Montana Economic Development

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Digital Divide: Bridging the Urban-Rural Connectivity Gap

Addressing the rural-urban education gap should be a priority for today’s policymakers.

New Reports on Montana Travel, Recreation, & Economic Insights for 2023!

We’re excited to announce that the 2023 Montana Travel Industry Summary and the 2023 Nonresident Visitation, Expenditures, and Economic Contribution Report have been published and are available for download!

Estado de Montana ofrecerá programa gratuito en español sobre oportunidades de educación superior 4/18 – 5/16

Montana State University ofrece un programa gratuito de cinco sesiones en español esta primavera para brindar a la comunidad latina del Valle de Gallatin información y la oportunidad de obtener un certificado en temas relacionados con la educación superior.

Webinar Series: How to Build a Public Broadband Network – 4/16

Moderated by Bill Coleman, author of the AAPB handbook and longtime leader in community broadband, each webinar will provide expert advice for AAPB members, and feature the experiences of community leaders as they navigated establishing, building or running a public broadband network.

Sean Gerrity’s podcast is live! The Answers Are Out There.

Through these stories, my hope is to leave you with a bit more optimism and inspiration than you might get from many other news sources these days. Who knows, you might even get inspired yourself to act on a great idea that you have been carrying around for a while?

Building the next Silicon Valley requires the curiosity and talent to already be local, at least at first.

Communities that have successfully done this are Austin, Texas with Robert Metcalfe and other innovators, El Segundo in the defense industry, and Miami in the crypto industry. Internationally, Tel Aviv is another sustainable tech hub that is thriving. These successes should also be studied by policymakers as they could potentially be more replicable.

2024 Big Sky, Bright Future Summit – 6/19-20 – Bozeman

Seminars will focus on the Montana Chamber’s Envision 2026 pillars: Entrepreneurship, Business Climate, Infrastructure, and Workforce with trades & apprenticeship; housing & childcare; manufacturing; business recruitment; and broadband at the forefront.

New internet ‘nutrition label’ aims to help de-mystify bills – Are you getting your daily minimum amount of “fiber”?

A new Federal Communications Commission rule goes into effect on April 10 that mandates ISPs to provide an easy-to-read breakdown of internet fees. And the new graphic has a familiar look: a nutrition label.

Montana’s Lewis & Clark County solicits input on growth policy

Over the past two decades, Lewis & Clark County has experienced significant growth, with a population increase of 15,000 people and a rise in home values by 135%.

Planned Amazon distribution center, future grocery store are signs of Belgrade, Montana’s rapid growth

As growth continues throughout Gallatin County, a 200-acre development along Jackrabbit Lane between Cameron Bridge Road and Frank Road could be the next commercial corridor with Amazon planning to build a facility here and more retailers coming soon.