Attendees at Big Sky Economic Development’s annual meeting learned Wednesday that retiring baby boomers and continued economic growth mean that Yellowstone County employers will have to fill a projected 32,000 job openings over the next decade.  Members of baby boomer population were born between 1946 and 1964 and some are riding off into their retirement years, but projected population and economic growth in Yellowstone County will add even more job openings.

A video presentation highlighted numerous public and private projects that are already underway or are expected to be completed over the next four years.  Commercial development is expanding at Shiloh Crossing and the nearby Montana Sapphire development.  Improvements are on the drawing board for the downtown medical corridor, at Billings Logan International Airport, in Lockwood, downtown Billings and near MetraPark.  Big Sky Economic Development Corp. has reached a new milestone: 150 private local businesses are dues-paying members.