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Mayor’s race: Incumbent Engen, challenger Elder paint different plans for Missoula

Missoula Current – October 12, 2021

“We’ve done a couple of very intentional things to change the nature of downtown and its trajectory,” Engen said. “There is activity now, there is engagement, there is vitality in downtown Missoula. And that’s a function of our master plan and our investment.”  More…

Missoula’s new Crisis Intervention Team looks to data, outcomes with new grant

Missoula Current – October 6, 2021

A suite of grants directed toward mental health and incarceration in Missoula could fund the data collection needed to improve the way law enforcement responds to crisis situations, and help the homeless obtain housing.  More…

A bridge to Trinity: Missoula’s investments in homeless intended as placeholder until future options open

Missoula Current – October 1, 2021

The $42-million Villagio Apartments, a 200-unit affordable housing project being constructed on the Northside, accounted for 200 of those permits because the city counts each home that is being built as a permitted new home. Similarly, the $54 million, 202-unit Trinity Apartments, an affordable housing complex being built partly in Missoula’s Westside neighborhood and partly on Mullan Road, counted as 202 of those permits. More…

Missoula sees record-shattering growth of new home construction

Missoulian – September 30, 2021

The $42-million Villagio Apartments, a 200-unit affordable housing project being constructed on the Northside, accounted for 200 of those permits because the city counts each home that is being built as a permitted new home. Similarly, the $54 million, 202-unit Trinity Apartments, an affordable housing complex being built partly in Missoula’s Westside neighborhood and partly on Mullan Road, counted as 202 of those permits. More…

Engen advances to General Election in mayor’s race; Elder locks in second spot, declines comment

Missoulian – August 27, 2021

“We will not rest on laurels. We have a general election coming up in November, and we’ll continue to do the hard work we need to do so the voters understand the choices before them,” Engen said Tuesday night.

“Are they interested in someone with a proven record of leadership and experience, someone who has been honest and courageous when necessary, humble, and willing to admit mistakes when he’s made them, and continue to do bold, wise things?” More…

Missoula Organization of Realtors announces municipal candidate endorsements

Missoulian – August 27, 2021

The Missoula Organization of Realtors endorsed candidates for this year’s municipal elections on Thursday.

In the mayoral election, the Realtors endorsed John Engen. Jacob Elder did submit a questionnaire, but it was late and he was not interviewed by the organization. More…

Engen’s executive budget invests heavily in social programs: keeps levies flat

KPAX – August 17, 2021

The proposed executive budget also invests in infrastructure, including the rapidly growing Mullan area, utilities, and restoration of Rattlesnake Dam. The City Council will consider the funding requests next week.

Engen said his proposed budget would keep the city;s levies flat for the third consecutive year. More…

Opinion: Mayoral candidates should gain experience

Missoulian – August 6, 2021

“To quote a friend: ‘The position of Missoula’s mayor is no place for OJT (on the job training).’…

Overall, Engen has served Missoula well and I encourage you to join me in supporting his run for another term.” More…

Jones: Good use of debt drives capital improvements needed for Missoula’s growth

Missoula Current – July 23, 2021

The City has been able to pay for the water utility, all of the legal costs of both the City and the defendants in the condemnation and tripled the rate of capital improvements, only with water rates that are lower today than when the system was owned by Mountain Water.” More…

‘Real human lives:’ County to tackle homeless recommendations despite 2-1 opposition

Missoula Current – July 15, 2021

“We’re in lockstep in saying that by doing nothing, we’ll get a problem that’s far worse than what we’re seeing on the ground today,” Engen said. “The alternatives some folks are suggesting are easy to spout in a voicemail or email, but these are real human lives we’re talking about.” More…

Community celebrates massive grand opening at new Missoula Public Library

Missoulian – July 14, 2021

“This building represents the truth of our community and that we care for one another,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen. More…

Opinion: Engen is a champion for LGBTQ+ Missoulians

Missoulian – July 6, 2021

John Engen shares my vision for a Missoula that is welcoming to all — a community where human rights are protected and everyone is given dignity and respect. More…

Missoula will help manage Marshall Mountain access following sale

KPAX – June 25, 2021

“So this is a public-minded private transaction that turns into a private transaction to a public entity so that this facility, this mountain, can be maintained in perpetuity for recreation and the community-at-large to enjoy. That’s pretty amazing,” noted Missoula Mayor John Engen. More…

Engen unveils key priorities for FY22 budget: Housing, infrastructure, safety and equity

Missoula Current – June 24, 2021

“We all know housing is an issue,” Engen said. “Our goals continue to address that in the most practical ways we can.” More…

In Montana, Crisis Support Teams Offer Alternatives To Policing Mental Health 

NPR – June 10, 2021

By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Mont., home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who lived there and had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. More…

 

Missoula announces plan to offer alternatives to illegal homeless camping

Missoulian – June 1, 2021

“The challenge of unhoused residents in the city of Missoula and Missoula County has reached a critical point,” Engen said. “What we have been elected to do, the county commissioners and I working with staff, is to deploy an incident command team to help us treat this as a critical incident in the county and the city.” More…

 

Letters: John Engen is the experience Missoula can trust

Missoula Current – May 7, 2021

I believe it is an absolutely critical time in our history that we have a proven, reliable and forward-thinking person that cares about us to lead our city forward. I believe that person is our Mayor and my friend, John Engen. More…

 

Missoula Mayor John Engen to seek fifth term, touting experience and response to challenges

Missoulian – April 21, 2021

“I want to be mayor for another term,” Engen said. “That’s going to require leadership, courage, a thick skin, commitment, compassion and hope. I have all of those things and I believe this community will get better through the work that we — and this is a we business — that we do together.” More…

 

State of Missoula: Despite pandemic, community on verge ‘of renaissance’

Missoula Current – April 12, 2021

“Not only will it allow us to hold property taxes flat over the next couple of years, but it also allows us to provide support and offer innovative programs around mental health crisis response, homelessness and addressing the housing crisis,” Engen said. “Housing continues to likely be the highest priority in the City of Missoula.” More…