By JENNIFER SHRYOCK
Best Place Project
“Here’s what I hear more than anything from the folks I serve: ‘We live in the best place.’ I agree.” –Missoula Mayor John Engen.
The Best Place Project aims to create 2,500 new primary jobs in the Missoula area, paying a sustainable wage rate of $37,000 annually.
Missoula Economic Partnership
Founding board members formed the Missoula Economic Partnership to execute the goals of the project. Mayor Engen and co-chairman Jeff Fee discussed the project at the City Club Missoula’s March forum. More about City Club Missoula.
Mayor Engen said they initiated the project after asking two questions:
1. What is Missoula’s economic development strategy?
2. Who is in charge of that strategy?
While Missoula is host to a number of economic development and business organizations that meet niche needs in the community and region, no single organization effectively drives the effort to recruit business, retain business, and develop opportunities for businesses in Missoula.