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And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. Then He made the earth round.... and laughed and laughed and laughed. - RIP Dave Goldberg
John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, 5/14, University Of Montana - Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5390
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- 2014 Report Card for Montana's Infrastructure
Montana's aging infrastructure is approaching a critical state of disrepair, earning a cumulative grade of C- in the inaugural Report Card for Montana's Infrastructure.
- Obama administration has `concerns' about Montana Medicaid plan
The Obama administration Friday said it has some "concerns" about provisions of Montana's plan to expand Medicaid, such as charging premiums to those with very low incomes, but will work closely with state officials to review the plan.
- Here are reasons to close Montana Developmental Center
How much more abuse, neglect and inadequate treatment must residents endure before MDC is closed?
- Winners and losers in the 2015 Montana Legislature
In calling the winners and losers of the 2015 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock sure looks like a winner -- and conservative Republicans and their leaders came out on the losing end more often than not, on the big issues.
- Iowa State University Takes Cybersecurity Curriculum to Grade Schoolers
The team is releasing the nation's first computer literacy curriculum aimed at middle and high school students, and it is expected to be ready as early as this fall.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- NorthWestern Energy 2015 Community Works Report
Our goal is to be a leading corporate citizen in each of the diverse communities we serve. In 2014, our Community Works Fund contributed nearly $2.25 million in economic development, charitable donations and community sponsorships.
- Standing tall: New NorthWestern Energy building offers Uptown features, spectacular views
"Our goal was to build something that would be modest, efficient, highly functional and serve our needs and our customers' needs for many decades to come." NorthWestern Chief Executive Officer Bob Rowe
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Dorsey eUpdate: Supreme Court Requires Review Of EEOC Conciliation Effort Before Suing an Employer
Before suing an employer for discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") must try to remedy unlawful workplace practices through informal methods of conciliation.
Great Falls Development Authority
- 50 Wild Places: Celebrating Montana's Outdoors
Which is your favorite?
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News
Stats to Know This Week, Best Video Ads and How to Build a New Brand in 5 Days
Come Home Montana
- Developers have several economic development tools in Great Falls, Montana
There are several programs offered by the city and other organizations that can help property owners redevelop buildings, both downtown and communitywide.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - System Administrator, Customer Support Specialist - Black Mountain Software
Small towns have their own unique needs. We're a small town company, so we understand those needs and we've designed our software specifically to meet them.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Developer / Programmer / Engineer Position - Axiom IT Software
We're looking for the right person(s) to immediately add to our software development team. We are interested in experienced developers, new graduates, interns, and software contractors.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Network Engineer, IT Tech 2, Project Coordinator - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
We offer rewarding careers along with the opportunity to live and work in picturesque western Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Technology Support Analyst, Applications Technical Analyst, Energy Supply Analyst and more - NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers.
- Job openings increasing in Ravalli County, Montana
"Job orders are starting to fly in," said Bitterroot Job Service interim manager Vickie Steele. "There are a lot of job opportunities out there. We are seeing some recovery in the job market."
- Groundbreaking Model of Care for Elderly Starts in Missoula Montana
Hestia (the ancient Greek goddess of the home) is a physician-led, locally owned for-profit practice that works with a full interdisciplinary team to provide in-home services patients who are mostly in their 80s and 90s who don't want to move to an assisted-living facility but who don't need hospice care.
Montana Economic Development
- 100 Top Creatives in the U.S. - Missoula's Elke Govertsen and Mamalode
Elke Govertsen scaled a local magazine - Mamalode http://www.mamalode.com - into one of America's best parenting magazines by redefining parents through multifaceted, gutsy stories.
- Top 100 Creatives - Bozeman's Yarrow Kraner and Hatch
Yarrow Kraner is a director at Virgin Produced, a creative alchemist, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and Founder of Chisel Industries http://www.yarrowkraner.com/ and Hatch http://hatchexperience.org/.
- Shortage of Doctors Hurting Rural Montana
Doctors say several factors contribute to the lack of availability for Montana's rural areas, including the spread out geography of the state and a lack of new doctors replacing those heading into retirement.
- What's Next for Kalispell's Original Commercial Catalyst?
Gateway West Mall to be auctioned off in May; nonprofit groups to pursue purchasing building
- Montgomery Distillery Plans Fall 2015 Tour of Scotland Whiskey Distilleries
Montgomery Distillery http://www.montgomerydistillery.com will host a tour to Scotland for twelve guests in early November 2015 to visit distilleries on Islay: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnhabhain, Kilchoman, and Caol Ila. Guests will enjoy room and board at the charming Harbour Inn in the village of Bowmore.
- MEDA May Online News
I am sure you are not reading this email as you are traveling to Great Falls for the one-of-a-kind MEDA conference!
- Breaking the Ice. Getting to know the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Welcome to the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development's inaugural Newsletter.
- Main Street Montana Project KIN (Key Industry Networks) Update
The goals of the Main Street Montana Project are more jobs, better jobs, and better education through the creation of a dynamic private-public partnership, to build and implement a business plan for Montana by Montanans.
Come Home Idaho
- Why successful people leave work early
When it comes to your time spent in the office, quality trumps quantity.
- Idaho Career Opportunities - Idaho Central Credit Union
Idaho Central Credit Union is The Best Places to Work in Idaho winner offering rewarding career opportunities:
Business Plan Forums
- Rural Childhood Poverty Gap Widens
America's youngest children have the highest rates of poverty compared to other ages, and rural kids have the worst rates of poverty compared to all other age or geographic groups.
- Montana-made 'Shark Tank' highlights Helena biz conference
Several Montana entrepreneurs on Thursday pitched to a panel of "sharks" ideas for businesses that would book a shuttle online for a float on the lower Madison, purify contaminated water from shale fracking and sell Montana-made sustainable purses.
- Come and vote for Montana's next great startup! John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge - May 14, 2015
The Business Startup Challenge, formerly known as the John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, is a Montana-wide event which encourages innovation and creative thinking.
Incubators and R&D
- Billings, Montana considers spending from reserves to fund capital improvements - Other cities need to catch up
Montana's aging infrastructure is approaching a critical state of disrepair.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Crowdfunding for female-led STEM research
Instrumentl is a crowdfunding platform for female scientists, which enables anyone to invest in STEM projects led by female researchers.
- Watford City, North Dakota aims to transition from boom town to hometown
"It's a great little spot in the world. We are making history here."
- New German law: A woman's place should be on corporate boards
The new quotas that became law Friday are designed to boost the ranks of women in corporate leadership positions, but they may do little to change corporate culture, society or a lack of skills that some critics say hinder women in the first place.
Regional Economic Development
- We Went to Oxford and Got Schooled in Primary Health Care
As other countries continue to spend far less on health care but perform better on measurable health outcomes, there's opportunity to learn what works abroad and apply those lessons stateside.
- Chip technology coming to U.S. credit cards
"In many countries around the world, as they moved to EMV, they started with chip and signature and evolved to chip and PIN," Ferenczi said. "So it's a complex transition time."
- Want to do something about income inequality? Start tipping more.
Want to do something about income inequality? Start tipping more.
- Want to rebuild the economy? Stop obsessing over tech start-ups.
Millennials are the key to a sustainable economic recovery.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Finally: S.D. awaits Obama's first visit as president
Why did it take so long, and why was South Dakota the last state for Obama to visit?
- Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education
AltSchool has been anointed by the top minds in Silicon Valley as the best hope for the future of education.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Google embeds engineers as professors
In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum.
- AltSchool Raises $100 Million and Plans to Open More Schools
"One of the most interesting things about this fund-raising round is that we are raising capital not only from very long-term, top-tier V.C.s, but also from philanthropists," said Max Ventilla, the founder and chief executive of AltSchool. "This kind of philanthropic, mission-driven capital is hugely beneficial to us."
Montana Education Excellence
- J.K. Simmons "Please join campaign to grow Missoula Children's Theatre's gift"
It's an organization with which I'm proud to be affiliated, and I'm also proud to say I got my start here. I am supporting MCT's "One Million Reasons to Say Yes" campaign because I believe in the work they do. I hope you'll join me.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Gazette opinion: Building Montana's success by degrees
As we congratulate the graduates, we remind higher education leaders that there's no time for them to rest on laurels and degrees. It's time to recruit the next years' classes.
- Initiative Beams University of Montana Professors Into High Schools Across Montana, U.S. on May 6 and 7
The digital classes will be facilitated by Inspired Classroom, a Missoula-based company that uses technology to enrich classrooms around the world.
Funding and Building your Business
- Vote Today! - Whitefish makes Outside Magazine's finalist list for "Best Towns in America"
Outside will feature the final 16 towns in its September 2015 issue. To vote for Whitefish, click here. http://www.outsideonline.com/
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Tips For Startups To Survive The Current Turmoil
It's easier and cheaper to start a company than ever before, yet it's tougher than ever to survive.
- 10 Required Actions To Make Startup Mentoring Work
Some of the best mentoring relationships don't involve monetary compensation, but none are free.
- Survey shows working remotely benefits employers and employees
When it comes to camaraderie and collaboration, 42% of remote workers feel they're just as connected with colleagues as if they were working on-premises, and 10% feel even more connected.
Connectivity & Communications
- Doomsday water cycle threatens nations around globe
Throughout much of the U.S. and the world, we manage water and energy as if they were unrelated. In reality, they are Siamese twins.
- What backing up your home with Tesla's battery might be like
When it comes to price, these numbers are hardly cheap, but they're also lower than some analysts were suggesting -- figures like $13,000 were common in press coverage prior to Tesla's announcement.
- Website Shows Landlords the Value of Energy Upgrades
In an effort to make rentals more sustainable, city officials in 14 college towns banded together to create a website that shows renters what they would pay in utilities.
- How Israel became a leader in water use in the Middle East
Through a combination of conservation, reuse and desalination, the country now has more water than it needs.
- Commission endorses Bozeman Fiber optic nonprofit to increase high-speed Internet
No one voiced opposition.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Best Senior Staff Development Idea We Have Heard in a While--Or Maybe Ever
"I wanted to take the idea and replicate it and tweak it a little so it's a little more appropriate for my profession at a nonprofit association."
- Missoula filmmaker cashes in on minute-long video competition
"The Audience Awards is a social media site that connects audiences to films, filmmakers, film schools and film festivals,"
- Photo essay: Sacred rituals, buffalo hunts and a lone gas station: Inside Indian reservation in Montana, where two Native American tribes reside
Images were taken by photographer Felix von der Osten, who spent time with Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes
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