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Chamber News: Chamber favors state-based plan for protecting sage grouse

Chamber News: Chamber favors state-based plan for protecting sage grouse

An issue plaguing agriculture, energy development and environmentalists today is the preservation of the sage-grouse, a bird with breeding habitat in plains and grasslands through the upper northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, California, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, North and…

April 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Chamber News: 2013 Legislature had a mix of accomplishments, disappointment

As with any legislative session, there are high and low points, drama, heartbreak and joy. The 2013 session was no exception.

May 15, 2013 3:47 pmLoading…
Chamber news: Worker training, energy issues high on Chamber's legislative agenda

Chamber news: Worker training, energy issues high on Chamber's legislative agenda

The 2013 legislative session is upon us, and it is important for Billings to work together on important policy issues. Together, the Billings Chamber/CVB and our community partners developed the following four general categories.

February 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Billings Chamber: Population gains, losses lead to redistricting every decade

"One person, one vote" is a basic concept of our American form of government. It means that, in our representative democracy, every citizen of voting age is entitled to have an equal say in how we are governed. It ensures that every citizen's vote will count the same.

October 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Chamber News: Energy industry plays a significant part in Billings economy

One needs only to visit Williston, N.D., and Sidney, Mont., to begin to understand the far-reaching impact that oil and gas exploration and development has on our region. The most apparent thing is the overwhelming influx of workers, equipment and suppliers needed to develop the Bakken. In N…

August 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Billings Chamber column: We're working hard on behalf of Chamber members

Ever wonder about the various pieces of legislation that work their way through the Montana legislative process every two years? Many of them originate when an individual sees a wrong that needs to be made right, current law that needs to be modified or repealed, or a constituent asks a legi…

February 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Billings Chamber column: Local groups seek unified voice before 2011 Legislature

With the 2011 session of the legislature rapidly approaching, many organizations and businesses are focus-ing on objectives and issues that may be addressed during the session. The impending budget shortfall for the coming biennium totaling about $400 million dollars complicates this process…

November 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Chamber news: TIF districts help boost economy

Tax increment financing districts have been around for about 25 years; however they are an underutilized tool for economic development statewide. We hear the pros and cons of these districts before each session of the legislature as the merits are discussed, scrutinized and debated.

October 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Medical marijuana raises numerous issues in the workplace

When medical marijuana was on the ballot in 2004, voters, in their wildest dreams, could not have imagined the myriad of issues we now face. This is especially true for the business community. Over time, the issue will be mitigated, and laws, rules and regulations will be approved by the Mon…

July 06, 2010 4:45 pmLoading…

Property owners deserve credit for forming East End TIF District

Many of the Tax Increment Finance District projects are begun as a method of taking care of a specific need, and are often begun in the public sector. The downtown TIF addressed the need for parking garages, and for the south side TIF, it was work on King Avenue East to service Cabela's and …

October 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Simple training idea for 21st century business

The fabric of Montana business is woven together by myriad small businesses. Over 80 percent of Montana businesses employ 20 or fewer people. Training these employees, and employers for that matter, is difficult at best.

September 11, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

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