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Boulder Aims For a Brighter Future Economy

The Montana Gap - A look back at Boulder's process


February 8, 2018

Jan Anderson

A Boulder citizen attaches a sticky dot to a chart to indicate what effort he would like to join in revitalizing the community.

BOULDER, MONT. – When the Montana legislature decided in 2015 that the Montana Developmental Center would close within two years, it was a blow to the community of Boulder.

For more than 125 years, the MDC had been a major employer in the southwestern Montana town of about 1,300. The state's residential facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, the MDC employed roughly 250 people at the time of the closure decision.

"Not only will the community's economy suffer extensively from the loss of over 250 jobs," a citizens' committee told legislators, "the overall community 'psyc...

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