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Can Technology Help Build Better Housing?

Cities need more “missing middle” housing. A new startup aims to help real estate developers build it.

Affirming Truths about Homelessness

This learning brief examines public perceptions of people experiencing homelessness and dispels inaccurate assumptions and stereotypes embedded within them.

Missoula’s Wye planning envisions 15,000 homes, small city in 50 years

The county has established several Targeted Economic Development Districts at the Wye over the last five years, enabling to capture tax increment to fund future infrastructure. The Wye study area now covers around 3,500 acres, which is 2.5 times larger than that Swxtpqyen area west of Reserve Street.

ARPA Ag Infrastructure Grants

The intent of the Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is to advance Montana’s agricultural industry through targeted investments in value-added agriculture projects across the state. Grants will assist with the development of innovative agricultural business improvements to keep pace with a transforming agricultural industry, create new jobs, and expand business opportunities.

New book details how ‘barons’ took over American agriculture

“Barons,” published Tuesday by Austin Frerick, a native Iowan and Yale University food policy fellow, argues that a runaway process of monopoly has gutted rural America while bleeding the taste from American food.

Yellowstone National Park to allow year-round fishing on stretches of Madison, Gardner rivers

Starting in November, anglers will be able to fish year-round in stretches of two rivers close to the Yellowstone National Park gates in both West Yellowstone and Gardiner, the park announced Thursday.

Kalispell Council to Host Work Session on Homelessness

The city council recently revisited homeless population issues and councilors requested a work session and public hearing in May to brainstorm solutions, including potentially revoking the Flathead Warming Center’s conditional use permit

Tourism the Focus of Wide-Ranging Discussion at Whitefish City Hall

The idea that the community may view tourism more negatively than in the recent past is supported by the results of a survey issued last fall

Montana to apply for almost $7M as federal government approves “Digital Opportunity Plan”

While the state works on their digital opportunity planning, they’re also hoping to receive approval soon to begin taking grant applications for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program, (BEAD)— the program that will provide the almost $629 million for further broadband infrastructure.

Extended Deadline: Accepting Applications: Big Sky Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund Grant Program

A total of $8 million will be awarded to evaluated applicants who meet program guidelines.