Billings West End convention center operators closely watching One Big Sky

While most eyes in Billings have been on the proposed $120 million One Big Sky Center downtown, developers on the West End have been quietly working on a new convention center project that mirrors a piece of the downtown project — and may also require public money.

Inner Circle, which owns the Radisson Hotel at 5500 Midland Road, is putting together a plan to gut its 43,000-square-foot Montana Convention Center and build a new, $15 million to $20 million state-of-the-art facility to attract regional conferences and boost tourism to the Billings area.