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Why Do People Leave Small Montana Towns, and What Helps Bring Them Back?

January 25, 2018View for printing

The downward population trend and the loss of school-age children and jobs that support families are forcing Choteau and other rural Montana communities to think strategically about confronting and reversing these declines.

In addition to launching its own surveys, the CAPA board is also working with the Montana Economic Developers Association to have a Resource Team Assessment ... ublish_date done here sometime in early 2018.

MEDA, through a contract with the Montana Department of Commerce , does assessments in communities to gather information that can be used for projects. Gloria O'Rourke of Anaconda, the executive director of MEDA, has many examples from the 46 assessments MEDA has done.

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