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Friday Five: August 24, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana great!

Brennan's Wave, Missoula

Brennan’s Wave, Missoula

1. River Surfing: Clark Fork Cleanup, Brennan’s Wave Put Missoula on the Top

While Missoula has many endearing features, one of the town’s most popular is the Clark Fork River that runs through downtown. After years of work and restoration, the Clark Fork is putting Missoula on the map.

In June of 2006, Brennan’s Wave, a whitewater park on the Clark Fork River, was dedicated at Caras Park. The underwater concrete structure creates waves for boaters and surfers. The structure is named after Brennan Gauth, a local kayaker and teacher who died while paddling in Chile. Two years later, the Milltown Dam was breached after a long cleanup process.

To learn more about Missoula’s wave, click here to read more from the Missoulian.

2. Distilleries: Slip in a Sip of Summer Before the Fall Rush

Mea Andrews, a former reporter with the Missoulian, gives readers the lowdown on the Missoula area distillery scene. Andrews profiles four distilleries, including the Lolo Creek Distillery, The Montana Distillery, Montgomery Distillery, and Rattlesnake Creek Distillers.

The newest distillery in the Missoula area is the Lolo Creek Distillery above the Lolo Creek Steak House. Andrews writes the distillery has seen a steady flow of traffic and repeat customers. Soon, the outdoor firepit will be available. For more information about the Missoula area distilleries, click here.

3.  Gianforte’s Teleworking Bill Eyes Rural Workers, Extends Federal Pilot Program

Last week, President Donald Trump signed a teleworking bill aimed to bring national wage workers to rural Montana, allowing them to work from nearly any location.

The bill extends a program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has expanded its teleworking workforce that allows employees to live anywhere in the country. According to the Missoula Current, the teleworkers saved taxpayers roughly $77 million last year. Gianforte introduced the bill last November, and now it will extend the teleworking pilot program for three years.

“This bill is designed to help federal agencies allow workers to work remotely, telecommuting,” Gianforte said in the Missoula Current article. “It’s a way to bring some of these jobs to Montana, because we all want to live in the most beautiful place.”

Click here to read the full Missoula Current article, click here.

4.  Missoula Tech Companies Receive Workforce Training Grants for 88 New Jobs

Two high-tech companies in Missoula received workforce training grants from the Department of Commerce that will train an estimated 88 new, full-time jobs.

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The Advanced Technology Group (ATG) and ClassPass were awarded Primary Sector Workforce Training Grants. ClassPass, a tech company that developed an app to allow members to try various fitness experiences without having only one gym membership, will receive up to $116, 388 to train an estimated 78 new employees. ATG will receive up to $50,000 to train an estimated 10 new employees.

“Job creation and workforce training go hand in hand,” said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote in a statement. “By doing both, Montana’s small businesses are growing, creating opportunities, and investing in their employees’ success all at the same time.”

To read the full Missoulian story, click here.

5.  Bestselling Singer-songwriter Jewel to Share the Stage on Lake Koocanusa with Flathead Musician

On Aug. 24, Grammy-award winning singer Jewel will play at The Bowl at the Abayance Bay Marina on Lake Koocanusa in Rexford. Jewel will be joined on stage by Halladay Quist, a Creston native. Quist played in her brother’s band for a decade before embarking on her own solo musical tour.

The venue hopes to host around 1, 500 people. There are VIP tables, reserved seating or general admission seating on the grass. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with Quist taking the stage at 7 p.m. and Jewel playing at 8 p.m.

For more information about the show, click here.

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