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Open Source Expose And Hack Session - What Are Other Cities Doing?, 12/15, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Why Commonfont?
commonFont's goal is to serve you and evolve your customer experience program over the long term.
- Stevensville Main Street Association awarded grant by Montana Department of Commerce
"We are very excited about it. This is now how people get information and it will help our economic development, tourism, and put us on the map." Joan Prather, executive director of Stevensville Main Street Association
- NorthWestern Energy Clarifies 2015 Customer Property Tax Impact
The property tax increases were inadvertently misstated by the company during a roundtable meeting with officials of the Montana Department of Revenue and the Montana Public Service Commission on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
- NorthWestern Joins with Ryan United to Promote Safe Communities
"We are honored to partner with a great organization, Ryan United," said Bob Rowe, NorthWestern's President and CEO. "Our employees are present and visible in communities across our service area. I frequently hear from community members how our employees go out of their way to assist in all kinds of situations and how their help really makes a difference. This partnership builds on their presence, commitment and professionalism to help with an especially critical problem."
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Technology Licensing Assistance
TechLink assists the US Department of Defense in licensing its inventions to industry, enabling companies to create new products and services using these inventions. There is no charge to either DoD labs or companies for these services.
- Montana Governor's Conference On Tourism And Recreation, 4/10-12, Kalispell
The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development invites you to Kalispell for the annual gathering of Montana's tourism industry, featuring sessions on marketing, business, and research.
Energy and Climate Change
- PFL Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Montana!
Happy Holidays from the entire team here at PFL! The snow has started to fly in Montana and the temperatures are cooling down, but things are heating up in our state-of-the-art production facility. We're ready to help you finish 2015 with a bang!
Come Home Montana
- Inglis tells crowd at MSU carbon tax could solve climate change
A former Republican congressman who believes climate change is real told a crowd at Montana State University that he thinks the free market can help solve the problem -- by eliminating energy subsidies and taxing carbon.
- Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline
Nationwide analysis shows depletion of groundwater widespread and worsening
- Idaho National Laboratory facility in eastern Idaho eyed as site for small commercial nuclear reactors
Officials with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems said the 890-square-mile site containing the Idaho National Laboratory is their preferred choice for what are called small modular reactors.
- Texas Scientist Aims to Revolutionize Electricity Grid
Chu is looking for more efficient ways to store excess magnetic energy in a superconducting coil. He is credited with several breakthroughs in the field that have brought the technology closer to the market.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Solutions Consultant, Engagement Manager - commonFont
We come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but we share a common commitment to serving others: our clients, partners, community, and each other. Come join us!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Assistant - Biomimicry Institute
Are you passionate about working towards a healthy planet that will sustain humans in harmony with the complex ecosystems we depend on?
TEDx Events in Montana
- Bozeman-based Indie Tech Firm Wisetail Welcomes SoulCycle and Its Ongoing Commitment to Employee Engagement
SoulCycle has created a company culture that aligns well with Wisetail's efforts to power employee learning at some of the nation's greatest places to work.
- Manufacturing firms, data center eyeing Bonner, Montana operations
The former Stimson Lumber Co. sawmill in Bonner continues to attract new businesses, with three companies considering the 143-acre manufacturing site as a new location.
- Osteopathic medical school decides against Missoula, Montana location
At this time, we feel we are in agreement with the local physician community that the clinical education infrastructure will not support a high quality medical school in the state. We thank Mayor Engen for his kind invitation and wish everyone the best in their endeavors".
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Today's TED Talk Danit Peleg: Forget shopping. Soon you'll download your new clothes
What started as designer Danit Peleg's fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear.
City Club Missoula
- Montana Internet Service Providers discuss Internet access with Sen. Daines
"Charter and CenturyLink are the same as Walmart to other small businesses," said Christian Palecek, a network engineer with CyberNet1. "We need community support to be able to continue to grow our company that is based here."
- City Club Missoula Forum - The Missoula Art Park; A Creative Placemaking Partnership, 12/14
The Missoula Art Museum, the City of Missoula and Adventure Cycling have teamed up on a new park in the heart of downtown.
Incubators and R&D
- Red-Hot Boise, Idaho-based Cradlepoint Nabs SDN Startup Pertino
"They'll use a Pertino-Cradlepoint combination to allow customers to rapidly deploy highly scalable overlay networks. We see so many cases of where customers want to go this way because it's just so much easier, and our partners don't need too much in-depth knowledge of how to set and configure it, because so much of the complexity is handled by the cloud."
- Boise State's new master plan proposes even more growth
Boise State University has put together its to-do list for the next generation -- a master plan that identifies new buildings and an expansion to the south.
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory becoming a player in Seattle tech with new partnership model
"Advances in computing ... have resulted in this shift where a lot of the innovation is occurring in the consumer-driven market, and in the business driven market. There's a lot of innovation going on there."
- Colorado Launches Broadband Portal as One-Stop Shop for Expansion Efforts
The website offers a map showing Internet speeds by area.
Washington State Business
- Consumers Say They Will Stand With Brands That Take Up Environmental Causes
In MERCURYcsc's recent edition of The Pulse report addressing activism, an overwhelming majority of respondents think that trusted Outdoors and Travel brands could have significant influence on environmental issues.
- Yahoo to spin off core business into new company
Yahoo will weigh a spinoff of its core business, which includes its advertising, search technology, Yahoo Sports and the Tumblr blogging platform.
- Lawmakers geek out over Washington state's rising space industry
The Washington State Space Coalition lists 30 ventures with connections to outer space and the Evergreen State.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- How SAP is hiring autistic adults for tech jobs
SAP's Autism at Work program is helping adults on the autism spectrum flourish in IT roles, bringing an untapped talent pool into the workplace and fueling further innovation.
- New program in Bozeman gearing students up for workforce
In this program students get to use equipment, start off with a piece of aluminum and end up with a chess piece.
- President Obama signs law that designates computer science as part of a 'well-rounded education'
The whole thing may just seem like semantics, but education non-profit Code.org says those two words are the government's way of recognizing that computer science should be a core part of every school's mission.
Montana Education Excellence
- (Reposted by Request) The Internet offers teachers online help with lesson plans
That's why, in recent years, more teachers have turned to the Internet to pool expertise and to sample lesson plans tried and tested by other teachers.
- Stanford launches digital humanities minor, combining tech skills with critical thinking
A new interdisciplinary minor gives students the opportunity to blend traditional humanistic research with technology tools.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Quiet leader needs support to carry out vision for University of Montana
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom leads our flagship university with quiet dignity and a fundamental commitment to doing the right thing for students and his community.
- Gallatin College MSU CNC machine technology program sees graduate hiring success, increase in enrollment
Now in its second year, enrollment in the program has increased by nearly 50 percent.
- College of Humanities and Sciences will remain strong, UM leaders say
In a recent letter to students, parents and Montanans, the deans, directors and chairs of the largest college on campus pledged commitment to the vitality of the college, "the heart and soul of UM."
- Governor Bullock Announces $100,000 Grant to Grow Opportunities for Montanans between the ages of 16-29 in STEM Careers
"Montana's economic success depends on our ability to strategically align our education system, workforce, and private business," said Gov. Bullock. "This program will help boost our efforts to increase our pool of highly skilled and talented workers, improve our state's economic productivity, and set a trajectory for sustained economic growth."
- MSU to host national expert in methods to increase college students' motivation, engagement and performance
Fotuhi will also describe the efforts of the College Transition Collaborative, a Stanford University-based research initiative, to change students' attitudes about learning.
- Kauffman Foundation Awards Grant to University of Montana for Research on Women in Entrepreneurship
Research shows that women are less likely to become entrepreneurs, and the disparities in entrepreneurial propensity between men and women appear at the earliest stages of the process.
Funding and Building your Business
- More Than Money: Civic Crowdfunding for Participatory Community Development
In the past few years, citizens and community groups in cities worldwide have planned, funded, and carried out a growing number of neighborhood improvement projects with the help of civic crowdfunding platforms
- The Verizon storefront in Missoula is a "travesty."
"We need a bigger community conversation if we're going to push people to a certain aesthetic."
- Open Source Expose And Hack Session - What Are Other Cities Doing?, 12/15, Missoula, Montana
All people interested in the services that the tech community can provide to Missoula to better our lives are invited.
- Mamalode Learn As You Go - World Class Branding, 12/15, Missoula, MT)
Three world class branding experts (who all happen to live here!) come together to discuss their work and how YOU can take some of their brilliance into your business. Get inspired, get branding.
- Angel Capital Association Webinar With Bill Payne: Best Practice Series: Valuation Of Early Stage Companies, 12/16
Valuation of early stage and especially pre-revenue companies is particularly tricky because traditional valuation methods used for later stage companies can't be applied.
- Foot Locker cuts turnover, boost sales with predictive analytics
Foot Locker says it was able to cut its high turnover rate and bolster sales by using predictive analytics software to hire employees better matched with company needs.
- Abundance theory in the workplace
The world offers plenty; our job is to know how to go out and find it, then share some of it with others.
- Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders
"Your next business partner should come with a prenup"
- The Toughest Questions Investors Ask
"Why should I or anyone else care?"
- More women at the top could spell less corporate trouble
A study found that companies with more women at the top had returns on equity of 10.1 percent per year, compared with 7.4 percent for those without.
- 13 cities chosen for $42M Bloomberg better-data initiative
"They understand that data is a tool that every city can use to improve public services, and our What Works Cities initiative will help them do just that," Bloomberg said in a statement.
- "For many, this is a life-changing experience." - Bozeman-based Montana Wilderness School educates youngsters
"For many, this is a life-changing experience."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Photo Captures Jeff Bridges' Fateful First Meeting With His True Love on the set of Rancho Deluxe in Montana
He asked her out, she turned him down.
- A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities
The improvements are noteworthy because so-called machine-vision systems are becoming commonplace in many aspects of life, including car-safety systems that detect pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as in video game controls, Internet search and factory robots.
- Frontier dropping year-round Bozeman-Denver flight
The decision comes after Frontier changed its business model last year from operating as a network carrier with connecting flights to offering point-to-point service.
- Ford developing 13 new electrified models by 2020
Fields said 40% of its nameplates globally will be electrified by the end of the decade, up from 13% now.
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