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Montana 2020 Census Newsletter – Without a 100% count, Montana will lose $20,000 for every person missed and won’t have accurate data for the next decade.

Communities and counties can challenge each other to see who can reach a certain response rate – healthy competition is a good thing! A U.S. Census Challenge Toolkit is available

Montana Association of Counties (MACo) News: May 2020

Counties Job Openings

Following Tester Push, Trump Extends Title 32 Orders For Thousands of Guardsmen Fighting COVID-19

Senator consistently fought to extend Title 32 orders to ensure National Guard members receive earned federal benefits

Coronavirus Is Coming for Wildland Firefighters. They’re Not Ready.

Keeping wildland firefighting crews safe this year will require a significant shift in the way the country fights wildfires. So far, the changes haven’t materialized.

TechLink conducting transition analysis of Defense Department’s SBIR program

“With the results tabulated into a final report next year, policymakers will have reliable information for weighing the program’s support of national security and the defense innovation base,” said Michael Wallner, TechLink’s lead economic research specialist.

Has Occupational Licensing Outlived Its Usefulness?

A recent study shows that consumers do not value occupational licensing of their contractors or the higher prices they charge.

Hunger Program’s Slow Start Leaves Millions of Children Waiting

One problem: Outdated state computers.

Only More than Half of Montana Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census – Has Yours?

The state still lags behind the national average for responding to the once-in-a-decade count.

How Illinois Quickly Set Up Remote Work for 27K Employees

With basic telework software and a relationship with a company — Citrix — already in place, the state was able to expand remote work capacity for 10,000 employees in a week, and 27,000 to date.

MSU researchers conduct research to better understand why young adults choose to move to rural Montana

“There’s a huge misconception that young adults are not actively choosing to live in rural Montana,”