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2017 Governor's Conference On Tourism And Recreation, 3/12-14, Helena, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6267
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Commerce Department Announces Funding to Update Eastern Montana Health Center, Retain Jobs
The Montana Department of Commerce Tuesday announced $400,000 to upgrade and retain 30 jobs at the Garfield County Health Center in Jordan, Mont.
- Governor Bullock Announces Montana Exporter of the Year Award
Operating in Butte since 1986, the company employs over 350 full-time personnel. The company's international sales accounted for almost half of its total revenue in 2016, making it one of Montana's leading international exporters.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- MEDA March News and two items
Save the date for the MEDA Spring Conference - May 2nd and 3rd in Great Falls!
Great Falls Development Authority
- House panel kills bill to expand roof-top solar power in Montana
All eight votes against the measure came from Republicans on the committee - including one of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Adam Rosendale of Billings. Seven Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Adam Hertz of Missoula, voted for the measure.
- Zinke confirmed as Interior secretary; Montana prepares for special election
The confirmation will trigger the Montanan's resignation from Congress and a special election to replace him.
Early Edge Montana
- Fire It Up!, 3/23, Great Falls, Montana
Fire It Up is a professional development session focused on Networking for Success!
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Early Education For Rural Children - An unlikely ally for President Trump: Liberal actress Jennifer Garner
The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town's pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children.
- Artificial intelligence will change America. Here's how.
Part of the confusion about artificial intelligence is in the name itself.
- Technology in Montana: The bogeyman that isn't artificial intelligence
The good news is, artificial intelligence can't exist without humans making it. The bad news is - if it's bad news at all - the technology is already here and it's only going to evolve.
- How Will AI Transform Technology? A Podcast with Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka
"I deeply believe that saying that there is an innovation department ensures that you don't innovate anywhere else."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Montana Ambassadors & Montana Film Commission Invite You To A Montana Networking Event, 4/6, Los Angeles, CA
Please join us for a networking reception to collaborate efforts between the Montana and California entertainment industries. We're planning on showing a couple recent 'filmed in Montana' trailers and hope to have a few lead actors among our guests in attendance.
Energy and Climate Change
- Hike Wild Montana
Get your boots on the ground and discover Montana's wild with us
Come Home Montana
- Tesla will begin selling its solar roof this year -- here's everything you need to know
Tesla's solar roof vision: to create something that's both aesthetically appealing and efficient.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Machining Business Leader, Final Inspector, Purchasing and more... - Montana Precision Products
"We have a rapidly growing, highly skilled workforce of 100+ employees who thrive in a culture of safety, integrity, and quality."
- Jeff Bridges Unbelievable Love Story That Started In Montana - "Rancho Deluxe"
He was in Montana in the 1970s shooting the movie Rancho Deluxe when he first spotted the beauty.
- Chilton Skis Kickstarter Video Release Party, 3/3, Missoula, Montana
There'll be Big Sky Brewing beer, wine from Missoula's Ten Spoon Winery, music, and prizes! Admission is free, though we'll welcome donations, at the door and throughout the party--half of which will go to support our Kickstarter campaign, and half of which will be donated the The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana!
- Corvallis, Montana-based Starry Knight Design, Inc. - Mom turns hobby into successful shoe business
Starry Knight started evolving in 2008 when Knight began experimenting with designs, eventually coming up with a pattern for her "Baby Moccs."
- Glo European Windows Wins Coveted 2016 USGBC Sustainability Awards
Founded in Missoula, MT, Glo European Windows currently delivers modern, custom made aluminum windows and doors throughout the United States. Glo European Windows is based in Missoula, MT.
- Business for Montana's Outdoors Issues Statement on Confirmation of Ryan Zinke - Sounds Alarm on Public Lands Funding Cuts
A recent news report suggests the Trump Administration's new budg et proposal will slash $1.3 billion from the Interior Department's annual budget. This could result in steep cuts for National Parks, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, other public lands management and access programs Secretary Zinke is charged with overseeing.
- Missoula area data center looks to add 80 high-paying jobs
"They are on their way to becoming North America's largest data center." James Grunke
- Made-in-Montana Entertainment - Horowitz and Townsend Productions
New production company hopes to help put Montana on the map for television, film, and books
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Tight labor market allows more job seekers to call the shots
The trend is also being driven by risk-takers who are more confident they'll find a new position and are less fearful of being laid off.
- Being open to proactive serendipity can alter your future
It is not enough just to have an unexpected encounter or to have a piece of information appear. For serendipity to happen in a positive way, we have to notice and decide whether to pursue that unexpected event.
- Find a new job faster by changing your attitude
A good attitude is hard to beat and hiring managers can sense when candidates have one.
- Two Examples of Bringing Affordable Broadband to Rural Markets
Myth: It's too expensive to bring high speed broadband to rural areas. Reality: Providers are bringing high speed broadband to rural areas!
- Senator Jon Tester To Host Town Hall Meeting In Great Falls On March 4.
With the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Montana's crumbling infrastructure, and following President Trump's joint address to Congress, Tester wants to hear from Montanans about what they need from Congress.
- Utah's blunder a lesson for Montana
The organization's exodus from Utah should serve as a cautionary tale to any elected officials who support the transfer of control over federal lands to the states.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Data centers are bypassing Idaho in search of tax breaks
About 20 states have tax incentives designed to attract data centers and five states don't have sales tax. The exemption would help Idahoattract data centers and additional investment in technology, said Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, chief operating officer at the Idaho Department of Commerce.
- North Dakota Procurement Workshops and Webinars
Government contracting laws and regulations are always changing.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming puts teeth in collecting online sales taxes
"We're a state made of relatively small towns. We want to make sure those towns continue to thrive and do well,"
- Should high school be more like the real world? These innovators think so
Resnick said that rigorous, challenging and interesting work is often the thing that's missing for students who feel disengaged in a traditional high-school setting.
- It's Not Enough For Working Class Kids To Get Into College
While financial support at universities is often good, even when they get into college working class students often feel out of place, lacking the confidence and sense of entitlement of their middle class peers.
Montana Education Excellence
- High school makes $24 million from Snap IPO
The board of the Saint Francis high school in Mountain View agreed to invest $15,000 in seed money in Snap in 2012, when the company was just getting started.
- What's in a name? Controversy, Montana universities find
Under the policy, candidates would have to wait at least five years after leaving public office to be considered.
- University of Montana Faculty Senate discusses 'death spiral' of looming budget cuts
"We're bleeding money and we're out of students. We're graduating a big class this year, and unless we replace them we're at a lower head count next year. So everything has to be on the table." John DeBoer, who chairs the Faculty Senate.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock raises possibility of closing state campus
Gov. Steve Bullock says he believes the Montana Board of Regents would have to at least consider closing a state campus to make up for the $23.3 million budget cut proposed in the current Legislature.
- University of Montana enrollment drops, but officials optimistic
Sheila Stearns said she anticipates UM's enrollment will level out over the next two years, and she said pushing up the number will depend on the success of new recruitment strategies along with faculty and staff retention activities.
Funding and Building your Business
- How Smaller Communities Can Survive in an Age of Disruption
It's about getting the right people to address the right issues.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Secret Way Big Companies Hire Via Employee Referral
"It has not only helped us attract new talent, but also retain talent because the new employees are generally friends."
- 11 Storytelling Formulas to Supercharge Your Social Media Marketing
How do you tell your brand story?
- The next-generation operating model for the digital world
Companies know where they want to go. They want to be more agile, quicker to react, and more effective. They want to deliver great customer experiences, take advantage of new technologies to cut costs, improve quality and transparency, and build value.
- Here's what Clayton Christensen said about business and innovation at Qualtrics Insights Summit
Business expert and Harvard professor Clayton Christensen said there's a lot to learn about business from milkshakes.
- Here's why the internet isn't working today
Amazon Web Services, the popular storage and hosting platform used by a huge range of companies, reported that it is experiencing intermittent outages.
- The Amazon S3 Outage Is What Happens When One Site Hosts Too Much of the Internet
The problems seem to stem from trouble with Amazon's cloud storage service S3, which Amazon confirmed is experiencing "high error rates," particularly on the East Coast.
- FCC: Your ISP Doesn't Have to Protect You From Hackers
Your internet provider can see what websites you visit, when you visit them, and how much time you spend there.
- Cities Discover the Power of Collective Intelligence
A new study by William Eggers finds cities that tap the wisdom of the masses can maximize the impact of smart technology investments.
- Class Action Suit Filed against PayPal's Giving Platform
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago, asks for the suit to receive class action status on behalf of all charities and all donors to charities that were misled and/or harmed by PayPal's actions as well as those of the Washington, D.C.-based PayPal Charitable Giving Fund.
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation debuts all-elk media platform
For all those long weeks between elk-hunting seasons, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has you covered.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The tone of your tweets can predict diet success
Researchers predicted dieting success--or failure--with an accuracy rate of 77 percent based on the sentiment of the words and phrases people used on Twitter.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Business Giants to Announce Creation of a Computing System Based on Ethereum
The new organization, a nonprofit, is part of a broader movement to harness the technological concept known as the blockchain, which was introduced to the world by Bitcoin.
- The embarrassing reason behind Amazon's huge cloud computing outage this week
Amazon is back with an apology and an explanation for a high-profile malfunction that caused websites all across the Internet to grind to a halt for hours on Tuesday.
- Society needs a new kind of car. - A Fascinating Glimpse at How We'll All Carpool in 2027
We can imagine a world in a not-too-distant future where transportation becomes a utility.
- Boise, second Portland flight on Missoula's airport radar
They also said service on American Airlines to Dallas/Fort Worth could possibly start next summer, though such an arrangement is far from being finalized.
- Google's Robocar Lawsuit Could Kill Uber's Future and Send Execs to Prison
Now, on top of political criticisms of CEO Travis Kalanick and accusations of a sexist corporate culture, the company must worry about a legal dispute that could cost it a truckload of money, kill its self-driving research, and even land more than one executive in prison.
- Butte SBDC - No Marketing Budget?? No Problem!, 3/29, Dillon, Montana
- Professional Scrum Product Owner Training, 03/23, Helena
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