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56 Counties: Gallatin County

courtesy Dr. Cora Neumann and Patrick Byorth
Dr. Cora Neumann (left), Patrick Byorth

Gallatin County has been cited in several recent national studies as one of the fastest growing communities, as well as one of the most desirable, in the country. Bozeman has transformed from a quiet college and agricultural town to becoming one of the most popular destinations for people who can work anywhere in the country. This new growth has created an interesting challenge as more money pours in, making it harder for lower and middle class families to afford to live in Bozeman.

Dr. Cora Neumann is a public health expert, and recently founded We Are Montana to support public health leadership across rural and Native Montana. Over the past 20 years, she has collaborated with local and national leaders, founding the Global First Ladies Alliance, a collaborate effort by first ladies from around the world, to bring quality, accessible health care to their communities – including during the current COVID outbreak. She serves on the boards of Columbia University School of Public Health, HAVEN, COVID Local and is a member of the Montana Public Health Association. Cora grew up and is based in Bozeman, surrounded by four generations of family, from her grandmother to her two teenage children.

Patrick Byorth, a fisheries biologist and attorney, directs the Montana Water Program for Trout Unlimited focusing on restoring stream flows and revising water policy. A Billings native raised on Montana's hills and rivers, Patrick is passionate about conservation and currently serves on the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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