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									2009 Leadership Montana
        Group 4




“The United State of Montana”
                                May 2009

                                    2
                          Overview

    •    Group
    •    Background
    •    What we did
    •    Where we did it
    •    Our group process
    •    What we asked
    •    What we heard
    •    Interpretations
    •    Next Steps & Opportunities
    •    Comments and Feedback

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                                   Group 4
                      •   Jacquie Burchard
                      •   Aaron Kampfe
                      •   Chad Lippert
                      •   Eric Simonsen
                      •   Grant Kier
                      •   Julie Dial
                      •   Paul Reichert
                      •   Tori Moran
                      •   Al Parisian

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                      Background
As we searched for our topic we recognized that, like our
  group, MT‟s dispersed and diverse population identifies
  and approaches issues very differently.

We decided to focus on looking at how our communities
 define their issues and accomplishments in hopes of
 better understanding urban and rural areas – and how to
 bring the state together to address common issues.




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                      What we did
 We decided we needed to reach outside of
  our group to gather data

 We began by interviewing 54 community
  leaders from cities and towns all over the
  state of Montana




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                   Round up
West Clarks Fork




                              Harlowton
Great Falls
              Miles City




                 Miles City

Lame Deer
Scobey, Plentywood,
Browning, Wolf Point,
Poplar, Havre, Conrad
                        Colstrip
Red Lodge
Helena




             Big Timber, Columbus,
             Baker, Sidney, Circle,
             Melstone


         Bozeman
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                      Fort Peck during
                      New Deal




Missoula




           Townsend
                      Gilbert Brewery
                      Virginia City




Alley Corner Helena
Glendive




           Glacier Park
                      Basin Butte area




Downtown Miles City
Butte   Kalispell




        Anaconda
                      The group process
Group




  Every direction        Some restarts then                           Focus and
  sounded good.          twisty progress.                             direction.



                      Project

                       Idea selection                Interviews                Summary
                            and                          and                      and
                        organization                realizations              development




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           “Project Process” Comments
• Everyone was too polite for too long.
• We started with topics and ideas that were too
  ambitious
• Did not have or make enough time for our team
  to work together




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                        What we asked

• We introduced our work as a Leadership Montana
  sponsored project.
• Our approach was a general inquiry into the community,
  for example:
      –    What have you accomplished in the past 5 years?
      –    What are current issues and/or projects?
      –    What do you foresee to be projects/issues in the next 5 years?
      –    Is there an underserved need in your community?
      –    Is there an underserved need that you resolved?




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                              The Geography
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                                                                  Number of Attempts (54 total)




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    Dr. Swanson: MT Population by Region
                                             Past and Projected Population: Montana's Ten Subregions
                      250,000
                                                                                                                                240,615


                                                                                                                                220,242


                      200,000




                      150,000                                                                                                   152,065




                      100,000
                                                                                                                                   94,165




                                                                                                                                   58,401
                       50,000




                           0
                                '80    '83     '86   '89     '92   '95   '98   '01   '04   '07     '10   '13    '16    '19   '22     '25
                                                               Source: Sw anson, CRMW, U. of MT, 2006

                            Flathead                 Missoula             Helena                 Butte                Bozeman
                            Great Falls              Havre                Billings               Southeast MT         Northeast MT




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                      Who responded
  • Business:                                    • Health Care:
         – Chamber of Commerce                         – Medical center CEO
           director                              • Government
         – Large business executives
                                                       – Mayor
         – small business owner
                                                       – Former city manager
         – Retired real estate agent
                                                 • Economy
         – Retired head of MT Federal
           Reserve                                  – CPA
                                                 • Environment
  • Education:
                                                 • Agriculture
         – Principal
                                                   - Farmer
         – School district member
         – University faculty


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           Survey Says! What we heard
       Accomplishments                           Threats / Concerns
• Landscape and beauty                      •   Local infrastructure costs
• New infrastructure                        •   Broadband availability
• Improved Citizen                          •   Loss of cultural identity
  Involvement                               •   Unbalanced tax structure
• Branding                                  •   Unbalanced economy
• More Arts                                 •   Poor planning
• Alternative energy                        •   Affordable living
• Vibrant communities                       •   Access to Medical Care


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                The Team‟s Observations
•        Homogeneous communities and lack of diversity can hurt
         Montana‟s ability to adopt to change.
•        Public education model is inefficient. Need to overcome job
         protectionism. Duplicate overheads and part-year model.
•        Gracious Space needs to be extended to public hearings in
         planning (for example). False or empty public hearing
         opportunities are not really public listening.
•        Some small towns may become ghost towns in the next 20 years,
         in part due to trends not in our control.
•        There is NO state or regional “long term” plan or strategy to
         stabilize MT: grow rural areas, and conversely better manage
         and control growth in rapid expansion areas.



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           Dr. Swanson: MT Population Concentration




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                The Team‟s Observations
•        Skilled MT workers get recruited away from Montana.
•        Legislature will have to adopt and be more responsive
         as Montana grows (size, complexity).
•        Politicians cannot see past „one size fits all‟ solutions.
•        Public policy and regulations put small business at a
         disadvantage, hurts small towns disproportionately
•        Tribal Governments and Reservations are under
         additional stress because they have an federal
         government involvement in the system.
•        The loss of one “landmark” business can really hurt a
         small town, and have a ripple effect.


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    Dr. Swanson: MT Economic Sector Trends
                                                                            Trends in Major Sectors of the MT Economy
                                                 $3,000




                                                                                                                                $2,657
                                                                                                                                $2,555
                                                 $2,500
                                                                                                                                $2,424
                                                                                                                                $2,298

                                                                                                                                         Fed & State
                                                                                                                                         Govt.
                                                 $2,000                                                                                  Wholsl & Retl Tr
                      Millions of 2005 dollars




                                                                                                                                $1,813   Health care


                                                                                                                                         Constr & Real
                                                                                                                                         Est
                                                 $1,500
                                                                                                                                         Mfg.,Transp,Util.

                                                                                                                                         Prof. & Business
                                                                                                                                         serv
                                                                                                                                         Local Govt
                                                 $1,000                                                                         $976
                                                                                                                                         Arts,Ent,Accom,
                                                                                                                                         Food
                                                                                                                                $732
                                                                                                                                         Fin & Insur


                                                  $500                                                                                   Mining
                                                                                                                                $389
                                                                                                                                         Net farm &
                                                                                                                                         ag,for serv


                                                    $0
                                                          '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06
                                                                      Source: Sw anson, using Com m erce Dept. data




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The Team‟s Observations
   •        Lack of community vision and planning hurts smaller towns, lack of
          investment in amenities, unattractive places lack unique sense of
          place
   •        Need “attitude boot camp” before workforce training.
   •        Pine beetle could be devastating to some areas.
   •        Many issues/concerns are the same among different areas and
          interest     groups (not much separates rural urban people in terms
          of issues)
   •        We did not hear about energy development?
   •        Survey concentrated on “leaders” who tended to be engaged and
          employed; did not catch the underserved or underemployed.
   •        Growth and economic expansion in larger towns can have huge
          negative consequences in dozens of far away small towns.
Billings : May 2009                      L-MT Group 4: The United State Of Montana
              Dr. Swanson: MT Population by Age

                                    Projected Montana Pop. by Age Groupings
    280,000

    260,000
                                                                                247,769
    240,000

    220,000
                      215,351                                                   215,516      0-17
    200,000                                                                                  18-33
                      191,309                                                   192,115
                                                                                             34-49
    180,000
                                                                                             50-64
    160,000                                                                     160,909
                                                                                             65+
    140,000
                      129,243
    120,000

    100,000
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                      Insights and Findings
                           Next Steps?
•        Similarities in views from different places and interest groups, was
         somewhat unexpected.
•        In MT, just a few people have historically made a real difference,
         because they can.
•        There does not appear to be anyone LEADING a urban / rural
         vision of progressive success. Lots of small unconnected efforts.
•        Montana‟s Historic downtowns still hold a huge opportunity for
         revitalization because they anchor culture and commerce.
•        Form an economic group of similarly situated rural “hub” towns
         that are running on the same economic model and may have
         ability to share resources without competing.
•        Reproduce community forums like Home Town Helena.
•        Create a MD/nurse recruitment pool for rural Montana. Bring in
         pre-qualified potentials to a single recruitment fair event. Perhaps
         pick just a few schools/teaching-hospitals to recruit from
         (efficient).


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                      Insights and Findings
                           Next Steps?
 •        Survey concentrated on “leaders” who tended to be
          engaged and employed; did not catch the underserved
          or underemployed.
 •        Relationships among issues: decisions in far off places
          have a big ripple affect in Montana. Things are more
          interrelated than they appear.
 •        Butte‟s model: tapping into former (successful) locals
          and bring them back to re-invest locally.
 •        Develop shared access to professional grant writers.
 •        Create “Resource” districts: share planning or
          development expertise in logical areas

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                      Insights and Findings
                           Next Steps?
• Influence possible university study [Senate Joint
  Resolution 25], 2009 session.

• Leadership MT sponsors a “conference” or
  workshop to launch a new initiative to bring
  solutions and success stories out in the open to
  bring people together across Montana.
• Form an economic group of similarly situated
  rural “hub” towns that are running on the same
  economic model and may have ability to share
  resources without competing.

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                      Dr. Swanson: Common Needs
                       Common Needs of Montana’s Cities
Quality Infrastructure Growing cities require quality infrastructure and city services, but funding for
Montana’s cities has lagged behind their growth. New locally-generated sources of funding for area
infrastructure and public services are needed if Montana’s cities are to grow and prosper and remain
competitive with other cities as quality places for people to live and work.

Quality Workforces The changing economy is placing a premium on highly educated and highly trained
workers. A centerpiece of any strategy for economic improvement must be well-designed and well-funded
programs for workforce development and a quality system of education more generally.

Quality Businesses Business development programming must nurture and expand businesses within key
“business clusters” accounting for area employment and labor income growth as well as area comparative and
competitive advantages. Key business clusters within Montana’s sub-regions are where workforce and
business development efforts should be focused.

Quality Planning and Growth Management Many of Montana’s cities are facing growth pressures that
are straining their capacity to manage and plan for growth. Becoming better places as they become bigger
places requires proactive planning for growth and redevelopment. Cities in Montana must have the necessary
tools and authorities to successfully plan for growth.

Pursuing Economic Prosperity There is no single Montana economy. Because of this, there can be no
single strategy to advance Montana economically. There must be several strategies, carefully tailored for the
particular needs and opportunities of Montana’s different regions.

Urban-Rural Partnerships for Progress The economic development, workforce training, and educational
resources of Montana’s growing cities must be increasingly applied to the rural economic development needs
of their closely-linked surrounding areas and communities.
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