September Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” Meeting

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” in lieu of our traditional Midtown Mixer on Tuesday, September 1, beginning at 4:00 PM.

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Meeting ID: 981 9337 2542
Passcode: 990634

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

Our Association President, Mark Bellon, will provide an update on Midtown’s activity and then we will open up the discussion to any participants who would like to ask questions, share information, or chat.

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.

These events have yielded great discussions amongst members and provided a great avenue for information sharing. We look forward to continuing the momentum and opening up the opportunity to connect!

August Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” Meeting

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” in lieu of our traditional Midtown Mixer on Tuesday, August 4, beginning at 4:00 PM.

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

Our Association President, Mark Bellon, will provide an update on Midtown’s activity and we’ll have a brief presentation from the Missoula Redevelopment Agency on the Brooks Corridor TOD Infrastructure Study. Following the presentation, we will open up the discussion to any participants who would like to ask questions, share information, or chat.

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.

The July event had great discussion and participation and we look forward to another opportunity to connect!

Halfway Point of the Year 2020

As summertime gets underway, the warm weather and sweet aromas of the mountain air remind us that there remains to be a great deal of promise to look forward to over the second half of 2020. While some may want to forget about the challenges brought on by various obstacles we’ve all faced over the first six months of the year, let us look back on the bright spots and recap the progress that was made during that time.

To kick off the new year, the Board of Directors held a Strategic Planning Session, where goals for the coming one year, three years, and five years were developed. Some of the goals for the current year included: bringing on 50 new members, creating an additional revenue source, establishing a relationship with the Western Montana Fair, hiring a college intern, and developing a plan for a Midtown Master Plan. Some of those goals have been made more difficult due to certain circumstances; but, thanks to hard work by many of our volunteers, we have continued to make good strides and remain optimistic about continued advancements.

In February, the Annual Membership Meeting was held, where President Mark Bellon, and a number of additional speakers from around Midtown provided updates and discussed upcoming objectives. As part of that event, a working session was held where attendees provided direct feedback – those suggestions were collected, organized, and appropriately assigned to the association’s various committees based on the topic.

Building on the growing success of the “Midtown Mixers” becoming one of Missoula’s premier business networking events in 2019, the association held a gathering each of the first three months of 2020 thanks to gracious hosts: Keller Williams (co-hosted by First Interstate Bank), Community Medical Center, and Opportunity Resources. Additional Mixers were scheduled for nearly the rest of the year before social-distancing measures were put in place due to COVID. In order to gain momentum back and provide an outlet for members to voice ideas and give updates, we plan to hold virtual Mixers the first Tuesday of each month for the foreseeable future (more info below).

Following the resignation of a Director, the Board voted to bring on Marion Alley of Berkshire Hathaway to fill the open seat and serve the remainder of the vacated term. The Board also voted to bring on two Advisory Board Members to provide input on Midtown objectives: Corey Aldridge with Mountain Line, and Jessica Yandell with AlphaGraphics.
Finally, one of the most recent – as well as most exciting – projects the group has undertaken is getting the initial process underway for what will eventually become a Midtown Master Plan. A committee, chaired by Director Emily Brock of the Fairgrounds, received approval to hire a consultant and has begun preparing a “white paper” that will help develop the road map to a Master Plan.

As we navigate through the current situation over the remaining months of 2020, we will aim to maintain a connection with our membership and ensure that continued efforts will be made towards our mission to promote and enhance the Midtown community.

Member Spotlight: Rumour Restaurant & Tap House

Rumour Restaurant & Tap House, located in the heart of Missoula’s midtown neighborhoods at 1855 Stephens Ave, is open daily and offers one of the best happy hours around. Their menu rotates with the seasons and celebrates Montana’s farmers, ranchers, growers, and producers. They are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood and crafting innovative, diverse, and memorable dishes for all palates. The beautiful outdoor patio, numerous private rooms, and spacious indoor dining area allow for patrons to maintain an appropriate social distance during these unique times; and, they pledge to do the best they can to keep all guests and employees feeling safe and healthy. The staff at Rumour aim to have fun, provide great hospitality, and ensure you have a delightful dining experience. Stop in and see them today! Hours of operation:

  • Brunch: Sat & Sun, 11:30am – 3pm
  • Lunch: Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 3pm
  • Dinner: Daily, 5pm – close
  • Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm – 6pm

Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” Meeting

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” in lieu of our traditional Midtown Mixer on Tuesday, July 7, beginning at 4:00 PM(*Please note the earlier start time).

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

Our Association President, Mark Bellon, will provide an update on Midtown’s activity and the progress our group has continued to make as summer gets underway. We plan to then open up the discussion to any participants who would like to ask questions, share information, or chat. 

Some examples of topics that may be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Is your business open and operating, and in what capacity?
  • Are you operating under a different schedule than usual?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges your organization has faced over the past few months?
  • What have been some of your strategies/methods in trying to overcome those challenges?
  • What can the Midtown Association and fellow members do to help your business/organization?
  • What can other members of the community do to help your business/organization?
  • How are you, your staff, and your family doing?
  • How have you been spending your quarantine time?
  • Which Netflix series have you been binging lately?

 If your office (or home-office) allows it, we encourage you to enjoy a cold beverage during the call, if you would like, in order to help create that “Mixer” feel!

Please feel free to reach out to us through Facebook, LinkedIn, or via email if you have any questions or would like additional information.

We hope to see you there!