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Butte, Montana struggles with lack of affordable housing – Another $27 million in fed funds financing affordable housing in Montana

The emergency shelter in Butte is full, but people continue to come looking for help.

Montana Governor Gianforte administration proposes rule change to let employers take on more apprentices

Registered apprenticeships combine classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training under an employer’s supervision. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry says 2,600 apprentices have been active this year, in 85 different occupations.

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

The US$42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program, known as BEAD, requires each state to generate a five-year action plan laying out how it will use the funds, including a process for prioritizing locations that are classified as “unserved” or “underserved.”

How States Are Using Pandemic Relief Funds to Boost Broadband Access

This funding is separate from the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide an additional $65 billion to help policymakers address high-speed internet access and adoption.

Bozeman, Montana transitioning to new citizen board structure

The new superboards will tackle the issues of community development, transportation, sustainability, economic vitality, and urban parks and forestry. A handful of existing boards were spared consolidation, such as the Ethics Committee.

There’s $2B for Broadband on Reservations. It Won’t Be Enough

The recently approved US infrastructure law aims to close the digital divide for Native peoples. But the demand far outstrips the money allocated.

The Labor Shortage Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon–Unless Companies Make These Changes

A new poll from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows what businesses must do to get–and keep–the workers they need.

USDA Invests $388 Thousand in Climate-Smart and Resilient Infrastructure for People in Rural Montana

Investments Will Make Rural Communities More Energy Independent and Resilient

Meet the man who wants to electrify every building in America – Montana PSC warns natural gas bills could rise 50% or more

Donnel Baird’s startup, BlocPower, has already electrified 1,200 low-income buildings in New York City—and he’s just getting started.

Own Nothing and Love It

The conversion of the high-rise office space into what urbanist Richard Florida describes as the “the last relic of the industrial age“ suggests a future more likely dispersed than concentrated. The shift to remote work covers a large part of the workforce which historically filled high-rise offices—media, analysts, programmers, marketers, and designers.