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Mother Nature may not have received the memo, but summer is upon us – bringing increased visitors to our city. The official start of the summer tourist season in Montana coincides with the completion of the plowing of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, and that’s especially true in Butte, which is a great stopping point between the two parks. The Chamber is fully prepared for all the extra activity with an exceptional visitor center staff who are armed with countless unique local attractions and businesses to recommend and refer. We know that it’s our job to let visitors know just how much they’ll miss out on if they don’t explore Butte! Every tourist we can keep in town for one more meal, tour, attraction, or night in a local hotel is a win for our local economy.

This is a reminder to local business owners and managers that if you have employees in public-facing positions, it’s a good idea to make sure they are well-versed in things happening in the local area and coach them on portraying Butte in a positive light. There’s a lot going on in Butte all the time, and it’s everyone’s job to share the good! If you need assistance in educating your front-line staff, please let us know, and we will meet with them and provide resources.

The Chamber of Commerce has been busy with ribbon cuttings and other events all over Butte. We’ve partnered with NCAT for the Great Butte Pasty Throwdown and cut ribbons at the Mai Wah Society and Museum, Wal-Mart’s improvements and innovations bringing an additional 30 to 40 jobs to the Mining City, the Rescue Mission’s new campus, Stodden Park’s fantastic new playground (with an announcement of more improvements coming to enhance Highland View Golf Course), and Basal Skin & Apothecary. We’ve also assisted with the Dream Big Montana Experience. We’ve been working on coordination and assistance for several film crews in the area and working on having a presence in Uptown Butte with the Alley Urban Upgrade.

Last month, the Chamber partnered with the Butte Local Development Corporation, TBID, and Headwaters RC&D to host the Flight Night & Bites kickoff to Fly Butte – a campaign to increase airline access at Bert Mooney Airport. Visit flybutte.com to learn more and pledge your support.

We’d like to welcome the following new Chamber members: Butte Equipment Center, Saffron Catering, Copper Stitches Quilt Shop, Real Deals, Science Mine Museum, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, and The Rotary Club of Butte.

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We worked with the team at Town Pump on this year’s fireworks show – big thanks to Town Pump for all they do for our community. This year’s show was truly a magical one. I once again co-hosted the live television broadcast of the Fourth of July Parade on KXLF. Uptown Butte ended the night with Tim Montana playing at Music on Main, which was hosted by Montana Precision Products.

Save the date for our Chamber Annual Dinner as well – coming up Sept. 19 at the Civic Center.

Butte is truly the most amazing place with the best folks to work with – we are so blessed to share this community with all of you!

We are proud and appreciative to George Everett and his team of volunteers that have made the Folk Festival a wonderful event that helps make Butte shine even more.

For more information on how you can become a Butte Chamber member, contact me at marketing@buttechamber.org. We also are active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so please like us: @ButteChamberofCommerce.

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Stephanie Sorini is the executive director of the Butte Chamber of Commerce.

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