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Inward Investment Guides

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)
One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

Montana Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Montana's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Major New Developments for Keystone Pipeline

James T. Berger (Q1 2014)
Even without approval of the controversial Keystone XL phase, Canadian crude oil is now flowing through the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf for the first time. More

Optimizing Economic Growth in Shale Zone Communities

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, JLL (Q1 2014)
The ability to access oil and natural gas reserves found in the nation’s shale regions has presented new opportunities for economic growth along with a host of infrastructure and real estate challenges. More

Regional Report: Mountain States’ Economies Striving to Reach New Heights

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
The Mountain States are posting positive news on the jobs and business location and expansion front. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Mountain Region MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)
A mixture of modern and emerging sectors — including aerospace, biotech, information technology, and financial services — has driven the economies of the Mountain States’ (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). More

Regional Review: FDI Adds to Vitality of the Mountain States

Dan Calabrese (Location USA / April 2013)
The Mountain States’ economies were driven over the past 12 months by a mixture of modern and emerging sectors, including information technology, and old standbys like dairy. At the same time, foreign investment came from a variety of sources to add to the vitality of the region. More

First Person: U.S. Oil & Gas Boom - The Road to Energy Independence Is Not Without Challenges

Alexander Frei, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Global Business Consulting
, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 / Winter 2013)
The editor of Area Development magazine recently discussed the latest developments in the oil and gas industry and their economic impact with Alexander Frei, Director of the Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois. More

MONTANA at a glance

POPULATION: 998,199

LABOR FORCE: 510,551

RIGHT TO WORK: No

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Natural resources, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, energy

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: High tech, aerospace, valueadded agricultural products, telecommunications, research and development, professional services, bioscience

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 43.0%

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate License (Income) Tax: 6.75 percent of all net income; corporations subject to apportionment may choose between worldwide combined reporting and the water's-edge combination method of reporting (7 percent tax rate for water'sedge).

Sales and Use Tax: None

Property Tax: Levied primarily by local jurisdictions; the state levies about 101 mills and ensures equal treatment of property by standardizing assessment and appraisals; tax liability is determined by applying the appropriate tax rate for the property (14 classes of property) to market value, then multiplying by mill levy.

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
Workforce training grants

Business economic development loans

Stand-Alone and Pooled Industrial Revenue Bond programs

Research and commercialization grants

Community infrastructure development loans/grants

Tax increment financing

Infrastructure incentives

Property tax incentives (for new or expanding industries)

Targeted industry tax incentives (for film productions, aerospace, renewable energy, and others)

Economic Development Trust Fund grants (for new job creation)

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Wood, Paper, & Furniture
    21.0%
  • Food & Beverages
    17.0%
  • Chemicals, Petroleum & Coal
    11.0%
  • Metals
    10.0%
  • Machinery, Computers & Electronics
    9.0%
  • Nonmetallic Minerals
    5.0%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    27.0%