Missoula Legislator Education Forum Webinar

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Value of Tourism for Missoula and Montana – Event was September 25, 2020

Jobs, Community, Economy – Tourism is a leading industry for Montana strengthening small businesses and supporting thousands of jobs. While Covid19 has been a great disrupter for the global economy, now is the time to consider how tourism will be part of Montana’s story of recovery.

By understanding the past, we can steer our path to the future. While we’ll adapt to a new world, future opportunities will present themselves and we want to be ready for them with the right partners in place.
In other years, Voices of Montana Tourism would host a legislative candidate lunch with a panel of business leaders to provide education on tourism. By moving to this online format, we want to offer our candidates a forum to share their perspective. All pre-registered candidates will have an opportunity to speak and respond to questions. The webinar will be open to Missoula voters, businesses and tourism stakeholders.

Voices of Montana Tourism is an independent non-profit that provides education and does not advocate for political candidates, legislation or policy.


  • Introduction by Dax Schieffer, director of Voices of Montana Tourism
  • The role of Destination Marketing Organizations for Montana communities, Racene Friede, executive director of Glacier Country
  • Local role of DMO by Barb Neilan, executive director of Destination Missoula
  • Legislator panel questions as presented by Stuart Doggett, executive director of Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association
  • Legislator candidate panel presents – candidates present included:
    • Connie Keough – House District 91
    • Dan Salomon – Senate District 47
    • Danny Tennenbaum – House District 95
    • Katie Sullivan – Housed District 89
    • Lori Conley – Housed District 96
    • Lou Ann Hansen – House District 97
    • Margaret Gorski – Senate District 44
    • Tom Browder – House District 92
    • *Received regrets in advance from Brad Tschida (HD97) and Kathy Whitman (HD96)

Resources and presentations:

Event Page with Videos and Resources

Value of Tourism for Missoula and Montana

Role of DMO – Glacier Country

Local Impact – Destination Missoula


Dax Schieffer – dax@voicesoftourism.com

Racene Friede – racene@glaciermt.com

Barb Neilan – director@destinationmissoula.org

Stuart Doggett – stuart@montana.com