In the wide-open spaces of Flathead County, zoning and planning
have not previously been big issues. But in the recent annual survey
of Kalispell businesses by the area Chamber of Commerce, growth
management came out the top concern.
According to a Chamber official, large and small businesses have
expressed the need to plan for growth in order to make sound business
and investment judgments, mainly in response to recent development
projects and large retail projects under consideration in the area.
Improving highway and air transportation were the second most
important issues facing business owners. Survey respondents also
cited tax reductions, finding a qualified workforce and increasing
health-care costs as important.
The survey polled 92 businesses, with most responses coming from
the service sector, followed by retail shop and those working in
finance, insurance and real estate. More than half the surveyed
businesses employ fewer than 10 workers.