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Billings is in great shape: our economy is strong and poised for incredible growth. There’s a reason that Kiplinger, Fortune Small Business and Family Fun Magazines have ranked Billings as one of the THE BEST communities to start a business and to raise a family. We are a great community. But what does our future hold and what ideas do you have to improve Billings? How do you see our Community of the Future? We want to put your ideas into action. Share below and let us know how Billings can become even better than we are today. We want to collect ideas on education, tourism, workforce, entertainment, energy development…or whatever is on your mind. Now is the time to focus on intentional growth. Together, let’s define tomorrow.
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It would be great if there were higher standards for new buildings in the Billings area. Bozeman has a great consistency in their building codes and I feel that helps to make for better visually pleasing aesthetics. The buildings all seem to have a theme and I really like how uniform and welcoming that makes the town feel.
I think it would be great if Billings had more opportunities for young business professionals to network. I think a young business professionals golf league would be a great way for people in the community to meet and network. To help eliminate some of the anxiety that comes with meeting new people teams could be made up of 6. People who are interested can sign up in groups of three and then each group of three golfs with a new group every league night. That way attendees always know someone on their team, but they are still able to meet new people.
Require security guards at gas stations at night. People are afraid to go out in billings with weekly robberies at bar casinos Also. Need cameras at public parks and has stations sothe public can also watch out.
Dear Billings Chamber: The bike trails are one of the most impressive things about Billings. We are impressed with how the trail system has grown and how new connections have been made. We support the continued growth and expansion of the trail network in and around the City of Billings.
An overall RE-development plan of Riverfront Park that includes a whitewater park built in to the Yellowstone River. It would create a destination stop for all the vacationer vehicle traffic plus all the local use. Festivals, concerts, etc. See: Reno NV Truckee River Whitewater Park, Gunnison CO Gunnison Whitewater Park, Boise ID Boise River Park, etc. If you have the time check out the video about the development of SouthMain CO at http://www.southmainco.com/index.php/riverpark
After strong winds, 6th Avenue is overrun with refuse from the two recycling companies It is blown out and collects along the street. Have them regularly clean up this area.
Re develope corette industrial site to natural history Yellowstone river museum and housing Two million property taxes about to disappear
We should rename our airport. There is another Logan International Airport and the name means nothing to most of us today. We should have a contest to come up with a new name. I would like to call it Montana's Trail Head. Most people in Montana don't even use the Logan name. It's just the airport or the Billings airport.
Billings needs a new public high school. Our schools are too large.
Billings needs more greenspace, especially small neighborhood parks. We don't need more athletic fields. What we needs are just small little green spaces where kids can play and where we can hold neighborhood events without having to close streets. We especially need this downtown. When you consider the number of people downtown and that there is only one small park, there is a huge shortage of Parks downtown. Our Parks Department clearly doesn't get it. We should outsource our Parks Department to a private company. It could only get better. Billings needs to be a leader. Our Parks Department is holding us back.
Approach Amazon for a fulfillment center for Montana, Wyoming, Dakotas, southern Alberta Saskatchewa Remember we will soon lose corrette ( good for downtown air!).
The chamber should have a place to post continuing education opportunities offered by members.
Create a place on your website for members to post need for interns.
Offer or facilitate job shadow opportunities.
The chamber should serve as a clearinghouse for interns. You would promote which interns are looking for which type of work.
Develop an avenue for young professionals and seasoned professionals to meet and create meaningful professional relationships such as mentoring
There needs to be more job opportunities for young people.
We have to take care of our school buildings. What happens if the bond does not pass? Kids are already being taught in closets, hallways off of carts and in outdated “temporary” portables.
Think outside the box and get ahead of now. Some cities have 100 year plans. What's ours? In our community we want young educated people that are tech savvy, with entrepreneurial spirits, to build the companies of tomorrow. Now is the time to take Rimrock School and turn it into a CODING education center. Maybe a before/after school program? Check out this short film called Code Stars ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dU1xS07N-FA
Mediate a mutually beneficial agreement between Rocky and SD2 so SD2 can sell Rimrock School and use the funds toward their new master plan.
Signage on the interstate. Huge brown attraction signs. Like Bozeman butte Helena
Billing should use and develop the area around Yellowstone River more. Parks, trails, and a folf course would be great additions.
Brand your CVB as VisitBillings for better understanding of efforts.
A Cats vs Griz game once every two-three years.
We need to have same air service as Bozeman.
I believe Billings needs to boost the downtown sector for increased visitation. Create a destination where people know they can find many of the things they are interested. I believe there should be a push for a mall downtown. The infrastructure is already there, i.e. the parking garages and the skywalks. We should model Spokane's downtown mall and create our own version here. I recently moved here and Im learning that things here are VERY spread out. Specialty shops and fine cuisine are scattered seemingly randomly throughout the city. Having a centralized destination for shops, coffee, cafes, clothing, restaurants, and attractions would increase visitation and help the visitor find a fun and exiting area to explore. The downtown scene is basically "ready" for these things to happen, it just lacks the direction and vision. Personally, I would love to go downtown to walk a skymall, tour the downtown history, check out a play, have dinner, then finish it off with drinks at a few places, ALL within walking distance of the heart of Billings, Downtown. All this could be done in a beautiful setting and without having to drive all over the city. Lyle Scott 406-788-3194
I would love to see a dedicated bike trail from Billings to Laurel and then Columbus and Red Lodge. This would be great for tourism. Great trails mean a great community. We don't ride in traffic so we love the dedicated bike trails.
I vote for a parking garage at the airport. I'm tired of parking in Laurel and walking to the terminal.
Open the Billings museums on Mondays! The number of people that visit the Visitor Center on Monday looking for something to do is huge. you can't believe how many are disappointed to find out they're all closed.
I believe we should provide FREE copies of the day's billings Gazette for everyone who comes into the Visitors Center.
Cody has a program called Cody Local. A nonprofit educting people about the benefits of building a sustainable economy and to connect local small business owners with each other and with customers, gov leaders and other organizations. www.codylocal.com
Start and eggs and issues event like Portland chamber.
Start connect for breakfast and Connect for dinner
Do a speed networking event.
How could the Chamber work with rural chambers across the state? Co membership.
Facilitate executive round tables. Engage top level associates in chamber initiatives.
Do something for women in business. Offer something to focus on them.
Start a college level Leadership Billings.
The chamber should have a place to post job openings for members.
Start a small business committee to help steer chamber efforts and initiatives.
work on work force development. City College could be a focal point. SD 2 should more actively promote the Career Center and tie it to the degrees offered at City College.
Work closely with Eastern Montana cities and towns to help them with infrastructure needs
Please please bring in some big name entertainment. Bozeman got Zack Brown, and many others. Missoula also brings in big names. Only after Missoula sold out Elton John, did we get him here. This may not be within your area of business, but a big name concert would certainly give Billings a boost in hotels, restaurants, etc. Thanks.
Participate in first Friday in downtown billings. Also in art walks.
Start a chamber facilitated question and answer forum for businesses.
The chamber need to provide members ideas or suggestions on how to share their pride in being a member.
Ask Denny Menholt to lease the chamber and CVB and SEMT company vehicles for low rates. Then wrap them in logos.
Create a partnership with local businesses and the City of Billings to provide a "Remodel Advisor and Architectural Design Services". See link for an example: http://www.stlouispark.org/home-improvement/remodeling-advisor-and-architectural-design-service.html
We love the trails in Billings and we would like to see more of them. There is an opportunity to add lots of additional trails along the irrigation ditiches. We would like to see that in the near future. They would provide safe connections in town. We love to bike, but we don't bike in traffic. We are too old for that. Please add trails to the list of things that make Billings the best.
The Chamber should have logo/graphic enhanced vehicles for staff. Since many of the staff drive all over town regularly, it would be excellent brand recognition/exposure. It would also look professional and intriguing.
I wonder if the first step of building the Chamber of the Future should be to preserve the documents of the Chamber of the Past? The Billings Chamber is one of the oldest and most significant organizations in town. Have we done a good job of preserving our own internal history for future generations? Something to think about . . . .
incorporate SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives), a Resource Center under the SBA, into the Chamber committee structure and Chamber activities. This is a small business advocacy group commonly referred to as "Counselors to America's Small Business".