Bozeman has created a new group to engage young people in city policy.

The Young Professionals Advisory Council includes 25 young adults who represent a wide variety of industries, from First Interstate Bank to Dry Hills Distillery. Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl suggested forming the group because he saw a need for younger viewpoints in city government.

The average age of Bozeman residents is 27, and about 17,000 students attend Montana State University. Council members are going to examine issues that will affect the next generation like the rising cost of living. They are meant to advocate for their peers who don’t have time to engage in city politics.

“A lot of young people are moving back here, and we’re thrilled they’re here. So how do we keep them and get them involved?” Mehl said.

Mehl said people of all ages are welcome to come to meetings and give input. Members who are 35 or younger will make up the council’s committee.

The group will meet once a month in the commission room of City Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is June 19 and will include an explanation of how the city is organized, its responsibilities and budget.

Subsequent meetings are scheduled for July 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

The council includes:

  • Amanda Eva Jungles, CTA Architects Engineers
  • Anjie Mikesell, First Interstate Bank
  • Bridget Wilkinson, Bozeman Area Community Foundation
  • Christopher Yeley, Think Tank Design Group Inc.
  • Christina Gauron, American Prairie Reserve
  • Danielle Newell, Treeline Coffee Roasters
  • Erin Jackson, Gallatin Valley Farm to School
  • Gianna Vanata, Montana State University Alumni Foundation
  • Hannah Stiff, Better Business Bureau
  • Haylee Folkvord, RSVP Hotel/Farmer’s Daughters Café
  • Hayley Rowland, Buck’s T4 Lodge
  • Ian Jones, Stratera, Inc.
  • Jasmine Miller, Crowley Fleck PLLP
  • Jennifer Anderson, American Prairie Reserve
  • Jordan Helvie, Kasting, Kauffman & Mersen, P.C.
  • Kate Anderson, Bozeman Field School/consultant
  • Makenzie Lewendal, Gallatin Real Estate
  • Mark Feddes, Crowley Fleck PLLP
  • Matt Saporito, small business owner
  • Morgan Klaas, Profitable Ideas Exchange
  • Nigel Allen Anselmi, Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply
  • Padriac Stoy, Woodard and Curran
  • Steve Olp, Dry Hills Distillery
  • Steven Harris-Weiel, self-employed
  • Tyler Wilkinson, Bozeman Real Estate Group/Run to the Pub
  • Vasu Sojitra, Eagle Mount Bozeman/Earthtone Outside MT/The North Face
  • Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County

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