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Hearings begin for House Bill 14

Hearings Begin for House Bill 14 NBC Montana | 1/23/2019 | by Marian Davidson KALISPELL, Mont. -- Montana legislators are looking at House Bill 14. This bill is a statewide infrastructure proposal from Governor Steve Bullock. HB 14 proposes $160 million for state and local infrastructure projects, funded through bonds. It also includes $44 million [...]

By | February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bigfork Economic Development Roundtable

Bigfork Economic Development Roundtable Bigfork Chamber of Commerce Newsletter | 1/2019 | Kim Morisaki | I applaud Bigfork in its efforts to encourage community discussion around big issues with their monthly economic development roundtables.  Open to everyone and taking place on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:15 am at the High School Community [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Montana

Making Montana Flathead Beacon | 1/2019 | Kim Morisaki | My friend Kate sent me a video the other day titled Trade School vs. Law School with a self-pitying lawyer accusing his mechanic friend of acting superior because the mechanic made a better living while the lawyer was struggling with college debt and a lower [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opportunity for Kalispell

Opportunity for Kalispell Flathead Beacon | 12/2018 | Kim Morisaki | The headline in the Beacon read “Brookings Institution names Kalispell as one of three cities in the country that have the potential to be strong centers for jobs and opportunities.”  At the top of the Brookings article was a photo of our main street [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The World is Run By Those Who Show Up – Influencing Policy Without Running for Office

The World is Run By Those Who Show Up - Influencing Policy Without Running For Office Bigfork Chamber of Commerce | 12/2018 | Kim Morisaki At least once a month I find myself on my soap box.  Some of you who know me are thinking to yourselves “Only once a month?” But this particular soap [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Report offers data on local internet access

Daily Inter Lake | 1/13/2019 | Heidi Gaiser BroadbandNow, a data-aggregation service that informs consumers about internet options through government data and verified customer reviews, recently released a report on online access in the Flathead Valley. Though there are missing elements in the report, as a whole the data paints a realistic picture of the [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cities focus on downtown strength

Daily Inter Lake | 1/1/2019 | Duncan Adams In 1964, singer Petula Clark turned the song “Downtown” into an unlikely international hit. A downtown booster group could have penned the lyrics. Fifty-four years later, Clark’s song could describe continued efforts in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls to crank up the volume in their downtowns. This [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Outlook 2019: Trains to Start Rolling into New Rail Park This Year

Flathead Beacon | 1/3/2019 | Justin Franz The ribbon was cut, the golden spikes were hammered and the finishing touches were made on the new Glacier Rail Park in Evergreen, but officials say freight trains will still be rolling through downtown Kalispell well into the new year. Although a grand opening event was held at [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Can Politicians Really Do to Create Jobs?

Entrepreneurs want to locate their businesses where safety and good public schools are a given. BY Kim Morisaki | Flathead Beacon | November 1, 2018 I sometimes find myself shaking my head when I hear candidates talk about creating jobs, particularly if they are discussing cutting taxes. That isn’t really how it works. Government and [...]

By | November 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments