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Early Edge Montana
Sustainable Business Council
- Great Falls Public Schools and Benefis Health System aim literacy efforts at newborns
"We know readers begin in the laps of their parents."
- Governor Bullock Pushes for Investments in Childhood Education
Governor Bullock says Montana is one of a handful of states that's not investing in this area.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Three Reasons to Use Livability as a Vehicle for Sustainability
Livability interventions serve as incremental steps that collectively increase the potential for long-term sustainability.
- How We're Using Data to Measure Progress on Sustainability
A few cities have significantly raised the bar by defining performance statistics, setting timelines and publishing their results through online performance dashboards.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Tourists look for culinary experiences while traveling
Increasingly, travelers also want to feel like they've experienced the places they visit through the food they eat.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 16 for May 25, 2015
Here's the GFDA Top 16 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward
- Great Falls Development Authority, Sweetgrass Development win $400,000 grants
"The selection of Great Falls Development and Sweetgrass Development is a clear indication that you have coupled ambitious plans with the means and expertise to achieve your goals,"
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Business Opportunity - The Grocery Store - Valier, Montana
This is a great opportunity for an innovative entrepreneur whether you are already in Montana or you just want to Come Home to a community town that is less than an hour from both Glacier Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Operating Officer - Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of legal or other professional service organizations, and have experience managing business operations such as human resources, technology, facilities, finance and marketing.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Asp.Net Developer, Database Administrator, System Administrator, Angular/Django Developer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
At ASG, we are passionate about fostering successful relationships with our customers and candidates--relationships where quality, honesty and respect matter.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Associate Director - Local Government Center, Associate Specialist, Local Government and Community Development - Montana State University Extension Local Government Center and Community Development
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Annual conference held to help Montana women in business
"And whether or not they are at the top or they are the owner of a business or they are within a business, they can really I think bring change and a lot of creativity and innovation into those positions."
- Next Frontier Capital Announces $20 million Fund I To Build Montana Technology Companies
The Fund, backed by investors from the world's top technology and venture capital firms, is seeking Montana technology investment opportunities primarily in industries dominated by high intellectual property values. Example industries of interest are software, healthcare, and optics and photonics.
- Lee Enterprises sues former Missoulian publisher, former advertising employees
The Missoulian's parent company is suing the newspaper's former publisher and four former advertising department employees for allegedly stealing confidential, proprietary information about clients from company computers and using it to form their own marketing agency to compete with the newspaper.
- Montainers are homes, vacation cabins and backyard cottages. What will your Montainer be?
We believe that ordering your Montainer home should be a seamless, streamlined experience from start to finish.
- See why DolceClock is the new paradigm for running your business
It is our purpose to create software that returns to you a benefit at least ten-fold it's cost.
- Coaching takes consistency, says ad agency chief
"You can't be changing your perspective every five minutes or treating them one way one day and a different way the next."
- Building Emotional Competencies In Our Leadership
More than 50% of the study's respondents stating that their organization suffers from above-average stress levels.
- Maryland County Tests Public-Private Partnership for Green Infrastructure Projects
"This isn't like building one high school or a bridge. We're building tens of thousands of little ecosystems in some of our most disadvantaged areas. We need a new approach."
Incubators and R&D
- Startup-helping Trailhead takes shape in Boise, Idaho
"Trailhead has the mayor behind it, and a number of folks with credible backgrounds," he said. "It has a location walkable to the university and Downtown. All of these are small but meaningful things I've seen in my work at Harvard and with many different players in these types of ecosystems."
- All of Idaho is now in a drought, scientists say
That compares to May 2014, when just half of the state qualified as under some sort of drought condition, according to the drought monitoring website.
- Even Einstein's Research Can Take Time to Matter
The next step is to understand more about how and why some old papers suddenly become popular among scientists.
- Stanford breakthrough heralds super-efficient light-based computers
Stanford electrical engineer Jelena Vuckovic wants to make computers faster and more efficient by reinventing how they send data back and forth between chips, where the work is done.
Regional Economic Development
- Farmers Business Network announces a $15 million round of funding led by Google Ventures. How Farmers Can Use Data to Push Back Against Big Ag
The best way to empower farmers and help them make the best decisions is to make information more transparent.
- USDA Seeks Applications to Expand Economic Development in Rural Communities
"This funding from USDA will ensure that technical and financial assistance is available for those who wish to improve the quality of life in rural communities."
- Open Innovation: A New Strategy to Stimulate Regional Economic Development
Governors, economic development authorities, chambers of commerce and business federations are now writing innovation policies and implementing programs that enable companies to tap the global innovation marketplace no matter where they are on the growth continuum.
- What's next in cloud-based analytics for regions
Here's a window into what the future will be for regions.
- Underfunding of Research Offers States an Economic Opportunity
As the federal government spends less on research and development, they say, states could have a key role to play.
- What Cities Need to Close the Skills Gap for 'Smart Jobs'
"Advanced industry" jobs are expected to drive economic growth. But cities must invest in training and education to build a qualified workforce.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- The Cost of an Adjunct Professor at a University in dollars and impact on the students they teach.
The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they're hired to instruct?
- Student trip to Glendive creationist museum canceled over legal concerns
The Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum is the second-largest dinosaur museum in Montana and the only to assert a literal, biblical view of world history in which humans and dinosaurs are said to have coexisted.
- Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.
Adhering to the most extreme form of religious creationism, the exhibits "prove" that the Earth is only around 6,000 years old, and that humans and dinosaurs co-existed. Unfortunately, Nernberg just dug up a 60-million-year-old fish.
Montana Education Excellence
- Here's your personal invitation to join the MAPS Media Institute this summer.
And if you know someone who might enjoy MAPS, please forward this or tag them. Many thanks.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University earns recognition for its scientific collaboration and impact
For the second year in a row, Montana State University has received recognition in a respected ranking system for its scientific impact and collaboration.
- University of Montana Research View Spring 2015 Issue
University of Montana Research View is published twice a year by the offices of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship and University Relations.
- Montana State University Extension Local Government Center earns national, regional awards
The Montana State University Extension Local Government Center recently earned national recognition for a new interactive online tool it created to provide information for citizens and public officials.
- 26 New Members Selected For Superintendent Juneau's Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board is meant to give high school students a voice in Montana's public school policy decisions. Their input and guidance is critical to the mission of Graduation Matters Montana, an effort to increase the number of young adults who graduate from high school and are prepared for college and the workforce.
- Montana Tech Graduates Earn Top Dollar Early Career Salaries
According to payscale.com, Tech graduates make about $69,000 dollars in the beginning stages of their careers, showing companies don't necessarily look to the ivy leagues when hiring employees.
- University of Montana Upgrades Internet Speed with Internet2 100G Connector
The ultra-high-speed capability advances UM's research efforts and expands opportunities to support educational, research and health care institutions across the state.
- Bozeman, Montana Becoming Center of Excellence in Photonics and Optics Technology
In the past year the number of employees in the optics and photonics industry in the Gallatin Valley -- including related research jobs -- grew from 460 to 517, with almost 80 percent of those coming from MSU.
- Montana State University business students to offer consulting for area businesses and non-profits
The client receives free labor focused on the issue of its choosing, resulting in a deliverable which summarizes findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Funding and Building your Business
- Downtown Helena planning process moving forward
The way that downtown areas fit into cities is changing, Keene said and explained that nationally more people are choosing to locate in their downtowns and to live there.
- News to share from One Montana
One Montana is currently developing an investor prospectus that further outlines the results of the Meat Processing Feasibility Study, incorporates additional marketing research and outlines a variety of financial scenarios.
Energy and Climate Change
- Google funds $20 million "Impact Challenge: Disabilities"
Google said Tuesday it is offering $20 million to nonprofit organizations using new technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
- Love not war wins for small businesses and large companies
Executives at big corporations are starting to realize they can learn from younger and smaller competitors.
- 50,000 People With Autism Need Jobs This Year. Here's Why You Should Hire Them
There is a growing number of adults on the autism spectrum who want to enter the workforce but can't. Meet the entrepreneurs trying to solve the challenge.
- How Lending Club Is Shaping the Future of Small-Business Loans
In just eight years, Lending Club has figured out how to provide a faster small-business loan--and paved the way for a growing group of financial disrupters.
- How to Plan Your Own Demotion
Many startup founders don't last as CEOs. So what role should you take on next?
- How to employ data to empower, not replace, your managers
Do we still need middle management if Big Data is making all of their decisions for them?
- Employers hustle to retain job-hopping workers
"They're awakening to the fact that they're going to lose their people," says Paul McDonald, an executive at staffing firm Robert Half. "We're seeing an increased investment in the employee."
- Anthony Bourdain Invested in This Website After the Founder Sent Him a Drunken E-Mail
Among the many ways for a business to raise capital these days, sending a drunken e-mail to Anthony Bourdain probably isn't the most fruitful strategy. But it worked...
Connectivity & Communications
- Riverside, Calif. to Deploy Onsite Fuel Cell Energy Power Plant
To meet new air quality regulations, Riverside, Calif., will soon convert waste biogas into renewable power in a way that's virtually absent of pollutants that cause smog and acid rain.
- Julia Roberts in the most powerful video about climate change
Nature Doesn't Need People.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will circulate a plan to his fellow commissioners suggesting sweeping changes to a $1.7 billion subsidy program charged with ensuring that all Americans have affordable access to advanced telecommunications services
- Boise, Idaho's Behavioral Imaging Solutions Among 23 High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions
Tibbetts Awardees will also be honored at the June 16 kickoff of the National SBIR/STTR Conference where thousands of the best and brightest in the innovation ecosystem convene annually.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Community foundations to gather in Missoula for workshop on June 4
The workshop will include sessions on cultivating donors, hands-on marketing using print and social media, developing a communication plan and a discussion on the state of Montana's local community foundations.
- BRETT the robot can learn on its own
Their process is a closer approximation of the way humans learn, which marks a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
- Google’s Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete
The company laid out a course for making apps obsolete and getting users back onto the web, where Google is master. And that course is paved by Google Now.
- Tourism proponents may seek a boost to Billings flight offerings
"We don't want to run the airport," he said during a City Council budget hearing. "What we want to do is work with the airport to merchandize it for the benefit of Billings."
- Ford shares electric car technology with rival automakers. Why?
"Innovation is our goal. The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers."
- New App Would Enable On-Demand Public Transit
Imagine: public buses on demand.
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