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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock Highlights New Public Lands Study
"Public lands drive our economy and define our way of life in Montana and in surrounding states. We have too much to lose if we allow these national treasures to be put at risk." Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- Montana Gov. Bullock vetoes legislative funding bill
"This is not the year to grow by such leaps and bounds," he told reporters at a Capitol news conference. "I cannot in good faith just mindlessly accept a bill that allows one branch a free pass while everyone else pulls their weight."
- Republican senators advance ban on foreign laws in Montana
The bill by Republican Sen. Keith Regier of Kalispell does not mention Sharia law, which is used in some parts of the Islamic world, but that has been the focus of debate on the proposal.
- Governor Bullock vetoes 14 percent pay raise for Montana legislators
The state needs to "live within its means."
Big Sky Code Academy
- PFL Newsletter: Get Energized This Month
Energizing Solutions to Pump You Up
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Big Sky Code Academy - January Update: What a way to start 2017!
We still have a few spaces left for our Full & Part Time Missoula classes!
Great Falls Development Authority
- New Federal Law Protects Consumers' Right to Post Negative Online Reviews
It is well known that a negative online review may not only impact the reputation of a business, but also its bottom line.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- GFDA Top 16 1/29/2017
Here's the GFDA Top 16 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
Early Edge Montana
- Calling All Superheros - It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's a Welcome Reception - 2017 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation
Attend the 2017 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation to join us for a superhero-themed Welcome Reception sponsored by Glacier Park Inc. from 7-10 p.m., March 12.
- National SBIR/STTR Conference, 5/15-17, Washington D.C.
As a Supporting Partner, MTIP is pleased to offer a 10% off discounted rate to attend the SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17.
- Innovative Financing for Early Education
The return on investment can be as high as $13 for every $1 spent.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana's Ultimate Winter Networking Event, 2/21, Helena, Montana
Enjoy Conversations with Legislators, other State and Corporate Leadership and Greetings from Governor Bullock
Come Home Montana
- Cloud-Based Energy Management Pilot Comes to Sacramento, Calif., Utility
Participating customers will be able to use the technology to control heating, ventilation and air conditioning schedules; analyze and make changes to energy usage patterns; and manage day-to-day operations.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Geeks and Agency Expats - LumenAd
At LumenAd, we're on a mission to change the face of digital advertising. We believe we are only as brilliant, creative, and impactful as the people on our team, so we make building a strong culture and rewarding success among our highest priorities. Join us!
- Montana Career Opportunities - Business Coordinator, Business Analyst, Engineer Computer Science Intern, Business Technology Computer Science--Application Development and more... - Northwestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is a leading energy delivery company in the region and provides opportunities to better connect with customers and markets in new ways, enhancing overall service and support capabilities.
- February MEDA News
In case you hadn't heard, MEDA Rotunda Day January 17th was a success
- How To Do Business With The National Park Service Intermountain Region, 2/15, Livingston
There will be time to answer your questions and opportunities to meet one-on-one with buyers from the National Park Service.
- Marsh/Torrent ousts Aon/NFS to win $100mn flood insurance contract
Marsh/Torrent has wrested a US National Flood Insurance Program contract away from rival Aon/NFS after a months-long battle the two giants fought in Washington over the approximately $100mn plus deal.
- Business for Montana Outdoors: New Study Highlights Public Lands as Economic Powerhouse in Montana
A newly released bipartisan survey conducted by Colorado College shows a strong connection between Montana's public lands and the state's economic development.
- The Missoulian Newspaper Cuts Positions, Expected to Reduce Sections in the Paper
The company has also outsourced its print and online advertising creation to the Philippines, those familiar with the company said.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Business is the most popular college major, but that doesn't mean it's a good choice
Research shows that students who major in general business and marketing are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, meaning they hold jobs that don't require a college degree. They also earn less than those in more math-focused business majors, such as finance and accounting.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- A Forum On Marketing Analytics University Of Montana, 6/8-9, Missoula MT
The Quest continues ... You won't want to miss this 2nd annual, uniquely Montana event that brings data users and decision makers together to learn, network, and address the challenges and rewards of marketing analytics.
- Today's TED Talk - Why we're so bad at statistics
Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again.
- 2016 Innovation Award Winner: City of Calgary - Best Engagement Strategy
myCityInnovation - an online platform for employees to share, collaborate and test ideas for improving civic services and our organization.
Incubators and R&D
- Senator Daines to Head Subcommittee on National Parks, Benefit to Montana
"In combination with Secretary of Interior Zinke, Montana now has great leadership in place to secure the future of our national parks and public lands. Congratulations to Senator Daines on his appointment to chair the Energy Subcommittee on National Parks." says Joe Unterreiner, President of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.
- Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies
"It's not only an assault on our traditions. It's the idea that they're stealing that from our children." John Gale, conservation director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in Missoula, Montana
- More than 1,000 rally at Montana Capital Building against transferring or selling federal lands
Opponents of transferring federal lands to state ownership contend that states such as Montana would be unduly burdened by owning millions of additional acres, citing firefighting and other management costs. They say hamstrung states would be forced to sell off the lands, putting public lands in private ownership.
- Department of Energy releases guide to the National Labs
For readers with questions about what the labs are, what they are trying to achieve, and how they work with other institutions, the report is an excellent resource.
Regional Economic Development
- OMG! - Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise
There are literally not enough little piggies going to market.
- Death Spiral Demographics: The Countries Shrinking The Fastest
Rapid aging is already reshaping the politics and economies of many of the most important high-income countries.
- South Dakota Senate Repeals Voter-Backed Anti-Corruption Law
The vote occurred as protesters shouted "Shame!" and "Respect our votes!"
- Salt Lake City has the most stressed out workers, survey says
These anxieties arise from a number of issues, such as heavy workloads, deadlines, work-life balance management and the unrealistic expectations from their managers, according to the study, which interviewed more than 1,000 workers from 20 of the largest U.S. cities.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming lawmakers kill bill that would have punished utilities for using wind or solar
"Honestly, almost everybody was against it."
- Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data
Crunching hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of student academic and personal records, past and present, they are coming up with courses that signal a need for intervention.
Funding and Building your Business
- Audi: "Daughter" From the Watch some of the best 2017 Super Bowl ads before the big game series
It is a reminder that progress doesn't belong to any one group.
- 'Walk with a Doc' Program Launches in Missoula
Each week, a different local doctor will provide a 15-minute presentation on a timely health topic and will participate in the walk while addressing any questions posed by walkers.
Connectivity & Communications
- Alternative Paths of Green Entrepreneurship: The Environmental Legacies of the North Face’s Doug Tompkins and Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard
The strategies of both founders bring positive environmental benefits but with trade-offs and limitations.
- 5 apps that take the headache out of business invoicing
Here are some top choices in invoicing and accounting software.
- Brad Feld - Advice for Building a Powerful Startup Board
From this series, you'll get a real sense of how to configure and create a board in a way that's really additive to the culture of your business." -- Brad Feld
- SF apparel startup putting up billboards with 'alternative facts'
"Another milestone for the company that invented pants. And the wheel," the company said, in a brag worthy of White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
- Women are, very slowly, getting more seats in the boardroom
The trend is toward more equal representation on boards, but parity won't happen until the end of 2055 unless the pace picks up, according to Equilar.
- AT&T plans to deliver fast Internet over power poles - Project AirGig
AT&T says it is having "advanced discussions" with power companies to begin field trials of Project AirGig in at least two locations by the fall, and if all goes well, commercial deployment could occur within 9 to 12 months.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- San Francisco's Data Academy Develops a Data-Savvy Workforce
One topic repeatedly surfaced: the need for training, particularly targeted trainings around the use of data.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Leaked Video Shows Wild New Boston Dynamics Robot - 'Handle'
Handle can roll around on two wheels, and is coordinated enough to perform jumps and pirouettes.
- Human stem cells hunt down and kill brain cancer
The new process we developed to create these stem cells is fast enough and simple enough to be used to treat a patient."
- Ransomware Turns to Big Targets--With Even Bigger Fallout
It's only going to get worse.
- New telephone scam: "Can you hear me?"
You're a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S.
- Here's why your browser may tell you the White House website isn't secure
It appears the White House's equipment isn't configured correctly, and the old certificate was revoked or allowed to expire without getting replaced.
- "The Vespa of Robots" may follow you home
Gita is a self-balancing two-wheeled cargo robot that can carry up to 40 lb (18 kg) of your groceries or other goods, following along behind you or even striking out on its own.
- New Orleans Officials Say Mass Transit Will Soon Get an Autonomous Makeover
Self-driving buses in New Orleans is now a question of when, not if.
- The Numbers Don't Lie: Self-Driving Cars Are Getting Good
It's report card time for the automakers and Silicon Valley denizens studying the tricky problem of making cars drive themselves, and everyone is passing.
- Native American Development Corporation Third Thursday Of The Month Webinar Series Starting February 16th
- Top 10 Things To Know About Human Resources, 02/21, Livingston
- 10 Tips For Saving Money On Your Intellectual Property, 02/28, Bozemen
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