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Reimagining the Rural West Initiative – 3/19-20 – The Dalles, Oregon

  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will speak at the March 19-20 workshop of the Reimagining the Rural West Initiative in The Dalles, Oregon. The event will explore how rural communities manage their natural assets, as…

Frontier Communities Get a New Advocate

Frontier regions constitute nearly half of the nation’s land area but only 2 percent of its population.

Oregon Could Trim Opportunity Zones Tax Break

The federal opportunity zones program is a double benefit in the state of Oregon, and legislators are wondering if the program is more effective in setting up tax havens than delivering investments in underserved areas.

New Maps Help Communities and Investors Focus on Opportunities in Rural Areas and Opportunity Zones.

The organization that created the maps says the data visualization tools are designed to help policymakers, investors, funders and local economic developers create jobs and development in rural communities.

Top 10 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a New Business

With all the challenges in a new business, the last thing you need is a resource drain you never saw coming until it was too late.

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.