Montana Economic Development

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Big Sky Economic Development National Veterans Small Business Week Events 11/2-6

As always, the goal is to raise awareness of veteran small business ownership and encourage communities to support their veteran- and military-owned businesses. This year offers an important opportunity to support our veteran and military small business community as they adapt, pivot, and face hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the recording to share of the recent Missoula Zoom with Chuck Marohn, founder of Strong Towns

The Q&As that follow his presentation should also be beneficial to fellow Montanans.

Montana Commerce Connection – Governor Bullock Announces 13,000 Small Businesses Now Supported Through Targeted Relief Programs

“You kept me in business,” said Scott Buchholz who owns and operates Buchholz Custom Sawmilling in Dillon, Mont. “The Stabilization Grant filled in all the blanks – I didn’t have to worry about where I’d get the money to repair tools or buy inventory. It gave me a lot of peace of mind, and we are going to make it.”

Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plan May 2019

As Bozeman grows, Downtown cannot be content with today’s successes; evolution is necessary for long-term resilience. Challenges do exist, particularly around keeping Downtown’s local identity intact, balancing growth sensitively, and welcoming more transportation modes and residents. This plan has been shaped by many people in the Bozeman community who worked hard to create an inspired vision for the next decade.

City of Bozeman proposes program to fund public art

The proposed ordinance, called a municipal percent for art program, would set aside 1% of construction costs from some future city capital projects to be used for public art installations.

Introducing Decoder, a new podcast about big ideas and other problems launching Nov. 10

I’m going to interview executives from the worlds of tech and business, policymakers from across government, and a few other assorted troublemakers about the problems they’re solving, the trade-offs they have to make, and the opportunities they see in the future.

Mural Net – Working with Native Nations to design, build and control their Internet access future

Broadband is the basis and future of economic development, health, and education for Native Americans.

MEDA Storytelling and Happy Hour – 11/6 – 11AM MST – Online

Our first event will include storytelling from those who participated in the Tell Us Something professional development training. Register (don’t forget to save the link) and join us!

MEDA Virtual Fall Conference Summary AND an invite to Happy Hour Nov 6th

Our first event will include storytelling from those who participated in the Tell Us Something professional development training. Register (don’t forget to save the link) and join us!  

On the Horizon: New Unique Business Clusters Will Get Funded; Billions of Dollars of New Investment

Do a candid research and tech assessment of your region. Do you have unique capacity in one or more of these areas?