Community Development


In addition to measures to protect the public health from the COVID-19 health outbreak that we are all facing, the City understands the importance of protecting the economic health and vitality of our businesses and community organizations. With that in mind, we will attempt to update this page with links to Federal, State, and other resources that may be of use as we all navigate the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent precautions.

U.S. Department of the Treasury - CARES Act

State of Montana

Flathead City-County Health Department

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

The Community and Economic Development Department works with non-profit and for-profit developers and financial institutions to create affordable housing, economic development and job creation within the City of Kalispell. Some of the financial development tools the Department is able to access for public/private sector development are:

  • Economic Development Grants for the creation of well-paid jobs.
  • Federal and State grant funding sources for public facilities and affordable housing projects.
  • Special Improvement Districts
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) generated through fiveUrban Renewal Districts, providing: City-made low-interest loans and/or grants for on-site infrastructure needs, landscaping, parking, and decorative street lighting; and public construction of off-site infrastructure needs when it benefits the community at large.
  • Brownfields Resources
  • Revolving Loan Funds for small business needs. 

Retail Business Opportunities and Absorption Analysis

Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones have been designed to encourage long-term private investments in low-income communities. Opportunity Zones provide a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.” Kalispell's opportunity zone is located in Census Tract 11, Flathead County, Montana.

City Business License

The city of Kalispell does not have a city business license program. You will need to follow all zoning requirements and state statutes and requirements.