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Welcome to WeCAN! USDA-funded collaboration among Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to improve our communities

Community Reviews are comprehensive assessment programs that provide information and tools to help communities address priority issues and enhance quality of life for their residents. 

USDA Seeks Comment on Ways to Help Businesses Start, Expand and Improve Cooperatives in Rural America

The Department is interested in stakeholders’ recommendations to streamline application requirements and
make other improvements to the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program.

The 3 Stay Conversations: The best way to improve employee retention

Improve employee retention by having these three one-on-one meetings with your staff once a month.

Idaho Cybersecurity Task Force Meeting Spotlights Workforce

Attendees at the inaugural meeting discussed the struggles they face in hiring, training and keeping cybersecurity talent, as well as the need to give private firms more useful threat intelligence.

How Vaccine Mandates Are Helping Companies

With the delta variant driving up COVID-19 cases across the country, more companies are mandating vaccinations for employees to ward off the economic losses that come from having an unhealthy workforce.

Elon Musk says we need universal basic income because ‘in the future, physical work will be a choice’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is stepping behind the universal basic income movement because of the potential rise of robots — in fact, he’s working on one himself.

Passenger trains at the Boise Depot? City council hopes to resurrect Amtrak line

A proposed Boise City Council resolution supports restoring the route between Salt Lake City and Portland, including a stop at the long-dormant Boise Depot.

Yellowstone logs first million-visitor month in July, Park Service requires masks

Yellowstone National Park logged its first million-visitor month in July, a milestone symbolic of the heavy tourist traffic across the country’s national parks, as visitors travel to wide-open spaces in response to—and in spite of—the surging delta variant of COVID-19.

Is your doctor, dentist or hairstylist vaccinated? Tips for how to ask — and avoid awkwardness.

It is not a violation of the oft-cited HIPAA federal privacy law to ask your doctor or dentist or other health-care workers, as well as people who provide close-contact services, including hair stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists and physical trainers, whether they are vaccinated.

“Are you around the campfire or high up on the mountain?” – Our Own Worst Enemy

If the answers to a rural community’s questions aren’t coming from around the rural campfire, then they’re not the answers.