Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced that 20 representatives from 14 Montana businesses and organizations left today on a trade mission to Canada, with the goal of generating new business and jobs in the state. Baucus originally announced the trip in May as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings he brought to Big Sky.
"Helping businesses create jobs is our top priority, and I plan to come at it from every angle. That means stepping outside the box, and in this case outside the border, to find every opportunity we can to support Montana employers. I can't wait to see the exciting ways Montana businesses will turn the opportunities we've put together with this trade mission into jobs for our state," Baucus said.
The trade mission will run through September 14, 2011, and includes businesses ranging from manufacturing to tourism. The majority of the trip will take place in the city of Calgary in the Alberta province, and interested businesses will also visit Fort McMurray to look for new opportunities for Montana to benefit from the energy boom there.
Baucus hopes to follow this trip with a reverse mission to bring Canadian buyers to Montana in the future.
The complete list of Montana companies and organizations participating includes:
1. Drake Water Technologies, Helena
2. Spika Welding, Lewistown
3. Link Communications, Billings
4. Kalispell Convention and Visitor's Bureau
5. Whitefish Convention and Visitor's Bureau
6. Kalispell Regional Medical Center
7. North Valley Hospital, Whitefish
8. Cream of the West, Harlowton
9. Floating Island International, Shepherd
10. Big Sky Economic Development Authority, Billings
11. Montana Chamber of Commerce, Helena
12. Montana World Trade Center, Missoula
13. Eureka Rural Development Partners
14. Montana U.S. Export Assistance Center, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Missoula
*Note: Members of Baucus' staff have organized and are leading the trade mission, while Baucus himself is not traveling to Canada.