The position funded by this planning grant will work closely with the Governor’s Office of Community Service, MBAC and Montana Economic Developers Association to investigate the creation of a state wide Economic Opportunity Corps (EOC). The EOC will work with regional Economic Development Organizations (EDO’s), Chambers of Commerce, and State of Montana programs to implement regionally appropriate workforce attraction, upskilling, and reskilling of existing residents, and career pathway development for them. The resulting program will make positive changes in the workforce in the short and long term.