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  • Drugs, Crime, & Border Security with Montana DEA Agent – Stacey Zinn-Britain & Former Customs Agent, Henry Jones

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Stacey Zinn-Britain has spent 18 years with the Montana DEA, but she was an agent in the middle of the coke wars in Florida, Heroin trade in both California and Texas. She will tell you why refugees are dying to come to the USA plus, why we have an opioid, meth and cocaine problem in Montana.

  • The Lawmakers Report – We Talk To Several Legislators Live From Helena

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    We will be checking in with 4 legislators, working in Helena.

  • Dr. Gavin Clarkson: Former Donald Trump Department of Interior Member & The Only Tribal Citizen To Earn a Doctorate From The Harvard Law & Business School

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Dr. Gavin Clarkson is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development in the Department of the Interior, a former Associate Professor in the College of Business at New Mexico State University, and a former candidate for U.S. Congress. Clarkson has a BA and MBA from Rice University, is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and is the first tribal citizen to ever earn a doctorate from the Harvard Business School (in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show. 

    (in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show.
  • President of the Montana Senate – Scott Sales

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    In November 2016, Sales won an internal election among state Senate Republicans to be the president of the Montana Senate in the 2017 election. His opponent was Senator Eric Moore of Miles City. Although the vote was by secret ballot, it was described as a close case. He assumed office in January 2017.[3] Sales broke with tradition in January 2017 by deciding to not sit with the state House in the customary beginning-of-session joint sitting to hear speeches from members of Montana’s congressional delegation, the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a Native American leader.[20] Sales’ choice to break from tradition was publicly criticized by former State Senate president Jon Tester.[21][22]

    After Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior in 2017, Sales considered running for the open seat in the special election to fill the vacancy, but decided not to run.[23][24] During his brief exploration of a candidacy, Sales said that if elected he would take a hard line on illegal immigration and would be “certainly more fiscally conservative than Ryan Zinke,” saying that he would not vote for continuing resolutions as Zinke did.[25]

    As Senate president, Sales took the leading role in supporting legislation to give state lawmakers the right to carry concealed firearms in the state Capitol and on other state property and allowing restaurant customers to carry concealed firearms to restaurants. Both bills were passed by the Senate on mostly party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.[26]

    As Senate president, Sales opposed legislation to fund infrastructure projects in Montana, saying that he generally opposed bond issues for state building projects.[27]

    In March 2017, Sales said that he generally support privatizing the Montana State Fund (a semi-public entity that is the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance), but also said that he would consider supporting legislation to eliminate the fund entirely.[28]

    In 2017, Sales opposed legislation to require motorists to maintain a distance of 3 feet from bicyclists at 35 mph or less, and 5 feet at faster speeds. In debate, Sales harshly attacked cyclists, calling them “some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I’ve seen” and saying that there were “too many of them” in Montana.[29][30] Sales’ remarks prompted Derek Bouchard-Hall, the president and CEO of USA Cycling, to write an open letter to Sales expressing disappointment.[31]


  • David Marquet-Retired US Navy Captain & Best Selling Author

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Captain David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work—a place where everyone is a leader. This is his story …

    In an Intent-Based Environment it is possible for:

    • People to feel valued and proud of being a part of something bigger than themselves
    • People to know the organization’s goals and thoughtfully contribute toward their accomplishment
    • People to feel inspired, by pushing control and decision-making down the organization people take responsibility and have the authority to rise to the occasion, even during times of change
    • The organization’s success be on the shoulders of all people and not simply the “leaders”
    • Leaders to be at all levels
  • Montana High Tech Alliance – Christina Henderson, Executive Director

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Montana’s High-Tech Companies Surpass $2 Billion in Revenue, Continue to Grow Nine Times Faster than Other Sectors

    MISSOULA – High-tech companies continue to be an important component of Montana’s economy, generating more than $2 billion in revenue in 2018 and growing at rates up to nine times faster than the statewide economy, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. According to the study, high tech pays more than twice the median earning per Montana worker and represents the third highest-paying industry in Montana.

    The study found that Montana High Tech Business Alliance members continue to grow, with Montana employment of about 7,500 and paying an average annual salary of $65,000, 60 percent higher than the average earnings per Montana worker. Montana high-tech companies expect to increase wages by 5 percent in 2019, significantly faster than the 3.2 percent growth of all Montana employers in the most recent data. Survey respondents expect to add 1,700 new jobs in 2019 and make at least $125 million in capital investments in Montana, a 45.3 percent increase over 2018.

    “2018 was an outstanding year of growth for Montana’s high-tech industry, with a record $2 billion in revenue, substantial acquisitions of Elixiter (now Perficient) and ATG, a Cognizant company, and the largest investments the state has ever seen with PFL and onX,” said Christina Quick Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. “Five years in, we are more committed than ever to responsible tech growth – helping Montana companies create engaging, high-paying jobs while celebrating and sustaining our incredible quality of life.”

    Blackmore Sensors and Analytics was one Montana company that received large out-of-state investments in 2018.

    “Blackmore’s 2018 Series B with BMW iVentures and Toyota AI Ventures demanded rapid growth,” Stephen Crouch, CTO, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, said. “Montana’s quality of life was key to attracting new talent as we nearly tripled in 2018. The HTBA is an outstanding outlet for sharing this growth experience and learning from companies facing similar challenges.”

    The 2019 survey included a question on what skills high-tech employers are looking for in new hires. The most sought-after skills are coding and programming, mentioned by 10.6 percent of member respondents, followed by technical skills (6.5 percent) and sales and marketing skills (5.9 percent). Survey respondents also provided the job titles of three job types their firms most often hire. Software developers were mentioned the most by member respondents at 16.9 percent, followed by sales managers (10.2 percent) and other managers (7.0 percent). For the second year, member and nonmember respondents reported where they hired new employees from; 75-80 percent of new employees from survey respondents came from within Montana.

    High-tech companies reported that hiring skilled technology workers and finding capital are their firms’ largest impediments to growth, though somewhat fewer Alliance companies (13.4 percent) reported that it was harder to obtain capital in 2018 when compared to 2017 (20 percent).

    For the fifth year in a row, the BBER survey found that Montana’s quality of life – its lifestyle, the work/life balance, the recreational opportunities and the beauty of the landscape – provided significant advantages to doing business in the state. Survey respondents also mentioned Montana’s high-quality workforce as a major advantage.
    Interviews with the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and member companies can be arranged by contacting shannon.furniss@gmail.com. Photos and logos may be downloaded at http://mthightech.org/media/press-kit/ and a list of members may be found at https://members.mthightech.org/memberdirectory. The full 2019 Montana High Tech Industries report can be downloaded at https://mthightech.org/surveys/. Additional findings and quotes from Alliance member companies can be found below.

  • Columbia River Treaty with Eureka Senator Mike Cuffe

    9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    The Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States is an agreement that was reached in 1964 to manage flood risk and hydropower. Canada was compensated in the agreement by receiving half of the value of the electricity generated from the Libby Dam. Eureka Senator Mike Cuffe was on Voices of Montana today.

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