Missoula County and the Community Council asked for assistance running a public visioning and design charrette. To that end, New Mobility West hired Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) to diagnose lead a public design charrette. In May 2015, P.U.M.A. and NMW staff spent three days in East Missoula for an intensive immersion and problem solving effort.
P.U.M.A. developed a market analysis to assess local conditions and begin to outline the community’s economic identity. Working with the community team, NMW held dozens of interviews with local stakeholders and business owners to begin defining a community-based vision for the corridor. The team walked the corridor, met with representatives from the Montana Department of Transportation and held a community meeting to present and get feedback on design concepts.