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A honeymooning couple was passing through Montana. When they were approaching Missoula, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth until they got to the town, where they decided to stop for lunch. As they stood at the counter, the man said, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us. Would you very slowly pronounce where we are." The guy behind the corner leaned over and said, "Burrrrrrrr gerrrrrrr Kiiiiing"
RFQ - After 15 years the MATR website needs a re-write. Here's the RFQ if you're interested. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Early Edge Montana
- Big Sky Economic Development Energy Briefing 2016, 1/18, Billings, Montana
What your business needs to know about the Montana Clean Power Plan and Economic Future
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Preschool Without Walls
Whether the schools are emerging in reaction to concerns that early education has become increasingly academic or simply because parents think traipsing around in the woods sounds like more fun than sitting at a desk, they are increasingly popular.
- The Billings Gazette Owes an Apology to Its Readers and Governor Bullock: Observation on the Perils of Inexperience
That the new Lee State Bureau took so long to make the request reflects incredible inexperience, a lack of institutional knowledge, and/or a poor allocation of resources.
Energy and Climate Change
- North Western Energy relies on facts when debating Montana's energy future
While California has a renewable energy goal of 50 percent by 2030, today NorthWestern's 60 percent carbon-free electric production is already better and less expensive than California's long-term goal.
Come Home Montana
- Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal
Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands of dollars.
- Here's the secret to making people care about climate change
Here's a depressing statistic if you're worried about climate change: 63 percent of Americans say they're concerned about the issue, but only 47 percent think the government should do anything about it.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- RFQ - After 15 years MATR needs a re-write. Here's the RFQ if you're interested.
The MATR.net site was developed by John Masterson and Steven Sundheim at Modwest over 15 years ago. It's stood the test of time but we'd like to bring it up to date with more capabilities and the ability to provide information to an ever-growing global audience.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Junior Account Executive - Big Sky Public Relations
If you peruse the news first thing every day, enjoy the buzz of big events, and can communicate flawlessly with both the written and spoken word, Big Sky Public Relations might have the job for you.
- RFP - Double SNAP Dollars marketing campaign
We are seeking proposals from marketing firms to lead the development of this campaign to create a brand for the program and increase awareness of and participation in the Double SNAP Dollars program throughout Western Montana.
- What makes an innovative city?
Communities breed an environment where its members are heard.
- Stanford-based program trains indigenous leaders
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of FNFI, a two-week program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment that supports young indigenous leaders in developing values-based skills to tackle environmental, economic, social and cultural challenges in their communities.
Montana Economic Development
- Choose Montana For Your Business - Video - Ranked #1 Place to Live the American Dream
Campaign to attract big business to Montana through great examples of what Montana offers and success stories.
- 1 Million Cups Missoula - The Nooky Box & Chris Yates, 1/6, Missoula, Montana
From the caffeinated desk of 1MC, we are proud to present Meg Ross, a Montana native and the Founder of The Nooky Box, and Chris Yates, a local entrepreneur and connoisseur of website design!
- The Nooky Box Launch Party, 1/7, Missoula, Montana
Here at The Nooky Box we're on a mission to help everyone enjoy their bodies and their desires without fear of shame.
- Don't panic over misinformation on Clean Power Plan
None of us are well-served by misinformation.
- 2015: a year of progress for Central Montana
Despite predictions of the demise of Lewistown's economy or its Main Street, both appear to have gathered momentum this year.
TEDx Events in Montana
- January 2016 MEDA News
If you have news and events you want noted in MEDA Online News just send send a quick email firstname.lastname@example.org
- TED Talk of the week Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone - but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken.
- The Single Leadership Trait That Adds the Most Value to Companies
One of the great compliments you can get from your employees or from those who are following you is "I knew you'd say that."
- Why Job Growth Could Get Even Worse for Men Without College Degrees
The projections pull back the curtain on a potentially unsettling future for many workers who have already felt upward mobility slipping away in an economy that has grown more polarized in recent decades along educational lines.
- One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016
If you are thinking about a career change in 2016, then you might want to have a look at the burgeoning cybersecurity market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.
- A Blueprint for the First Work Day of 2016
The first day of a new year is a great chance to slow down and consider the big picture.
- This Is the Key to Building Emotional Intelligence
So what is the first step in building emotional intelligence?
- Want to Lead? Consider Becoming a Project Manager
Project Managers are the quiet heroes of today's organizations.
- What's ahead for jobs in 2016?
Whether the job market feels that good to individuals will depend on many factors, including type of work and the organization.
- The State of Montana demands Museum of Rockies put dollar value on fossils
The museum's dinosaur experts, like paleontologist Jack Horner, have refused for years to discuss the monetary value of fossils, arguing that it's unethical and dangerous to treat scientific discoveries like market goods.
- Why Performance Pay Is Just the Beginning to Improving Government
Plenty more could be done to transform public workforces into meritocracies.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Emmett, Idaho business C & C Sutlery clothes "The Hateful Eight" and many other great western movies
C & C Sutlery.com lists 19 movies and TV series that have bought the company's wares.
- Idaho part of talent pipeline for Idaho National Labs
INL has invested its dollars wisely to recruit the best and brightest, and built superior facilities that allow great minds to solve our nation's largest challenges.
- NBC Evening News Video: The Boom is Over for North Dakota Oil Town As Prices Continue to Drop
Four years ago, Williston, North Dakota, was growing at a breakneck pace -- fueled by an American oil boom -- but then the price of oil plummeted.
- Will work for food? Co-op programs end amid labor-law fears
Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws.
- How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue collar workers
Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming nominated for anti-progress 2015 Luddite Award for data trespass law
Modern-day Luddites want to foil technological progress, and the foundation selected people, governments and corporations that stymie progress and technological innovation, said Joshua New, a policy analyst for the group.
Montana Education Excellence
- A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses
“In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills.”
- The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds
Almost anything that I would normally write on paper to explain to a student I now do on my computer
- 7 ways data collection is improving STEM education
Creating these hands-on experiences, which incorporate the environments and the tools of modern science and technology careers, is critical to helping students develop scientific literacy and a love for STEM.
- The Simmons Family Music Legacy at the University of Montana - "Our job is to light our corner of the world"
As you consider the year to come, we invite you to think about how you can light your corner of the world.
- UM Journalism School Ranked Eighth Best in the Nation
"Being in Missoula, Montana, provides something no one else can," one survey respondent said. "It's a mix of people, cultures, the great West, history and beautiful scenery."
Funding and Building your Business
- Plan to join Humanities Montana in your community this year - reflect: community readings and conversations
Reflect sessions aim to lift participants out of a business-as-usual mindset; they aim to address real organizational concerns with unconventional modes of discussion.
- Missoula Update 2015: Mayor Engen sees growth, housing and water as top issues in 2016
"When we crossed the 50,000 threshold in the mid-1990s and started worrying about becoming a city, that's when we became a city," Engen said. "We're just catching up with the fact that we're already there, and it was just a matter of figuring out ways to acknowledge it."
- A New CEO Tries To Show Off By Firing Someone. Then He Does This.
Great example of ready, fire, aim.
- How to Create the Perfect Cofounder Agreement with Your Business Partner
We've gathered the best opinions from top startup experts to help ensure that you and your partner align your goals and establish a strong cofounder relationship for your company.
- Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
Data science is a highly complex discipline, a veritable mashup of several different fields.
- Sway Group - How This Entrepreneur Built a $4.3 Million Talent Agency for Mommy Bloggers
Danielle Wiley represents a legion of some 90,000 bloggers who cover everything from parenting and DIY to food and technology. And business has been swift. In the last three years, her firm's revenue has grown nearly 1,000 percent to $4.3 million in 2014.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- President Barack Obama and Jerry Seinfeld - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
For the premiere episode of Season 7, Jerry takes President Barack Obama for a spin in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe but finds it hard to spirit the leader of the free world off the White House grounds.
- Scientists Say They Can Recreate Living Dinosaurs Within the Next 5 Years
Horner and team have already flipped certain genetic switches in chicken embryos to reverse-engineer a bird's beak into a dinosaur-like snout.
- Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter, like it or not
Are you ready?
- Google exec Ray Kurzweil: With robots in our brains, we'll be godlike
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.
- 15-Year-Old Invents World's Smartest Microwave Oven
Perfectly heated food, every time
- Disney has created a robot that can drive up walls
Walls are no match for Disney's mobile rolling robot, the VertiGo. So, how does this bot defy gravity?
- Scientists Create Injectable Foam To Repair Degenerating Bones
Eventually, this advanced biomaterial could be used to quickly regenerate bone growth and treat degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
- Smart-tech $uture beckons from CES gadget show
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, a division of the consulting giant McKinsey & Co., the value created by connecting the world's devices could hit $11 trillion annually by 2025, a mind-boggling sum that represents over half of U.S. economic output in a year.
- New Gmail Plug-In Highlights Words And Phrases That Undermine Your Message
So many have great ideas but don't communicate the confidence in their messages.
- G.M., Expecting Rapid Change in Self Driving Cars, Invests $500 Million in Lyft
The founders of Lyft, the ride-hailing service, have long imagined that the future of transportation would involve fewer cars on the road. Now General Motors is helping the start-up reach that goal.
- 17 orthopedic surgeons in Missoula on Bicycle laws: City should step up enforcement
We, the orthopedic surgeons currently practicing in Missoula, would like to express our concern about the large number of injuries which we have been seeing over time from bicycles being involved in crashes with motor vehicles.
- Mysterious Faraday unveils super-powered electric concept car
The prototype is meant to showcase a modular design approach called Variable Form Architecture that allows any number of body styles to be built atop the same chassis, thereby increasing speed to market for a range of models.
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