Training, Education & Community
Development Division

The purpose of this division is to provide new training and educational and leadership opportunities for Chamber members to assist in addressing 2022 opportunities and beyond.

Chamber Board of Directors Liaison(s):

Board Member Executive*
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Garret Gillispie

Ambient Air Solutions, Inc.

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Justin Lind

INK Outside The Box

Chair:
Jay Fischer - Morrison-Maierle, Inc.


Goals:

  • To provide a forum for architects and engineers to share ideas & experiences with elected officials.

Objective:

  • Clarification of Unified Development Code.
  • Engage in the City of Bozeman Strategic Planning process.
  • Provide recommendations for Capital Improvement Plan.

Chair:
Bill Fiedler - Distinctive Lighting


Goals:

  • To provide a forum for builders, developers and real estate agents to share ideas and experiences with elected officials.

Objective:

  • Clarification of Unified Development Code.
  • Engage in the City of Bozeman Strategic Planning process.
  • Maximize land use opportunities.
  • Provide recommendations for Capital Improvement Plan.

Chair:
BACC Staff


Goals:

  • Connecting business vision with community vision.

Objective:

  • Facilitate candid conversations between the business community and the citizens of Bozeman and Gallatin County.
  • State of the City.

Chair:
Karri Clark - BACC


Goals:

  • Develop courses designed to address the core business issues facing Montana employers.

Objective:

  • Host training courses to address a variety of topics and issues pertinent to current business issues.
  • Survey members.

Chair:
Daryl W. Schliem - BACC


Goals:

  • Economic Development Regional Update Seminar presented by businessmen and women on current development projects under construction/planned and expectations for the business economy for the next two-three years.

Objective:

  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Update.
  • Local & Regional Economic Development Update.
  • Other BACC partner updates.


Chair:
Kristi Gee - Belgrade Chamber of Commerce


Goals:

  • Promote agriculture in Gallatin County through educational, social and legislative support.

Objective:

  • Continue to develop our partnership with Belgrade Chamber of Commerce.
  • Provide a scholarship to MSU Agriculture Foundation.
  • Work with area elementary schools to fund and coordinate the annual Farm Fair.
  • Work with the Gallatin Valley Agricultural Committee to coordinate the annual FFA Breakfast when it's held in Bozeman.

Chair:
Kevin Black - Cook Development


Goals:

  • Promote and support High School-sanctioned and non-sanctioned events in Belgrade & Bozeman.

Objective:

  • Encourage Chamber members to volunteer at these events.
  • Fundraising to support High School bids.
  • Negotiate bids for hosting High School Events.

Chair:
Wytni Spranget, Stockman Bank & Crystal Fiedler, Distinctive Lighting

Co-Chair:
John Carey, Bank of the Rockies; Kirstin Clausen, First Interstate Bank & Stephanie Edwards, The Flooring Place

Goals:

  • Develop future community leaders

Objective:

  • Provide a broad overview of the opportunities facing Bozeman and Gallatin County through a comprehensive learning program.
  • Provide opportunities at each session for future leaders to learn from current community leaders through field trips, presentations and question and answer sessions.

Chair:
Karri Clark - BACC


Goals:

  • To help businesses achieve record-setting improvements & individuals achieve their full potential.

Objective:

  • LEAD Series 2022: Purpose, Passion and Performance - The Pillars of Organizational Success
    • Purpose - Aligning Actions of Employees with Customers
    • Passion - Fueling the Best Self in Managers & Employees
    • Performance - Igniting High & Consistent Performance

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Chair:
BACC Staff and MSU Staff


Goals:

  • To foster the relationships between MSU and BACC

Objective:

  • Promote all Bobcat Athletic Programs
  • Small Business Game Changer
  • Sponsorship of MSU Football Stadium Corporate Room

Chair:
Daryl W. Schliem - BACC


Goals:

  • Educate members about city, county & state issues that affect business. Communicate the Chamber’s position on these issues to elected officials.

Objective:

  • Business Equipment Tax Elimination.
  • Facilitate and promote forums on current local issues that impact local business.
  • Local Sales Tax Option/State-wide Sales Tax.
  • Host quarterly meetings with State and local Elected Officials and business members.
  • Identify alternative funding sources.
  • Interim Liquor Licenses Study.
  • Participate in the yearly " Business Days at the Capitol" event.
  • Serve on Montana Infrastructure Coalition.
  • Tax Increment Finance District and Targeted Economic Development District.
  • Weekly Legislative Updates.
  • Workforce Training Funds.

Chair:
Heather Grenier, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)


Goals:

  • Create private public partnerships to address urban camping and an emergency shelter.

Objective:

  • Address urban camping.
  • Assist HRDC in meeting their financial shortfall to build an emergency shelter.
  • Continue the dialogue with the business community and public sector in addressing urban camping.

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