THE LEAD: Happy New Year & A Look Back at 2020

The New Year is underway, and we know many of you are glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. While the start of 2021 holds much promise and hope, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the resilience and creativity that Missoula businesses had in response to the pandemic. 

Over the last ten months or so, we’ve found new ways to connect, we’ve spaced out our encounters respecting six feet of distance while smiling behind our masks, and we’ve kept the community united and strong. That’s something we should all be proud of.

For the Missoula Midtown Association, we moved our monthly Mixers to a virtual format and had great participation by members seeking interaction and connection. We have made significant headway on the Midtown Master Plan Whitepaper, thanks to many of you who have offered your feedback and ideas. Our committees have been working hard to connect with Midtown business and find ways to help spread the word about how we can support each other and keep our doors open for business.

As we look on the horizon for 2021, it will be a busy year for the Midtown Association. The foundation is set for the Master Plan, and the heavy lifting will be underway quickly. As of now, we anticipate leaving our monthly Mixers in a digital format until it is prudent to get everyone together again, and we will be facilitating our Annual Meeting in a virtual format as well.

We encourage you to stay involved and connected! If your business is willing to contribute to the Master Plan financially, please reach out to Emily Brock. If your business is interested in hosting a virtual Mixer event and sharing information with our membership, reach out to Sandy Bollom. If you have news and information you would like shared in our newsletter or on our social media pages, reach out to Tara Halls.

We are all in this together, and each does our part to strengthen Midtown Missoula for the long-haul. Thank you for supporting the association, and we look forward to all that is to come in the new year.

Happy New Year from your Missoula Midtown Association Board of Directors!