For all its successes, and they’ve been coming fast and furious the last five years, the Montana Connections Business Development Park is still its own little island in a way.
A lot of Butte residents can tell you it’s that industrial park out by the drive-in theater, and some can name two or three companies operating out there — maybe FedEx, REC Silicon, SeaCast or Montana Precision Products.
But how many know the park is Butte’s hottest economic driver of late? That its tax-increment tool has worked precisely as it was intended from the get-go years ago? That the tool comes to an end in less than four months at a time the park is really flying high?
“I think it’s probably one of the best-kept secrets in Butte and it shouldn’t be because there are a lot of positive things happening out there,” said Mick Ringsak, a longtime member