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"One thing the river teaches us is to be quiet." John MacLean
Golf in Montana - Now it's a sport. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Department of Commerce
- Kalispell Chamber Manufacturing Day Planning Kicks Off July 30, Kalispell, Montana
Manufacturers of all types, from Food & Beverage to Machining, who may be interested in hosting a tour or forum in this year's Manufacturing Day, set for October 2, are encouraged to attend the planning meeting.
- Governor Bullock and Director O'Leary Announce Grants to Support Film Production in Montana
"There are so many talented media makers doing business and creating valuable content in Montana," said Bullock. "They are part of a growing industry that impacts many Montana communities and I am glad we can support these efforts that showcase all our state has to offer."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Begins Work on Solar Micro-Grid Project Near Deer Lodge
The pilot project represents a small part of NorthWestern’s efforts to develop additional renewable energy in Montana. The company recently announced a statewide $3 million commitment for community-based renewable energy projects.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Two Days at Montana's Triple Creek Ranch
Truth time: some of the best meals I've ever had were at a guest ranch tucked into the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.
- The World's Most Amazing Doughnut is at the Windmill Village Bakery in Ravalli, Montana
Doughnut fanatics, take note. If you find yourself on the two-lane Highway 93 between Missoula, Mont., and Glacier National Park, plan on a stop at Windmill Village Bakery in the teeny town of Ravelli, population 119.
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Presents: CEO Forum: Serious Wines, Serious Strategy With Clint Peck Of Yellowstone Cellars, 8/20
CEO Forums are no cost and is designed to showcase innovative efforts of CEOs across Montana. Small businesses are encouraged to attend and feel inspired after the forum.
- Montana Career Opportunity - .NET Application Developer - Entre
This person will be an online application developer helping to expand the delivery capabilities of an intranet-based business web application. They will also be helping internally support approximately 300 users.
- Webinar Video and Report - Coming Home: Why Some Return to Rural Communities and Some Do Not, and What Difference It Makes - Hint... It's about the kids
Stemming rural population loss and spurring economic development may depend less on retaining young adults after high school than on attracting them back as they settle down to start careers and raise children.
- Multiple Montana Career Opportunities in the Optics and Photonics Industry - Multiple Companies
Move your career and your life to a higher level.
- Are you holding your own daughter back? Here are 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders.
Think you're raising your daughter to be a strong leader? Look more closely: You, and the people around her, may unwittingly be doing just the opposite.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Bozeman, Montana's Vision Ariel on the cutting edge of drone technology
It seems federal regulators aren't the only ones beginning to warm up the idea as local communities seem to be getting on board. For example, Gallatin County will see it's first ever drone competition in September.
- 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life
Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry?
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- As Specialized Skills Gain Top Pay, Salary Gap Widens
For the first time since the economic recovery began six years ago, white-collar professionals with specialized skills in fields like technology, finance, engineering and software find themselves in the catbird seat.
- Thirteen Months of Working, Eating, and Sleeping at the Googleplex
"All of Silicon Valley is based on character defects that are rewarded uniquely in this system."
- As technology becomes more dominant in the workplace, here are the three job skills that you need to thrive.
If you thought emotions were beyond the competencies of robots, you were right for a long time. But no more.
- Google Sites Nine 'Fiber Huts' in Raleigh, N.C.
The structures, which are 28 feet long and 9 feet tall, will be the backbone for the Google Fiber high-speed Internet network, said Mike Basham, Raleigh's broadband manager.
- Connecticut Creates State Broadband Office
“They wanted this agency to be about consumers and how we could better meet their needs,” she said Wednesday. “Creating a new agency helps create a critical mass around this issue and legitimizes the focus.
- Hillary Clinton outlines steps to curb U.S. companies' focus on short-term profits
In a speech directed at both middle-class families and corporate boardrooms, Clinton criticized U.S. corporations, particularly publicly traded ones, for "quarterly capitalism" -- taking steps to boost profits instead of plowing money into worker training, research and development, and other measures that improve corporate competitiveness and national economic growth over time.
Incubators and R&D
- The legend of the two Boises: Is it a city divided?
Fair or not, some Boiseans still believe their elected leaders care more about Downtown and its next-door neighborhoods than the city's outlying areas.
- NFL, GE Award University of Montana Researchers Sarj Patel and Tom Rau $500,000 to Study Brain Injuries
UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau, whose work aims to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury, received the news this week.
- Zooniverse - People-Powered Research
The Zooniverse provides opportunities for people around the world to contribute to real discoveries in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology. Welcome to the largest online platform for collaborative volunteer research.
Regional Economic Development
- Bay Area tech innovators honored for helping the disabled
"As our technology continues to evolve, we are finding new ways to improve the lives of the disabled, increase their access to technology and allow them to more fully enjoy the benefits of modern life. That's what this challenge is all about," U.S Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told the crowd.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Biden, Cuomo are hooked on photonics
The new American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics, announced officially Monday by Vice President Joe Biden, expects to hire about 100 scientists and other experts and get to work on a handful of research projects within about five months.
- Big Aspirations Aren't Just for Big Cities Anymore
Regions with the minimum viable scale to support such necessities as decent air service and a deep-enough labor pool are now competitive in a whole host of ways they weren't before.
American Prairie Reserve
- If Congress Finally Overhauls Education, Is Your State Ready?
For the first time in more than a decade, the House and Senate have passed bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law and give states more freedom in education.
- Montana's American Prairie Reserve is 'raw and natural' - Visitors can stay in tents or high-end safari-style yurts
In March, Outside Magazine named the reserve "Best of the West" in its Best of Travel 2015 Awards," noting visitors can sleep under the stars, take a mountain-biking safari on old ranch roads while passing grazing bison and scanning the skies for American kestrels and Swainson's hawks.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Indiana University used this one weird trick to cut student debt
Indiana University, though, found a simple way to get students to borrow less:
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula Children's Theater - Book a Tour in Your Town
On Monday they're cast as characters. By Saturday, they've gained character.
- Missoula Children's Theatre to stage 1st play in China with local children
"This is the first time we've gone there, and the entire cast is Chinese children," said Michael McGill, MCT Inc. executive director.
- Montana State University hosts Native American, minority students for summer of STEM
These programs are founded on the principle that these students represent the future of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in Montana and the country, said Julian Collins, program coordinator of MSU's EMPower program, which seeks to engage minority students in engineering fields.
- MSU-linked documentary 'Unbranded' wins top awards at two festivals
"It is very gratifying and amazingly exciting to see how well the film has been received in its first two festivals," Aig said. "I think the honors prove that the MSU [film program] offers an education that is both practically and aesthetically powerful."
- Montana Tech student support wins $1.1 million grant
The grant, awarded over five years, allows IEO to continue academic support for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.
Funding and Building your Business
- Author touts Laurel, Montana's boom-bust-boom history - "Laurel (Images of America)"
"Why did they leave everything behind to stake a claim in the dusty prairies of Montana? Now I have a picture in my mind."
- Which Streetscape Features Best Generate Pedestrian Activity?
We found significant positive correlations between three out of 20 streetscape features with pedestrian counts after controlling for density and other built environmental variables.
- The 'Big Man' Theory of Community Development
Community Development: Making the Small Town a Better Place to Live in and a Better Place in Which to Do Business
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Reasons For Startups To Be Wary Of Outsourcing
These approaches allow your startup to grow more rapidly, save costs, but costly mistakes can lead to business failure.
- Community Development Forum: Lending And Investing Opportunities In Montana, 8/4, Billings
The Forum is intended to broaden and deepen partnerships that advance lending and investing in low-and moderate-income (LMI) and Native American communities in Montana.
- 7 Must-Have Attributes of a Super Startup Team Member
Every entrepreneur realizes that building a great team is critical to the success of his or her startup, but many don't realize that it takes more than multiple qualified employees to make an effective team.
- Alaska's terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change
Scientists say the fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking this state -- its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath -- more than any other in America.
- How Minnesota is Building a Solutions Centric IT Workforce
State CIO Tom Baden talks about workforce retirement, recruitment and realignment.
- Data Analytics Will Help Texas Agencies Work Smarter
Texas lawmakers recently passed legislation to establish a statewide data coordinator and a new data transparency commission.
- TurboVote - We make voting easy.
We also send text and email reminders so you won't miss elections. So what are you waiting for?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up
A Google Account will be all you need for Google's popular services
- Hawking, Musk Warn Of 'Virtually Inevitable' Artificial Intelligence Arms Race
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is -- practically if not legally -- feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.
- Golf in Montana - Now it's a sport.
He calls it Man vs. Wild. In Montana we call it camping.
- Q&A: Stanford Virtual Reality expert on the new tech's promise and limitations
He thinks the use to which VR will be put in the near future -- games -- isn't appropriate for the technology.
- AI tool turns complicated legal contracts into simple visual charts
The Beagle system is powered by self-learning artificial intelligence which learns the client's preferences and adapts accordingly.
- The $300 tabletop 3D printer currently captivating the world
It also boasts that users do not need to preheat filament beforehand, only place the filament in the printer's entrance path, and that it runs so quietly "it can also be used in a library without anyone complaining about it," according to a related press release.
- Tech's Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People
Still, for all that the ADA has done to make the physical world more easy for this community to navigate, many still have trouble dealing with the digital world that has become so important to our everyday lives.
- Tesla announces the Model 3: At half the price of the Model S, Tesla wants to take EVs mainstream
The all-electric Model 3 (which was originally going to be called the Model E) will be around 20% smaller than the Model S, and will have a shorter range of around 200 miles -- but it will have "strong performance" like the Model S and start at just $35,000 (the Model S starts at around $70,000).
- Delta to offer flights soon on private jets?
The new upgrade program, targeted at what Delta calls "high-value customers," will cost $300 to $800, depending on destination.
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