Economic Development

Business and Economic Development

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

Department Values

  • Strengthen and further diversify the local economy
  • Increase economic activity
  • Create higher paying jobs
  • Create high quality employment in Bozeman to match the high quality of life
  • Support our homegrown business community


Economic Development Organizations Launch Broadband Survey

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. 

Broadband Master Plan and Feasibility Study

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.

North Park Property Project

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.

North Park Guiding Vision

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.

North Park Concept Land Use Plan

This plan was adopted by the Bozeman City Commission in January 2013, recognizing the community value in developing the North Park Properties in some form using the Plan as a framework for development.

Background on the property, the rationale and objectives for the plan, the physical location and geographical assets of the property as well as links to a variety of documents related to North Park can be found in this memorandum and materials to the City Commission for their January 14, 2013 meeting. 

If you are interested in this project or need further information, please contact: 

Brit Fontenot

Director of Economic Development and Community Relations
City of Bozeman
(406) 582-2258 or



Economic Development Council

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.




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