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Mayor Engen On The Vibe Fueling Missoula's Growth

Jan 26, 2020

What makes a city ripe for entrepreneurship? Is it the fruit of well-conceived planning, a combination of luck and circumstances, or all of the above?

Missoula, Montana’s tech scene has boomed in the last decade, bringing a steady population increase, immense opportunities, and growing pains. Perhaps no one has a better perspective on this growth than Missoula’s current Mayor John Engen, who joins us on this episode of Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs.

Missoula Mayor John Engen.
Credit City of Missoula

After 14 years in office, Engen is the longest-tenured mayor in the city’s history. He’s been a journalist and business owner, and as a lifelong Missoulian, he’s watched the town change in real time. Mayor John Engen joins us to explore the culture of entrepreneurship in the Rocky Mountain town of 75,000.

Listen now as Engen talks about how Missoula has adapted to a 21st century business world, and the ways a city can cultivate its mindset to encourage entrepreneurship.

Production support for “Can Do” comes from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, dedicated to investing in people to improve the quality of their lives. And from the Greater Montana Foundation, encouraging communication on issues, trends and values of importance to Montanans. And from Blackfoot, providing communications solutions for Montana businesses. Plus opportunities like C2M Beta, an innovation lab aimed at helping startups thrive. C2Mbeta.com.