WELCOME to the Billings Chamber of Commerce

PUBLIC POLICY Page!

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A Message from John Brewer and Bill Cole

The business community in Billings and the jobs it creates are two of our most important assets. Today this is ever more apparent as states, regions, and nations compete on a global scale for businesses and the talented workforce they employ. Attracting skilled human capital that prefers superior amenities has never been more important as globalization skews the US labor market to favor innovation and creativity. Accordingly, we must make our business climate competitive and our communities attractive to ensure our economy continues to attract the business and talented workforce it requires.

With more than 1,250 member businesses employing over 47,000 Montanans, the Billings Chamber is committed to remaining the voice of the business community and ensuring a favorable economic, legal, and regulatory climate that encourages prosperity and growth. Our mission is to publicly support policies that will facilitate economic growth in our community and produce positive impacts well into the future.

Our 2017 Public Policy Guide was developed to communicate our positions to Chamber members, elected officials, and decision makers. These positions were formulated with essential input from our business community and ultimately approved by our Board of Directors. We ask that you become engaged and help us meet the challenges of a dynamic economy by supporting these positions and moving our community forward.

We look forward to working on these issues and thank you for your support!

Click on the
Public Policy Guide
to learn more!

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The Chamber’s #1 priority issue is to Authorize Community Transformation (ACT)!

This entails passing a local option authority bill in the 2017 legislative session, allowing communities the choice to fund the place-making and economic development initiatives best suited to their wants and needs.

Local Option allows Montana cities to “tell their story” through community-tailored solutions. Local option is aimed at enhancing cities’ distinct characteristics that give them a competitive advantage. Every community has its own story and faces its own unique economic development requirements. Eastern Montana requires essential infrastructure upgrades, while Western Montana may propose that building new cultural amenities is necessary. What is each community’s story? How can they tell it through economic development enabled by local option?

 

For more information on ACT, please visit ACTmt.org.

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