The Montana Department of Commerce is happy to announce an upcoming workshop opportunity on Brownfields redevelopment resources for your community.
“Removing Obstacles to Redeveloping Your Downtown”
When: May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: MT Department of Commerce, 301 S Park Avenue, Room #228, Helena, MT
This free workshop, co-hosted by the Montana Department of Commerce and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University, is designed to help you gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is, learn how Brownfield revitalization can be a part of your business development strategy, and to hear from state and national leaders on resources available to assist local government with redevelopment of contaminated or potentially contaminated property. Bring your community-specific project and join in the discussion!
Topics will include:
– Brownfields Revitalization, Resources, & TAB
– Federal EPA Brownfields Opportunities
– State EPA Brownfields Resources
– Success Stories
**Detailed agenda coming soon**
Who should attend? Planning professionals, local and regional government officials, not-for-profit economic and community development organizations, real estate, legal and banking professionals, contractors and developers, and anyone interested in learning about brownfields or about financial resources for local redevelopment.
Attendance is FREE and lunch will be provided, but registration is required by May 15th. To register, visit the workshop webpage at: https://www.ksutab.org/education/workshops/
To view workshop flyer, click HERE
The newly created Livingston Hoot is coming together for an August 7th debut in downtown Livingston. The LBID (Livingston Business Improvement District) in conjunction with the Livingston Chamber of Commerce joined forces with producers Joanne Gardner and John Lowell to create an event that would bring people downtown for a free evening of music, food and family fun from 5:30 – 9:30 PM.
The Livingston Hoot part of the FishWalk – which marks the return of the International Federation of Fly Fishers to Livingston to celebrate their anniversary. The three day event hosted by the organization will feature seminars, lectures and demonstrations all over Livingston. The FishWalk is an opportunity for conclave attendees to have a fun night out in Livingston and is open to the public. FishWalk needed a host– the Livingston Hoot stepped in.
Music will begin just after 6:00 PM with Country Blues guitarist/vocalist John Derado performing hot licks on his slide guitar. John comes from Chicago and is a favorite performer up at Big Sky Resort in the high winter season. Then legendary singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell and his band take the stage.
Crowell is touring in support of his new CD “Tarpaper Sky,” which features the opening song “Long Journey Home, written about Montana and dedicated to his friend, the late Ben Bullington, who died in Livingston last November. “Rodney is an amazing performer,” said Gardner. “I’ve been lucky enough to be touring with him for a few years, and I can tell you none of us ever know what’s going to happen. There’s a loose plan, but Rodney feeds off the audience’s energy and if they’re grooving, he may just call out a Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly tune!”
Crowell has performed locally in recent years, including a fundraiser for the Livingston Food Pantry and Warriors and Quiet Waters with his compadre Emmylou Harris two years ago. Their latest project together won the Grammy for Best Americana Record this January, as well as two Americana Awards last fall. Rodney and Emmylou toured the country and the world with the Glory Band all last year. Mr. Crowell recently received an Americana Music Association nominee as Artist of the Year.
Mr. Crowell will be joined on this show by Steuart Smith, his long time musical collaborator, who also fills guitar duties with the Eagles. His very special guest will be Bill Payne, of the seminal band Little Feat. Bill has been recording with Rodney and Emmylou Harris on their newest recording. Other band members include Jerry Roe of the Glory Band, Michael Rinne, and Ms. Gardner.
Main Street will be closed from Park Street to Clark Street starting at 4:00 PM on August 7th so that that area restaurants, galleries, non profits and businesses can get ready for the street party. Food will be available in downtown restaurants and many other suppliers are coming in to make sure there are plenty of choices to feed the family. Local restaurants participating in special food include Pinky’s, Glenn’s, Chadz, the Stockman, Bokudu, the Sport, the Second Street Bistro, the Mint, Coffee Crossing and more.
Non profit organizations will be hosting fun events for the whole family, hosting games and selling treats. Expect to see the Livingston Food Pantry, Stafford Animal Shelter, Tri County Network, Livingston Education Foundation, Community Health Partners, Livingston Health Care, the Park County Friends of the Arts, Shane Center, Livingston Center for Art and Culture, Community Closet, Park County Senior Center, Park County Mental Health Center, Rotary Club, Western Sustainability Exchange and many more set up on Main Street distributing information on their important projects.
Visit www.LivingstonHoot.com for more information.
See you at the Hoot!
Recently Job Service and Park County Extension conducted discovery sessions to gain a better understanding of local priorities and gather feedback from community members. Nearly eighty people came together to explore Park County’s strengths and weaknesses, the meaning of economic and workforce development, the importance of infrastructure to the economy, and to answer, “where are we and where do we want to go?”
You can see the top five priorities and a summary of the process in the infographic below. Both Job Service and Park Co. Extension gained important perspective on areas to focus economic development efforts. Participants in the discovery sessions have also gained valuable connections to individuals and groups that are working on some of the needs identified throughout the process.
To learn more or to share your ideas about economic development in Park County, contact Katie Weaver at the MSU Extension office, 406-222-4156.
The Yellowstone Asian Initiative is hosting a Chinese art exhibition featuring accomplished artists from China. An opening artist’s reception will be held on July 5th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Shane Center in Livingston. Come check out the opening event, meet the artists, and enjoy live music, appetizers and beverages. All original artwork and prints will be for sale. The exhibition is open and free to the public and will run until August 15th.
In addition to the art exhibition, the Yellowstone Asia Initiative is sponsoring a community mural project in Livingston. Local artist Parks Reece will lend his artistic talents to the project collaborating with artists from China and local youth.
For more information about the art exhibit and mural project, email email@example.com.