Training, Education & Community Development Division

The purpose of this division is to provide new training and educational opportunities for Chamber members while creating a solid revenue stream for the Chamber.

chamber board of directors liaison:


Garret Gillispie

Ambient Air Solutions, Inc.


Bob Hietala

Gallatin College




architects & engineers committee

chair: Brad Doll, A&E Architects
co-chair: Jay Fischer, Morrison-Maierle, Inc.


objectives:
  • Engage in the City of Bozeman Strategic Planning process
  • Finalize Unified Development Code
  • Provide recommendations for Capital Improvement Plan

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


builders & developers committee

chair: Bill Fiedler, Distinctive Lighting

objectives:
  • Engage in the City of Bozeman Strategic Planning process
  • Finalize Unified Development Code
  • Provide recommendations for Capital Improvement Plan

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

business & community connections

chair: BACC Staff

objectives:
  • Alternative Funding
  • Gallatin County Law & Justice | District Courts
  • Health Care - Billings Clinic
  • Economic Development Regional Update Seminar
  • Workforce|Affordable Housing
  • Local Commercial Economic Development Update




goal:
  • Connecting Business Leaders with Community Leaders.


business & community issues

chair: BACC Staff

objectives:
  • Keep Chamber members informed regarding key community issues & opportunities.

goal:
  • Hold informative business meetings with guest speakers.


business lunch seminars

Chair: Karri Clark, BACC

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

goal:
  • Develop a series of courses designed to address the core business issues facing Montana employers.


gallatin valley agricultural committee

Chair: Kris Killorn, Insty Prints
Co-Chair: Rhonda Dove, Farm Credit Services

objectives:
  • 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.

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


gallatin valley tournament committee

Chair: Kevin Black, Gene Cook Real Estate

objectives:
  • Encourage Chamber members to volunteer at these events
  • Fundraising to support High School bids
  • Negotiate bids for hosting High School Events
  • Negotiate bids for non sanctioned events

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


LEAD series

Chair: Karri Clark, BACC

objectives:
  • Leading "Self"
  • Bridging Generational Differences
  • Leading Teams
  • Employee Retention and Turnover

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

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Lead Series class. It was informative and engaging and addressed leadership challenges we face today with the changing workforce and culture. Jeff Kaufman is an effective speaker keeping participants interested and focused on learning skills that can be applied to almost any professional role. I highly recommend; 2 hours well spent.” Amanda Hofer – Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage


leadership bozeman 32

Chair: Wytni Spranget, Stockman Bank
Co-Chairs: Leadership Bozeman 31 participants

objectives:
  • 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.

goal:
  • Develop future community leaders


manufacturing committee

Chair: Daryl Schliem, BACC

objectives:
  • Continue to expand Manufacturing Programs in conjunction with Gallatin College.

goal:
  • To address Gallatin County manufacturers needs


msu chamber partnership

Chair: BACC & MSU Staff

objectives:
  • Promote the culinary and hospitality training program
  • Promote all Bobcat Athletic Programs
  • Small Business Game Changer

goal:
  • To foster the relationships between MSU & BACC


public awareness committee

Chair: Daryl Schliem, BACC

objectives:
  • Facilitate and promote forums on current local issues that impact local business.
  • Host quarterly meetings with State and local Elected Officials and business members.
  • Identify alternative funding sources
    Gateway Local Sales Tax|State Wide Sales Tax
  • Business Equipment Tax
  • Participate in the yearly " Business Days at the Capitol" event.
  • Serve on Montana Infrastructure Coalition
  • Weekly Legislative Updates while in session
  • Tax Increment Finance District and Targeted Economic Development District.

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