* MEO – World Trade Center MT (WTCM)
The Montana World Trade Center is a program of The University of Montana that is in need of a VISTA member to build capacity for rural areas across the state of Montana suitable for foreign direct investment. The VISTA would play a key role in helping the organization to map existing resources in the state as well realizing associated capacity building opportunities. Rural and Tribal communities will be primarily served. The proposed project will serve the entire state of Montana. Montana’s enormous geography coupled with low population create unique challenges for raising capital or large-scale projects that could be profoundly beneficial to communities across the state, including rural and tribal communities.
For more information, please email us at info@mwtc.org

Member Duties

The VISTA will alleviate poverty by creating a resource map of existing foreign direct investment in the state in an effort to better understand critical location factors for these businesses, triggers for potential expansion (additional job creation and capital investment), and related businesses that may be suitable for proximate location. The VISTA will complete an assessment and write a plan to address the lack of access to capital is often cited by Montana communities and entrepreneurs as an impediment to business growth and job creation. New business formation or existing business expansion create an important pathway to elimination of poverty in rural and underserved areas of our state.

Program Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend,  Health Coverage*,  Education award upon successful completion of service,  Stipend,  Living Allowance,  Relocation Allowance,  Training.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare


Permits attendance at school during off hours, Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended.

Service Areas

Community Outreach, Tribal, Entrepreneur/Business, Community and Economic Development


Computers/Technology,  Community Organization,  Business/Entrepreneur,  General Skills,  Public Speaking,  Team Work,  Communications,  Veterans,  Non-Profit Management,  Trade/Construction,  Leadership,  Fund raising/Grant Writing,  Writing/Editing,  Recruitment,  Law.