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Mayor Addresses Bozeman's Economy

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The Mayor of Bozeman stresses the importance of a strong economy, as the city grows.

Mayor Jeff Krauss gave his annual State of the City Address on Monday night in his third term as Mayor. He said the city has both opportunities and challenges.

"Either one of those require a healthy economy, so for me I want to talk about the kind of economy we want when Bozeman grows up," said Krauss.

One major challenge, he said is taking care of the old landfill, which has caused volatile organic compounds to seep into 26 homes in the Bridger Creek subdivision.

"It's a problem and it's going to cost us a lot of money," said Krauss.

He said when he began in city government, the town was sharply divided.  He wants to make sure we never go back to being like that.

"Let's go back to having a community that has reasonable discussions and avoids angry words," said Krauss.
 
A proposed ordinance that would ban any discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation has been a huge discussion at many city commission meetings. Krauss said they are currently drafting a non-discrimination proposal.

"Depending on the point of views, we will either go forward with this piece or not going forward with this piece," said Krauss. "I think by the end of April we will have something drafted."

Krauss is also trying to open up the town for business beyond one of the top money makers: Montana State University.

"We're a high amenity working town, not just a resort town. By being a high amenity working town, we separate ourselves from college towns," said Krauss.

Krauss said a strong economy will be the key factor into fixing city issues and growing the town.

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