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Census To End A Month Early

Democrats in Congress and many census advocates have become increasingly concerned that the White House is pressuring the bureau to stop counting soon in order to benefit Republicans when House seats are reapportioned and voting districts are redrawn.

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

More than a billion tons of it could enter the environment in the next 20 years. It’s time, advocates say, to put a sin tax on single-use plastic.

Edmonton, Alberta Eliminates Off-Street Parking Requirements Citywide – an Urban Planner’s Dream

The parking reform movement continues its march across the continent.

JetBlue offers nonstop flight from Bozeman to NYC

The airline is also offering nonstop flights to Long Beach, Boston and soon to Los Angeles.

Locals wanted as extras for ‘Yellowstone’ series for filming in the Darby, Hamilton and Missoula areas

Those who are selected to work on the project, as extras will be paid. Shooting will begin in August and we are looking to hire locals to work as extras on the Series through December.

What Other Countries Can Learn From Australia’s Roaring Rooftop Solar Market

Australia is deploying renewables 10 times faster than the global average, with rooftop solar in the lead. What’s going on?

City Club of Missoula Presents: Innovation in the time of Covid-19: Pivoting in Strategies – 8/10 – 11:30AM

At City Club Missoula’s August 10 Zoom forum, we’ll hear how a number of Missoula entities are creatively facing the challenges of COVID-19 by pivoting to new strategies while staying true to their existing missions.

Anti-aging enzyme discovery raises prospect of lifespan extension

The research, conducted in human cells and roundworms, raises the prospect of anti-aging therapeutics that can extend lifespan by activating this pathway.

New Zealand to trial world-first commercial long range, wireless power transmission

Powerco, the second-biggest distributor in New Zealand, is investing in Emrod, whose technology appears to be able to shift large amounts of electricity much more efficiently, between any two points that can be joined with line-of-sight relays.

Broadband News and Updates – National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s National Broadband Availability Map Hits New Milestones – Why Isn’t Montana Participating?

With this addition, the NBAM is another step closer to creating a national platform that can help inform policymakers and expand Internet coverage across the United States.

Governor, First Lady Bullock Announce Montana No Kid Hungry Community Food Support Grants that Crest Half Million Mark

Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Bullock, in partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry, announced today a total of $212,500 in grant funds awarded to the following organizations for continued operation of food support programs in the wake of COVID-19:

Rural Counties Playing Catch-up with 2020 Census Response

Less than a quarter of rural counties have responded to the Census at a level matching or exceeding the national average. More than 50% of metropolitan counties have.

Montana Economic Developers Association August News

The newsletter contains membership news, a busy calendar, and lots of opportunities for you to pursue.

A massive covid-19 outbreak among children at a Georgia summer camp is a warning

“It’s solid evidence to suggest we should be extremely cautious about opening schools.”

Wyoming announces $225M in COVID-19 relief for businesses and nonprofits

Businesses that employ up to 100 workers are available for grants of up to $300,000.

Q&A: Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan on the new school year and virtual learning

“We’ve got to put more structures on how you can use not just Khan Academy, but other resources to structure a day that can approximate home schooling or quarantine schooling or whatever you might want to call it.”

Sidney, Montana Chamber of Commerce loses CVB eligibility

It is based on annual gross lodging taxes, which must reach a specific threshold for a local chamber to qualify for CVB standing.

COVID May Take 14 Million Cars Off the Road Forever – But if we don’t act fast, they’ll come back.

We need to make use of the universe of time-tested and even radical strategies to make car travel the mode of last resort

Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 8-2-20

MASK UP to keep our economy open and save our local businesses and local jobs!

Montana Entrepreneurship Projects Wanted for MBA Class

If you are working with, or know of, a startup or independently owned small/medium sized business with an interesting business challenge or opportunity (e.g. market validation, funding strategy, marketing strategy) I would love to hear from them.

CBS Sunday Morning – The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet access – Not Enough Competition

“What the FCC says is, if you can serve one person in a census block, that means you’re serving everybody in the census block.”

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