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City Club Missoula Forum - State of the Missoula community strong, but not without challenges

March 13, 2017View for printing

Community leaders on Monday said collaboration and smart budgeting will serve as the pathway forward as Missoula's three governing bodies plan for the future, one where housing and providing basic needs with limited resources will linger as pressing challenges.

Hosted by the City Club Missoula , the annual "State of the Community" saw Missoula Mayor John Engen, Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss and University of Montana President Sheila Stearns touch on their organizations' successes, and outline their goals for the coming year.

By Martin Kidston/Missoula Current

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Housing, UM enrollment are hot topics at State of Community presentation

University of Montana President Sheila Stearns wants to boost enrollment from roughly 11,000 students to around 13,000 or 14,000 per year, and then see if UM can go to perhaps as high as 16,000 per year.

Mayor John Engen wants to reduce homelessness and poverty, and provide Missoulians with more affordable housing options.

And County Commissioner Jean Curtiss wants to take steps to promote sensible land use, including streamlining zoning regulations to allow for more housing to combat rising home prices due to a lack of inventory.


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