Governor meets with Outside Magazine’s top employers

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will meet today with representatives from Montana businesses listed in Outside Magazine’s ranking of the nation’s top employers.

Businesses invited to meet with the governor include two from Whitefish — River Design Group and ZaneRay Group. Other Montana firms on Outside’s list are Adventure Life of Missoula, Outlaw Partners of Big Sky, Ecology Project International of Missoula, Seeley Lake Elementary School and MercuryCSC of Bozeman.

 After the meeting, the governor will join business leaders on a hike up Mount Helena, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The governor and business leaders will talk about the benefits of doing business in Montana as well as highlighting efforts to expand their companies, the important role that Montana’s outdoor heritage plays in their businesses and innovative methods they’ve used to recruit and retain employees.

 Outside Magazine selected 100 companies from across the country as “The Best Places to Work.”

 ZaneRay Group, also on the list last year, came in at 25th.

The Web development company with 21 employees was touted for its open work space that looks out over the Whitefish Mountain Range. Employees “make good use of their flexible work schedules to enjoy rafting, skiing, and endless trails, within 20 minutes of the office,” according to Outside.

River Design Group, with 17 employees, was noted for its Whitefish office, a renovated log home sitting on five acres of woods and open meadows, including a garage for field equipment and side yard for dogs.  The business offers a flexible “powder days” schedule to employees in the winter so they can hit the ski slopes.

Seeley Lake Elementary was ranked No. 6, highlighted for its commitment to outdoor learning with its school-owned bikes, canoes and rafts and a schoolhouse with a bouldering wall and bike shop.

Outside Magazine’s top 100 list highlighted businesses that have found innovative ways to successfully run their business while at the same time providing a high-quality work environment for their employees.  

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