Five Montana counties to receive economic development assistance

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Deb Brown

Deb Brown

Beartooth Resource Conservation and Development recently received EDA Cares Act funding to assist the five counties in their service area. Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties will receive help in growing their economies over the next two years. National consultants Deb Brown and Becky McCray from SaveYour.Town will be working with county leaders, focusing especially on the four rural counties.

BRCD Economic Director Steve Simonson said, “We are thrilled to welcome Deb and Becky to southcentral Montana. Their unique perspective and knowledge will be a great asset in getting our local economy back on track.”

Deb Brown will be on site Sept. 30 through Oct. 8 to visit all four counties. SaveYour.Town are not the type of consultants who come to town and tell you what to do, according to the press release sent by BRC&D. They are not big city people; they are rural people who understand the challenges of rural communities.

Brown said, “Until we meet and work with your four counties, we won’t know who needs what the most. That starts with conversations with the key players. This is done in person and virtually. We help develop a two-year project that brings sustainability, resiliency, and a profitable community.”

Brown will do a walk-through and ask many questions when she is here. She visits with small businesses, community members, and groups and organizations. If you would like to meet with her or attend a gathering, please contact Steve Simonson, Beartooth RC&D Economic Director, at ssimonson@beartooth.org.

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