Montana West Economic Development


The Resources
you Need For the
Business You Want

Do Business in Montana
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The Organization

Montana West Economic Development harnesses local resources, skilled workers, and business benefits to promote growth for entrepreneurs who want to relocate, start a business, or expand existing operations. From loans and getting deals done to shovel-ready sites, Montana West’s team connects businesses and entrepreneurs with opportunities to develop and grow their businesses.

Forestry Assistance Program

Montana West Economic Development is proud to partner with DNRC on the Forestry Assistance program for Flathead County. The treatment of hazardous fuels is one of the most proactive ways to reduce potential loss of life and property in the event of a wildland fire. By following Firewise™ practices, creating defensible space, and treating fuels, you can lower your fire risk while increasing the chances that fire protection agencies can effectively deal with a wildland fire should it occur. Cost-share funding is available now in some areas to help landowners with the cost of reducing their hazardous fuels.

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The fast-growing Flathead Valley offers a
business-friendly environment, a skilled and
entrepreneurial workforce, and unparalleled
mountain views and outdoor activities.

Food and Ag Development Center

Montana West Economic Development is a member of the Montana Food and Agricultural Development Center (FADC) Network supporting Northwest Montana. The FADC Network helps Montanans innovate and grow businesses that produce and commercialize food, agricultural and renewable energy products and processes, creating wealth and jobs in our communities and on our farms and ranches.

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Where We Live

Welcome to Northwest Montana


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Montana is the Treasure State, a nod to mountains that once produced fortunes in gold and silver. Hundreds of years later, the name still fits, especially here in the northwest corner. Business owners and entrepreneurs flock to the Flathead, one of Montana’s fastest-growing counties. We have state-of-the-art hospitals and schools, a vibrant arts scene, and a diverse economy, not to mention a natural playground that includes Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park.

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Economic Development