One Montana’s mission is to create a vibrant Montana by connecting rural and urban communities.
Since 2004, One Montana has been nurturing and connecting rural and urban communities and diverse stakeholder groups and helping them to address challenging local and statewide issues.
In 2004, inspired by his passion for rural sustainability, Bill Bryan formed the Cook Center for Sustainable Agriculture in the American West, a nonprofit organization based in Bozeman, Montana. It was a small organization with the goal of being a proactive, collaborative force in agriculture. As time went on, the organization’s interests expanded and evolved and in 2007 the Cook Center was renamed The Rural Landscape Institute - A Catalyst for Food and Agricultural Integrity in the American West (RLI). The organization’s projects focused on issues that affect sustainable agriculture and food security throughout the West.
One of these projects, originally called the Rural-Urban Partnership, focused on bridging the rural-urban divide. As this project developed and was renamed One Montana, it became evident that, to truly succeed at its mission to support rural communities, the organization needed to build out networks among those rural communities and their urban counterparts to create a resilient and vibrant state. And so, our organization has taken on the One Montana identity with the knowledge that we are stronger together than we are apart.