freight Transportation and Economic Growth; Amy Stursbergy, Executive Director, Blackstone Foundation — Cultivating a Startup Ecosystem; Tim Rosenzweig, CEO, Goldwind Americas — Where the Wind Goes: Wind’s Future in Montana.

For information, contact Jennifer Donohue at 202-224-2651 or Kathy Weber at 329-7980.

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  1. jhburton
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    jhburton - September 07, 2013 8:51 am
    I agree with you as well, but the festivals do provide an economic benefit to the community.

  2. jhburton
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    jhburton - September 07, 2013 8:50 am
    I agree with you.
  3. Drifter
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    Drifter - September 06, 2013 1:37 pm
    Very well said. 35,000 or so people cannot live off festivals and conferences or tourists, or all of these. We need businesses, year-round, large and small. This is also not an artist community, and never will be, no matter how much Mainstreet pays out to try it. It has been tried before and failed.
  4. cj
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    cj - September 05, 2013 8:09 am
    jhburton -- No, I'm not saying no conference (or no festivals, or no tournaments, or no other crowd-drawing events). I'm just suggesting that they are not enough to provide year-round economic boosts or lasting investments in community growth. If Butte is going to ward off decline and sustain its real assets -- its schools, strong community organizations, unique landmark district and distinctive spirit -- we need more than occasional good weeks for the service sector. We should try to attract every entrepreneur who can work anywhere, and every bit of a large business that could settle here, hire local talent and prosper.
  5. jhburton
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    jhburton - September 04, 2013 8:36 pm're saying Butte would be better off without the conference, and all the money it brings, to say nothing of possible connections that might be made?

    Businesses, big or small, are in the business of making money, not looking for ways to employ more people at higher and higher wages---UNLESS they happen to be employees with hard to find skill sets, or unique qualifications.

    This is a common failing among LSDs, very nearly all of whom believe businesses exist because of employees, and not the other way around.
  6. Restore_the_Republic
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    Restore_the_Republic - September 04, 2013 6:39 pm
    Good post. As soon as these CEOs quit offshoring jobs, I'll take a good look at this conference. Although I believe in private enterprise (primarily small business), these are the same companies that are putting away record profits on all-time high productivity on behalf of their employees. All of this with no raises due to the "uncertainty" of the economy. Almost as morally bankrupt as the LSDs. If you like back-slapping and empty promises, then this is the conference for you.
  7. Drifter
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    Drifter - September 04, 2013 4:56 pm
    Yes indeed. How many new, full-time jobs have any of these summits produced in Butte in the past?
  8. cj
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    cj - September 04, 2013 9:16 am
    Yes -- just like the folk festival in that big names fly in for a few days, perform before cheering crowds, and then take off for their next gigs. The locals get good entertainment, some temporary economic stimulus and little lasting investment or gains. Instead of sitting at the feet of the CEOs while they tell provincial Montanans how to compete better in the big wide world, how about asking those CEOs to send us some fraction of their work force -- the people who can work anywhere with wi-fi, and like cheaper, less frantic living in a place with great vistas and prospects, and a need for more talented men and women with good jobs?
  9. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - September 04, 2013 6:44 am
    Will we have a summit next year when baucus retires. Is this like the folk festival ?

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