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MATR Newsletter – November 15, 2021
The state with the best education wins!

Infrastructure Bill Is a ‘Game-Changer’ for Broadband Access in Rural America, Advocates Say

The bill allocates $65 billion to improve high-speed internet access and affordability.

Funding Alert: U.S. Treasury Quietly Unveils Details on a New $100 Billion Small Business Aid Program

The State Small Business Credit Initiative is a funding program that aims to broaden access to capital for underserved communities.

Today’s MATR Newsletter is sponsored by:

Come Home Montana

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Montana Department of Commerce

  • Montana Department of Commerce Announces $240,000 Awarded for Tribal Business Planning

    “As Montana’s economy continues to expand, it is imperative that our tribal communities financially thrive during this growth.” Commerce Director Scott Osterman said. “These grants will assist tribal governments with planning for growth through the identification of current and future economic opportunities that will strengthen their communities.”

Big Sky Commerce

Great Falls Development Authority

  • GFDA’s Top 10

    Here is our Top 26 for the last three weeks celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success. Much more to share — will try to catch up in next week’s edition.

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association

The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana

Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success

Senator Jon Tester


  • Montana could lose $20 million in emergency rental funds next week

    “We will lose that block of money unless we get permeability in that column,” Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, the House Appropriations Committee chair added. “Montana simply does not have the need for $200 million in rent subsidy. While it’s a remarkable soundbyte, we can’t obligate money to somewhere where it’s not allowed to go.”

  • Park County, Montana housing report finds unsustainable market

    “We really wanted to put out a clear compilation of the facts of our current situation,” Oldershaw said. “You can’t have an effective solution if you don’t have a very specific outline of the problems.”

Opportunity Zones

Montana Business

Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana


Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana

Funding and Building your Business

Incubators and R&D

Regional Business News

  • Powering the future: The drive for lithium

    With electric cars seen as the future of the American auto industry, companies are ramping up the production of batteries, which require lithium. Correspondent Ben Tracy looks at efforts to increase lithium mining in the U.S., and the struggle over its environmental costs.

Idaho News & Events

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

  • The science of yawning

    Correspondent Faith Salie looks into the physiology of yawning, and why it not only helps our brains, but also is a sign of empathy and, yes, increased alertness.

Government News & Events

Government Technology

Come Home North Dakota


Energy and Climate Change

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