People3 Montana Ready Communities


Regional Summits

The Montana Department of Commerce is leading the Montana Ready Communities Initiative, a project to support community resiliency in the face of natural, man-made or economic challenges. Commerce is working across all state agencies to create a Resiliency Framework that is informed and guided by public input and comment. During Summer 2018, Commerce hosted 18 regional summits at the locations outline on the map below. The summits helped us proactively gather information to be used to help prepare our communities for a variety of adverse events. This approach will ensure that the State of Montana plans for long-term resilience and aligns projects and priorities across state agencies. Our goal is to collaborate with a wide range of partners to leverage resources and deliver positive results that create an adaptable and vibrant future for all Montanans.



In total, Commerce’s summits reached over 300 local stakeholders from communities across the State. These summits consisted of 2-3 hours of guided discussion between community leaders and the public. This process identified local resilience solutions and brainstormed potential paths to overcoming local challenges. This information will be used to develop Montana’s Resiliency Framework. The Framework is a statewide strategy that creates long-term planning for various projects, while building resilience for adverse events such as floods or wildfires.

The presentation given during the summit is available below:

Helena: June 27, 2018 - PRESENTATION
Billings: July 10, 2018
Butte: July 23, 2018
Missoula: July 24, 2018
Pablo: July 25, 2018
Kalispell: July 25, 2018
Browning: July 26, 2018
Great Falls: July 26, 2018
Havre: August 13, 2018
Fort Belknap: August 13, 2018
Glasgow: August 14, 2018
Poplar: August 14, 2018
Glendive: August 15, 2018
Lewistown: August 27, 2018
Roundup: August 27, 2018
Miles City: August 28, 2018
Hardin: August 28, 2018
Bozeman: August 29, 2018

Summit Locations

The 18 summit locations were chosen to reflect the wide, cultural, geographical and climatic diversity of Montana.








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