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The Montana Future

While there will always be regional concentrations of activity, the Montana Future is here. And it’s awesome.

2007 MAYOR’S CHALLENGE: These Are the Cities Where Business Opportunity Is Greatest For Growing Companies

“As a University town, education, health care and insurance have been our primary industries. As we rapidly approach a population of 100,000, we realize the importance of supporting our mainstays while developing a more diverse mix of high tech businesses, light manufacturing, service trades and small businesses”

Letter From Langdon: The Home of Renewal

Just when you think everything is lost, rural America gives you hope. All around Langdon, Missouri, author and farmer Richard Oswald sees ways his hometown is building a future producing energy.

Migration: The Key to Prosperity in Rural Communities?

Rural development experts say migration and population change are some of the least important factors in growth and development. Those in the cities say it is the most important. What’s going on?

Building a house of cards in the rural West

In places like Joseph, Oregon, land values are soaring through the roof, immense palaces are being erected for people who only live there part-time. Ordinary people are out of work, and only a struggling handful of year-round residents are likely to remain. When will it fall apart?

The State of Small Business. Through a Spirit of Cooperation and Competition, Utah’s Small Business

“It’s hard to find people here,” says Jeremy Hanks, founder and CEO of Doba, an online wholesale marketing company in Orem. “I look at Omniture and MyFamily.com and other technology companies in Utah County. I don’t compete with them at all [for business], but I do compete with them because to get the [experienced workers] that I need, I’ll have to take one of their employees.”

Young professionals are the key to vibrant economies in rural communities. How will communities attract and keep them?

"The biggest solution we’ve come up with is education — pretty much across the board," Hardesty said. Kids need to be educated in financial literacy, high school and college-age students need to know there are opportunities here in the state, today’s workers must learn to turn their ideas and research into commercial enterprises, and some members of the older generation could get acquainted with changes needed for economic development.

Missouri has a DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (DREAM) communities assistance program)

"Smaller cities need the same access as those cities that can hire armies of lawyers and consultants."

Life on the Great Plains is anything but plain and simple but the Internet and Information Technology are making a difference.

"We have to be creative and help local people understand eco-tourism, pheasant hunting and how to make these activities business for themselves," says Hamilton, whose family foundation funds education efforts. "We are settling back to a more reasonable balance between population and the environment."

Getting Unstuck: Telecommuting instead of commuting

With the rise of the Internet as a tool for accomplishing almost any task, Eger says, telecommuting, instead of actually commuting, could be the answer to our problems if we embrace it fully.