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"Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When we were young, we had to walk nine feet through orange shag carpet to change the TV channel."
Montana Governor's Conference On Tourism And Recreation, 4/10-12, Kalispell http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5731
Gov. Steve Bullock
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Montana can find right balance with good jobs, quality of life
We're all in this together.
- In Big Sky State, Montana officials market big opportunities
The tweet not only affirmed the Democratic governor's support of gay and lesbian rights, but it also underscored - albeit cheekily - his administration's efforts to draw attention from investors and entrepreneurs.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- The Kalispell Chamber Takes 200 to Visit China and U.S. Embassy Beijing
"It's exciting to have so many friends from the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce visiting China. We're thrilled to host such a great group here at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to discuss how we manage the complex trade and economic relationship the United States has with China and how we work to promote opportunities for business and investment - in Montana and across the United States," said Ambassador Baucus.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Sentinel High School Engineering class seeking professionals and support for STEAM alternative energy projects
I'm very impressed with the STEAM program at Sentinel High and wanted to pass this along for anyone interested (especially professionals in the alternative energy area) in helping our future leaders.
Energy and Climate Change
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - March 2016 - Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News
Latest Outlook from the Montana Tourism Industry
- Stevensville, Montana - Where Montana Began 175 Years Ago
The event is of statewide importance and, as part of the Annual Montana Historical Society Conference in Hamilton, will be attended by representatives from all over the state.
Come Home Montana
- How Should We Structure Performance-Based Regulation of Utilities?
Three different ways to get utilities beyond a "cost of service" approach to maintaining the grid
- Nissan Imagines a World of Free Energy (Amazing video of the future)
The automaker threw some ideas against the wall in expectation of the automobile's central role in future society.
- Will PG&E Finally Get Approval for Its EV Charging Pilot?
The Northern California utility has scaled down its new plan, asking for $160 million for 7,500 charging stations, compared to last year's request for $654 million to build 25,000 chargers.
- Nearly 40% of US Electricity Could Come From Rooftop Solar
The total figure, 1,118 gigawatts, is nearly double the previous estimate of 664 gigawatts that NREL calculated in 2008.
- Mayor of London Boris Johnson: Global overpopulation is the real issue
Depending on how fast you read, the population of the planet is growing with every word that skitters beneath your eyeball. There are more than 211,000 people being added every day, and a population the size of Germany every year.
- Report: Clean Power Plan Must Be Fair to Rural Communities, Workers
For the EPA's carbon-reduction plan to work, rural communities need to be at the table as states prepare their proposals. With proper planning, the Clean Power Plan could be good for both the environment and the economy.
- When Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid? Here's a Map
Today the average cost of energy from solar PV in U.S. is reported to be 12.2 cents per kWh, which is about the same as the average retail rate.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Reporter to cover outdoor recreation and education - Great Falls Tribune
The Big Sky State offers endless recreational opportunities, and this reporter will help our readers find new adventures to pursue.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Coordinator - Society for Wilderness Stewardship
The Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education to ensure the life-sustaining benefits of wilderness. In other words, we are a professional society working to set the standard for wilderness management.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Education Advocacy Specialist - Disability Rights Montana
The education advocate maintains a caseload under the supervision of an attorney and also assists the attorney in managing and prosecuting cases through litigation before administrative, state, and federal judges.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Montana's Tech Industry Can't Afford Discrimination
"Homosexual advocates try to argue that businesses are leery of locating in towns that aren't friendly to homosexuals. I believe the opposite is truer," Gianforte wrote in an email to Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss and Bozeman city council members. http://www.matr.net/article-68451.html
- Unparalleled Movement - Missoula parkour gym draws off-the-wall competitors from all over the world
It's the only parkour gym in the state, and they have plans to expand into a 10,000-square-foot facility, and even open a gym in Bozeman and other towns farther down the line.
- The Unparalleled Movement Parkour Fool's Jam, 4/1-3, Missoula, Montana
Definitions of the sport vary, but it can be thought of as moving from one point to another, creatively using the obstacles along the way in a gymnast-like fashion.
- Senator Jon Tester expands Internet access for rural Montana families and businesses
"I applaud the FCC's decision to roll-back outdated regulations and expand internet access for Montana families and small businesses," Tester said. "This decision will save folks money, provide more certainty to Internet providers, increase consumer choices and ensure rural communities are better connected."
- Opinion: Pre-K, Broadband, Transportation Programs Could Help Rural Mn.
Here are some rural issues I would encourage you to keep your eye on.
Oregon Economic Development
- The Next Century of National Park Service Funding
"As an old man I have a bucket list, and seeing Glacier National Park and driving that road to the sun are on it," said Ladd, 67. "Congress is shirking its duties, and lawmakers just aren't doing their job. I have high hopes that I'll get back to see that beautiful chunk of country before I'm too far gone, but I don't have forever."
- Counties with More Federal Land Fare Better, Study Says
"We don't see any evidence that federal lands are impeding local growth."
- What life is like after police ransack your house and take 'every belonging' -- then the charges are dropped
Under asset forfeiture laws, police are allowed to seize and keep property suspected of involvement in a crime, regardless of whether the property's owners are ever convicted -- or even charged, in many cases.
- Portland Fund Fuels Minority and Women Entrepreneurs
Fostering wealth creation within communities of color and low-income neighborhoods is a key lever amid the city's goals of becoming the most competitive and equitable city in the world as it grows.
- Facebook, Apple, Google, other tech CEOs demand North Carolina repeal anti-LGBT law
Eighty businesses have joined a growing backlash against a new North Carolina law ending anti-discrimination protections across the state.
- Here's how Maryland and Virginia are luring cyber start-ups to the region
Ten more D.C.-area cybersecurity start-ups are getting seed funding courtesy of state governments, according to announcements by Maryland's Technology Development Corp. and Virginia's Mach37 accelerator.
Regional Economic Development
- Evaluating Affordable Housing Development Strategies - Group to provide affordable housing in Big Sky
Housing and transportation are most household's two largest expenditure categories, and are a major financial burden for many lower-income households. As a result, increasing housing and transportation affordability is an important planning objective.
- Why Boeing will cut more than 4,500 jobs by June
The aircraft manufacturer cites increasing competition from Airbus and an effort to ensure long-term viability as the reason for the cuts.
- BNSF executive: About 4,600 employees furloughed nationwide
The chairman of BNSF Railway says about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The fourth industrial revolution
Alongside profound economic transformations, we are witnessing systemic shifts in the types of job-skills that will be required to secure gainful employment in the wake of the 4ID.
- This is why Finland has the best schools
In Finland, children don't receive formal academic training until the age of seven. Until then, many are in day care and learn through play, songs, games and conversation. Most children walk or bike to school, even the youngest. School hours are short and homework is generally light.
Montana Education Excellence
- Science Education Is Woefully Uncreative. That Has to Change
Let's focus on just one aspect of the nature of science that often gives students (and all sorts of people) problems.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- As Graduation Matters evolves, a look at substance behind Montana data
Superintendent Thane said identifying long-term solutions to problems the district starts seeing early on "may not impact our graduation rate for 13 years," but they're important to tackle.
- University of Montana Media Arts Students Gain Professional Film Experience - "Walking Out" with Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman and Josh Wiggins
The screenplay is an adaptation of the short story written by Bozeman author David Quammen.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Polson Puts Together Strategic Plan to Outline Critical Projects
Mayor Knutson said she has wanted to put together a strategic plan for the last few years so the city's officials and residents can be better prepared for what's to come.
- Missoula Hackathon - A civic source code
While hackathons around the country are often limited to the tech savvy and geared toward commercial projects, the Missoula event prioritized community collaboration.
- Adding Layers to Create 'Thick' Infrastructure Can Make Cities Thrive
The metaphorical power of bridges as sites for multi-use places is undeniable. They connect, they tether, they link. They allow movement, exchange and interchange. All these are descriptions of healthy, vibrant urban spaces. And they are easy to imagine upon the urban landscape.
- What is the 'Missing Middle' and How Can it Make Cities More Walkable?
In just about every city, the communities that locals love tend to have a mix of housing types. Sure, there are single-family homes, but among them are duplexes, small multiplexes, and courtyard apartments, too.
- Gallatin County growth rate ranked 24th in nation - County hits 100,000 residents
None of Montana's other counties are growing at a comparable rate to Gallatin, according to census population estimates.
- This groundbreaking technology will soon let us see exactly what's in our food
The implications of this technology are enormous.
- How Sharing Cars Could Actually Boost Auto Sales and Impact Transporation Infrastructure
The analysts acknowledge that the proliferation of on-demand vehicles could ultimately reduce the number of cars on the road in the U.S. by more than 25 million, with population density serving as a key determinant of the size of the on-demand fleet.
- Meet Flow: Google's Transportation Data Revolution
Flow's robust data infrastructure and sidewalk kiosks will also help put autonomous cars on the road.
- Bikes Could Be More Common Than Cars in London by 2019
Boris Johnson says that though the cycling programme was one of the most difficult things he has done, his single biggest regret as London's mayor was he didn't do it sooner.
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