Jim Reno Announces Re-election Bid


County Commissioner Jim Reno, Republican, announced that he is running for re-election. He is running for his fourth term, having first been elected County Commissioner in 1998, and re-elected in 2004 and in 2010.
To advocate for weekend or night court is at the top of things Reno would like to accomplish in another term. Getting detainees before a judge as soon as possible is one means of helping to reduce the jail population at the Yellowstone County Detention Center, contends Reno. Again last weekend, the jail population topped out at over 500 inmates with 504 in a facility built to house 286.

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Resurface I-94


The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) plans to resurface about seven miles of Interstate 94, east of the Pinehills Interchange in 2017. The project begins at the I-90/I-94 junction and extends northeast for 7 miles, ending east of Pryor Creek Interchange in Yellowstone County.

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EDA Gets Certified by International Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced 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).
“Big Sky Economic Development displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

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Recruiting Businesses to Billings


When it comes to attracting companies, Billings and the surrounding area is most attractive to manufacturers and to businesses in western Canada.
Those are two conclusions that Big Sky Economic Development (EDA) has reached after two or three years’ experience in courting businesses, according to Allison Corbyn, EDA Business Recruitment and Outreach Program Manager. Corbyn reported on the organization’s recruitment efforts during this month’s joint meeting of the executive committees of the EDA and the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

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MetraPark Has Biggest Year


MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher has announced that 2015 was the biggest year in ticket sales for concert and touring shows at Rimrock Auto Arena since the Garth Brooks record setting year of 1998.
“The attendance at the arena was just outstanding this year,” said Dutcher. “With the Eagles, Elton John, Miranda Lambert, WWE Live, Motley Crue, and others, it has been a great year for live music and events in Billings.”

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Subdivision Approval in Lockwood Clears Way for Ace Hardware

Platting for the subdivision in which King’s Ace Hardware is proposed to locate received final approval from Yellowstone County Commissioners.
Verizon is already located in one corner of Keller Place Subdivision and a third of the three lots in the subdivision will be available for future commercial development.

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Proposed TEDD Proceeds with Comprehensive Plan


The progress of a comprehensive development plan for a Targeted Economic Development District (TEDD) that has been proposed for an industrial park in Lockwood was the subject of a report given by Diane Lemm of Big Sky Economic Development (EDA), during the regular meeting of the county commissioners.
The first meeting of the TEDD Project Steering Committee was held in October, during which the history of the proposed TEDD, and schedule for future meetings was reviewed by consultants from Sanderson Steward, the firm with which EDA has contracted to oversee the process. A draft plan is projected to be completed by March.
Lauren Waterton of Sanderson Stewart is the project manager for the TEDD development plan.

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Taskforce Aims to Expand Billings Air Service with American Airlines


Three Billings civic organizations are taking steps to expand air service at the Billings airport, by offering to subsidize service from American Airlines for flights to and from Dallas, Texas.
Last week, the Big Sky Economic Development Authority’s executive committee voted to recommend that their board commit $25,000 toward a goal of $750,000 in commitments from the community as a source of revenue guarantee for American Airlines.
The Billings Chamber of Commerce’s Air Service Taskforce has been in discussions with American Airlines, which does not currently serve any Montana cities. American Airlines brought the proposal to the Taskforce because they want to establish service in the state – probably in two cities.

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RiverStone Health Gets $1 million Grant to Expand


RiverStone Health Foundation kicked off an $11 million capital campaign to build a new primary care clinic with the announcement of a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The new, 25,000 square foot clinic, with 48 exam rooms, will be built just south of the existing RiverStone Health Clinic.

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