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Beth Brown is now the director of corporate communications for Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (Mountain-Pacific). Brown has been with Mountain-Pacific since 2010, where she has provided marketing and communications support and helps to produce and host Mountain-Pacific’s weekly television program Healthy Living for Life.
Brown is certified in grant writing and nonprofit management. She also serves as the co-chair for the Helena Leaders Network, a Helena Area Chamber of Commerce program, and will be serving on the chamber’s board in 2019.
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Alliance to foster workplace safety
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Montana Contractors Association have signed an alliance to foster safer workplaces.
The two-year alliance will focus on effective training and education programs to recognize and prevent workplace hazards in the construction industry. In addition, the alliance will develop training programs for small employers to enhance understanding of employers and employees rights and responsibilities, as well as OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives.
“This alliance allows OSHA and MCA to provide resources and emphasize the critical importance of safety and health training throughout Montana,” said Art Hazen, OSHA Billings Area Office director.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health, such as trade and professional organizations, unions, consulates, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, and give them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Montana second U.S. craft beer capital
The Brewers Association reported that Montana is second to Vermont as the craft beer capital of the United States.
Vermont is home to 11.5 breweries per capita. Montana has 9.6 breweries per capita, followed by Maine with 9.6 breweries per capita, Oregon with 8.5 breweries per capita and Colorado rounding out the top five craft beer states with 8.4 breweries per capita.
There were no states without craft breweries, but coming in at No. 50 was Mississippi with 0.6 breweries per capita. Other states that haven’t quite caught the craft brewery fever yet are Georgia (0.9), Alabama (0.9), Oklahoma (1), Louisiana (1), Texas (1.3), New Jersey (1.3), Utah (1.5), Kentucky (1.6), Arkansas (1.6), Maryland (1.6), South Carolina (1.6), Tennessee (1.7), West Virginia (1.7), Hawaii (1.7), Kansas (1.7), Nevada (1.8), Arizona (1.9), Missouri (2), Rhode Island (2.1), Illinois (2.1), North Dakota (2.2), New York (2.2) and Connecticut (2.2).
When looking for nationwide trends and patterns, the association reported a heavy craft brewery presence in the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest. The South seems to have the lowest amount of craft breweries, which could be due to restrictive liquor laws that give brewers a lot of hoops to jump through to open.
As with any industry, there is a measurable economic impact. When it comes to craft breweries, money is generated back into the economy through wholesale distribution, and through individual retail sales as well as sales at breweries.
According to data from the Brewers Association, Colorado and Vermont top the nation’s list in terms of craft beer’s impact on state economies. Per capita for 21 and older adults, Colorado comes in at No. 1 with an economic impact of $764 per person and Vermont at No. 2 with an economic impact of $681 per person. These numbers represent the overall output of the craft beer industry in each state based on the 21 and older population. Montana has an economic impact of $549 per person
Although craft beer is certainly nothing new, the amount of interest and money in craft breweries has certainly grown exponentially in the last decade. In 2007 there were just 1,511 craft brewery facilities and as of July 2018 that number has grown to 6,655, according to the Brewers Association.
For most beer produced, Vermont took the lead again, producing 151 pints per every adult that’s 21 years of age and over in the state. Coming in second was Delaware with 101 pints, Alaska with 96 pints, Pennsylvania with 96 pints, Colorado with 91 pints, Oregon with 86 pints, Maine with 77 pints, Montana and Wisconsin with 60 pints and Minnesota with 40 pints per every 21 and over adult.
Data for this report was compiled from the Brewers Association, which is an American trade group of over 7,200 craft brewers, suppliers, and distributors, as well as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
The full analysis can be seen here.
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