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American Planning Association: Policy Guides & Frameworks
The American Planning Association's (APA) policy guides represent the collective thinking of our members on positions of both principle and practice. They represent APA's official position on issues central to building communities of lasting value. Topics include: Climate Change, Energy, Hazard Mitigation, Sustainability, Housing, and more.
Bear Paw Development
Bear Paw Development provides professional planning and project management. ent services the following geographic areas in the State of Montana. Services include small business development, brownfields program, community development, loan department, and value added agriculture programs.
|Resource Type:||information source, organization|
|Subtopic:||local government, rural community issues & solutions, economic development, business assistance, development & smart growth, funding & financing, environmental health & quality, agriculture & food systems, Land Use Planning & Housing, Local Government & Services, Community Building, Business & Economy, Issues & Opportunities,|
|Tags:||small business support, funding, agriculture, environmental quality, economic development, redevelopment|
U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Statistics by State
The National Agricultural Statistical Service provides information on crops, plants, livestock, environmental concerns associated with agriculture, current research, and agricultural land use statistics.
|Resource Type:||data source, information source|
|Subtopic:||data & analysis, socio-economic & other data, agriculture & food systems, conservation & environment, Data Collection & Analysis, Issues & Opportunities,|
|Tags:||agriculture, data collection, farming, food systems, statistics, sustainable agriculture, economic data, environmental quality|
Energy Bureau, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
The Energy Bureau’s vision is a future where Montana’s energy needs are met through sustainable means that are protective of the state’s natural and human resources. The Energy Bureau works toward this vision through specific activities that support our mission to increase Montanans’ access to energy efficiency and renewable energy, improve the state’s energy security, provide analysis of energy trends and issues, and demonstrate the benefits of compliance with environmental regulations through innovation, education, and technical and financial assistance.
|Resource Type:||information source, Economic Development|
|Subtopic:||energy, economic development,|
|Tags:||clean energy, energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, technical assistance, financing|
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: How small towns and cities can use local assets to rebuild their economies
This report examines case studies of small towns and cities that have complemented thier recruitment of major employers, manufacturers, and large retailers by successfully emphasizing their existing assets and distinctive resources. Topics discussed in the report include: identifying and building on existing assets, engaging all members of the community to plan for the future, taking advantage of outside funding, creating incentives for community redevelopment and investment, encouraging cooperation within the community and across the region, and supporting a clean and healthy enviornment.
National Climate Assessment: Rural Communities
This free downloadable chapter of the National Climate Assessment explains the unique effects climate change has on rural communities in contrast to larger more urban areas.
|Resource Type:||information source|
|Subtopic:||environmental health & quality, rural community issues & solutions, Issues & Opportunities, Community Building,|
|Tags:||rural community, climate change, environmental quality|
The Sonoran Institute is a not-for-profit 501 '3 organization that promotes community decisions that respect the land and people of the West. Sonoran's website includes information, contacts and examples to promote community-based strategies that preserve and protect the ecological integrity of protected lands and at the same time meet the economic aspirations of adjoining landowners and communities.
|Resource Type:||organization, information source|
|Subtopic:||community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, development & smart growth, planning, public lands, conservation & environment, environmental health & quality, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing, Issues & Opportunities,|
|Tags:||citizen planning, community engagement, conservation, environmental quality, sustainable development, agriculture|