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Think tank policy and the 67th Montana Legislature

Republican legislators this session tackled voting rights, transgender restrictions, emergency powers and free speech — issues that groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity have pushed nationwide with model policies. Many are now law in Montana and dozens of other states.

Not-so-remote areas with internet ‘black holes’ renew fight for broadband

Inadequate service in not-so-rural areas fuels a push for nonprofit solutions.

AT&T CEO seems confident industry can kill Biden’s municipal broadband plan

AT&T thinks 10Mbps uploads are enough

MapLab: The High Cost of Wide Streets – The End of Carcatecture.

“As we embark on building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic, the time has come to return urban streets to people.”

What 631 Cities Tell Us About the Future

A record number of cities submitted proposals to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge this year. Their ideas show where urban innovation is headed.

Sprawl is Not the Problem

“Let’s focus our energy on the people building the weak towns full of sprawl.”

Building Housing for Glacier Park Employees While Building Opportunities for Students

“Students leave the program with a tool belt in hand, an apprentice certificate that’s offered to them by the state and an opportunity if they want to become a carpenter or any apprentice,”

Missoula organization examines laws through “Safe Community Challenge”

The “Safe Community Challenge” examines laws around child marriage, consent to sexual contact, discrimination, sexual assault kit testing, spousal rape, and the statute of limitations for sexual crimes.

USDA Seeks Applications to Strengthen Rural Cooperatives and Improve Economic Conditions in Montana’s Rural Areas

USDA is making $5.8 million in grants available under the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program to help improve economic conditions in rural areas through cooperative development.

Missoula fairgrounds director Emily Brock promoted to new county economic development job

“My work as director of the fairgrounds, particularly my oversight of the ambitious redevelopment of the facility, has been a pleasure,” she said. “I am excited to continue in that role and use my experience to lead additional economic and redevelopment projects for the county.”