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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:43 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

A $70 million convention center with a 150-room hotel and indoor water park may be destined for the Flathead Valley.

Montana West Economic Development Corp. said Friday it is working with a Midwest company to perform a feasibility study for a project that would create more than 400 jobs and generate $2.5 million annually for the state’s bed tax fund.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          12 comments:

          • Partyer posted at 7:06 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            This could be a good thing. I doubt the indoor water park would be accessible by the public though, if you're thinking it would be fun for our local people. We really do need a YMCA, like Butte's.

             
          • Mommy Dearest posted at 2:50 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            Mommy Dearest Posts: 845

            Thats my baby, Rebel..... good stinking!

            Lets turn one krappy kalispell kaper and turn it into another kalispell krappy kaper.

            Lets build a 2000 room hotel next to the sewage treatment plant!

            Kalispell welcomes new business by letting them stay a smell in Kalispell.

            I love the smell of ineffective government in the morning!

             
          • DJJackson posted at 11:37 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 723

            Rebel, no matter how the vote goes in November, the City Airport is not going anywhere for a long time to come, It will still be there even if the vote goes against the city council. This is not a vote to get rid of the airport, it is a vote on the decision of record in favor of taking the money from the Federal government for the upgrade.

             
          • Rebel Rouser posted at 9:55 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1562

            Dare I say that the (almost defunct) Kalispell City Airport would be a most excellent building site for a brand spanking new convention center welcoming everyone from the South end of town?

             
          • DJJackson posted at 8:48 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 723

            It could be a good thing, but only if they get away from the attitude of "Build it and they will come" This type of development takes an extremely good marketing team to show why, it would be good to bring a convention here.

            The local community is not large enough to support this project alone.

             
          • kalispelldude posted at 7:43 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            kalispelldude Posts: 220

            Wow. You sure do whine a lot firefighter. You could put out a fire with just your tears!

             
          • Jeepers posted at 7:43 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            Jeepers Posts: 22

            I think it is a much needed venue for the valley!! I would like to see the proposals they come up with and where they are thinking of putting it.

             
          • volunteer firefighter posted at 3:40 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            volunteer firefighter Posts: 131

            whatever happened to Bucky and that big mall that was supposed to bring in hundreds of low paying retail jobs?? I could go for a hot dog on a stick and lemonade right about now!

             
          • volunteer firefighter posted at 3:37 am on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

            volunteer firefighter Posts: 131

            Not in My Backyard!! - wait. Unless there's like, an indoor roller skating rink- That would be sooo awesome!

             
          • Bigsky30 posted at 11:46 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

            Bigsky30 Posts: 1

            Don't think it would ever happen.. It will probably end up tied up in bureaucratic knots and impact studies for years till the developer just gives up.. Bucky Wolford anyone? It is a nice thought tho... Indoor water-park would be great here.. the outdoor ones are just impractical for such a short season.

             
          • houndy65 posted at 11:17 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

            houndy65 Posts: 15

            I think it would be nice to see a ice Hockey rink included, imagine, getting junior ice hockey team in here and have the opprotunity for our youth with the tournements.

             
          • 888111 posted at 11:17 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

            888111 Posts: 541

            wow waterpark,3 months out of the year,70 million,wonder what rooms will cost and spaces for conventions,don't think we'll see it,400 jobs would be nice

             

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