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"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." -- Will Durant, writer and historian
City Club Missoula Presents: 2015 Montana Legislative Session Retrospective, 7/13, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- QuestMT marketing analytics now open for registration
Join us in Missoula, Montana, this September for an interactive learning opportunity to unleash the power of marketing data in your company.
- DOL's Much-Anticipated Proposed "White-Collar" Exemption Rules Focus on Increased Salary-Basis Requirements
The Department of Labor (DOL) today issued proposed regulations which, if adopted, will dramatically increase the number of executive, administrative and professional (white collar) workers eligible to earn overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Great Falls Development Authority
- Printingforless.com (PFL), a leading marketing company, is opening a new software development and marketing office in Bozeman, MT on July 1, 2015.
"We are excited to tap the excellent talent pool of professionals in both software development and marketing as we continue to better serve our customers." CEO Andrew Field
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 11 for June 30, 2015
THANK YOU to our Forward Great Falls Investors, partners, volunteers and staff for making FY 2015 a great year for Great Falls! FY 2016 will be even better!
- Montana Career Opportunity - LAMP Stack Programmer - Cedar Mountain Software
We are looking for someone with solid PHP skills who has the desire and capacity to be responsible for the whole development and technical environment.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of the Gilkey Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Executive Education - University of Montana
The Gilkey Center is a new facility that will house newly designed executive education programming and other UM programs aligned with leadership and entrepreneurship.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Professional Auditing Staff - Denning, Downey and Associates
Position requires a self-motivated CPA or CPA candidate with a professional work ethic and great communication skills.
- The Worst States You Could Possibly Live in - As Ranked by Their Residents - Guess which state ranks dead last? (That's a good thing)
A recent Gallup poll of residents from all 50 states has shown the very worst - and the very best - places to live in our great nation. After asking individuals if their state is the "worst possible to live in," here are the percentages of residents who responded "yes":
- Montana Career Opportunities - Salesforce Developer / Architect, Senior Software Developer, Account Executive - SwagIQ, Content Marketer and more... - PrintingForLess
At PrintingForLess.com (PFL), we have all the opportunities of a big city career, located in the midst of breathtaking Big Sky Country near Livingston and Bozeman Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Communications Specialist, Director- Women and Newborn Services, Accountant - Fiscal Services, Nurses and many more... - Community Medical Center
For the past six months, Community Medical Center has seen an increase in patients. The spike in patients means hospital administrators are hiring more than 30 positions for nursing and support staff.
Montana Economic Development
- Ever wonder why Schedulicity is located in Bozeman, Montana?
- Omnibar - Made for Endurance. Made in Montana
Get Your Free Omnibar Sample Today!
- MEDA July Newsletter
It is a very exciting time to be a member of MEDA. New opportunities for membership engagement are coming your way!
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 90 minutes in nature really change the brain
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.
- How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband
The telecom companies have what may seem like an unlikely ally: states. Roughly 20 states have restrictions against municipal broadband.
- Beyond minimum - Missoula labor advocates say better wages are just a start
Alex Taft, a Missoula City Council member, recently made waves with a proposal to raise the minimum wage for full-time city workers to $15 an hour as part of its 2016 budget.
- Civil Forfeiture Now Requires A Criminal Conviction In Montana And New Mexico
Just in time for the Fourth of July, states are declaring their independence from civil forfeiture.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise, Idaho's Silverback Learning Solutions has raised $2.4 million and is about to double its reach
The Mileposts Student Achievement Solution enables schools to create personalized learning plans, manage interventions, monitor achievement and gain insights to improve instruction to any class, group, or individual student.
- SBA Announces Commitments to Build Stronger North Dakota Tribal Businesses and Economies
"Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool North Dakotans and all Americans can harness in order to change the arc of their life. I am committed to making SBA resources more accessible, to empower small business owners across all communities, particularly tribal nations."
- 'The Overnighters' examines a town - Williston, N.D. that became a magnet for the jobless
Director Jesse Moss's documentary, which is filmed in oil boom town Williston, N.D., is the story of the limits of religious faith in an oil boom town increasingly inhospitable to the hordes of hopefuls looking for their shot at the American dream.
Washington State Business
- Tech Has Upended Banks and Stock Trading. Insurance Is Next
Now banks, credit card companies, and brokers are watching the new guys encroach on their turf and take money from their pockets.
- Washington state slashes college tuition
"College students and their families are who really won here."
- Colorado's community colleges put a badge on workforce development
"Developing these badges gives us a tremendous opportunity to partner with business and industry and grow the workforce and the economy."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The ultimate Wyoming road challenge
Wyoming might be the perfect state for a road trip. You can lose yourself on its backroads, gaze at the beauty of its incredible remoteness and visit small towns with gems waiting for anyone curious enough to stop.
- MakerBot launches 3D printing classroom guide
MakerBot has published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing.
- The secret to higher credit scores: Start in kindergarten
How to create savvy consumers who are less likely to take on debt and more prone to saving? Some consumer groups say the key is to start young, very young.
- Can Comprehensive Collaboration Improve Outcomes for Students?
That kind of comprehensive support can only result from collaboration across a wide range of institutions. Clearly that is happening with the Seattle region's concerted effort to prepare all students for the 21st-century economy.
- Why a professor asks students to exercise in class
How did you come to start using exercise in your classroom?
Missoula Children's Theatre
- What Happens When Schools Stop Providing Buses?
"I think schools are going to be forced to reduce transportation."
Montana Education Excellence
- A Big Thank You! - News from the Missoula Children's Theater
2015-16 Tickets on Sale!
- Montana-Developed Advanced Placement Workshops Make College-Level Classes Accessible To More Students
For the first time in nearly a decade, Montana teachers will be able to stay in their home state for Advanced Placement® course training and professional development.
- University of Montana Ranks No. 3 on 'Underrated Law Schools' List
"I am not at all surprised that the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at UM is near the top of the list of underrated schools," said Lori Freeman, director of the law school's admissions and career services. "This ranking factors in what we think are some of the most important factors of a great law school."
Funding and Building your Business
- Sidney, Montana Revamps Identity
The main discussion focused on two of Sidney's longtime catch phrases and possibly changing them to send a different message to the rest of the state and country.
- Former Bozeman mayors offer observations at city luncheon
How, exactly, has Bozeman gotten to where it is, a crown jewel of mid-sized western cities and a regular presence on quality of life ranking lists?
Energy and Climate Change
- Regulation A+ can help small businesses raise capital
Regulation A itself is not new; it's just rarely used.
- SEC Approves Tweeting by Startups to Test Investor Interest
Trying to figure out how many investors might want to fund your small business? Go ahead and tweet about it.
- Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle
Social activist 'surprised but delighted' to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican
- Colorado Poised to be Important Player in Slowing Climate Change
"Colorado residents are increasingly concerned about climate change. It is becoming a big issue, and it relates to personal experience - we all see it happening in Colorado now, with the wildfires and the flooding and so forth."
- How Passive Houses Radically Reduce Energy Consumption
"With the growing concern about climate change, passive house is finally catching on in the United States."
- Montana audit uncovered need for major repairs - The Causes, Costs and Consequences of Bad Government Data
Some of the examples include: transportation expenses overstated by about $220 million, capital grants and contributions for Natural Resources understated by $445 million and transfers of about $47.8 million which were omitted entirely.
- Brad Pitt foundation homes with flashy price tag arrive in Poplar, Montana
Each foundation-built house costs about $283,000 while the median cost of a home in Poplar is about $46,900, according to a Montana real estate agency.
- Red ants pepper Montana ahead of the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival
The ant is making stops across Montana in anticipation of the Red Ants Pants music festival in White Sulphur Springs July 23-26. Headliners include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ryan Bingham. Other musicians are Lee Ann Womack, three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo', Turnpike Troubadours, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Why you should ask Siri to divide zero by zero
If you own an iPhone, pull up Siri and ask, "What is zero divided by zero?" For those readers without access to Siri, here's her response:
- Banjo Tracks Events in Real Time, Giving Clients Competitive Edge
Banjo founder and Chief Executive Damien Patton calls the technology the crystal ball, and clients are paying tens of thousands of dollars a year for subscriptions.
- 3D-printed cars moving closer to production
A car can be built as soon as the buyer's preferences are programmed into the machine that then makes it out of carbon fiber.
- This startup is gearing up to be the Tesla of electric buses
Investors pour $55 million into the electric bus maker as it scales up and readies a new factory.
- Self-driving cars will cost cities, futurists say
Self-driving cars and other emerging technologies are going to cut into municipal budgets nationwide, a panel of futurists says.
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