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It’s hard to believe that we’re more than halfway through 2019 and at the BLDC we’re incredibly excited about what 2019 has brought us.  In the spring we were proud to announce the siting of FCR, which has already hired 140 new employees in our community, leading the way for a new venture in Butte.  We have also seen tremendous activity with our entrepreneurs, small business owners, and large employers.  


One of the critical components to our organization being able to provide such a high level of work and expertise to the community is our membership drive.  These generous donations are what drive our organization and enable us to do the work that is so important to Butte. Since our last membership drive, we have deployed over $1m in loan funds to small businesses in Butte, attracted $1.2 million in committed grant funds for direct job creation and worked with our many fantastic partners to continue leading Butte’s economy forward.  


We can’t do any of this work without the tremendous support of the business community and want to say thank you to every past BLDC member and all of our future members that help keep Butte such an amazing place to live, work and play.  It is because of your support that Butte’s economy continues to thrive, and it is thanks to your contributions that the future of Butte looks brighter than ever and for that, we are incredibly thankful and encourage you to renew your membership and keep investing in Butte.

Thank you,

Joe Willauer

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Silver Bow County Census Tract 1 has been designated an Opportunity Zone by the U.S. Treasury.   This designation presents a unique opportunity for development by providing federal tax incentives for the reinvestment of unrealized capital gains.  These incentives are in addition to those currently offered on a state and local level.


Our designated opportunity zone in Butte encompasses our central business district and includes numerous strategic investment opportunities.  These include the future home of a world-class medical training facility, numerous historic buildings and a distinct urban feel that is unique throughout the west.  Along with the investment potential of the Butte opportunity zone additional grant funds are available to incentivize projects in the zone including Brownfields Assessments, Urban Revitalization Agency as well as numerous workforce incentives. 

Download the full Opportunity Zone Prospectus

With thousands of people expected to visit Butte this weekend for the Montana Folk Festival, it’s a good chance to showcase positive things about the Mining City.

“So, it’s to take the negatives and to turn them into positives,” said Maria Pochervina, director of the Butte Convention and Visitor Bureau.

The group Butte Elevated was formed to highlight the good parts of Butte and to dispel misconceptions about the city, including its large Superfund site and the Berkeley Pit.

“We have the Berkeley Pit, that’s not drinkable water, but we have some of the cleanest water in the state of Montana with the Basin Creek treatment plant, water treatment facility,” said Pochervina.

Watch the full story here.

Come by the Kid's Area this Thursday, where the BLDC and Headwaters RC&D staff will be hosting games, face-painting, and more!  Letter B will be the musical entertainment this week.  Thank you to BLDC Member, Northwestern Energy, for hosting this week's Music on Main!

Rec Con is bringing together Montana’s, outdoor retailers, manufacturers, overlanding enthusiasts, guide services, mountain bikers, fly shops, outfitters, summer and winter sports enthusiasts, non-profits, government agencies and public landowners from around the state and country to showcase the wide range of things you can do in the Great State of Montana.

At RecCon Montana, guests will have the opportunity to participate in workshops facilitated by world-class outdoor recreation professionals on a wide range of topics, intended to build skills and confidence as people head out to explore the front ranges and backcountry of Montana.

We encourage any and all of our Butte Basecamp outdoor enthusiasts or supporters to learn more about how to showcase our community's offerings in the outdoors by attending this event.

To learn more click here.

The Montana Chamber Foundation invites you to participate in the 14th Annual Economic Update Series.  This annual series provides brief mid-year updates and economic projections for local, state, and national economies.  The series takes place in seven locations across the state: Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell.

The series will feature Patrick Barkey with the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business & Economic Research.  In addition to the mid-year projections for each region, we will take a look at the impact Boomer retirement will have on the workforce.

Register for Economic Update

SafetyFestMT: Butte 2019 will be held August 13 - 15, 2019 at Highland College located at 25 Basin Creek Road in Butte.  We've got 33 topics on this year's agenda for people to choose from.  We're also partnering up with the ABC Clinics so employers can get the information they need in one place.

Topics at the Butte SafetyFest include but aren't limited to:

  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Training
  • MSHA Blue Card Train the Trainer
  • OSHA 10 General Industry
  • OSHA 10 Construction
  • Fall Protection in Construction OSHA 7405
  • Managing Excavation Hazards OSHA 7410
  • Silica in Construction & General Industry OSHA 7215
  • ABC Clinic Track
  • Active Shooter
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Ag/ATV Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Defensive Driving
  • Employee Engagement
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • Machine Guarding
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Risk Assessment
  • Walking Working Surfaces
  • Workplace Violence: Anticipating & Managing Altered Mental Status

You can download a printable version of the agenda by selecting this link.

Register for SafetyFest

Mark your calendars for an incredible upcoming year of festivals and events! Book your stay, shop local, dine out, and entertain richly in Butte!

#ButteElevated #LiveElevated #PlayElevated #VisitButte

Help Us Craft an Amazing Innovate Montana Symposium in Butte!

What new elements do you want to see at the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium? Let us know in the quick survey below.

One lucky responder will be chosen at random for a special prize right in line with the spirit of our host city -- Butte!  #innovateMONTANA

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The Butte Local Development Corporation proudly thanks our Platinum Sponsors! Their investment in Butte highlights their passion for Butte's economic development. They are true champions of change in our community.
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