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“Hallelujah” Leonard Cohen 1934-2016 RIP - 1500 Singers and Rufus Wainright sing Hallelujah https://www.youtube.com ... -qkr4
Thank a veteran today. And then thank their families. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Politics & Legislature
Montana World Affairs Council
- Montana should increase investment in education
Our state currently pitches in about 39 percent of the cost of education for the Montana University System (MUS) while the national average that states across the country contribute to public higher education is 54 percent.
- Unleashing Youth Leadership For A Sustainable Future, 11/16, Missoula
Grace will share her expertise on empowering young people to create environmental change through sustainable practices with the Missoula community on November 16th at 7:00 pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Showcase your Company Year-Round with a New Calendar
Whatever options you choose, get your project started today! We'll make sure you have your calendars for the new year.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Montana Department of Commerce Finance Assistance Bureau
The Finance Assistance Bureau houses a variety of financing programs that provide businesses with grants and loans to help create good-paying jobs for Montanans. Activities eligible for funding include job training, working capital, equipment purchases, or construction materials.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Washington State Rejects What Would Have Been Nation's First Carbon Tax
The ballot measure, which was meant to curb pollution, had even divided environmentalists.
- Running the Numbers for Tesla's Solar Roof: How Much Will It Cost You?
Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla's newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he's pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof.
- Reactor that produces liquid fuel from CO2 in the air to be tested in portable pilot plant
The transportable chemical reactor uses solar power to convert CO2 from the air and regenerative hydrogen from electrolysis into liquid fuels.
- Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for 'Danger Zone'
The world may have no way to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming, including rising sea levels, extreme droughts and food shortages, and more powerful floods and storms.
- Venture and Angel Capital Needs to Pay More Attention to Flyover Country Where Great Opportunities are Developing
In terms of addressing the question, "what impact will Trump's election have on venture capital?" #ElectionTech, I would argue a slightly different point, "what impact can the venture capital industry have on the electorate."
- How to Build the Future by Asking Four Forward-Facing Questions
Successful leaders ask forward-facing questions that define a future distinct from the past.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- No layoffs at Butte REC Silicon in wake of Moses Lake job losses
The Butte plant, southwest of town, employs an estimated 260 full-time workers.
- Veteran turns to crowdfunding, Kickstarter to finish Missoula therapy spa - The Enlighten Lab Float Center
Matt Gangloff, a two-tour veteran of the Iraq war and founder of the Enlighten Lab Float Center on Higgins Avenue, plans to open the new spa by February.
- Boardroom Bobcats Program - The Montana State University Leadership Institute partners student leaders with nonprofit boards
The nonprofit community of Bozeman has welcomed the program as the ideal facilitator for connecting student leaders and local nonprofit boards.
Come Home Oregon
- How to Get Ahead When You Hate Networking
A great deal of research points to the benefits of social networks to create the practical "get-me-ahead" ties instrumental for pushing ahead professional careers.
- What are the best jobs for independent workers?
Not a fan of answering to a boss? These jobs might be for you.
Come Home Washington
- Oregon Career Opportunity - Oregon Population Forecast Program Manager - Population Research Center, Portland State University
The spirit of Oregon's land-use planning program demands population forecasts be produced with public input, which requires working collaboratively and communicating effectively with PRC staff, local officials, community groups, and citizen advocates.
- Oregon Career Opportunity - Economic Development Project Coordinator - City of Beaverton
The person filling this position will implement and administer essential programs and projects in support of the economic development, downtown revitalization, planning and community development functions of the city.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Washington Career Opportunity - Economic Development Planner - Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments
The successful candidate will be a key player in identifying and cultivating economic development opportunities within a three-county region in Southwest Washington
Business Plan Forums
- Increasing broadband connectivity a key to economic growth
The center is a state program focused on mapping available broadband services and promoting the development of additional infrastructure
- Bozeman Fiber completes first phase, connects city, county, schools
"The Bozeman Fiber network is like a public road. There isn't separate road construction for UPS or the U.S. Postal Service, they share it to provide a varied service and competitive offerings."
- 8 Lessons I Learned Starting A Business In College - The Montana John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge
Find the fun parts.
- The Sixth Annual Missoula Veterans Court Mentor Training, 11/12, Missoula
The free training is designed for any Veteran who would like to volunteer 4-6 hours per month to assist a Veteran involved in the criminal justice system. The event is also open to anyone else interested in learning more about the court whether or not they are able to volunteer as a mentor.
- This great book should really be read by everyone. 'A People's History Of The United States'
It is difficult to describe why it so great because it both teaches and inspires. You really just have to read it.
- Today's TED Talk - Can a divided America heal?
In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America -- and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.
- Maine Becomes First State to Adopt a Whole New Way of Voting
Unhappy with the results of their past elections, Mainers have opted for ranked-choice voting. It could lead to more civilized politics but lower voter turnout.
- D.C. Inches Closer to Becoming the 51st State
The plan to achieve statehood easily won voters' support on Tuesday. But will it win the support of Congress?
- NADO Webinar On The 2016 Elections And The Impact On Local Governments, 11/16
In addition, the webinar will provide a look ahead at the post-election lame duck session, what to expect from Congress in 2017, next steps in the presidential transition, and analysis of the potential impact of election results on regional development organizations and local governments.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho Department of Commerce seeks change to Tax Reimbursement Incentive program
A TRI is a tax credit available to moving or expanding businesses. The credit can be worth up to 30 percent of a company's income, payroll and sales taxes for as long as 15 years.
- Precision Medicine May Be Health Care's Next Big Thing, But We Don't Yet Know How to Evaluate Precision Drugs
Whether or not the patient experiences any improvement in symptoms after taking the drug doesn't actually matter.
- MSU neuroscientists among team to win $6 million grant to study the brain circuits that help us focus and pay attention
"This grant is intended to advance our understanding of the brain circuits and algorithms that ensure we can pay attention to the 'right' things during normal behavior," said MSU Associate Professor James Mazer, who joined MSU's faculty from Yale University in September.
- Oregon corporate tax Measure 97 defeated
Measure 97 would charge certain C corporations a 2.5 percent tax on their gross annual sales in Oregon above $25 million. The measure called for the state to spend the new revenue on education, health care and senior services.
Regional Economic Development
- Drug Companies Score a Big Election Victory
The industry spent millions of dollars to keep voters in California from passing a first-in-nation law that was meant to cut the soaring cost of prescription drugs.
- The American economy under a President Trump: a primer patterns of thought
Donald Trump has a plan that's not aligned with those of his party and no history of government service to reference, so the future economic picture of his presidency is a cloudy one. But there are some clues.
- It's all about economic clusters - Understanding how some cities have transformed shows why focusing on the little things can help struggling places survive and thrive.
Today's globalized, technology-powered economy rewards deep pools of specialized, highly skilled talent.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- UN report says robots threaten two thirds of jobs in developing countries
In the past, the United Nations has considered the threat posed by weaponized AI, but now the body is looking at a more mundane, but still important, robot invasion.
Montana Education Excellence
- How Data Can Help Fix K-12 Education In The United States,, 11/15, Free Webinar
Today, the U.S. education system is ripe for being transformed by data, but this change can only happen if policymakers and educators address the cultural, political, and technological barriers to take advantage of the potential of data.
- Stanford program helps develop next-generation STEM leaders through service
Student volunteers develop leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to communicate science to non-scientists.
- Inside Tom Crady's crusade to turn the admissions tide at the University of Montana
Admissions has become an arms race, and UM's recruiters have been outgunned.
- Great Falls Public Schools Foundation receives $1 million gift
The money will be used to fund four-year scholarships at CMR, Great Falls High School and the Paris Gibson Education Center. The scholarships, one for each school, will be awarded to students who are at or below the income median for Montana.
Funding and Building your Business
- Thank a veteran today. And then thank their families.
Their families have battle wounds, too.
Connectivity & Communications
- Mamalode Learn As You Go Business Lecture, 11/17, Missoula
Do you know what the average day looks and feels like for your target audience? What inspires them, and what keeps them up at night? More importantly, do you know where you can make their lives easier?
- Protect Your Best Investment from Walking Out the Door
Employees are your biggest asset. Don't lose them to your competition.
- 10 hardest-to-find tech skills
Burning Glass scoured more than 40,000 job postings over the last year to find out what tech skills are most difficult to find.
- 5 Lessons From Kid Entrepreneurs Making More Money Than You
These youthful business leaders offer valuable tips on efficient ways to utilize their finances.
- Lake Oswego votes against city-backed internet service
Lake Oswego voters said Tuesday they do not want a city-backed internet service that promised superfast internet connections for as little as $60 a month.
- How Donald Trump could dismantle net neutrality and the rest of Obama's Internet legacy
In particular danger are key initiatives of the Obama years, including net neutrality and a pivotal series of Internet privacy regulations that came along with it.
- Colorado Municipalities Vote to Take Back Control of Broadband
Voters in several region municipalities opted out of a 2005 state law that restricted local governments from helping bring high-speed communications technology to more rural areas.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Cool Cities Rely on Technology; Smart Cities Rely on Data and Partnerships
Kansas City, Mo., serves as a model for how municipalities can encourage innovation and reap the long-term benefits.
- Google Wallet now lets you send cash to friends from the web
Once you add a debit card, you can send email to friends, family, and colleagues by just typing in their email address and an amount.
- Wireless Brain-Spine Connection Overcomes Paralysis in Monkey
The achievement is yet another advance in the rapidly moving field of technological treatments for spinal cord damage.
- Which Country Will Become the First to Ban Internal Combustion Cars?
A number of major cities, states and countries are introducing measures to enhance vehicle electrification.
- MIT rolls out driverless scooter
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a self-driving mobility scooter using algorithms that not only allow users to sit back and enjoy the ride, but could be applied across a spectrum of different vehicles.
- Missoula's Madison St. Bridge Rehabilitation Discussion, 11/15, Missoula
- Mamalode Launch Party: TIME, 11/18, Missoula
- Grow Your Business With Email & Social Media Marketing!, 11/17, Missoula
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