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Missoula's No Safe Sallys - brave risk-takers; real movers and shakers; and lovers of life. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Great Falls Development Authority
- WalletHub - Montana ranks near the top of states with lowest tax rate - Choose Montana
Montana comes in overall as the state with the third lowest tax rates. WalletHub also ranks the state as having the third best overall effective state and local tax rates.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 14 for 3/14/2016
Our next LaunchPoint for new(er) entrepreneurs is Tuesday, March 22, 4:00 PM at GFDA. Contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GFdevelopment.org or 1-406-771-9022 to sign-up for this fun hour!
- Experts project favorable economy for Great Falls, state
Tourism, manufacturing and retail are opportunities to leverage in Great Falls when it comes to economic development in 2016, said Brett Doney, president of the .Great Falls Development Authority
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- 2015 Montana Ambassadors Business of the Year: Sunburst Sensors, Missoula, MT
Sunburst Sensors, led by James Beck and Michael DeGrandpre, was awarded for demonstrating extraordinary innovation and success in their field of business, improving the workforce, communities and economic development of the State of Montana.
- 2015 Montana Ambassadors Educator of the Year: Susan Wolff, Great Falls College MSU
Dr. Susan J. Wolff, CEO and Dean of Great Falls College MSU was awarded for her outstanding accomplishment and excellence in the field of education and leadership in Workforce Development.
- 2015 Montana Ambassadors Entrepreneur of the Year: Tyann Hermes, Kootenai True Value, Shakti Soul
Tyann Hermes, co-owner of Kootenai Drug True Value and Shakti Soul Yoga Studio in Troy, MT, was awarded for demonstrating leadership, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in furthering economic development for the State of Montana.
Energy and Climate Change
- Anaconda, Montana has high hopes for Old Works golf course's 20th anniversary year
"It's an exciting time for us and the golf course and the community."
Come Home Montana
- Making Community Solar Work for Low-Income Customers
The policy and financing suggestions made in the report already exist today. They just need to be applied to community solar.
- Will history condemn climate deniers?
Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore calls for the use of moral reasoning, where people "affirm what they think is true or good or right and then, the crucial step, back their claims with reasons." Future generations will apply that standard to us. We would be wise to apply it to ourselves.
- How Home Energy Modeling Will Transform the Real Estate and Solar Sectors
The tools to provide consumers with the choice and transparency they've come to expect must improve.
- How Soon Can Tesla Get Battery Cell Costs Below $100 per Kilowatt-Hour?
Its $100 per kilowatt-hour goal could be reached sooner than expected--and well ahead of the competition.
- Net metering: Defend, strengthen Montana law
Montana's net metering law gives individuals the confidence they need to invest in solar power. It ensures that utility consumers can generate their own clean energy and that they'll receive a fair credit for extra energy they send back to the grid.
- North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm
Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile.
- California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Pension Fund Takes Unprecedented Climate Change Action
Instead of divesting from oil companies, the nation's largest pension fund is trying to make all companies more sustainable from within.
- Absaroka Energy's Gordon Butte project near Martinsdale could help shape Montana's energy future
If and when it's built, it will be the largest single capitol project in Montana history. The project will feature two, four-thousand acre feet reservoirs with the potential to generate up to 400 megawatts of electricity.
- How Software Is Transforming Solar Development And Installation, 3/22, Free Webinar
This webinar will describe the latest developments in solar software tools, and explain how these tools are impacting the way solar installers operate, showcasing case studies of new workflows, techniques, and best practices.
- The Internet of Things Opens Utilities to New Business Models
Utilities know that they must pursue new business models--without delay--in order to respond to changing consumer demands, tougher regulations, competition from non-traditional vendors and other pressures and opportunities
- Fully transparent solar cell
This transparent solar panel could turn any window into a power generator.
- Confronting Climate Change's Biggest Deniers
Some of the skeptics are also the people with the most power to make a difference. Ignoring or denying the issue isn't an option.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Photonics and Laser Technology Program Director - Gallatin College
- 10 things newcomers learn after moving to Montana
Montana is a great place. The people are a lot warmer than the average temperature. The scenery is amazing. The fishing, boating and skiing are world-class. The history is profound.
- Montana Career Opportunities - CTO, Senior Director of IT at Simms, VMWare Network Engineer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
We specialize in going beyond job descriptions and resumes because we believe that creating solid relationships in the professional realm begins with people, not paper.
Montana Economic Development
- Case dismissed against IT worker accused of deleting Healthy Claims LLC website
- Sidney, Montana rancher is 'granola artist' - "Chuck and James Granola"
"I want people to remember my produce when they taste it," he said. "I'm competing against taste, price and labels of all other granolas."
- Decision on Missoula Mercantile must come by June 7- A permit was approved Thursday for the Missoula Mercantile.
In a presentation to the city council Wednesday, Missoula Development Services director Mike Haynes clarified the ins and outs of historic preservation demolition permits. Such a permit was approved Thursday for the Missoula Mercantile.
- Strong US dollar concerns Montana's Hi-Line businesses
We did a survey a couple years back, and businesses talked about 30 percent or more of their bottom line coming from Canadians. If that goes away, obviously it has a detrimental impact.
- University of Montana, Missoula start-up Inspired Classroom and Vision Net bring virtual classrooms to students across the state
"Montana in the Classroom inspires the next generation to explore higher education at UM and possible career opportunities," said Herbert. "We have over 150 UM role models who want to be involved and connect with students. This is a wonderful way for our UM faculty to connect with students."
- Former Schedulicity CEO Jerry Nettuno returns to company
"Our biggest need as a company is that we want to make (Schedulicity) available to everybody."
- Preservation committee seeks answers on Missoula Merc dealings
"It sounds like the public has an interest in it, so I think we owe it to them," commissioner Kate Kolwicz said Thursday night at a special meeting in the city council chambers.
Come Home Idaho
- Infrastructure investments key to rural Montana's economy - Montana Economic Development Association
I believe that 2016 is rural Montana's opportunity to lay a collective groundwork heading into the 2017 session on the importance of infrastructure to rural Montana's economic health. The rural communities face specific and unique challenges related to maintaining safe and adequate facilities and without assistance the local tax base simply cannot support keeping up with necessary improvements.
- Montana Economic Developers Association 2016 Spring Conference - 4/20-22 - Butte, Montana
This conference is centered around developing a talented workforce. Learn from those conducting innovative workforce initiatives and apply the best practices to your community to develop, train, and retain qualified workers.
- "A Bolder Strategy" - Aggressive promotion, business retention among Missoula partnership's new goals
While MEP will continue to work on business recruitment, it's focus over the coming year will expand to other areas, including the retention and growth of companies already seated in Missoula.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Help Wanted: New Positions at City of Boise Total More Than $500,000
Several City of Boise departments report current budgets should be sufficient to cover the expense of six new, high-profile positions the city hopes to add to its payroll.
- Small Maine Town Hopes Boosted Broadband Will Stimulate Economic Development
High-speed Internet service would be a major attraction for businesses that can effectively be located anywhere in the world because they work on the information superhighway.
- San Francisco's Gigabit Master Plan: A Sign of the Times
No longer content to wait for private industry, cities large and small are building the kinds of networks and partnerships that serve the persistent demand for connectivity.
- Nearly 20 Years After 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad,' Robert Kiyosaki Says We're Now 'Being Ripped Off as People'
Kiyosaki says that many of the predictions he made in 1997 in his original book are now coming true nearly 20 years later. Watch the video to find out why.
- Wyoming suffers nation's largest unemployment rate jump
The figures demonstrate the effect of the downturn in coal, oil and natural gas -- the resources that drive a big portion of the state's economy.
- New natural resources data mapping website goes live
The Governor announced Monday that the Natural Resource and Energy Explorer is now live and can be accessed by government officials, energy firms and the public.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- New Report Finds Strong Demand for After-School Programs in Rural Areas
The group's household survey found that for every rural student enrolled in an after-school program, three more would enroll if such a program were available.
- Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says (If they even admit them...)
Advocates for the disabled were particularly concerned about the higher rates of suspension at charters, given that charter schools enroll a lower proportion of students with disabilities than traditional public schools.
- WWAMI's medical school ranks No. 1 in family, rural and primary training
The University of Washington School of Medicine, which trains Montana students who dream of becoming doctors, has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in family medicine and rural medicine for the 25th year in a row.
- Initiatives Announced to Help Young Women Overcome Roadblocks in STEM Education
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) announced that it will commit up to $400,000 to support research and extension projects that increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM disciplines.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) Institute Now Has a Store (Great morphing "appearing when hot MAPS logo" coffee mug) and much more)
Cool stuff to help support and promote MAPS. It's for the kids!!
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Now Accepting Students (High School As Well): Sustainable Energy Technology - University of Montana Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology
The practicum provides students with a hands-on field experience in developing a novel energy technology.
- Montana Code School Demo Day, 03/24, Missoula
Their projects include a website to help forage wild foods, a river rafting time estimation tool based on real time river data, a group outing assistant for Missoulians, and an online site to help you create a personal vision.
- University of Montana - 32 Campus Drive Podcast Episode 1 "No Business Like Show Business"
In the first episode of 32 Campus Drive, the vibrant artistic community within Missoula and at the University of Montana take center stage.
- Blackfoot Student Connection Fund
Blackfoot is proud to offer a new educational initiative to fulfill student needs identified by school leaders.
- Montana Schools Serve More Local, Healthy Foods
"Farm to School is a win-win for our children and our food producers," Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. "Schools are buying more than $1.6 million in local foods, which supports our Montana businesses. In turn, our students have more access to healthy food choices, strengthening their bodies and brains."
Funding and Building your Business
- Traversing Missoula to get easier with new sign program
"The goals it have a layer of signage that helps visitors in Missoula get to their destination more efficiently and more effectively."
- SEVEN New grant announcements
- Missoula Merc advocate quits Historic Preservation Commission to help lead a "Save the Merc" campaign
"It just seems like it's kind of a useless board at this point," said Nikki Manning, a doctorate student at the University of Montana and the anthropology department's public archaeologist.
- SEVEN MORE New grant announcements
- A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World by Daniel Goleman
Daniel Goleman will be on the Oprah show on Sunday March 20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvK4ljKE7ZI
- Missoula's No Safe Sallys - brave risk-takers; real movers and shakers; and lovers of life.
Ready to ROCK YOUR REAL?
- Montana women are one of our greatest untapped resources. Welcome to PowerHouse Montana
PowerHouse Montana is a project of the Women's Foundation of Montana. The Women's Foundation of Montana advances economic independence for Montana women and creates a brighter future for our girls.
Connectivity & Communications
- Why You Should Never File a Tax Extension Again
Here is a process you can follow so that you never have to file a tax extension again.
- Google Launches New Data Tools for Marketers
The idea is to provide marketers with a centralized platform to track and store information about customers and their behaviors.
- How a Radical Shift Left Zappos Reeling
A move to "self-management" has shaken the online shoe retailer. Can it regain its mojo?
- Workable: Automates The Hiring Process For Small Business
Small businesses that are hiring but that don't have dedicated human resource staff may want to take a look at Workable, a SaaS-based software system that automates the hiring process, from job posting through candidate hiring.
- Events for Montana Manufacturers - - Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Leadership Lunch and Learn: Supply Chain Optimization March 29, BOZEMAN, MT
- Avoid Expensive Small Business Mistakes
Some of these business closures are due to small business owners unknowingly making expensive mistakes.
- How Well Versed Are You In Startup Investor Jargon?
- Doing Good Business (Social Impact And How It Helps Your Business And Your Community), 4/29, Missoula
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 'Array of Things' Expands to Cities with Research Partnerships
The Array of Things is expanding outside Chicago. But only to cities that have partnerships with a local university or research institution.
- Drones Could Plant 1 Billion Trees a Year
How do you reverse the damage done to the planet when 3 billion to 6 billion trees are cut down every year to make way for other crops such as soy beans, palm oil trees or grazing land for cattle?
- Connected autonomous cars will not need stoplights and that's just the start of changes to the transporation infrastructure.
Imagine a system that is much more efficient, because then you can make sure the vehicles get to the intersection exactly when they have a slot.
- Autonomous cars aren't perfect, but how safe must they be?
Government statistics show that human mistakes are responsible for 94 percent of the 33,000 traffic fatalities each year. Autonomous cars won't get drowsy, distracted or drunk, so in theory they could eliminate those mistakes and save an estimated 31,000 lives a year.
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