KALISPELL - Kalispell city leaders are celebrating the recent growth and development of the Flathead Valley but remain cautious of building up the area too quickly.
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Thursday that highlighted the tremendous amount of construction happening across the Flathead Valley in commercial, residential, and community driven areas.
Over 20 major projects were explained in detail to explain the current and future construction plans set in place over the next two years.
“It just kind of happens without people knowing and this gives everybody an opportunity to kind of be involved at some point whether they’re thinking about building or developing or investing," said David Mitchell with CTA Architects. "It gives them an opportunity to kind of see what’s exactly going on throughout the valley.”
The new children’s medical center at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and the Glacier Rail Park were among the construction projects shown off as part of the Billion Dollar Tour.
“Now essentially what the Billion Dollar Tour is, is a culmination of construction happening in hospitality, healthcare, education, community, industrial, residential, retail and restaurant industries over the next couple of years," Mitchell explained.
Although there is an insane amount of growth and construction going on throughout the entire Flathead Valley, the community is conscious of the risk of building and developing too much too quickly.
“Sometimes there’s some great agricultural land that gets sucked up in development, but I think as a community we are doing a good job on infill -- urban infill-- which helps lessen that burden of urban sprawl, growing out too far too soon," Mitchell said.
Mitchell added that CTA Architects also sees an opportunity to develop while also using cleaner energy, "there’s a lot of opportunity for sustainable energy and we feel we’re on the leading edge and continue to promote it as best we can.”
The city of Kalispell is growing at one of the fastest population rates in Montana, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.