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Uber—CEO Travis Kalanick recently stated that Uber will eventually replace all of its drivers with self-driving cars. -- Autonomous cars will destroy millions of jobs and reshape the US economy by 2025 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Paleontologist Jack Horner Lecture (Free) , 5/28, Great Falls, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5484 --- "Changing Home - Small Town Survival" White Sulphur Springs, Montana, 5/28, PBS http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Sustainable Business Council
- $3.3 Million of Revolving Loan Funds Available for Montana Wood Products Businesses
The Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund Programs provide a long-term affordable lending tool to assist businesses in retaining or creating jobs providing a long-term economic benefit to the state of Montana.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food
Leave it to France to lead the way again in the food world.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News May 2015
The inaugural Tour of Montana Bicycle Festival, which will include Montana's first-ever multi-day professional road race July 16-19, will be supported with a sponsorship from the Department of Commerce, Director Meg O'Leary has announced.
- Montana Takes Over Chicago
Not all Chicagoans haven't been to Montana. So we brought Montana to Chicago.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 19 for May 17, 2015
Job openings posted at the Great Falls Job Service topped 900 this weekend and dozens of people were hired at the youth job fair this week so we're off to a great summer season!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Philipsburg, Montana, earns Sunset magazine's Travel Award for "Best Municipal Makeover"
The small Southwest Montana town of Philipsburg has been honored by Sunset magazine for its hard work and perseverance in turning its once-dying community into a vibrant municipality worthy of national recognition.
- Starting over: Three decline historic preservation job in Butte, Montana, new search begins
Butte, Anaconda and Walkerville make up one of the nation's largest national historic landmark districts, but the post has been vacant since Jim Jarvis left in December to become an independent consultant after five years on the job.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Advisor - Montana CDC
Montana CDC is a fun and dynamic place to work. The office atmosphere is informal and flexible, but the standards for work quality are very high.
- Entrepreneurship alive and well in Montana's higher education
This year's winners and entrants are poised to take their place in driving Missoula and Montana's economy and start-up culture forward.
- Eclipse Rovers and Wheels (coming soon to Kickstarter)
Eclipse Rovers are relatively inexpensive and versatile radio controlled Un-maned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) that can be equipped with the patent protected Eclipse Wheels.
- Montana's Health Management Services specializes in saving trouble nursing homes
"The 15 facilities we operate, every one of them, came to us in some form of crisis, but none of them as big a crisis as this one," Health Management Services President Joe Rude said. "When they get to the point that they can't figure it out anymore, they call us."
- Town Pump donates $10K to Montana Folk Festival in Butte
"Not only has Town Pump doubled their support, it has been doubled again through the challenge grant of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Montana Resources," said George Everett of the Montana Folk Festival Executive committee.
- Groups bring private hunting schemes to Montana
Wake up Montanans, pay attention to these two groups, working to bring their private hunting schemes to our state.
- Missoula Fresh Market to celebrate grand opening
Missoula Fresh Market will hold grand opening celebrations for their new stores Wednesday, May 27, from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Monte Dolack gallery to close Downtown Missoula location
The Monte Dolack Gallery will close its Front Street location after its last day on July 3rd in order to switch to an online-only operation.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Inside The Secret Summit Where Masters Of The Universe Bond, Brand, Bleed In Navy SEAL Training
The idea is to create a community of leaders that build on their collective experiences.
- How to know if you should work at a startup
Is working for a startup right for you?
- 6 words that might get your resume tossed in the trash
- Colorado Springs, Colo., to Get 2-Gig Broadband This Summer
Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch 2-gigabit-per-second Internet access this summer to nearly 1 million customers in Colorado Springs and the Denver area and immediately make 250-megabit-per-second access available to all its Colorado customers.
- High-Speed Internet as Important as Plumbing, Developers Say
As more and more of our daily activities run online, slow Internet service now constitutes a major risk for a property's reputation.
- Lawmakers address structurally deficient bridges - Russell St. Bridge in Missoula ranks a 4 out of 10. Meeting on May 27.
The Montana Department of Transportation and the city of Missoula are looking at possible designs for replacing the Russell Street Bridge, as part of a 1.5-mile renovation project for Russell Street.
- Pinot pioneers: Willamette Valley wine industry looks back at first 50 years
More than 17,000 acres of the Willamette Valley is dedicated to pinot noir grapes, spread among more than 440 wineries.
- The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving
We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect.
- Charter buys Time Warner Cable to create mega cable and Internet firm
Cable companies are losing cable subscribers and facing more pressure from online services such as Netflix and Amazon for consumers who watch TV over broadband connections.
- Q&A: Michael Bernick, on job prospects for adults with autism
People in the autism community don't operate in a separate labor market. They use the same tools as the general labor market.
- Women-owned businesses surge in Wyoming
Businesses owned by women in Wyoming now employ 16,200 people and had sales of about $3 billion a year, the report adds.
Montana Education Excellence
- Sheldon Cooper look out... 11-year-old graduates from California college with 3 degrees
He's been a member of Mensa International, an academic and social organization for people whose IQs fall in the top 2% of the population, since he was four, according to the same report.
- Why Americans need to reinvent the entire education system
The US needs to reexamine and reinvent the country's entire education system to prepare for tomorrow's economy.
- What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers
The study certainly suggests that a college education needs to be broad and general, and not defined primarily by the traditional structure of separate departments staffed by professors who want, most of all, to be at the forefront of their own narrow disciplines.
- How student debt became a presidential campaign issue
White House hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley have already backed the plan, with Sanders proposing his own federal program to make four-year public college free.
- Paleontologist Jack Horner continues to rock the boat (Free Lecture on 5/28 in Great Falls)
Horner's lecture at the Great Falls Public Library will focus on his theories about dinosaur accoutrements -- or all those interesting accessories they come with like spikes, plates, feathers and horns. The free lecture is schedule for Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m.
- First Assignment of the School Day: Eating Breakfast in the Classroom
Hedges Elementary leading the way as more schools provide free, nutritious meals to students
Funding and Building your Business
- Native News 2015 - Intertwined - Stories of detachment and connection from Montana's reservations - University of Montana School of Journalism
For the 24th edition of the University of Montana's Native News Honors Project, our reporters and photographers explored the relationships that bind people to one another, to a tribe, to a vision of the future. Their stories are ones of give and take, as varied as the cultures from which they spring.
- It's Time to Talk About National Minimum Urban Density Standards
What would a policy that requires development to make more efficient use of land and resources (like water, for instance) look like?
- "Changing Home - Small Town Survival" University of Montana Student-Produced Documentary Examines Economy of Small-Town Montana
"Changing Home - Small Town Survival" will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, on MontanaPBS. The documentary is a case study of White Sulphur Springs, a town in central Montana with fewer than 1,000 residents.
- "Changing Home - Small Town Survival" White Sulphur Springs, Montana, 5/28, PBS
The documentary is a case study of White Sulphur Springs, a town in central Montana with fewer than 1,000 residents.
- Missoulian Editorial: Unique events invite visitors to Missoula
Missoula is on the right track when it comes to hosting events of not just local but regional significance.
- How to Design a Pedestrian Mall That Works
Once inaccessible and crime-ridden, Charlottesville, Va.'s now-popular pedestrian mall offers a blueprint for other cities.
Energy and Climate Change
- 5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use Emotional Intelligence for Marketing
Emotional intelligence helps me run a more profitable business. And I believe it's time for marketing enterprises to implement these same skills.
- NEXT Frontier Capital Partners with Montana Entrepreneurs to Build Companies of Impact, Utility and Value
Our mission is to partner with mission-driven, talented entrepreneurs to build Montana technology companies of impact, utility, and value
- It's TIME!!! - This Seattle angel investor just declared that he'll only back startups with at least one female founder
If you create a place for men, only men will show up. But if you create a place for women, men and women will show up.
- How To Stay Fully Charged As A New Entrepreneur
The three keys to energizing all your life pursuits. These keys are meaning, interactions, and energy.
- Facebook's 9 acre green roof mirrors company's workplace culture
It's more like a park than the top of an office and big enough to accommodate a large number of the 2,800 employees who are expected to eventually fill up the newly opened building, even on a warm summer's day.
- Great Harvest Bread - The Freedom Franchise Helps You Use Your Time More Effectively
To me, that is what the Freedom Franchise is all about. Being able to spend time on the things that matter most. And freedom from wasting time on back office systems.
- These 8 Groups of People Will Never Start a Business
With the cost of entry to be an entrepreneur so low today, the common excuse of "lack of funding" doesn't get much sympathy from me.
- How to Build a Business That Fits Your Lifestyle
Instead of starting a company and shaping their life around it--working as long and as hard as the business demands--they start a company to fit the kind of life they want to lead.
- Why Some Entrepreneurs Feel Fulfilled--but Others Don't
Starting a business could make you rich. But that doesn't mean you'll be satisfied.
- Apple's Hugest Reveal This Week: Those Crazy New Batteries
"It frees the industrial designers to be able to design what they want, and then fit the battery in after the fact, rather than creating the design around the battery,"
- Are Legislators Turning Their Backs on Green Technology?
"Shame on us."
- How to Successfully Harvest Value from Open Data
Experts offer advice on how civic tech firms, entrepreneurs and nonprofits -- who are are pushing state and local governments to open up more datasets based on national standards -- can best use the data they seek.
- New Water Treatment Tech to Make National Debut in Butte, Mont.
The county is building the $15 million water treatment plant to treat drinking water from Basin Creek Reservoir.
- Travel Channel to feature Museum of the Rockies on May 29 - Free Lecture on 5/28 in Great Falls
Horner's discoveries made him one of the most famous paleontologists in the world. He has consulted on the "Jurassic Park" films and is widely speculated to be the inspiration for the character Alan Grant, played by Sam Neill.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Darwin Awards are out!
Yes, it's that magical time of year when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.
- The future of manufacturing will happen on your desktop
As this technology becomes more advanced and affordable, every process in manufacturing will be capable of being affected by this single innovation.
- Imagining Neighborhoods Filled with 3D Printed Homes
The technology garnered international attention last year when the Chinese company WinSun announced it had used 3D-printing to construct 10 houses in a day.
- Neuroscientists Are Making an Artificial Brain for Everyone
"In the scheme of things, working on artificial intelligence is not a numbers game," Wilson says. "It's more about careful thought with a small group of people, and technology that works thoughtfully."
- This "Bionic" Lens Could Give You Superhuman Vision
"Freedom from glasses and contact lenses is a goal that is now a reality."
- Startup guarantees best online prices, even after purchase
Paribus is an automated plugin which scans users' online purchase receipts and files price adjustment claims on their behalf.
- Seasonal flights will keep Missoula International hopping
Travel in and out of Missoula International Airport this summer should be just as busy as in a record-setting 2014.
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