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Adulthood is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.
It isn't easy, being Anthony Bourdain, but it looks like fun in Butte, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana's commonFont exists to connect exceptional people to amazing clients.
Learn about where we came from and where we're headed.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Montana Small Business Development Center Partnership Survey
In order to help us evaluate and strengthen our partnerships throughout the state, please complete 9 survey questions regarding your experience working with us.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Dorsey & Whitney LLP Wins School Discipline Settlement that Underscores Harm to City Students and Importance of Reform
"We hope this settlement brings closure to the students who were traumatized by police practices in their schools."
Energy and Climate Change
- It isn't easy, being Anthony Bourdain, but it looks like fun in Butte, Montana
Anthony Bourdain came to Butte last month, and Butte showed him a good time.
- Yellowstone surpasses 4 million visitors, sets new record
The record-breaking season will help park officials prepare for the upcoming Centennial in 2016, which is expected to draw large crowds of visitors.
Come Home Montana
- Hutterite Culture's Embrace Of Solar Power Makes Perfect Sense
It's quite the sight. More than 7,600 solar modules, row upon row, all facing south. It's a field of blue that just sits there, quietly harvesting the sun and powering the colony's future. Thinking on this brings a smile to Jake Hofer's face.
- Utility abandons fee for customers with solar panels, windmills
"Individuals have the right to invest in small-scale wind or solar on their property without needless barriers."
- Montana voter initiatives seek higher use of renewable electricity
The measure is intended to "address a coming huge problem and to do it in a way so that we're trying to be fair to the fossil fuel workers as well as the farmers and the fishermen and skiers and others that are going to be affected by the fact that we're heating up the globe."
- 1366 Technologies Aims to Slash Solar Wafer Costs 50% And Make Solar Cheaper Than Coal
With current world module prices currently at around 54 cents/watt, this suggests a price cut of over 10 cents per watt.
- Montana Career Opportunities - DotNetNuke Developer, Java Developer, Responsive Web Developer, Senior System Administrator and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
The best jobs in our region are often found through knowing the right person at the right company. Our connections get you access to high quality jobs not found in newspapers and traditional media.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Customer Implementations, Manager of Software Development, Salesforce Developer, You tell us!, Bindery Operator, Software Developer, Senior Copywriter and Marketing Content Strategist and more... - PrintingForLess.com
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.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer - Digital Engineer - RF Engineer - Opto-Mechanical Engineer - Photonics Engineer - S2 Corporation
S2 Corporation is a dynamic, high-technology small business in Bozeman that provides unparalleled solutions in RF Sensing, signal and data processing using a novel photonic core technology.
- Tell me about how Mamalode came to life.
I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to fell connected.
- Missoula's Hestia takes prize at entrepreneurship competition
Based in Missoula, Hestia In-Home Support has a vision of changing health care for people who need it, specifically, elders and their families.
- Lincoln, Montana based Hi-Country Snack Foods finds success in beef jerky business
"The ownership here has chosen to stay with some the hand way of doing things. It provides more jobs,"
- Eastern Montanana - Don't call it a bust
Gone are the days of waiting in a half-hour-long line of oil tankers to turn onto Main Street. The bars aren't overflowing on the weekends.
- Beyond Small Business Saturday
Small business owners have a kind of fellowship that transcends the bottom line. We are in this together. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Are for-profit medical schools right for Montana?
Montana is in the midst of a physician shortage, especially in rural areas, and the hope is that the medical schools would help address that as they graduate doctors.
- New med school interests spur questions from Montana health officials
While parties on all sides agree the state needs more practicing doctors, recent announcements from two separate groups looking into building for-profit medical schools have spurred talks about whether it's the right model for Montana.
- Washington Foundation donates $200K to food banks, shelters statewide
Food insecurity hits families in Montana hardest during the holiday months. One of Missoula's largest charitable organizations is doing what it can to help.
- Burrell makes pitch for doctor college, Bozeman physicians doubtful
Doctors argued Burrell's for-profit college threatens the high-quality WWAMI doctor-training program, which each year educates 30 students, all from Montana, in partnership with the University of Washington's top-ranked medical school.
- 'The boom will come back': Couple tries to stay in Montana through downturn
"We've seen a lot of people come and go, just pack up and go," she said. "But if you manage your money and put away the extra you make, you'll be fine. It's a downturn, the oil field, been in it for years, it's up and down. You'll be fine."
- Montana Telecommunications Association Annual Showcase (Trade Show), 12/1-3, Billings
This two-day event http://telecomassn.org/calendar2015.html features over 100 telecom equipment and services vendors exhibiting state of the art products and services designed for the telecom sector.
- Kalispell, Montana-based Heaven Scent Solutions Receives Federal Grant to Expand and Hire Employees
The Whitefish-based cleaning products entrepreneur now has a store in Kalispell, and with the help of a new grant, is approaching a distribution deal and planning to hire six new employees.
- Promising Choteau-area work halts due to low oil prices
"We're looking at all options," including possibly reopening the site if oil prices rise sufficiently, Bush said. "We don't know what the future will hold."
- Workshop helps young workers advocate for higher starting salaries
Women can begin to bridge that gap, Arendt said, by becoming better negotiators. That's an important skill, she said, because "the ramifications will follow you for your whole career."
- Do you want to become a career fire fighter in Montana?
If you're interested in becoming a career firefighter, registration for June 2016 Montana fire fighter testing consortium is now open.
- How To Pick And Stick To Career Goals
It's possible to do it all, just not at the same time."
- Cops took more stuff from people than burglars did last year
Cops can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime -- yes, really! -- through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture.
- Montana State Fund Declares Historic $35M Dividend Payment
Hubbard explained that the historic dividend is due not only to improved workplace safety and return to work programs, but prudent financial decisions of MSF management and strong investment performance.
Regional Economic Development
- After Paris, new worries over electrical grid attack
The threat is hardly new. Earlier this year, a USA TODAY investigation of cyber and physical attacks on the U.S. grid over several years found that incidents occur about once every four days.
- How Demographics Rule the Global Economy
Next year, the world's advanced economies will reach a critical milestone. For the first time since 1950, their combined working-age population will decline.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Workforce retraining softens blow of Montana oilfield job losses
"Transfer students, that enrollment is going down," Zander says. "So we are looking to focus a lot on this workforce development and provide for any students that want to go work, whatever it is, they can do that right away."
- Female prisoners in Calif. prep for life outside with Autodesk degree
The offenders are part of a program through the California Prison Industry Authority's Autodesk Authorization Training Center Program.
- How To Fix Education In America
We need to value our educators by supporting them as dynamic professionals invested in improving their practice.
- Bipartisan Congressional Agreement Targets High School 'Failure Factories'
The proposal says that states must intervene in high schools dubbed "failure factories," where fewer than two-thirds of their students graduate. And they must intervene in their lowest-performing 5 percent of schools, and in any school where one or more subgroups of students are underperforming.
Montana Education Excellence
- Colleges turn to virtual reality for recruiting
The main goal is to use the virtual campus to entice recruits to visit the actual campus.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Parents, advocates blast proposal for Montana special needs students' planning
"From my perspective, it's a very substantial change that is a thinly veiled attempt to remove parents from the process if the parents disagree with what the local education entity wants to do," Clayton Barnes said.
- Can University of Montana save the liberal arts and boost enrollment without a strategic plan?
"A comprehensive ... plan that states our enrollment goals for all student types does not exist, nor has enrollment management been linked to other campus strategic objectives."
- Montana's 2-year colleges want to hear from employers about their short-term employee training needs. 12/2 in Billings and 12/3 in Bozeman
MMEC will be hosting two lunch sessions: Lunch is included and free.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula official says design standards could improve function of development
Members of the City Council continue to mull preliminary design standards to prevent what some see as a pattern of poor land use and unsightly development in parts of the city.
- Start-Up Leaders Embrace Lobbying as Part of the Job
In addition to knowing the language of computer code, founders are speaking the language of Washington, keenly aware of the potential regulatory battles that could be on the horizon.
- 5 Ways You Drive Away Millennial Employees
Over 1/3 of Millennials self-report that they change jobs every 1-3 years, while most companies say that the cost of replacing each Millennial who leaves is $15,000-$25,000.
- These 8 Disciplines Define a Fundable Entrepreneur
For investors, it's all about confidence in the entrepreneur. Confidence lost early can never be regained.
- What a Truly Connected City Can Accomplish
Nashville's former mayor led his city as a single, networked entity. His approach is paying off.
- 2015 State of the MT Nonprofit Sector Survey
Your involvement contributes to a growing understanding of nonprofit management and leadership strengths and challenges.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Listen to James Taylor play "Montana"
James Taylor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Montana," a song of his latest album Before This World.
- New drug recruits stem cells to heal bones
"It is particularly important to develop technologies for timed and targeted delivery, which is what we have done in this research."
- Camera prototype is thinner than a dime
FlatCams may find use in security or disaster-relief applications and as flexible, foldable wearable, and even disposable cameras
- New Alzheimer's treatment fully restores memory function
Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue.
- Vision from the Future: A 'Dating App' for Deciding Where to Live
Artificial Intelligence will start reorganizing people on the planet long before it will be able to drive your car.
- Report: Electric Vehicles Best Option in Most of U.S.
A new Union of Concerned Scientists report shows that due to considerable gains made in cleaning the electric grid and in producing electric vehicles more efficiently, EVs are the environmentally sensible choice.
- How to Prevent Hackers from Infiltrating the 'Internet of Cars'?
Imagine a day when 80 percent of all automobile accidents involving two or more cars are avoided because vehicles are so smart that they communicate with each other about their location and speed, and take action to avoid a collision.
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