Economic opportunity is part of the American dream. Bozeman possesses a rich natural heritage, educational opportunities, and an entrepreneurial spirit. As a community, Bozeman endeavors to provide a solid framework within which hard work and personal accountability is rewarded, a high quality community is maintained, and a sustainable economy can thrive. - Bozeman Community Plan
Prospera Business Network, Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bozeman Partnership, and the City of Bozeman conducted a survey to help improve broadband internet services for businesses in the Bozeman area. Area businesses were encouraged to complete the survey online and paper surveys were also available. The survey is a crucial part of the Bozeman Broadband Initiative a partnership – between the local businesses, economic development organizations, and the City – to develop innovative ways to drive down the cost of broadband in the Bozeman area. A community broadband master plan that includes the results of the survey is scheduled for release in early 2015.
Affordable broadband access is essential for creating high-paying jobs in Bozeman and Gallatin County. Technology firms, medical providers, banks, businesses, and startups require fast, reliable, and secure connections to their clients. Schools increasingly depend on broadband to provide high quality instruction and meet standards for integrating technology into the classroom. Broadband connectivity, however, is only available at high prices or is simply unavailable. This initiative seeks to increase access and significantly lower the cost of broadband for business by stimulating private sector service delivery through public infrastructure investment.
The City launched its broadband master planning effort on July 17, 2014 by hosting a public meeting with consultants from Design Nine - a broadband planning firm.
The master planning effort is complete. Read the Bozeman Fiber Master Plan and Feasibility Study here.
Watch a news story about the master planning effort by Keele Smith with KBZK.
Find out more about how communities are acting to increase broadband access and affordability in this whitepaper from the New America Foundation: "The Art of the Possible: An Overview of Public Broadband Options"
Follow community broadband efforts around the country at Community Broadband Networks site, a project of the Institute for Local Self Reliance.
The North Park Properties refers to 85 acres of city-owned property and an adjacent 190 acres of State of Montana owned property managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). The city of Bozeman and the DNRC have collaborated on a collective land use plan that encompasses both properties.
The guiding vision for North Park is to create a place in southwest Montana wherein manufacturers of products and/or purveyors of knowledge or information can realize cost savings, increase efficiencies and take advantage of the existing and potential assets and/or geographical proximities to transportation corridors and air services by strategically locating, relocating or expanding operations into an area supportive of efforts to encourage job growth and increase the economic diversity of southwest Montana.
Director of Economic Development and Community Relations
City of Bozeman
(406) 582-2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The eight member Economic Development Council consisting of business and economic development leaders is appointed by the City Commission to three year terms. The Council was created in 2010 with Ordinance 1784 to advise the City Commission on economic development issues and to review implementation of the Economic Development Plan which was adopted in August of 2009 with Resolution 4195.
The Economic Development Council holds a public meeting the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the City Commission room at City Hall, 121 North Rouse Avenue.
You can stream the EDC meeting live on your computer or view live on Charter cable, channel 190. The video can also be viewed later by internet stream or on Channel 20 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, 2 p.m. on Monday and noon on Wednesday.
Click here for agendas.
See links below for application, minutes, bylaws and other documents.
Survey Results from the Economic Development Summit, 2011
Economic Development Council Member APPLICATION
Economic Development Council AGENDAS
Economic Development Council MINUTES AND AUDIO
Economic Development Council BYLAWS
Montana Site Selector - www.montanasiteselector.com/southwestmontana
Gallatin Business Resource Network - The Gallatin Valley's One-Stop Resource for Business Success
Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Bozeman Partnership
Prospera Business Network
Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District