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MATR Newsletter – July 22, 2022
The state with the best education wins!

Look Ma, No Steering Wheel… Self-Driving Cars Are Coming To San Francisco

Cruise plans to launch the service gradually with a fleet of just 30 cars. The first robotaxis will be modified versions of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt. However, the company is seeking approval to get its custom-built Cruise Origin on public roads. The autonomous electric vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals and can attain highway speeds. The car’s roomy interior is fitted with seats that face each other.

“Dangerous by Design” – American roads are designed to be deadly – The top 4 dangerous intersections in Montana are on Reserve Street in Missoula

“Dangerous by Design,” a recent report by the advocacy group Smart Growth America, lays major blame on the way those roads are designed.

This small city ditched its buses. Its public Uber-like service has been a big hit

Some cities and towns around the U.S. have begun to embrace the model, including the small city of Wilson, North Carolina, population 49,000.


Biden administration urges Montana Governor Greg Gianforte to push broadband assistance program

Vice President Kamala Harris wrote a letter to Gov. Greg Gianforte this week saying as many as 151,000 Montana households are still eligible for discounted internet service.

Montana Governor’s new housing task force instructed to propose plans by mid-October

Patrick Barkey, an economist at the University of Montana and task force member, is skeptical of that timeline.

“You’re trying to solve in a month what we haven’t been able to solve for 20 years,” he says.


Today’s MATR Newsletter is sponsored by:

Come Home Montana

Great Falls Development Authority

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association

  • Inner Peace — Be Cool, Calm, and Collected

    If you’re yearning for peace of mind, give these 15 guideposts some serious thought:

  • Montana Clean Energy Fair – 8/13 – Butte

    The Montana Clean Energy Fair is a family friendly fun and educational event showcasing renewable energy and what it can do for you. Fair attractions include renewable energy workshops presented by renewable energy experts, renewable energy exhibits, an electric car show, and kid’s activities including solar car construction and race!

Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success


Montana Business

Visit Montana

Incubators and R&D

Regional Business News

  • Newest additions to this airport made completely out of wood

    The largest and newest dock of the Zurich Airport will be completely made of wood. Zurich, known as the gateway of Switzerland, provides one of the most important airports for Europe. Dock A will showcase its smart, sustainable design and will serve as a gateway to a better tomorrow.

21st Century Education Initiative – “You Should Care…”

Government News & Events


  • Today’s TED Talk – Why fun is the secret to a healthier life

    Have you had your daily dose of fun? It’s not just enjoyable, it’s also essential for your health and happiness, says science journalist Catherine Price. She proposes a new definition of fun — what she calls “true fun” — and shares easy, evidence-backed ways to weave playfulness, flow and connection into your everyday life.

Come Home North Dakota


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