Walls are going up on the St. Jude Dream Home in Billings, a house that will be raffled off in the early spring, as a fundraiser for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Billings area contractors, construction workers and vendors are contributing the labor and materials to build the home. Watch for the kick-off of raffle ticket sales.
Plans to do a feasibility study regarding the potential development of an industrial park in the Billings area will proceed as quickly as possible, following a meeting last week of consultants and public officials to explore the level of support.
"We are going to move forward quickly," said Steve Arveschoug, Director of Big Sky Economic Development (EDA), who is spearheading the project. He will be meeting with a steering committee, he said, with the goal of issuing a request for proposal (to do a study), by January 11.
Grants to do the study will be requested from the Montana Department of Commerce and the US Economic Development Agency.
The Montana Economic Outlook 2013, presented annually by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, will be held in Billings on Tuesday, February 5.
The half-day of economic information, from 8 am to 1 pm, at the Crowne Plaza, will be the 38th year of the event. This year will focus upon what's in store for health care. Larry White, director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana, will be one of the featured presenters.
The Montana Women's Run announced that $77,500 is being donated to women's health and fitness programs in the Billings community from funds raised this year.
This year's funds are donated to five worthy causes, including the YWCA, $37,500; Billings Clinic Foundation, $22,000; Rocky Mountain College Women's Cross-Country Scholarship Program, $4,000; MSU-B Women's Cross-Country and Track Scholarship Programs, $4,000; and Billings YMCA, $10,000. With this year's contributions, the Montana Women's Run has donated over $652,000 to local organizations that promote women's health and fitness.
Batter up, breakfast lovers! IHOP, a popular family-friendly restaurant, will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, while raising money for Chase Hawks Memorial Association and other local charities. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million.
During National Pancake Day, the company's largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP's signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Chase Hawks Memorial Association or other local charities.
"Shop local," is the message of two initiatives which have been launched by the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Billings Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).
The initiatives include "Small Business Saturday," and "Mingle Bells," and both are aimed at strengthening the Billings community and improving the local economy during the holiday season, by urging residents and visitors to shop at the many small, locally owned businesses.
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