BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The city of Bozeman and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation own a total of 275 acres of open land in the Mandeville Properties. Land they hope to use to lure business to the area and create jobs.

"High tech, manufacturing, outdoor products, biosciences and photonics. And so it's these clusters or industries that we're trying to support by providing them with a location or place to either relocate, expand or start their own business," said Bozeman Director of Economic Development Brit Fontenot.

The city's hired CTA Architects and Engineers to help figure out ways the land could be marketed and developed.

"Is it industrial use, commercial use, resident use, etc. So we're still waiting to receive some feedback form a market analysis that was performed last month," said CTA Civil Engineer Todd Swinehart.

Part of the Mandeville Property is the same land that resulted in a judge ruling that the city of Bozeman owes an insurance company $3 million.

Bozeman developer Mike Delaney sued the city for buying 85 acres of the land when officials knew Delaney planned to purchase the property himself.

Fontenot says the drive to develop the land and that judgment are unrelated. He says he's focused on economic development.

"What I envision there is access to rail, access to air service, access to the interstate, a foreign trade zone on top of that property allowing businesses who manufacture some advantages by coming or relocating or expanding there," said Fontenot.

A public forum is set for Wednesday, May 23rd at the Court House at 6 p.m. where any and all project ideas will be considered.