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" If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. " - John Quincy Adams
Join MEDA at the Montana Capital today! - MEDA Day In The Rotunda, 01/17, Helena http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6234
Big Sky Economic Development
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Starting Or Growing A Veteran Owned Business, 1/20, Missoula, Montana
Free for veterans, active duty, Guard, Reserve and family members
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Where There is Hope: Our Plan for a Rural Town - Montana Economic Developers Association Community Resource Team Assessment Program
We knew what we were getting into - that economic development in rural America is and probably always will be a tough row to hoe.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- The Governor's Office of Economic Development - Investing in Montana's economic infrastructure
In our knowledge-based economy, "economic growth is really related to labor force." Continued investment in our education infrastructure "ensures everything from K-12 to community colleges to 4 year universities to give people the skills they need in the 21st century," said Lloyd.
- Legislature Week 2: Balancing the budget, outlawing revenge porn
Gov. Bullock proposed roughly $73 million in cuts, but Republican lawmakers are proposing cuts of roughly $120 million.
- Too high? Or unlivable? Legislators debate $10 minimum wage
Lawmakers in Helena are trying to figure out how much the cost of a hamburger would go up if they raised the state's minimum wage.
Great Falls Development Authority
- NorthWestern Energy announces 2017 funding for fisheries, wildlife and habitat enhancement projects on Madison and Missouri Rivers
As part of its commitment to river stewardship and conservation, NorthWestern Energy (NWE) is providing $1.3 million in 2017 to support 45 fisheries, wildlife and habitat improvement projects within the 550-mile corridor of the Madison-Missouri River from Yellowstone National Park to the headwaters of Fort Peck Reservoir.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Great Falls, Montana 4th Quarter 2016 Index - Great Falls Development Authority
- Shovel-Ready Heavy Industrial AGRI-TECH Park - Great Falls, Montana
We have the skilled and stable workforce your business demands.
- GFDA Top 14 1/15/2017
Here's the GFDA Top 14 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. Our business development efforts during January through July will take the GFDA team to at least 12 states and provinces.
Energy and Climate Change
- Concerns on AI's Economic Impact Are In a Class By Themselves
There are serious fears that AI advances will lead to massive job losses, economic dislocations and social unrest.
Come Home Montana
- Mandatory Solar on Newly Built Roofs Could Be Coming to All of California
As of January 1, all new buildings of 10 stories or fewer in San Francisco must be built with solar panels included.
- Whitefish Forming Citizen Committee to Craft Climate Action Plan
City forming advisory group to look at reducing energy consumption, water usage in the face of climate change
- Led by the Solar Industry, Grid Modernization Created Over 100,000 American Jobs in 2016
Wait, weren't renewables supposed to kill jobs and destroy the economy?
- U.S. Growth City No. 10: Missoula is Luring Movers to Montana
People must have paid attention when Missoula began marketing itself as a fitness-friendly destination for flourishing businesses and young families who fancy the great outdoors.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Finance & Accounting Manager - Prospera Business Network
This position plays a vital role in managing the financial health of Prospera, and ensures the proper management of both Prospera, a member-supported 501(c)(4), and our affiliated 501(c)(3) Prospera Foundation.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Impact Analyst - United Way of Yellowstone County - Billings
The Impact Analyst will assist the organization to develop a results-oriented culture and build capacity to use performance and results data to assess strategies, measure results, and engage in an ongoing improvement effort.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of BillingsWorks - Big Sky Economic Development
The primary responsibility will be to implement the goals a nd action plan of the BillingsWorks Workforce Council.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Supervisor, Application Services, EPIC Application Analyst, Coder Senior and many more... Providence Health & Services
Providence has two hospitals in Big Sky Country.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Special Work Administrative Team, Account Executive, Content Marketer, Marketing Manager and more... - PrintingForLess
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IS Manager, Service Technician and more... - Blackfoot
A Great Company. A Great Career.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Infrastructure Manager, IT Support Specialist, Art and Photography Center Coordinator and more... - Yellowstone Forever
Forever's mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. We connect people to Yellowstone today and work to protect it for tomorrow.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Technical Marketing & Business Development - Sunburst Sensors
Sunburst Sensors, LLC is a small company focused on the development and manufacture of scientific instrumentation for oceanographic researchers around the world.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Nursing Supervisor, Human Resources Manager and more... - Healthcare HR - St. James Healthcare
If you're looking for a career in healthcare that engages your mind as well as your heart, we encourage you to apply at St. James.
- St. James Healthcare's CEO retiring; national search launched for his replacement
A national search for Wright's replacement is underway.
- Missoula, Montana's The Wilma Named One of the Top Music Venues in the World
Pollstar ranked the top 200 world wide club venues for 2016 and The Wilma came in at #69. The Top Hat was ranked at #135.
- Missoula Office Space - 3 months free!
Amenities include large shared break room, employee showers, underground parking, conference facility and outdoor patio. Spaces of 252 sf 1,652 sf and 3,382 sf available.
- Annual Economic Outlook Seminar Series Headed to Nine Montana Cities
This year's keynote address is entitled "The High Wage Jobs Puzzle - Finding Montana's Place in the New Geography of Jobs" and will be presented by BBER Associate Director Bryce Ward.
- WebMD co-creator partners with Butte physician for new web app; free access for Montanans
Dr. Scott H. Plantz -- who co-founded eMedicine.com, which later merged with WebMD --says StatPearls launched two weeks ago and already boasts about 5,000 new users each day.
- Montana Success Story - Planetary Design
There's absolutely no reason you can't build a global brand from Montana...the caliber of people you find in employees here is unlike anywhere else." - Scott Billadeau, Founder Planetary Design
- The puzzle of the Montana economy
Consumers in Montana and the rest of the country are spending more because they have more income, more confidence, and more ability and willingness to borrow.
- What I Learned from Complete Burnout Working at Google
I am responsible for setting boundaries. Work time, sleep time, family time, you time. If I don't set them properly, things get unbalanced very quickly.
- Move Over, Coders--Physicists Will Soon Rule Silicon Valley
This new wave of data science and AI is something that suits physicists right down to their socks.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Why more and more Americans can't afford the water bill
"In cities across the United States, water affordability is becoming an increasingly critical issue,"
- Senator Tester Announces #EmployMT Plan
"From Sidney to St. Regis and everywhere in between Montana is full of the hardest working people in the nation," Tester said. "Employ Montana will rebuild our infrastructure, create a marketplace for our products, pave the way for innovation, invest in our workforce, and responsibly develop our resources. This will let folks know Montana is open for business."
- North Dakota Law Would Make it Legal to Run Over Protestors
A bill proposed by a Republican lawmaker in North Dakota will shift forgive motorists any liability if they to run over pedestrians "negligently" occupying a freeway.
Washington State Business
- Free Webinar with Dr. Leroy Hood - The Future Of Health Care Delivery - Providence St. Joseph Health: Relentless Redesign, 1/19, Online
Join us for discussion, analysis, and personal accounts from the nation's leading experts in care redesign. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask live questions of our panelists.
- Financial Matters: Ecosystems and the economy
If you don't allow natural selection and survival of the fittest, the economy does not evolve to a better state.
- Thousands call for lawmakers to spend more on schools
As part of the latest push to get more state money for public schools, thousands of sign-waving parents, students and school employees jammed the steps of the Capitol Monday morning then streamed into legislative office buildings to lobby their lawmakers.
- New state program developed to increase Wyoming export sales
Those interested will receive a three-month education session in creating export plans.
Montana Education Excellence
- Academic 'Moneyball'
MIT management professors push data-based model they say is more predictive of an academic's future research success than traditional methods of peer review in tenure.
- College is Over
The U.K. offices of Ernst & Young have announced they will stop requiring degrees, but instead will offer online testing and search out talented individuals regardless of background. Why? They say there is no correlation between success at university and success in careers.
Funding and Building your Business
- New schools chief Elsie Arntzen may end privately funded Graduation Matters program that boosted graduation rates throughout Montana just as Montana's Graduation Rate Reaches Record High
"with a new administration beginning, the Graduation Matters program is being phased out in a responsible manner."
- Inventors' workshop: FabLab moves to Bitterroot College, available to anyone
"So if you have designs or concepts that you want to see in physical form, it is a great place to come work on that prototype."
- University of Great Falls to Get New Name, Colors
The school, which is looking to increase enrollment and expand course offerings, is months away from a complete rebranding
Connectivity & Communications
- 6 Things to Consider Before Partnering Up
Great businesses are founded on great partnerships. But great businesses can also be destroyed by bad partnerships.
- A record number of small business owners are selling their companies
Why so many sales?
- Turning your business into an asset that funds your retirement
"I want to retire at 68 or 70, but even then I will come in for a few hours," he said. "I like being in the game. If I had nothing to do all day, I would be dead in 10 years."
- BOC Progress Report and Announcing the Broadband Interagency Working Group
National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program provides assistance to state and local governments, industry and non-profits that want to expand broadband infrastructure and promote digital inclusion.
- How State and Local Tech Leaders Are Looking at 2017 Differently
Representatives from state and local governments convened to discuss tech trends they are preparing for in 2017, and some of the difficulties they face.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Forget Steve Jobs, this was the best presentation of all time - Douglas Engelbart of Stanford's Research Institute International in 1968!
This was the lunatic fringe crashing the party about three decades early.
- Urine test means no more cheating on your diet
Researchers have developed a urine test that can independently measure the health of a person's diet in just five minutes.
- Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel's oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables
Hidden between high-rises, "Green in the City" is a rooftop farm that produces 10,000 heads of leafy greens a month year-round using organic and hydroponic methods--no dirt required.
- 26 markers in your blood tell how well you're aging
Perls says the study is an example of the usefulness of "big data" and the emerging research fields of proteomics and metabolomics.
- How a Mere Prick of the Finger Can Diagnose a Concussion
The goal is to get the test sensitive enough to have a tau readout within 15 minutes of the injury.
- Autonomous Car Fleets: A Dystopian or Utopian Future?
This year will likely mark the beginning of the commercial autonomous car era.
- Portland Becomes a Testing Ground for App Based Transportation
Imagine a time, maybe not too long from now, when most city folk don't own a car. It's so normal that many teens don't even bother getting a driver's license.
- As Self-Driving Cars Approach, the Auto Industry Races to Rebuild
The age of autonomy is real, and it's almost here.
- What Kind Of Startup Funding Do You Need & How To Get It, 1/18, Missoula, Montana
- 2017 Gro-Biz Conference And Idea Expo, 2/22-23, Casper, Wyoming
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