"AN EXEMPLAR OF LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION AND OUTCOMES."
COLONEL BARBARA CARSON, ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR
US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF VETERANS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Sara Hudson established Hudson Consulting, L.L.C. in the State of Montana in 2009 to help government agencies, architects, engineers, real estate developers, planners and non profit organizations balance public and private interests in large scale development projects.
Sara's extensive work in business, community and economic development lends a well-rounded approach to solving myriad development-related challenges. She is known for her keen insight, strategic thinking, powerful speaking and persuasive writing. Her experiential knowledge is complemented by her academic scholarship and doctoral-level understanding of public administration, planning and policy. She is an accomplished lecturer on urban studies, law and public policy and an author of a lengthy list of white papers treating germane topics of takings, growth management, intergovernmental cooperation, "smokestack chasing," tax abatements, tax increment financing and targeted economic development.
Sara serves also as the Executive Director for Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of building community and economic capital in Central Montana. In that role, Sara is responsible for the overall administration and supervision of the organization. She directs and manages the Center for Strategic Development, Business Development Center (BDC) and the Leadership, Education and Training (LET) Center. She administers and manages a loan portfolio consisting of 7 revolving loan funds that support strategic economic, community and business development, redevelopment and land plays. She is also responsible to establish and grow revenue streams to sustain the organization. She monitors and develops proposed legislation to support economic and community development in Central Montana.
Sara is the former Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center, where she established and managed its operations, trained Service members at 11 military installations in a six-state region, counseled veterans and their spouses on every aspect of small business ownership and established partnerships with military leadership, government leaders and veteran service organizations. The U.S. Small Business Administration's Montana District Office awarded Sara the statewide Veterans Service Award. And, Colonel Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development, commended Sara as "an exemplar of leadership, collaboration and outcomes" and nicknamed her "The Big Get."
Sara Hudson with General Jim Higgins (Left) and General Matt Quinn (Right)