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TBID Looks For New Applicants


The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) was formed in January of 2013 when Sidney hotels decided to implement a $1.50/night tax on every occupied hotel room. Proponents recognized that the generated funds could be put back into the community by individuals and organizations that want to see Sidney thrive as a visitor center.

With so many amenities, it is only appropriate that Sidney should be hosting business and agricultural conventions, sports tournaments, festivals, and so much more.

If an organization has an idea that will bring overnight visitors to Sidney, they may be eligible to receive partial funding through the TBID to aid in making projects possible and successful. The motto is “Heads in Beds”, as it is estimated that every overnight guest generates about $150 for the community.

In 2015, TBID funded $54,159 for a total of 14 projects including the Bakken Brew Fest, Eastern Montana Bull Blowout, and the Class A State Golf Tournament to name a few.

When tournaments and conventions are looking for a host city, they are looking at overall cost and available amenities; Sidney could be just the place they are looking for with the local Event Center, rodeo arena, high school facilities, golf course, and many hotel accommodations. TBID funding can keep the total expense of projects down and offer competitive pricing.

Event ideas can be new to the area, or be an addition to an already existing festival or celebration. For more information, visit or attend its board meeting held at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Sidney Chamber office.


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