Larry Ziemba, President, Global Refining of ConocoPhillips, will be the keynote speaker for Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 2011 Annual Meeting Luncheon, Oct. 20.
Ziemba will share an overview of ConocoPhillips, provide a history of the Billings refinery as well as an update on the coke drum project.
Business development related to the many surrounding energy plays is one of Big Sky Economic Development's key strategic priorities.
The Montana Fair of 2011 will go down in the record books of one of the most successful fairs for MetraPark, reported officials on last week regarding the numbers generated during the annual event which generates about 30 percent of the revenues for the MetraPark budget.
It came close to matching, in many respects, the record setting year, 2008. But, in terms of net revenues it probably exceeded that year, because of the vigorous cost-cutting efforts of the staff, credited County Commissioner Bill Kennedy, who called it "one of the best fairs."
The total attendance at Montana Fair was 242,151 compared to 232,657 last year, and 273,472 in 2008. The Night Shows generated $507,550 compared to $536,122 in 2008, but "this year we did not purchase the same amount of shows," said Kennedy, estimating cost savings of about $200,000.
An application for a grant to help fund either an overpass or an underpass at the intersection of the new Bench Boulevard Connection and Main Street was given the green light by the Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) on Tuesday. Yellowstone County is taking the lead in submitting the application for a grant under TIGER III funding from the US Department of Transportation.
Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) is organizing busses to transport business people and civic leaders and citizens interested in testifying in regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The hearing will be held in Glendive on Sept. 27 from 4:30 to 10 p.m.
If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada and from U.S. oil fields in North Dakota and Montana to refineries primarily on the Gulf Coast of the United States. As part of the review and analysis of the project, the U.S. Department of State is holding a series of public meetings and other opportunities for the public to comment on the project.
Struggling loans, a new loan program, and applications for grants for planning and studies topped a long list of items discussed by a joint meeting of the executive committees for the sister agencies, Big Sky Economic Development Authority and the Economic Development Corporation, last week.
Brandon Berger, who oversees the loan department for EDC, reported that they have had two troubled loans, with the bank having foreclosed on one of them. The other loan, with a principal balance of $27,315, is with a business that remains open and is working on restructuring the loan.
The Montana Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Montana Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Committee and several business and military organizations to promote a jobs fair for veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses. This jobs fair is intended to help those military and veteran servicemen and women find supportive, quality employment and Montana businesses find hard-working, dedicated employees.
Yellowstone County Commissioners – all three of them – are sending letters of support to the Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the US Department of State – in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The pipeline project, being built by the Canadian company, TransCanada, recently cleared the environmental impact study hurdle, and now awaits the Secretary's approval and that of President Obama.The commissioners said that they believe the pipeline is in the best interest of their constituents and "of the entire country." It is especially beneficial for Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie and Fallon Counties.
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