Tax Breaks Grow Business & Jobs for Local Economy


It’s not without its critics. The tax abatement program that Yellowstone County and the City of Billings use to incentivize business growth, expansion and recruitment is often viewed as a “free pass” for some businesses, but it is anything but that according to city and county officials.
“It’s an incentive to succeed,” described County Commissioner Denis Pitman.

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TEDD, Merger, GE

Next Steps for TEDDNow that the TEDD in Lockwood has been created for the purpose of developing an industrial park, Big Sky Economic Development Authority (BSEDA) is pursuing the next step in the process. That step is to develop an infrastructure master plan that will help in designing the Billings Bypass, according to Steve Arveschoug, BSEDA Director. We need to make sure that our infrastructure development timelines dovetail with the design work of the Montana Department of Transportation, so that access points on and off the bypass can be met.While an infrastructure plan needs to be started as soon as possible in order to keep pace with the development of the Bypass, funding for it through the TEDD (targeted economic development district) is not likely to be accumulated for at least another year.

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County Ambulance Service Planned

A plan being developed for ambulance service in the county could mean that 70 percent of the rural population of Yellowstone County would be within ten minutes of an ambulance. To develop some kind of service for the county is being viewed by most emergency service providers in the county as critical because the services provided in the past are rapidly deteriorating.

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New Subdivision Regs In Process for County

New standards and regulations are to be considered for addition to the Yellowstone County Subdivision Regulations over the next few weeks. For the past year a special committee appointed by the Yellowstone County Planning Board has been studying and researching how to improve subdivision regulations to improve the safety of development in zoned areas of the county, and to make future growth and development easier and more orderly.

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Who will Collect Option Tax?

What kinds of businesses will be responsible for charging, collecting and remitting a local option (sales) tax, if the frame work for implementing such a tax is approved by the Montana State Legislature and a community adopts the tax? The answer is: primarily those businesses which most directly serve tourists and other visitors to the community. Other businesses could be obligated to the extent they sell items not considered necessities.

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Hintz Joins SBDC

Lorene Hintz is the newest addition to the Billings Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advising team at Big Sky Economic Development (BSED). She brings 12 years of business consulting experience from her previous position as the Wolf Point SBDC Regional Director at Great Northern Development Corporation.

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RiverStone is Awarded $92,500


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS) an agency of the federal government, awarded RiverStone Health Clinic more than $92,500 for exceeding standards in numerous categories. RiverStone Health Clinic is the City/County Health Department.

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