WELCOME to the Billings Chamber of Commerce

Business Advocacy 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!

Business Advocacy Advisory Boards

Starting May 1st, we will begin accepting applications to our two new Advisory Boards: Local Government and State & Federal Government. Applications for the 18 open positions (9 on each Advisory Board) will be accepted through May 26th, before the Chamber Board of Directors appoints our new Business Advocacy Advisory Board members. Read below to find out more and fill out an application for consideration.

 

Some key changes for the new Business Advocacy Department:

 

Composition — Nine Chamber members, one Board of Directors member, and one staff member, total 11 on each Advisory Board.

 

Meetings — In-person meetings will be conducted quarterly, utilizing conference calls and electronic communications for quick decision-making in between.

 

Those selected by the Chamber Board of Directors to sit on the Advisory Boards will be tasked with:

 

  • Recommending the Chamber’s local public policy positions (Local Government Advisory Board)
  • Recommending the Chamber’s state & federal public policy positions (State & Federal Government Advisory Board)
  • Crafting questions and grading criteria for candidates for elected office (both Advisory Boards)
  • Compliling and vetting a Legislative scorecard (State & Federal Government Advisory Board)
  • Engaging Chamber membership in business advocacy efforts at all levels of government.
Email your applications to daniel@billingschamber.com or drop them off at the Billings Chamber.

           

 

Are You Registered to Vote? (click image below to find out)

 

Upcoming City Elections – November 7

Putting the right people in the right positions.

Business leaders know that a successful business requires hiring the right people for the right positions. It’s no different with our local government; we need to put the right people in office to represent our business community.

Ward 1 – Reelection bid
Ward 2 – Termed out
Ward 3 – Termed out
Ward 4 – Reelection bid
Ward 5 – Reelection bid
Mayor – Termed out

Billings City Ward Map (click for interactive website)

We Need YOU for Open City Board/Commission Seats!

Just fill out the application form and return to:

 

Contact your Elected Officials. Engage in Business Advocacy Campaigns.

Click on the Action Center to get started!

 

Click on the
Public Policy Guide
to view the Chamber’s positions!

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

(The Local Option is also the Billings Community’s priority. Click here to read the letter to legislators!)

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

Local Option allows Montana cities to apply community-tailored solutions. Local option is intended to put decision-making back in the hands of the voters. Every community has its own story and faces its own unique economic development requirements–it’s time to Authorize Community Transformation (ACT) and let local voters decide for their own futures!

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

2017 Legislative Videoconferencing Info

During the legislative session the Billings Chamber will organize videoconference calls to facilitate the flow of information back to Billings from the Capital. Through a partnership with MSU-B and other local organizations, Chamber members and the general public are welcome to attend and receive updates from our Billings area legislators.

The first videoconference is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, from 12:00 – 1:00, and will be held on the MSU Billings Campus, McDonald Hall, Room 163. Attendees will be able to park in the parking garage and take the skybridge over Poly, which accesses the 3rd floor of McDonald Hall.

We thank the City of Billings, Yellowstone County, St Vincent Healthcare, Billings Clinic, Riverstone Health, Big Sky Economic Development Authority, Exxon Mobil, and our hosting sponsors MSU Billings and the Billings Chamber of Commerce.

    • Thursday, February 2nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Thursday, February 16th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Thursday, March 9th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Thursday, March 23rd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Thursday, April 6th from 12:00 – 1:00pm

 

 

2017 Legislative Session Resources

The Billings Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure you have all the tools necessary to make informed decisions and participate in leading the community in state issues impacting business and our quality of life. Please check back regularly as we update and add useful information.

Schedule

The 2017 Legislative Session runs from January 2 – April 29th. Download the 2017 Calendar here.

The agenda for the first week (Jan 2 – Jan 6) is available online. Download Wk One Agenda here.

Live Feeds

Can’t make it to Helena? You can catch the hearing you want to watch or listen to live streaming services by clicking here.  If you have any issues, please refer to the Help Site here.

Committees

The Senate Committee list has been posted. Download 2017 Senate Committees list here.

The House Committee list has been posted. Download 2017 House Committees list here.

Emailing Legislators

If you would like to email a legislator or committee, click here and fill out the form fields along with your message.

Unsure who your legislator is? Find out who your legislator is by clicking here!

Testifying

We encourage our membership to make their voice heard. If there is an issue of great concern to you, and you would like to testify, please use the following guidelines to help you compose your message. Testimony guidelines here.

Be sure you know where you are going. Information on meeting rooms can be found at the Session Information Desk on the 1st floor of the Capital, by calling (406) 444-4800, or by checking hearing information on the webpage.

 

To sign up for other Billings Chamber of Commerce updates, click here, and provide your email address and interests!