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Sen. Baucus Attends Job Summit

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Eight of the world's leading business executives along with five ambassadors from some of the most dynamic economies across the globe, gathered at the Hyper Building in Butte this morning.     

All attendees are there to discuss ways to increase trade opportunities throughout Montana and abroad, and this was followed by announcements of "big" economic boosts for Montana's economy.

Senator Max Baucus said "I just asked them.  It's pretty simple.  Just got on the phone and said, 'Cheryl, Alan, can you come to Montana?' 'Sure, Max.  We'll come.'"  In an early morning interview, Senator Baucus says he is highlighting Montana as a place to do business.  Doing so by bring in keynote speakers such as Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, or Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman for Google to the economic summit.

Senator Baucus on the plan said "The bottom line here is jobs.  That's all we can do with our exchanges back and forth to help find new ways to either find new jobs or add new jobs to what we're already doing."

In addition to the all-star line-up of keynote speakers, he invited five Ambassadors from China, Germany, Japan, Peru, and Canada.  In a panel discussion today, they offered inside knowledge to Montana's business leaders and educators on how to create a skilled workforce, how to boost production, and how to support good-paying jobs at home.

Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth said of the summit that it is a "Promotion of your strengths to be seen in the world.  And, as we have agreed here, you need to send commercial missions, representatives of the Montana private sector to the world."

It was during this discussion that the Forsyth announced a partnership between the University of Montana and the Peruvian National Agricultural University to cooperate on forestry-related research and education programs.  All in an effort to boost forestry jobs, but that wasn't the only announcement.  Senator Baucus was joined on-stage with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer.  Together, they unveiled a trade mission that will bring Canadian companies to the booming oil region in eastern Montana this fall.  Only leveraging the partnership Montana has with its neighbors to the north.

Doer said, "Whether it's renewable's or traditional energy, it's been very, very much a success story here, in Montana, for the world."

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