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CEDS Planning Information



Save the Date! We want to hear about the opportunities and issues in your community!



Friday November 8th, 2018 Time: 6pm

Location: Community Center


Monday November 19th, 2018 Time: 6pm

Location: City Hall


Lame Deer

Tuesday November 20th, 2018 Time: 1:00pm

Location: Chief Dull Knife College Room 205


Tuesday November 20th, 2018 Time: 6pm

Location: Tongue River Electric


Monday November 26th, 2018 Time: 6pm

Location: City Hall

Tell us about the strengths and weaknesses in YOUR community?


Southeastern MT Development Corporation (SEMDC) will be hosting Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Town Meetings throughout the area. These will be interactive sessions to review the previous year successes and challenges and to assess current projects, and community assets and needs.


The update of the CEDS will dovetail with the update of the growth policies for the City of Colstrip and Rosebud County. Up to date growth policies are an important tool for helping our communities manage change and to help maintain our way of life. Attendees will have the chance to weigh in on the update of these important planning documents.


Coupled together, the CEDS and growth policies can help all of us better take advantage of economic opportunities and to address community issues that we will face in the future.


Contact SEMDC for more info at: or (406) 748-2990

   Hysham 2018    Colstrip 2018     Lame Deer 2018    Ashland 2018      Forsyth 2018



CEDS Meeting Recaps – 2016/17

These documents are a summary of the 2017 CEDS community 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).

This year was the complete update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the four counties of Treasure, Rosebud, Custer and Powder River counties.  Below are the recaps from each community we visited in all four counties.

Please click on the following communities to view/download the 2016/17 CEDS Community Meeting Summaries in PDF format.

Ashland       Colstrip         Hysham          Miles City

Broadus          Forsyth         Lame Deer

** Please note, our draft CEDS strategy created in June of 2017 was approved in December of 2017.  You may view the draft document by clicking on the link below:

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.

View the 2011-2015 CEDS Update Online: 2011-2015 CEDS

We have created local ‘working documents’ to accompany the CEDS document in order to highlight the various strengths, weaknesses, opportunties, threatsm, and proposed projects that were brainstormed at the community meetings.

View the 2011-2015 CEDS Planning Resources: Ashland, Broadus, Colstrip, Forsyth, Hysham, Lame Deer, and Miles City.

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