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$55 million in new tax credits available for economic development

Montana businesses have a larger pool to seek loans for startups and expansions.

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Big Sky Economic Development: Even with economy on the move, we have to plan to grow

Big Sky Economic Development: Even with economy on the move, we have to plan to grow

As Yellowstone County continues its positive growth pattern, one might think that in such good economic times — a large number of business expansions, strong job creation, and great private investment — now is the time to step back and just let things happen. Well, I would argue that we bett…

May 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Rapid City, S.D., courting energy-related businesses

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Economic development officials believe the southwestern South Dakota city of Rapid City is in a prime spot to lure more energy-related businesses — even though it's not in the heart of energy territory.

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Wyoming's Platte Valley residents brace for energy boom

Wyoming's Platte Valley residents brace for energy boom

PLATTE VALLEY, Wyo. — Jim and Matt McCaulley travel to Saratoga every year out of love for their father and a valley that never seems to change.

January 19, 2014 1:20 pm Photos

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BSED's industrial park study could be slowed by government shutdown

Big Sky Economic Development, hoping to position Billings as a business hub for energy development, has hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study that could lead to the development of a new industrial park in the Billings area.

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Big Sky Economic Development: Billings leaders collaborating to assure qualiified work force

Big Sky Economic Development: Billings leaders collaborating to assure qualiified work force

Yellowstone County’s July unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent. It's a number that most communities envy, and a number we wear as a badge of honor. It’s a sign that our economy is stable, that our businesses are doing well and if you want to be employed, most likely you are.

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Baucus event draws top business execs

Baucus event draws top business execs

HELENA — A who’s who of American business — top executives from nine Fortune 500 corporations, including three on the Forbes list of the most powerful 100 women in the world — are among the headliners at the economic development summit in Butte this week.

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Governor asks for input on Montana Main Street Project

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock says a new online survey will allow state residents to offer economic development ideas.

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Crow Tribe focuses on cultural component of economic development

Crow Tribe focuses on cultural component of economic development

As a signing ceremony for a new coal lease took place Thursday in one building in Crow Agency, a group of people focused on economic development in another one.

April 11, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Opportunity knocking: Big Sky ED hopes to boost opportunity fund

Opportunity knocking: Big Sky ED hopes to boost opportunity fund

Yellowstone County’s economic development agency is asking its members to help grow a pot of money that has been earmarked to spur future job growth.

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Economic Development: New EBURD zoning code aims to spur infill development

Economic Development: New EBURD zoning code aims to spur infill development

City zoning codes typically do not make for exciting conversation, but the new East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD) Code is attracting attention.  Adopted officially by City Council on Sept. 10, the new code takes effect Oct. 10. While some business owners were initially concerned ab…

October 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Economic Development: Big Sky Economic Development Corp. reaches milestone

Economic Development: Big Sky Economic Development Corp. reaches milestone

Laura Gittings-Carlson Laura Gittings-Carlson is the member-investor coordinator for Big Sky Economic Development. Contact her at 869-8419 or laura@bigskyeda.org.

September 01, 2012 12:15 amLoading…

Wyoming ranked 3rd for business climate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming is being recognized again as one of the best places in the United States to do business.

August 26, 2012 10:13 amLoading…

Plan to aid in development of Exposition Gateway

The proposed Exposition Gateway, an area just east of MetraPark that’s being considered for development, could be a step closer to reality with the preparation of a master plan for how the area is developed.

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Economic Development: BEAR celebrates 10 years of helping businesses grow

Economic Development: BEAR celebrates 10 years of helping businesses grow

Halfway through the year, 2012 looks to be a good one for businesses in Yellowstone County. Our diverse economy is seeing decent growth and small businesses are seeing renewed hope as sales trend in a very positive direction. But as sales increase, so can the number of issues a company may f…

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Planning grants to assist Bakken-impacted counties in Eastern Montana

Two federal grants designed to support job growth in energy-impacted communities in Eastern Montana have been announced by Sen. Max Baucus D-Mont.

July 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
First Billings cash mob rings up sales in downtown store

First Billings cash mob rings up sales in downtown store

They came. They spent. They went home happy.

June 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'Cash mob' gathering today at 11 a.m. at Granite Tower

Billings residents who support local businesses and want to help the economy are invited to bring $20 to participate in a "cash mob" today.

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Gazette opinion: Public investment pays off with BSED

Every taxpayer in Yellowstone County is an investor in Big Sky Economic Development.

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Helena-based Montana Community Finance gives small businesses a lift

Helena-based Montana Community Finance gives small businesses a lift

HELENA — Debbie Gustafson had operated Northside Wholesale Liquor and Wine in Helena for more than five years when she realized she needed a change.

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