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Today’s TED Talk – The case for co-ops, the invisible giant of the economy

Think capitalism is broken? Try cooperativism, says co-op enthusiast and researcher Anu Puusa. She lays out how cooperatives — businesses owned, operated and controlled by their members — can both make money and have a positive impact on the environment and local communities. With co-ops, Puusa says, doing good business and doing good at the same time becomes possible.

Starlink receives nearly $73 million for more than 29,000 sites in Montana.

SpaceX won bids to provide internet across Montana, including swaths of Lincoln, Flathead and Glacier counties and small pockets along the Hi-Line at Cut Bank, Shelby and Havre. SpaceX also will serve an area east of Bigfork.

Montana Foreign Direct Investment Map

Myriad opportunities exist for FDI into Montana as part of vertical integration of supply chain or partnerships with international firms.

Accelerate Montana’s Rural Innovation Initiative – UM Students: Check out this International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course!

This program will teach you what is like to work with an international remote team working to crack economic inequity in rural communities using innovative, cutting-edge, lean startup tools to launch and grow sustainable businesses.

Missoula and Gallatin County, Montana Have Some of the Most Expensive Homes in America

Assuming a 20% down payment, it would take a minimum annual income of $79,181 to afford a typical home in Missoula County, in keeping with the 28% rule. For context, across the U.S. as a whole, an annual income of about $52,523 is enough to afford a typical home, assuming the same 20% down payment and 28% affordability ratio.

The Case for Letting People Work From Home Forever

Do you want happier, productive, more engaged, and more fulfilled employees and coworkers? Well, you should campaign to let them work remotely. Here’s why.

Sarah Vowell Says My Beloved College Town (Bozeman, Montana) Has a Problem: It’s too Popular

Senator Jon Tester called this potential revision “the death knell of Montana,” and just introduced a bill to prohibit the O.M.B. from raising the metropolitan yardstick past 50,000 people.

City leaders recap another year in Missoula’s 10-year plan to end homelessness

Looking around Missoula, you can see this harsh reality play out as urban campers flock to the Poverello Center, live in tents off highway 93, or spend their days on the lawn of the courthouse.

Montana Just Passed a Bill Limiting Access to Sex Education

Montana’s Republican Governor, Greg Gianforte, has just signed into law two bills targeting LGBTQ youth in schools. Senate Bill 99 will require K-12 schools to notify parents of any curriculum pertaining to human sexuality and allow parents to opt their children out of said courses.

NorthWestern Energy to upgrade all the state’s electric meters over next three years

It could take three years to upgrade the state’s 590,000 electric meters.