STOKE Ski Club

STOKE Ski Club

Get STOKED to SKI and Board at Showdown Ski Area Feb 18, Feb 25, March 03

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2024 Ag Appreciation Dinner

2024 Ag Appreciation Dinner

Join us on February 24 for the Annual Ag Appreciation day at the Watson Event Center.

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Basic Pistol Course

Basic Pistol Course


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BCDC is ‘Broadwater Development Corporation’

Our Mission is to Attract, retain and expand businesses in Broadwater County and support infrastructure and beautification efforts. Protect and maintain our heritage.

The BCDC Meetings are open to the public. Join us at our monthly meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Lodge of Townsend.

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Broadwater Community Foundation Newsletter for 2022 – 2023 is now available.

Click on Broadwater Community Foundation Newsletter to view the 2023-2024 newsletter

Click on BCF Grant Guidelines and Application to download the 2023-2024 BCF Grant Application.

Click on Broadwater Community and Aqua Center Survey to help design the proposed center


Broadwater Community Review Phase 1

Assessment Report Phase 1 is now available

Phase 1 Assessment Report

The January, 2024 Community Connections Newsletter is now available. Click on January, 2024 Community Connections Newsletter to view the newsletter.

The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority Annual Report is Available

The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority Annual Report has been Published.  Click here to read/download the Annual Report.
BSPRA Mission- To provide for the reestablishment of safe, reliable, and sustainable passenger rail service across southern Montana that increases opportunity and contributes to the health and well-being of people across the state and beyond.
BSPRA Vision- To lead the expansion and enhancement of passenger rail service throughout Montana and the greater northwest region for the development of economic, environmental, social, and comprehensive benefits, now and into the future!



USDA Seeks Applications to Help Farmers and Ranchers Venture into New and Better Markets

Bozeman, Mont., Jan. 17, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help agricultural producers maximize the value of their products and venture into new and better markets.

USDA is making the grants available under the Value-Added Producer Grants program. The grants help farmers and ranchers generate new products, create marketing opportunities, and increase their incomes through value-added activities.

Eligible applicants include independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.

USDA may award up to $75,000 for planning activities or up to $250,000 for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.

Planning activities may include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans. Working capital expenses may include costs associated with processing, marketing, advertising, inventory, and salaries.

USDA is particularly interested in applications that will advance Biden-Harris Administration priorities to: 

  • Reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.

  • Ensure all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD-funded projects; and

  • Help rural communities recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure.

Applications for 2024 grants are now being accepted.

Paper applications must be postmarked and delivered by mail, email or in person to one of Montana’s six offices by 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time, April 16, 2024. Electronic applications are due by 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time, April 11, 2024.

Additional information is available on page 2919 of the Jan. 17 Federal Register.

For more information or to apply here in Montana, contact USDA Rural Development Agriculture Producer State Specialist Marlee Johnston, at

If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.


USDA Rural Development has six offices in Montana – Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. To learn more about investment resources for rural and Tribal areas in Montana, call (406) 585-2587 or visit


Help Make The Broadwater Community and Aqua Center A Reality

Donate Today:

To Learn More About This Exciting Project: Read More

Public Notice

“On December 9, 2023 Holy Cross Parish LLC 451,
applicant for a new LPFM station on 96.3 Townsend
MT filed an application with the Federal Communications
Commission for an LPFM license. Members of the public
wishing to view this application or obtain information
about how to file comments and petitions on the
application can visit




Sat February 10 or 24, 2024 8am – 4 pm

(payment due with registration form)
Please plan to bring a sack lunch. Doughnuts, water and coffee will be provided

Download the class application form at:





RMDC Agency on Aging will be visiting the Townsend Senior Center All Day on March 19, 2024.

Come to Lunch And Meet the RMDC staff and learn what RMDC can do for You!

Call 406-266-3995 to reserve a spot for lunch

Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. strives to improve quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families.

Rocky is a Community Action Agency, formed in 1965 after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in response to a national poverty rate of 19%. Several pieces of legislation were passed and this law is how Community Action Programs were born. As a community resource for individuals and families, Rocky is committed to improving quality of life, especially for low-income citizens, in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties. Currently, Rocky encompasses senior services, affordable housing, energy assistance, child care, Head Start and provides senior volunteer opportunities.


Come to our FREE open house on Saturday April 13, 2024 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to learn about all the programs and resources available at our public library!



With Chef Heather

Cooking Classes with Chef Heather at The Lodge of Townsend

March 12 or March 15


Townsend School District is surveying the community regarding the KDGZ Radio Station.

The survey will be conducted from December 11th through January 31st.

There is an online link on the school website and FB.

Download the hard copy survey from the MT43 News website at:

It will be printed in the local paper and hard copies will be available at the school library.

You can submit hard copies to the school/community library in the evenings or fill it out online there.

Big Sky Culinary Classes


Big Sky Culinary Classes was inspired by Chef Heather’s passion to share within her community her love (and talent!) of food!

Designed for all skill levels and ages, our hands-on, Chef Instructed classes are ideal for hosting parties in your home, a special dinner for 2, date-night, team building for your crew or just because you want to expand your culinary knowledge & techniques! Big Sky Culinary Classes has a class for you!


American Red Cross Blood Drive Schedule

Upcoming Dates:

Jan 31, 2024:  Broadwater High School @ 10:30am – 4:30pm

Feb 21, 2024:  United Methodist Church @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

Apr 04, 2024: American Legion Post 42: @ 11:30am – 4:30pm

Apr 24, 2024: United Methodist Church: @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

Jun 27, 2024: United Methodist Church: @ 12:00 – 5:30pm

To schedule an Appt visit the Red Cross website at Red Cross Blood Drive


Support The Imagination Library                                   

In Broadwater County

About the Program

The Imagination Library is a partnership between the Broadwater County Social Services Committee (BCSSC) and the Dollywood Foundation. Every child who is enrolled in the program receives a free age-appropriate book every month from birth until the age of 5. It is open to any child residing in Broadwater County.

In 2022, a survey was done with parents in Broadwater County with children currently enrolled in the program or recent graduates. The survey showed the program is already making a big impact in the community in just three years by increasing reading time, improving kindergarten readiness, promoting family bonding and fostering a love for reading. The survey respondents indicated:

  • 9% felt that the Imagination Library has made a positive impact on their family.
  • 8% felt their child’s enthusiasm for books has increased since receiving Imagination Library books.
  • 6% felt they spend more time reading to their child as a result of the Imagination Library.
  • 5% felt that the Imagination Library has helped their child prepare for kindergarten by improving his/her literacy.

BCSSC is raising funds to continue operating the program. The Dolly Parton Foundation covers the administrative cost of the program while the local organization funds the cost of books, postage and mailing. The local cost is $25/child/year. If you should like to sponsor a child to participate in the program or give a general donation, please complete the form below. BCSSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or to enroll, visit

Download the Dolly Parton Imagation Library Donation Form


Silos Recreation Master Plan

The Citizens Action Group for the Silos Recreation Area has been working with the BOR and the people of Broadwater County and the surrounding region to develop a Master Plan for the Silos Recreation Area.

Click here to view the Silos Master Plan




Townsend School System Information

New Local Employment Opportunities page
under the Economic Development tab
Click Here to view local listings

Business opportunities abound in Townsend

We have a few available business/office spaces available for rent or sale. We also have a few business owners looking to retire from successful/thriving established businesses. Does Townsend fit into your next business decision? Browse our website; see what our area has to offer, visit with our realtors & property managers. Make Townsend your next move. For more information contact

“It’s Time” to come home to Montana

Are you ready for a simpler way of life – a less corporate lifestyle?
Take a look at what our area has to offer.

Recreational Opportunities in and around Townsend

Click Here for a partial listing

A video sampling of what is out our backdoor

Enjoy some more videos

Bobcats & Grizzlies Sports Schedules


Thank You for visiting our web site. This site is owned & maintained by Broadwater County Development Corporation.
If you own a business in Broadwater County please check your listing for errors, if you are not listed & would like to be, please send us your information. If you find any errors or broken links etc. please notify BCDC. You may contact BCDC with your information at