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States Should Target Digital Skills Gaps as Economy Transforms

Jobs that require some college education will tend to demand digital literacy, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. A report suggests that states can play a bigger role in meeting the growing need for digital skills.

Broadband News and Updates – National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s National Broadband Availability Map Hits New Milestones – Why Isn’t Montana Participating?

With this addition, the NBAM is another step closer to creating a national platform that can help inform policymakers and expand Internet coverage across the United States.

CBS Sunday Morning – The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet access – Not Enough Competition

“What the FCC says is, if you can serve one person in a census block, that means you’re serving everybody in the census block.”

‘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.

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.