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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 b


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


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


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,


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, o


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


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,



City extends police department’s ‘life changing’ 4-day workweek pilot

The decision comes after the data shows that the 32-hour workweek resulted in faster emergency response times and cost savings


Great Falls, Montana considering energy consulting firm to help monitor, manage costs

The analytical information gives more power and insight to city management to better control energy spending and usage, Morin told commissioners. The system can help show whic


‘They lied’: plastics producers deceived public about recycling, report reveals

“I think the first step in solving the problem is holding the companies accountable,”


Five Habits of the Master Thinker: How to Upgrade Your Mind

Once developed, the five habits of the master thinker can improve everyone’s ability to reason more instinctively and make better decisions. Here’s how we can upgrade our


Young children trounce large language models in a simple problem-solving task

AIs can imitate but not innovate — for now, at least.


Montana State University receives ten-million dollar grant in “The Mountains and Plains Thriving Communities Collaborative”

The grant is “to bolster the capacity of groups and individuals in Region 8 to solve local environmental and energy challenges, particularly in the case of underserved commu


Gallatin Valley planning organization holds first meeting

The Gallatin Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, commonly referred to as the MPO, is forming as a result of the city of Bozeman passing the 50,000 population threshold


Hybrid Work Becomes the ‘New Normal’ for Flathead Tech Companies

As local businesses adopt hybrid remote work models popularized by the pandemic, other business leaders prefer the return of in-office structures


How to Train Your Managers for the New World of Work Without Breaking the Bank

Your managers need to be prepared for this year's unique challenges. Here's how small businesses can think about impactful -- and cost-effective -- manager training.


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