The Creative and Cultural Economy

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Montana fire lookouts: Alone on a peak to watch for wildfires

“People envy that I have this job,” “I don’t think I’ll ever give it up.”

Bozeman tech company commonFont donates $500,000 to The Human Resource Development Council’s Griffin Place

“CommonFont and HRDC have been partnered up for a couple of years now. We think they’re a really strong organization and they do a lot for our community with, I would say, really limited resources,” said Abby Schlatter, CommonFont CEO.

Montana film tax credit program gets mixed review by panel

“Montana’s film industry is a powerful tool for creating good-paying jobs and supporting small businesses in our communities,” Director Tara Rice said.

Film Industry Contributed $48 Million to Montana’s Economy in 2019-2020

The production of films, television shows and commercials contributed $47.6 million to Montana’s economy over the last 18 months according to a new independent report on the film industry’s impact commissioned by the Montana Department of Commerce.

U. S. House of Representatives Approves Billions for Broadband, AI and STEM Education

Appropriators set aside funds for cybersecurity on the eve of this November’s elections, rural broadband for unconnected and hard-to-reach Americans, STEM education for the country’s youth, and research into quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Montana Next Generation of Community and Economic Development Tools Report Released; Your Input and Recommendations Requested by July 27th

To help us prioritize our next steps, I am asking you to complete our brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NextGenComments   so we can hear from you – what topics and themes interest you. 

Focus on Small Business – The Elegant Hotel Finlen in Butte, Montana

In 1924, the 9-story hotel with 250 rooms opened its doors. It was designed in a similar style to the Hotel Astor in New York City and has been a center of commerce and culture ever since.

Chippewa Cree fashion designer’s face mask art draws fans worldwide

“I never realized it would receive the response it did receive,” Jarvey said. “I got emails from Russia and Germany, New Zealand.”

One sad thing all Montanans share: Horrible broadband – We rank dead last — 50th in the nation — for broadband internet access.

Even in some of our largest communities, the investment in broadband infrastructure is either non-existent or so spotty that it is not even worth trying to make a call or send an email.

‘Yellowstone’ TV series won’t be filming in Utah any more, producer confirms – Season 4 of the hit Paramount Network series will take place entirely in Montana.

“Once we’re in Montana,” Sheridan said, “we’ll be very cautious. … And everyone will just stay there for the duration.”