Missoula and University of Montana officials say they are tackling the future together. They say they have a plan to make Missoula safer and bring more value to the community.

Thursday evening Missoula-area leaders talked about the projects they are coordinating among several agencies including a consistent plan for future building and permitting, improvements for housing and carbon-neutrality, plus new safety programs like anonymous emergency calling and sexual assault awareness testing.

UM President Royce Engstrom announced 100 percent of UM students have taken and passed required online sexual assault awareness tests. 

Missoula Mayor John Engen outlined the details of a quality-of-life initiative between the city and the Associated Students of the University of Montana, with the goal of bringing more quality student housing to Missoula. 

Officials agreed that working together on city problems and programs is a win-win for everyone in the community. 

“Missoula County and City of Missoula are fortunate to have leadership in these three public institutions that foster strong relationships, communication, respect and collaboration,” said Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss.  “We all have different roles and responsibilities but the public is better served as we all work together to make this a better place.”

“We've decided to march down a path together again to recognize those tensions we've been talking about and experiencing over the course of the last 10, 15, 20 years,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen.  “What we recognize is that a shared community value is our quality of life.”

Missoula and university officials say they're always happy to get feedback about the project and programs they are working on.

For more information about the projects city and UM officials are collaborating on click here.