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“There is a real necessity to bridge the gap between civilians and those who have served in the military. It is our hope that the film will encourage a candid discussion in communities across the country, and create understanding and awareness of the sacrifices involved in military service.”— Ric Burns, American documentary filmmaker and writer http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History premieres Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9 p.m. ET. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Hellgate Venture Network, Jeff Pernell - Founder Of Galactic Farms, 11/12 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5698
Main Street Montana Project
- Small Business Roadshows Scheduled In Harlowton On 11/17 And White Sulphur Springs On 11/18
Enjoy an evening with fellow businesses, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, Montana Business Assistance Connection, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and more. Any and all are welcome.
Energy and Climate Change
- Flats east of Missoula eyed for solar energy farm
Cypress Creek Renewables wants to establish a 3-megawatt facility on 40 acres off Deer Creek Road. It claims the plant would be capable of supplying energy to approximately 540 homes, though the electricity would be sold to NorthWestern Energy to place on the grid.
Come Home Montana
- Solar calculator shows what size solar system you need, how much a solar panels cost, rebates available in your area and your payback time
You will get an instant ballpark estimate, a detailed estimate by email, and be contacted by one or more local installers who will verify the details of your estimate.
- Silent wind turbine could generate enough energy to cover half of an average household's use.
When used in combination with rooftop solar panels, a house could run off grid. "When there is wind you use the energy produced by the wind turbine; when the sun is shining you use the solar cells to produce the energy."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Front End Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Cloud Operations Engineer, Software Development Engineer in Test, Interaction Designer - Workiva
We started with an idea: make complex collaboration easy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Fleet Manager / Dispatcher - Decker Truck Line, Inc.
Decker Truck Line, Inc. is growing and has an immediate opportunity available for an experienced individual to join our team as a Reefer/Van Fleet Manager / Dispatcher at our terminal in Missoula, Montana!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Project/Program Manager - Montana Business Assistance Connection
MBAC is looking for a dynamic, self-starting professional to be a Project/Program Manager working to catalyze community and business projects throughout the MBAC/Gateway Region: Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Meagher Counties.
- Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs, Small-Business Loans, Big Revenues
Here's some advice for female entrepreneurs looking for the best place to start a business: "Go West, young woman."
Montana Economic Development
- For-profit company wants to build medical school in Missoula. - Proposed doctor college in Montana excites MSU, alarms some
In existence for 50 years, Manipal already runs schools in India, Malaysia, Nepal and Antigua, and some of its students do residencies in the U.S. The Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine would enroll its first students in 2017 or 2018.
- Prospera hands out annual Gallatin Valley business awards
The organization's board received nominations from its network of more than 100 members before deciding on winners.
- MBN Women's Symposium , 01/30, Missoula
Start the new year off with a day of inspiration. The MBN Women's Symposium is a full day of empowerment, education, entertainment, and excitement. Registration opens December 1st.
- Brie Thompson co-founder of Olivelle @ Montana State
After delivering a keynote address at MSU's Entrepreneur Day, Brie Thompson sat down with MSU News to answer a few questions about how she got into the olive oil business, what she learned from attending MSU and what keeps her up at night.
- Missoula Economic Partnership touts successes, promises change
Some of the criticisms leveled at MEP include lack of communication, lack of transparency, mission drift, scope creep and "hogging credit."
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Equal Pay for Women Can Cut Poverty in Half, Boost Wages Significantly, AND Grow the Economy. Can Any Other Policy Lever Do That?
Adjusted for inflation, the last ten years have seen virtually no increase in women's earnings, so women are now experiencing what men have experienced for more than three decades -- the failure of real wages to grow.
- Why the head of AARP thinks you shouldn't retire
These days, close to half of AARP's members are still working. And that, coupled with longer and longer life expectancies, has led Jenkins and her staff to fundamentally recast the organization's mission.
City Club Missoula
- Los Angeles deploying 100 street lights that double as mini cell towers
With demand for wireless services to jump nine-fold by 2020, Ericsson worked with Philips to hide 4G LTE radios in energy-efficient street lights.
- Boulder, Colo., To Light Up Fiber Optic Network
Although the college town already has over 100 miles of fiber optic cable laid, it has been ignored, however City Council members are looking to change that soon.
- Caring about veterans means caring for veterans, speakers tell City Club Missoula
A lot of veterans appreciate the atmosphere here in Montana, the outdoors, and the freedom to kind of step away from society whenever they want to go climb, whether it's Mount Sentinel or up in the Bob Marshall."
- Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History premieres Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9 p.m. ET.
America is not at War - The Armed Forces are at War - America is at the mall.
- City of Bozeman conducting satisfaction survey
The survey, said City Manager Chris Kukulski, is intended to solicit feedback on the city's services and inform long-term planning for Bozeman's future direction. Respondents will have the option to respond either via mail or online.
- How ethical is your state government? In all but three states, not very.
Only three states scored higher than D+ in a Center for Public Integrity investigation.
- What Costco Can Teach the Public Sector
If you're looking for ways to turn a governmental entity into a high-performance organization, you'd do well to pay attention to people like Mike Salvino and Zeynep Ton.
Incubators and R&D
- Apprenticeships play a vital role in meeting Idaho's workforce needs
In Idaho, apprenticeships are a partnership among industry, education and government.
- Toyota Sees Way Beyond Autonomous Cars, Bets $1 Billion On Artificial Intelligence
To Toyota, the future of mobility is more than just autonomous vehicles. Future transportation solutions will also need to be designed to address personal mobility for seniors to help them navigate the world safely and independently.
- In Oregon, Women Take the Lead
Oregon has long had more women in top political positions than practically any other state. There may be several reasons why.
Regional Economic Development
- Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek to combine into one timber giant
Weyerhaeuser is buying Plum Creek for $8.4 billion to form the nation's largest private owner of timberland, the Seattle-area firms announced Sunday.
- 'Business As Usual' at Local Montana Mills as Plum Creek Readies For Merger
Plum Creek employs more than 1,200 people nationwide and started as a small logging company in Minnesota in 1944. It opened its first sawmill in Columbia Falls two years later and has since been a cornerstone of the community. It is currently based in Seattle.
- What are American Cities Doing to Help Startups Grow?
Many successful cities and states are following those guidelines. Here are just a few examples that have resounded with policymakers - from three of the top four startup ecosystems in America.
- The A to Z of Tech Clusters
Brett Gilbert, associate professor at Rutgers Business School, discusses how clusters, or groups of companies that congregate in a region around a particular field, are evolving.
- New collaboration aims to provide long-term jobs for Missoula's homeless
Fowler Pehan said the goal is to provide full-time, good-paying, sustainable jobs that can move people from homelessness to permanent housing.
- Leaders want to turn Wyoming into hub for tech firms
"We are fortunate to be able to live in a state that has been investing heavily in education," he said. "And with 4.4 million job vacancies that are going to happen because of big data and because of the Internet of things, there are things we can do to help push our state forward and have these kids, these employees of this workforce, be the innovators of the future in Wyoming."
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- $400K Breakthrough Prize goes to teen, school for 7-min film on relativity
Parents, take note: That's not too shabby a haul in exchange for a zippy 7-minute clip.
Montana Education Excellence
- Please Vote - Corvallis High is the ONLY Montana high school selected as a finalist in State Farm's national "Celebrate My Drive 2N2" competition.
please visit https://www.celebratemydrive.com to learn more...voting begins Monday, 11/9, and only lasts one week...
- Corvallis and MAPS is one of 100 finalists for a $100,000 grant (Nationwide competition) and they'd appreciate your vote
We are seeking out support to promote the voting campaign that lasts only one week (Monday 9th -Friday 13th).
- Corvallis High School national finalist in safe driving contest - Please vote
Voters can vote five times, once each day this week. If you are interested check out http://www.celebratemydrive.com.
- Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Magazine, Issue 13
We are happy to bring you the latest issue of The University of Montana's Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Magazine.
Funding and Building your Business
- FIVE New grant announcements
- Top Ten Innovations for the Cities of the Near Future
This report chronicles 10 of the best examples from around the world of how cities are creating innovative solutions to a variety of problems.
Connectivity & Communications
- Health care company uses algorithm to reduce turnover by 30% to 50%
Replacing a lost worker costs companies an average of six to nine months' salary, between recruitment and training costs and productivity losses, according to some estimates.
- How Elon Musk Can Tell If Job Applicants Are Lying About Their Experience
Elon Musk shared with the audience at our Ignition conference how having job applicants explain their thought process of solving a problem helps him figure out if they are qualified for the job.
- 7 Tools That Can Help You Rapidly Grow and Automate Your Business
Best of all, these tools were designed to be affordable.
- Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on Changing the Way We Work
Why is Slack taking over the world?
- 7 Questions To Ask in Choosing a Mobile Payments or POS Solution
My concern is that I know I should comply with PCI and I am also starting to believe that EMV (chip card) is really happening in the U.S. and the liability shift could impact my business. How can I possibly get all this done? Do I need to put my top desires on hold to focus on PCI?"
- Americans are paying more for broadband speed but getting less - one of the biggest rackets of the telecom world
It's one of the biggest rackets of the telecom world -- broadband Internet access touted as being "up to" a certain speed but that's really a whole lot slower.
- E-Gov's Untapped Potential for Cutting the Public Workforce
Governments have been reluctant to use technology to boost productivity and save money. They need to be more aggressive.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula Project For Nonprofit Excellence Orientation, 11/18, Missoula
Would you like to strengthen your organization so you can achieve your mission more effectively?
- Mark Zuckerberg talks philanthropy, education
"Soon we're going to be parents, and we care deeply about doing everything we can so all children -- not just ours -- can grow up and achieve their full potential."
- TensorFlow - Google's latest machine learning system, open sourced for everyone
TensorFlow has extensive built-in support for deep learning, but is far more general than that -- any computation that you can express as a computational flow graph, you can compute with TensorFlow
- Elon Musk: In less than 20 years, owning a car will be like owning a horse
"Any cars that are being made that don't have full autonomy will have negative value. It will be like owning a horse. You will only be owning it for sentimental reasons," he added.
- Mysterious electric car start-up in California Faraday has ties to Chinese multibillionaire
What's clear is that the company and its 400 workers, housed in Nissan's former U.S. sales office, see themselves as a rival to Tesla, the Palo Alto maker of high-end electric cars.
- Billings officials make pitch for expanding air service
Local officials working to convince American Airlines to provide direct air service between Billings and Dallas came away optimistic after a Monday meeting with airline officials.
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