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Word to the wise: Carry your backpack or purse on your chest unless you'd like to lose your money, credit cards, passport, train tickets, drivers license etc. in Venice, Italy. We're lucky to live in Montana - Thus endeth the lesson.
Spika Design & Manufacturing Hosts National Manufacturing Day, 9/28-29, Lewistown, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Red Lodge High School vying for $100,000 grant to 'harvest the wind' and they'd appreciate your vote. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Politics & Legislature
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Candidates for governor lay out differing priorities for public education
Gov. Steve Bullock and his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte are both campaigning on promises to improve the state's public schools, but their visions of what needs to change and how to make it happen differ greatly.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Small Business Development Centers Strengthen Economy, Create Jobs
According to a new report, every tax dollar invested through the Montana SBDC generates $1.72 in state and federal tax revenues. In addition, each dollar also leveraged $22 in public and private financing, resulting in $28.7 million in financing obtained by SBDC clients.
Come Home Montana
- Greenland has been losing over 20 gigatons more of ice per year than we previously thought.
"We were shocked when we first saw them. Only afterwards did we make the connection."
- Missoula College West Campus Solar Initiative - Your Support is Appreciated
By reducing the building's yearly operating cost with a renewable energy system, we will not only provide Montana-made energy to the grid, but will deliver real-world cost savings for the University of Montana. With your help and the help of industry leaders we can accomplish this goal.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development Director - The Montana World Affairs Council
The Development Director will be a part of the Leadership Team and responsible for the creation, development, planning and implementation of a comprehensive development program to support the mission and strategic vision of the Montana World Affairs Council.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Sales Development Representative, Online Strategist and Content Writer, Online Support Technician - GeoFli
"What if we could personalize the website based on location?"
- Are You Ready To Change Your Drive?, 10/6, Bozeman, Montana
Tired of the same old day-in, day-out drudgery of your current job?
- Montana schools are struggling to find and keep teachers
Finding and keeping teachers is a growing challenge for not only the state's smallest schools like Vida, which sent seventh- and eighth-graders about 30 miles away to Circle this year after coming up a teacher short, but for schools across Montana.
- Montana-based health insurer, New West Health Services, shutting down
"It's a sad day for Montanans to lose an option for them and their health care," New West CEO Angela Huschka told MTN News.
- New construction material from Montana's SmartLam makes an impact in the Flathead
It's called cross-laminated timber and his company based out of Columbia Falls is the first and only producer of it in the U.S.
- Gazette opinion: City of Billings should quit while it's behind
A boatload of case history that shows the city couldn't pick fights if it were a pit bull at a poodle party.
- Idaho's top 8 private employers, and how Idaho wages lag nation's
Employment by the federal and state governments far outstrips that by any individual business or nonprofit in Idaho.
- A vision for economic development
The basic premise is that what happens in any sector of the economy has a ripple effect. Better alignment and collaboration among businesses, investors, educators and local governments will help our region succeed.
- It was going to be beautiful. It was going to jump-start a struggling economy.
A Strong Town practices incremental development. This approach prevents these tragedies from happening. Big developers and mega-projects aren't going to fix our cities. The kind of development that works - the resilient kind of development - happens at a small, local scale by someone who cares about the place they live.
- Senators seek Labor Department probe of Wells Fargo
Eight U.S. Democratic senators asked the Labor Department on Thursday to launch a probe into whether Wells Fargo (WFC.N) may have violated wage and working hour laws by failing to pay overtime to tellers and sales representatives who stayed late to meet sales quotas.
- The rise of the corporate colossus threatens both competition and the legitimacy of business
More firms are dying than being born. Founders dream of selling their firms to one of the giants rather than of building their own titans.
- DirecTV (Griz and Cat Games) NOT Available Outside of the United States
Just a word of caution to those who subscribe that are traveling and hope to watch their favorite programs.
- Why the Wells Fargo Hearing Raises More Questions Than It Answers
"How profitable do you want the banks [to be] if they're providing such a basic public-utility type service of just parking your money - in the way that we might think of an electricity company or a gas company -- as opposed to a profit center?"
- Albertsons launches grocery shopping smartphone app
Albertsons, the parent company of Safeway, recently launched Just for U, a mobile app that provides coupons and personalized savings straight to your smartphone.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- As Wyoming's economy slows, city planners consider future development
For many city planners, the slowdown, spurred by an economic downturn, is a respite from the frantic development that sweeps across the state during boom times.
- University of Utah unveils a place to live, think and innovate
Students are already starting to create groups in the few short days the facility has been open for occupancy.
- As kindergarten ratchets up academics, parents feel the stress
Many parents new to modern-day elementary schooling say they have been shocked to find their children in a pressure cooker of rigorous academics, standardized tests, homework and what seem like outrageous expectations.
Montana Education Excellence
- Feds cut ties with for-profit colleges accreditor
Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit schools.
- University of Montana and Montana State University Release Fall Enrollment Numbers
Montana residents have enrolled in Montana State University in record-high numbers this fall, helping the university to a new enrollment record of 16,440 students.
- Red Lodge High School vying for $100,000 grant to 'harvest the wind' and they'd appreciate your vote.
No matter where you live, a vote for Red Lodge is a vote for sustainability. Please consider sharing the voting link, and this story, written yesterday by our friend Ed Kemmick, and help our little school make a big change for the better.
- Montana high school seniors encouraged to apply for 2017 scholarships at MSU
Montana high school seniors who plan to attend Montana State University in the fall of 2017 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for scholarships through the MSU Premier Scholarship Program. The priority deadline for scholarship applications is Feb. 1, 2017.
- For the second consecutive year, Montana Western has broken the modern record for students enrolling at the university. - Experiential Learning program has boosted enrollment, retention, class completion, graduation rates and placement.
Montana Western is the only U.S. public four-year institution that offers block scheduling, in which students take one class at a time for a few weeks. Now in its 11th year, the innovative program has boosted enrollment, retention, class completion, graduation rates and placement.
Funding and Building your Business
- As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income
What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?
- Think a 401(k) Is Not a Sexy Benefit? Competition May Change That
More recently, states like California, Illinois and Maryland have moved toward creating their own low-cost programs for small businesses that do not offer retirement plans.
- Employers Still Lag Behind When It Comes To Disability
Employer attitudes are one of the major barriers for disabled people in the workplace
- TED Talk of the week - David Burkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid
In this talk, Burkus questions why most of us keep our salaries secret -- and makes a compelling case for why sharing them could benefit employees, organizations and society.
- This Founder Isn't Afraid to Tell His Customers Their Ideas Are Stupid--and It's Paying Off
"Once you have something that works, you want to keep doing it," says Adam Fleischman, who, prior to starting the Umami Burger chain, toiled in screenwriting and finance. "But it doesn't get easier."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- State computers increasingly under attack by cybercriminals
"These sophisticated threats have grown significantly," said Doug Robinson, NASCIO's executive director. "There's a never-ending parade of bad guys who are attempting to penetrate the network."
- "It's such a powerful venue": Montana stories matched with media experts at first Big Montana Story event
"What we most want to do is provide jobs for people in liberal arts," Glass-O'Shea said, adding there's so much talent in Missoula, "we want to be the people that exploit it!"
- If Montana Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?
Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Montana
- 31 Hilarious Things Only Husbands Would Say
These are just plain funny... but obviously never said in your marriage.
- Subscribe and drive service promises car ownership alternative
Dutch startup Amber also believes that car ownership is expensive and inefficient, and is launching a no-hassle on-demand car-sharing service that will feature its own electric car, the Amber One, that's been specifically designed for sharing.
- Smart brings Electric Drive to all its city cars
The new Smart Electric Drive, with up to 160 km range and torquey motors, could be the perfect runabout for inner city commuters with one eye on the environment.
- Spiri ride-sharing service is more self-drive than self-driving
It's self-drive carpooling service is promised to get you where you need to be for free if you're the driver, or at about the price of a bus ticket for passengers.
- US guidelines on self-driving cars get good reception at G-7
"We did a good job of inventorying what each country is doing and laying out areas that we want to explore further."
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