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Killing the economic polar bear

According to two economists from BlackRock, there should be a louder debate about the tradeoffs between fighting inflation and well, killing, economic growth. As the United States Federal Reserve continues to hike interest rates, what will be the ultimate decision?

Montana hat maker seeing ‘Yellowstone’ effect – Rand’s Hats in Billings

Thad Lamey — who has worked as a hat maker for about five years — has noticed the massive difference in the popularity of the business, and he credits a lot of that to the hit TV show.

The 20th Anniversary University District Ice Cream Social! Beginning Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 12:30 pm in Bonner Park, Missoula

Ice cream building connections between the University of Montana and its neighbors!

Big Sky Economic Development on Montana This Morning with Steve Arveschoug – Rock 31 is Open

How is Billings, Montana doing?   Big Sky Economic Development Director Steve Arveschoug gives us an update on that and their new headquarters which includes Rock31

The City of Missoula backs funding for Women’s Business Center at University of Montana

“It’s a program that provides coaching and access to training to aspiring and current female entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Paul Gladen, director of Blackstone LaunchPad at UM. “Individuals who have a small business idea or existing business, and are looking for help on issues like marketing, financial health or other guidance, can get that coaching.”

East Helena teen, Tobey Peck first Montanan to make USA Archery Regional Elite Development team

“You meet a lot of new people through (archery competitions),” Peck said. “My best friend is in Texas (and does archery).”

Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Fall Conference Registration Open! Ticket Sales are now available.

Space is limited – get your tickets early.

Please Join Us for the 2022 Big Sky Economic Development Annual Meeting and Grand Opening of our New Building… 9/8 –

We are excited to have Chris Nelson, Founder & CEO of Zoot Enterprises as our keynote for the Annual Meeting at 3:00 pm at the Babcock Theater.

Let’s Improve Missoula’s Reserve Street – Missoula mayoral applicants are encouraged to participate – 8/30 – 9AM – Zoom

Missoula mayoral applicants are encouraged to participate in our Aug. 30th Reserve St. Public Working Group meeting over Zoom. Citizens are interested in engaging with applicants and learning about why you’d like to serve. Meeting preregistration details are here.

The “McGonigal’s Chronicles: Making Montana Connections” podcast is available on, iTunes, Spotify, Google, and Stitcher.

A podcast for fans of Big Sky Country. Longtime MTN News anchor Tim McGonigal goes in-depth with interesting and amazing people who have a tie to the Treasure State. Who are they, what have they done and where are they now? From authors to athletes, business leaders to policy makers, these are some of the extraordinary stories from people who make Montana the Last Best Place