MONTANA – The Montana Department of Administration today launched a new comprehensive website as it begins the process to select a location for the new Heritage Center, as directed by the 66th Montana Legislature.
Department of Administration Director John Lewis has the responsibility of choosing the location of the new Heritage Center.
“The goal with creating a website is to ensure the public and other interested parties have a centralized resource to track the progress of the project, said Director Lewis. We are committed to ensuring the process remains open, transparent, and provides the ability for public participation and comment,” added Lewis.
The https://heritagecenter.mt.gov/ website is now available and project committee meetings will kick off around August.
The Steering Committee is an ad hoc committee which will serve in oversight and direction-setting capacity of the Building Committee. The Building Committee is comprised of multi-agency representatives, members of the Legislature, and members of the community.
Members were appointed by Director Lewis and were selected based on the specific responsibilities related to their positions, expertise, and the ability to represent the interests of particular constituent groups. The committees will report to Director Lewis throughout the planning and design phase of the Heritage Center project.
The initial site selection process will entail review and re-establishment of the Montana Historical Society mission, goals, and project criteria with the steering committee, building committee, and stakeholder groups. At the same time, consultants will conduct data collection and analysis of potential locations based on this input.
Once a site is selected, the Department will continue to consider input from all parties as the design process moves forward. The project timeline is dependent upon completion of the site selection process and how that will translate to the design process. A conceptual schedule is currently in development.
Additional information and updates will be posted online throughout the project. The website will include information broken out under four major categories which include “Select, Design, Build, and Explore.”
Public comments may be submitted through the website at https://heritagecenter.mt.gov/ or via email at email@example.com.