Downtown conference in Great Falls this year

Star Staff

Montana’s 10th Annual Downtown Conference and Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase will be in Great Falls beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 20. This year’s focus is economic development, one of the key pillars of revitalizing any downtown, according to a news release from the Department of Commerce.

The Downtown/Riverfront Opportunity Showcase kicks off at noon Oct. 18 and runs until noon Thursday, Oct. 19. The Montana Downtown Conference starts at noon Oct. 19 and ends at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

To register for the showcase and conference online or to download, print out and mail in a registration form with a check for payment go the Great Falls BID website at To contact the conference organizer, Joan Redeen of the Great Falls Business Improvement District, call 406-727-5430 or visit

Conference speakers are still needed. Speakers are being sought who will share development success, real estate finance success, business success or creative ways to make downtown business work. Anyone who would like to discuss ideas should email or call Jolene Schalper at or 406-750-4481.