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How artificial intelligence plus local expertise can promote ‘good fire’ in Montana 

An emerging risk-based framework called PODs aims to improve firefighter safety, support fire-adapted communities, and get more of the right fire in the right place at the right time. Will it take hold in Montana?

City officials: Property taxes at “breaking point” under Montana state system

With limited time to make such points and a new tax calculator that breaks down the statewide shift in taxes away from corporations and industry to homeowners, members of the City Council this week continued to voice the frustration of homeowners facing a sharp increase in property taxes.

Montana Bioscience Cluster Survey & Upcoming Events

The Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative (comprised of the following partners: Montana Bioscience Alliance, Montana World Trade Center, Montana Technology Enterprise Center, the University of Montana, Missoula Economic Partnership, and Swan Valley Medical) is the regional SBA RIC cluster for bioscience in Montana.

“Revitalize, or Die” – Montana Downtown & Main Street Conference – 10/18-20 – Great Falls

This conference is intended for downtown district promoters, downtown district board members, elected officials, city staff and planners, architects and engineers, property owners, business owners, chambers of commerce and anyone interested in promoting and revitalizing downtowns and Main Streets.

A.I. Could Replace CEOs–and They Know It

Nearly half of CEOs think A.I. should automate or replace most or all of their job. But that could be good news.

Whitefish considers how to retain charm, manage tourism

While the tourist boom has waned, the community is looking at ways to maintain its character and still welcome the visitors who fuel its economy.

Flathead Housing Inventory Begins to Stabilize

Local real estate agents and lenders said at a Sept. 19 Kalispell Chamber of Commerce luncheon that buyers are trending toward new construction builds while the commercial market has opened up drastically since its last peak in 2018

The fruits of Missoula’s dissolved weekly paper – The Pulp

Longtime Missoulians remember the Missoula Independent, our town’s free alternative weekly newspaper between 1991 and 2018.

New census data helps define Montana’s affordable housing crunch

Stats indicate 29% of Montanan households spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs.

Flathead Valley Community Groups Partner to Recruit Retirees into the Workforce

In a collaboration between Job Service Kalispell, My Glacier Village, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and FVCC, the Retiree Workforce Group connects seniors and retirees with local resources and employers