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What 631 Cities Tell Us About the Future

A record number of cities submitted proposals to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge this year. Their ideas show where urban innovation is headed.

What Will It Take to Close the Wealth Gap?

The historic factors that created the racial wealth gap and the systemic barriers that sustain it.

MEDA members are on the ground working in communities from Troy to Baker to best utilize the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to fully transform, recover, and build Montana’s economy.

Asalways, our team will be willing and ready to meet with the Commissions and State Leaders at any convenient time and to stand ready to help deploy the funds in a meaningful and impactful way. Our continued and long lasting goal remains, as always, to help communities economically thrive and build a strong future for Montana.

State of the City: Mayor says Billings is “good, bordering on excellent”

Fifteen months later “we are fundamentally optimistic today,” the mayor said

Missoula’s local music venues reopen live shows Friday for First Friday

These venues may continue to have capacity limits as health precautions, but for now, tickets are available and future concerts are coming.

The Dana Gallery’s ‘Our Town’ asks artists for interpretation of their Montana town

The call went out around Montana. They received about 300 submissions from more than 100 artists, and selected 70 artists, with 100 works total. The former space occupied by 4 Ravens Gallery next door hasn’t been leased yet, so the Dana made more room for all the pieces.

Montana American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Program Website and Call Center Launched

The website, http://www.arpa.mt.gov, provides information on funding projects and grants under the purview of Montana’s four ARPA commissions: water and sewer, communications, economic stabilization and workforce development, and health and human services. The site also offers information about rental assistance and pandemic-related funding for K-12 education.

1st annual Montana Renaissance Faire – 7/24-25 and 7/31-8/1 – Kalispell

Get ready for non-stop entertainment, historic musical acts, comedic characters, and of course, an array of authentic medieval games!

1st annual Montana Renaissance Faire – 7/24-25 and 7/31-8/1 – Kalispell

Get ready for non-stop entertainment, historic musical acts, comedic characters, and of course, an array of authentic medieval games!

Local Montana author L.J Martin turned movie director pulls big names for his feature film – “Eye for Eye”

Eye for Eye will be filmed in and around Missoula, highlighting the areas natural beauty.