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Western Governors re-energize economies through job training, grants

Best of the West highlights several economic efforts, from job training programs in South Dakota and Wyoming, to ‘strike teams’ tackling unemployment in California.

Triangle plan outlines future development for one of the fastest growing areas in Gallatin County, Montana

The area of the ‘Triangle Community Plan’ is loosely described as the region between Bozeman, Belgrade and Four Corners and according to the U.S. Census Bureau Gallatin County boasts a 27.8% population growth since 2010.

Montana Senator Steve Daines introduces forest management bill – would permit the U.S. Forest Service to carry out large harvesting and burning projects with minimal public input.

The Forest Service would have to do an environmental review only on the area in its current condition or post-fire. The agency also wouldn’t have to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on new information on the risk to threatened or endangered species, unless it was peer-reviewed.

Oregon Now Pays Costs of Ignored Unemployment System

State officials were reminded repeatedly of the outdated unemployment system through several audits, but continued to ignore the issue. Now COVID-19 is forcing the state to deal with the antiquated system.

Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Urge U.S. Census Bureau to Uphold Commitment to a Complete Count Following COVID-19 Disruptions

Letter asks U.S. Census Bureau to “stick with its extended deadline of October 31” for the 2020 Census

States Should Target Digital Skills Gaps as Economy Transforms

Jobs that require some college education will tend to demand digital literacy, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. A report suggests that states can play a bigger role in meeting the growing need for digital skills.

There’s Already an Alternative to Calling the Police

Taking law enforcement out of the equation in this 31-year-old program in Eugene, Oregon.

Census To End A Month Early?

Democrats in Congress and many census advocates have become increasingly concerned that the White House is pressuring the bureau to stop counting soon in order to benefit Republicans when House seats are reapportioned and voting districts are redrawn.

Broadband News and Updates – National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s National Broadband Availability Map Hits New Milestones – Why Isn’t Montana Participating?

With this addition, the NBAM is another step closer to creating a national platform that can help inform policymakers and expand Internet coverage across the United States.

Rural Counties Playing Catch-up with 2020 Census Response

Less than a quarter of rural counties have responded to the Census at a level matching or exceeding the national average. More than 50% of metropolitan counties have.