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Business Committee for the Arts Inc. partners with the Missoula Cultural Council to link local arts and businesses

"There is no business in this city that could not and should not be involved with the arts and cultural tourism."

Behind the gate-A look into the fortified rural retreats of the West’s moneyed elite

In this issue, High Country News takes you inside one of the most prominent gated developments closing off pieces of Montana’s countryside. We also look at the impacts several developments have on the land and…

Idaho truce may keep sprawl at bay

“As we view this,” says Potlatch’s Mr. Olson, “it is a win for us as a private landowner and a win for a conservation organization.”

Missoula Cultural Council Update

(1) The Tourism Advisory Council at its meeting on Tuesday in Miles City approved the Montana Tourism & Recreation Stratetic Plan 2003-2007. Since tourism is #2 in the state economy, this plan is particularly timely….

Is It A Good Place?-Smart Growth, say top executives, is crucial to Michigan’s competitiveness

Grand Rapids, MI — In perhaps the most visible evidence yet that curbing sprawl and investing in cities is considered a mainstream idea in Michigan, the state Chamber of Commerce and its local partners held…

Bridging the gap-New computer labs serve kids in public housing, UM family complex

Missoula nonprofit agencies are helping to close the digital divide thanks to a technology grant that brings computers to children who live in low-income public housing and at University of Montana family residences. By BETSY…

Changes in communities don’t just happen

Did you ignore that small ad about the local planning commission meeting only later to watch in horror as bulldozers moved full-throttle into the woods down the road? You’re not alone. Rip Rapson Star Tribune.com…

Cycling can be a route to making Pa. (and Montana) healthier

Gov. Schweiker headed off on his bicycle yesterday, leading bicyclists of all ages on a two-day jaunt along the Delaware River from Milford to Philadelphia. It’s the annual Keystone Ride to promote tourism and safe…

New Grassroots Organization to be Advocate For Illinois Technology (Possible model for a similar effort in Montana?)

A group of Illinois technology supporters on Wednesday announced the formation of a grassroots organization with a dual purpose: to make Illinois a business-friendly state for technology firms and to use the latest Internet and…

Virtual Main Street-A new computer program helps communities plan for the future.

For residents of Steamboat Springs, Colo., a popular resort two-and-a-half hours northwest of Denver, finding affordable housing has become a chore. Known for winter skiing on the slopes of Mt. Werner and summer boating on…