Zortman Community Input

Economic Development (private business)

  • Marketing to promote recreational opportunities (landscape & wildlife, ATV trails, campgrounds, hunting & fishing, gold panning)
  • Services to support hunting and tourism (mapping, maintenance, trail safety)
  • Develop year-round employment options
  • Develop housing (limited by public lands surrounding town)

Saco Community Input

Economic Development (private business)

  • Aging population, declining numbers, can’t support local businesses enough to support growth
  • Offer employee training in customer service
  • Price of gas must improve

Rocky Boy Community Input

Economic Development (private business):

  • Locally-grown food distribution system
  • Each tribal department self-sustaining
  • Increase the number of Indian businesses (grocery store, gas station)
  • Establish stores and shopping centers closer to Rocky Boy or Box Elder
  • Establish local electricity/gas/phone companies
  • Increase honest, respected leadership 

Whitewater Community Input

Economic Development (private business)

  • Public transportation (community bus; part-time driver; weekly route to Malta)
  • Public restrooms
  • Public park
  • Local grocery store
  • Farm-to-cafeteria program to improve access to fresh foods
  • Restaurant w/ regular meals
  • Traveling doctor/nurse (work w/ Phillips Cy Hospital)

Stanford Community Input


  • Create student activity center
  • Offer adult education/employment & business training
  • Integrate individual athlete sports into school athletic program
  • Montana High School Association should relax rules
  • Expand library
  • Create volunteer corps

Baseline Indicator Data

For every Regional Plan Area of Focus, we identified a handful of significant quantitative indicators from easily accessed commercial and government data sources. They are all available for counties; some are available for municipalities and reservations as well. The following Excel files provide a starting point for measuring progress towards Regional Plan objectives over the next 20 years.

Regional Census Data

The following Excel files contain detailed census data for the region. If you do not have Excel, you can download the Excel Viewer.

This information and more census related information is also available here.

Malta Community Input

Economic Development (private business)

  • Continue revitalization of downtown area
  • Continue to fund Phillco
  • New call center
  • Neighborhood block party
  • Community center
  • Better use of existing buildings; recruit new businesses
  • Business directory
  • “Welcome” packet for tourists and new residents
  • Recruit optometrist, dentist