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Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Main Street Membership Cycle Open October 1
The Department of Commerce Community Development Division will begin accepting Montana Main Street membership applications for the 2017 membership application cycle on October 1, 2016.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- MEDA October News
There are several exciting changes to the MEDA Fal l Conference Agenda. Governor Bullock will be joining us for lunch on Thursday, October 13 th and Greg Gianforte will be speaking to MEDA later that evening.
- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch calls for automatic voter registration
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is asking state lawmakers to pass an automatic voter registration bill in the next legislative session
- Wind and solar or coal? PSC candidates debate Montana's energy future
Candidates for a seat on Montana's Public Service Commission clashed Thursday night over what the future of Montana's energy portfolio should look like.
- Montana revenue growth slower than expected, sparking campaign debates over how best to budget
When legislators and the governor budget for the next two years, they will have about $120 million in cash in the bank to start, about a third of what they started with in 2015. They also will be facing projections for modest growth in revenue.
- Gazette opinion: Gianforte's jobs pitch may be more of a curveball than you think
If his campaign is all about jobs, what about his record as a job creator and businessman?
- Gov. Bullock proposes amending Montana constitution to ban statewide sales tax
"A statewide sales tax would hurt Montanans in every corner of our state," Bullock said. "I'll be asking the next Legislature to send voters a proposed amendment to amend Montana's constitution to prohibit a statewide general sales tax, period."
- NorthWestern, City of Bozeman, MSU Launch Solar Project
NorthWestern Energy has coupled its imagination and its funds with the City of Bozeman's land to create a pilot project from which both entities can benefit and learn."
Montana Code Girls
- TechLink helps ARL launch online technology store
Have you ever wondered how to tap into cutting-‐edge technology from the Department of Defense to make your business more competitive and profitable? The Army Research Lab has launched a new website that will make it easy for you to find and gain rights to ARL's patented technologies.
Big Sky Code Academy
- Montana Code Girls - Free Afterschool Coding Academy For Girls Starts In Kalispell On Oct. 6
The class will tie together coding and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Big Sky Code Academy Announces Plans to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction Through Partnership with Code.org and Participation in White House Computer Science Event
Big Sky Code Academy selected as Code.org Professional Learning Partner for the state of Montana.
Energy and Climate Change
- Migrating golden eagles surf the wind in Montana's Big Belt Mountains
One place to see the action is south of Duck Creek Pass in the southern end of the Big Belt Mountains in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest 19 miles west of White Sulphur Springs.
Come Home Montana
- Carbon dioxide levels cross 400 ppm threshold, likely highest in millions of years
The increase in gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide is fueling climate change and making "the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations," the World Meteorological Organization has said.
- France's 'Wattway' Solar Road Set To Power Millions Of Homes - The world's 1st ever photovoltaic road surface - What If We Redesigned the Grid From Nothing?
Wattway produces electrical energy without overtaking farmland or natural landscapes, and contributes to increasing the share of photovoltaic electricity in the energy mix, both in France and worldwide.
- The Last Dozen Caribou in the Lower 48 (Idaho) Written Off
The fundamental cause of the caribou decline is the unanticipated ecological consequences of development.
- Sandpoint, Idaho town square home to first public Solar Roadways panel installation
A second pilot project will see Solar Roadways panels installed in a sidewalk area in Conway, Missouri, at a rest stop along Route 66.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Training Specialist - The Montana Department of Agriculture
You'll travel every corner of the state, meeting with producers and other stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide food safety program that will keep our Montana foods safe and healthy.
- Montana Near Top in Construction Job Losses
Regardless of the manner in which one supports an investment of public monies into infrastructure projects and whether it is good economic policy, the economic effect of not investing in infrastructure is indisputable.
- Manufacturers SepticNET and Blacklock Block Manufacturing find home in Butte business park
SepticNET wants to collaborate with Montana Connections to build four more buildings in the future, which he hopes will "plant the seed" for the establishment of more manufacturing firms in the county.
- Own a business in Great Falls? You need a safety inspection
While different business types have different requirements, most businesses in Great Falls need a safety inspection certificate to operate legally within the city limits.
- Stockman Asset Management acquires Peak Investment Management of Missoula
The two firms can now combine their investment products, wealth management services, tenured portfolio managers and back-office operations to offer services on a larger scale. Offices are located in Helena, Missoula, Conrad and Billings.
- Sentencing delayed for former Vann's CFO Paul Nisbet to allow vacation
The sentencing of a man implicated in the federal fraud case involving a former Missoula electronics and appliance retailer is being delayed, as not to interfere with his vacation to Alaska.
Come Home Idaho
- 10 Minute Crash Course in Public Speaking
Does your title create curiosity?
- Getting beyond hiding your gender: Paths for women to work in tech
A Wall Street Journal column sparked outrage for suggesting that women trying to break into tech should use their initials. The author has since apologized, but how do we address gender equity at work?
- 11 Must-Watch TED Talks That Will Make You Insanely Productive
Spend a little time watching these talks now and you'll save a lot of time in the long run.
- Coeur d'Alene's Alliance Data receives workforce training funds to create 364 jobs
The new workers will bring the total of employees at the Coeur d'Alene location to 810 by Feb. 28, 2018.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise Angel Alliance is seeking 40 investors for new fund
The Boise Angel Alliance is selling $50,000 memberships to up to 40 Idaho investors for the Gem State Angel fund.
- McLaughlin Research director George Carlson leaving for California lab - Urges Support for Montana Initiative 181
"I have friends here and have enjoyed the area's natural beauty and fly fishing," he said, stressing he will help McLaughlin with its transition new leadership, serve on its Scientific Advisory Committee and support efforts to pass and implement Montana Initiative 181.
Washington State Business
- Allegiant Air says it has met FAA's safety-related concerns
Federal aviation officials are satisfied that Allegiant Air is taking steps to address problems that inspectors found during a three-month review of the low-cost airline.
- Roseburg Forest Products Tells Weed, California, Go Find Your Own Water
To the lumber company that owns the land where the spring is, the water is a business opportunity.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope
Now the political, academic and tech elite of both cities are looking for ways to bring them closer together, with the aim of continuing the growth of two of the most vibrant economies in North America.
- A Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures
Enough to keep you learning for a very long time.
Montana Education Excellence
- Sexual harassment in STEM: 'It's tragic for society'
These are the experiences of three women who spoke to CNN about a culture of pervasive sexual harassment in academia, especially in the sciences. They were harassed by different men, throughout different parts of their education and careers.
- Utah schools slowly begin hiring teachers without experience
New rule helping fill open teaching jobs; lawmakers, administrators moving to make sure newcomers don't fail
- Why Montana students flock to MSU while UM's enrollment drops
It seems UM is struggling to recruit, admit and serve prospective students.
- Salary is one obstacle to keeping teachers in Montana's rural schools
Montana pays beginning teachers worse than any other state in the country.
- University of Montana Western completes an eventful block one.
The university is the only public four-year institution teaching under Experience One where students take a single-class-at-a-time in 18-day blocks.
- Prelaw Program at UM Boasts High Success Rate
With a success rate of 91 percent, UM's Prelaw Program is well above the national average admittance rate of 78 percent, which includes students not participating in a prelaw program.
Funding and Building your Business
- 101 small ways you can improve your city
The least you can do to make a big difference where you live
- Video: Downtown Missoula - Connecting our Community
Missoula is one of the best places to be: friendly people, supportive faculty, a great sense of community, fantastic educational opportunities, and beautiful, beautiful scenery. (Quote by - Princeton)
- How to Create a Sales Pitch That Doesn't Sound Like Spam
Nobody wants to do business with a spammer.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Open Data's Unexpected Benefits in Utah
At the NASCIO annual conference in Orlando, Hussey talked about why the effort is a priority for state leaders, and the many other groups who stand to benefit.
- 3D-printed bones? New 'hyperelastic' material could let doctors print implants on demand
Researchers at Northwestern University develop a new 3D-printable synthetic bone that could one day could help transform major surgery.
- This Technology Is About to Revolutionize Beer-Making - Montana Microbreweries take beer industry by storm
The formation and collapse of tiny bubbles dramatically changes the chemistry, engineering, and cost of beer-making.
- Faster Than a (3-D Printed) Speeding Bullet
HP is billing its system as the first in the world ready to produce 3-D parts and products -- and at blazing speeds, as quick as 340 million voxels per second, about 10 times faster than any other printer available.
- Uber offers unlimited rides pricing option
The multi-billion dollar company is trialling a subscription model which incentivizes using Uber over other competitors.
- Proposed highway lane for self-driving cars would link Seattle and Vancouver
A venture capital firm envisions replacing HOV lanes with lanes just for autonomous vehicles
- Airbag helmets outperform conventional bicycle helmets in drop tests
It is designed to sit around a rider's neck like a puffy scarf, but when it detects a collision, it quickly inflates and wraps around the head in time to soften the blow.
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