The Billings Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is accepting applications for grant dollars that will be awarded to promote community events which hold the potential of bringing visitors to the community. Grant dollars are designed to help promote Billings as a tourist destination by fostering new and existing events, attractions and other visitor draws to Billings.
Applications are being accepted through December 2, 2013 for award sometime in December. The grant application can be found at: http://www.visitbillings.com/pdf/TBID_application.pdf.
The Big Sky Economic Development Corporation's Business Finance Program has had a very successful year, reported Brandon Berger. "Unofficially," the agency has probably administered the highest number of SBA 504 loans of any lender in the state.
Over the past couple of months the EDC program has approved eight loans, the most recent being an application for $835,000 on a 20 year note, from Big Sky King Properties LLC. Financing 40 percent of the project, the loan will help purchase land, new construction and equipment for a new Burger King at 1438 Grand Avenue. The franchise is owned by Dennis and Janice Rehberg.
Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder requested, this week, that County Commissioners initiate steps to build an addition to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility (YCDF). The addition would help alleviate over-crowding at the jail.
Sheriff Linder is proposing the building of a pod on the east side of the jail. The new unit would house female inmates, and the unit that is currently housing female inmates would be used to relieve the overcrowded male units.
The next step in the process to determine the feasibility of developing an industrial park some place in Yellowstone County was made, last week, when the board of Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) hired Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson(KLJ) to conduct a $40,500 study.
The selection came following a request for proposals from qualified firms. Of the proposals received, KJL's was "spot on," said Steve Arveschoug, BSED Director.
A settlement between the Montana Department of Revenue and CHS, Inc. promises to release millions of tax dollars for government in Yellowstone County.
Enplanements at Billings Logan International Airport remain below last year in year-to-date comparisons. With a total of 261,200 enplanements through August compared to 301,717 through August 2012, enplanements are down 13.43 percent.
Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) will hold an open house on December 18, 4-6 p.m., to invite the public to visit their refurbished offices at Granite Tower, 222 N. 32nd Street.
Another event is scheduled for December 13, a recognition breakfast to celebrate the success of the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) loan program. Participating banks will be invited.
Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) has hired Dena Johnson as the organization's new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director. Johnson is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College and received her MBA from Grand Canyon University. Johnson comes from US Bank and has 6+ years of experience in banking, working in small business, retail and private banking. Dena also has hands-on business experience, managing a national-chain restaurant while attending college and experience with a family-owned small business where she wore many hats.
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