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"Merely recognizing that conventional driving is one of the most dangerous things we do can reframe the policy discussion about automated driving. When a self-driving car eventually harms someone -- and that will happen -- the public must not forget the more than 30,000 Americans who will die in vehicle crashes this year or the 2.3 million who will be injured. Indeed, millions will be hurt every year as long as drunk, drowsy, distracted, aggressive, hurried and otherwise reckless driving continues." --- How Can Government Officials Clear the Road for Self-Driving Cars? --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Networking Breakfast- Montana Ambassadors, 6/8, San Francisco, CA http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards Downtown Improvement Grants to Seven Communities and Welcomes New Main Street Members
"The Montana Main Street Program helps to strengthen the economic vitality and unique historic character of downtowns throughout the state," Director Meg O'Leary of the Department of Commerce said. "We look forward to working with these communities in both their planning efforts and improvements to downtown infrastructure."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Building Operator Certification Training For Facilities Operators, 06/21, Helena
The Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program trains facilities personnel to understand how building systems work together and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.
Energy and Climate Change
- New website promotes, celebrates Yellowstone River
The nation's longest undammed river.
Come Home Montana
- Electric cars helping to power the nation
Nissan and Enel launch UK vehicle-to-grid smart energy trial that enables electric cars to sell power back to the national grid.
- Renewable Northwest and the Montana Renewable Energy Associationlaunch renewable energy campaign in Bozeman, Montana
Renewable energy industry representatives and Bozeman city officials joined forces on Tuesday at Bridger Brewing to launch a campaign to push for the state to tap into its potential for wind and solar energy production.
- How Close Are We to 100 Percent Renewable Energy?
With the technology maturing and public support growing, it's looking more and more realistic.
- As residential solar surges, the net-metering debate heats up
Big questions loom for states, utilities, the solar industry and anyone inclined to produce renewable energy from the sun or wind while remaining tied to the grid.
- Solar Power Net Metering Most Beneficial According to Study
A new Brookings Institution analysis indicates that net metering of solar power yields benefits for all ratepayers -- not just customers generating their own electricity through solar arrays.
- Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar
A paper published Monday by researchers from the Brookings Institution reviews a number of studies conducted by state utility commissions, academic institutes and think tanks and suggests that rooftop solar actually benefits all consumers -- whether they're solar customers or not.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Basis Administrator/Data Center Analyst, Applications Business Analyst, Business Coordinator - Northwestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers.
Montana Economic Development
- Please vote for a FedEx small business grant for Missoula's Cairn Cartographics - accurate, beautiful maps that not only show the way but inspire people to explore and respect wild places.
A FedEx small business grant would allow them to expand their mapping range, even to your favorite back-country.
- Missoula-based 'Minimalists' Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - 'Our memories aren't in our things': A movie explains why having less stuff makes you happier
In 2010, childhood friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus started a blog devoted to disburdening. It now gets about 5 million readers a year, and the guys have diversified, launching a podcast and filming the recently released movie "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things."
- Bozeman-based The Wild West Shirt Co. selected for Fruit of the Loom's national campaign
This February, his Wild West Shirt Co. was selected as one of four businesses to create a promotional video for Fruit of the Loom's national advertising campaign.
- Next Exit History - Reach New Audiences and Connects the Past to the Present
Next Exit History is a tool built for communities that are searching for ways to engage with visitors through modern mediums, increase economic development through heritage tourism, and preserve their history by embracing the future.
- The Collaborative Learning Network
The Collaborative Learning Network offers a team of professionals who help you to articulate your educational vision, provide meaningful professional development for your staff and when needed, translate your vision into facility concepts for a future design team.
- Billings SBDC Regional Director Dena Johnson Wins National Award for Excellence
In her tenure, she has consulted 836 clients and secured $11.9 million in financing.
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow Businesses, Create 46 New Jobs across Montana
"Montana's economy is strong and we are seeing great opportunities for businesses to grow and expand all across the state," said Governor Bullock.
- Montana Code School Summer Session Begins, Welcomes New Instructors
As Montana Code School classes begin in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana, on May 23, 2016, we are excited to announce two new additions to the Montana Code School team. Nicholas Marucci, new lead instructor in Bozeman, and Nathan Smith, new lead instructor in Missoula, Montana.
- The Neuropsychology of Working While on Vacation--and How to Overcome It
What is going on is that the brain holds on to something when it is incomplete.
- How a Physicist Who Helped Find the Higgs Boson Got Into Horse Apps
It's not like it was an easy choice. Hollingsworth had almost always wanted to be a physicist.
- The 10 Commandments of Rational Debate [logical fallacies explained]
These are 10 of the more popular logical fallacies, but there are many others you need to learn in order to master the art of debate...
- Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Bad Place To Work
People talk, and they tell their friends "No matter how badly you need a job, don't go to work for this company and that company. It's worse working there than being unemployed, by a mile!"
- Why You Shouldn't Make Decisions When You're Hungry
Being hungry can trigger impulsive behavior, but how has this been an advantage to our evolution?
Come Home Utah
- Bringing People Together: Rural Is 'Different,' Not 'Less'
In the long run, he says, urban-based philanthropies need rural constituencies to make a difference at the national level.
- Utah Career Opportunities - Office Manager / Administrative Assistant, QuickBooks Bookkeeper - Salt Lake City Bookkeeping
We focus on taking care of our people as much as we take care of our clients.
- How a rejected job applicant's rage online hurt a Boise business
Without any warning, business dropped off seemingly overnight. Customers were coming in more and more infrequently. John's online reviews were plummeting, and there was no explanation.
- Boise State works with Harvard to provide online business courses
The credentialed course will be offered to students, community members and corporations
- Has Portland Lost its Way?
Oregon's poster child for livable planning is embroiled in new controversies over destructive growth, skyrocketing prices, and back-room cronyism.
Regional Economic Development
- Inside the Murdoch Makeover of National Geographic
On a blog, societymatters.org, Alan Mairson, a former National Geographic writer and editor, highlighted again and again how the NGS's traditional focus on science, exploration, and discovery was being overtaken and undermined on cable TV by more titillating topics such as sex and drugs, paranormal activities, and true crime.
- 8 Placemaking Principles for Innovation Districts
This article shows, by averting, sharing, and externalizing costs, quality places can also accomplish these goals with a greater return on investment than many conventional approaches.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Gazette opinion: Remedies needed for Montana's health workforce shortage
"We're going to have to be a very attractive state and community for people to want to come here," said Melanie Schwarz, who leads the BillingsWorks project of Big Sky Economic Development. The entire nation is facing a health worker shortage.
- Gallatin College MSU to offer new associate's degree in photonics, receives nearly $200,000 National Science Foundation grant
The Gallatin Valley is home to approximately 30 photonics and optics companies - the highest per capita concentration of such companies in the U.S. - but skilled photonics technicians are needed to grow the industry.
- Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism
Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning?
Students who receive a laptop computer from their school tend to see a noticeable increase in academic achievement, a Michigan State University study reveals.
- Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school
Businesses urgently need innovative people, so we must dispel the myth that creativity is something mysterious that cannot be encouraged
Missoula Children's Theatre
- MAPS - Everybody Needs Love
...every word sung and every instrument played was done by our MAPSTERS.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Little Red Trucks are Coming - 46th Year of Tour Training at Missoula Children's Theatre
In short, the Tour Actor/Directors will begin to understand how to be an ambassador for the arts. They will then join the ranks of the 43 current veteran Tour Actor/Directors who are continuing their MCT adventure of developing life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
- QSA students criticize Gianforte naming, MSU's Cruzado willing to talk
"The university is unequivocal that we will never condone an injustice of any kind on our campus," Ellig said. "The university doesn't discriminate."
- University of Montana School of Business Administration Deans Report 2015-16
In my 30th and final year as Dean, I am excited to report two of many new developments that you will read about in this year's Dean's Report.
- UM cuts for 2017 higher than expected for College of Humanities and Sciences
After making reductions last year, the dean anticipated further requests to trim, but the college received reduction requests earlier this month that "frankly are on the high side, scary high," Dean Chris Comer said Wednesday.
- From the Desk of University of Montana President Royce Engstrom
There's so much more to UM's story about technology.
- University of Montana Names Christopher Shook New Dean of School of Business Administration
"I am so pleased to welcome Chris to UM," said UM President Royce Engstrom. "He brings a wealth of experience and achievements, and will lead UM's top-notch business school to even greater heights. We had an outstanding pool of candidates, and I applaud the search committee members for their hard work throughout the process."
Funding and Building your Business
- 'Two Rivers' - Ten years of dramatic change at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers in western Montana.
Coming soon to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE.
- Backroads of Montana ( No.142 ) Sharp Shooters
Montana PBS 'Backroads' is one of the best programs about Montana and what makes it unique.
- Best Towns 2016: The Final Round - Billings, Montana or Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Will Jackson, Wyoming, or Billings, Montana, be chosen as the Best Town in America? It's time to vote.
- FIVE New grant announcements
- Librarians are taking the lead in the digital transformation
Librarians and media specialists are bridging the gap between instruction and technology. One pioneer shares how she does it
- Vote Yes For Our Missoula Library, 6/1, Help Support The New Library
Are you ready to help build a new library? Please join us when we officially launch our campaign to pass a bond for a new library
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- The weird thing that happens when you put more women in the boardroom
Is that a bad thing?
- Why VCs Aren't Funding Women-led Startups
"Usually I am the only woman in the room, but I have no idea how much of a disadvantage that is because I don't know what it's like to be a male looking for funding."
- The Exit: Options for Montana Entrepreneurs
Montana's future is bright and our businesses play a crucial role in our communities. By planning ahead, shareholders can reach their financial and personal goals in a graceful exit, as well as ensure their company continues to have a positive impact on the local and state community.
- After Over Four Years of 'Anxious Waiting', Equity Crowdfunding Goes Live
Equity crowdfunding is now legal across the U.S. allowing non-accredited investors to make equity investment in startups through a registered online portal.
- This Startup Promises To Make Paperwork Less Of A Nightmare For Freelancers
"It's creating a corporate support structure for freelancers."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Intel breaks into reality TV with 'America's Greatest Makers'
The site, she says, has "enjoyed the highest levels of engagement of any online effort that Intel has ever done before.''
- Apple may open up Siri to developers. That's a huge deal.
"A change in Apple's developer relationship is more exciting than a new product?"
- Changing Transportation Means Changing Government's Way of Thinking
Instead of transportation agencies thinking of themselves as being responsible for maintenance, they need to start seeing themselves as managers of systems.
- The complete timeline to self-driving cars - Tesla customers have driven 100 million miles with Autopilot active
Self-driving cars are coming. The question is when and how.
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