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BSED AND ITS INVESTORS ARE BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY We want to hear your ideas and add to our list. What do you believe should be on the Building Remarkable Imperative list?

Steve Arveschoug Steve Arveschoug is the executive director of Big Sky Economic Development. Contact him at 406-869-8401.

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First, thank you, Big Sky Economic Development Member Investors, our business and civic partners, and Yellowstone County taxpayers. Together you are all contributing in so many ways to the work of Big Sky Economic Development, and together we are building a remarkable community. As we begin our 26th year at Big Sky Economic Development, here are a few takeaways from our work during the last year. 1. Results: With your support of time and resources, the staff and programs of BSED are producing results — helping businesses grow, supporting their financing needs, funding workforce training needs, partnering in privateinvestment projects through incentives, and adding value to community development and redevelopment projects. 2. Help Wanted: The sign of the times in Yellowstone County is “help wanted.” Our businesses need workers, with the right training and ready to work. After two years of sharing ideas and planning, issuing the State of Workforce Report and Action Plan — March 2015, and confirming the support of several key partners, Big Sky Economic Development has hired the first director of BillingsWorks Workforce Council and, with the council, we will help lead the commu-

nity’s workforce development strategies. 3. Building Remarkable: Each of you is contributing to building a remarkable community. You’re building a business, taking risks, creating jobs. Together we’re investing in our schools, improving our infrastructure, parks and trails. But we have a challenge ahead that may prove to be a critical turning point for our community. We absolutely have to be a community that continues to invest in itself — that is critical to retain and attract talent, and talent is fundamental to growing business. Next, we ask you to take the “Building Remarkable Challenge” with us. Here are our four Building Remarkable Imperatives that BSED has identified for our work in the coming year. Some are in progress and some need a big PUSH! 1. Develop the must-have, shovel-ready industrial space that prepares for the growth of existing industry and new industry. BSED is in process on this investment with the Targeted Economic Development District (TEDD) concept identified in the Lockwood Area. 2. Modern state-of-theart convention center. 3. Expanded air service and a modernized airport.

4. Make investment in higher education, increasing capacity at both MSU-Billings and Rocky. Both need new science facilities, essential to our long-term workforce needs and we must move forward with becoming the leader in healthcare workforce education.

Now it is your turn! We want to hear your ideas and add to our list. What do you believe should be on the Building Remarkable Imperative list? You can send you ideas directly to buildingremarkable@ bigskyeda.org. Over the next several

months, please watch our website, www.bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org, and our Facebook page for your ideas and how we are moving forward with Building Remarkable. Steve Arveschoug is executive director of Big Sky Economic Development.

Big Sky Economic Development has been Accredited by the International Economic Development Council The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that Big Sky Economic Development has been recognized as one of 45 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community that Big Sky Economic Development has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands.

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