Welcome to WYED

Since 2006, our West Yellowstone Economic Development Council Inc. (WYED), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has been creating solutions for a healthy, vibrant and progressive local economy in and around West Yellowstone, MT. We accomplish this by coordinating economic development planning and implementing innovative projects in our community. Also, we’re a membership organization.

Yellowstone Studies Center Consortium (YSCC) Annual Fall Conference

Each year, we bring YSCC member professors together for a 3 day conference in West Yellowstone. The purpose of the Conference is threefold:

  1. To have member professors (and additional faculty they may bring whom haven’t been to the Park before) view the YSC facility and engage in a few Town and Park experiences- a tour of the Park, a trip to Earthquake Lake and Visitor Center and a visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. This allows professors and other faculty to evaluate and envision firsthand the experiential teaching and learning opportunities for themselves and their students
  2. To have them share curriculums, ideas, stories and experiences with each other
  3. To have them participate in discussions and contribute ideas, viewpoints and experiences for addressing issues and concerns and making improvements to the YSC Use and Services Program


In 2011, we purchased an 11,500 sq. ft. building and established the WYED Center as the central location for our operations. Our Board of Directors conducts business there, and the multi-use building enhances our local economy by offering rental space to a few residents and businesses and a wide variety of community and commercial events.

A few of our most significant economic contributions to our town include:

  • Establishing a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) that now raises over $250,000 annually for marketing West Yellowstone. Visit www.destinationyellowstone.com
  • Creating and completing Buffalo Roam, the 3 year public art project that helped raised over $160,000 for our economic programs, business development grant program and additional community projects.
  • Developing the new Historic Walking Tour Map and Sign Project to help preserve the railroad history and legacy of West Yellowstone.
  • Providing support services for college, university, elementary, middle and high school classes that come to Yellowstone for experiential teaching and learning opportunities.

We thank our very special local donors and our members for their many contributions. Learn more about our organization. Read our Mission Statement. Become a member. Check out the rest of our site.

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