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Montana Western Hosts Montana Economic Developers Association Conference

April 26, 2018

The University of Montana Western is hosting the spring Montana Economic Developers Association Conference in Dillon, Mont., on April 26 and 27, 2018.

MEDA Conference

According to MEDA’s website, the organization conducts research to stimulate the interchange of ideas and experiences between individuals with mutual goals and interests.

The association also develops network and communications systems to disseminate information and acts as a clearinghouse and contact point within Montana for other state, regional, national and international economic development organizations and agencies.

The association also sponsors educational seminars, workshops and conferences to advance the economic development profession. MEDA is also a coordinator for the statewide economic development workshops that provide intense training for economic developers interested in obtaining certification.

The “Rockin’ it Rural: Thriving in Small Town Montana” Spring Conference, hosted by the Beaverhead Development Corporation and Headwaters RC&D, will feature presentations by business owners and entrepreneurs, local and state government officials, and allow members the opportunity to explore and enjoy the wide range of local Dillon businesses.

Chancellor Beth Weatherby will present a keynote on the first day of the conference featuring the success of Montana Western’s students, who are gaining real-world experience with internships and employment with local businesses, school districts across the state, and government agencies including NASA, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

“We are honored to host economic developers from across the state at the University of Montana Western as they work to create additional opportunities for students, businesses, and employees to be successful,” said Chancellor Weatherby.

For more information about the Montana Economic Developers Association, please visit