• Employee Engagement and Financial Literacy

      (While we commonly hear that increasing compensation is the most effective thing that Montana employers can do to aid in getting the workers a business needs, details as to what that means is not often addressed. This report from the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center offers more insight.) What should Read More
  • Huge Expansion of Dakota Access Pipeline Proposed

    Huge Expansion of Dakota Access Pipeline Proposed A huge expansion costing between $35 million and $40 million, that will more than double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline to 1.1 million BOPD, was proposed by Energy Transfer Partners. Work will be completed by February 2021. Read More
  • Gas Plant Across the Border in North Dakota

    Construction is expected to start by May on a proposed 250 Mmcf a day natural gas processing plant on a site near the Montana-North Dakota Border and be in operation by the end of the year. Read More
  • Montana 26th in Growth

    Montana is the 26th Growth State in America, according to U-Haul International, Inc. in its 2019 Growth States reporting on its industry-leading annual migration trends. Read More
  • Online Advertising, Boon for Small Businesses

    Online advertising is saving entrepreneurs and small business owners significant time and money, creating more efficiencies and effective uses for the limited capital they have on hand, and playing a positive role in driving new sales growth and revenues. These are the findings of a new survey conducted by TechnoMetrica Read More
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  • Tax Abatements Encourages Millions in Local Investments

    What does Home Science Tools have in common with Billings Flying Service? What does Heights Eyecare have in common with Montana Peterbilt? All are among the 21 businesses in Yellowstone County that have received tax abatements to encourage the expansion and growth of their businesses. In doing so they have Read More
  • New Approach to Fighting Wildfires Could Save Millions

    New Approach to Fighting Wildfires Could Save Millions   By Evelyn Pyburn If it seems that there have been fewer wildland fires in southeastern Montana, over the past few years, that is indeed the case. And, the reason could be the results of a new approach to firefighting that is being explored by the Montana Department of Natural Read More
  • Group Wants to Form New Downtown TIF

    Group Wants to Form New Downtown TIF A group of property owners in the west end of downtown Billings want to create a new tax improvement district. The proposed boundaries of the new district would be Division Street, 1st Avenue North and North 31st The pros and cons and options available to them was explained to a Read More
  • Metra Park Takes Top Award

    Metra Park Takes Top Award MontanaFair won a major award at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions’ 129th Annual Convention, held December 1-4 in San Antonio, Texas.  Read More
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  • Space 2 Place, Opportunity to Enhance Community

      Is there a corner in your neighborhood that needs sprucing up? A space along your street that could be more attractive and welcoming to the public? Do you have an idea about what is needed but just need some help in funding it? Then “Space 2 Place” is an Read More
  • Lockwood, Where Billings Goes to Work

    Lockwood, Where Billings Goes to Work Why should we care what happens in Lockwood? a former Billings city council member questioned, some time ago, regarding the same issue that is currently at the fore —  a sewage treatment service agreement between the Lockwood Water and Sewer District and the City of Billings. Have you ever seen Read More
  • Montana Pro Rodeo Wall & Hall of Fame To be Re-dedicated

    Montana Pro Rodeo Wall & Hall of Fame To be Re-dedicated If there was any doubt about Montana being a cowboy state there won’t be on January 25. Read More
  • Tim Goodridge Appointed Metra Park Assistant Manager

    Tim Goodridge Appointed Metra Park Assistant Manager Tim Goodridge has been named to fill the newly-created position Assistant General Manager at Metra Park. Goodridge brings years of experience in entertainment and event management to the job. Read More
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  • Creating Real Opportunity

    Creating Real Opportunity


    By Evelyn Pyburn

    There has been lots of ideas floated about how Montana can attract and retain young people to sustain a work force that falls far short of being able to meet the demand for skilled educated workers by business in the state. While most of the ideas have merit and will to some degree help, there is one idea that’s never been mentioned, perhaps because it is not readily seen as having impact on the labor force. That idea is for the state to back off many of the regulations and licensing and permitting requirements it places on many professions and business startups.

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  • Civil Discourse by Evelyn Pyburn

    Civil Discourse by Evelyn Pyburn

    A conversation recently reminded me of how really, wonderfully, American people are in tune with representative government and how deep-rooted is their respect for the grassroots process – at least in Montana.

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Monday, February 24, 2020
The Flathead County commissioners have voted to purchase the CenturyLink building in Kalispell for...
Monday, February 24, 2020
Ceres Bakery in Kalispell has re-opened after a two week closure for a remodel. The bakery has...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Territorial-Landworks, Inc., (TLI), a Montana-based civil engineering firm with offices in...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana will begin its 45th...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
From the Yellowstone County News Adding to the expansion of the Lockwood community’s business...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Spartan Holdings LLC is proposing a commercial and residential development at 2890 U.S. 93 North...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Megan Stippich was recently been promoted to Commercial Loan Officer for Stockman Bank Billings...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Billings Chamber 2020 Agricultural Excellence Award sponsored by Stockman Bank will be awarded...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Jared Maloney joined Stockman Bank as vice president, commercial loan officer for the Stockman...