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The Future of American Farming Demands Broadband

How can we deliver the broadband that farmers need?

Stimulus Funds Help Virginia, Vermont Build Broadband Equity

It’s difficult to know exactly how many Americans still need home access. The terms “coverage” and “access” are not synonyms.

Local Bounti is tapping into new farming techniques in Hamilton, Montana

It’s a year-round growing operation, with an output that the company says uses no pesticides and 90% less water and land than traditional farming.

Could ‘Managed Retreat’ from Climate Change Revitalize Rural America?

Climate change will dislocate people in some cities. Many rural areas are losing population. Could a “climate-change Homestead Act” provide a solution?

Ronan, Montana skilled trades teacher, Casey Lunceford named winner of $50,000 national education prize

Lunceford is the first in Montana history to earn this Harbor Freight Tools award. He called it a long shot, but his students saw it coming from a mile away.

Tourism Town Hall Meetings in Glacier Country – 11/4-15 – Various Locations

For everyone who lives in the 8-county region of Glacier Country, I invite you to attend one of the 16 town hall meetings being held where you can share your thoughts about tourism in your…

Montana – Where Facts Were No Match for Fear – New York Times

Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.

Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 10-24-21

Invest in Downtown Great Falls is this Thursday, 10/28. Want to know more about the Downtown Great Falls Market? Participate in Invest Downtown from 10-noon both in person at the Newberry and via Zoom followed by property tours. Register here. Because of the generosity of our sponsor, NorthWestern Energy, this event is free to you! 

Big tech data centers spark worry over scarce Western water

Now a critical part of modern computing, data centers help people stream movies on Netflix, conduct transactions on PayPal, post updates on Facebook, store trillions of photos and more. But a single facility can also churn through millions of gallons of water per day to keep hot-running equipment cool.

USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide.