New leader at Home ReSource, Midtown survey, Legacy Lounge change


Here are some business news in the Missoula area:

Home Resource, Community Sustainability Center of Western Montana, announced the hiring of Kelli Hess as Executive Director.

Hess joins the organization 19 years after it was founded by two University of Montana students. Home ReSource leads sustainability efforts in Missoula through its zero waste education program, Fix-it clinics, zero waste systems initiatives, youth and adult work programs, and its larger program , the building materials reuse store. Home ReSource’s circularity-modeled reuse store retains nearly one million tons of waste from the landfill each year.

Hess will lead the 25-employee organization in its efforts to achieve the goals set out in Missoula’s Zero by Fifty Zero Waste Plan, the implementation of which was coordinated by the organization.

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Hess most recently worked at the Missoula Food Bank.

“I look forward to joining the team that is leading sustainability in our community and working to create a prosperous future for our planet, our people and our economy,” Hess said. “Together, we can reduce greenhouse gases and demands on our natural resources, while generating meaningful work opportunities.”

Heritage Loungean alcohol-free late-night space for all ages on the Hip Strip in downtown Missoula, announced that it was undergoing some changes.

“We are currently undergoing a management change for the Legacy Lounge,” they wrote on Facebook. “We can’t wait to share all the new and exciting things we have in the future.”

The company, located at 529 S. Higgins, recently acquired a beer and wine license from the city.

Following the success From the public visioning workshop held last month, the Missoula Midtown Association and its partners are seeking additional feedback from the Missoula community. A poll is now available on the project’s website for the public to share their vision for Midtown’s future.

“We know that many were unable to join us at the visualization workshop, but would like to participate in the project,” said Melanie Brock, the association’s executive director. “This survey will allow everyone to have their say and play a vital role in shaping Midtown.”

According to a press release, the goals of the Midtown Master Plan include strengthening Midtown’s existing planning initiatives, promoting equitable development, developing predictability for private investment and creating a sense of place. for businesses, residents and visitors.

The survey consists of only 20 questions and will be available to the community until November 11. The survey results will help planners and engineers identify priority areas and develop a plan that will meet the needs of this growing area and the residents who live, work and recreate in Midtown Missoula. Early next year, the team will draft a master plan and strategy for the future of Midtown, which is expected to be finalized by June 2023.

To participate in the survey or for more information on the Midtown Master Plan project, please visit

Spectrum announced that the Missoula Family YMCA received a $30,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant for its new Youth Innovation Center. The grant is part of the broadband connectivity provider’s $8 million, six-year commitment to promote digital education and broadband technology in communities across the country.

The Missoula Family YMCA is a nonprofit, charitable organization that focuses on building community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With this funding, the YMCA will open its new Youth Innovation Center and expand its programming to include coding, computer literacy, robotics and digital arts.

“In our online world, digital skills are essential for navigating everything from job hunting to school to grocery shopping, but too many families still haven’t embraced the internet at home” said Rahman Kahn of Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand. “As one of the largest internet service providers in the United States, Spectrum is committed to supporting local initiatives such as The Missoula Family YMCA that promote digital literacy and inclusion and help educate members from the Missoula community on the value of adopting broadband in their lives so they can succeed in today’s connected society.

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