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MATR Newsletter – July 23, 2021
The state with the best education wins!

Californians are arriving in Montana in droves. But they’re not welcome.

That was in September 2020. By Thanksgiving, they had moved there, joining the thousands of people who have relocated from California to Montana in the past two years. 

Billings ranks No. 1 for its appeal to remote workers

Due to its affordability and appeal to remote workers, Billings ranked No. 1 this week in the Wall Street Journal and Emerging Housing Markets Index.

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  • The Red Ants Pants Music Festival brings economic boost to rural Montana in the White Sulphur Springs region.

    Festival Producer and owner of Red Ants Pants Sarah Calhoun says the festival is not just about jamming out to music, but actually strengthening Montana by raising funds for the Red Ants Pants Foundation which is dedicated to fostering strength and self-reliance in women, in rural communities.

  • Communities Across the Country will be able to Apply for $3 Billion in Funding Immediately

    Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced six programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities, that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will execute to equitably invest the $3 billion it received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

  • Billings ranks No. 1 for its appeal to remote workers

    Due to its affordability and appeal to remote workers, Billings ranked No. 1 this week in the Wall Street Journal and Emerging Housing Markets Index.

  • Bioscience: Driving Force for Montana’s Economy

    This year’s annual Economic Update Series will bring expert panelists together highlighting Montana’s ‘Centers of Opportunity’, including bioscience, manufacturing, and high-tech,- industries critical to Montana’s economic recovery.

    Dr. Pat Barkey from University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will also present his state and local post-pandemic economic projections.

    The Economic Update Series takes place in 4 cities across Montana.

Next Generation Broadband in Montana


  • Smart City Tech Is Being Built Into Planned Communities

    Some of the smart city technologies being made available to residents include drone delivery by DroneUp, ferrying goods from the New Haven Marketplace — a new retail area — to resident homes. New Haven will also feature “robot carts” by gita, a self-operating enclosed cart about the size of a wheelbarrow, that can follow pedestrians with groceries or other items. Residents can also hop on a three-wheeled electric scooter by Clevr Scooters.

  • Converting Unused Parking Garages to Affordable Housing

    As garage operators find their businesses increasingly unsustainable, some are looking to affordable housing as the logical next incarnation of their buildings.

  • “Keep it Bitterroot” campaign enters home stretch

    “We all see it and it’s great for our local economy,” Lauren Rennaker tells me as we survey lands already protected from atop the Stevensville Bench. “But at the same time we want to make sure that we protect what makes this place so special, and that’s our critical water resources, open lands for wildlife habitat and local agriculture.”

  • Self-powered home in Melbourne gives back to the grid

    The house is amongst the first of its kind to act as a power station, supplying around 79 kwh of excess sustainable electricity to the grid daily

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