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2014-04-27T00:00:00Z Business digest The Billings Gazette
April 27, 2014 12:00 am

The inaugural Hi-Line Economic Summit on Wednesday, May 14, will be in Havre in the ballroom of the Student Union Building at Montana State University-Northern.

The daylong event will feature a business roundtable followed by four speakers and two panel discussions concerning agriculture and education on the Hi-Line. The Summit aims to evaluate the current economic condition of the region and explore new opportunities that will maximize the Hi-Line’s potential to generate economic growth.

Confirmed speakers are Gov. Steve Bullock; Travis Kavulla, commissioner, Montana Public Service Commission; Toby Madden, regional economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; and Vann Cunningham, assistant vice president of economic development, BNSF Railway.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The Summit is free, though registration is required by Wednesday, May 7. To register, visit or call Bear Paw Development at 406-265-9226.

Morrison-Maierle, a Helena-based engineering firm, has opened another office in Wyoming. The newest is in Cody at 1401 Sheridan Ave. in the Wells Fargo Bank. Morrison-Maierle’s business in the Cody area has steadily increased over the last 14 years with the continuation of major projects for the Yellowstone Regional Airport.

Heading the Cody operations is longtime resident Frank Page, who brings more than 28 years of administrative and engineering experience to Morrison-Maierle in both the public and private sectors. Page may be reached at 307-250-9433 or

Dick Anderson Construction was presented the “2013 Montana Ambassador Business of the Year Award” for demonstrating extraordinary innovation and success in their field of business, improving the workforce, communities and economic development of the State of Montana.

The Montana-based general contracting company has offices in Billings, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and in Sheridan, Wyo. The company has more than 35 years experience and has received numerous awards for employee safety, project quality and for their committed representation and giving back in each of the communities they serve in the state of Montana.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Montana will receive more than $986,000 from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Montana’s increase in funding is largely due to the additional acres of dry peas and lentils planted. The previous award was $305,000. The application deadline remains 5 p.m. on May 21.

Specialty crops are fruits and vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, horticultural and nursery crops, including floriculture. Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes and/or aesthetic gratification. A list of specialty crops is available, along with a companion list of ineligible commodities, at

See a complete description of eligible and previously-funded projects at

Interested state and/or local organizations, academia, producer associations, community based organizations, specialty crop stakeholders, and local, state and federal government entities are eligible to apply. Projects will be evaluated by the department and a technical review committee. Approved proposals will be forwarded to the USDA. Successful applicants will be notified in October, 2014.

For more information, call Angelyn DeYoung, Specialty Crop Block Grant program manager, at 406-444-5424.

Conflict resolution and leadership communication are topics at University of Wyoming Extension workshops in Cody, Thermopolis and Greybull. All sessions are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., said Tara Kuipers, UW Extension community development educator.

Sessions in Cody are Wednesday, April 30, in the EOC room of the Park County Courthouse; Thursday, May 1, in Thermopolis at the Big Horn Federal Bank; and Tuesday, May 6, in Greybull at the Big Horn Federal Bank.

The cost is $20 each for the morning or afternoon sessions, or $30 for the entire day. Preregistration is required. Register by Monday, April 28, to attend the Cody and Thermopolis sessions and by Friday, May 2, for the Greybull sessions. For more information, contact Kuipers at 307-527-8560 or at

Bartlett & West has again been named one of the nation’s Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record, which ranks U.S. engineering, architecture and contracting firms based on the previous year’s revenue dollar volume. ENR rankings recognize Bartlett & West as the 176th largest firm in the country, a 30-spot improvement from last year’s ranking and a continuation of the company’s five-year climb on the list. Their office in Billings is one of 14 offices in 10 states.

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