U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced at the APEC meetings in Big Sky that General Electric will hold a GE Aviation Small Business Supplier Symposium in Billings, August 8. The symposium is designed to increase the business GE Aviation does with Montana, by coaching and mentoring local companies on doing business with GE Aviation, through panel discussions and one-on-one sessions.
Streets and transportation have topped agenda items in the county, recently.
Yellowstone County Commissioners agreed to lift restrictions against truck traffic on Shorey Road at the request of Berry Y & V Fabricators, a Billings company that plans to ship heavy loads to Canada, and must identify the routes they will use in order to get a permit.
Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in mitigating flood damage in the state is not at all certain and not without its hoops. County commissioners attending a District Meeting of the Montana Association of Counties (MACO) on Tuesday had a lot of questions, and in comparing notes, discovered a lot of conflicting answers.
Record heavy rains have caused wide-spread flooding throughout the state and extensive damage in many counties. The threat for continued flooding remains, as more rain is forecast and snow-melt begins. In hope of mitigating flood waters, volunteers helped fill sandbags in Yellowstone County earlier in the week. (Pictured, over 90 volunteers filled some 12,000 sandbags at the county work shops.)
Almost all of the commissioners in attendance at the Yellowstone Room of MetraPark had flood situations in their home counties, which included counties in MACO Districts 6 & 7 – including Yellowstone, Carbon, Stillwater, Mussellshell, Fergus, Big Horn, Sweet Grass, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Petroleum, and Wheatland. Many of the commissioners could not attend the meeting because of immediate flood issues.
More than 40 certified arborists, tree care professionals and master gardeners descended upon Billings’ Metra Park on May 12, joining city, county and state officials to give the park’s trees their annual health check and help the City of Billings celebrate Arbor Day.
“We’ll be pruning large trees, training up small trees, planting some trees, fertilizing, mulching and other chemical applications,” said Fred Bicha, a Montana DNRC Forester based in Billings. “Last year the group donated just under $20,000 in services and we’re hoping to top that this year.”
In a unanimous vote, Jeff Martin was named as the new Clerk and Recorder for Yellowstone County by County Commissioners last week. Martin is a real estate broker in Billings, who moved to the city eight years ago from Seattle.
Martin was selected from a slate of six candidates who were interviewed, by the commissioners. “His interview was exceptional,” commented Commissioner Bill Kennedy. Kennedy said that Martin’s real estate back ground and his understanding of subdivisions and platting were significant factors in his selection.
“We do have a lot that we bring to the table,” said Steve Arveschoug, Director of the sister organizations, the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). As a reminder of all the services that EDA “pulls together under its umbrella,” Arveschoug submitted a summary of the incentives available to businesses.
Raising $1.5 million over the next two to three years is important for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) to be competitive with other cities in incentivizing new business to come to Yellowstone County and to aid existing businesses to grow.
But at the same time it is important that EDA shore up its foundation to make sure it is “sustainable.”
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