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All Are Invited - 2016 MT Ambassador Annual Conference "Working Better Together For Montana", 3/10-11, Great Falls http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5802
Main Street Montana Project
- Silicon Valley Residents Leave for Greener Grass, Cheaper Housing - Choose Montana!
Not everyone wants to live in Silicon Valley. Americans are starting to leave the techie hub faster than they're arriving, a new study says.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Director of the Montana Department of Commerce Meg O'Leary is excited about Main Street Montana Project
We're in phase three of the Main Street Montana Project and that phase, to me, has been the most exciting because it is 13 key industry networks--the 13 different industries across the state that are driving our economy--and the platform has been to bring these private business owners and CEOs together and say, "Okay what is it that you need to improve or grow or enhance your industry?"
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Made In Montana Tradeshow For Food And Gifts, 3/11-12, Helena, Montana
Qualified storeowners and other wholesale buyers can pre-register online by visiting the website at http://www.madeinmontanashow.com.
- State Of Montana Annual Action Plan. 3/25, Webinar 10:00AM
Citizen participation is essential for review and approval of all Montana Consolidated Plan documents and reports.
Great Falls Development Authority
- IP Due Diligence And Drafting In M&A Transactions, 3/15, Webinar
Topics will include trademark, copyright, domain name, licensing, and patent diligence and representations and warranties.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Great Falls Development Authority Quarterly Investor Letter 3-3-16
We're working on long-term projects to improve the competitiveness of Great Falls and support the attraction of new residents to grow our workforce.
- Missoula teacher, Daniel Lande trades in computer career to help kids at Sentinel High
"I'm sure I could get on an industry again in Seattle -- or here, or anywhere. It's just...I don't get the same reward out of it as I do from teaching," explained Lande.
Energy and Climate Change
- PrintingForLess Newsletter: Spring Forward in 2016
Spring is just around the corner, and with the new season comes a new opportunity to bring in customers and revenue.
Come Home Montana
- Google Chose the Winner of Its $1M Contest to Design a Miniature Inverter
The success earned the team a $1 million prize while proving that inverters can be the size of a tablet or smaller rather than the size of a picnic cooler, a size reduction of more than a factor of 10.
- Wind Power's Next Hope: Blades as Long as Two Football Fields
An extremely long wind turbine blade could make it possible to construct 50-megawatt turbines--far beyond the power of today's, which tend to produce just two megawatts.
- Remote Polebridge, Montana gets day in the sun with new solar electricity array
A new 30-kilowatt solar system now provides most of the electricity for this crossroads on the edge of Glacier National Park 24 miles shy of the Canadian border.
- Putting Ourselves To Work For A Human-Powered Future, 3/8, Missoula, Montana
Associate Professor Dr. Bradley Layton will discuss several examples of how our energy consumption habits are at odds with human health concerns.
- Smart Water Heaters Could Pay Back $200 per Year in Grid Services
Household water heaters can be turned into pretty cheap and effective energy storage containers, particularly if they run on electricity.
- HECO Tests Batteries to Enable DC Fast Charging and Avoid Grid Upgrades
Is it cheaper to put in a battery to fulfill the energy load of a 50-kilowatt, 480-volt DC fast charger than it is to complete otherwise necessary upgrades to the grid infrastructure, such as upgrading the transformer?
- Grid Edge World Forum 2016, 6/21 - 23, San Jose, California
Hear from the industry experts shaping the next generation electricity system
- Greenland's melting is 'feeding on itself,' scientists say
That means it's absorbing more of the sun's energy -- which then drives further melting.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Marketing Consultants - Elixiter
One size doesn't fit all in today's fast-paced world of marketing automation. Most often marketing's most immediate challenges lie in mastering the software tools that are intended to make marketing easier. We know that's not often the case.
- Montana Career Opportunity - State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator - Department Of Agriculture
The primary purpose of the position is to serve as the State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator, responsible for geospatial data and analysis, resource assessment, and technical support for the use and application of GIS for Montana NRCS programs and activities.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Development Assistant, Bitterroot Wildlife Internship Field Instructor - Ecology Project International
Dream Big. Do Bigger. Make a Difference with EPI.
Montana Economic Development
- Study: Physicians married to highly educated spouses less likely to work in rural areas
Buerhaus said the results illustrate a growing headwind facing policymakers who are striving to find ways to induce physicians to practice in rural areas, particularly rural Health Professional Shortage Areas.
- Schedulicity Founder Jerry Nettuno Returns As CEO in Bozeman, Montana
“Jerry is now returning to the helm to lead Schedulicity through its next phase of growth and offerings that will further inspire its customers.”
- Brendan Bannigan Takes Ownership of Missoula's Legendary Grizzly Hackle - Store's grand re-opening this Saturday 3/5 from 10 am to 4 pm.
"First started working here I was the low guy on the totem pole, you know washing floors, filling fly bins and just worked my way up and it's surreal for sure be able to have such a great name such as The Grizzly Hackle to consider mine," said Bannigan.
- Becky Thomas of Incognitotes at 1 Million Cups Missoula
Incognitotes will be available soon!
- The Sip 'n Dip Lounge in Great Falls, Montana re-introduces MerMEN to the pool.
But the mermen are now swimming back to the Electric City.
- The Solar Screen App - One skin. One life. Protect yours with Solar Screen.
Solar Screen allows you to see just how intense the solar radiation is on a scale from 1-11.
- Multiple Major Construction Projects to Have Major Impact on Missoula
Missoula is on the move!
- The Polebridge Mercantile - They dare you not to be hungry after seeing the video
Nestled in a remote mountain valley and at the front door of Montana's Glacier National Park, the historic Polebridge Mercantile dutifully endures as one of the last outposts of its kind in the American West.
- The Missoula Federal Credit Union Story
This great community is built into the fiber of our organization, and we're here to stay. This is our story.
- Bozeman company unveils proposal to demolish Missoula Mercantile building
Replace it with a $30 million, five-story, custom Residence Inn by Marriott with a pool, fire pits and event space for weddings and private parties in a massive enclosed courtyard.
- Submittable and the Missoula Federal Credit Union Praised by Senator Tester
Senator Tester has some kind words for the Missoula Federal Credit Union Senator Tester as well as Submittable http://www.submittable.com which has been a customer since the first day it started.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- MEDA March News - Catch up on all things MEDA!
Be watching for registration to open for "Plug into Montana's Talent" - MEDA's Spring Conference, April 20 - 22.
- State of Montana Annual Action Plan - A Plan to Help Meet the Needs of Montana's Communities and Residents - Webinar on 3/25
The document is used by federal agencies to make decisions regarding resources made available to Montana for addressing issues related to affordable housing, homelessness, infrastructure, community facilities, economic development, and other community development needs.
- Back to Basics Summit To Explore New Designs for Housing & Good Co-Ops
The Back to Basics Summit is an opportunity for community and cooperative leaders to explore how the co-op business model might help resolve today's rural challenges, with a focus on local food and housing cooperatives.
- Kentucky's 'Gigabit Hollers' Thanks to Mules
To pull fiber cable through rough terrain where vehicles could not easily travel, contractors had to rely on mules, following an old Kentucky tradition.
- Missoula's fiber plan still loading...
City leaders have been mulling a community fiber project since 2012 after local businesses said current options constrained economic growth and required an update.
- Google Fiber Huntsville deal could remake broadband market
Today's announcement that the municipally owned electric utility in Huntsville, Ala. will lease its fiber lines to Google could transform how municipalities provide broadband access.
- Montana's Senator Jon Tester slams public land transfer efforts, fights for family farmers and ranchers
Interior Secretary: Public land transfer could force grazing fees to jump by 900 percent for Montana ranchers
- Help us create a new Montana Fish Portal!
Montana FWP is asking anglers and those interested in accessing fish information for help in improving a replacement to the existing Fishing Guide http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide and MFISH web query applications http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/mFish/ on the FWP website.
- Startup Grind links Treasure Valley techies to Silicon Valley
StartUp Grind Boise has brought in speakers including Kupor; Ryan DeLuca, founder and former CEO of Bodybuilding.com; George Mulhern, CEO of Cradlepoint; and Mark Solon, a Boisean who is now managing partner of TechStars, a Colorado startup accelerator and investor.
- The Idaho National Laboratory faces 'perfect storm' of aging workforce and lack of STEM candidates, director says
The gap is likely to hit the INL, where 30 percent of the staff is over the age of 50 and much of the company's projected growth is in technology fields it could become hard to hire for, Peters said.
Regional Economic Development
- The Bakken: When Boom Goes Bust
Just like the gold rush, the Bakken boom has become the Bakken bust. And, left behind impacted communities left with empty properties and lots of bills to pay.
- The Changing Nature of Retail: The Impact of Online Shopping on Cities
The shift of purchases from in town stores to the web means a shift in demand for retail space. We are seeing demand for neighborhood and community retail space lagging, even though consumer spending is robust.
- Remaking Economic Development - The markets and civics of continuous growth and prosperity
While some creative and committed leaders and organizations are embracing this version of economic development, it needs to be further scaled up.
- 'The Good Economy' - New E-Book Asks How the New Economy Could Evolve Over the Next 25 Years
The book, which explores different economic futures facing the United States, offers a corrective to much of today's pessimism about the U.S. economy.
American Prairie Reserve
- Montana urged to expand doctor training - maybe not at MSU
Montana will need new doctors to replace the 33 percent of physicians who are age 60 or older and near retirement. Erickson said the state also struggles to find doctors willing to work in rural areas and to train Native American doctors.
- Wildlife-friendly beef now available at Rosauers Supermarkets, Super 1 Foods
Shoppers now can purchase Wild Sky - a top-quality, 100% grass-fed, choice beef which beats out its competition in terms of taste, tenderness and juiciness - all while feeling good knowing the proceeds benefit ranchers around Montana's American Prairie Reserve http://www.americanprairie.org , the soon-to-be largest nature reserve in the Lower 48.
Montana Education Excellence
- Florida Senate approves making coding a foreign language
- Vision: Research and Innovation 2016 - University of Montana Research & Creative Scholarship
Welcome to this issue of Vision, the magazine that celebrates the vast range of research and creative scholarship by University of Montana faculty and students.
- Bozeman schools focus on better preparing kids for college, careers
Bozeman High School graduates who enroll at Montana state colleges don't do much better than average undergraduates, and that's not good enough, Superintendent Rob Watson said Wednesday at Montana State University.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Housing Affordability Gap in Whitefish, Montana
As the scarcity of affordable and workforce housing in Whitefish approaches a critical point, community, business and civic leaders are scrambling to address the issue
- Helena Business Improvement District unveils draft master plan
"It is a guiding piece for the future development of downtown," says Helena Business Improvement District director Tracy Reich.
- Nearly 1,500 attend pro refugee relocation events throughout Montana
The Stand Against Violence, Fear and Hate Day of Action events were held at 5 p.m. in Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula, organizers said. Speakers offered messages stressing compassion and inclusion.
- Today, a person's full participation in the economy and civic life requires connectivity.
Emerging tools for cities to address the digital divide
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Faster and Cheaper GPS Tech Has Big Implications for the Future of Transportation
The upshot is that very precise GPS just got a lot faster, and a lot cheaper.
- 5 Futuristic Tech Inventions - Amazing!
These new innovations are paving the way and trending up a storm of anticipation!
- 17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed
From secret timers to font libraries, here are some of the other cool, lesser-known things that Google has on tap:
- Ferguson police test gadget to turn guns into non-lethal weapons
It allows them to fire alloys 'ping pong balls' - which can bring a person down but not kill them.
- SaveOnMedical - Search. Compare. Save on Healthcare Costs.
We help patients find affordable medical procedures across the country, using quality and price transparency.
- Paribus - If the price goes down after your online purchase, we'll get you a refund
Paribus works in the background to monitor for opportunities to get money back.
- This Google program lets you buy things with little more than a smile
The idea behind the program is that anyone can walk in to a store, find what they want and head to the register, requiring only their face and a moment's conversation to purchase something.
- Google's Nifty New Tool Helps Designers Pick the Right UI
Resizer is a new tool from Google, created to help designers with that last bit--responsive layouts.
- The 2020s Could Be the Decade When Electric Cars Take Over
Academic researchers have found that battery costs are falling even faster than the most optimistic analysts predicted just a few years ago.
- The future of ride-sharing may be driverless
Your next Uber driver might not be a driver at all, at least if you don't plan on using the service for a few years.
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500 Million in Eighth Round of TIGER Funding
The TIGER program funds vital transportation projects that provide real benefits to communities all across the country.
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