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September 2019

MT Community Development Update

There are many upcoming opportunities to learn about community leadership. Colleagues at Montana State University are organizing the "Reimaging Rural" event on Sept. 9 on the campus of MSU-Bozeman and Sept. 10 in Harlowton. Ben Winchester will give his lecture "Rewriting the Rural Narrative"; more information available here.
The National Public Issues Education Consortium is hosting 6 FREE webinars on the topic of community leadership from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2. This webinar series is open to the public; feel free to download the flier and help spread the word.
-Paul Lachapelle MSU Community Development Specialist

Reports & Resources

CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978
Economic Policy Institute | READ STORY

Chief executive officers (CEOs) of the largest firms in the U.S. earn far more today than they did in the mid-1990s and many times what they earned in the 1960s or late 1970s. They also earn far more than the typical worker, and their pay has grown much more rapidly. Importantly, rising CEO pay does not reflect rising value of skills, but rather CEOs' use of their power to set their own pay. And this growing power at the top has been driving the growth of inequality in our country.

Race in America 2019
Pew Research Center| READ STORY

More than 150 years after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, most U.S. adults say the legacy of slavery continues to have an impact on the position of black people in American society today. More than four-in-ten say the country hasn't made enough progress toward racial equality, and there is some skepticism, particularly among blacks, that black people will ever have equal rights with whites, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

U.S. National Debt Is Growing Rapidly

Last week, congressional budget experts warned that the Trump administration's trade war is impacting the U.S. economy and cutting household income. The analysis was released last Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and it projected that the federal budget deficit will reach $960 billion for the 2019 fiscal year before growing to $1 trillion in 2020. That's higher than the CBO's previous estimates of $896 billion for 2019 and $892 billion for 2020.

Where Do College Grads Live? The Top and Bottom U.S. Cities

Talent, or what economists refer to as human capital, is a key driver of economic growth. A wide body of studies documents the role of education in the economic growth of cities, regions and nations. But, talent has increasingly concentrated in a relatively small number of cities, leading to a growing divergence in talent across places.

Good News, Bad News: 4 Trends in US Energy Use
World Resources Institute | READ STORY

In 2018, the United States set a new record for energy consumption: 101 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy. Of this total, 81 quadrillion Btu (or 80%) were from fossil fuels: petroleum, natural gas and coal. What does this growing consumption mean for climate change, and is it still possible for the United States to get on a path to reduce emissions at the pace needed?

Upcoming Events

Montana Coal Board

September 12, 2019
Billings, MT
Sponsor: Montana Department of Commerce

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Sept. 7-13, 2019
San Diego, CA
Sponsor: NSC

2019 Safety and Health Summit

Nov. 6, 2019
La Vista, NE
Sponsor: National Safety Council

Grants, Awards, Jobs

Main Street Foundation Grants

Deadline: Sept. 13, 2019
Funder: Main Street Foundation

National Farmworker Training Program

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
Funder: Environmental Protection Agency

Community Policing Development Grant

Deadline: Sept. 26, 2019
Funder: U.S. Department of Justice

National / International News

SC governor orders a mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Dorian threatens

September 1, 2019 WTHR

Electric bikes may soon be humming along national park trails

September 1, 2019 Associated Press

Hong Kong students plan to strike as commutes disrupted

September 2, 2019 NBC

Montana News

Montana sees 'alarming' increase in road deaths

August 31, 2019 Billings Gazette

Communities need to rethink living with wildland fires, researchers say

September 2, 2019 Billings Gazette 

After tragic year, Bode Miller heads to Montana's mountains

September 2, 2019 ABC News

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