From electrified pavement that can charge vehicles and delivery robots that collect data to flying taxis, transportation experts sound off on what we can expect highways and byways to look like in 2050.
(I think they will be here sooner than that, especially if communities start planning for the end of “Carcatecture” today. – Russ)
Singapore media professional Ellie Lim gave up her plan to buy a new Volvo SUV to ferry her newborn baby when she realized it was going to cost her more than S$200,000 ($142,000).
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Come Home Montana
- The log cabin syndrome
We thought we’d start our Labor Day getaway with a trip to Lewistown and a visit to the Bear Gulch pictographic site. Montana COVID numbers were low in August, so it took a while to process the discovery that site would nevertheless be closed; that viewing centuries-old Native American art at an outdoor site, 20 miles from town might still constitute a valid risk. And yet, there it was; irrefutable proof that, even in the heart of Montana’s Judith Basin country, we were dealing with a plague like no other.
- NBC’s Today Show Puts Bozeman, Montana in the Spotlight
In early June, The Today Show visited Bozeman and interviewed a woman that moved from Oakland, CA to Bozeman with her family during the pandemic. The video below highlights many of the perks that Bozeman has to offer for those wanting to escape city life.
- Missoula, Montana man turns love for river surfing into business, one board at a time
If you have ever walked through Cara’s Park and seen the Missoula summer staple — Brennan’s Wave — you have probably wondered “what, how, where do they get those boards?” Of course with the question of “how do they get up?”
- When I knew I had made it home
his is a story I’ve told many times before, or maybe I only think I have, because it’s so deeply written inside my blood and bones and skin. It is a kind of love story, because it is a story about looking and longing for home, and I believe all stories about seeking a home are, or ought to be, love stories.
Montana Department of Commerce
Big Sky Economic Development
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Ekalaka Workshop Focusing on Community, Energy, Business & Lender Assistance – 7/19
On July 19, 2022, USDA Rural Development will be partnering with Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation to present a variety of small business funding opportunities at a free workshop in Ekalaka, Mont.
- National Park Service has $21.8 billion worth of backlogged repairs
National parks hold a special place in many hearts. Fly fishing, camping, and wildlife, it’s all part of the experience. But keeping the parks pristine while accommodating around 300 million…
- The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit – July 24-28 – Calgary, Alberta
PNWER is recognized as the model for regional and bi-national cooperation, providing a platform for collaboration among public, private, academic, and non-profit stakeholders to work together as a region in pursuit of common goals.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
Montana Businesses Seeking Investment or For Sale
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
Montana Economic Development
- Economists Don’t See Flyover Country and Whole Economy Pays the Price
This major problem with the “experts” who run America’s economy has had real consequences. By now, it’s accepted wisdom that an early and urgent red flag from economists trusted by the fed and the Biden administration could have helped us avoid the inflation conflagration that now seems to be burning down the American economy, coast to coast.
- How Rents May React to Rising Interest Rates
“When we look at the price of renting versus the price of a mortgage [in the Bay Area] this is the largest divide we see across the country. It’s almost three times more expensive to pay for a mortgage than to rent, so we’ll likely see rent rise as a result,” Nicole Bachaud, an economist with Zillow, said.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
Incubators and R&D
- Algae-grown limestone could be the key to ‘carbon negative’ cement production
By using biogenic limestone instead of quarried limestone as the filler, the cement mixture as a whole could even be considered to be ‘carbon negative’. Not only would production of the cement have a neutral effect on atmospheric CO2, the filler would actually store away CO2 extracted by the algae.
- Baldness discovery paints molecule as potent stimulator of new hair growth
Scientists probing the intricate machinery behind hair growth have made a key discovery around the behavior of key cells in follicles. The study uncovers a previously unknown role for a signaling molecule, whose messages were found to be critical to new growth and could be leveraged to address hair loss in humans.
21st Century Education Initiative – “You Should Care…”
2023 Montana Legislature and Politics
- Tax increases likely: City of Missoula fighting inflation, state’s ‘broken’ tax system
The state’s current tax system may be the biggest outlier facing local governments across the state. The Legislature has consistently rejected a number of proposals that would help local government find additional revenue without relying solely on property taxes.
The Legislature has killed a proposed tourist tax every session and it recently revoked the local option fuel tax passed by voters, which would have helped fund road maintenance and repairs.
- How to leave a leadership legacy
In connecting with, nurturing, and inspiring your people, you can generate a positive and long-lasting legacy far beyond your tenure.
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