AlphaGraphics Adds Staff


AlphaGraphics, Billings, has announced the addition of Rachel Woosley and Kay Hotchkiss as members of their print communications firm’s sales team. As a project coordinator, Woosley will partner with the Director of Sales to produce exceptional results for AlphaGraphics customers. Hotchkiss will take her years of experience selling traditional offset printing to new heights as an account representative with AlphaGraphics.

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5th Avenue Study Dropped


There is no Fifth Avenue North in downtown Billings.
There is a Fourth Avenue North and a Sixth Avenue North, but what might have been Fifth Avenue is a public-right-of-way that accommodates a rail spur that has long served businesses in the east end of downtown. Despite a vision of a “Rails to Trails” transition, which would have removed the rail spur and replaced it with a pedestrian /bike way, the rail spur will remain . . . for the time being.

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Gaertner Promoted to Audit Officer at Stockman Bank


Erin Gaertner has been promoted to compliance audit officer at Stockman Bank. Her responsibilities include planning, conducting and reporting on various risk-based internal compliance audits; tracking regulatory and bank policy changes; and evaluating bank products and services to assist with the audit risk assessment for Stockman Bank’s 34 statewide locations.

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GTUIT Makes Inc. 500 List


Billings-based GTUIT, LLC has earned the 203rd position on Inc. magazine’s 2016 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private American companies with a three- year revenue growth rate of 1,894%. For 35 years, Inc. has tracked the fastest-growing private companies which have included firms like Microsoft, Under Armor, Oracle and Yeti Cooler.

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AlphaGraphics Get Top Sales Award


At the AlphaGraphics Annual Conference in New Orleans, AlphaGraphics of Billings owners Jake Eaton and Dustin Frost were presented with the AlphaGraphics 2015 Top 10 Sales Award, recognizing the locally owned center’s annual sales volume as 10th highest among the nearly 300 AlphaGraphics business centers worldwide.

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Billings Clinic Among Top In Nation


Billings Clinic has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.

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Updates - From the Montana Chamber of Commerce September 1 2016

Court’s “Hell-bent” Ruling

The “Missoula v. Mountain Water, et al.” ruling by the Montana Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent for business development in the Treasure State.  By upholding District Court Judge Karen Townsend’s decision to allow the City to condemn the private utility, the Court has presumed government is always preferable to private sector.  

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Updates - From the Montana Chamber of Commerce August 15 2016

BEA Report: Montana GDP Down

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported a 0.9% drop in Montana’s real gross domestic product for 1st Quarter 2016. Montana was one of 13 states that did not see growth during this period. It was also among seven states clustered in the Rocky Mountain and Plains regions that registered a decline, this in large part due to slowdowns in energy and agricultural sectors. Some highlights:

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Company Hopes to Advance Fertilizer Processing to Keep Pace with Technology


Last week Yellowstone County officials were asked to abandon an undeveloped public road right- of -way to make way for the expansion of a Billings area business.
Town and Country Supply Association, a cooperative that serves area agriculture producers, has been searching for a location to expand its fertilizer facilities for a number of years, according to general manager, Wes Burley. The expansion would involve the building of a rail spur where they can custom blend large orders for fertilizer.

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