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All Are Invited - Northwest Montana Ambassadors Event, 10/30, Kalispell, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5656
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Ladies and gentlemen, meet the craziest candidate running for Governor next year:
"The example I think of is Noah," he continued. "How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn't like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn't hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Flathead Area Chambers make final recruitment call for 4th Annual Small Business Saturday
Chambers throughout the valley started recruitment in September and have set this deadline in order to ensure maximum promotion for all businesses involved.
Energy and Climate Change
- October 2015 Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce - Official Tourism Industry News
Tourism Industry News
Great Falls Development Authority
- A Super Energy-Efficient Home for the Alaskan Frontier
Grunau says that for many people, improving an existing home makes the most sense. "There are huge steps you can take that are already in place."
- Customers could soon choose to buy solar power from Rocky Mountain Power
Participating customers will be able to subscribe in 200-kilowatt hour blocks up to their total usage. The facility will provide a total of 20,000 blocks. If demand exceeds the initial production estimates, then another phase could be developed, he said.
- Montana Pumped Storage Could Support Wind/Solar
"When I first heard about it, I was blown away by the innovative thinking. The potential is there - we are already an exporter of energy. Montana has the best wind in the nation. Not only is this a great project, but it provides a good platform for other energy opportunities in the state." Governor Bullock
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Top 11 for October 25, 2015
Here's the GFDA Top 11 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Database Developer, Software Engineer, DevOps Engineer, UI Developer and more... - SoFi
Come join one of the hottest financial technology companies as we reinvent consumer lending.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Web Design Specialist, Web Developer - The National Center for Appropriate Technology
Helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Professionals Including System Adminsitrator and IT Database Analyst- Glacier Bancorp
Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (GBCI) is a full service community banking company providing commercial banking solutions to a diverse population in 80 communities through 129 banking offices in Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Analyst and Technical Point of Contact for the Department - Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development
This position serves as a GIS Analyst and Technical Point of Contact for the Department, is responsible for producing high quality map products and customized cartography applications for other County departments and members of the public, and works with customized enterprise database, mapping and internet applications for GIS analysis and display purposes.
Montana Economic Development
- 'Stunning' success; Business booming for Helena software startup SoFi; staff expected to double - great career opportunities available
SoFi launched in 2011 as a company that offered to refinance student loans at a cheaper rate. It has since expanded and is one of the leading businesses attempting to disrupt the existing lending model dominated by banks.
- Flathead-based ZAF Energy Systems aims for battery 'game-changer'
ZAF President David Wilkins said. "What we've invented here is the best nickel-zinc placement product in the world."
- Kalispell to Receive $10 Million Grant for Redevelopment Projects
Senator Tester said the city was successful in its bid for a highly competitive U.S. Department of Transportation grant known as a TIGER grant.
- Partnerships and projects: Improvements may be coming to midtown Helena
"We want to try to keep people connected. I think part of the value of these facilitated meetings that we've had has been to connect a lot of these people working in the same area."
- The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself -- And All The Women Around You
Can we lighten up a little?
- Montana FWP must stop sale of public elk - Public wildlife is not private property.
The courage and commitment of FWP is about to be tested severely now that most of the habitat occupied by the second largest elk herd in Montana is under one ownership. Will these thousands of elk be controlled by the landowner or the people of Montana who are the beneficiaries of the public trust?
- Speak up now, Montana Missouri Breaks elk hunters - Public wildlife is not private property.
No concrete plans to retain the backcountry nature of even the most isolated and intact landscapes. No recognition of the fact that this is some of the world's best publicly accessible elk hunting.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho revenues on track for big surplus
Idaho ranked dead last in per-capita spending, by a long shot.
- Putin's New Censorship Rules Will Weaken Russian Science
Requiring scientists to submit their manuscripts to security officials will severely cripple their ability to publish anything even remotely novel or interesting. Why take the chance?
Regional Economic Development
- Autism costs in U.S. could reach $1 trillion by 2025
“We need to ensure that all children have access to intensive early intervention; that school-based interventions to support academics, as well as social and language skills, are adequately funded; and that supports are put in place to ensure better post-secondary and vocational options for adults. Investing in these areas, I believe, will actually reduce the costs to society.”
- Why Some BIDs Succeed Where Others Fail
When you think of grassroots community organizing, what kinds of organizations come to mind? Tenants associations, neighbors' associations, unions, churches. How about business improvement districts (BIDs)?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Your Opportunity to Share Your Short Term Workforce Training Needs in Montana
The Montana 2-year colleges are interested in hearing what your short term workforce training needs are. Lunch will also be provided for this great networking opportunity.
Montana Education Excellence
- Today's TED Talk - Cesar Harada: How I teach kids to love science
"You can make a mess, but you have to clean up after yourself."
- Foundation worries that Montana teachers might (gulp) teach
They seem to worry that somewhere, in some classroom, a teacher might have the gall to teach ... anatomy.
- Wanted: STEM mentors for Montana girls, rural kids
The aim is to connect volunteer mentors, both men and women, with students across Montana, especially students from rural areas and girls who might otherwise not feel encouraged to go into STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math.
Funding and Building your Business
- Start a Shopping Cart Movement - What will you do with your cart?
Shopping cart behavior will transform society
- K is for Kalispell: State's fastest-growing city is booming
"It's an awesome place to live," Everit Sliter says, with no hint that the statement should require further explanation. "I feel lucky to have been able to live here, and be a part of this community."
- Philipsburg, Montana: The Gem of the Treasure State
While Philipsburg sees its share of visitors who stop for a few hours, I heartily advocate spending the night and soaking up small town ambiance.
- How a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Spawned a $70 Million Business
Megan Tamte was living her lifelong dream of motherhood--and she was miserable. Launching Evereve turned everything around.
- How to Attract A Talent to a B- Town
For companies headquartered off the grid, luring hotshot potential staffers can require playing to their big-city frustrations and dreams of wide-open spaces.
- Time to challenge tech's youth premium
In this tight labor market and with introspection suddenly in vogue, companies can't help but veer into the topic of age bias.
- RetailNext CEO Alexei Agratchev on using data to drive in-store sales
"If you look at Amazon, Macy's.com or any e-commerce site, they have so much data and they use analytics to constantly improve the way they run their websites," he said. "Then you walk through the front door of Nordstrom or Victoria's Secret and nobody has any idea what happens."
- CEOs with daughters run more socially responsible companies, research finds
Those who golf more than 22 times a year are linked with lower corporate performance, while those who run marathons have better results.
- Renowned Montana Paleontologist Jack Horner announces career change
A world-famous dinosaur paleontologist for the Siebel Dinosaur Complex at the Museum of the Rockies is leaving his post next year.
- Missoula Children's Theater reaches $1M goal
"We have a wonderful unity when it comes to what's important and what needs to be done in the world and I think that this campaign is not about building a building, or those kinds of things," he said. "It's about doing great work an getting out there, and doing it. And giving us the freedom to do that."
- Oslo just declared that it will become the first major city to ban cars
Cars are no longer welcome in downtown Oslo.
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