Monday, March 02, 2015 / by Jason Schaefer
With commercial building and manufacturing coming on strong in Missoula, leaders are wondering why the Missoula airport development park hasn't received much attention with regards to attracting employers. And they look to change this by attracting potential businesses.
Their goal is to actively market the property more online and in real estate publications. James Grunke, CEO and president of the Missoula Economic Partnership, agreed there is a lot of interest in the Bonner Mill site. He said they've seen no interest in the development park the past 6 months. There are 2 companies showing strong interest in the Bonner Mill site, with one of them expected to open in September.
The county is actively looking for technology based businesses for the development park. Some expressed concern that employees prefer the downtown setting. The county does remain hopeful about the future of the development park, as it does have broadband in place, and the county is considering some incentives for businesses to locate there as well. The board plans to continue moving forward at it's next quarterly meeting where it will review pricing and other incentives.