Regional Economic Development

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Push for Big Sky Rail Expansion

“A rail expansion for the lower part of Montana is getting some renewed attention.”

Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority applauds Senator Tester’s Blocking of Biden’s Slate of Amtrak Board of Director Nominees

“For too long the Amtrak leadership has come from coastal cities. Rural America, dependent on long-distance passenger rail for its transportation needs, has been left without a seat at the table” said Dave Strohmaier, BSPRA Chairman.

MEDA is excited to announce that our Spring 2023 Conference will take place in Billings, MT May 22nd – 24th.

Our conference theme is: What connects us today? What connects us tomorrow?

BioScience under the Big Sky Spring 2023 Newsletter

Gaize announces the launch of their real-time impairment screening device for cannabis and other drugs

GFDA’s Top 10

We need to shoot new photos because Calumet Specialty Products announced this week that Montana Renewables’ sustainable jet fuel production line is fully operational!

Rural Main Street Program Says Revitalization Starts at Home

Main Street America is launching an initiative for small towns. One goal is to move from simply recruiting businesses to incubating the business ideas that arise locally.

Solar Power & Farming: A Win–Win–Win–Win

Are the crops and the solar panels not going to compete for sunshine? Well, as you can see from the title above, the answers I’ve found indicate that solar power and agriculture are indeed a match made in heaven. Let’s get into the details.

Emotional Intelligence in the Age of AI – Daniel Goleman

If you are ready to start or deepen your work in emotional intelligence, you can learn more here. 

College To Start a Rural-Based, Globally-Minded Internship Program

Culver-Stockton College partners with Tri-State Development to teach students how to create economic development in rural parts of the U.S. and beyond. The program focuses on retaining talent in rural parts of the country.

Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 4-23-23

We celebrated 26 Inspire and Aspire Award winners at the annual Fire Within in Great Falls.