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Northwestern Energy recognized for women on boards

With three women directors — Britt Ide, Linda Sullivan and Mahvash Yazdi —representing 37% of its corporate board seats, NorthWestern Energy has made a business decision aligning with independent research that demonstrates when three or more women serve on a board, profitability, productivity, and workplace engagement increase.

Missoula Ranks (Too) High on the List of Places People are Moving

How high on the list is Missoula, you ask? Well, of the 101 cities on the list…..there’s 99 below us. Yep, that makes us #2. The only city that had more people move their way was Sarasota, FL.

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.”

Food Bank Priorities Shift: Tackling the Root Causes of Food Insecurity

A new study has found that 68 percent of frontline organizations like food pantries and 80 percent of hunger advocacy organizations believe they should focus more effort on tackling the root causes of food insecurity, including poverty and structural racism within the food system.

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.

MEDA Summer Conference – 6/28-30 -5:30PM – In Person (Carroll College in Helena) and Virtually –

It is time to identify priorities and build strategies based on the Montana Next Generation of Community and Economic Development Tools study.

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.”

Economists break down how the pandemic impacted Montana tourism

Last year Montana saw a 12% decrease in out of state visitors, but compared to states like California, who saw a 55% decrease, the Big Sky state faired pretty well.