Economic Development Committees

As the catalyst for business development, the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce strives to offer our members the tools and resources they need to succeed, expand and grow. We work in collaboration with a number of other entities who share our vision – including, but not limited to the City of Bozeman Economic Development Council, Montana State University, Gallatin College, City of Bozeman, County of Gallatin, Small Business Development Center and more than 20 other organizations. If you need further assistance, please contact the Chamber; we will get you connected with one of our Economic Development Committees or resources.

These committees will continue to assure business needs are met or exceeded and will focus on:

chamber board of directors liaison:

Dennis Erickson

Berkshire Hathaway

Bruce Parker

First Interstate Bank

business & industry recruitment committee

chair: Brit Fontenot - City of Bozeman

  • Establish an Economic Development working group which includes but is not limited to: Prospera Business Network, The Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Gallatin County, The City of Bozeman, Gallatin Association of Realtors, Southwest Montana Building Industry Association and Montana State University, etc. to create opportunities for business growth, development and recruitment. 
  • Recruit new businesses to Bozeman Community and enhance existing industry and commerce in the Community. 

business & industry retention committee

chair: Brit Fontenot - City of Bozeman

  • Meet with local businesses over the course of the year to learn about business expansion opportunities, retention and employment needs.
  • Work with local businesses to address challenges and opportunities for expansion in the community. 

economic growth & business development committee

chair: Daryl Scheliem - BACC

  • Create Economic Development Fund
  • Economic Gardening
  • Finalizing input for Unified Development Code Rewrite
  • Develop a short term & long term economic development strategy to assure the economic vitality of the Gallatin Valley Business Community.

transportation commitee

chair: Brian Sprenger - Gallatin Airport Authority
co-chair: Craig Woolard - City of Bozeman

  • Improve & provide adequate public transportation service in Gallatin County.
  • Support existing air service & continue to expand current air service
  • Work with state, city and county officials on future transportation planning issues.
  • Improve and expand transportation services in the Gallatin Valley.

utilities committee

chair: Craig Woolard - City of Bozeman

  • Continue to work with Bozeman Fiber Inc. to address broadband needs.
  • Identify areas of improvement that are needed for future development.
  • Work with all utility companies that service Bozeman and Gallatin County area to identify current status of utilities.
  • Provide high quality utilities that meet the current and future needs of the community.

workforce committee

chair: Bob Hietala - Gallatin College

  • Identify quality and quantity of workforce in skilled, entry level positions.
  • Work with Montana State University, Gallatin College and Bozeman ISD to establish educational synergies to further develop Gallatin County workforce.
  • Workforce Housing
  • Workforce Transportation
  • Enhance the quality and quantity of the workforce in Bozeman & Gallatin County.