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Technology has broken the barrier of geography that long shielded mountain towns from growth.:


"We're seeing the development of a critical mass of people who bring diverse skills, like software development, marketing and product management, who weren't here 10 years ago," said Lance Trebesch, CEO ...


"The Great American West." Montana, other western states change their branding for international markets:


A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana are dropping the "Real ...


Today's TED Talk - A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow:


What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of ...


New Revitalization Toolkit for Smaller Legacy Cities:


Not every Legacy City has the size and cultural cache of a Pittsburgh or a New Orleans to aid in its recovery, but there are resources available for smaller cities examining pragmatic revitalization ...


A not-so-quiet revolution in economic development :


The good news is that a growing share of economic developers and a majority of elected leaders are now embracing the notion that the state must attract people to grow. Most importantly, the success of ...


Montana & Idaho CDC is now MoFi:


Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation has changed its name to MoFi, a name that better represents its expanding geographic footprint and product line, said President Dave Glaser. MoFi ...


Where Talent Wants To Live:


With unemployment down and wages rising, there's growing concern that a lengthy and potentially crippling talent shortage will sweep the U.S. Addressing this could become a critical issue for businesses ...


New Scrutiny for the Federal 'Opportunity Zones' Program:


Opportunity Zones--a new federal program that flew under the radar of the GOP tax reform bill signed at the end of 2017--has been moving along and attracting new attention from media outlets. A ...


Politicians, Listen Up: Outdoor Rec Brings Big Money:


“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let ...


Rather than become the next Silicon Valley, cities need to be themselves:



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New USDA Loan Program Helps Maine Nonprofit Invest in Community:


Created in 2016, the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-relending-program provides long-term, low-cost financing for community ...


Local leadership is key for successful Opportunity Zones for Economic Development:


State and local leaders nationwide were surprised to learn that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law at the end of 2017, delivered them the most ambitious economic development investment incentive ...


How 12 experts would end inequality if they ran America:




In small towns, a way to make remote work, work:




Dream Machine transforms abandoned retail space into the latest made-for-Instagram 'experience':




'Old becomes brand new': Opportunity zones might unlock rural America's economic potential:


Buried more than 300 pages into the late December tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump is what some officials think might be a route to economic prosperity for rural America. A community development ...


Cities Don't Need More Jobs. They Need More Workers.:




"Examining the local value of economic development incentives":


A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings considers how incentives offered in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and San Diego align with the Brookings framework for inclusive ...


National League of Cities Report Says Bridge the Urban-Rural Economic Divide to Create Local/State Economic Growth :


"Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide," a new report released today by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the ...


Where Small Town America Is Thriving:


Big city America has long demonstrated a distaste for its smaller cousins. This sentiment has, if anything, intensified with the election of President Donald Trump, whose improbable victory was ...


Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses:


Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. ...


Panel: Affordable housing is critical to economic development:


Much-needed workers are turning down jobs in Burley because they can't find affordable housing nearby, says Jan Rogers, chief executive officer for Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho. Rogers ...


Kansas City's struggle with the sharing economy is holding the tech community back:




Assessing your innovation district: A how-to guide:


Assessing your innovation district: A how-to guide," is a tool for public and private leaders to audit the assets that comprise their local innovation ecosystem. The guide is designed to reveal how to ...


Tax update: Many economic development grants are now taxable income:


The tax law signed at the end of last year introduced a provision that will significantly affect many economic development offices and related nonprofits across the country: "contributions to capital" ...


Economic Development in Your Community - Keep Your Eye on the Prize:


Is your community's economic development progress stalled? Make sure that you've aligned with these three items: 1. Communities cannot reasonably hope to achieve economic development success ...


Should we be measuring Scaleups instead of Startups?:


A great majority (90%?) of "start-ups" are local market (retail, service) That segment of the economy is being commoditized and consolidated (Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, etc.), drying up ...


$65 Million for New Business Opportunities, Job Creation:


Montana & Idaho Community Development has received a $65 million award from the U.S. Treasury's New Markets Tax Credits program. That money will go directly to MT, ID and WY businesses that create jobs, ...


From Bozeman to Bend, how two cities are responding to growth:


Editor's note The question remains: How will Bozeman grow? Can we retain all that makes our city special? Will we be overrun by those seeking what we've already found? Are we destined to become ...


100,000 Micro Industries Predicted for the Next 20 Years - Perfect for rural communities:


"When the tools of production are available to everyone, everyone becomes a producer." "Long Tail," author Chris Anderson The Futurist anticipates the burgeoning industries that could boom ...

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