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Big Box Shock: A Conference On The Impact Of Big Box Stores On Montana Communities, 11/17-18, Helena, MT

November 8, 2006View for printing

2006-11-17 12:00:00

Great Northern Hotel, Helena, MT

Contact: 406-442-5506 X 11 or email

Consumers like the low prices and selection at Big Box Stores, but local businesses can’t compete. Community residents don’t like the sprawl and employees say they only get part-time work and no benefits. What can a community do? “Big Box Shock,” a conference on the impact of big box stores in Montana is November 17th and 18th at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, will address these and other issues surrounding box store development.

Conference presenters include the producers of the film Independent America members of the national group Wal-Mart Watch, and the director of the American Independent Business Alliance.

“As a rule, Big Box Stores don’t pay their fair share to the local tax base, they offer part-time work with no benefits, and they are a major contributor to urban sprawl. This conference provides an opportunity for community planners, local government officials and economic justice advocates to come together to learn what other communities are doing,” said Ken Toole, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network and sponsor of the Big Box Tax bill in the last session of the legislature.

The public is invited to attend the conference, which begins Friday afternoon, November 17th, at the Great Northern Hotel. Registration is $50. For more information, call 442-5506 X 11 or email

The conference is sponsored by The Montana Human Rights Network, the Policy Institute, Montana Smart Growth Coalition, and WEEL

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The Policy Institute works to change public policy to reflect social justice values. The Policy Institute accomplishes its mission by developing and advocating for progressive policy initiatives and by providing leadership development training for social justice leaders in Montana.


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