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New CEO named for Downtown Billings Alliance


Katy Easton, now working for Big Sky Economic Development, will take over as the CEO of the Downtown Billings Alliance on Feb. 1. Easton, 39, was chosen to replace Lisa Harmon, who was the DBA’s executive director for 12 years before leaving at the end of last year. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Downtown hoping for larger share of housing market


A new study of housing needs in downtown Billings seems to suggest that the demand is there but is relatively modest, and that some fundamental improvements could entice more people downtown. The findings were presented Thursday at a meeting sponsored by the Billings Industrial Revitalization District and the Downtown Billings Alliance, the two groups that commissioned the market study of downtown housing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Downtown Autumn ArtWalk will feature 29 locations


Autumn ArtWalk in downtown Billings, set for Friday from 5 to 9, “embraces cool art, cool nights and cool music.” That’s according to a press release from the Downtown Billings Alliance, which also announced that tickets for ArtWalk’s first 50/50 raffle are on sale through the Winter ArtWalk, scheduled for Dec. 1. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Historic building’s lofts being converted to condos


Seven units in one of the earliest downtown buildings to be converted to loft apartments are now on the market as condominiums.

The two-story loft apartments, averaging about 1,700 square feet each, are located in the Oliver Building at 2702 Montana Ave., at the corner of Montana and North 27th Street. (more…) Continue Reading →

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For Harmon, downtown job ‘the biggest honor of my life’

Lisa and Greg

Lisa Harmon says there is no intrigue attached to her decision to step down as director of the Downtown Billings Alliance. “No scandal, no crisis,” she said. Just math. “I’m in my 50s and I’ve probably only got one career move left,” she said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Parking restrictions could aid downtown snow removal


Some people who drove to downtown Billings for shopping or entertainment in the wake of December’s big snowstorms may have discovered a new and occasionally perilous form of exercise. Once they parked their cars, they either had to walk to the end of the block on icy streets or climb over a steep berm of snow to access the parking meters. That wasn’t a situation that made downtown merchants or downtown shoppers very happy. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Downtown arts and culture create ‘experiential economy’


As I drop down Interstate 90 into the river valley that holds the “Magic City,” I swear: I won’t ever live in Billings, Montana. The sun glints off a spawling refinery that dominates the city’s eastern entrance. A sickly sweet smell smacks my face, making my teeth ache and my stomach curl. And they’re processing sugar beets on the South Side. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Big downtown project faces questions, serious doubts

Backers of the huge building project proposed for downtown Billings will have to persuade a majority of the City Council to put up at least $30 million in public funds for the project to work. The tougher job might be winning the support of the city’s finance director, Pat Weber, to whom a lot of council members will be looking for guidance. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Outside magazine’s Billings video now available


The Outside magazine piece on Billings’ selection as the best town of 2016 is now posted online. Better yet, so is the five-minute video tribute to Billings that was created by the folks at Outside. To find the video, just click on the link above and scroll down to about the middle of the article. Two Billings attractions are featured prominently in the video: all the nearby mountain-biking opportunities and the many craft breweries in town. (This seems like a good time to remind our readers to be careful when combining these attractions.)

The downtown-centric video covers the ground quite thoroughly, to the point where you could almost imagine someone in a distant part of the country watching it and then Googling “job opportunities in Billings, Montana.” Continue Reading →

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