The infrastructure supporting the Flathead Valley works to the advantage of businesses operating in the region. The transportation and logistical infrastructure seamlessly connects air, rail, and road – to enable companies to move goods and tap into new markets. The communities of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Evergreen and Lakeside/Somers comprise a large part of the Flathead Valley.
Internet Service: Multiple internet service providers are competing for business, including nationwide CenturyLink, and locally grown Montana Sky Networks. Get 20GB per second connectivity in the more dense populated neighborhoods and downtowns.
You can be anywhere in the Flathead Valley and you’ll have access to the only tier one connection in Montana with fiber connectivity, as well as redundancy to one of the largest national and global fiber networks in the world, with over 500,000 miles of global fiber.
-Dorothea Schaeffer, AOM, CenturyLink
Resources Available from the 2018 Community Broadband Initiative
Rail Network: The BNSF Railway operates on 2,129 miles of track. Montana is the origination point for significant volumes of grain, coal, lumber and other commodities. Montana also serves as a bridge route for traffic to and from the northwest. BNSF has spurs in Whitefish, Kalispell, and Columbia Falls. Amtrak’s “Empire Builder” arrives twice daily at the Historic Whitefish Train Depot, major points of departure being: Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle.
Road Access: Highway 93 is the busiest non-interstate highway in the state, winding north 66 miles to Eureka, and intersecting 121 miles south with I-90 in Missoula. Highway 2 connects to the Alberta, Canada border in just two hours.
Public Transportation: Flathead County Eagle Transit