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Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana's Senator Tester Slams Campaign Finance Ruling
"Montana cannot return to the days of the Copper Kings where floods of money rigged elections and favored the extremely wealthy. What was true back then is still true today: unlimited money in politics is a threat to our democracy. This ruling is dangerous and out of touch with what we know to be true: elections belong to the people."
- Montana sets up 13 satellite voting offices for tribes
The announcement Tuesday comes after tribal leaders called on Secretary of State Linda McCulloch last year to open the offices to ensure American Indians had equal access to voting.
- Gianforte, Arntzen announce proposal to expand computer science education
"I firmly believe that computers are here to stay"
- Governor Bullock criticizes Montana campaign contributions decision and calls on Attorney General's Office to file appeal
"Montana elections should be decided by 'we the people.' This ruling is a travesty and a step back towards the era of the Copper Kings," said Gov. Bullock. "Allowing our elections to be bought and paid for by people with unlimited wealth is bad for the integrity of our elections and for our democracy."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Renewable energy advocates discuss future of traditional utility companies
NorthWestern Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer Bob Rowe spent an hour taking questions from the audience about how Montana's biggest energy utility plans to deal with the fate of Colstrip power plants, renewable energy sources and how traditional power companies will co-exist with changing public desires.
- GFDA Top 13 for 5/15/2016
Have a college student coming home for the summer? See the list -- we just posted two great paid College Summer Internship Opportunities at GFDA.
- 2016 Non-profit Board Of Directors Training Session, 5/26, Great Falls, Montana
The Great Falls Development Authority and High Plains Financial Board of Directors welcome non-profit leaders and directors to join us for a Non-Profit Board Best Practice Training.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana Networking Breakfast, 6/8, San Francisco, CA
A wonderful way to re-engage with those who love Montana as well as meet those who'd like to learn more about opportunities in the Big Sky State.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News May 2016
VisitMT.com Updated with New 'Montana TV' Hub
- Online personalities live-tweet their western Montana tour for tourism boost
"We have individuals with us from South Korea, Brazil and Mexico, and it was a first for all of them. They said they'd seen people make them in movies, but they'd never known what it was."
Come Home Montana
- Can this gorgeous short film lure fly fishermen into climate activism?
"When you talk about temperature rising, it had never occurred to me that there was anything to worry about," says Dylan Tomine, a former fly fishing guide.
- Governor Steve Bullock brings Montana energy tour to Missoula to explore efficiency
Bullock said Montana must remain a leading energy producer while it also plans for a changing future.
- 'All Electric America' Says Climate-Change Response Is Too Slow
Freeman and Parks do a good job of outlining for the ordinary concerned citizen the counters to the arguments, for example, that wind, solar, and other renewables are too costly.
- Interest is hot in developing solar power in Montana
At least six different companies from North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Virginia have called the county inquiring about the county's solar regulations, Conell said.
- Montana Career Opportunity - President/CEO Economic Development Officer Montana West Economic Development Corporation, Flathead/Glacier Park region, Kalispell, Montana
Montana West collaborates with government units, developers, business professionals, and community organizations to strengthen the region's business and lifestyle assets.
- Governor Bullock partners with Montana Rail Link for apprenticeship program
MRL president Tom Walsh says despite the coal industry taking a hit, now is a great time to get into the railroad industry.
Montana Economic Development
- Much Awaited Department of Labor Overtime Regulations are Released
The U.S. Labor Department announced overtime final regulations today that, when they go into effect on December 1, 2016, will mean most employees earning less than $47,500 per year will be entitled to overtime compensation, regardless of whether they are currently classified as executive, administrative, or professional (white-collar) workers.
- The Graying of Montana
Montana is growing long in the tooth.
- Anderson Steel adding jobs with $1.2 million investment in Great Falls, Montana
The plan is to leverage increased productivity to increase sales and boost Anderson Steel's workforce by 15 personnel this year and a total of 50 over the next four years.
- MSU business college seeks nominations for annual Montana family business awards
Sponsored by the college and State Farm Insurance, awards are based on multi-generational family business involvement and longevity, preparedness for succession, community and industry contributions, and innovative business strategies.
- EDA grant for Montana manufacturers
We at NWTAAC have really enjoyed working with you all and especially the businesses and organizations in Montana.
- Billionaires To Graduates: All Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches
"It is the hard days -- the times that challenge you to your very core -- that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive." Sheryl Sandberg
- Income Inequality: A Growing Threat to Eliminating Rural Child Poverty
While we have made important progress in increasing incomes and reducing the rural child poverty rate, it remains unacceptable that 1.5 million children in rural America - 23.7 percent of all rural youth - live in poverty.
- Senator Angus King Speaks with Al Hunt on the Charlie Rose program
An installment of "Al Hunt on the Story" with Senator Angus King, an independent and former governor of Maine.
- Why Idaho tourism workers built an ad campaign aimed at families
The vignettes end with a woman's voice, "We've done more in six hours than we've done in six months."
- Idaho Power CEO talks electric cars, transmission line at shareholders meeting
But carbon-free power is still years and years away
Utah Economic Development
- Confronting the Parasite Economy
Why low-wage work is bad for business--and all of us.
- Utah GOED announces nearly $2 million in incentives for rural businesses
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Thursday that its board of directors recently approved eight rural Utah businesses for Rural Fast Track grants.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The growing battle between Wyoming lawmakers and the largest wind developer in America
State lawmakers and the developer of the largest onshore wind farm in America are increasingly at odds these days. The subject of their strife: a proposal to raise Wyoming's wind-generation tax.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Demographics of Innovation in the United States
A groundbreaking ITIF survey shows why the country needs to broaden and deepen its pool of potential innovators with better STEM immigration and education policies.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Marketing Montana with the University of Montana's Mario Schulzke
He's here to shake things up.
- Montana University System Regents raise concerns about growing deferred maintenance across the university system
"We're addressing real issues here," said Commissioner Clay Christian. "This isn't some Christmas wish list."
- Montana State University applies for $8 million grant from Charles Koch
If successful, the billionaire industrialist's grant money would be used, over five years, to establish the Center for Regulation and Policy Analysis, funding faculty positions and research fellowships in Bozeman.
- 3 Highlights from the 2016 Gigabit City Summit
They discussed the trends, strategies and prospects tied to gigabit broadband initiatives in such areas as infrastructure, policy, digital inclusion, education and civic tech -- technologies that aid citizens and government.
- 'User error' caused Hellgate High data breach, LMG Security analysis finds
"No sign of malware or file manipulation by an outside actor was discovered."
- Nonprofit Hospitals Adjust to Attract Investors
"It's alarming to these public bondholders that there's not more information made available," said John Cheney, a managing director at health-care financial adviser Ponder & Co.
- Philanthropy Northwest's "Under One Sky" Conference, 9/13-15, Missoula, Montana
Philanthropy Northwest's 2016 conference will meet this September in beautiful Missoula -- and Montana philanthropy leaders couldn't be more excited to welcome our six-state network's leaders and partners back to the "Last Best Place," which previously hosted the 2011 conference.
- Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation kicks off 20th season working in the wilderness
This summer will mark 20 years of stewardship in The Bob by the foundation, volunteers and partner groups.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Essential Guide to Not Ruining a National Park for Everyone
After a recent incident involving tourists loading a bison calf into their SUV (more on that below), we felt compelled to make this guide for what to do ...and importantly, what not to do the next time you visit Acadia, Yellowstone, or any of the country's parks and monuments in between.
- Google Home, Google Assistant and other big announcements from Google's developer conference
Google had some big announcements to make at its annual developers conference. Here's a quick rundown of what the firm unveiled onstage.
- How the Daily Commute Is Going to Change
New services and technologies could make the ride to work very different
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