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New Guide for Historic Broadband Funding

A new guidebook aims to help local leaders as they shape their cases for the billions of dollars that are going from the federal government to states in order to support broadband and digital equity across the country.

Streets Are for Building Community Wealth. Here’s Why That’s So Important.

Streets designed for humans on foot build more wealth than those designed for automobile throughput, and it’s not even close.

With Yellowstone closed, gateway towns face a fight for survival Business owners in tourist towns fear the closure could be a death sentence

Gardiner “is a Yellowstone town. It lives and dies by tourism, and this is going to be a pretty big hit.”
— Bill Berg, Park County Commissioner

Why investors suddenly care about saving the environment

Biodiversity loss could flatten corporate profits. Investors are scrambling to figure out which firms hold the most risk.

Historic flood shuts down Northern part of Yellowstone for rest of season

The extent of the damage to Yellowstone National Park is unknown at this point

Montana Startup, Endpoint Utility, tackles the lack of Tech Support for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Endpoint Utility Corp, a 2022 Montana Start Up to Watch, announced today the launch of its On-Demand Tech Support program, a monthly subscription service providing small businesses and individual business owners with the IT support needed to stay secure and productive.

Missoula Online Academy celebrates second and final school year of K-12 instruction

“The pandemic forced us to think out of the box and we didn’t have a choice,” Lodge said. “It was like, we’ve got to come up with something different and it’s got to be now.”

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Expanded to Provide Relief for Families Experiencing Financial Hardship

“We are pleased to offer this kind of emergency assistance to Montanans who may be struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Scott Osterman, Director of the Department of Commerce. “Thousands of Montanans have been struggling over the past couple of years, and we’re expanding our ERA eligibility to assist as many as we can.”

CBS Sunday Morning – Taylor Sheridan, the cowboy behind “Yellowstone”

Called one of the most important western writers in decades, Taylor Sheridan created the hit TV series “Yellowstone” and its prequel, “1883” (along with the prequel’s upcoming sequel, “1932”). Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Sheridan (who is as cowboy as they come), and with “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner, about a return of the drama of the west.

Ongoing economic research projects how children may fare depending on where they grew up

The “Opportunity Atlas” uses data from the United States Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service, tracking 20 million children across 70,000 census tracts from childhood into adulthood.

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