Jacob Cote

Development Project Manager

Jacob joined the High Plains Architects office in February of 2019. With an academic and professional background in city planning, Jacob contributes uniquely to the company’s mission of creating sustainable, equitable urban environments.
Jacob is from Minnesota, but spent much of his youth moving around the Midwest. He graduated in May of 2017 from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies. His interest in planning stems from his fascination with the intricacies of relationships in urban systems; in other words, he likes how every detail of a city can make a difference in the lives of the people who live there.

Before beginning his career with High Plains, Jacob spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Billings Planning Division. His project’s focus was on increasing access to affordable housing through zoning and planning activities. By doing extensive data analysis and research on urban design techniques, Jacob was able to identify a number of planning and zoning strategies capable of increasing affordability in Billings.

Though not a lifelong Montanan, Jacob has jumped head-first into the Montana lifestyle. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, running, and experiencing anything and everything related to the mountains and the plains. He has found a home in Billings, and is ecstatic about the chance to stay here and work with a company that shares his values about community, sustainability, and historic rehabilitation.
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