In October of 2014, a Community Innovations Summit was hosted by the Downtown Billings Alliance and the City of Billings to address the issues of chronic inebriation, an increase in street disorder, and transiency affecting the city, and in particular, downtown Billings. The two day summit, which showcased national best practices, was data-driven and solution-oriented, and has seen measurable, positive impacts.

Learn how the Billings’ Community Innovations Team, drawing on leadership from the business community, the social service sector, city government and officials, tribal leaders, law enforcement, and the faith community, continues to drive change through creation of 5 working task forces, implementation of comprehensive, downtown community policing program, and a continuum of care where the cornerstone is cultural awareness and sensitivity in counseling and treatment, while intersecting vulnerable populations with resources and alternatives to cyclical, addictive, or negative behavior.