|MATR Newsletter - Tue May 31, 2016|
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36 years ago on May 18, Mt. St. Helens erupted. Pat Williams of Montana was in Congress back then and many other members asked, "Hey Pat, is Mount St Helens in your state?" My answer was,"It is now."
Montana World Affairs Council
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Singapore Ambassador's Luncheon - Montana World Affairs Council, 6/28, Helena, Montana
Join us for this exciting luncheon as Ambassador Mirpuri discusses Singapore's perspective on U.S. economic involvement in the Asia-Pacific region and how events occurring on the other side of the world affect Montanans.
Energy and Climate Change
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - May 2016 - Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce - Official Tourism Industry News
Travel planning season is heating up, and the first trickles of out-of-state visitors are beginning to hit Montana.
- Skip the flight, board the train to Glacier National Park
Between the train and shuttle buses around the park, we left the driving to someone else.
Come Home Montana
- A Solar-Powered Tire Store Opens in Montana
Almost 60 years after the first L.P. Anderson tire store opened in Billings, Mont., the family-run business has opened its second location. The owners have invested $2.5 million to make the new L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Service a reality.
- Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity
Both Musk and Buffett believe their methods--decentralized generation through rooftop solar panels for the former, traditional grid infrastructure for the latter--are the best way to bring carbon-free electricity to consumers.
- More than 100 solar power projects proposed for Montana - Net metering gaining popularity in Montana
"Montana is currently very attractive to these developers because their profits are so much higher under the current rates set for NorthWestern," explained John Hines, the utility's vice president of supply.
- Harvard Scientist Engineers Superbug That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy
This month at the University of Chicago, he announced his bug converts sunlight ten times more efficiently than plants.
- Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes
"If the City of Missoula is successful in acquiring the privately owned water system or not, I wonder if this something that would work in our community?" Geoff Badenoch
- The grid merger that could reshape the western power sector
A combined western grid could save consumers up to $9 billion over the next two decades, according to a study commissioned by the grid operators last year. It could also transform the West's power system, prompting a boom in wind and solar and an end for many coal-fired plants.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Membership Director - Montana Nonprofit Association
The Membership Director will spend his/her days interacting with Montana's nonprofit leaders and the many business partners engaged in nonprofit endeavors throughout the state.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Kayle Production Chef - Kayle.me
As a Production Chef you will have the opportunity to work with an awesome team, learn and create with our executive chef, who has worldwide culinary experience which also includes the teaching and leading of culinary schools all across America.
- Teacher shortage in northern Montana has officials worried
One school official says he's looking for applicants who understand the region because many potential teachers from outside the area have a hard time adjusting to working in small schools.
- Today's TED Talk - Adam Driver: Why I bring theater to the military
In this disarming talk, he narrates the story of how he became a Marine, discusses the complex transition from soldier to citizen and tells us about Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit that brings theater to military. "Self-expression is just as valuable a tool as a rifle on your shoulder," Driver says.
Regional Economic Development
- Affordable Housing Leaders "Fired Up" Over Economic Crisis
The pressing need to solve the affordable housing shortage has reached a high point, she said, but bright spots on the horizon indicate a willingness by state government officials to increase spending on housing.
- 'Cops and Donuts' - These Cops Serve and Protect With Their Own Doughnut Shop
Police business is getting a whole new meaning these days as one small town in Michigan arrived on the scene just in the nick of time to save the day.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- The time has come to divorce big-time football from our universities
How do we make football less important?
- Harvard grad wows crowd with spoken word commencement address - Liftoff
2016 Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston delivered a powerful, inspirational and poetic speech during commencement.
- Voices: 'Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder' is an education in itself
What do mice on toast, human horns and a scaled model of Noah's Ark have in common?
- States that tie higher education funding to performance have it all wrong, report says
A new paper from the Century Foundation argues that such performance-based funding models are reinforcing disparities within public higher education and doing little to move the needle on completion.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS' founder and Montana Ambassador Peter Rosten to receive Silver Circle award June 3 in Seattle, WA
"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."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana: Concerns over budget cuts to Humanities unfounded
University of Montana administrators say concerns over an increase in budget cuts targeting the humanities are unfounded as they match targets originally announced last November. Administrators say confusion over the amount to be cut may stem from the different budgets for 2016 and 2017. Cuts to the 2016 Fiscal Year budget were made mid-year as a one-time cut while 2017's budget was made with the cuts already in mind.
- Mid-Rivers to award scholarships at Lambert
Interested students may contact Mid-Rivers at 800-452-2288 for details or to verify their parent/guardian's membership status with the Cooperative.
- Let's build a town (Missoula)-and-gown (University of Montana) connection - James Grunke
I am not sure that we as a community have done a good job of fostering a climate that encourages "gown" relationships with the "town."
Funding and Building your Business
- Two strangers were asked to pose in a photograph together. You won't believe what happened next.
Take a second to watch this 2-minute video and the results will amaze you!
- Billings, Montana wins Outside Magazine's 'America's Best Town of 2016' competition
"winning a title like this goes far in setting Billings apart from other destinations and showcases we're not only a great place to visit, but a fantastic city in which to live, work and do business."
- 10 Ways to Make Cities Livable for the Elderly
"Our rights in the city are often compromised, particularly in older age, due to the social, economic and spatial characteristics of our cities."
- Goldman Sachs just figured out something important about millennials
The firm is overhauling the way it gives feedback following an internal survey that highlighted that desire.
- The Top 3 Reasons to Implement Restaurant Technology
Increasingly, owners and decision makers in restaurants are looking to restaurant technology as part of the success recipe.
- Dismantling The Myth Of The Self-Reliant CEO
From executive coaches to support groups and personal therapists, CEOs rely on a surprising range of people to help them succeed. It truly takes a village.
- 7 Team Attributes That Can Make Any Idea Come Alive
There is an old saying in the startup investor community, "Smart investors invest in the team, not the idea."
- 14 Characteristics of Amazing Mentors
Mentoring is a gift and a privilege. To be asked by someone for mentoring means that person sees you as a role model and believes your wisdom can help he/she grow and be more successful.
- The R&D Tax Credit -- A Game-Changer for Manufacturers
Recent legislation making the R&D tax credit permanent is a big boon to manufacturers of all sizes, helping them to innovate and expand.
- How To Take Your Idea From A Hobby To A Business
There are at least eight key functions and activities that every investor expects to find in a startup proposal with any real potential to change the world.
- Startup founders turn advisors as Portland startups counsel one another
A board of directors has a fiduciary responsibility to the business. Advisors, by contrast, have no legal obligations and no direct authority. That's an advantage, Evans said, because it creates a useful, informal relationship for swapping ideas.
- Behind Every Successful Startup, a Battle Over Ownership
The stakes make co-founders "more susceptible to screwing each other," says plaintiff lawyer K. Luan Tran, who repped a Snapchat cofounder.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Weighing a Donor's Philanthropic History: When Should a Recipient Say "No Thanks?"
Who knew that an imbroglio surrounding a relatively small gift in Bozeman, Montana could stand in as a case study for many of modern philanthropy's complexities and ambiguities?
- The Father of 3D Printing Looks Ahead
When Chuck Hull invented stereolithography in the early 1980s, he had some ideas about what it might spawn, but he could have never imagined the scope of the current 3D-printing world.
- Wood That Could be Mistaken for Glass
The possibilities are endless.
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