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"Zero G and I feel fine." - Now he's part of the cosmos he loved so dearly. God Speed John Glenn
Peter Coffee, VP For Strategic Research, Salesforce From Mass To Force: Finding Value And Direction In Big Data, 12/9, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6225 --- Montana Ambassador's California Networking Reception (All Are Welcome), 12/11, Pasadena, CA http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6217 --- City Club Missoula Forum - Montana 2017: A Legislative Preview, 12/12, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6242
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock talks about budget plans
Governor Steve Bullock discussed more details about his new taxpayer budget plans for the upcoming legislative session.
- Montana House Republicans forge agreement to move select number of potentially prickly bills
Leaders of the House Republican majority told MTN News this week that the "informal agreement" between GOP moderates and conservatives is meant to help heal the rift between the two factions that broke into open political warfare at the 2015 Legislature.
- Montana higher ed commissioner foresees tough times at legislature
"I don't have any illusions that it's not going to be a challenging session," Christian said.
Great Falls Development Authority
- PFL Newsletter: Win this Winter with Print
This December, you might be tempted to sip egg nog with loved ones while roasting chestnuts over an open fire, but now is the best time to get a leg up on your competition!
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Great Falls Development Association - 12 Great Things happening to move Great Falls Forward this week.
Private industry average annual earnings in the Great Falls metro area (Cascade County) increases ranked 63rd amongst all 387 U.S. metro areas according to an analysis by Syneva Economics for the 12 months ending this October.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- U of Washington, Amazon Partner to Create AI Startup Accelerator
Powered by Techstars and created by Amazon's $100 million Alexa Fund, the newly launched Alexa Accelerator aims to advance conversational AI, including speech technology and voice application.
Energy and Climate Change
- Episode 5 - Learn how two supermoms are making their dream of raising a family and building a publishing empire come true in Montana. Mamalode
Mamalode Magazine founders Elke and Dori are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. See why Montana makes it all possible.
1 Million Cups
- MSU Extension offers new MontGuide on climate science in Montana
"We are excited to offer this new guide that gives Montanans the background to understand an important topic that affects us all."
- Oregon Student Wins $100,000 Prize for Battery Technology
He developed a biodegradable battery that can power ingestible medical devices that can track and diagnose conditions that affect internal organs.
- Google Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017
Google's milestone of 2.6 GW of renewable energy purchased puts it well above what most corporations have done to drive renewable growth.
- New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes
The new super batteries would also be safer, faster charging, more efficient, and greener.
- Baby it's cold outside - but just wait 25 years... It's gonna be hot, hot, hot
The number of winter days below freezing will decline by 40, holding vast implications for winter snowpack and spring runoff.
- Most States Are Combating Climate Change and Growing Their Economies
States have worked to cut emissions while growing their economies, but the degree to which they've succeeded in doing so varies greatly.
Come Home Montana
- Video History of 1 Million Cups Missoula
Join us for 1 Million Cups - Missoula, every other Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. SHARP at The Loft of Missoula!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana rural schools group offering student teaching scholarships to combat teacher shortage
A Montana education advocacy group and the Montana University System hope a new scholarship program can draw more people into small towns that typically struggle to hire teachers.
- Meet the Teenagers Who Built Their Own Startups
This is everyday life for a growing number of teenage entrepreneurs (teenpreneurs).
Montana Economic Development
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Support Wild and Scenic River Act protections for Montana's rivers - Montanans for Healthy Rivers
The quiet winter months ahead would make a good time to take the time to learn more about these efforts, and to contemplate what might one day happen to our favorite free-flowing waters if action is not taken to protect them.
- Montana Made: Montana Silversmiths
Montana is synonymous with cowboys, ranchers, and the open spaces they call home, so it's no surprise that one of the world's best buckle crafters is right here in Big Sky Country.
- Missoula's Galactic Farms sends real experimental gardens to simulated Mars!
Boldly growing food in unique places.
- Just in Time for your Holiday Party - The Silk Road brand new Catering & Spice Kitchen is officially COMPLETE!
The Silk Road is the premier Caterer in Western Montana.
- Great Holiday Gift for you or a loved one - Grow food instead of grass - We can turn your yard into a productive and beautiful garden.
Our mission is to make your property productive and beautiful.
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow and Expand 27 Native American Businesses in Montana
"Montana leads the nation in developing economic equity and genuine solutions in Indian Country through state support of Native American-owned businesses," said Governor Bullock. "These businesses are a reflection of the qualities that make Montana great and honor our oldest traditions of commerce, trade and prosperity."
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Why the Coming Jobs Crisis Is Bigger Than You Think
...over the next 25 years, 47% of jobs will likely be eliminated by technology and globalization
- Podcast - How the Pursuit of Happiness Has Made Us Nervous Wrecks
A state of perpetual anxiety does feel like a new norm right now for most Americans.
City Club Missoula
- The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world
Given rapid technological advances, the question for companies now is how to integrate new capabilities into their operations and strategies--and position themselves in a world where analytics can upend entire industries.
- City Club Missoula Forum - Montana 2017: A Legislative Preview, 12/12, Missoula
Join us Monday to hear from the leadership of both major parties about issues we expect to see addressed in the upcoming session. This moderated forum will give audience members the opportunity to pose questions to Mr. Tschida and Mr. McConnell - and gain helpful insights as the 45th Biennial Montana Legislative Session approaches.
- City Club Missoula Videos of Past Events - A History of New Ideas and the Free Exchange of Thought in Missoula, Montana
Thanks to the continued generous efforts of MCAT, you can now view many of the previous gatherings.
- Tester Holds Wells Fargo Accountable, Fights for Fraud Victims to Get Their Day in Court
Additionally, Tester's announced that his office is taking casework from Montanans who believe they have been impacted by Wells Fargo's actions.
- 30 road projects canceled as Montana Department of Transportation faces budget shortfall
"We're very disheartened that the governor's proposed budget does not deal with the issue, and we certainly will be imploring the Legislature and the governor to work together as quickly as possible to fix the problem."
- Governor announces deal with Amazon.com to collect sales tax on Utah purchases
The massive online retailer will begin collecting both state and local sales taxes on purchases made directly from Amazon.com by Utahns on Jan. 1, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said.
- PPP's newest national poll - Everyone can get fooled
Our samples are usually based on the voter registration database of a given state because the opinions of people who vote, and actually influence the system, matter most in these cases.
- Idaho Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Increase Registered Apprenticeships
Idaho is one of 37 recipients that will use a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships throughout the state in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and energy.
Regional Economic Development
- Wish CEO Compares Shopping App's Success To Donald Trump's Victory, Confirms $500 Million Investment
Wish, a mobile marketplace that sells cheap wares, has grown by focusing on customers outside of cities and Silicon Valley, a demographic that heavily favored Trump in the election.
- Now you can seamlessly share your Hulu account with 6 people
For now, the feature is only available via http://www.hulu.com, with support for other devices expected to come soon.
Washington State Business
- How some communities forge ahead: A case study in Wisconsin
Madison is one story that sometimes catches national attention because of its growing base of startup and emerging companies, but there are other examples, as well.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Dashboard Helps Washington Track State Agencies' Open Data Progress
The task force recommended building information access into the new system as it was designed and acquired, focusing on multiple agency systems that could be used by more than one department, and finding out and focusing on the data people want most.
- In new case, WTO rules against Washington state's tax breaks for Boeing 777X plants
Yet even then, in a testament to the excruciating frustration of the WTO process, legal experts on both sides of the case say the outcome will almost certainly leave Boeing's bottom line untouched -- and Washington state's tax coffers none the richer.
Montana Education Excellence
- 5 Life Lessons Your Kid Will Learn as a Young Entrepreneur
Early business ventures build children's capacity to balance risks, overcome challenges as they work toward goals and cope with the disappointment of failure.
- Putting data to work in higher ed
How one college provided faculty with actionable information to improve outcomes
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana Named One of America's 100 Best College Buys
"Frankly, we are not surprised to be on this list," said Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs. "We offer our students high-quality education, campus life and community - and all at a very reasonable price for families."
- University of Montana medical residency program gears up for fourth year
The first class of 10 doctors graduated this year and six stayed in Montana, marking another program success as it looks to place more family doctors in underserved areas of the state.
- Rising graduation rates, record enrollment, scholarships: Montana State University ends year on a high note
"You, too, can complete your dreams at Montana State University."
- Listening Session - What Qualities Do You Want In The Next UM President?, 12/13, Missoula
In addition to the forums, she said comments also may be sent anytime via email to UMSearch@umontana.edu
- Sticker shock: $144 million to build second high school and fix Bozeman High
The total is twice the amount Gallatin County voters rejected in November for a new Law and Justice Center.
- Firing Squad - University of Montana to start ranking programs--and cutting losses
What a difference five years makes.
- Updated: University of Montana faculty question higher ed commissioner
...as UM makes decisions about its future, faculty members must be heard - "I think that that voice hasn't been heard enough," Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.
- Everyone must have an effective start-up pitch
You have 20 seconds to get them to say "Wow" and ask for more, otherwise you have lost your audience. Whether that be an investor, customer, potential employee or business partner.
- The 9-to-5 Workweek Is Dead. Here's What's Next
Emerson didn't want to just tweak the workweek. She wanted to bust it open.
- Artificial Intelligence Helps Cities Get Smarter About Infrastructure Planning
Data analytics goes hand in hand with IoT, but adding a sophisticated AI into the equation helps make recommendations that maximize available resources.
- A Robust Vision for Using Data in Government
Collecting data is not the same as harnessing data.
- Double the Donation
We maintain a database of matching gift companies and provide services to help nonprofits maximize their fundraising.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Short History Of The Most Important Economic Theory In Tech
Even now, the theory of increasing returns is as important as ever: It's at the heart of the success of companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb.
- Half of Americans are "shut off from economic growth"
Half of Americans have failed to share in the country's economic gains since the 1970s, with roughly 117 million American adults living on income that's stagnated at about $16,200 per year
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Storyboard VR Makes Building Virtual Worlds Stupid Simple
"It doesn't require any developer skills."
- Daplie, a Provo, Utah -based company that has created a device that will give families their own digital storage cloud.
Daplie is basically a physical device that "allows you to protect, share, and stream your entire digital library from anywhere in the world and we've designed it to be simple enough for Grandma to set up and use," according to the company's website.
- Racing Amazon, Google opens digital aid to developers
The tools, called Conversation Actions, will let companies and other third parties interact with Google users by building bots that answer questions and, eventually, sell and book things through voice controls.
- Your IT department alone can't stop a cyberattack
Sustainably addressing cyber risk requires an organization-wide and cross-functional approach, and the integration of cybersecurity and business strategy.
- John Deere's electric tractor: A vision of zero emissions farming
John Deere has released a video of an all-electric concept tractor in the lead-up to the SIMA Agribusiness show in France, pointing the way toward a zero-local-emissions tractor product in the future.
- MSU's Western Transportation Institute lands $7.5 million Department of Transportation grant to improve the mobility of people and goods in small urban, rural and tribal areas.
"These areas are often overlooked, as many people focus on potential mega-regions and large urbanized areas."
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