Anaconda/Deer Lodge County: Development of an Active Transportation Plan to address downtown walkability, the promotion of alternative forms of transportation, allow for the interconnectivity of the historic commercial district, and to overcome the challenges of a bifurcated Main Street. The project builds from significant community revitalization successes, including a Downtown Master Plan and the placemaking and street design visioning of the New Mobility West collaborative including the Sonoran Institute and Project for Public Spaces. The project includes funding from CDBG planning and the Montana Department of Transportation.
Glasgow: Creation of Community Branding to develop a strategic brand that capitalizes on community assets and regional identity. The project is an implementation of the recently adopted downtown revitalization plan, completed with previous Montana Main Street funding, and will provide a foundation for subsequent wayfinding implementation.
Glendive: Development of a Downtown Master Plan to create a comprehensive vision for the planning and development of the commercial district. The project intends to position the community in a collaborative effort to better utilize the downtown building infrastructure and identify a unified strategy to develop the regional tourism industry that correlates with the downtown district. The project includes CDBG planning funds.
Great Falls: Implementation of a Downtown Pedlet Placemaking Project to promote walkable downtown public spaces and outdoor dining space. Only the second such project in the country, this innovative downtown vision aims to highlight the impact of outside spaces in creating a vibrant and healthy district. The project will partner with several local businesses, placing a “pedlet” and creating outside seating space for patrons.
Helena: The Helena Business Improvement District will forward a Downtown Façade Improvement Program that offers grants to local business/building owners for improvements to downtown building facades. The program implements a component of the Helena downtown master plan and combines the benefits of historic preservation and revitalization efforts with a desire to leverage public/private investments to incentivize economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.
Lewistown: Implementation of a Downtown Parklet Placemaking Project to promote the walkability and economic vitality of the downtown commercial district. The vision includes the construction of several outside dining and seating areas within the newly formed arts and entertainment district to work in conjunction to support local business and to develop a growing local tourism industry.
Red Lodge: Building from the community’s new brand as the “Basecamp to the Beartooths” and the recently completed Active Transportation Plan, Red Lodge will create a Wayfinding Plan that will determine the best design and location for a community-wide signage system. The project will better connect the Main Street with the abundant number of business and dining, historical, cultural, and recreational attractions within the wider business district and community.
Roundup: Development of a Downtown Master Plan to forward a broad vision and ambitious goals in downtown revitalization, historic rehabilitation, economic development and long-range community planning. The project builds on the recently completed Growth Policy and coordinates with the ongoing Historic Preservation Plan and unifies into a comprehensive effort the significant number of recent successes in the downtown and wider community.