The following is a press release from the Pope For City Commission campaign:
Christopher Pope, a long-standing local citizen and businessman, filed today as a
candidate for Bozeman City Commission with a core message of building on the successful programs that have resulted in the City’s regional and national recognition for economic development and quality of life.
Key is the delicate balance between proactive economic development and protecting community values like quality education, livability, and access to Bozeman’s remarkable water and land resources, Pope says. “I see successful local governance as a work in progress, and not something that can be taken for granted,” he adds.
“Each day, this community must reinvent itself to the changing times. I will bring a process-oriented approach to local leadership that protects Bozeman’s unique qualities while creating public/private partnerships that encourage and promote quality economic growth and the protection and enhancement of the many amenities that make Bozeman a special place to live.”
The Pope for City Commission campaign will promote a central message of responsible, non-partisan leadership that emphasizes a community-wide collaborative commitment to smart business growth, environmental stewardship, public safety, and youth leadership and development. Pope also hopes to amplify an ongoing dialogue with Gallatin County, the City of Belgrade, and Montana State University to identify shared values and common goals and objectives.
Chris and his wife, Maddy, arrived in Bozeman from Washington, D.C., in 1991, shortly after which time they opened The Great Rocky Mountain Toy Company on Main Street. Chris became actively involved in many aspects of downtown’s redevelopment, serving as President of the Downtown Bozeman Association, and the Bozeman Parking Commission during the planning and construction of the Bridger Park Garage in the core of the City. He was recipient of the community’s Life is Downtown Award in 2010. He also served as a past president of Eagle Mount Board of Directors, and was a founding board member of the Yellowstone Business Partnership, which promotes community development, environmental stewardship
and sustainable business practices in the Greater Yellowstone communities of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
After selling the family business in 2005, Chris has pursued a successful career in commercial real estate. He holds his license at the Bozeman-based NAI Landmark real estate firm, and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member [CCIM] designee. He also currently serves Treasurer on the board of Montana Conservation Corps, a non-profit providing conservation leadership for youth, headquartered in Bozeman.
In 1988, he received his Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale University School of Management in New Haven. Chris and Maddy have two grown children, Jessie and Ben, who are graduates of Bozeman High School.