Big Sky Economic Development

A young girl aims a fire extinguisher at a controlled flame.
Donna Healy / RiverStone Health


Twenty-six high school juniors and seniors have been in Billings this week to get an up-close look at health care careers. It’s one of five MedStart Summer Camps held around the state to develop the next generation of health care providers.

Montana Senator Steve Daines delivers opening remarks at the annual GovMatch event in Billings on May 29.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana businesses have been awarded $500 to $700 million annually in federal government contracts over the past few years. On Wednesday companies large and small looking to win work rubbed shoulders with 40 national, state and private contractors at the annual GovMatch event in Billings.

One Big Sky Center

The Billings City Council will hold a special 5 p.m. meeting tonight at City Hall to discuss the proposed $165 million One Big Sky Center downtown.

MontDevCo LLC, the developer of the 70,000 square feet project, seeks up to $35 million in tax increment financing: also known as TIF, this is a kind of city-sanctioned loan, funded by public tax dollars, that shields borrowers for a certain number of years from area tax increases.

BSED Invests in Healthcare Education

Oct 13, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County’s economic development arm is investing $50,000 in several healthcare education and provider projects in Billings. 

Big Sky Economic Development donated the largest amount, $20,000, to Billings Clinic for medical education. The money will go toward its Helmsley Simulation Laboratory and Medical Education Center. The center is for individuals in its internal medicine residency program and for practitioners across the region.

Jackie Yamanaka

Many Yellowstone County Employers say they “don’t know” when asked to rate how well education and training providers in Billings are helping them meet their workforce needs.

The finding was from a BillingsWorks survey conducted for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority.

Respondents were asked to rate the numerous programs in Billings. This includes the high schools to adult education to higher education.

Jackie Yamanaka

The “Help Wanted” sign remains up at Avitus Group thanks in part to a 490-thousand dollar grant from the state of Montana.

Avitus Group must hire 58 employees in Yellowstone County under the terms of the grant, says Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary.

“We are not going to reimburse him for a job he created in Colorado,” she says.

Money for this grant comes from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund and the Primary Sector Workforce Training grant.