The Creative and Cultural Economy

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A new platform is helping to democratise investing by making it easy for retail investors to support impact projects – New software tools support ESG investment

Enter fintech startup GoParity, and its platform that brings together social and environmental impact projects looking for funding with people who want to invest in sustainability. 

Montana Governor Gianforte declares January as the Education Month on Jan 27.

WHEREAS, as our students learn, their parents, who are their first and lifetime teachers, deserve to have their voices heard and be a part of their child’s education; and,

‘End of an era’: Warren Miller film won’t be filmed this year

The move fits a broader pattern of the new Outside Inc. acquiring and then scaling back or killing top outdoors media brands.

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

‘Yellowstone’ Effect Keeps Growing – Younger Viewers Driving ‘Yellowstone’s’ Cultural and Economic Impact

Thanks to Taylor Sheridan’s crazy-popular television series “Yellowstone,” a whole new generation of city folk is using phrases like “cowboy up” and looking for the perfect pair of boots to wear to their 9-to-5 desk jobs.

USDA Offers Grants for Programs to Create High-Wage Jobs and New Businesses in Underserved Rural Communities

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program provides grants for job accelerator partnerships that will serve people in low-income and underserved rural communities.

Can 3-D Printing Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

Standard construction can be slow, costly, and inefficient. Machines might do it better.

Great Escapes: Big Sky, Montana’s Soaring Arrival on the Luxury Ski Scene

Big Sky sees an average of more than 400 inches of snow a year. Big Sky Resort is the third largest ski resort in North America and offers more than 5,850 acres of skiable terrain and 39 lifts. It caters to all levels of skiers, but daredevils can try their turn on the Big Couloir, a triple-black diamond run with a 1400-foot drop and 50-degree pitch. 

GFDA’s Top 10

Street Art Cities has spotted Cobre’s Eyes Mural in Great Falls and named it one of the top 100 murals of 2022 – in the WORLD; see TheElectric.

Big Sky Economic Development taking applications for placemaking grants – APPLY NOW! Submissions due March 9, 2023 by 4:00 PM

“Big Sky Economic Development introduced this program in 2018 to promote smaller, incremental improvements to make the public spaces of our communities more beautiful, more engaging, more interesting, and more enjoyable.”