Snowy Mountain Development Corporation serves six counties in Central Montana: Fergus, Judith Basin, Wheatland, Petroleum, Musselshell and Golden Valley. Home to nearly 22,000 people, the 12,328-square-mile area features a breathtaking mixture of plains and island mountain ranges, punctuated by rural communities. Agriculture, manufacturing and construction industries anchor the region's economy, where a number of landowners are among "America's 100 Largest Landowners."
Among the region's strengths are its historic structures and landmarks, industry diversification, recreational assets, natural resources, very low crime rates and high-quality educational opportunities.
SMDC leads, develops and implements the region’s development plan, known as its Comprehensive Development Strategy (CEDS). Through rigorous, regionwide planning and public involvement, SMDC reinforces the democratic aim of civic engagement to provide a CEDS that is representative of the residents and businesses it effects.
Recently, we were struggling to draw down a payment from the IPP Federal payment system. After spending nearly a week unsuccessfully trying to secure our payment, we contacted SMDC's PTAC counselor. She troubleshot the problem with us and within approximately 24 hours, we had the problem resolved and the funding secured.
SMDC is an asset to the Central Montana region. They provided the technical assistance and gap financing I needed to start two new businesses in Lewistown, remodel two Main Street Historic properties and create over 30 jobs for the community.
SMDC provided the leg work and assistance we needed to secure a training grant that gave our new business a solid launch. We have been well received and stand proud as a pivotal project. The beauty of our building remodel, steady patrons through the doors and excitement surrounding the park have given other projects in town momentum.