First time visitors to Montana are often struck by the scenic vistas, the rugged mountains, pristine rivers, and of course the abundant wildlife. Montana, however, offers much more than an outdoor adventure experience. Home to over 900,000 residents, Montana’s diverse population includes people from all walks of life, from cattle ranchers and miners, to working artists and high-tech entrepreneurs. This diversity of interests represented in Montana creates an excellent place for dialogue and interaction among the many groups that populate our beautiful state. Environmental topics like forestry, mining, and air and water quality are constantly up for debate and renewal, just as issues of public access and recreational opportunities remain on the forefront of Montana’s headlines.

Helena is the capital city of the State of Montana. Nicknamed “Queen City of the Rockies”, this city started as a bustling gold mining camp and its inhabitants were some of the richest people in the world. Helena is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and one can find opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, biking, water sports, and snow sports just fifteen minutes outside of town.


Some attractions unique to the greater Helena area include:

  • Home to grass roots organizations like Intermountain, Prickly Pear Land Trust, Florence Crittenton Home & Services, Helena Food Share, Helena Indian Alliance, Last Chance Public Radio Association and many others!!
  • Active arts community including Grandstreet Theater, Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Myrna Loy Center for Performing Arts and the Montana Historical Society
  • Proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Missouri Headwaters, Glacier National Park,  and Gates of the Mountains
  • Catholic Cathedral of  St. Helena
  • 77,000 residents in the greater Helena Valley
  • Home of the Helena Symphony (http://www.helenasymphony.org/content/)

Other major sectors of the economy include:

  • Teaching
  • Recreation
  • Retail Trade
  • State Capital, Politics
  • Healthcare
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