Posted: May 9, 2013 8:29 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
After a 15-year run in Great Falls, the Made in Montana Marketplace will move out of town next year.
Organizers say they expect Helena will be a better fit for the show.
City staff tell us the annual trade show isn't creating enough revenue to keep it at the Mansfield Convention Center.
Great Falls held the first one in 1998.
The one held in March 2013 brought in only $7,000 in revenue, which is low compared to other events.
Staff say they spend about seven months organizing the show.
Dona Hughes, Mansfield Events supervisor, said, "Are we using their time to the best net effect to the community, and when we looked at that, not really, the return on the dollar was not as efficient as what we do with our rentals and other events."
Instead of the Marketplace, the Mansfield Center will look at bringing in more concerts, Broadway performances, and trade shows, with a particular focus on bringing something in during that same weekend in March.