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Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association at Oddpitch Brewing located in the new Kent Shopping Center at 1200 West Kent Suite 103!

This event is hosted by Sterling CRE Advisors, who would like to thank Oddpitch Brewing for partnering with them on the location for the February Midtown Mixer.
Enjoy appetizers, ice cold drinks and networking with other folks in the area by stopping by to see the new facility!

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Join us for a special holiday Midtown Mixer hosted by Southgate Mall! Enjoy cocktails and appetizers in your holiday attire.Please meet us on December 7th, 2021 between 5pm and 7pm at the corridor in front of Scheel’s at Southgate Mall!
There will be door prizes for all and a special drawing for new members that join!

We hope to see you there!

Southgate Mall opened in 1978 and has been home to national, regional and local retailers for over 40 years. Southgate Mall has hosted thousands of community events in that time and continues to be active in the community as Missoula’s town center. Southgate Mall remains an attraction for western Montana and with the thriving anchors Scheels, Dillards-Womens, Dillards-Mens & Children, AMC Dine-In 9 and the great line up of services, retailers and restaurants the Southgate Management team invites all to come see the new concourse entrance adjacent to Scheels!!!








We had major developments recently in our work to launch a master planning effort for Midtown. With a significant investment in Urban Renewal District III funding from the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, we are now $17,000 away from a fully funded Master Plan project. 

Please see our press release below for details on the historic investments being made in Midtown. We ask for you to please consider joining the 38 businesses and public sector partners supporting this effort by making a tax-deductible donation to the Missoula Midtown Foundation to help us close the funding gap and launch the Master Plan in January.

Contributions can be made online HERE or by sending an email to midtown@missoulamidtown.com.

Thank you for your support and participation!

November 18, 2021

PRESS STATEMENT

Record Breaking Investment in Midtown Missoula

Missoula Midtown Master Plan Taps Urban Renewal District III Support at Pivotal Moment

           (Missoula, MT) – The Missoula Midtown Association today solidified a partnership with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency to finalize funding to launch a Master Plan for Missoula’s urban core. The MRA Board approved up to $370,000 in Urban Renewal District III funding toward a $570,000 project budget. The Missoula Midtown Association will now proceed to hire a planning & design team to lead Missoula County in an 18-month planning process to guide growth in Midtown.

The plan dovetails extraordinarily well with other efforts underway for Midtown, particularly the Brooks Street Corridor bus rapid transit project, which Missoula was awarded an $850,000 RAISE grant from the federal government to complete plans for this week. The Association was pleased to support the City of Missoula’s application for a USDOT RAISE grant that will identify all that is required to make bi-directional, fixed-route, center-running bus-rapid transit successful on Brooks Street. These two planning efforts present a combined over $1.4 million investment in charting the future of Midtown.

The Midtown Master Plan differs from other efforts in that it will approach Midtown holistically, recognizing our area as a loved place people already enjoy, and folding previous work into a comprehensive vision that embraces current residents and workers.

“Without a community vision for Midtown, we risk being caught flatfooted when demand for development increases beyond our community capacity to manage it appropriately,” Lauren Hutchison, Missoula Midtown Association Board Chair wrote to MRA. “The equitable Master Plan we envision and have carefully planned over the last two years will be a thorough, thoughtful, and innovative approach to create a space for Midtowners and Missoulians to engage in a planning process unlike any before. We plan to put Midtown on the map as an extraordinary place and Missoula on the map as a leader in innovative planning and engagement.”

The deliverable will be an all-inclusive Master Plan in a multi-media format that details a comprehensive strategy to engage public and private businesses, citizens, and stakeholders, emphasizing disenfranchised populations. This will require innovative approaches to working directly with groups who are left out of traditional public processes, and will be a fresh approach to community planning in Missoula.

The Missoula Midtown Association has been working for many years to prepare for this moment and we are grateful to our many community partners and over 30 businesses who are supporting this effort. We will be issuing the RFP to begin building the planning & design team who will lead us in this process this January and look forward to working with the community to create a plan that will guide Missoula growth for decades to come.

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Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association at the Big Dipper Ice Cream shop located at 2700 Paxson Street Suite F.

Enjoy appetizers, ice cold drinks and networking with other folks in the area by attending the September Mixer!
In June of 1995, Charlie Beaton began producing Big Dipper Ice Cream in the back of the newly opened Kettle House Brewery. A used ice cream machine, -20 degree blast freezer and quality ingredients were about all it took to make the great gourmet ice cream that people are still enjoying today. With just wholesale business in mind, Big Dipper quickly captured the wholesale market selling to restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. Within a year, Charlie along with new wife Barbie and long-time friend Dale Bickell moved the operation to the corner of 5th and Higgins and began a retail store along with the existing wholesale business. Dale sold his shares of Big Dipper in 2002 and is now CAO of the City of Missoula.
Big Dipper became a household name in Missoula and beyond, winning Best of Missoula awards yearly as well as garnering national attention in Food and Wine, Budget Travel, USA Today and numerous other publications. In 2010 Big Dipper was recognized in USA Today as one of America’s favorite ice cream shops. In 2013 the Beaton family appeared on Good Morning America representing Big Dipper for America: Best Ice Cream Ever!

Big Dipper operations have grown as well; in 2010 Big Dipper opened its first franchise store in Helena, MT and rolled out “Coneboy”, their ice cream truck. “Coneboy” is a partnership with longtime manager, Bryan Hickey. Along with Hickey, Big Dipper has opened a kiosk in the Adams Center at the University of Montana as well as a store in Billings, Montana. Charlie started an offshoot of its brand called Big Dipper Select in 2016. Big Dipper Select is manufactured in Missoula as well as in St. George, Utah, providing ice cream supplied to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and other accounts throughout the West. Most recently Big Dipper opened its 2nd location in midtown Missoula across from the AMC theater in the summer of 2020.

The Missoula Midtown Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement, and accessibility of the midtown area as it relates to businesses, residents and the community. Its goals are to provide resources and information related to the success and growth of a healthy business community and to enhance the quality of life and quality of place for visitors and residents alike.

We hope to see you there!

It’s summertime in Missoula, and that means the Western Montana Fair is just around the corner! The festivities are back this year with a fresh new look following several renovations and improvements to the Missoula County Fairgrounds throughout the past couple of years, while many of your classic attractions including fair food favorites, carnival rides, live music, dirt bike racing, and rodeos will give everyone something to enjoy!

This year’s event has been dubbed, “The Hoedown in Midtown” and will feature live entertainment each evening, along with a FREE Barn Dance every night starting at 9 PM.

The Western Montana Fair operates from 11am-11pm daily, August 11-15, and as in years past, ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL!

Public parking opens 7:30am. There is one lot for handicap parking (South Ave entrance) and one lot for public parking (Russell St).

The mission of the Missoula County Fairgrounds is to promote agriculture, education, culture, recreation, community connection and to reflect the beauty of Western Montana.

For full Fair Exhibit & Show Schedule, click here


Enjoy appetizers, ice cold drinks and networking with other folks in the area by attending the August Mixer!
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The Missoula Midtown Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement, and accessibility of the midtown area as it relates to businesses, residents and the community. Its goals are to provide resources and information related to the success and growth of a healthy business community and to enhance the quality of life and quality of place for visitors and residents alike.
We hope to see you there!