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A Tradition Unlike Any Other… WILD NIGHT Auction and Raffle Preview! Hellgate Hunters & Anglers – 4/27 – Missoula

Wild Night for Wildlife is only two weeks away! We wanted to share a preview of some of our excellent live auction and raffle items:

New Reports on Montana Travel, Recreation, & Economic Insights for 2023!

We’re excited to announce that the 2023 Montana Travel Industry Summary and the 2023 Nonresident Visitation, Expenditures, and Economic Contribution Report have been published and are available for download!

New Missoula library lending free mountain bikes to kids

The Missoula Youth MTB Library lending children mountain bikes for the summer

Whitefish nears completion of new sustainable tourism plan

The survey revealed a major change in how respondents view the impacts of tourism on Whitefish. Nearly two-thirds of people said “tourism benefits do outweigh the negative impacts” in 2018. Fast-forward to fall 2023, when just 30% of respondents agreed with that statement, 47% percent disagreed, and the other 23% fell somewhere in between.

Webinar Series: How to Build a Public Broadband Network – 4/16

Moderated by Bill Coleman, author of the AAPB handbook and longtime leader in community broadband, each webinar will provide expert advice for AAPB members, and feature the experiences of community leaders as they navigated establishing, building or running a public broadband network.

Sean Gerrity’s podcast is live! The Answers Are Out There.

Through these stories, my hope is to leave you with a bit more optimism and inspiration than you might get from many other news sources these days. Who knows, you might even get inspired yourself to act on a great idea that you have been carrying around for a while?

Building the next Silicon Valley requires the curiosity and talent to already be local, at least at first.

Communities that have successfully done this are Austin, Texas with Robert Metcalfe and other innovators, El Segundo in the defense industry, and Miami in the crypto industry. Internationally, Tel Aviv is another sustainable tech hub that is thriving. These successes should also be studied by policymakers as they could potentially be more replicable.

Professional Climbers, Including Montana’s Conrad Anker, Outdoor Athletes File Briefs Supporting Youth Plaintiffs in Climate Lawsuit

“As an ice climber the threat of climate change is very real. We can look at the statistics of a shortened winter, but it really strikes home when you go to your favorite area and a climb that you’re familiar with, that shapes up every year, is absent,” Anker wrote in an amicus brief filed in support of 16 youth plaintiffs who won a landmark victory in the climate lawsuit Held v. Montana last summer.

Montana’s Lewis & Clark County solicits input on growth policy

Over the past two decades, Lewis & Clark County has experienced significant growth, with a population increase of 15,000 people and a rise in home values by 135%.

Can Technology Help Build Better Housing?

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