Democratic Legislative Leaders Visit Bozeman on 2018 Legislative Leadership Tour

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Democratic Leaders Visited With Educators, Students, and High Tech Small Business Leaders 

Bozeman—Today, Democratic legislative leaders visited Bozeman on the next stop of their annual Legislative Leadership Tour. Senate Democratic Leader Jon Sesso and House Democratic Leader Jenny Eck were hosted by high tech business leaders for a roundtable discussion and sat for a conversation with leaders from the Montana State University (MSU).

“Democrats were in Bozeman today listening to high tech small business leaders, educators, and students who are powering some of the most innovative research and businesses in the country,” said Jon Sesso, Senate Democratic Leader. “Democrats are going to keep fighting for more tools to get our students the education they need, create more good paying jobs, and propel Montana’s 21st century economy in Bozeman and across the state.” 

Leaders Sesso and Eck and Sen. JP Pomnichowski (D-Bozeman) began the day by sitting down with Bozeman high tech businesses to discuss how the legislature can continue to support Montana entrepreneurs. Sellout Co-Founder Joel Martin, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics Program Manager Alex Fichtler, Joel Pineiro of Ascent Vision Technologies, and Foundant Technologies President Daren Nordhagen talked about why Montana is a great place to start a business, and about why investments in infrastructure and economic development programs are critical to the success of local high tech businesses.

Then, Leader Sesso, Sen. Pomnichowski, and Reps. Jim Hamilton (D-Bozeman) and Denise Hayman (D-Bozeman) met with MSU Student Body President Taylor Blossom, MSU Executive Director of University Communications Tracy Ellig, MSU Vice President of Administration and Finance Terry Leist, and Vice President of Student Success Chris Kearns. The conversation centered around ways the legislature can lower tuition and other costs for students in order to help every Montanan achieve the future they deserve.

Democratic legislators finished the day by knocking doors for Bozeman entrepreneur and candidate for House District 65, Chris Pope.

The 2018 Democratic Legislative Leadership Tour will conclude at the end of May with a trip to Lake County and the Flathead.

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