Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

Economic impact of the J-1 visa exchange visitor program reduction following presidential proclamations and lack of prioritization for nonimmigrant visas in Montana. Information is from a survey conducted by the Alliance for International Exchange. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

Nonimmigrant visa decline

Two companies that help facilitate Summer Work Travel (SWT) programs, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and InterExchange, reached out to Chambers of Commerce throughout the country, concerned about a presidential proclamation that extended the limitation of the number of J-1 visa applicants able to come to the United Stat

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Many Americans have been highly adaptable to Covid times in regard to shifting to online work, especially since they got to have more creative wardrobe choices.

“Any support is appreciated,” Tanya Johnson, owner of Sky Boutique, said regarding shopping local. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

‘A whole ecosystem’

"Shopping local is just more important than ever,” Kate Tomkinson, owner of Trove, said considering the complications brought on by the coronavirus. “This season could be a make or break for a lot of businesses,” she continued.

 Laura Seyfang, executive director of Big Sky Housing Trust, presents at the Sept. Building Forum. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Big Sky Community Housing Trust on confronting the workforce housing crisis

When Laura Seyfang, executive director of Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) stood before the speakers gathered for the Chamber of Commerce Building Forum there were five and a half rental units available in Big Sky and “112 people on our waitlist desperately looking for places to rent.” She noted that median real estate prices in the area

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