Northcentral Montana’s regional economy, frontier history, rural environments, and small towns are part of our shared identity. In 2012 and 2013, residents told us that they prefer sustainable development to either a “boom & bust” scenario or continued loss of rural population. Their input guided our planning process, which included governments, organizations, and residents of 11 counties and three reservations. Working together, Vibrant Futures Consortium partners identified common goals and developed best strategies that reflect the needs and desires of communities.
We found that every town has its own economic strategies, and every community contributes to the regional economy. Diverse communities rely on one another for services and consumers. They strive to maintain essential services such as grocery stores and gas stations, to revitalize downtown areas, to attract more businesses, and to improve transportation, infrastructure and housing.
You can download the full Regional Plan, the Regional Plan Summary, the Growth Policy Review and the Report Card which can be used in the planning process for any area.
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.
These word clouds were created by the information gathered at our community roundtable discussions. Raw data about each county is located here. The word clouds are a summary of the priorities of each area. A PDF of the word clouds is also available for download.
Below are all of the Pondera County data maps that were used in the Vibrant Futures Regional Plan. You can also download the PDF version of all maps.
Below are all of the Phillips County data maps that were used in the Vibrant Futures Regional Plan. You can also download the PDF version of all maps. Housing Condition maps are also available below the data maps and the PDF version can be downloaded as well.