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:

Bill Fiedler

Distinctive Lighting

Steve Wheeler


business & industry recruitment committee

Chair: David Fine - City of Bozeman

  • Economic Development partnerships which include but not limited to: Prospera Business Network, Gallatin County, The City of Bozeman, Gallatin Association of Realtors, Southwest Montana Building Industry Association and Montana State University, Gallatin College, etc. to create opportunities for business growth, development and recruitment.
  • Enhance existing industry and commerce into the community.

  • Recruit new businesses to Bozeman & Gallatin County.

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 Schliem - BACC

  • Create Economic Development Fund
  • Finalizing input for Unified Development Code Rewrite
  • Tax Increment Finance Districts, Targeted Economic Development & other business incentives
  • Opportunity Zone

  • Develop a short term & long term economic development strategy to assure the economic vitality of the Gallatin Valley Business Community.

transportation committee

Chair: Brian Sprenger - Gallatin Airport Authority

  • 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: Pat Patterson - NorthWestern Energy

  • 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.

  • Identify current and future needs of the community to ensure high quality utilities.

workforce committee

Chair: Bob Hietala - Gallatin College

  • Comprehensive Workforce Study.
  • Work with Montana State University, Gallatin College and Bozeman ISD to establish educational / training synergies to further develop Gallatin County workforce.
  • Future Gallatin College Campus.
  • Workforce Housing.
  • Workforce Transportation.
  • Workforce Daycare.

  • Enhance training programs to attract qualified workforce in Bozeman & Gallatin County.