Our 6th Meet Up of WREIN (Women Real Estate Investors Network) gathered at Justine Colan’s beautiful home and one of the first Silver Bow County community development package recipients in 2005. The “package” is now a beautiful 3 bedroom home overlooking the lights of Butte and the Continental Divide. Our speaker for the night, Karen Byrnes, the Butte Silver Bow, Director of Community Development and Urban Revitalization Agency (URA) remembered assessing the blighted property for the CD package and thinking, “No one will buy this”. Luckily, the opportunity was put out there. This vision for community development has allowed for slow sustained growth: Justine’s property is one successful example.
Karen was asked to explain the URA and community development planning programs and how real estate investors can access them. Karen encourages investors struggling to put together proposals to come to see her. She knows how to get things done. Here is an excerpt from the Community Development website explaining the goals of the program:
The Community Development Department leads community and economic development efforts for the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow.
The Community Development Department’s mission is to promote, grow and preserve the assets of Butte-Silver Bow related to both economic and community development. It is responsible for addressing pressing community needs through the preparation and administration of grant applications and the implementation of programs.
The Community Development Department oversees the functions of three Tax-Increment Financing Development Districts; the Urban Revitalization Agency (URA), the East Butte Renovation and Rehabilitation Agency (RRA), and the Montana Connections Business Development Park, an industrial development district, often referred to as the TIFID.
The Department administers the Business Development Center, Urban Revitalization Agency (URA), and Greenway Service District.
For more information on community development in and around Butte, refer to the Butte-Silver Bow Community & Business Development website and the Montana Connections Business Development Park website.