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Gianforte announces job campaign to "Bring Our Families Back" to Montana

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Entrepreneur Greg Gianforte is launching an effort to bring workers back to Montana through telecommuting Entrepreneur Greg Gianforte is launching an effort to bring workers back to Montana through telecommuting
MISSOULA - A Bozeman entrepreneur is trying to lure Montana natives who may have left in search of higher paying jobs back to the Treasure State through telecommuting.

Greg Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies in Bozeman which created over 1,100 jobs with a median salary of $86,000. Gianforte said he is now sharing his experience with Montanans, to help keep workers in Montana through telecommuting.

"We've been exporting our kids for decades. In large part because we don't have enough high wage jobs in the state. And the reality is the internet, makes it possible to work from anywhere," Gianforte said during a Monday morning stop at MonTEC in Missoula.

Gianforte said thousands of major corporations throughout the U.S. allow their employees to work from anywhere via the internet. Gianforte will be traveling to 30 communities across the state through the "Bring Our Families Back" to Montana tour in an effort to educate the public on the advantages of telecommuting.

"Our goal is to raise awareness that there are high wage jobs in the state, if we combine the internet with the great talent that we've been exporting for decades," he stated.

Gianforte said Montana ranks 49th in the country in average job wage, and added that the only way to get better in that area, is to keep talented workers from looking out of state.

"There [are] thousands of jobs open today, that can be filled in any community, and we just need to match it. And if we take the Montana work ethic, and combine it with a good job, and create good wages here in the state," Gianforte said.

The tour is a combined effort of Montana State Chamber, the Montana State University Alumni Foundation and the Montana High Tech Business Alliance.

A PDF version of the Telecommuter's Invite can be found here. Gianforte founded the 175+ member Montana High Tech Business Alliance.

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