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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What kind of survey is this?

A: It’s an “economic needs assessment” survey. We want to know what you think about jobs, businesses, industries, infrastructure, and other aspects of your community.


Q: Who is “we”? Who is giving this survey? And what is the survey for, anyway?

A: Sweetgrass Development! We are a non-profit that supports economic development in the Blackfeet Nation, the Montana Chippewa Little Shell Tribe, and Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and Toole Counties. Every five years we review our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This allows us to adapt and set new goals and objectives based upon the regional needs. In order to adapt to the changes we need your input.

Q: Why should I care?

A: Because rewriting the CEDS every five years helps businesses, non-profits and local governments when applying for funding or working to better our communities. Examples are as follows: 

  • Public Infrastructure & Services

  • Transportation

  • Telecommunications

  • Arts & Culture

  • Parks & Recreation

  • Public Safety

  • Historic Preservation

  • Economic Development

  • Business Expansion & Retention

  • Tourism

  • Workforce Development/Training

  • Agriculture

  • Housing

  • Childcare

  • So much more!


When you provide feedback, including it in our planning is just the beginning. We use your insight to identify projects that make our region even better. The CEDS is a public document, so it may be used our partners in local government, nonprofits, private business, and beyond!