2 Rivers? Here's What It Does
As executive director of Two Rivers, I am often approached with two questions: “What does Two Rivers do?” and “Is Two Rivers part of the chamber?” It is important that community members understand our role and how it is that we serve Valley County.
Two Rivers Economic Growth was created in 1991 to encourage the expansion and development of Valley County. What this means is that we provide supportive services in establishing new business ventures as well as grant writing services for community projects. We are a 401(c)(3) corporation which aids in getting projects such as the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana off the ground.
We are currently working with the city of Glasgow on a City Growth Plan and will continue to be part of the decision making process as things progress.
We recently launched a Promotional Banner Program in an effort to encourage entrepreneurship while making a visual impact in vacant storefronts. Banners can be specified to suggest a particular type of business that the building owner prefers or would like to see in the area. The banners are free upon request and remain the property of Two Rivers.
We recently launched a Store Front Beautification Project and are awaiting Montana Main Street grant approval to revitalize and restore our historic downtown commercial area.
Two Rivers Economic Growth is strategically located within the chamber office, but we are an entirely separate organization. Our agendas differ in that the Chamber hosts local events and promotes tourism, benefiting existing businesses, while Two Rivers establishes new business and industry, increasing economic development for Valley County residents. Two Rivers and the Chamber work collaboratively on projects and are in support of one another, along with Tourism Business improvement District (TBID), Missouri River County (MRC), Great Northern Development (GNDC), and Tourism Advisory Council (TAC), just to name a few.
Two Rivers relies solely upon member support unlike many counties that impose an additional tax. It is our hope to delineate the idea that if someone is a Chamber member, they do not need to be a Two Rivers member. While the Chamber of Commerce and Two Rivers Economic Growth work within many forums, they are within distinctly separate organizations with different functions. Two Rivers Economic Growth encourages all area individuals, businesses and organizations to join and maintain membership so that we can continue to grow and develop the area economy.
This is an especially exciting time as we continue to experience growth and change in our region. Counties without an active economic development agency lack the resources and infrastructure that are key components in maintaining sustainability and retaining youth. We need your support in helping to make Valley County the best place to live, work and play!
For just pennies per day, you can make a difference and impact your community. Visit our website at http://www.growValleyCounty.com for more information or email Michelle Tade at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-263-GROW (4769) and join NOW!
The 2013-14 Board of Directors includes president, Betty Stone (Cottonwood Inn); vice president, Lacey Brelje (Nemont); treasurer, Darrel Wesen (MARCo); secretary, Tom Klotz; past president, Chris Helland, (Helland Agency); as well as Sam Brelje (First Community Bank); Bruce Peterson (county commissioner); Dan Carney, (city mayor); Bob Connors (Glasgow superintendent of schools); DeAnn Ketchum (St. Marie Condo Assn.); Mike Slaats (All Seasons Home Center); Tracey Birkland (Wells Fargo); Lisa Olk (Chamber of Commerce); Joy Guttenberg (Apple Trolley); Jarrell Schock (Missouri River Realty); and Doug Nistler (FMDH).
Valued current members are:
All Seasons Home Center
Apple Trolley LLP
City of Glasgow
Coca Cola Bottling Co.
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
D&G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating, Inc.,
Dental Care Clinic
DRR Investments LLC
Ezzie’s Wholesale, Inc.
Farm Equipment Sales, Inc.
First Community Bank
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
Glasgow Courier & Printing
Glasgow Goodkind Gallery
Glasgow Irrigation District
Hi-Line Collision Repair
Hi-Line Ford, Inc.
Housing Authority of Glasgow
Joseph Reyling, DDS
KLTZ/KLAN Radio Station
La Casa Hotel
Missouri River Realty
Montana Aviation Research Company
Nemont Telephone Cooperative Inc.
Newton Motors, Inc.
NorVal Electric Cooperative, Inc.
North Valley County Water & Sewer
Red Foxx Realty
St. Marie Condominium Association
Town and Country Furniture
United Insurance & Realty
Valley Builders Supply, Inc.
Valley County Abstract Co.
Valley County Commissioner
Valley Seed Co.
Valley Veterinary Clinic
Valley View Home
Wells Fargo Bank
Jerry and DeAnn Ketchum
Byron and Elinor Lindsay
Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID)
Two Rivers mailing address is 23 U.S. Highway 2 East, Glasgow, MT 59230; telephone – 406-263-GROW (4769); fax – 406-228-2244; email – email@example.com; website – http://www.growValleyCounty.com.