This afternoon, I was catching up on some reading material that piled up on my desk. “Investor News” from the Missoula Economic Partnership had a couple interesting numbers in an issue dated June 27, 2013.
158: “The number of business development meetings the Partnership facilitated or participated in since February with companies and economic development entities.”
That’s a lot. I ran into a local business owner who has made more than a dozen hires this year, and he attributes some of the success to the MEP.
That’s good news. The other number?
One: The number of women (woman?) on two new committees the Partnership announced in the newsletter. That’s Susan Ash, of PartnersCreative.
Collectively, the other 18 people on the new Government Affairs Committee and Investor Relations Council are all men.
The Government Affairs Committee “formed to identify and mitigate barriers for economic development.” Members are Dirk Visser, of Allegiance Benefit Plan Management; Royce Engstrom, of the University of Montana; Scott Burke, of First Security Bank; David Bell, of ALPS; and Bill Squires, of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.
The Investor Relations Council aims to “help the Board of Directors understand investors’ interests, expectations and needs.” It’s made up of a steering team and sounding board, and
all but one of the members is a woman all of the members are men, except one. That’s Ash, on the steering team.
— Keila Szpaller
P.S. Updated. Thanks for the edit, Cory Walsh.