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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.

Feds: Laramie research nonprofit lied to get $500k in SBIR grants

WRI used a “paper company,” Thermosolv, to obtain four grants that it would have otherwise been ineligible for, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors claimed that WRI had Thermosolv make false claims about its independence in order to win the grants.

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

In Wyoming, women rarely get elected to the Legislature. One group is looking to change that.

Leah Juarez is many things.

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.

Governor Gordon on Wyoming budget cuts: ‘Put simply, we don’t have enough income’

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said during a Wednesday, July 17 press conference that between impacts from COVID-19 and a weakened energy sector, the state has lost about one-third of its revenue sources.

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.

Wyoming Governor offers new details about budget cuts, announces second round of reductions

The reductions are being planned in response to a massive decline in projected state revenue driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and a downturn in the energy industry.

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