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Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
- University of Montana Students to Graduate with Big Data Analytics Certificate in May
"There will be an increasing demand in the job market for talented people with these skills, and UM is on the leading edge for preparing students for these careers."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership brings hackers together in Missoula to develop new ideas to improve rural health care
The event, called Hacking Rural Medicine, included a competition called a "rural medicine hackathon" where teams developed ideas for a new tool or product to help solve a problem experienced by the rural medical community.
- Missoula-based Geodata part of 1st Place Team in the Nation's first Hacking - Rural Medicine Event March 20-22 at the University of Montana
The platform was designed to bring hospitals into the 21st century consumer feedback loop and address the change occurring in US health care moving from volume based services to values based services.
- Winning Solutions Awarded at the Nation's First Rural Medicine Hackathon and Rural Medicine Ignite events at the University of Montana
The weekend resulted in nine teams sharing nine innovations in rural medicine. To quote one of our judges, Larry White, "All the projects have legs!" Selecting winners was a difficult task.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 16 for 3/23/15
Thank you to our GFDA Forward Great Falls Investors who make everything we do possible!
Come Home Montana
- The Promise and Challenge of Health Analytics
Realizing this next frontier of medicine requires important changes in the culture of both medical research and patient care.
- Power to the new people analytics
A leading healthcare organization, for example, has used these techniques to generate more than $100 million in savings while simultaneously improving the engagement of its workforce.
- How Big Data Is Changing Basketball
Pro and college teams are using so-called big data and machine leaning algorithms that analyze a game by reviewing images of each players' activity that are taken 25 times per second.
- Missoula grads return home as physicians at International Heart Institute
More than a third of the physicians at Missoula's International Heart Institute of Montana have returned home to practice medicine.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Quote to Cash (Q2C) Solutions Specialist, Staff Consultant, Data Analyst, Market Research Analyst - Advanced Technology Group
ATG's team of professionals merge consulting expertise with dynamic, innovative solutions - staying abreast of industry trends, pushing process and technology boundaries, and cross-training to expand abilities. This leading-edge mentality attracts and requires a higher level of talent.
- Great Falls, Montana makes Forbes list of "The Best Places To Retire In 2015"
PROS: Strong economy and low unemployment on the banks of the Missouri River. Cost of living 2% below national average, average home $172,000, good tax climate. Above average air quality. High number of doctors per capita, high Milken aging rank, low serious crime rate. CON: Cold winters.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Administrative Assistant - The Indian Law Resource Center
We are devoted to protecting and developing the rights of Indian and Alaska Native nations and other indigenous peoples in the Americas.
Montana Economic Development
- Gluten Free Prairie, located in Manhattan, MT featured Manufacturer of the Week
Built on the foundation of the American dream that anything is possible. Dedicated to providing fresh and healthy Gluten-Free products. From the heart of our Gluten-Free prairie in Big Sky country, Montana, USA.
- Senator Tester raises a pint, cuts taxes for Montana breweries
After touring the Triple Dog Brewing Company in Havre today, Senator Jon Tester announced he will again sponsor legislation to cut taxes for Montana's local breweries.
- Missoula-based Hestia In-Home Support delivers support for your loved one in their homes when you can't be there.
Are you worried about living a long way from your loved ones or leaving town or going a day without checking in on them?
- 'Untapped opportunities for Helena': Entreprenuer Shalon Hastings has won small business person of the year, and she has no plans to stop
On Wednesday, Hastings was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Montana's Small Business Person of the Year for a medium-sized business with 11-50 employees.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Senator Tester Meets with Columbia Falls Business Leaders About Economic Future
Despite a proposed Superfund site in their backyard, civic leaders remain optimistic about community's growth
- "Funding for Montana economic development programs at stake in Legislature" - K.C. Walsh, Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman
As a Montana business owner (Simms Fishing Products), a manufacturer, a community member and a strong supporter of Montana's economic development efforts, I think it is essential that they pass this funding. These programs are economic development tools used by those working to build Montana's economy in conjunction with the private sector, and each has proven time and time again that these are smart investments in Montana's future growth.
- Senator Tester receives award from Bear Paw Development in Havre
"Bear Paw is such a diamond in the business community, especially with our entrepreneurs."
TEDx Events in Montana
- The power of your leadership story
Understanding and communicating your leadership story can be quite powerful. It gives you the power of influence and authenticity by allowing you to match your words and your actions. It allows you to build trust. Trust leads to credibility.
- Today's TED Talk Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame
In a brave talk, she takes a look at our "culture of humiliation," in which online shame equals dollar signs -- and demands a different way.
- TEDX - Sarah Calhoun - How She Started a Global Company - Red Ants Pants - in White Sulpher Springs, Montana Because She Didn't Like Her Pants
Founded in 2006, Red Ants Pants was the first company dedicated to making work clothes for women. We are based in White Sulphur Springs, a small ranching town in the middle of Montana. We love hard work and we love pants that fit. Finally.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Despite demand, women comprise only 11 percent of cyber security workers
"What we're missing is the people who go into this field, who are driven by the desire to protect people, to protect their information, to protect their livelihoods, in some cases to protect people's lives by keeping them safe online,"
- Modern-day marketers seek recruits with data analysis skills
"Nowadays marketing is about analytics and data signs, the more data the better," Scott said. "Believe it or not, the people best equipped for the job tend to have backgrounds in mathematics, economics and even computer science."
Business Plan Forums
- Did the National Broadband Plan spur innovation?
To close what remains of the digital divide, community-based toolkits must be refined to make the case for how and why using broadband is relevant to the day-to-day lives of offline Americans.
Come Home North Dakota
- John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, 5/14, University Of Montana - Missoula
The Business Startup Challenge is Montana's premiere opportunity for students attending any institution across the Montana University System to present exciting new businesses and/or social entrepreneurship venture ideas for adjudication.
- You can go home again: Some return to North Dakota oil boom town
"I love being home on my farm. I love seeing the people I grew up with," says White, a 29-year-old executive assistant for an oil services firm. "We're still kind of wondering if we'll be here forever. Maybe we'll want to go someplace else. But we just don't see it now."
- Ethics report finds some issues with Bozeman's top leaders - Mayor Krauss said the key to gaining people's trust is transparency.
The Board of Ethics is recommending that the citizens of Bozeman be surveyed, which Krauss said he would support.
- Why Washington drives innovators and entrepreneurs nuts
"Move Fast, Government, or Get Out of the Way"
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho Gas Tax Debate Pits Truckers Against Motorists - The AAA opposes it
"The Idaho Trucking Association pitched this bill as putting its money where its mouth is, but this is a gas tax, paid primarily by motorists," said Dave Carlson, AAA Idaho public affairs director. "It's less a solution and more of a public relations strategy."
- New $50 million Manufacturing Facility Announced For Burley. Idaho
"We look forward to building our new facility in the community of Burley, and would like to extend our appreciation to the state of Idaho and local agencies in Burley for their support in developing this project," said Gary Galia, executive vice president of finance, Fabri-Kal Corporation.
- Idaho has 'sunk' $61 million into Schoolnet
"The former superintendent's vision and design for a centralized statewide instructional management system overreached the capabilities of existing software."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Pair want inventors, builders thinking inside the Toolbox
"Toolbox is all about bootstrap" as a collaborative workspace for manufacturing and product-based startups to share tools and knowledge.
- Roar of bombers replaced by drone development buzz in North Dakota
The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz.
- The single worst practice of cable providers
It's a terrifying future for an industry accustomed to cushy margins and monopoly-like market power.
- Apple isn't just satisfied reinventing health care, it's targeting clinical trials as well
Companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Samsung and hundreds of start-ups also see the market potential -- and have big plans.
- Hospitals Are Robbing Us Blind
Whether you're for Obamacare or against it, you can't afford to ignore the fact that America's hospitals have become predatory monopolies. We have to break them before they break us.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Gov. Matt Mead unveils plan to address homelessness in Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative developed the plan, called "A Home for Everyone."
- Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school
The idea aims to eliminate one of the biggest gripes of students everywhere: "What is the point of learning this?" Now, each subject is anchored to the reason for learning it.
- Wowed by young scientists, Obama announces $240 million in new pledges for STEM education
More than 100 colleges and universities have committed to training 20,000 engineers, and a coalition of CEOs has promised to expand high-quality STEM education programs to an additional 1.5 million students this year.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Turning to Education for Fun - Call it the academization of leisure.
"When people have choices on how to spend their money, they're valuing experiences more than material things."
- In the Age of Information, Specializing to Survive
"The sense that there is too much to know has been felt for hundreds, even thousands, of years."
- Alex Apostle announces resignation as Missoula school superintendent
"My wife Susan and I look forward to the opportunity to return home, closer to our families in Washington," Apostle said.
- Missoula High schools students teach children about science
It's called the 'Science Circus' and it's a chance for high school students to use their creativity to teach younger kids what they've learned in high school physics, chemistry, and biology. They built over 80 different stations.
Funding and Building your Business
- Brad Pitt's foundation promises Fort Peck Tribe homes, builds nothing but concern
A deal with Hollywood actor turned architect Brad Pitt and his "Make It Right" foundation to give houses to those in need has built exactly zero of the 20 homes promised on the reservation since 2011.
Energy and Climate Change
- Protect Your Business Reputation Online Or Lose It
Web reputation management, both business and personal, has become a top priority requirement.
- Test Tastes Work Like Magic for Franchisees and Customers
If our new products are to reach consumers, they must first be embraced by our franchisees.
- Hard-to-manage workers deliver the best results, says A&E CEO
I need to trust who works for me, and they need to trust me. Trust is just paramount.
- Data can tell whether you'll be a successful entrepreneur- no business plan required - How do you measure up?
More than 30,000 people have taken the test, and The Founder Institute (FI) says it has an 85 percent accuracy rate in predicting entrepreneurial success.
- Could New Mexico Help to Reshape the Power Grid?
"If we built a highway like the grid, it would be 20 lanes wide so you would never get stuck in traffic, even during rush hour. It would be a ridiculous way to build a highway, but it is the way we built the grid."
- From fighter jets to fish farms: Why Lockheed Martin is taking on climate change
The world's largest defense contractor is best known for making the weapons that unleash cataclysmic fury on America's enemies, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. But lately, it has set its sights on a different threat to national security: climate change.
- See-Through Solar Is Tomorrow's Threat to Oil
The promise is big: solar cells that could become a part of any glass or plastic surface.
- France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels
Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.
- 7 reasons why utilities should be using machine learning
#1 Reason: Uncovering hidden energy use patterns
- Maps and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC - free - begins soon
Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools.
- Utah hunting and fishing app recognized nationally
The application is the first state mobile app to create a digital wallet that allows law enforcement officers to scan and verify official licenses and permits with the same equipment the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers are already using.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- All Invited To Blue Sky Stewardship's Inaugural Event On Friday, March 27, Missoula, Montana
Blue Sky Stewardship works to cultivate our community's relationship with food by coordinating food growing projects and educational workshops for Missoula.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- People Who Shouldn't Buy the Apple Watch
But there are people that should never, ever, own one....." This article details the list and description of these people, and why they shouldn't buy.
- Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
Known as Sirius, the project is a way for all sorts of other software coders to explore the complexities of modern speech recognition, and perhaps even add speech rec to their own mobile apps. This, Jason Mars realizes, is where the world is moving.
- Montana Websites the Target of Recent Attacks
The hacker group behind most of the attacks goes by the name Moroccan Agent Secret.
- Poseidon virus threatening point-of-sale systems
Nicknamed Poseidon, the virus family improves on previous PoS malware with the ability to survive possible system reboots and the use of several techniques to avoid detection.
- Tesla for the Masses: Electric, Fuel Cell Buses Take Off
In an increasing number of cities, bus riders experience the clean, quiet ride of electric buses.
- Richard Branson: Virgin has a team working on electric cars
'You may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business,' Branson said.
- An Engineer's Plan to Turn Dumb Pavement into a Smart Interstate
If Sylvester can get Missouri officials on board, I-70 might evolve from the cracking corridor it's long been to what he envisions as the "first smart interstate" in America.
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