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On October 24, 1975, the women of Iceland went on strike for equal rights. 90% of women walked off their jobs and out of their homes, shutting down the entire country. The men could barely cope. The next year, Parliament passed a law guaranteeing equal pay. Five years later Iceland elected the world's first woman President. Now Iceland has the highest gender equality in the world.
TODAY! - Party For Missoula's Schools And Kids, 8/18, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5557 --- TOMORROW Greater Yellowstone Regional Entrepreneurship And SBIR/STTR Roundtable, 8/19, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5559
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Montana lawmakers to buttress authority over executive agencies
Republican Senate President Debby Barrett helped introduce the topic, saying the legislature has delegated too much power to the executive branch and its numerous agencies.
- Chester the Cheetah makes tawdry Montana mayoral run
But as for poor Jim Vinson, the real victim in this political fracas? He didn't return a call from the Tribune. Politics.
- Taking control: Montana elections getting new disclosure rules
They sound about as exciting as buying tube socks, but proposed administrative rules will help put Montanans back in control of state elections after being overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, state officials believe.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Kalispell Chamber announces new guidelines for parades
Since 1904, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau has been a leading voice in strengthening the Kalispell community and its business climate, with the goal of making Kalispell and the Flathead Valley an ideal location to live and work.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Missoula author and University of Montana alum Jeremy N. Smith's new book, "Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients," details big data initiative on global health
Moneyball meets medicine in this remarkable chronicle of one of the greatest scientific quests of our time and the visionary mastermind behind it.
- Amazon's data-driven approach is now more common
Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.
- Montana eateries worth driving for
Montana's backroads are dappled with innumerable hole-in-the-wall restaurants--eateries so quirky and so strange, they've developed a loyal following of out-of-town and out-of-state fans.
Come Home Montana
- Ticket River knows that even the greatest event is a great flop without an appreciative audience.
Ticket River - a site dedicated to making profitable events a delicious piece of cake.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Information Security Administrator, Tax Manager - Washington Corporations
Enjoy working for a successful organization that cares about and values its employees.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Manager/State Director - State of Montana Small Business Development Center
The State SBDC Director is the chief small business development officer for the state and must demonstrate skills in establishing and maintaining effective support and working relationships with a variety of public and private stakeholders that are needed for alignment with strategic objectives.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Applications Analyst/Web Developer - Carroll College
Thank you for your interest in employment at Carroll College, Helena, Montana. The lifeblood of Carroll College's faculty and staff is our commitment to the success of our students.
- Montana Career Opportunities - General Manager/CEO, Marketing Supervisor, RF Optimization Engineer - Triangle Communications and Hill County Electric
Triangle is proud to be a cooperative - a business owned and controlled by its customers instead of big city investors.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Manager of Software Development, Salesforce Developer, Software Developer - Two Positions Available and more... - PrintingForLess
Located 50 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, cradled in the heart of seven mountain ranges. You can live in a recreational paradise. The aptly named Paradise Valley lies between Livingston and Yellowstone National Park along US Hwy 89. Livingston is just 20 minutes from popular Bozeman Montana.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Up, up, up: Butte keeps climbing in firm's economy rankings
Butte-Silver Bow County is ranked eighth in economic strength this year among 536 "micropolitan" locales in the U.S. with populations between 10,000 and 50,000, according to an economic research firm.
- For some Yellowstone bison, the roaming ends at the slaughterhouse
Since January, more than 500 of the woolly beasts -- the most in years -- have been chased onto trucks by government workers and hauled to slaughterhouses.
- Salary cap: Southwest Montana ahead of most of state in average wages
Barkey pointed out that for at least the last 20 years, Montana has ranked between 48th and 50th of U.S. states for wage per job.
- 1 Million Cups, 9/2, Missoula
Enjoy great presentations, networking and Cravens Coffee with Missoula's entrepreneurial community.
- TED Talk - David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?
Within each of us are two selves
- TED Talk - Alix Generous: How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's - AutismSees
In this funny, personal talk, she shares her story -- and her vision for tools to help more people communicate their big ideas.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Eight career-building alternatives to a college education
If you're looking for an alternative path to a fulfilling career, here are eight unconventional options you might not have considered.
- Tech workers question what it means to look like an engineer
"The whole point is that your external appearance and your gender is not a limiting factor on your cognitive ability."
- Partnership between high school, company a two-way payoff
"It's a struggle," he said, "trying to break down that stereotype. This is not a grease monkey career." Quite the contrary, state-of-the-art technology and a laptop are the modern diesel tech's most important tools.
- A great tip for improving your day: Start it by reading 'transformative' news, researchers find
In the research we're doing, we're showing how positive messages can raise every single business and educational outcome that we know how to track.
- This Resume Angel Can Help You Get That Job
Check out the video above for some great tips on what to put in your resume, what to definitely NOT put in your resume, and what might cause a heavenly creature to throw up.
- Downtown Modesto, Calif., Gets Free Wi-Fi
Salida-based technology firm Fire2Wire is bringing free wireless Internet service to downtown Modesto to help it attract more visitors.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Montana's Governor Bullock on Social Security: It Is a Promise I Will Fight to Keep
It is not only a responsible economic policy, it is also a promise to the men and women who helped build our state and nation--a promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will have certainty rather than struggle in your senior years.
- Congress is trying to make it harder to know how the economy is doing
Cutting funding for the Bureau of Labor Statistics would be penny wise and pound foolish.
- Oil woes? Not in North Dakota
"The capacity is there to maintain North Dakota production for a whole two years, even at these sustained low prices."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Actually, Silicon Valley Isn't Run By Straight White American-Born Men
Women, gays, and immigrants form a new majority at the top.
Utah Economic Development
- Montana State University's research enterprise finishes another strong year
"While the dollars for student support is impressive, more important is the experience our students are having with hands-on opportunities to participate in research, and also learning from faculty who are pushing the boundaries of discovery," said Renee Reijo Pera, MSU's vice president for research and economic development.
- Montana State University research dips slightly to $106.9 million, looking good for next year
Research spending at Montana State University slowed slightly in the past year to $106.9 million, yet, at the same time, MSU scientists kicked their grant searches into high gear, putting the Bozeman campus in a strong position for next year.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- HBO series will film in Utah due to tax credits, Park City named friendliest city in America
Two HBO series will be filmed in Utah with producers receiving tax incentives worth more than $3 million from the Governor's Office of Economic Development board.
- Stanford research shows how to improve students' critical thinking about scientific evidence
"By iterating, making changes and learning about experimental design in a more deliberate way, they come out with a richer experience."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Everyone thinks the current state of higher education is awful. Who is to blame?
Two cover stories offer two very different critiques of the state of higher education
- Intel pledges $750,000 to help grow pool of Navajo code writers
Among the reasons often cited for the lack of diversity at technology firms are a lack of minority engineers graduating from top schools and, at a more fundamental level, a dearth of role models from the computer science world.
- Party For Missoula's Schools And Kids, 8/18, Missoula
The High Schools and Elementary Schools Bonds are vital for our schools, our kids, our community and our future. If you can't make the party but want to help, please consider making a campaign contribution online and endorsing the bond effort. Thank you!
Funding and Building your Business
- Helena earns recognition as mountain biking destination
Last week the International Mountain Biking Association designated Helena as a silver level ride center, one of only 10 worldwide, and the only one in Montana.
- 100 Missoula icons
You see them, or a photograph of them, and no matter where you are at that moment, you say: "Missoula."
- Jimmy Carter Dedicating The Rest Of His Life Fighting For Women's Rights
In an interview with CNN, he revealed that for the rest of his life, he is making it his mission to fight against the injustices toward women and girls worldwide.
Energy and Climate Change
- Americans in love with wacky job titles
Public relations expert Andrea Marilyn Garcia said that while an offbeat title could "be used to highlight how innovative and forward-thinking, or how fun, a company is," an over-the-top title can backfire. "The truly wacky titles," she said, "could garner media interest for the company, but you may lose credibility in other areas."
- Parental Leave in Montana
Netflix recently made a change to its parental leave plan allowing parents up to one year of paid leave to stay home with their new babies. In Montana, federal law mandates working mothers be allowed time off to give birth and provide full-time care for their new baby, but not much time.
- Fake Target account answers Facebook gripes
A man recently set up a Facebook account that impersonated the official social media account for Target, giving snarky responses to complaints about the company's decision to make signage more gender-neutral.
- 6 Of The Best Reasons For Declining Investor Funding
Your startup is now part of some investor's portfolio, so you need to treat the situation like reporting to a new boss, and not like a new freedom.
- We Thought Mobile Ads Were Doomed. Now It's a $32B Business
The internet runs on ads. And now that our phones are our online everything, the mobile ad business is booming.
- Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time
"The massive forces of globalization and technological progress are removing the need for a lot of the previous kind of white-collar workers."
- Why 'family leave' policies like Netflix's are a sham
Family-friendly policies from tech companies like Netflix should be welcome news, but such perks only apply to top-level talent, not the vast majority of American workers.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- The Tesla battery heralds the beginning of the end for fossil fuels
That translates into delivered energy at around 6 cents per kWh for the householder, meaning that a domestic system plus storage would still come out ahead of coal-fired power delivered through the conventional grid.
- New Google tool: Calculate costs, benefits of solar panels (CA and MA only so far)
The tool calculates how much money a resident would save with a solar rooftop, then directs the user to companies that can install the panels.
- Help NIH make the SBIR/STTR grant application process easier!
NIH is seeking suggestions for ways to restructure the NIH grant application instructions, including the SBIR/STTR application guide.
- Learn How the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) Can Help Your Small Business Achieve Commercial Success
Through a contract with Larta Inc. of Los Angeles, California, (http://www.larta.org/), the CAP will provide early stage companies with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals.
- Governments Could Pay High Price for Lagging on Tech
"Nowhere is the opportunity for impact in this phase of the [technological] revolution greater than in government. Because we're facing such a tremendous vacuum and because government is so far behind in the technology revolution, this vacuum creates the potential for forces from all sides to engage for good or ill," he said.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- "MERU" - Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation Benefit Screening, 8/29, Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman Film Society and The Alex Lowe Foundation are proud to present the Montana Premiere and benefit presentation of "Meru" - Winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.
- Glacier Park's nighttime stories come alive in new photo book - "Glacier National Park After Dark -- Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness."
To see Glacier National Park like John Ashley does, you don't have to be a mountaineer or a tour bus driver. You just have to stay awake. All night long.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Hunting for Hemingway in Yellowstone Country
Compared to the writer's more famous haunts - Paris and Pamplona, Key West and Cuba - Hemingway's connection to Yellowstone country and the role it played in his life and writing are little known, even by many locals.
- The Coming Wave of Bionic Hearing Gadgets
Startups like Doppler Labs are building earbuds that will let you turn down the volume on crying babies and pump up the bass on live music.
- Google names its new Android system Marshmallow
"Marshmallow" pops up on lists of frequently misspelled words (people think there's an "e" in there), so Google should get used to seeing its system's name get a little mangled.
- A self-driving car could save you over $1,000 per year
Self-driving cars are jut around the corner, and they have the potential to save owners on insurance, traffic tickets, and fuel.
- Apple's self-driving car racing toward reality, report says - Project Titan
The move would represent a big leap beyond making smartphones and computers. Apple Senior Vice President Jeff Williams has echoed the sentiments of many in the tech industry by calling the automobile "the ultimate mobile device."
- Tesla will create driverless car fleets
"We would be surprised if Tesla did not share formalized business plans on shared mobility within the next 12 to 18 months," he writes in a note to investors. "This could potentially be followed by commercial introduction in 2018."
- Lyft president: Most millennials won't own cars in 5 years
"The car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now it's like this, and a car is like owning a $9,000 ball and chain, because you have $9,000 in expenses on your car every year."
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