2018 Kalispell Chamber Priorities
Through the Kalispell Business Agenda strategic plan, the Kalispell Chamber advances a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda for Kalispell and Montana. Our work is focused in four strategic areas: growing Kalispell as a regional trade center, strengthening manufacturing and innovation, accelerating non-resident tourism growth, and building on our infrastructure momentum. The Kalispell Chamber is the largest business organization in northwest Montana and is comprised of 725 businesses and organizations that employ over half of the workforce in Flathead County, Montana.
PROMOTE AN ACTIVE AND VIBRANT DOWNTOWN:
A Development Information Center will be created within our existing chamber building to market downtown sites and business development projects to developers, business owners, and the public to create confidence and momentum downtown. Small Business Saturday will be expanded to more businesses, especially those downtown. Downtown and core area plans will be supported in ways which meet the needs of our membership.
GROW KALISPELL AS A REGIONAL TRADE CENTER:
Pro-growth land use policies will be advocates for the B3 zone, growth policy, and commercial and industrial spaces. We will utilize healthcare research to support Kalispell as a regional healthcare center: PUD Overlay, H1 zone, the defeat of poor tax policy. Education and workforce: we will support the educational system in curriculum development for high-wage, high-growth jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and high-tech.
BUILD ON INFRASTRUCTURE MOMENTUM:
Advocate to fully complete the Kalispell Bypass by widening the south half to four lanes and the removal of round-a-bouts. Support funding for the next generation of highway projects: Willow Glen, Reserve Street, Whitefish Stage, and Rose Crossing. Extend commercial air service by expanding on recent successes with SFO, LAX, ORD, DEN, and adding new destinations.
ACCELERATE NON-RESIDENT TOURISM GROWTH:
Continue to grow the success of four signature events through our Convention and Visitor Bureau: Montana Pony Hockey Classic, Montana Indoor Soccer Championships, Montana Sparta Races, and Montana Dragon Boat Festival. Broaden the “Bring It Home” campaign to recruit new meetings and conventions to Kalispell. Increase awareness of Kalispell as a travel destination to expanded markets and audiences.
STRENGTHEN MANUFACTURING AND INNOVATION:
Strengthen manufacturers through direct support of the Manufacturers Alliance, Flathead Manufacturing (MFG) Month, certificates of origin, scholarships, winery/brewery/distillery map, trade support, and the Flathead Timber Your. Aggressively pursue a Manufacturing Agenda, aiming to reduce workers compensation rates, eliminate the business equipment tax, support trade, and create awareness of careers in manufacturing trades through MFG Month events and the Making Montana Expo.