Finance experts evaluating viability of new Billings skyscraper

Billings City officials have hired a Minnesota firm to evaluate financial reports from a private developer seeking up to $30 million in public financing to build a hotel, conference, retail and residential center downtown.

David MacGillivray, chairman of Springsted, a St. Paul-based public sector adviser, said Tuesday he expects to complete his analysis and report to the Billings City Council on Oct. 24.