Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!

Red Lodge Mountain Resort, Red Lodge

1. Sportsman’s Lodge Welcomes New Owners

When Bob Kudelski retired from professional hockey in 1996, Bob and his wife, France, made a lifestyle change and bought a guest ranch in Wyoming. Later, the Kudelski’s also owned a guest lodge in Colorado. But they always wanted to make Montana home at some point.

“We’ve been coming here for 25 years and rented a house here when our daughter was little,” said France in a story from The Madisonian. “Then this summer we were camping, and Bob saw that it was on the market. We went under contract pretty quickly.”

The couple officially became the proprietors of the Ennis lodge in February. Since then, the couple has gone to work completing small remodeling projects.

Click here to learn more about the Kudelski’s new adventure.

2. Big Reasons to Invest in Kalispell

Leaders in Kalispell across various industries are thrilled about the opportunities the city has to attract businesses and other ventures to downtown.

A recent story from the Flathead Beacon highlighted several reasons why businesses are excited in Kalispell. Kalispell has five tax-increment financing (TIF) districts spread across several areas. Along with the TIF districts, Kalispell is the temporary home of an Opportunity Zone. A new walking trail will also replace a set of train tracks that are scheduled to be removed next year.

To take a deeper dive into the opportunities in Kalispell, click here to read more.

3. Trail Initiative Rethinks Libby Outdoor Opportunities

In order to update trail maps and involve members of the community, the Libby Chamber of Commerce and the Kootenai Outdoor Recreation created the “Adopt a Trail Description” program.

According to an article from the Ravalli Republic, the inspiration for the project came from a mapping project the Cabinet Backcountry Horsemen’s group started 10 years ago to catalog the available destinations surrounding Libby. In 2017, it asked local volunteers to check the maps and see what needed updating, maintenance, or adjustment. The results yielded about a half dozen projects that needed support.

If you’re interested in learning more about these efforts, click here.

4. Cognizant Opens New Office Space in Missoula’s Old Sawmill District

On Wednesday, Cognizant celebrated the opening of its new office in Missoula’s Old Sawmill District.

Cognizant employs 140 people in Missoula and 175 people statewide. The company specializes in helping businesses plan, and implementing and optimizing cloud-based business processes and technologies. Its clients come from a wide range of industries including financial services, health care, communications, and technology.

“I’m here to recognize a success story,” said Mayor John Engen in a Missoulian story. “There are lots of success stories in Missoula, Montana, but the fact of the matter is those success stories are happening at an increased rate and they’re happening because people work together in this community.”

Click here to read more about Cognizant’s celebrations.

5. Nate Chute: Boardercross Event Marks 20 Years

The Nate Chute Banked Slalom and Boardercross races will celebrate 20 years at Whitefish Mountain Resort this weekend. The event raises money for the Nate Chute Foundation, a foundation dedicated to suicide prevention in Western Montana.  According to the Daily Interlake, the Nate Chute is the second longest-running banked slalom race in the U.S. and the third longest in North America.

The weekend will kick off on Friday at Bonsai Brewing Project. On Saturday and Sunday, the races will take at Whitefish Mountain Resort. New this year will be an “Old Josie’s” category for women aged 25 and older.

For more more information about the Nate Chute event and to learn more about the foundation, click here.

 

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