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Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual Midtown Mixer, Tuesday, February 2, beginning at 4:00 PM sponsored by First Security Bank and featuring the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium and the Missoula County Weed District & MSU Extension Office.

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Meeting ID: 854 1319 7061
+1 346 248 7799 US

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.

We will open with comments from Midtown Association President, Mark Bellon and then First Security Bank will welcome fellow MMA members, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium, and Missoula County Weed District to discuss the exciting progress at the Rocky Mountain Gardens and Exploration Center housed at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

First Security Bank is a Division of Glacier Bank and proudly serves those who live and work in Missoula, and the surrounding areas of western Montana. They are a Foundation Sponsor of the Missoula Midtown Association.

Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium sets out to inspire an appreciation and understanding of insects and their arthropod relatives through unique field trips, education programs, and exhibits. They are currently working to build a new, larger facility at the Missoula Fairgrounds.

The Missoula County Weed District and MSU Extension Office work to provide coordination, educational outreach, and training using current research-based information and resources to address the needs of the public in the areas of weed & pest management, horticulture/agriculture, youth development, family and consumer sciences, nutrition and additional areas identified by the communities served.

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!

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual Midtown Mixer, Tuesday, January 5, beginning at 4:00 PM sponsored by Jackson Contractor Group.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4743338881
Meeting ID: 474 333 8881
+1 346 248 7799 US

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.

We will open with comments from Midtown Association President, Mark Bellon and then Jackson Contractor Group will discuss their work in Midtown Missoula at the Fairgrounds.

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!

Midtown Missoula’s everyday retail, affordable homeownership, and ample parking are characteristics we all love that are associated with a different experience than anywhere else in town. Recent additions to our area like OnX Maps, Notorious P.I.G., Big Dipper, Dram Shop, and Scheels are so exciting! Without proper planning to support increasing demand, we could suffer a fragmented district that lacks a sense of place and adequate infrastructure.
For Midtown to be a healthy neighborhood, we need development to enhance our desirable qualities with transportation networks that allow physical connections, gathering spaces that nurture social connectedness, and greenspace that reduces heat islands, noise, and air pollution. In January of 2020, recognizing the pressing need for cohesion around a vision that embraces our existing character, encourages equitable development, and promotes healthy urbanism, the Midtown Association formed a committee to lay out a path to make a Midtown Masterplan a reality.
To assess the financial feasibility and institutional appetite for a Midtown Masterplan, the committee conducted community leaders’ interviews. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, in no small part due to the success of the Downtown Masterplan. Missoula recognizes this urgent need, and our leaders are willing to fund it.
Planning will require a multi-disciplinary team comprised of civil engineers, traffic engineers, parking specialists, land-use planners, architects, economists, public outreach specialists, historians, cultural experts, art experts, landscape architects, and local stakeholders. To manage this team, the Midtown Association is bringing on an Executive Director – stay tuned for this important announcement!
The estimated project schedule is 18 months, and the project budget is estimated to be $450,000 to $550,000. The project will incorporate a comprehensive strategy to engage public and private businesses, citizens, and stakeholders, emphasizing disenfranchised populations. The deliverable will be an all-inclusive Master Plan in a multi-media format that accomplishes the following project goals:

  • Provide a voice for the people who live in, work in, and utilize Midtown. Create a space for residents, workers, and users to articulate the unique characteristics that should be preserved. 
  • Promote equitable development. Ensure neighborhood balance with factors that promote healthy urbanism like affordable housing and retail, nearby groceries, manufacturing and other living-wage jobs, business incubation space, accessible parks, clean indoor and outdoor environments, quality education and growth opportunities, social gathering spaces, and mobility for all people and modes with reliable and safe transportation connections.
  • Create predictability for private investment. Attract and retain development that meets the community vision for Midtown. Provide a clear path forward, so developers have fewer hurdles when approaching design, permitting, zoning, and regulatory agencies. 
  • Promote a sense of belonging. Nurture the social fabric of Midtown. Promote positive and diverse human interaction. Hone and promote the Midtown brand and drive right-sized business in the area. 
  • Leverage local dollars to attract Federal infrastructure funding. Position Midtown for large capital grants to build transformative infrastructure, such as transit, which serves new and existing populations. Improve the Brooks Street Corridor to meet the multimodal transportation pressures of growth in Midtown, Miller Creek, and the Bitterroot Valley while improving – and not sacrificing – livability. Improve east-west connectivity in Midtown. Build on existing planning initiatives for Midtown. Incorporate previous work. Several studies have been done of the area, each building on the previous effort. 

If you are interested in becoming involved in the planning process, reach out and let us know by emailing midtown@missoulamidtown.com

With many great locally owned businesses in Missoula and midtown, remember to show your support as you do your Christmas shopping this year to support the businesses that represent the backbone of our community.

The Missoula Midtown Association is teamed up with the Missoula Downtown Association, Missoula Chamber of Commerce, and Destination Missoula to promote our small businesses this holiday season.

As part of this campaign, these organizations want to provide information regarding the special offerings our small businesses have to provide safe shopping and dining experiences. From special holiday hours to scheduling private shopping or dining experiences, to curbside pick-up, it’s crucial that this information get out into the community.

Please fill out the form linked below to the best of your ability, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Downtown Missoula Partnership at info@missouladowntown.com.

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual Midtown Mixer, Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 4:00 PM sponsored by Southgate Mall.

Join Zoom Meeting
CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 870 4277 3239
+1 346 248 7799 US

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.

We will open with comments from Midtown Association President, Mark Bellon and then Southgate Mall will discuss how COVID has affected them and how they are planning for the holidays.

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!