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Tech Job Interviews Are Out of Control

Tech companies are famous for coddling their workers, but after mass layoffs the industry’s culture has shifted. Engineers say that getting hired can require days of work on unpaid assignments.

Why Google, General Mills and other companies are ending on-site childcare

America has a legacy of treating childcare far more as a private-market good like a gym membership or pet care than a societal obligation like public school or parks.

Trillions of tons of buried hydrogen: Clean energy gold rush begins

There’s enough natural hydrogen trapped underground to meet all projected demands for hundreds of years. An unpublished report by the US Geological Survey identifies it as a new primary resource, and fires the starter pistol on a new gold rush.

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Dublin to Ban Driving Through Its City Center

The proposal echoes vehicle restrictions underway in other European Union cities, such as Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon. And like city leaders elsewhere, the architects of the Dublin plan invoke the “15-minute city” concept — which aims to allow residents to access all major destinations within a 15-minute walk or bike ride — as a key goal.

How the housing industry is working to stop energy efficient homes

“When things don’t go their way at the national level, then they turn to the state and local level. And when things don’t go their way there, they change the rules.”

Want to Live a Meaningful Life? Be the Hero of Your Story – Knowledge at Wharton Podcast

Wharton’s Jonah Berger explains how people can find meaning and resilience by making themselves the hero of their own story.

Long-distance rail route through southern Montana garners another nod from feds

The Federal Railroad Administration identified 15 routes, including the North Coast Hiawatha, for new or restored passenger rail service.

Black-owned business (Bestie Bottle) owner Akono Hite discusses entrepreneurial journey in Missoula, Montana (Video)

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American drivers are now even more distracted by their phones. Pedestrian deaths are soaring.

During the pandemic, distracted driving increased, and it hasn’t gone down since.

Missoula County, Montana contract to provide guidance on converting sheds to housing

Some see the conversion of sheds into tiny houses, or accessory dwelling units, as a possible way to combat housing affordability. If done right, experts say the results can be budget friendly “and incredibly charming.”

Green energy, EV sales are growing remarkably in the US as emissions fall. Is it enough?

Renewable energy in the U.S. reached an all-time high last year, with wind, solar and hydroelectric plants meeting almost a quarter of the nation’s power demand as electric vehicle sales also surged to their highest levels ever.

Governor’s Housing Task Force – Meeting Notice March 8, 2024 – Zoom and Helena

The purpose of this meeting is to review and discuss Assignment #2: Analysis that focused on housing development case study examples and other information with an emphasis on finding Common Themes and Key Factors.

BLDC February Newsletter – Business Recruitment Update

Last week BLDC, BSB, and the State of Montana hosted Cenate, a Norwegian company looking to set up operations in the US. Butte is currently in the running along with Richland, Washington for the placement of this facility.

MSU’s Montana Innovation Partnership adds new consultants for regional Montana technology companies

The three consulting firms will work with MTIP to support Montana companies applying for Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, and Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, funding by providing coaching, reviews and other assistance.

Energy Production Market Assessment and Economic Development Strategy RFP Proposals Due 3/20/24

The Great Falls Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA) seeks proposals to conduct a market assessment of energy production, energy support services, and energy retrofit demand in the Great Falls Montana trade area and to use the market demand assessment to develop an Energy Economic Development Strategy for GFDA and partners to pursue the identified opportunities.

Innovative housing project aims to boost Missoula’s affordability 

With help from a local couple, Habitat for Humanity and land trust team up for development.

Arizona’s ‘Car-Free’ Community Takes Shape

Culdesac Tempe has been welcoming residents since last year.

Q&A: Older and unemployed? Here’s how to overcome the stigma and move forward

Some timely advice for the laid-off from author and professor, Ofer Sharone

The Switch To Electric Cars & Renewables Will Make Our Children Healthier

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be healthy adults. Well, almost everyone. W.C. Fields liked to say, “Anyone who hates dogs and small children can’t be all bad,” but he was a social outlier — hopefully.

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