October Virtual Midtown Mixer Hosted by Clearwater Credit Union

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual Midtown Mixer, Tuesday, October 6, beginning at 4:00 PM sponsored by Clearwater Credit Union.

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Given the lack of regular social gatherings as of late, we would like to invite you to attend our monthly virtual meeting to connect all members and provide a venue for all who are willing to share news about how your business, organization, and team are doing through these unique times.

This month, Clearwater Credit Union is sponsoring this event and will be providing live drawings throughout the hour for participants. We will open with comments from Midtown Association President, Mark Bellon and will then turn it over to Clint Summers, Chief Operating Officer for Clearwater Credit Union, who will discuss why Creating Financial Impact and Investment in our Local Economies is important to Clearwater. Following Clint’s presentation, everyone will be divided up for small group discussions in virtual break-out rooms.

This interactive and educational event is one you won’t want to miss. If your office (or home-office) allows it, we encourage you to enjoy a cold beverage during the call, if you would like, to help create that “Mixer” feel.
We look forward to connecting with you on Tuesday!

Midtown Master Plan Development Update

The Midtown Association is gearing up to collaborate with the community on a Midtown Master Plan to articulate a community-driven vision for our area. The plan will inform public investment and policy; create predictability for private investment; and improve quality of life and generate business in our area. We are fortunate in Missoula to have a great road map in place from our sister organization, the Downtown Association. We believe our process will be similar but customized for our unique area.
The master planning process will have 5 steps:

  1. Publishing a Whitepaper that illustrates the goals, timeline, structure, and budget for a master plan – this summer
  2. Fundraising – this fall/winter
  3. Assembling the steering committee, planning team of consultants, leaders, and partners – next spring
  4. The master planning itself – summer, fall, and winter of next year
  5. Implementation

Step #1 is in progress. In addition to detailing the goals, timeline, structure, and budget for a master plan, we are seeking to identify key stakeholders, perhaps like yourself! Our goal right now is to gain insight from community members and leaders to shape our process. We are interviewing Missoulians and asking broad questions like what makes Midtown unique and important to Missoula? As well as more narrow questions like who else do you think should be involved in this process?

If you would like to be interviewed or join the white paper committee, please click HERE to let us know.

Mountain Line Concert Series

There’s a new concert venue in town, Missoula: Mountain Line’s electric bus! Mountain Line will host a live stream concert series Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. from August 19 – September 16, dubbed the Electric Stream Sessions, which will feature local musicians playing inside one of the Mountain Line’s new electric buses.

The concerts will be live-streamed on Mountain Line’s Facebook page and available on the agency’s YouTube channel for post-stream viewing. Mountain Line is proud to partner with Destination Missoula, the Trail 103.3 and the Montana Area Music Association (MAMA) on this series.

Click HERE to see the full lineup and learn more.

Transforming the Brooks Street Corridor

The City of Missoula, in collaboration with other members of Midtown Mojo, recently released the first phase of the Brooks Street Corridor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Infrastructure Study. This study, led by HDR, builds on the vision for vibrant TOD on Brooks Street established through a series of previous studies. This most recent study recommends center-running bus rapid transit (BRT) with two travel lanes in each direction, dedicated bicycle lanes, and wide sidewalks with street trees and pedestrian amenities.

The design concept is for the full gamut of transportation infrastructure needed to transform Brooks Street into a permeable, enjoyable destination corridor, with vital development nodes in the heart of Midtown. The next phase of the study will engage the Montana Department of Transportation and examine right-of-way needs.

Thank you to Annette Marchesseault with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA) for the thorough presentation regarding the studies and plan in place during the virtual MidTown-Hall earlier this month!

Member Spotlight: TrailWest Bank

TrailWest Bank is an FDIC insured, locally owned, independent bank serving western Montana. For over three decades, TrailWest has provided the people and businesses of Ravalli, Missoula, Mineral, and Flathead Counties with a wide range of secure and dependable financial services—all with a commitment to personal service. 

The mission of TrailWest Bank is to build loyal, long-term relationships based on trust, prosperity, and community. Over the years, TrailWest has experienced considerable growth, and continues to remain fiscally strong; meeting the ever-changing needs of the communities served. Today we live in an environment where many believe that bigger is better. Banks and other businesses are consolidating to streamline and achieve economies of scale. By streamlining, big banks are losing the personal touch that TrailWest feels is so important, and their team looks at this trend as an opportunity to promote relationship banking.

TrailWest Bank has set high customer service standards and recognizes that customer relationships are the most important element in keeping customers satisfied. TrailWest differentiates its banking services from that of larger corporations by taking care of our customers’ needs by creating a high value-added experience, offering a wide range of financial services for both personal and business customers. They also specialize in small business, medical practice, real estate, and agricultural lending. 

At TrailWest Bank, they take pride in helping you achieve your financial and business goals with customizable, creative lending solutions. Whether you need help starting or purchasing a business, investing in property, a new home, or are looking for a new set of wheels or boat for those trips to Flathead, their knowledgeable Loan Officers will be happy to help. The TrailWest team has real-world experience in industries like real estate, construction, agriculture, and more. 

Being locally owned and operated, TrailWest invests directly back into the communities served. They are proud to serve Missoula County with 7 convenient locations: Missoula (4), Frenchtown, Bonner, and Lolo. With over 120 employees, their strong network is ready to serve you wherever you travel throughout Western Montana.