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"Discover Your Montana Moment" - The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
'10X10 MSU Innovation Road Show: From Tiny Houses To Honey Bees' - 3/23- Montana State University http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6348
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Kalispell Chamber Luncheon - Kalispell Downtown & Core Area Plan Announcement - 3/21
Recently, the Kalispell Chamber helped ensure a new zoning change for higher densities in the B3 zone and there have been numerous questions as to the traffic plans for Main Street and the Courthouse Couplet.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Early Bird Discount Tickets For the Second Annual Innovate Montana Symposium (7/12-13 in Billings) Available Now!
There's only 250 of them available and we're sure that they will sell out quickly.
- Please Vote to Honor Andy Shirtliff, Small Business Advocate, Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
"the way to develop the best that is in a person is by Appreciation, and Encouragement." - Charles Schwab
- Welcome to the Montana Business Navigator where Montana's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Montana.
The Montana Business Navigator is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Montana's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Montana.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Bill establishes voluntary preschool for low-income Montana children
"This is not babysitting, this is not daycare, this is with a qualified teacher who has a background in early childhood." Rep. Kathy Kelker, D-Billings
- Teachers, Parents, Kids and Legislators Rally in Support of Governor Bullock's Early Childhood Education Proposal
"We know this is a strong investment in our state's future," said Governor Bullock. "Now is the time Montana finally makes investments into the success of our kids through publicly funded early childhood education."
- Education official touts pre-K program Montana Legislature considering
A top Alabama education official is helping Montana Gov. Steve Bullock promote his early childhood education proposal with stories of her state's successful program.
- Two Senate Republicans seek to eliminate or privatize Montana State Fund
The state's largest provider of workers compensation insurance would be eliminated or privatized under two bills soon to be introduced by prominent Senate Republicans.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- "Discover Your Montana Moment" - Montana Launches New Warm Season Marketing Campaign
"We want to be in the forefront of travelers' minds when they are making their summer plans." Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development's Director of Marketing Jenny Pelej
Energy and Climate Change
- A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won't Replace Lawyers, Yet.
Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next victim.
Come Home Montana
- Earth sizzles to 2nd-warmest winter since records began nearly 140 years ago
Last month also marked the second-warmest February on record for the planet, trailing only 2016, NOAA said.
- There's Vast Untapped Potential for Solar Rooftops in the US, Says Google
Google's Project Sunroof has expanded its coverage enormously.
- Cars could soon be running on biofuels derived from wastewater
Overall, taking into account both the use and production of the biogas, CNG cars running on biomethane made this way should belch out 80 percent less CO2 than gasoline-powered cars.
- How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps
Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Operations - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
With robust competitive data/telecom operations throughout Montana, Idaho and the Rocky-Mountain-West, as well as incumbent local exchange carrier operations in western Montana and Southeastern Idaho, Blackfoot is a leading, regional premier provider of data, voice, IT and cloud offerings.
- MEDA Spring Conference (All Are Invited To Attend), 5/2-3, Great Falls, Montana
Join us on the Great Falls College MSU Campus for a unique and interactive conference addressing changes impacting economic development in Montana.
Come Home Washington
- 11 Ways Successful People Deal With People They Don't Like
There are the select few you just can't stand!
- 7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before 7 a.m.
Success always takes time, which is why the most successful people start early.
- Seattle in Search of Smart City Czar to Drive Collaboration, Consistency in Deployments
Seattle's smart city coordinator will be someone who can help smart initiatives both internally and with outside partners, including the MetroLab Network and the University of Washington.
- Daines, Tester Introduce Timber Innovation Act
Legislation would promote research and development of tall wood buildings
- Commentary: How Not to Make America Great Again
A full community response is needed and all of us must get off the sidelines and on to the playing field.
- What a Gutted EPA Would Cost Our Communities
Cities, towns and counties depend on the federal agency in numerous ways. Drastic budget cuts would create a lot of pain for them.
Incubators and R&D
- Packed crowd for Idaho climate change hearing
At the same time, the House and Senate education panels stripped several climate change references in new science standards for public schools.
- Could a blood test accurately diagnose autism?
Can the mystery of autism be reduced to a few simple biomarkers or is the disorder much more complex?
- Seeding the future: how university incubators are helping postgrads' ideas bear fruit - The Blackstone Launchpad in Montana
Although university isn't a prerequisite for entrepreneurs, it can offer a hefty leg up
Regional Economic Development
- If Colorado wants the Outdoor Retailer show, it should earn it
Big Rec wants to make a statement. Staying out of Colorado would be a strong one.
- "60 Minutes" - Are U.S. jobs vulnerable to workers with H-1B visas?
"I think, for once, we're gonna stand up as Americans and say enough is enough. We're not gonna take it anymore." Kurt Ho
- Industry Analyst Predicts Grocery Store Closures Across the U.S.
There are two to three times as many grocery stores as the country "needs."
- Creative Placemaking: Economic Development For The Next Generation, 3/23, Webinar
In this 60-minute webinar, you'll hear how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs and an eye towards attracting and retaining the younger generation.
- Eugene, Ore., Named 'Gigabit City' by Nonprofit Mozilla Foundation
Eugene's collaborative tech community, supportive environment for startups, and unique approach to bringing gigabit Internet to the region caught Mozilla's attention.
Montana Education Excellence
- Kids on winning robotics Indianapolis team told, 'Go back to Mexico'
The low-income school was given a grant to develop a robotics program. Fourth-grade teachers were asked to identify 10 students who had potential and exhibited leadership qualities.
- University of Montana surveying faculty about early retirement
The commissioner of higher education has said UM needs to reduce its staffing budget.
- University of Montana Family Medicine Residency Program Announces Class of 2020
The new class of 10 family physician residents, selected through the National Resident Matching Program, will start its three-year training at the end of June.
Funding and Building your Business
- Every Town Needs a Remakery
There's a big vision behind it: "we want to generate a repair revolution.
- Boomers Are Ditching Retirement for Entrepreneurship. And They're Killing It
Gallup reports that 80 percent of Boomer startups are built as lifestyle choices meant to supplement retirement income and keep the mind engaged. But some are far more ambitious.
- How to Increase Your Odds of Getting into TechStars
Watch this 1 minute 22 second video on how Nevin Shetty, CEO of Blueprint Registry, bootstrapped to validation, traction in fact, before applying.
- Startup CEOs: 5 Tips on Building a Strong Board
Advice abounds on the best ways to manage your startup board, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that who you choose to be on your board is just as important as how you leverage them.
- Warning: This Is Not Your Grandfather's Talent Planning
Inspired by her talk at First Round's CEO Summit, Scott shares her epiphany about management -- and the mindset and framework it takes to really build a kick-ass team, starting with deciphering the distinct attributes and incentives of high-performers.
- 5 Ways to Incorporate your Purpose into your Daily Operations
Infuse Purpose into everything your company does and here are 5 ways to do that
- The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving
For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.
- Where to Meet Angel Investors and How to Pitch Them When You Do
Get your startup off the ground by learning how to pitch angel investors and raise money.
- 5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor
In reality, a financing negotiation is not a single-round winner-take-all game, since a "good" deal requires that both parties walk away satisfied -- with a win-win relationship.
- American workers quitting at fastest pace in 16 years
Basically, it's become more of a worker's market for many employees.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- SeamlessDocs Project Offers Free Web Analytics Dashboard to State, Local Government
SeamlessDocs is now putting up Web analytics dashboards for state and local governments -- for free, and with about two minutes of work involved. That's not an exaggeration.
- Planning the Data-Driven City
How do cities effectively collect, publish, and use data?
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Nine technologies that could change the world (maybe)
The report looks at both likely and unlikely scenarios.
- Meet the Remarkable Robot That Communicates Like No Other
Lorek the robot not only understands your commands and gestures, but it asks for clarification if it's confused.
- Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard election-related sites from hacking
An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking.
- Autonomous Cars Will Turn Back the Clock on Sustainable Cities
In the past few years, many cities have questioned the pattern of dedicating more space to mobility, recognizing that resident's quality of life is at stake when congestion and pollution are a daily challenge.
- Sky high: Montana airports reporting record business
Across Montana and the nation, airports are hustling to keep up with record traffic flows, and they're spending or planning to spend billions of dollars on upgrades and expansions to do it.
- The days of owning a car could be fading away, thanks to these alternatives
No longer the domain of magazines or newspapers, the subscription model now supports everything from streaming music to clothing shipments.
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