Originally printed in the Miles City Star by Ashley Wise, Star Staff Writer
After a long and hard search, the Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC) has found a new executive director.
Elizabeth Patten has been hired as the new MCAEDC executive director and the Southeastern Montana Development Corp. loan officer.
Patten, her husband of 17 years, Ben, and two children moved to Miles City a year ago. “We were happy to move into Montana and become residents here,” she said. “We are making Miles City our home.”
Before moving to Miles City the family was living in Camp Crook, South Dakota because of Ben’s job with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Patten has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in education. While in Miles City she has worked fire dispatch for BLM in the summer and as a substitute teacher during the school year.
According to Patten, she’s been trying to· find her niche in the community. The job wasn’t on her radar, until Jackie Muri, former council member and president, recommended she look into it.
Patten said that with the moves her family has made over the years and her job history, she would make a good candidate for the position. She has worked for several school districts, restaurants, and convenience stores; as a nurse at a’VA hospital, for the U.S. Forest Service, and for the BLM in fire dispatch.
“Those pieces give me an interesting background to come from to work in an economic development position,” Patten told the council.
Wednesday was her first day on the job. “I’m not afraid to jump in and learn as I go here,” said Patten. “I’m just excited to put energy into action here.”
Also discussed in the meeting was the policy hand-book for the MCAEDC office.
The council is working on an official policy handbook and had hoped to have it completed before hiring a new executive director. The goal now is to have the new executive director help complete the policy handbook.
The council has also received the last of the annual contributions. As of Thursday’s meeting they had received the City of Miles City and Mid-Rivers Communications contributions. The contribution from Holy Rosary Healthcare is currently on its way.