Advocating for Our Members

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“The Big Sky Chamber prides itself on being the voice of Business in Big Sky. Sharing resources with the community so that we can all excel.”

Community Events to Advocating for Our Members

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Facilitating Local Governance

Eggs & Issues

Gallatin-Madison Joint County Commission Meetings

For Advocating Our Members & Facilitating Local Governance the event “Eggs & Issues | Gallatin-Madison Joint County Commission Meetings” which is bi-annual meeting is a two-part forum. First, Eggs & Issues brings to light a specific issue challenging the Big Sky Community within the Big Sky Chamber’s Strategic Priorities.  Immediately following, the Gallatin-Madison Joint County Commission Meeting is held wherein Big Sky leaders inform the community’s two local governing bodies about relevant and timely issues to facilitate better local governance.

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Business Days at The Capitol

This event is held in Helena every January.  During odd numbered years the event coincides with the opening of the biennial Legislature.  During even numbered years the event coincides with the opening of ‘Campaign Season’ – the first day of filing for political office.  It brings together business leaders and government officials to talk face-to-face and participate in a variety of educational and networking events. This is a terrific opportunity to speak directly with elected officials and to learn about the current business climate in Montana

Creating a Positive Business Climate

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“Using the Power of Partnership to pool resources, the Big Sky Chamber helps to create a positive business climate”

Encouraging Community Infrastructure Investment

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As the premiere destination to live, work, play and do business, the Big Sky Chamber is working to increase the community infrastructure by leading the discussion on the following key pillars in our community

Building Community | Community Building Forum

As part of National Infrastructure Week, the Big Sky Chamber convenes a forum of community stakeholders to provide updates on current and future development projects in Big Sky. This public presentation is a great place to hear about the growth in Big Sky and engage in the Q&A following the speakers.

 

COMMUNITY HOUSING

In 2016, the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the HRDC, formed the Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) which was responsible for the affordable housing effort in Big Sky. In the years since, the BSCHT has blossomed in to a self sustaining organization receiving Resort Tax Funding in the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year Appropriations.

ENERGY

In the summer of 2017, NorthWestern Energy convened a multi-session process of engaging the Big Sky Community about the need for, and location of, a new mid-mountain substation. As part of the exploratory team, the Big Sky Chamber helped address the community concerns about the location and technology used for the new substation while helping to determine a solution. After a year of deliberation and community wide discussion, the Rainham location was selected as the best option that compromised community need and concern.

 

  • Map of proposed location
  • Official Press Release from NorthWestern Energy

TRANSPORTATION

The Big Sky Chamber was entrusted to be the catalyst in addressing the Transportation/Transit infrastructure challenge on behalf of the Big Sky Community dating back to the initial community forums in association with Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute in January / February 2016.  Using the results of a study completed by Sanderson Stewart to apply for a Federal TIGER Grant, the Big Sky Community was awarded a $10.3 Million grant to help improve the safety along MT Highway 64.

WATER

The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum is a group of diverse watershed stakeholders working collaboratively to identify and solve water resource issues in the Upper Gallatin Watershed in the areas of ecological health of the river systems, water supply and availability, and wastewater treatment and reuse.

 

Facilitating Local Governance

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As an unincorporated census designated place, Big Sky does not have a localized government entity. Dan Clark from the Montana State University’s Local Government Center, presented research findings for options available to the Big Sky community and made recommendations to help it address the need for a more formalized areawide governance operating infrastructure. The goal being to help the Big Sky community speak with one voice because together, we are better

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