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I've squirted the entire bottle of "No More Tears" onto this baby's face and he's still crying... babysitting is hard.
Missoula Civic Hackathon, 3/26-27, University Of Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5880
Big Sky Economic Development
Early Edge Montana
- Economic Development: How does Billings compare to its peers? We're checking the data
Data enables us to understand the economic pulse of our community, and perhaps more importantly, how we compare to others in our region.
Gov. Steve Bullock
- School Chiefs Issue New Policy Recommendations on Early Education
"Five action steps to leverage the value of early childhood education for their state's public education system."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Governor Bullock promotes small business start-up resource The Montana Business Navigator
The Montana Business Navigator https://business.mt.gov/navigator is available for prospective business owners who want help with streamlining the process of filing for permits and licenses.
- GFDA Top 12 for 3/22/2016
Thank you to our investors, those of you who have been with us from the start and those who have recently joined the team! Without you, everything we've been able to accomplish would not have been possible. On to the future!
Energy and Climate Change
- Photos, Videos, and Presentations: Montana Ambassadors Working Better Together for Montana
Thank you for your support whether in person or via message sharing to ensure the Montana Ambassador Annual Awards and Conference was a success.
Come Home Montana
- Grid Defection Isn't a Reason to Fight Distributed Energy--It's a Reason to Embrace It
Distributed generation is making it easier to shift capital investments away from traditional generation and toward assets with better long-term return potential.
- Here's how to develop clean energy on tribal land
Unfortunately, what many young indigenous people see is that our elected tribal leaders fail us by allowing the fossil fuel industry to continue to exploit our land and people.
- Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries
"We're in danger of handing young people a situation that's out of their control."
- The scientist who first warned of climate change says it's much worse than we thought
Hansen is still worried that the rest of us aren't worried enough.
- Recycling Tech Gadgets Requires Innovation
"The bottle or can you drank from will soon become another bottle or can. E-waste is much more complicated."
- Local Government Can Boost Solar, Electric Car Sales at the Same Time, Denver Area Finds
Colorado has found a way to boost solar panel installations and electric car sales at the same time, and now it's looking to spread the idea cross the country.
The instructor we are looking for must be a skilled developer with experience working within highly functional teams. The instructor will be leading a full-time intensive web development bootcamp.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Project Manager, Photonics Engineer, Software Engineer, Digital Engineer, RF Electrical Engineer and more... - S2 Corporation
We seek those with a background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, photonics engineering and/or optical physics.
Montana Economic Development
- Montanore Mine permitted by federal officials, but battle to protect wilderness continues
"To keep the tunnels dry while they're mining the deposit, which is underneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area, they'll have to lower the groundwater table which will lead to reduced stream flows," she said. "Montana's no degradation law protects against degradation of outstanding resource waters, and all of those within wilderness areas are designated as such."
- Flathead Valley Filmmakers Ready for Their Close-Up
"I'd go to Los Angeles for a week for meetings and that's about all I could take," Wiest, who now lives in Montana, said. "I made a decision that I'm going to make movies where I live. I love it. I love Montana."
- FICO to open Bozeman office, will hire about 20 people
"Bozeman is a community that we've been very invested in. We're excited to be moving into the area," said FICO spokesman Dale Tarnowski.
- Why a weekly tabloid owned by Maury Povich might have 'the best newsroom in Montana' - The Flathead Beacon
From the top down, the Flathead Beacon isn't typical.
- Cherry Juice Business Moves to the Flathead
Every year, anywhere from 400,000 to 600,000 pounds of cherries picked along Flathead Lake are thrown away.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Effort underway to bring vibrancy to Great Falls
"People are designing in silos," he said of the modern tendency to develop facilities and spaces for a single purpose.
Business Plan Forums
- Public-Private Partnerships Are the Best Way to Expand Internet Access, Says Seattle Mayor
"We're not going to be able to do it or a lot of things unless we see an aggressive approach by the federal government to work with local jurisdictions to make that possible."
City Club Missoula
- John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Public Event 2016, 5/5, Missoula, Montana
Listen to student competitors from across the state pitch their way to winning cash prizes or the $15,000 first prize!
- City Club Missoula Presents: Engage, Enrich, Empower: Special Olympics Summer Games Return To Missoula, 4/11
OUR MISSION is to bring together people to inform and inspire citizens on issues vital to the Missoula area community through public forums that encourage the discussion of new ideas and the free exchange of thought.
- Senator Tester Donating Computers to Rural Montana Schools
"As a former teacher, I know the important and innovative role technology can play in the classroom for students and teachers alike," Tester said. "I am confident Montana's educators will put these computers to good use."
- Funding cuts begin to hit Forest Service - Trail Maintenance Biggest Loser
This year's reduction is the first in a series of three that are expected to reduce the forest's trail work budget by about $300,000 by 2018.
- Missoula County adopts new parental leave policy for new moms and dads
New policy will position Missoula County as a family-friendly employer and help it retain skilled employees in a competitive job market, commissioners say.
- Idaho's own medical school to serve a five-state region
ICOM will also serve a five-state region (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota), with preference given to Idaho students.
- 1 Million Cups is finally in Idaho Every Wednesday at 9AM in Boise at Trailhead
So let's help people to quit bitching about the ecosystem and start growing!
- Boise business sues Idaho over business tax incentive
It seeks to void a $6.5 million incentive used to recruit a competitor to Boise
- How Instagram spawned a successful Boise startup - Art of Visuals
Just 3 months old, the business is already turning a profit, they say
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Speak Your Piece: Merger of Cable Giants Would Hurt Rural Access
That would effectively eliminate choice in the video marketplace for thousands of rural Americans.
- S2 Corporation and MSU jointly announce contract to provide wideband sensor capability to U.S. Navy
"This is a great example of MSU-developed technology transferring to local private industry and making an impact to the nation's defense capabilities."
- Montana SHRM State Council Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession
The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Development group, engineering firm begin economic survey of Natrona County, Wyoming
“When things are slow, you can take a step back and think about how and where you want to grow so you’re not just approving everybody who’s coming in the door."
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS' founder Peter Rosten receives Silver Circle award
"NATAS are the folks who hand out Emmy awards and they gave our students two awards last year," Rosten said. "They are acknowledging my 25 years as a Hollywood industry professional and contributions to the industry."
- NASA chief Dava Newman returns to Montana amid preparations to Mars
"Study hard; study everything you like. We need scientists and engineers and mathematicians, but guess what? We need artists, we need designers, we need historians. We need everyone to study all the disciplines to get us to Mars and beyond."
Funding and Building your Business
- SEVEN New grant announcements
- Bozeman named one of the best small college towns
The city of Bozeman has been ranked number four on a list of the 25 best small college towns in which to live. Bozeman, the home of Montana State University, was the highest-ranked town in Montana on the list.
- Tale of a city - Marc Moss and 'Tell Us Something' offer a little bit of everthing
"Everyone has a story," he says. "Everyone's story matters. I only want to be the conduit that allows people to get their stories heard."
- What Is Placemaking, Really?
Basically, it's urban intervention -- the idea of pumping life into neglected city pockets through collaborative projects that spark life in and speak to the community.
- This moving tribute explains why former Intel CEO Andy Grove was revered by so many
In the tribute, Grove is credited with nothing less than building Silicon Valley itself. That's not only because the company he led became the dominant maker of microprocessors inside computers, but because of how he shaped the culture that underlies the industry--which, in its better moments, is known for intellectual curiosity, the sharing of ideas, and a relentless focus on the future.
- Frazier Healthcare Partners Raises $525M Growth Buyout Fund
Seattle-based healthcare investor Frazier Healthcare Partners says it has closed a new, $525M fund, focused on investing in growth and buyout opportunities in the lower, middle market.
- Government Technology - Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers: Honoring What Works
We think you'll find their work inspiring and hopefully a little contagious.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana Nonprofit Association Blog - Making good use of data is quite challenging.
Montana nonprofit leaders gave themselves a tepid score on use of community and program data in the planning process. They also highlighted a need for access to good quality data, especially in the more rural communities.
- The Montana State Employees' Charitable Giving Campaign is accepting applications from nonprofits
The SECGC is the only authorized charitable solicitation of state employees in the workplace.
- Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds
"The vision for the future is that anyone who needs a specific small molecule can essentially print it out from their computer," explained Burke. "We are really excited about the immediate impacts that this will have on drug discovery."
- The Mysterious Thing About a Marvelous New Synthetic Cell
Why bother? Because they ultimately want to intelligently design new life-forms from scratch--say, bacteria that can manufacture medical drugs, or algae that churn out biofuels.
- 'Drive Clean Seattle' Would Put 15,000 Electric Cars on The Road
With an estimated 65 percent of Seattle's greenhouse-gas emissions coming from transportation, Murray said, his Drive Clean Seattle will help cut carbon pollution that is contributing to climate change.
- Study shows we may be closer to sharing self-driving cars than we think
Fifteen years from now, we may be relying more on sharing autonomous vehicles than owning or driving them ourselves, according to a new study from ABI Research.
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