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Main Street Montana Project Annual Report 2015 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Senator Tester's 15th Small Business Opportunity Workshop, 7/17, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5525
Early Edge Montana
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee Signs Legislation That Provides Early Education to More Than 48,000 children.
"It's a huge step toward a vision for a comprehensive early learning system that will make Washington a leader in doing the right thing for our youngest children. I hope more states will answer President Obama's call to expand early learning opportunities - and that Congress will support them." U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Sustainable Business Council
- (GYRES) - The Greater Yellowstone Region Entrepreneurship And SBIR/STTR Summit, 8/17-18, Bozeman, Montana
The Greater Yellowstone Region Entrepreneurship and SBIR/STTR Summit is a conference for entrepreneurs, researchers and small high-tech companies interested in government funding for technology development
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- SBC Member Spotlight: Merrill Bradshaw Carpentry
Moving Missoula Toward Zero Waste: Case Study # 12 Bayern Brewing
- How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash - The future of garbage
It's all about the tubes....
- TED Talk - Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants
If you've been in a restaurant kitchen, you've seen how much food, water and energy can be wasted there.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Glacier National Park Launches InstaMeets - New program aims to engage and connect photographers in the park
InstaMeets are designated times for amateur and professional photographers to gather, meet, share tips, and photograph the park's beautiful scenes together.
Come Home Montana
- Entrepreneurial Spirit Tour 2015 Stops In Browning, Montana 7/16
90% of Businesses Need Money to Start or Grow 100% of Businesses can Generate More Revenue 75% of Businesses Don't Know Where to Start Participate in This No Cost Event!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Managing/Executive Director - Forward Montana
Forward Montana seeks a strategic and creative Managing Director. Subject to a full board review within 3 months, the successful candidate will be elevated to the position of Executive Director, tasked with shaping, inspiring, and managing the organization's future in collaboration with a talented staff and Boards of Directors.
- Grant Dollars Working to Address Montana's Healthcare Worker Shortage
The grant aims to recruit more adult learners to complete one and two-year degrees in healthcare.
- Montana Ranks High in List for Personal Income Growth
The states income grew faster than all but four states nationally and faster than all surrounding states in the last quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Marketing Coordinator, Website Designer/Project Manager, Full-Time, In-House Graphic Designer - The Beacon
Want to work in a fast-paced, supportive, energetic, fast-growing company in Kalispell, Montana? Then please read on.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Engineer, Workstation Administrator - Murdoch's
The Network Engineer & Workstation Administrator play a critical role in achieving secure and effective IT operations.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Commercial Producer - KBZK in Bozeman
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to take projects from concept to completion in a timely manner and have a proven track record of producing commercials that garner measurable results for advertisers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - University of Montana
The University of Montana promotes a positive and productive work environment and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package, the opportunity to live in one of the finest college towns in America, awesome Grizzly Athletics, and some of the best rafting and fly fishing anywhere in the lower 48. To learn more about The University of Montana and Missoula, please visit the following resources:
- Montana Career Opportunities - Montana State University
These positions come with an expectation of instruction, research and service. All positions carry academic rank, and incumbents are expected to stand for tenure. These faculty positions require a terminal degree.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Assistant - Headwaters Economics
Applicants must be able to execute and balance a number of tasks, including project tracking, contract management, research assistance, fundraising support, and staff coordination.
Hellgate Venture Network
- How They Do It in Flyover Country
Building a company is hard. It's lonely. It will make you doubt yourself. Success takes guts and no small amount of faith.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Cool New Initiative Discussion, 7/16, Missoula
Next week's HVN will be devoted to discussing a cool new initiative for Montana's entrepreneurial and tech ecosystem that will be announced early next week!
- General Stanley McChrystal on How to Adapt, Empower, and Lead
We're all scared by different things at different times. The greatest fear for me is failing the organization.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's Big Dipper Ice Cream does "big business", but remains family oriented at 20th anniversary
"When people drive by and see the line that starts going down the sidewalk and reaches the stoplight, they're like 'Hey, what's this? We want to check that out'."
- MDU seeking to raise Montana electricity rates by 21%
The proposal from Montana-Dakota Utilities would increase residential electricity bills on average by $14.80 a month, or $178 a year, according to filings from the Bismarck, N.D., company.
- Senator Tester announces Business Success and Shipping Panels for 15th Small Business Opportunity Workshop on July 17 in Missoula
Panel consists of entrepreneurs who have taken their Montana business to the next level
- 10th Annual Montana Economic Update Series - "Women at Work" - Various Dates Throughout Montana
Barbara Wagner, Chief Economist for the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry, will join Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin from the University of Montana Bureau of Business & Economic Research as a presenter on the seven-city tour.
- Butte entrepreneurs Courtney and John McKee work to promote their business Headframe Spirits and the Mining City
"We're in it of course to see great things happen for Headframe, but we're also in it for great story telling about Butte," said McKee. "We are in it to attract attention to bring tourism to Butte to serve as another gateway to folks introduction to our fantastic community and the stories they get to write here."
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Butte Local Development Corporation announces Pam Haxby-Cote as new executive director
We are excited to have Pam on board and look forward to the energy, passion, and vision she brings to her new position with the BLDC.
- Main Street Montana Project Annual Report 2015
As we enter a new year of this project, I remain committed to working with private sector businesses to ensure that Montana's economy continues to grow for years to come. Gov. Steve Bullock
- Japan launches free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji
The initiative is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to Shizuoka and Yamanashi, the two states that are home to Mount Fuji. From airports to subway and bus operators, Japan has been expanding free Wi-Fi service ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Montana seeks aid in 'needed' study of correctional system
Montana is seeking aid from a national research organization to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's correctional system for the first time in 18 years.
- Idaho Power's Integrated Resource Plan - 20-year plan for Idaho and Oregon
The IRP describes the company's projected need for additional electricity and the resources necessary to meet that need while balancing reliability, environmental responsibility, efficiency and cost.
Regional Economic Development
- Congress' Latest Online Tax Grab Will Decimate Small Businesses
Congress was clearly influenced by the well-funded retail lobby, which characterizes online sellers as "tax evaders," while describing brick and mortar stores as "mom and pop operations just trying to survive." Nothing could be further from the truth.
Washington State Business
- SBA Announces $700 Thousand Grant Funding Opportunity for Small Native American Businesses for Innovative Projects to Help Small Disadvantaged Businesses
There is no matching fund requirement, and applications will be accepted through July 11, 2015.
- 25th Annual Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Summit, July 12 - 16 In Big Sky, Montana
"It is an honor to host this large gathering of respected business and policy leaders from around the region right here in Montana," said Gov. Steve Bullock. "I look forward to sharing Montana's economic and policy achievements with our neighbors, learning from their accomplishments, and working together to increase collaboration on critical issues that transcend our regional boundaries."
Missoula Children's Theatre
- $73 Million Expansion Underway for Seattle's Pike Place Market
Plans call for 40 units of senior and low-income housing and a community hub of public resources and services, in addition to room for 55 new vendor stalls and 12 "stores with doors."
- A New Missoula Children's Theater Website!
Flying Red Trucks?!
Funding and Building your Business
- Scientists have discovered that living near trees is good for your health
The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery -- but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes.
Energy and Climate Change
- Startup says 32-hour-work week encourages 'epiphany moment'
CEO Ryan Carson told NBC's TODAY show the change has actually improved productivity, despite the fewer hours people put in at work.
- How Peter Thiel Is Trying to Save the World
These startups are trying to beat Alzheimer's, cure viral diseases, and kill tumors with gold. One common thread: funding from Peter Thiel.
- Tracking tool analyzes competitors' online strategies in real time
Kompyte lets businesses analyze their competitors' online strategies and offers real-time feedback and data.
Connectivity & Communications
- 5th Annual Clean Energy Fair, 9/19, Missoula, Montana
The fair will include an all-day schedule of free workshops led by experts from around state, on topics including solar, wind, electric vehicles, efficiency, and financial incentives.
- Irrigation optimization system helps farmers save precious water
CropX is an irrigation optimization system which enables farmers to keep their water usage to a minimum by prescribing irrigation zones.
- Clean energy: Corvallis man hopes to create residential hydrogen production system
"The goal is to make a difference by kick-starting the green hydrogen revolution that will allow anyone to produce clean energy and hydrogen fuel at their homes or businesses using nothing but sun, wind and water."
- Could getting rid of human drivers reduce vehicle emissions by 90 percent?
A study reports replacing private cars with self-driving electric taxis could reduce emissions by 90 percent.
- The most remarkable feature of Google's new cell service
With Project Fi, Google has developed what for most city-dwellers will be a cost-effective and reliable alternative to traditional cell service providers.
- States Should Use Open Data to Empower Consumers
State regulators should consider how they can unlock additional data sets to enable the development of sophisticated choice engines that help consumers make wiser purchasing decisions in economic areas where the market lacks transparency.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Climate Ride - Bikers Raise More Than $110,000 For Glacier National Park
Climate Ride has organized what they call "green conferences on wheels" all over the country but this is their first ride through Glacier.
- Missoula Baskin-Robbins kicks off Community ConesSM Paper Icon Program to benefit The Missoula Food Bank for third consecutive year.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be given to the food bank to aid in their day-to-day operations, as they continue to move toward a new building in Missoula.
- Flathead Valley Community College offers courses to assist nonprofits
Citing a need for stronger nonprofits in the Flathead Valley, several local entities have designed a series of courses to improve the capacity of the more than 300 nonprofits operating in the area.
- Director: No substitute for shooting James Lee Burke story in Montana
"It was really a pleasure working in Missoula," Higgins said. "Coming from a small town myself, I really love the feeling of a community getting together to support an artistic project, and Missoula is really an artistic town."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- A massive treatise on computer code goes viral
"Paul Ford skillfully captures how code runs our lives." Bill Gates
- A World Without Work
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
- Why Uber wants to buy all of Tesla Motors' self-driving cars
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick reportedly said his company would buy every single fully-autonomous car Tesla Motors build if the automaker can do it by 2020. But why?
- China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America
"In the last half decade or so, China has embarked on an astonishing rail construction spree, laying down tens of thousands of miles tracks and launching myriad high-speed lines,"
- Autonomous vehicles will have tremendous impacts on government revenue
AVs will reduce cash flows to governments when speeding tickets, DUI's, and towing fees are ostensibly eliminated by driverless systems. This was only one side of the coin; AVs will also increase safety and mitigate inefficiencies in transportation systems, thereby saving government and taxpayers big bucks.
- 2 visions emerge for getting self-driving cars on road
Some experts predict that car companies will continue to make the cars consumers buy and park in their driveway, and eventually some will be driverless. When the tech companies roll out driverless cars, they likely will be self-driving taxis for urban areas.
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