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Billings leaders look to the future at Realtors’ event

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:28-04

BILLINGS- What will Billings look like five years from now? How about 15 years from now?  That was the subject of Thursday’s Billings Association of Realtors Community Projects luncheon at the Petroleum Club.

The forum featured an update from on projects underway at the airport, a look at progress on the Billings Bypass, re-coding efforts in the city, and information about a new campaign to attract more people to move here.

“It’s great to know what’s going on in our community. I think we get kind of boxed in with showing houses all the time and a lot of times we don’t realize all the outworking things going on in our community,” said Billings Association of Realtors President Shelly Harris. “To know what to tell our potential clients, especially those moving in from out of town, what’s going on in Billings and how we are making transportation better, how we’re making zoning and neighborhoods better is a good thing to do.”

The speakers included:

  • Kevin Ploehn, Billings airport and transit director, who discussed the airport terminal project.
  • Doug Enderson, Montana Department of Transportation project manager of the Billings Bypass.
  • Monica Plecker, planning division manager for city of Billings and Yellowstone County, who discussed recoding, an update of the zoning code.
  • Karen Baumgart, BillingsWorks director, who discussed a new campaign aimed at recruiting new talent to Billings by touting moderate home prices and sparse traffic.

Harris is also predicting a strong year ahead for the Billings real estate market thanks to interest rates starting to drop again.