Opportunity Zones

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MEDA 2023 Fall Conference – What’s Next? Exploring the Future of Economic Development. – 10/24-26, Butte, Montana

MEDA Mission: Strengthen Montana’s community and
economic development through education, advocacy, and

15 ideas to revitalize ‘lifeless’ downtowns (or make good ones even better) in the work-from-home era

Readers around the world — from teenagers to retirees — have called, emailed and spoken to us offering their best ideas. The resounding takeaway is most people want fewer cars and more public spaces, parks and events to bring them together.

What’s Ahead for U.S. Real Estate? A Midyear Update

Wharton’s Susan Wachter predicts a rise in home prices but sees dim days ahead for commercial real estate.

Five Years Later: What Have Opportunity Zones Accomplished?

Two recent studies are among the first to attempt a comprehensive account of the effects of the Investing in Opportunity Program, one of the signature place-based policies of the Trump era.

This Ponzi Scheme Might END Suburban Prosperity

The Growth Ponzi Scheme is not nefarious; there is not a specific individual or group that has created it for their own benefit. It has emerged from a broad cultural consensus about economic growth, development patterns, and debt. So what can you do?

A New Playbook Looks To Help Rural Communities Utilize Opportunity Zones

The blueprint provides a six-step process to attract capital to rural communities.

Some Bozeman landlords (no kidding) putting community before raising rents

With the rental marketing tightening, a handful of landlords are forging higher prices in hopes of preserving small-town culture.

REGISTER NOW: MidYear Bureau of Business and Economic Research Economic Update – Coming to 7 Montana Cities This Summer!

This year’s program will have a special focus on the supply chain disruptions that have impacted just about every business in the state. We’ll be joined by University of Montana Wilson Logistics Faculty Fellow Dr. Simona Stan who will present her assessment of how, and how much longer, these disruptions came about.

Tax break for the rich: How investors exploit opportunity zones

Opportunity zones were supposed to encourage investment in low-income communities. But billionaires are building luxury hotels and high-rises, instead.

Great Falls Development Authority study highlights industries most impacted by coronavirus

Labor market consultant company Chmura put together an analysis of the local economy over the last two years and found that the industries most disproportionately impacted depended on the frequency of in-person interaction, like hospitality, food service and healthcare.