East Helena, MT has a growing food and restaurant sector. The Myrna Loy will launch new culinary arts training programs rooted in the Eastern European traditions of storytelling, designed to be part of an economic development strategy based in tourism.
East Helena grew up as a company town for the Asarco lead smelter, which supported generations of families. In 1991 the EPA launched a major Superfund project to restore water and land quality. The aftermath left a 14-million-ton slag pile in town.