Economy & Business

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport set another record for passengers last year. And this year has the potential to be another banner year.

The Bozeman airport saw more than an 8.4 % spike in the number of travelers in and out of Bozeman in 2016, the airport’s seventh consecutive year of record breaking passenger traffic.

Brian Sprenger, Airport Director, Gallatin Airport Authority, said there are several factors for the growth.

Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County’s economic development arm is investing $50,000 in several healthcare education and provider projects in Billings. 

Big Sky Economic Development donated the largest amount, $20,000, to Billings Clinic for medical education. The money will go toward its Helmsley Simulation Laboratory and Medical Education Center. The center is for individuals in its internal medicine residency program and for practitioners across the region.

Jackie Yamanaka

Driving the Billings economy through innovation in healthcare is the topic of a two-day summit sponsored by Big Sky Economic Development.

Governor Steve Bullock says Billings poised to address the challenges facing the entire state. 

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana produces an abundance of food but the journey from pasture to plate faces challenges, especially for restaurants.

The menu at Montana Ale Works in Bozeman points out the dishes made with local ingredients.

Aaron Brittingham, executive sous chef at Montana Ale Works, says that includes beef.

“We get all of our burgers through Montana Wagyu Cattle Company,” he says.

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American Airlines returned to Montana with great fanfare on June 2, 2016 when a direct flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth landed in Bozeman, the state’s busiest airport.

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Many Yellowstone County Employers say they “don’t know” when asked to rate how well education and training providers in Billings are helping them meet their workforce needs.

The finding was from a BillingsWorks survey conducted for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority.

Respondents were asked to rate the numerous programs in Billings. This includes the high schools to adult education to higher education.

Jackie Yamanaka

The “Help Wanted” sign remains up at Avitus Group thanks in part to a 490-thousand dollar grant from the state of Montana.

Avitus Group must hire 58 employees in Yellowstone County under the terms of the grant, says Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary.

“We are not going to reimburse him for a job he created in Colorado,” she says.

Money for this grant comes from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund and the Primary Sector Workforce Training grant.

Billings Church Successful Diaper Drive

Feb 12, 2016
First United Methodist Church, Billlings

Update: FUMC collected more than 15,000 diapers during this second diaper drive, and they received a donation of $500.

A Billings church is again covering babies’ bottoms in love this spring.

First United Methodist Church held its first diaper drive in December 2014. It collected more than 38,000 diapers, surpassing their goal of 10,00 by quite a few diapers.

  Brian Hunter is a staff member at the church. He says the agencies that received all those diapers were incredulous;