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MATR Newsletter – September 23, 2022
The state with the best education wins!

‘We Couldn’t Take A Roundabout Out if We Wanted To’: An Interview with Jim Brainerd, Mayor of Carmel, Ind.

Since first taking office in 1996, Brainerd has made retrofitting the city’s road network the centerpiece of his platform, ripping out hundreds of traffic lights and replacing them with roughly 140 innovative circular traffic treatments that have helped slash rates of car crash deaths and serious injuries to some of the lowest levels in the nation.

City Club Missoula explores democracy, teacher pay and ‘equity’ in Montana– Hosts ‘Getting Schooled’ forum

Several times, panelists stressed the power of local school boards in Montana. Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, said community members can have robust discussions with their trustees, including about requirements for civics and fiscal literacy.

And he said school boards can act quickly.

“That’s where the action is, folks. It’s with your local school board,” said Bedey, chair of the 2021 education committee in the Montana Legislature.


The Next Silicon Valley Will Be in the US Heartland

Steve Case, founder of AOL, predicts the dominance of tech companies on the coasts will give way to a flourishing of startups from smaller cities.

Like 19th Century Railroads, EV Charging Can Give Small Towns A Vital Edge Over Cities

There are two ways things can go for small towns that make sure to get at least one rapid charger and some slower chargers put in.

Video: Lessons in Economic Diversification From Small-Town Colorado

Trinidad, Colorado has weathered a number of booms and busts. Now, they’re aiming to expand beyond the headlines and into a more stable future.

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  • Killing the economic polar bear

    According to two economists from BlackRock, there should be a louder debate about the tradeoffs between fighting inflation and well, killing, economic growth. As the United States Federal Reserve continues to hike interest rates, what will be the ultimate decision?

  • Butte’s Headframe Spirits marks 10th anniversary, growth of business

    “Someone said how would you describe Butte and I said, ‘well Butte’s a big damn deal,’ and they sort of looked at me and cocked their head and I saw it in their eyes and I’m just gonna say that from now on,” said John Mckee, co-owner of Headframe Spirits.

The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana

Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte


Montana Business

Funding and Building your Business

Regional Business News

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

Education News

2023 Montana Legislature and Politics


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