The Montana Advantage

Come discover the world of possibilities under the big sky!


The State of Montana offers businesses a variety of tax credits, reductions and rebates in order to provide incentives to companies to locate to Montana and to expand and increase wages. In addition, Montana ranked 8th in Business Tax Climate by Business Facilities Magazine and 5th in ‘Cost of Doing Business’ by CNBC – and Montana has no sales tax and no inventory tax!


Montana offers an unmatched combination of natural and intellectual resources in a vibrant, entrepreneurial economy. The Montana University system has over $160 million in grants and contracts in its research pipeline, excellent research facilities and programs based on optics and photonics technology, and their graduates provide a well-educated, ready-to-work talent pool.

Montana also has The Optical Technology Center at Montana State University in Bozeman, a dozen biomedical research organizations and, of course, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance.


One thing Montana is not short on is open space. We have plenty of room for your business to grow and expand. In addition to our wide-open spaces, we have a variety of industrial, technology, business parks, and tax increment financing districts for your business to thrive in.


Montana businesses benefit from the investment Montana makes in its workers. Two or four-year institutions are located in each of Montana’s major employment and trade centers and Montana’s technical colleges partner with business and industry to meet the employment needs of the community.

Education is something Montanans take seriously. Our dedicated teachers and professors are some of the best in the nation. And with a student/teacher ratio well below the national average, teachers have the opportunity to effectively instruct their students. Montana ranks second best in the nation for the percentage of its population that has graduated from high school, and a quarter of the 25-and-older population possesses a bachelor’s degree.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the educational institutions within the Montana University System are available to develop needed training plans and the Montana Department of Commerce’s Business Resource Division administers two workforce training grant programs.


Montana provides pristine beauty and an excellent quality of life. Combined with abundant recreational and arts activities, advanced health care facilities, and safe communities, Montana offers an unbeatable lifestyle.


Click here to contact the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for more information or assistance.
Click here for more information on the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.
Click here for more information on the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology.


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