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The Western Governors’ Association will host the webinar, Broadband Data & Mapping: Federal Action & Developments, on Nov. 15.

The Chairman’s Initiative is examining challenges and opportunities in rural economic development, including a strong focus on promoting digital connectivity to rural communities.

Western Governors’ News shares work on cybersecurity, wildfires, broadband and more

The Western Governors’ Association represents the Governors of 19 western states and 3 U.S. territories in the Pacific.

City Club Missoula – Cybersecurity expert Sherri Davidoff: Businesses must be proactive to fend off ransomware

“There are tons of instances of people getting hit and nobody knows about it,” said Davidoff.

Oregon’s Rural Counties Haven’t Recovered From the Great Recession, Report Finds

The Oregon Center for Public Policy found that rosy statewide unemployment figures don’t capture difficulties in rural counties.

Electric Car-Share Program Coming Soon to Rural Oregon

“I believe that if we’re going to clean up the transportation sector, then it has to start everywhere. We can’t rely on early adopters anymore,” said Kelly Yearick, program manager at Forth. “And I think rural communities have just as much, if not more, to benefit from electric transportation.”

States Can Foster Job Growth if Lifelong Learning is at Play

I was with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock when he released the newest National Governors Association report, “Governor’s Action Guide to Achieving Good Jobs for All Americans,” at the opening session of NGA’s summer meeting.

Portland, Oregon Based R2C Group Has Launched a Marketing Accelerator for Female-Founded Startups – SheScales

SheScales, a marketing accelerator designed to provide performance marketing, brand strategy, research and creative expertise to participants.

Oregon invests $2 billion in education – and early education

“…now we can finally invest in an education system to empower every single student on the path to realizing their dreams for the future,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a Tweet.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown establishes rural broadband office

“I think once we dig in we’ll find out that there’s a digital divide along other lines, socioeconomic and cultural lines.”

Rural Oregon joins push for faster internet

The internet provided wouldn’t quite match the fiber optic connections offered in bigger cities, Cikanek said, but it would be a major boost for rural areas across the country, many of which have yet to emerge from the copper-cable, dial-up era.

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