Please Join
Missoula Mayor John Engen and
Missoula Economic Partnership
for the

2014 Developer Showcase

June 9, 2014

The Garlington Building, 350 Ryman Street, 6th Floor
Missoula, Montana


Welcome to our 2014 Developer Showcase. We hope you can join us for this exclusive opportunity to meet government and business leaders in Missoula and see prime land that’s ready for investment and development.


Monday, June 9

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Sponsored by Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
8:15 a.m. Welcome Address & Introductions, Mayor John Engen
John Engen, Missoula’s 50th mayor, was re-elected to his third term in November. As the national recession crept into Western Montana in 2009, Engen began work with a team of community leaders in the private and public sectors to rally support around a strategic approach to creating jobs and wealth in Missoula through professional economic development activities.
8:40 a.m. Missoula Economic Trends
Larry Swanson, Economist and Director of O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West
The O’Connor Center is a regional studies and public education program of The University of Montana in Missoula. Dr. Swanson closely follows and reports on key economic trends and growth patterns across the larger Mountain West region  – an area with one of North America’s fastest growing economies.
9:00 a.m. Missoula Partnerships Supporting Development
Mike Haynes, Director of Missoula Development Services
The Building Services Department is responsible for the issuing of building permits both residential and commercial, new construction and renovations.
9:30 a.m. Tax Increment Financing & Missoula Urban Renewal Districts
Ellen Buchanan, Director of Missoula Redevelopment Agency
The Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA) fosters redevelopment and new development within Missoula’s urban renewal districts by furthering the community goals and objectives identified in the districts’ urban renewal plans. Authorized by state and local law, the MRA partners with public and private entities to help improve economic vitality, create jobs, and encourage investment.
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. New Markets Tax Credits, DNRC Trust Land Leasing & Other Investment Opportunities
Gary Chumrau & Chuck Hansberry of Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
The Garlington Building was Missoula’s first development utilizing New Markets Tax Credits. Completed in 2011, the six story, 51,411 square foot facility in Downtown Missoula was awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating Program.
Liz Mullins, Land Use Planner, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is tasked with managing the State of Montana’s school trust land to produce revenue for trust beneficiaries such as Common Schools through real estate transactions, agriculture and grazing leasing, timber sales, and minerals leasing. Currently in Missoula, DNRC has 3 acres of trust land available to lease for commercial development on Reserve Street, home of large commercial centers on both the north and south ends.
James Grunke, President/CEO of Missoula Economic Partnership
The Missoula Economic Partnership assists developers and companies looking to relocate or expand in Missoula with customized, detailed reports on anything from sources of equity capital to local building regulations. The Partnership arranges everything for a successful site visit to Missoula and facilitates face-to-face meetings with public and regulatory officials, area business leaders, financing specialists, real estate agents and others.
11:00 a.m. Tour of Garlington Building
Gary Chumrau & Doug Maves of Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
11:30 a.m. Lunch – Guest Presentation: A Missoula Developer’s Prospective
Sponsored by First Security Bank
Rick Wishcamper, Developer at Wishrock
Rick completed numerous projects in Missoula utilizing the assistance of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and Development Services. The remodel of the historic Wilma building in 2008 added home ownership options in Missoula’s urban core while maintaining a popular major concert and film venue, the Wilma Theater. Since then, Rick has focused on affordable housing projects in Missoula and across the country, totaling 4,500 units in a dozen states.


1:00 p.m. Driving Tour of Missoula Development Sites
Depart the Garlington Building on charter bus
3:30 p.m. Question & Answer Session
The Garlington Building

  • Ellen Buchanan, Director / Missoula Redevelopment Agency
  • Mike Haynes, Director / Missoula Development Services
  • Barbara Martens, Director / Missoula County Development Park
  • Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Director of Business Development / Missoula Economic Partnership
4:30 p.m. Professional Services Mixer, Sponsored by OZ Architects
Beer and wine served while guests mingle with local service providers supporting development in Missoula.
5:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Adjourn, Mayor John Engen

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