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Missoula Economic Partnership Solicits Community Feedback on Missoula Business Climate

April 18, 2018View for printing

The Missoula Economic Partnership and Garner Economics LLC are collecting insights from community members regarding the business climate of Missoula to aid the development of the new target industry strategy.

Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP), in collaboration with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and additional generous sponsorship from First Interstate Bank, First Security Bank div of Glacier Bank, and other community partners, has engaged economic consulting firm Garner Economics LLC to envision a new target industry strategy for the Missoula region and guide MEP's priorities moving forward.

Four stakeholder focus groups met with Garner Economics LLC on April 11. Participants shared their ideas for expanding businesses and investment and determining which sectors MEP should try to grow, with a special emphasis on the growing tech sector in Missoula. Once completed, the study will provide MEP with new objectives, recommended initiatives to reach these objectives, benchmarks to measure progress, and affirmation of existing priorities.

Scott Burke, Chair of the MEP Board of Directors, commented, "MEP is dedicated to helping Missoula to grow sustainably, and we know that to do this, feedback from community members, business, and civic leaders, is essential."

Jenni Graff, MEP's Director of Economic Development, added, "This process is really important because it gives us an opportunity to widely solicit input from community stakeholders. Our plan is to use this feedback to inform an equitable and sustainable Economic Development strategy."

Community members are encouraged to fill out this brief 15-minute survey by Wednesday, April 25.

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Missoula Economic Partnership works to grow a sustainable, vibrant, and diversified regional economy. Many individuals and groups have been an integral part of this effort since our formation in 2011. We strive to be innovative, nimble, and inclusive in accomplishing our mission and we cannot achieve success without input from community stakeholders.

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