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.
Reports & Resources
CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978
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.
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.
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.
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?
September 12, 2019
Sponsor: Montana Department of Commerce
Sept. 7-13, 2019
San Diego, CA
Nov. 6, 2019
La Vista, NE
Sponsor: National Safety Council
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2019
Funder: Main Street Foundation
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
Funder: Environmental Protection Agency
Deadline: Sept. 26, 2019
Funder: U.S. Department of Justice
September 1, 2019 WTHR
September 1, 2019 Associated Press
September 2, 2019 NBC
August 31, 2019 Billings Gazette
September 2, 2019 Billings Gazette
September 2, 2019 ABC News
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