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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.

How Companies Get Hacked (and What You Can Do About It) – 8/12 – Online

All it takes is one person in your organization to click on a link and your files could be locked up for good.

Native PTAC and Amazon Collaboration – How to Become a Seller on the Amazon Business Marketplace Webinar – 7/29 – 11AM MST

Amazon has recently added 2 new certifications that allow government and business buyers the ability to search and buy from Sellers with these certifications: IEE/ISBEE Indian Economic Enterprise and SBA Certified-Native American Owned Business

Keeping Rural Businesses Open Across Generations

Selling a company to its employees could be a way to preserve small town and rural businesses with generations of tradition behind them. Rob Brown from Business Ownership Solutions has some advice on how to do it.

Western Governors approve new resolutions on Broadband Connectivity, Rural Development

Recommendations to address broadband data and mapping, investments in scalable infrastructure, and strategies to help connect tribal communities across the region’s vast distances and unforgiving terrain.

Western Governors’ Association report offers ideas for western communities to take advantage of economic opportunities

Address expansion of broadband access in rural communities and tribal lands

Track the economic impacts of COVID-19 on people, businesses, and communities across the United States in real time.

How has COVID-19 impacted your community?

For This North Dakota Grocery, the Pandemic Is Personal

Rural grocery stores are struggling, undercut by box stores and dwindling population. But business has surged during the crisis, as people seek the safety of smaller crowds and friendly faces.

The Cloud over the Future of America’s Downtowns

After decades of revival, they’ve been dealt severe blows across multiple dimensions by the coronavirus pandemic, putting them in danger of a period of extended decline.

It’s Time to Rethink Government’s People Management Practices

A report from the National Academy of Public Administration decried government’s all-too-common “culture of compliance . . . where meeting the requirements of the rules has become more important than delivering value to taxpayers.”