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Cooperative Craft Breweries: A New Approach to Revitalizing Small Towns

The Montana Gap

 

January 25, 2018

Nicole Tavenner, Valley Journal

Packets of information about the Ronan Cooperative Brewery and investment opportunities were passed out to prospective shareholders during a sign up event held at the Valley Club.

RONAN - About 12 miles south of Flathead Lake, the town of Ronan is a community based largely on agriculture. With several schools, banks, a golf course and an active business community, Ronan is home to an estimated 1,871 people (according to 2010 U.S. Census information.)

But while it boasts a variety of businesses, including a telephone company, a movie theatre, a café, a thrift store, a bowling alley, hospital and others, many Main Street storefronts remain empty or rundown. Roughly a third of Main Street buildings are vacant or in disrepair.

Through several public listening sessions...



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