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MATR Newsletter - July 15, 2022
The state with the best education wins!

Montana Governor appoints 26 member affordable housing task force

The executive order also cites a shortage of construction labor, zoning, lack of entry-level homes and a lack of land developers and land to develop. Population growth has outpaced new housing starts and increased demand and supply chain delays have caused construction costs to jump by more than 18%, the order states.

New Jersey to put the freeze on home flippers

Billionaires looking to make a quick buck are swooping in to buy up properties and flip them, which in turn pushes up prices. New Jersey is one of several states that are taking action to stop this.


Montana Department of Commerce First to Go ‘All-Digital’

“The governor issued the challenge for modernizing how our agencies function and a big piece of that is essentially going to a fully digital format and relieving us of a lot of paper burdened processes and manual types of processes,” began Osterman. “Basically, there was a challenge to see who could be 100 percent digital-first, and we took on that challenge, thanks to the governor’s initiative, and we’re able to really improve efficiency. We just started on the first of July and flipped the switch to optimize our ability to perform for Montana.”

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Great Falls Development Authority

  • GFDA 2nd Quarter 2022 Index

    GFDA Organizational Vision

    Great Falls Development Authority will be a change agent, catalyst, and facilitator in the Great Falls region, fostering collaboration and partnerships to support diverse economic opportunities, innovation, and growth. Our economic development organization will be a high performing leader in attracting new investment and talent. Our work providing access to capital, consulting, training and resources for entrepreneurs, businesses, developers, and nonprofits will transform Great Falls and the surrounding 13-county trade area into a thriving regional economy that enhances the standard of living for our people.

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Housing

  • Montana Governor appoints 26 member affordable housing task force

    The executive order also cites a shortage of construction labor, zoning, lack of entry-level homes and a lack of land developers and land to develop. Population growth has outpaced new housing starts and increased demand and supply chain delays have caused construction costs to jump by more than 18%, the order states.

  • New Jersey to put the freeze on home flippers

    Billionaires looking to make a quick buck are swooping in to buy up properties and flip them, which in turn pushes up prices. New Jersey is one of several states that are taking action to stop this.

Funding and Building your Business

2021 Montana Legislature and Politics

Government News & Events

American Prairie

Energy and Climate Change

  • 25.5% of US Electricity Coming from Renewable Energy

    Electricity generated by renewable energy sources continues to grow month over month and year over year in the United States. In April 2022, the share of US electricity coming from renewable energy was up to 29.3%. That was up from 24.8% in April 2020 and 25.7% in April 2021.

  • California solar firms decry ‘nightmare’ as state considers rule change that could raise costs The uncertainty stems from a proposal to reduce state-established credits for surplus solar power — power produced by rooftop panels over and above what is needed by the home, a system called net metering — and also add an extra fee for homeowners with solar. The plan, which was initially proposed in December, caused public protests and an outcry from solar leaders.
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