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CEDS Meeting Recaps – 2015

These documents are a summary of the 2015 CEDS community meetings. These meetings were designed to discuss local findings from the five-year CEDS document created last year by SEMDC, and to get community feedback 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 especially important to host community meetings because of the many natural resource development projects currently going on, expanding, and those that are proposed to begin in the next few years in Southeastern MT. There will be many impacts on communities in south eastern Montana, and the goal is to maximize positive impacts and mitigate negative ones. The more communities understand the impacts, proactively plan, and communicate within the community and region, the better the outcomes will be. These documents summarise the thoughts, ideas, and projects discussed at the community meetings. It also summarises some of the findings from the surveys that were passed out at the meetings.

Please click on the following communities to view/download the 2015 CEDS Community Meeting Summaries in PDF format.

Ashland        Colstrip         Hysham          Miles City

Broadus          Forsyth         Lame Deer


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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