MISSOULA – It’s only been a few months since he stepped off the campaign trail, but Grant Kier says he’s ready for a new challenge, being named as the new Executive Director for the Missoula Economic Partnership.
Kier was one of the front runners in this year’s race for Montana’s lone House seat, running against several Democrats but losing out in a tightly contested Primary in June.
But on Wednesday, Kier was announced as the new head of the Missoula Economic Partnership, filling the opening created by the departure of former Executive Director James Grunke earlier this year. That puts him on the front lines of promoting economic development of the Garden City and creating jobs.
“Well, I think this is an organization that has so much potential to serve our community, to help people thrive in Missoula and really find, and strike the balance between delivering a lot of economic vitality here while we continue to enjoy our quality of life,” Kier said. “And it’s an exciting challenge and a really big opportunity.”
Kier, who was a key leader for the Five Valleys Land Trust before running for office, knows MEP well, after service five years on its Board of Directors.
He takes over on Oct. 1.