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Brit Fontenot

Community Connections Coordinator

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Brit Fontenot is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Bozeman, Montana. He has worked for the Bozeman community for 15 years.

Prior to coming to the City of Bozeman, Brit served 5 years (2000 – 2005) with the United Nations Compensation Commission at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. While serving at the UN he assisted a team of legal experts in the processing of claims and payment of compensation for losses and damages suffered as a result of Iraq's 1990 -1991 invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

Brit has served the citizens of Bozeman since 2006. He has worked for the Bozeman community in various capacities, first as City Clerk, next as the City’s Neighborhood Coordinator, then as Assistant to the City Manager with a focus on economic development and is currently the Director of Economic Development responsible for implementing the City’s economic development strategy of job creation and industry diversification. Additionally, in 2019, Brit assumed the responsibility of merging the Parking Division, and in 2021 the Housing Division, into the City of Bozeman’s Economic Development Department.

He actively engages both public and private sectors to creatively and collaboratively offer solutions to many of the pressing economic issues in and around Bozeman and the region, i.e. job creation, infrastructure improvements, workforce development, sector diversification and access to business related resources and support. These efforts, and those of committed community partners and stakeholders, knit together interdependent urban and rural economies. Additionally, he provides support to local business by aiding in the navigation of various local regulatory processes. He feels strongly that relationships, trust and teamwork are keys to success. Brit has worked on economic development issues internationally in Myanmar, Vietnam and Ukraine. Brit earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana and an M.A. degree in History from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

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