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There’s one thing that makes employees want to return to the office, says a new Microsoft report

In its new report on state of the hybrid workplace, Microsoft says successful companies are backing off of office mandates.

The Next Silicon Valley Will Be in the US Heartland

Steve Case, founder of AOL, predicts the dominance of tech companies on the coasts will give way to a flourishing of startups from smaller cities.

Montana’s First Multi-County Regional Port Authority Established in Lewistown

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation and six Central Montana rural county governments find a modern way to apply a traditional tool to counter economic and political pressures on rural county budgets in the post-covid era.

Montana Chamber Foundation – Cash incentives to gain new skills for jobs in the 21st Century October 17-November 16, 2022  |  $10,000 in prize money

This competition drives participation in Microsoft’s global skills initiative and helps the workforce become more prepared for in-demand roles in the digital economy. 

Montanans, everyone over 16yrs with a free LinkedIn account is eligible to compete!

These no-cost training courses are offered by the Community Skills Initiative and the Montana Chamber Foundation.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $502 Million for High-Speed Internet in Rural Communities – Montana’s Project Telephone Company $8,579,820

This network will connect 693 people, 16 businesses, one educational facility, and 23 farms to
high-speed internet in Big Horn and Yellowstone counties in Montana.

Home prices see biggest drop in 9 years, thanks to higher mortgage rates

“That magnitude of the mortgage rate increase is one of the largest, quickest increases in such a short span of time,” says Yun. He says the number of home sales each month is now down about 20 percent from a year ago.

Attracting Talent Now Requires a Work from Anywhere Program

Global mobility programs have become necessary to attract and retain top tech talent. What lessons have early adopters of ‘work from anywhere’ programs learned?

Killing the economic polar bear

According to two economists from BlackRock, there should be a louder debate about the tradeoffs between fighting inflation and well, killing, economic growth. As the United States Federal Reserve continues to hike interest rates, what will be the ultimate decision?

GFDA Releases FY 2022 Audited Financial Statement

One of the Great Falls Development Authority’s core values is transparency. We are proud to be the only economic development organization in Montana to earn Guidestar Candid’s annual Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of non-profit transparency.

I’ve worked remotely from 14 countries. Here’s what I learned.

Consider my lessons your beginner’s guide to being a digital nomad