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I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. "This is the 21st Century" she said. "We don't waste money on newspaper. Here, use my iPad." I can tell you this.... that fly never knew what hit him.
Missoula Civic Hackathon - Residents of All Comunities Are Invited, 3/26-27, University Of Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock touts Montana small businesses and economic opportunities
Gov. Bullock said the Montana Business Navigator https://business.mt.gov/navigator offers everything from resources to develop a business plan, links to access the proper state and federal permits, a checklist and more.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Small Business Development Centers - Great Successes Video
Watch and learn about each business' experience bringing their dreams to fruition with our help.
Energy and Climate Change
- It's time to RSVP for the 2016 FireWithin! March 23, 5-7 PM, Great Falls, Montana
Embark Credit Union and GFDA invite you to celebrate successful and inspiring women entrepreneurs!
- GFDA Top 19 for 3/6/2016 as well as Two Great GFDA Job Openings
Here's the GFDA Top 19 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
Come Home Montana
- "The Vasectomist" - 42% of all births are unintended.
World Vasectomy Day is world-first event on October 18, 2013 to spark a new conversation about population and consumption by calling on men to put their balls on the line for Planet Earth!
- The Peak Oil Myth and the Rise of the Electric Car
Sooner Than You Think
- Solar energy is poised for an unforgettable year
"If actual additions ultimately reflect these plans, 2016 will be the first year in which utility-scale solar additions exceed additions from any other single energy source," says EIA.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Five reasons Montana is a great place to do business
Here are the top five reasons we think Montana helps fix the "problem" with vacations:
- Montana Meth Project launches search for talented Montana filmmaker
The Montana Meth Project is calling all Treasure State filmmakers as the organization gathers submissions for a national 30-second commercial competition featuring a grand prize of $20,000 and nationwide air time for the winner.
- Why fewer women are starting businesses and how to reverse it
One solution to the ongoing challenges faced by the female entrepreneurial community is greater access to resources, primarily financial.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Missoula Mayor Engen backs proposal to demolish Mercantile building.. but at what cost to Missoula's architectural soul?
Missoula's mayor begrudgingly gets behind a proposal to deconstruct a historic downtown building -- saying despite community objection -- it's the city's only choice.
- Fitz and the Tantrums' drummer opens coffee shop in Missoula
Wicks, who moved to Missoula four years ago, is calling Drum Coffee his "next act" and said whenever he's not working on something for the band, his coffee shop is the place he'll be.
- Interview: Jeff Pernell, CEO of Galactic Farms
Jeff Pernell on his creation of Galactic Farms, who "makes good food in small places".
- Today's TED Talk Teach girls bravery, not perfection
To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
Come Home Idaho
- This new startup makes it easy to find out if you are getting paid more or less than your peers
Comparably brings transparency to not only pay, but also culture in the workplace.
- 22 Things You Can Leave Off Your Resume
When I look back at the first couple resumes I sent, I immediately start cringing.
- Problem-solving platform brings the gig economy to creativity
Solverboard is an innovation platform that lets businesses with a problem or challenge to connect with individuals with a solution.
- Idaho Career Opportunities -Electrical Project Manager, Oracle Database Administrator, Nuclear Fuels and Materials Division Director, Cyber Security Analyst and many more... - Idaho National Laboratory
INL is growing, and we're looking for talented people who can help us impact issues of national importance.
- Why educated millennials are leaving Idaho
"We've been avoiding this issue for a long time, because our employers don't like to hear it: We don't pay well."
- Ammon, Idaho residents will get to tap into city-owned fiber optic system in April
If your are a resident wanting access to City fiber, please consider this to be your website.
Regional Economic Development
- A California lawmaker wants to ban state-funded travel to states that are deemed anti-gay
At the federal level, the fight for gay rights is practically nonexistent. But at the state level, the cultural and legislative battle is raging.
- Alaska's Biotech Sugar Daddy Is Showering Money on Startups
With a $50 billion fund willing to sit on illiquid investments for years, Alaska sees patience as a competitive advantage in making long-term bets on the drug industry.
- Africa's Population Will Soar Dangerously Unless Women Are More Empowered
Population projections for the continent are alarming. The solution: empower women
Montana Education Excellence
- Top Trends in State Economic Development
Governor Steve Bullock initiated the Main Street Montana Project by enlisting the services of two prominent private-sector leaders to develop and implement a state business plan through a public- private partnership.
- The perils of tax incentives for economic development
Because the competition is fierce, businesses typically get better deals than states.
- Economic Development: Do People or Places Come First?
A city's territory is much more tightly bound to it than its citizens are. People can move. They can choose to affiliate themselves with another town. But cities cannot exchange one geography for another.
- "MSU and UM spend less on instructional and administrative costs per student FTE when measured against peer institutions,"
Compared to the average for two-dozen similar campuses, MSU and UM have fewer total employees per student. The Montana schools have similar portions of their workforces working in teaching, research and public service.
- Montana Board of Regents discusses effectiveness of 'performance funding'
"I think there will be years under this model not everyone gets full funding," said Commissioner Clay Christian. "I'm almost assured of that, but it still drives us the direction we need to go."
- STEM Billings For Kindergarten To 6th Grade Students- Medical, 4/9, Billings, Montana
STEM Billings is a movement that began in Billings to provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
- STE(A)M education is everyone's business
STEM Billings is a partnership between business, education and volunteers to elevate the awareness of science, technology, engineering and math for kids in our community. The results have been profound.
- University of Montana Marketing Teams Win Awards
Cumulatively, the two marketing offices won four awards from the 2015 Education Digital Marketing Awards, which recognize the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.
- Montana Board of Regents - We Stand Behind UM President Royce Engstrom - Enrollment Not The Sole Issue
"All of the regents expressed their confidence in Engstrom, to a person, at this meeting," Mcrae said. "His leadership of the university was commended. They recognized that it is difficult to lead in choppy waters, in fact, we have a number of campus executives who are leading through choppy waters."
Funding and Building your Business
- Billings $500M yearly tourism threatened - "Sometimes your success blocks out your soul."
"Bozeman is nipping at Billings' heels," Randall said. "primarily because Bozeman is starting to offer more facilities for group conventions and sporting events."
- Missoula's Development Dashboard - The future is going to be amazing
The Development Activity Dashboard provides a summary overview of some key performance indicators for development activity in the City of Missoula.
- ELEVEN New grant announcements
Connectivity & Communications
- Have your boss pay off student loan with Tuition.io
Tuition.io is the 401k alternative that works with employers to pay down student loans.
- New job perk could save grads three years of student loan payments
This new type of company benefit typically offers workers with student debt regular contributions toward loan repayments -- with a lifetime limit.
- The Crisis in American Entrepreneurship
Unlike a Google or an Apple, companies aren't getting off the launchpad.
- The Future of Wi-Fi Is 10,000 Times More Energy Efficient
If this technology takes off, it could increase the amount of devices that are connected to the Internet because it nearly nullifies previous energy constraints of making a device Wi-Fi compatible.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula Civic Hackathon - Residents of All Comunities Are Invited, 3/26-27, University Of Montana
This Civic Hackathon Looks Forward to Hosting Technical Developers and Citizens From All Communities to Build Solutions to Civic Problems
- White House Helps Cities, Residents Improve Quality of Life by Opening Data, Offering Digital Services
On March 7, the White House released a trove of open datasets and tools to cultivate job growth, transportation, education and affordable housing under an initiative it calls the Opportunity Project.
- 3-D printing helps save Butte, Montana boy's heart
Doctors at Seattle Children's Heart Center were able to help save a Butte boy's heart with the help of a 3-d printer.
- NIXIE - The First Wearable Drone that Comes Right Back
A camera that comes with you everywhere... and can fly. With a gesture, Nixie takes off, captures the moment, and comes right back.
- Today's TED Talk Uber's plan to get more people into fewer cars
"we can turn every car into a shared car, and we can reclaim our cities starting today."
- 3 issues self-driving cars face before they're ready to hit the road
The self-driving car business hasn't come to a screeching halt, but recent events show that there are still some kinks to iron out before consumers will be able to let robots take the wheel.
- First City In the Nation Plans to Subsidize Uber Rides
The town hopes the test will save it money on building roads.
- Here's How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis
A shift is under way that will lead to widespread adoption of EVs in the next decade.
- Google Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Be Great for Stranded Seniors
"Younger people may have had smartphones in their hands first, but it's the 50-plus consumers who will be first with smart cars."
- In Preparation for Driverless Cars, States Start Upgrading Roads
"As we build new roads, are there things we need to put in place now?" asked Kirk Steudle, (MDOT).
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