Montana’s Zoom Towns: Is Outdoor Recreation Access The New Gold Rush?

What you might have missed:

  • How quality access outdoor recreation is a competitive advantage to recruiting and retaining business and workers
  • How a small town/big business uses quality of life and outdoor access close to home as a recruiting tool
  • What communities can do to prepare and enhance recreation assets–challenges and opportunities. 
  • How we invest in our outdoors as a tool for economic development, and promote the amenity lifestyle as a recruitment tool for attracting business to the state
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Helpful Resources

Zoom Towns’ are Exploding in the West: and many cities aren’t ready for the onslaught) Fast Company

Great Places for Tech in Montana: Butte, MTHBA

“Tech and the Outdoors: How the “Montana Mystique” is Fueling Business Growth, MTHBA/Kauffamn Foundation

“The Value of Montana’s Outdoors“, BFMO/Headwaters Economics

Planning and Development Challenges in Western Gateway Communities, Journal of American Planning

Unnatural Disaster, Mountain Journal 

Pandemic Crowds Bring ‘Rivergeddon’ to Montana’s Rivers, NY Times, 11/23/2020

An Influential Voice In US Flyfishing Decries ‘Rivergeddon 2020’ Mountain Journal

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