• What’s to happen to the vacant former federal courthouse – the old Battin Building — in downtown Billings? Are there future options for the downtown Billings post office building other than being a post office? Is it possible to extend the lending services of Big Sky Economic Development?These are among some of the issues discussed during the meeting of the
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  • Is a new power plant fired by natural gas in Northwestern Energy’s future in Montana?A very preliminary plan, which the utility is required to develop every two years, projects a natural gas fired plant, producing up to 250 megawatts, as a possible solution to fulfilling the company’s energy needs. The 2015 Electricity Supply Resource Procurement Plan, which was submitted in
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  • Montana has an estimated 508 middle market companies ($10 million-$1 billion in annual revenues), which make up .62% of all firms in the state according to the latest Middle Market Power Index from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet.
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  • As a participant in the February amicus brief of 166 business associations in support of the US Chamber’s legal challenge to EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), The Montana Chamber of Commerce has provided an update on the case. As of the last week in May, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decided to bypass oral arguments scheduled before a three-person
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  • Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced that it has signed a worldwide marketing agreement with GTUIT, a manufacturer of field natural gas treatment systems, based in Billings. Caterpillar will assist GTUIT with entering into marketing agreements with targeted Caterpillar Dealers worldwide to sell, market and service GTUIT products.GTUIT and Caterpillar have already initiated the process of working together by establishing direct
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  • While the decline of activity and jobs in the Bakkin have given Yellowstone County employers a little breathing room, demographics are stacking up to predict that finding qualified employees will become an even bigger challenge for employers in the future, reported Brittney Souza, Director of BillingsWorks.
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  • This comes from someone who often objects to the federal government poking around in local affairs, but there is a time now when they have a legitimate role to play — and, that is to clean up a mess which is wholly of their own making. The feds need to clean up their former property. They need to restore the
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  • Montana bankers, property owners, attorneys, developers, farmers, recreationists or anyone with an interest in water rights have a new resource at their disposal to help negotiate their way through the complicated world of water rights and water law.
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  • A new federal regulation that doubles the threshold for overtime pay is throwing employers and employees into turmoil and will increase the cost of doing business, say business organizations.
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  • Montana Family Business Awards sponsored by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and State Farm Insurance is seeking nominations for its annual family business awards. The deadline for nominations is June 10.
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  • The theme of the Montana Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Economic Update Series is “The Competition for Talent.” The annual program, offered by “Montana University (a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber Foundation), kicks off Thursday, July 28 in Kalispell and ends Thursday, August 11 in Missoula with five other stops in between.The seminar will be presented in Billings on Tuesday, August 9
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  • Brian Brown has been promoted to President of First Interstate Bank’s Downtown Branch.A Columbus native, Brown joined First Interstate Bank in 1998 as part of the Management Trainee Program. Since that time, Brown has held a number of positions within the Bank, including Credit Review Officer and Commercial Loan Officer. Most recently, Brown served as Senior Vice President and Banking
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shape upEntries are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Shape Up Montana program, a three-month team-based project of the Big Sky State Games that encourages Montanans to make healthier nutrition choices and be more physically active.

Since it began in 2003, over 43,000 Montanans have logged more than 10 million activity miles and shed 82,948 pounds! Organizers are working to reverse the progression of obesity and overweight trends in Montana.  This year’s program features a new user friendly website.

The early entry deadline is January 24. 

The “Shape Up Montana” program works with the business community, member organizations and families to engage their employees and members in a team format that spurs increasing physical activity and encourages healthy eating habits.  Past Shape Up Montana teams included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.

 The team competition offers two categories:

  Accumulated Activity based on logging miles with the aid of an activity conversion calculator and Weight Loss due to healthful eating and physical activity. 

Teams of 4 to 10 individuals work together for three months (February 1 - May 1) helping each other and their team to either log mileage or lose weight.  Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.). 

The cost for the three-month program is $15 and $10 for employees of Big Sky State Games (BSSG) program sponsors.  Everyone who enters will receive a Shape Up Montana T-shirt, weekly challenges, exercise videos, nutrition and physical activity tips/articles, access to numerous wellness calculators and free entry into the 27th Annual Big State Games Fitness Walk held July 20, in Billings.  Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division.

Online registration, entry forms and more information are available at www.shapeupmontana.org or call (406) 254-7426.    Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200).  

Shape Up Montana is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Community Sponsors include Billings Clinic, Billings Gazette and Montana’s News Station (KTVQ, KBZK, KXLF, KRTV, KXLH, KAJ18, KPAX). 

Contributing partners include Albertsons, Eat Right Montana, Montana Chamber Choices, TwoMedicine, Montana Beef Council and Wendy’s.

The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America, and Montana Cycling and Ski.


 

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