Big Sky Economic Development News

Board of Directors Strategic Priorities Bus Tour

Aug 25, 2021

Big Sky Economic Development hosted their first ever Board of Directors Strategic Priorities Bus Tour. The purpose of this tour was to showcase major community projects that the BSED team has a role in and will continue to focus on as stated in the FY22 Strategic Priorities.

The bus route was strategically developed to host bus conversations on areas that were driven through, in addition, the bus stopped at designated locations with large development plans underway.

Below are the locations/drive by areas that we covered on the bus tour and their relation to FY22 Strategic Priorities:

National MT Bank Building Renovation

  • Priority – GROW AND ATTRACT INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
  • Complete the Rock31/BSED building to support a strong, growing entrepreneurship ecosystem and deliver BSED services

MetraPark

  • Priority – MAKE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS FOR A MEASURABLE IMPACT TO OUR QUALITY OF PLACE
  • Support the redevelopment of MetraPark, and associated private investment and entryway beautification

Billings Clinic & St. Vincent Healthcare

  • Priority – BUILD UPON OUR LEADERSHIP STATUS AS A REGIONAL HEALTHCARE HUB
  • Incentivize downtown redevelopment that complements and connects the medical corridor to downtown

Billings Flying Service

  • Priority – INVEST IN ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DIRECTLY DRIVES NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENT
  • Support the development of three new business/industry parks: Laurel at west interchange; Hwy 3 Airport corridor; and I-90 South Frontage Road

Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Priority – BUILD UPON OUR LEADERSHIP STATUS AS A REGIONAL HEALTHCARE HUB
  • Shepherd the development of the Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine from the permit process to opening (July 2023), propose and advocate clerkship and residency program development, and facilitate private sector partnership opportunities, including applied research and bioscience

 

Coulson Park

  • Priority – MAKE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS FOR A MEASURABLE IMPACT TO OUR QUALITY OF PLACE
  • Secure the $250,000 match requirement for Phase 1 Coulson Park development, and advocate for a comprehensive approach to new parks and trails development

Lockwood TEDD

  • Priority – INVEST IN ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DIRECTLY DRIVES NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENT
  • Secure $6.0 million to kickoff water and sewer infrastructure development in the TEDD

Drive-by/Bus Conversation Projects

  • EBURD
  • MSUB campus development
  • RMC campus development
  • Skyline Trail Development Plan
  • Meadow Lark Brewing
  • Coca Cola Development Site

 

The bus tour ended with lunch at The Pub Station (Business owned by Board Chair, Ann Kosempa.