I suspect you have not been reading the Progress sections in the Star. Yes, Main Street is struggling, which is not unusual, but there are lots of new businesses and lots of old businesses expanding. Saying "go west where the population is" ignores things like costs to start up a business in, say, Bozeman, compared to Miles City.
And new businesses struggle no matter where they open if they are undercapitalized or have other problems. I can name a number of places in Bozeman that have gone under in the two years since I was there last.
I LOVE Miles City. I like western Montana, too, but Miles City is far friendlier than most of the towns 'out west' simply because the western towns have gotten so big.
No. We don't have mountains and ski hills and all that but we have outdoor activities like crazy.
Helena forgets eastern Montana exists but those of us who actually LIVE here think it is a great place to live. Contact the Chamber if you are serious about relocating.
[Edited by Amorette Allison (11/2/2015 2:50:18 PM)]