A push to transform the alley behind the M&M Bar & Cafe in Uptown Butte into a communal space is partially complete.
Julie Jaksha, regional director for the economic-development organization Headwaters RC&D, appeared before the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners in June to ask for support of the project, which calls for the installation of overhead garden lights, removable seating areas, planters, and public art displays.
Age: 35 Occupation: A Montana native, I graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in international business, and I have a background in sales, marketing, event planning, economic development and non-profit organizations. My passion is deeply rooted in the collaboration within Montana and its communities. I am a board member for the Montana Ambassadors, which acts as official ambassadors of Montana and represents the office of the governor and the Department of Commerce.
Butte Local Development Corp, Headwaters to Embark on Joint Venture
If Butte’s two top economic-development nonprofits declared a relationship on Facebook, they’d perhaps tell the world that “it’s complicated.”
That’s because the two groups are experimenting with operating under one umbrella — but they’re still keeping their options open.
Since Nov. 1, the Butte Local Development Corp. and Headwaters RC&D have been embarking on an 18-month joint venture. They’ve even moved in together, consolidating their offices on the fifth floor of the Thornton Building on East Broadway Street in Uptown Butte.