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City Subcommittee Holds Meeting On Bringing Business To Missoula

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Members of Missoula City Council are looking for ways to attract more businesses and create additional jobs in Missoula. A panel was held on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

With all the construction going on around town, there's no question Missoula is getting a handful of new businesses.

"I think they see opportunity here," said panel member, Kim Kaufman, a commercial realtor with Prudential Montana.

To keep this trend going, Missoula city council's Economic Development Subcommittee invited three commercial real estate agents to speak on a panel about the opportunities and obstacles they see in businesses coming to Missoula.

"I think it's really important that we start attracting and creating, and supporting the businesses that are creating high paying jobs, so our young people feel like they don't need to move away to make a living," said Caitlin Copple of Missoula City Council.

Wednesday's meeting comes as construction work goes on in the old K-Mart lot, where a Cabelas and Kohl's are being built.

"There's always room for competition and especially for sporting goods and department stores, and losing Macy's created a vacuum hopefully Kohl's can fill," Kaufman said.

Kaufman said Missoula is the prime spot for not only big businesses, but also start-ups.

"I think in Missoula we have great labor force, and a great university here that trains up people, and there's people who want to stay here to work in the community," Kaufman said.

Panel members said additional attractions to Missoula include easy walking access to businesses and restaurants, and one area of improvement is better marketing in the downtown area.

"I think it's important that Missoula be as competitive as possible with touting out not only the great quality of life, but our amazing workforce," Copple said.

If you want to get in on the discussion, take your ideas to Missoula City Council's Economic Development Committee, which meets on Wednesdays.

For a look at their agendas, head to the City of Missoula's website.

 

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