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Western Governors approve new resolutions on Broadband Connectivity, Rural Development

Recommendations to address broadband data and mapping, investments in scalable infrastructure, and strategies to help connect tribal communities across the region’s vast distances and unforgiving terrain.

Western Governors’ Association report offers ideas for western communities to take advantage of economic opportunities

Address expansion of broadband access in rural communities and tribal lands

Coronavirus relief funds to finance broadband projects in rural Oregon ($20 Million) and Idaho ($50 Million)

Oregon’s Legislative Emergency Board has allocated $20 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to expand broadband internet availability in rural areas of the state.

It’s Time to Rethink Government’s People Management Practices

A report from the National Academy of Public Administration decried government’s all-too-common “culture of compliance . . . where meeting the requirements of the rules has become more important than delivering value to taxpayers.”

‘Radically Rural’ Summit Moves Online for 2020 –

We do know that because so many things are different now, Radically Rural is even more meaningful.”

Under Social Distancing, Rural Regions Push For More Broadband

Rural America sees a chance to build out its broadband infrastructure using the momentum of coronavirus federal aid.

10 ways to make sure small businesses weather the storm and can rebuild for the long term

America can’t afford to lose its small business sector; government, at all levels, needs to listen to entrepreneurs and prioritize solutions that support new and small businesses.

Now is the perfect time for American foundations and private donors to invest in rural communities.

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are witnessing the kind of resilience that rural places are known for.

International Economic Development Council – Updates on Covid 19

Last week, IEDC sent out an update on the evolving federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Congress remains in recess, work continues on the next piece or pieces of legislation. It is critical that your elected officials in Washington hear from you now. 

Next week will feature three Western Governors’ Association-hosted webinars in connection with the Reimagining the Rural West Initiative of Gov. Doug Burgum.

The Western Governors’ Association represents the Governors of 19 Western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands.