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TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
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About the Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)
 

The mission of the Livingston TBID is “to enhance the economic vitality of Livingston by generating room nights for the city’s lodging facilities through effective sales and marketing strategies, building collaborative partnerships and promoting Livingston as a year-round visitor, convention, and event destination." View TBID's current fiscal year annual report and budget here. Read bylaws here.
 
The Livingston TBID is funded by a flat fee of $2 per room night on individuals staying at lodging facilities within the Livingston city limits. In addition to planned marketing, event grant funding and project funding is also available for events, programs, and projects that promote visitation, tourism, and improve the tourist experience within Livingston as specified by the Livingston TBID Board of Directors.

The Livingston TBID currently meets at our office at 124 South Main, Suite 210 with a Zoom hybrid meeting the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 11:00 am. 

 

Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to give public comment, please email us a week prior to the meeting and let us know if you would like to comment on an agenda item, or comment on an item not on the agenda, so that we may adjust the agenda to accommodate for this added time. Please note that due to scheduling constraints, public comment is limited to 5 minutes for each commenter, as we endeavor to keep meetings to one hour and cover all monthly TBID business. We will be in touch to confirm with you and send you the Zoom link or location.

TBID GRANTS
TBID Grants

Event Grant Application Qualifications and Process

The Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)'s goal is to support events, conventions, festivals, tournaments and sporting events that make Livingston a desired destination and projects that enhance Livingston's cultural assets and economy.

 

TBID’s mission is “to enhance the economic vitality of Livingston by generating room nights for the city’s lodging facilities through effective sales and marketing strategies, building collaborative partnerships and promoting Livingston as a year-round visitor, convention, and event destination.” The Livingston TBID is directed by a Board of Directors representing lodging, and is funded by a $2 per room night flat fee paid by guests at lodging facilities within Livingston City limits. Funding is dedicated to bringing international, national, regional and repeat visitors to Livingston hotels and motels.

 

Requirements:

  • The event generates hotel-motel room nights in the City of Livingston.

  • Guests should be drawn from a region of 100 miles or greater to promote lodging stays.

  • The event must be appropriate for a wide audience (i.e. no political candidate promotion), comply with local public health and safety regulations, and may not discriminate based on race, gender or religion.

  • A detailed event budget, including all income and expenses, and post-event report are required.

  • Marketing includes: TBID logo, TBID support cited, website explorelivingstonmt.com, the words Livingston, Montana.

  • If planning your event at a City of Livingston facility, street, trail or park, you must secure a permit. Review and complete the process here.

Recommendations:

We’ll review all events that create overnight stays, but the following characteristics will improve grant consideration.

  • The project brings a sporting event or tournament to Livingston.

  • Preference will be given to events that are in the 'shoulder season' from September to June.

  • The event is large in size.

  • The event is multi-day.

  • The event is not weather-dependent.

  • The event organization requesting funds is a non-profit.

  • The event is family-friendly, attracts a diverse age group or demographic likely to return to Livingston.


Process:
A. Submit:

1) Grant application

2) Project budget with all income and expenses

3) Supporting documents

(business plan, marketing plan, organization annual budget, ad materials, etc.)

B. Grant application timeline:

Applications will be reviewed by the Livingston TBID Board at their regularly scheduled six meetings a year; alternate months starting in January on the 3rd Tuesday. Grant applications are due the 1st Tuesday of those six months for review that month.

C. Grant/Award winners must provide a follow-up report with receipts, report of event participation numbers, and samples marketing assets within 30 days after the event. Failure to do so will disqualify the organization from future funding.
 

All funded events must comply with local public health and safety regulations, and may not discriminate based on race, gender or religion. Failure to comply with the criteria listed may require full repayment by the awarded organization of the TBID grant. Award money is not retroactive (marketing/promotions/ obligations/other contracted services for the event prior to the grant awarded aren’t included). Regulations, policies, and procedures of grants are at the sole discretion of the TBID Board.

Project Grant Application Qualifications and Process

In addition to supporting events that bring guests to stay in hotels, the Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) also supports projects that enhance the visitor experience and encourages those staying in Livingston lodging to stay longer, spend money at Livingston businesses, and return for future visits.

 

Requirements:

  • The project enhances the experiences of hotel-motel guests in the City of Livingston.

  • The project serves to engage visitors in Livingston, encouraging longer stays and return visits. 

  • The project must be appropriate for a wide audience (i.e. no political candidate promotion), comply with local public health and safety regulations, and may not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender or religion.

  • A detailed event budget, including all income and expenses, and post-project report are required.

  • Marketing includes: TBID logo, TBID support cited, website explorelivingstonmt.com, the words Livingston, Montana.

Process:
A. Submit:

1) Project Grant application

2) Project budget with all income and expenses

3) Supporting documents (business plan, marketing plan, organization annual budget, ad materials, etc.)

B. Grant application timeline:

Applications will be reviewed by the Livingston TBID Board at their regularly scheduled six meetings a year; alternate months starting in January on the 3rd TuesdayGrant applications are due the 1st Tuesday of those six months for review that month.

C. Grant/Award winners must provide a follow-up report with receipts, report of event participation numbers, and samples marketing assets within 30 days after the event.

Failure to do so will disqualify the organization from future funding.
 

All funded projects must comply with local public health and safety regulations, and may not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender or religion. Failure to comply with the criteria listed may require full repayment by the awarded organization of the TBID grant. Award money is not retroactive. Regulations, policies, and procedures of grants are at the sole discretion of the TBID Board.

Our logos to include on event and project marketing:

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TBID BOARD MEMBERS

Current Board Members

Executive Committee:
Chair - Kathleen Kaul

Vice Chair - Alex Reichert
Secretary/Treasurer - 
Melinda Zoeckler
​Executive Director - Kris King

Board Members (alphabetically):

 

Doug Braham, Principal Owner - Fairfield Inn & Suites

and Home2 Suites under construction,

(term 2023 - 2027)

ddbraham@gmail.com

Kathleen Kaul, Chair, Owner - The Historic Murray Hotel

(term 2020 - 2024)

kathleenmariekaul@gmail.com

Meet Patel, Owner - Country Motor Inn

(term 2023 - 2027)

light162004@gmail.com
 

Angelica Amant, General Manager - Country Motor Inn

(term 2024 - 2028)

countryinnlivingston@gmail.com

Zoe Randall, Property Manager - The Historic Murray Hotel
(term 2022 - 2025)
zrndll3@gmail.com

Alex Reichert, Vice Chair, General Manager - Fairfield Inn & Suites

(term 2022 - 2025)
alex.reichert@ldhg.com

Melinda Zoeckler, Secretary/Treasurer,
Assistant General Manager - Fairfield Inn & Suites

(term 2023 - 2027)

melinda.zoeckler@ldhg.com

If there is a Board vacancy and you are the owner or designee of a hotel/motel owner in Livingston City limits, please fill out an application and email it to info@explorelivingstonmt.com.

All board applications must be approved at Livingston City Commission meetings.
Board applications are public record and kept on file.

MEETING AGENDAS
MEETING MINUTES
CONTACT THE TBID

​Contact

Mail: PO Box: 348, Livingston, MT 59047
Phone: 406.222.4848
Email: info@explorelivingstonmt.com

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