Great Falls, MT Attracts Top Talent
The Great Falls region offers career opportunities, a quality of life that draws and keeps top talent.
One of Great Falls’ leading edges is a diverse and thriving economy that provides career opportunities for talent.
The region has built strong sectors in health care, energy services, agribusiness and financial services, and its strategic location, enviable quality of life and career resources make it a desirable place for residents to grow their careers or even a new business.
The Right Opportunities
“Great Falls is centrally located in the state and is growing sustainably, not exponentially,â€ says Mindy Kiser, vice president of organizational development and human resources at Loenbro Inc. “This affords Great Falls the opportunity to grow without over burdening our infrastructure with rapid growth. With so many businesses expanding and also starting up right here in Great Falls, there are a multitude of opportunities for someone to start and grow their career or even start and grow a business like we did.”
Loenbro designs, builds, installs and maintains heavy industrial infrastructure and facilities in the region’s growing energy, food and beverage, mining and pharmaceutical industries. Kiser says with the company headquartered in Great Falls, it offers several career opportunities for individuals ranging from accounting, human resources and safety to construction management, estimating and project management.
The Right People
The region offers tremendous opportunities for anyone seeking to grow or accelerate their career, says Jacquie Burchard, vice president and public relations manager for D.A. Davidson Companies, a national finance company that has called Great Falls home since 1935.
“You can find a multitude of opportunities in a wide range of industries,â€ she says. “The city has a reputation as an affordable place to live with a low crime rate, making it a great place for raising a family. Great Falls is also a regional hub for health care and offers a surprising number of after-work activities.”
Burchard says Great Falls has supplied the company with a strong and dependable workforce that rivals that of other firms, and many of those recruits have accepted or grown into leadership roles.
Deena Washington, human resources director for ADF International Inc., says her company, a specialty steelmaker responsible for the roof of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the new stadium being built for the Raiders in Las Vegas, is always on the hunt for skilled welders and fitters for steel fabrication.
Fortunately, Great Falls College-Montana State University offers a certificate of applied science program in welding and fabrication to help keep the pipeline of talent flowing to companies, such as ADF. In fact, the company worked with the college to customize its welding-fitting program to integrate new industry standards.
The Right Address
Another of the region’s advantages that helps attract and retain top talent is its quality of life.
“The city has a variety of arts and cultural attractions, including several museums and one of the nation’s top western art auctions each spring,â€ Burchard says. “Great Falls also offers a symphony, a growing concert scene, craft breweries and a range of dining options.”
And the outdoors is at your front door.
“There are so many opportunities for those with a love of the outdoors,â€ Kiser says. “The Missouri River runs right through the center of town, mountains are less than an hour drive and a multitude of other outdoor activities are right here. Our community is perfect for those individuals and families who want a short commute, low housing costs, safe neighborhoods, great schools and great paying jobs.”