Our Mission, Vision, & Values
The Big Sky Chamber’s mission is to set the table with key partners that bring resources and ideas together to empower and champion our members to succeed in business and enhance the overall vitality of the business ecosystem.
To steward a Big Sky where businesses have access to the tools they need so that they may thrive and Big Sky will continue to be an economic leader in the region.
We will EMPOWER our members with the resources and connections they need to help their businesses grow and prosper.
We will be PASSIONATE about our community and our people.
We will be LEADERS in identifying and addressing issues of community and regional concern.
We will remain RELEVANT and RESPONSIVE to the issues that you have affecting your business.
We will be TRUSTWORTHY stewards of the Chamber’s funds and your belief in our organization.
This is a critically important issue for the Big Sky community and in light of that, the Big Sky Chamber has convened a panel of local care providers to speak about their needs assessments and research reports. These studies help aid our town’s understanding of what Behavioral Health Resources are available in Big Sky and what our community needs moving forward.
In 2016, the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the HRDC, formed the Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) which was responsible for the affordable housing effort in Big Sky. In the years since, the BSCHT has blossomed in to a self sustaining organization receiving Resort Tax Funding in the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year Appropriations.
In the summer of 2017, NorthWestern Energy convened a multi-session process of engaging the Big Sky Community about the need for, and location of, a new mid-mountain substation. As part of the exploratory team, the Big Sky Chamber helped address the community concerns about the location and technology used for the new substation while helping to determine a solution. After a year of deliberation and community wide discussion, the Rainham location was selected as the best option that compromised community need and concern.
- Map of proposed location
- Official Press Release from NorthWestern Energy
The Big Sky Chamber was entrusted to be the catalyst in addressing the Transportation/Transit infrastructure challenge on behalf of the Big Sky Community dating back to the initial community forums in association with Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute in January / February 2016. Using the results of a study completed by Sanderson Stewart to apply for a Federal TIGER Grant, the Big Sky Community was awarded a $10.3 Million grant to help improve the safety along MT Highway 64.
The Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum is a group of diverse watershed stakeholders working collaboratively to identify and solve water resource issues in the Upper Gallatin Watershed in the areas of ecological health of the river systems, water supply and availability, and wastewater treatment and reuse.
- Big Sky Area Sustainable Watershed Executive Summary
- Canyon Area Feasibility Study
- Canyon Wastewater Upgrade Study
- Draft District Formation
- Executive Summary
- Wastewater Flow & Nutrient Loading
- Draft Disposal
- Draft Conveyance, Collection & Reuse