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CEDS Community Meeting Recaps

These documents are a summary of the 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) community and growth policy meetings.  These meetings were designed to obtain community feedback and input as to what the current state of each community is, how things have changed from last year, and what projects are priorities to be completed for the following year(s).

Below are the recaps from each community we visited in the four counties of  Treasure, Rosebud, Custer and Powder River.

These CEDS recaps will dovetail with the updates of the growth policies for the City of Colstrip, Powder River, and Rosebud County. The updated growth policies are an important tool for helping our communities manage change and to help maintain our way of life. Attendees had the chance to provide public comment on these important planning documents to help all of us take advantage of economic opportunities and to address community issues that we will face in the future.

Please click on the following communities to view/download the 2019 CEDS Community Meeting Recaps in PDF format.

Ashland Town Meeting Recap 2019

Broadus Town Meeting Recap 2019

Colstrip Town Meeting Recap 2019

Forsyth Town Meeting Recap 2019

Hysham Town Meeting Recap 2019

Lame Deer Town Meeting Recap 2019

Miles City Town Meeting Recap 2019



   2016 – 2020 CEDS Document




Our CEDS process was featured on the Best Practices section of the National Association of Deveopment Organizations website.  Click Here to see that information.



2011-2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The 2011-2015 update of our CEDS  is the result of a thoughtful and often challenging planning and implementation process designed to improve the economy and quality of life in Southeastern Montana. This ongoing process involves gathering input from a culturally and economically diverse group that includes individuals and organizations from the SEMDC Economic Development District (EDD). We continually analyze local conditions, identify the strengths, weaknesses, problems, opportunities, and design strategies to achieve objectives, coordinate activities to implement the strategies, and evaluate accomplishments.

By creating unique partnerships and improving relationships, challenges facing the economic future of Southeastern Montana will be addressed in a more comprehensive and inclusive manner. During the seven “Town Meetings” held throughout the District, over 100 residents expressed a desire to initiate projects that will provoke sustainable, multi-faceted economic development. Most often mentioned was the desire to develop basic infrastructure, increase web presence and visibility to attract tourists and enhance communication, develop housing to meet local needs, encourage responsible energy development while maximizing opportunities to support the industry, and to foster diverse and homegrown businesses. Public input from this on-going process helped SEMDC focus on the following six main factors:

Economy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Services, Communication, Quality of Place

Without the active involvement of local elected officials, area business people, government employees, school officials and private citizens, this update would not have been possible.

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