City Tour

City of Livingston

Livingston, Montana, a small historic town at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, has seen a steady population growth in recent years. That comes after the railroad industry left the town a few decades ago, and more recently, the 2008 crash affected the community.

Livingston’s City Manager, Mike Kardoes has been on the job for about a year and a half. He told KPCW they’re recovering from the times when they saw zero or negative growth.

Summit County

The recent City Tour to towns in Montana and Wyoming offered plenty of food for thought. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher offered a few examples in his regular report to KPCW.

Fisher said that after hearing from officials around Bozeman and Gallatin County, in Montana, they felt a little more grateful for the tax system in Utah.

Park City Leadership

Last week, about 70 people on the annual Park City City Tour visited Bozeman and Livingston, Montana and Jackson Hole Wyoming to learn from the problems, and solutions of other communities.

Three members of the Park City Leadership Class 24 visited KPCW on Monday and shared some of their reflections.

On Monday, we talked to three class members—Sam Mueller, a Philanthropy Coordinator with the Park City Community Foundation; Tina Pignatelli, a Labor and Employment Counsel; and Enrique Sanchez, a student at Salt Lake Community College and associate with Bright Futures PC.

Town of Jackson, Wyoming

The City tour group which traveled to Jackson Hole last week heard about some of that town's transit solutions--including a long-range transit shuttle, and a bike-share system.

Many of Jackson's employees travel a long distance to work. Transit director Darren Brugman said to cut down on commuter traffic, the city responded with a bus service that picks up workers as much as 50 miles south of town, in the locale of Etna.

There are some workers driving to that depot, from 20 miles further south, in Afton, Wyoming.

Town of Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, which was visited by the City Tour group last week, is similar to Park City, since it also has a housing problem and a large Hispanic work population.

The town's Director of Affordable Housing, April Norton, talked about their proposed solutions, a protest at the Town Hall, and some bad close encounters with ICE.

Norton said Jackson has to reach out and provide services to a growing non-white population.

Last week's Park City Tour traveled to Bozeman, Montana, which is located in Gallatin's three-member Commission said overall their citizens are concerned about growth, like many other areas. But the unincorporated county still has a lot of rural character.

Commission Chairman Steve White told KPCW that most of their growth occurs within their five cities.

Park City Leadership Class 24, Park City Council, staff and most of the Summit County Council returned from a 5-day trip to Montana and Wyoming for the annual City Tour. Melissa Allison finds out what they’ve found in towns north of Utah:

The city of Bozeman, Montana, which was visited last week by Park City’s Tour group, has its issues. But they’re the kind of “good” problems that come with steady growth in a city.

We talked to Chris Mehl who currently sits on the City Commission in the position of Deputy Mayor.

He talked to us about the three levels of Western cities, and where a steadily-growing city of Bozeman fits in that scale.

Park City and Boulder CO Share Similar Challenges

Sep 8, 2017
Boulder CO City Website

About 70 Park City and Summit County residents and officials are visiting Boulder, Colorado on the annual City tour.  Transit, parking, energy, housing and “walking only” districts are being discussed. Carolyn Murray has more: 

The Park City 'City Tour' didn't make it to flood-ravaged Boulder, Colorado, but a substitute tour was arranged, and about 46 people have been traveling around Sun Valley the past couple of days.

One of those, Park City Council Member Alex Butwinski, talked to KPCW Friday about what they've seen. Rick Brough has more.