Energy Day will be a new feature at Montana Fair this year, one that will, undoubtedly, be continued in the future.
Focusing some attention, at Montana Fair, on what is fast becoming a significant base of the local economy, seemed like an idea whose time had come to Montana Fair planners. Forming a collaboration with Metra Park, the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Big Sky EDA, Montana Energy, and synergystation.com, Energy Day mushroomed so quickly that planners realized that more than timely, it is something that is long past due, and could prove to be one of the Fair's most popular features.
While Energy Day at the Fair is August 16, once open, it will remain open for the duration of the Fair through August 18. While it will be an unprecedented kind of exhibit, it will be more than just an exhibit; each day will be full of educational and fun events, and many opportunities for business people to connect with each other, and for job seekers to connect with potential employers and training.
The venue for Energy Day is the Heritage Building, which initially seemed more than adequate, but demand for space quickly filled it and spilled out into the front of the building and the Rodeo Arena. Some 45 exhibits will be housed inside while outside will be a number of amazing static equipment displays. Oil field companies are putting together the displays which will allow visitors to see things like: a work over rig, frack truck, wire line truck, etc.
Each day will have an agenda of events which can be tracked through a special website that is being developed – www.montanaenergyday.com. On that agenda will be information about a job fair, workforce development and training opportunities, and "speed dating" for businesses. There will be numerous opportunities for businesses to network and compare notes, including an apple/cherry pie social. Special attention will also be given to Veterans, with one sponsor having committed to providing rodeo tickets for Veterans.
The American Petroleum Institute in Washington DC will be flying in for this event, to play an active role.
Sponsoring businesses (those acquiring booths) will be interviewed and featured on synergystation.com and a business showcase. Montana Energy Forum will host a special event that will further add opportunity to meet and mingle for business people.
Attention will also be focused on what community impacts might be from all the energy development that is happening in the region. What might some solutions be? How to fund them?
For information on Energy Day contact Event Coordinator Melody Dobson, 405 256-2400 or 800 366-8538. Or synergy station. com at 696-6433 or laura@ synergystation. com
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