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Monday, November 30 2015
Wyoming Invests in New West Economy

Wyoming is rich in natural resources and Western heritage. Its landscape is as varied as its energy assets. Windswept prairies and flat croplands yield to large expanses of sagebrush steppe and majestic mountains. Open spaces and world-class destinations like Yellowstone National Park are annually enjoyed by millions seeking authentic charm and adventure.

Industry leaders, though, are increasingly drawn to Wyoming’s burgeoning New West economy built on sound business principles.

Wyoming consistently receives high marks for state management and deep financial reserves, which, in turn, provides business owners a reliable, collaborative environment.

The Wyoming Legislature is statutorily required to maintain a balanced budget and the state has an approximately $16 billion in savings. Solidly in the black, Wyoming is able to invest in education, workforce and infrastructure critical to public and private business needs.

Wyoming government’s polished business practices spill over to its favorable business climate. The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report ranks Wyoming No. 2 (2014). The state features no personal or corporate state income tax, a stable regulatory policy and a low cost of doing business.

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Monday, November 30 2015
Big Sky Country: More Than Just Amazing Views

By Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

With pristine views, amazing outdoor opportunities and blue ribbon trout streams, Montana has plenty to offer folks looking to take advantage of our natural treasures; however, what many folks do not know is that we have economic and businesses opportunities to match.

Boasting low unemployment, more Montanans on the job than ever before, one of the best businesses tax climates in the nation, and a workforce that is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to fill today’s most in-demand careers; it is a great place for businesses looking to expand, or entrepreneurs searching for a place to make their dream a reality.

The Montana economy continues to flourish with solid foundations in agriculture, mining, and tourism.

Montana has long been known as the Treasure State due to its wealth of natural resources. Montana copper played no small role in the electrification of the U.S. The state's mines helped electrify the nation and powered the first trains into the west, and its vast forests and productive plains have provided food and shelter not only to our nation but to the world. Montana continues to thrive in the 21st century, thanks not only to our abundant natural resources but due to our excellent business climate and the quality of our people.

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Monday, November 30 2015
Colorado - The Next Great Place for Business Expansion

While Colorado has been known to brag about sunshine and the ability to ski and golf on the same day, a new story is being told. The Centennial State has experienced a dramatic shift, brought about by a progressive business climate, significant industry diversification, mass-migration of the well-educated millennial population, and a landlocked entrepreneurial renaissance. Colorado’s growth has attracted opportunities from both coasts and abroad, seeking to benefit from the state’s resurgence as an economic powerhouse.

Governor John Hickenlooper came into office in January 2011 focused on developing a statewide economic development strategy known as the Colorado Blueprint. Up until then, much of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s (OEDIT) work was driven by legislation and programming. The Colorado Blueprint took a bottom-up approach, garnering statewide engagement on how best to position the state and its 14 regions for economic prosperity. The Colorado Blueprint remained the state and local regions’ economic development strategy through early 2015.

With the departure of Ken Lund as the Governor’s economic development chief, Fiona Arnold was appointed to enhance OEDIT’s strategy and impact. Arnold joined OEDIT after leaving Vail Resorts as General Counsel and running her own successful real estate firm. Her efforts early-on have approached OEDIT and communities with a common question: what are we solving for?

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