CEO of the Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky, Brad Niva, spent three days in Washington DC this week representing the business community of Big Sky.


The Big Sky Chamber partnered with Chief Executive and Science Officer of the Gallatin River Task Force Kristin Gardner, Gallatin County Commissioner Scott McFarland, and representatives of American Rivers, to champion Big Sky and Montana's interests and lobbied for the passage of the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act.


Montana Headwaters Legacy Act and the Big Sky Chamber

Advocating for the passage of the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act.

This landmark legislation would increase the wild and scenic protection of the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison rivers.

These iconic waterways are the lifeblood of Montana's tourism industry, and ensuring their health for future generations is crucial. By lobbying our nation's representatives, our team helped raise awareness for this important cause.

US Travel Destination Capitol Hill


The Chamber joined forces with representatives from other Montana destinations to lend their voices to the annual US Travel Destination Capitol Hill event. This annual gathering brings tourism industry leaders together to urge Congress to enact policies that support travel and tourism.


During the event, Niva and his fellow advocates stressed the importance of:

  • Faster visa processing times and reduced customs wait times.
  • Investment in the FAA to improve air travel infrastructure and efficiency.
  • Upgrades to airports making travel to Montana and other beautiful destinations more accessible.
  • A streamlined H2B work visa program to address critical staffing shortages in the tourism industry.


By meeting with key decision-makers like Senator Tester, Senator Daines, Representative Zinke, and Representative Rosendale, Niva helped advocate for these common-sense measures that will benefit Big Sky and tourism destinations nationwide.


Big Sky Chamber's commitment to advocacy

This successful D.C. trip highlights the Big Sky Chamber's commitment to advocating for our community's best interests. By working together with other stakeholders and our elected officials, we can ensure a bright future for Big Sky and Montana's vital tourism industry.