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Helena's Business Improvement District Welcomes New Executive Director

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The Business Improvement District in Helena works on new projects and improvements to the downtown area, and now they have a new Executive Director. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller spoke with the newly hired director and business owners in the area to see what's next for Downtown Helena.

Out of nearly 30 initial candidates who applied as the next Helena Business Improvement District Executive Director, the board came to a decision and announced their choice, Tracy Reich. A Montana native from Hamilton who is now working in Washington will journey to Helena to bring her skills to the Queen City.

"I have been an Executive Director of a couple of downtown's and so I got a kind of a broad set of experiences and knowledge. I bring redevelopment background, working with affordable housing facilities and financing as well, and so you know I have been helping downtown's for the last 15 plus years." said Tracy Reich. 

Reich's extensive resume shows she has worked with several city organizations and was the Downtown Coordinator and Director in Chandler, AZ and Downtown Vancouver, Washington in addition to being Executive Director of the Colville Main Street Revitalization program in Colville, Washington. Reich explains she is very excited to soon be back in Montana.

"I am really looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to really set the goals of what we are going to accomplish this year and moving forward." added Reich.

Now that the Business Improvement District has their Executive Director what is it exactly that businesses in downtown Helena want to see happen.

"Downtown Helena is very vibrant there is a lot of things happening and I am just looking forward to someone who will come in and will share the information with the Helena community about the really unique vibrant stores and people that we have done here." said Connie Roope the owner of Prickly Pear Quilts. 

One store owner explained the need for more vibrant retail in the downtown area, another wants to see a plan in place for the future.

Well, one of the top priorities for me is to get a master plan for Downtown Helena that no only involves Downtown Helena, Inc. and Business Improvement District, but also state government and larger entities in town like the hospital and the college and get input from the public so that we have a very clear direction on the sorts of information on improvements we want to make and the direction we want to see Downtown Helena going." said Brianne Harrington a Board Member of the Business Improvement District and Owner of the Painted Pot in Downtown Helena.

Reich is planned to begin the position February 4th and she is not the only one looking forward to her taking on this new role.

"Her resume looked wonderful I just looking forward to meeting her." adds Roope.

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