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Montana Heritage Center committees to hold inaugural meeting

Committee members will meet to discuss the Montana Heritage Center project

Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Categories: Department of Administration/Tags: Department of Administration , Heritage Center

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October 8, 2019

Montana Heritage Center committees to hold inaugural meeting

Committee members will meet to discuss the Montana Heritage Center project

MONTANA – The newly appointed 12-member Heritage Center project committees are set to hold the first meeting on October 11, 2019. The meeting kicks off at 9 AM and will be held in Room 102 in the State Capitol, in Helena, Montana.

The Steering Committee is an ad hoc committee which oversees and sets direction for the Building Committee. The Building Committee will be tasked with considering the current, future, and projected needs of the Montana Historical Society, the Capitol complex, and the public, with attention to the Society’s responsibilities and mission.

Consultants have completed collecting data and analyzing potential locations for the new Heritage Center. This information will be presented to the project committees at this meeting.

Committee members are listed below.

Steering Committee

Bruce Whittenberg, Chair, Executive Director, Montana Historical Society

Russ Katherman, Vice-Chair, Administrator, Architecture & Engineering Division, Department of Administration

Steve Baiamonte, Administrator, General Services Division, Department of Administration

Lauren Berka, Director’s Office, Department of Administration

Kent Kleinkopf, Board President, Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees

Building Committee:

Russ Katherman, Chair, Administrator, Architecture & Engineering Division, Department of Administration

Bruce Whittenberg, Vice-Chair, Executive Director, Montana Historical Society

Denise King, Central Services Administrator, Montana Historical Society

Jennifer Bottomly-O’Looney, Senior Curator, Montana Historical Society Museum

Steve Baiamonte, Administrator, General Services Division, Department of Administration

Jennifer Olson, Administrator, Community Development Division, Department of Commerce

Honorable Kim Abbott, Representative, House District 83, State of Montana

Honorable Julie Dooling, Representative, House District 70, State of Montana

Jim Smith, former mayor of Helena, Montana

Tom O’Connell, former Administrator, Architecture & Engineering Division, Department of Administration

The committees will report to Department of Administration Director Lewis throughout the planning and design phase of the Heritage Center project. Director Lewis has the responsibility of choosing the final location of the new Heritage Center.

For more information on the project, including the full agenda, visit heritagecenter.mt.gov.

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