HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Butte is a Montana mining town almost a century removed from its heyday. And this week it becomes the unlikely landing spot for some of the business world's biggest names.
Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg are among those that will be speaking at the Montana Jobs Summit. They will be joined by CEOs from companies like Ford, Boeing, Delta Airlines, FedEx, electric super car-maker Tesla, ConocoPhillips and Hewlett-Packard.
The glittering luminaries are all drawn by the invitation of retiring Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. The Democrat readily admits his sway over tax and budget issues gets the business leaders to his home state.
He also helped draw former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, and ambassadors from China, Japan, Peru, Canada and Germany.