The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana

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‘Great urban exodus’ heads West to rural communities

This week’s Best of the West roundup explores the “great urban exodus” that has seen urbanites leaving cities behind in favor of rural western communities.

Will Telework Provide Economic Boosts to Smaller Local Areas?

Cox also sees the shift to telework as something that was in the cards anyway. COVID-19 simply accelerated the change.

A Third of U.S. Workers Want to Ditch Commutes and Work Remotely

And even more of them want to go into office a whole lot less.

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. 

15 Affordable Small Towns in the US With Fast Internet for Remote Workers

Looking to get away from it all, but keep your tech job? These are the best rural and small towns to live for gigabit internet and low real estate prices, making them perfect for remote work.

‘No college degree required’: Google expands certificate program for in-demand job skills

The company is also expanding its IT Certificate Employer Consortium, to connect jobseekers with the likes of companies such as Walmart, Hulu, Sprint and of course Google.

A Third of U.S. Workers Want to Ditch Commutes and Work Remotely

If employers give the workers what they want, we can end three pandemics: COVID-19, climate change, and traffic violence.

Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 7-12-20

Great Falls received two awesome rankings this week. According to Business Insider , Great Falls is the #10 best city in the Western U.S. to live in after the pandemic.  LendEDU ranked Great Falls the #2 city in Montana for budget-friendliness for renters.

In Migrant Worker Camps, Wifi Is a Basic Utility

During the Covid-19 pandemic, an agricultural community comes together to expand wifi access in migrant farmworker camps.