WELCOME to the Billings Chamber of Commerce

Business Advocacy Page!

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A Message from John Brewer and Mike Nelson

A strong business community and vibrant economy are the foundations for a high quality of life. In Montana we work hard and play hard. We never take for granted the opportunities provided simply by living where we do. And in order to ensure that we maintain and build upon our quality of life, we need businesses to thrive, our economy to grow, and talented workers to move here.

The Billings Chamber of Commerce is committed to remaining the voice of the business community. Working with elected officials at all levels, we advocate for favorable economic, legal, and regulatory policies that encourage prosperity and growth. We will work to protect what is working well, push for change where it is needed, and offer new ideas to expand the options for addressing the challenges we face.

Our recent experience with Covid-19 reminds us that prosperity is never predetermined or guaranteed. Public policy matters a great deal during normal times and especially so in times of crisis. A healthy workforce is a prerequisite to a healthy economy; as we look toward regaining our collective health and encouraging economic recovery, it is imperative that we reinvigorate our commitment to public health and disaster preparedness.

With our economy facing changes in the wake of Covid-19, we must also acknowledge the changing faces of our business community. Our community faces challenges regarding diversity and inclusion so we are bringing voices together to discuss overcoming those challenges. Because we are early in the process it is unclear what specific policy proposals may be brought forth. We know that if we want to attract the best and brightest while competing with other great destinations in the Mountain West, we must be open for business to ALL.


← Click on the Public Policy Guide to View the Chamber’s Positions!


Click on the roster to the left to download (Excel spreadsheet) contact information for our local Yellowstone County Legislative Delegation. →


If you’d like to offer your testimony virtually, Legislative Services created a platform to submit testimony and receive a Zoom link.

← Follow the directions provided and make sure you submit everything by noon the day prior to the hearing.

The State of Montana appropriated over $248 Million to infrastructure projects last year.

 See where that money was spent and how much came to Yellowstone County here. →


Want to get involved in public policy?

← Visit our Action Center to make your voice heard on one of the Chamber’s campaigns or contact your elected officials.


Wondering what to expect for the 2021 Legislative Session? We don’t have a crystal ball but we do have information.

Click here to get the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the 2021 Legislative Session. →


The budget is the most important piece of legislation in every legislative session.

← Get the Revenue Forecast for the upcoming Legislative Session and beyond.


Find out what bills have been proposed for the 2021 Legislative Session.

Click here for the MT Legislature Bill Lookup Page. →


In partnership with MSU Billings, the Billings Chamber will hold seven Legislative Videoconferences connecting local residents with legislators in Helena throughout the 2021 Legislative Session.

Our events generally draw about 25 people in attendance at MSU Billings and 10 legislators from the Billings area participate in Helena.These hour-long sessions allow Billings residents to get some facetime with elected officials and gives our legislators an opportunity to discuss their priorities. The meetings run from noon to 1:00 at the College of Business MacDonald Hall, room 163 at MSU Billings. If you’d rather participate virtually, we’ll provide a Zoom link in the coming weeks.


Businesses can improve public safety with some cost-effective property improvements.

← Learn more about our CPTED program by clicking the image.


 

Thank you to our 2020 Chamber Business Advocacy Sponsors!