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

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 leading 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.

 

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