WYED actively seeks out projects that develop the local economy and help to build and promote West Yellowstone as a tourist and business destination in the region. It does this by working actively with other organizations as well as taking the lead on important projects. Though a relatively young non-profit organization, WYED can claim the following successful, and completed, projects as its own:
In collaboration with the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce, WYED published and is distributing a brochure on the local Birding scene. Contact the Visitor’s Center for a copy.
Working with Fremont County, Idaho as well as the Town Council of West Yellowstone, WYED applied for and received a grant to fund a feasibility study for the construction of an Events Center for West Yellowstone. The study has been completed. For more information on the study, contact us at 646-7119.
WYED and The Historic Center of West Yellowstone were successful in receiving a grant from the Gallatin County Historical Preservation Board to help with the publication of an improved West Yellowstone Historical District Walking Map. It was completed in June 2007.
In collaboration with the Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Area, WYED received a grant to determine the feasibility of diversifying and expanding the economy of West Yellowstone through the development of college oriented partnerships with regional universities and researchers in the areas of tourism, hospitality, recreation and science. This study was completed in July 2007. WYED is now developing this project (more details below).
WYED has been named the fiduciary for the Three Bear Lodge Marketing and Promotion Fund. This fund provides $20,000 annually in matching funds for marketing and promotional projects in the community under the direction of the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee.
WYED led a team of hotel and local business owners to create and establish a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) in the Town of West Yellowstone. This was just the second TBID in the State of Montana. The TBID charges $1 for every occupied hotel room in hotels of 10 beds or larger that are located within the city limits. It is anticipated that the TBID will raise $250,000 per year for marketing and promotion of the town.
WYED successfully launched and completed the three-year Buffalo Roam public art project that raised over $160,000 in funds (click here to see more).
Using funds raised from the Buffalo Roam public art project, WYED launched its own grant-making project called the Community & Business Development Grant Program which provides grants, on a matching basis, of $2,500 for community-based projects (click here to learn more).
The above projects have been successfully completed. Some of them, such as the Community and Business Development Grant Program and the Three Bear Lodge Marketing and Promotion Fund are ongoing with WYED taking on a lead role.
WYED created and initiated the three year artistic endeavor "Where
the Painted Buffalo Roam" Project with its
artist/buffalo grand unveiling held June 1-2, 2007 in West
Montana Department of Commerce, sponsored by the Northern Rocky
Mountain Resource Conservation and