Montana's official nickname is the Treasure State. But its unofficial nicknames -- The Last Best Place and Big Sky Country -- better invoke the grandeur of this state that ranks 4th in size but 44th in population. Montana often seems like two distinct states, one in the Rocky Mountain west and the other in the northern plains to the east. Agriculture, tourism and resource extraction are its economic drivers. For news, calendar events and other organizations related to the state of Montana, click on the navigation menu to the left.
Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy
The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy in Bozeman, MT, promotes the discussion, analysis and eventual resolution of critical issues facing Montana and the region. The Center holds an annual conference and business roundtable, sponsors research and lectures, publishes conference reports and maintains this Web page for Montanans and others who are seeking solutions to some of today's most pressing issues and problems.
Center for the Rocky Mountain West
The Center for the Rocky Mountain West is a regional studies program at The University of Montana in Missoula. Its work focuses on the Interior West of North America straddling the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada. Through cross-disciplinary programs in public education, research, and teaching, the Center explores the region's rich history and alternatives for its future.
Institute on Money in State Politics
The National Institute on Money in State Politics is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to accurate, comprehensive and unbiased documentation and research on campaign finance at the state level. The Institute develops searchable databases, makes them available to the public online, and analyzes the information to determine the role campaign money plays in public policy debates in the states. The Institute also publishes studies and provides technical assistance and training to reporters, academic researchers and public interest groups that work on state policy issues.
Public Policy Research Institute
The Public Policy Research Institute promotes sustainable communities and landscapes through collaborative governance, which includes -- but is not limited to -- citizen participation, deliberative democracy, multi-party negotiation, community-based collaboration, cooperative conservation, joint fact finding, and consensus building.