Western Montana Fair Gears up for August

The dog days of summer are upon us, and with the sultry weather comes the sweet smell of popcorn and funnel cakes wafting through the air, the flavor of juicy Vikings and fruity snow cones, music playing, children laughing, and all the sights and sounds of the annual Western Montana Fair! Join in on all the fun and festivities August 7-11 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.
For the third year in a row, the Fair will be Free Admission to keep it easily available to all, and accessibility is expanding this year with free-to-attend arena events each day in addition to countless additional free and affordable activities for all ages throughout the week.
New this year is the “Green Thumbs and Pie Crumbs!” theme to promote a commitment to sustainable practices and reduction in waste material. The Western Montana Fair is proudly joining Missoula’s ZERO by FIFTY initiative, which aims to reduce 90% of the material we send to the landfill by 2050. Look for the “Green Thumb” logo and be sure to utilize stations around the venue for all recyclable/compostable serving materials, which vendors will be using this year more than ever!
Also new – or rather, “renewed” – this year will be the renovated Commercial and Culinary Buildings. Through thoughtful planning and massive efforts over recent years, structural improvements such as an elevator, restrooms, ventilation, windows, lighting, roofs, doors, siding, and floors will make these spaces useful for another 100 years. The MADE Fair Marketplace returns to the remodeled Commercial Building in 2019, with over 100 local artists and opportunities to support local nonprofits.
Come help support our eclectic community and enjoy delicious food, impressive exhibits, thrilling events, and all the exuberant fanfare that the Western Montana Fair has to offer at one of Midtown Missoula’s signature events of the summer!

MRA Cuts the Ribbon on the new MRL Park in Midtown Missoula

The Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA), Montana Rail Link and Missoula Parks & Rec celebrated the official opening of the Montana Rail Link Park in Midtown Missoula on Thursday, July 11th.
The new 4-acre park includes open green space, playground, community garden, dog park, multi-use playing court, and a small pavilion for all to enjoy, conveniently located between North and South Avenue, Johnson Street, and the Bitterroot Rail line.
For additional information or to read the Dog Park rules, click HERE.

MUTD Pulls Out the Stops

Transportation around Midtown can be easier than you imagine, and your short wait is becoming more stylish.
With over half of Mountain Line’s routes crossing Midtown and converging at Southgate Mall, Midtown hosts the second-busiest stop in the transit system. You can get anywhere in Missoula starting in Midtown; but why leave when everything you like is right here?
MUTD has begun seeding Midtown with its stylish, new bus stops.  You can see them at MRL Park, 39th Street near Reserve, and at Trempers Shopping Center on Brooks Street. 

Member Spotlight: First Security Bank

First Security Bank first opened its doors in downtown Missoula in 1972. Quickly growing to a family of seven full-service branch locations, they also established full-service locations in the nearby communities of Corvallis, Hamilton, Plains, Thompson Falls and most recently, Stevensville.
To further serve the Missoula community, they offer five convenient ATM locations at both Missoula Fresh Market locations, Noon’s Convenience Store, Pattee Creek Market, and Rosauer’s Supermarket.
First Security Bank offers a full range of banking products and services providing individuals and businesses with the help necessary to achieve their financial goals, today and throughout their lives.
They operate their own management teams in the towns they know well because they live here too! The team at First Security Bank values being an integral part of the many communities served and are proud to serve friends, neighbors, and local businesses not only with superior banking products and services but with considerable investments of their own time and effort to help non-profit and community organizations. In fact, they support more than 400 local community organizations every year
In 1996 First Security Bank joined the Glacier Family of Banks, owned by Kalispell, Montana-based Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (GBCI). Glacier Bank is a regional bank providing world-class financial services to individuals and businesses throughout the Western United States. This has enabled First Security Bank to serve the local communities with the same unique personal attention and friendly service that customers have come to expect, with the added resources of a much larger banking family. First Security Bank proudly serves the communities of Missoula, Hamilton, Corvallis, Stevensville, Lolo, Thompson Falls and Plains, Montana.

Missoula Midtown Association: Your Voice in Action

As President of the Midtown Association, I value the opportunity to champion our mission to promote healthy business, quality of life, and quality of place in Missoula. I believe our efforts today will result in measurable successes afforded to the next generation of Midtowners that live, work and play in this community; that is the prism that is looked through when we engage as an association to influence plans and policies shaping the future of the Midtown district. Providing opportunities for the next generation is at the core of our mission, and our hope is that the work we do will result in the opportunity for those raised in Missoula to remain here and obtain gainful employment with the ability to raise their families in one of the greatest cities on earth. 
To be an effective organization and advocate for solutions that impact Midtown Missoula and our community at large, we need a strong voice. That strong voice comes from a robust and engaged membership of businesses and residents alike. We have intentionally positioned our organization to grow and represent this voice through established working committees, signature events, membership recruitment, and community engagement. We currently have 50 members consisting of residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations, and our numbers are growing.  
We believe there is intrinsic value to becoming a member of the Missoula Midtown Association, including community promotion, news and information updates, networking and camaraderie, and effective advocacy, all focused squarely on enhancing the livability of the Midtown district.
If you are currently a member of the Missoula Midtown Association, thank you for your support and engagement. If you are not a member and would like to become engaged, check out our website and join us for our monthly Midtown Mixer to see what we are all about. Our next Midtown Mixer will be at OnX Hunt located at 1926 Brooks Street.

Mark Bellon, P.E.
President, Missoula Midtown Association
President/COO, Territorial-Landworks, Inc.