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What The Least Populated Part of the United States (parts of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas) Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Today’s information society should make the areas suitable for more population, right? There’s another problem with this arid area that has kept most people out until fairly recently: wild temperature fluctuations. Arctic air and hot air can both spread pretty easily in the region, making it just not a very pleasant place for people to settle.

Montana Senator Jon Tester’s Bipartisan Bill Aims to Protect American Farmland from Foreign Entities

In addition to protecting American agricultural land from foreign entities, the Promoting Agriculture Safeguards and Security (PASS) Act would add the Secretary of Agriculture as a standing member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to consider agriculture needs when making determinations affecting national security, and require a report to Congress from USDA on the risks posed by foreign takeovers of U.S. businesses engaged in agriculture.

Great Falls Montana Economic Development Index 4th Quarter 2022

Number of impressions Great Falls Tourism’s paid media placements generated in 2022: 27 million

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School privatization schemes are being pushed in Montana

Montanans Organized for Education’s (MOFE) 16,000 members — including parents, students, community members and teachers — stand in opposition to school privatization (sometimes called “school choice” by proponents).

Newsweek lists NorthWestern Energy among America’s Most Responsible Companies

“This recognition honors NorthWestern Energy’s century-long commitment to provide customers with reliable and affordable electric and natural gas service while also being good stewards of the environment,” said NorthWestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Bird. “We have long been committed to excellent corporate governance, deep community engagement and robust environmental programs. Our business practices reflect a respect for, and a commitment to, ESG policies and practices.”

‘Ideas worth spreading’: Hamilton, Montana TEDx event engages audience with thought provoking conversations

Speakers covered an array of thought-provoking topics at the TEDx Hieronymus Park event in Hamilton on Friday, including coping with grief, the impacts of fast fashion and rethinking our ideas about cows and climate change.

A new platform is helping to democratise investing by making it easy for retail investors to support impact projects – New software tools support ESG investment

Enter fintech startup GoParity, and its platform that brings together social and environmental impact projects looking for funding with people who want to invest in sustainability. 

Montana hospitals push back on lawmakers’ push to examine tax-exempt status

Montana lawmakers on Wednesday asked a seemingly straightforward question of hospitals: What do we get for $146 million?

Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 1-29-23

Here is our Top 23 for this week celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success.