About BID

The Downtown Business Improvement District of Missoula enhances the vitality of Downtown Missoula by facilitating commerce, promoting investment, enhancing streetscapes, conducting maintenance and improving security and safety for the Downtown Business District, the City of Missoula, and the people of Montana. The BID is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees and receives its funding through an assessment of the property owners (ratepayers) in the district. There are more than 542 property parcels in the BID boundary and communication with the Ratepayers is essential.

  • Laurie Johnson

    Downtown Ambassador
    Laurie Johnson was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At an early age, she moved with her family to Missoula, Montana, where she currently resides with her husband of over thirty-two years. They have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.

    Laurie attended Montana State University, where she competed in track and cross country until marrying and returning to Missoula. She finished her undergraduate work at the University of Montana and received her BA in elementary education in 1991. She also ran for Mountain West Track Club and competed in national and international meets.

    Laurie spent several years as a junior high school teacher, high school track and cross country coach, and one year as an assistant track coach at the University of Montana. Currently, she is a downtown ambassador for the Business Improvement District of Missoula.
  • Dan Cederberg

    At-Large Representative
    Term: June 1, 2013-May 31, 2017
  • Ellen Buchanan

    City of Missoula Representative
    Term: June 1, 2011-May 31, 2014
  • Carma Jean Gilligan

    Zone 1
    Term: June 1, 2007-May 31, 2015
  • Rich Huffman

    Zone 2
    Term: June 1, 2013-May 31, 2017
  • Charlie Beaton

    Vice-Chairman
    South of the Clark Fork River
    Term: June 1, 2011-May 31, 2014
  • Alan Newell

    Greater than 20,000 square feet
    Term: June 1, 2012-May 31, 2016
  • Tim France

    Chairman
    Less than 20,000 square feet
    Term: June 1, 2012-May 31, 2016