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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats - RIP Peter Rosten 1949-2017
Montana Economic Developers Association Spring Conference (All Are Invited To Attend), 5/2-3, Great Falls, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Montana Department of Commerce
- 2017 State Of The Workforce Event - 4/26 - Billings
What should be our focus and how should we use our resources?
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Community Development Projects Boost Jobs, Infrastructure, Access to Affordable Housing - April 17-22 is Community Development Week
CDBG funds support local projects allowing communities to address their greatest development needs. Here are a few recent examples of this work:
- State looks to pitch Montana as a free-spirited place for adventure - "Discover Your Montana Moment"
The Montana Department of Commerce's tourism campaign's tagline is "Discover Your Montana Moment," which builds off the popular social media campaign #MontanaMoment.
- 10th Annual Montana Downtown Conference - 10/18-20 - Great Falls
Montana Politics & Legislature
- [Early Bird] Tickets are running low for Innovate Montana Symposium July 12 & 13 in Billings.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity for developing and growing your Montana business, networking with some of the highest impact entrepreneurs in the state, and workshopping your most pressing entrepreneurial challenges.
- Women in Business Event in Bozeman, Montana
"I tapped into the navigator http://business.mt.gov/navigator that the governor's office created a couple of years ago, that's a fabulous tool and I also attended a lot of SBA sponsored workshops."
- Montana House speaker kills mail-ballot bill with parliamentary power
In a statement Tuesday, Bullock said Knudsen is "playing procedural games to prevent this (bill) from reaching the House floor."
- Montana bill taxes out-of-state E-commerce firms more accurately
State Revenue Director Mike Kadas told MTN News that it will enable the state to accurately track the Montana income generated by e-commerce giants like Netflix or Amazon - and apply Montana corporate taxes to that income.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Northwestern Energy Offers VFD/Motors Management Training in 5 Montana Communities May 8 - 12.
This multi-city tour training on Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and motor management will be in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula.
Energy and Climate Change
- Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We'll Never Understand
We are increasingly relying on machines that derive conclusions from models that they themselves have created, models that are often beyond human comprehension, models that "think" about the world differently than we do.
- Why Artificial Intelligence Needs Some Emotional Intelligence
One of the theoretical advantages of software, artificial intelligence, algorithms, and robots is that they don't suffer many human foibles.
1 Million Cups
- Bill Nye Says Climate Change Deniers Have a Bad Case of Cognitive Dissonance
"People have a certain worldview; [then] they're confronted with evidence that conflicts with the worldview, so they have dissonance, conflict in their minds," Nye says.
Come Home Montana
- 5 Years of 1 Million Cups - Is there one in your community? If not, you should start one!
Whether you're looking for feedback on your business or to connect with your community, 1 Million Cups is the place for you.
- Collaborative Learning Network Seeking Grant Writer for K-12 Schools
The Collaborative Learning Network is seeking an experienced grant writer with experience working with K-12 schools to secure funding for facility improvement projects in technology, energy, accessibility, furnishings, early child, performing arts, gardening, kitchens, fitness.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Site Director, Customer Service Representative, Program Manager and more... - First Call Resolution in Great Falls
"Depending on how many clients we add this year, we're looking at gradually building up to anywhere from 50 and 150 new positions in Great Falls by year end," she said. "We'll continue to add new clients to the Great Falls site until we reach 325 people."
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Missoula-based Coaster Pedicab is Developing New Ways to Do Business By Pedal
The Only Thing We Didn't Change Was the Number of Wheels
- Kickstarter Campaign - Chilton Skis
Every pair of Chilton Skis' Bitterroot Buttersticks feature 8 ultra-thin layers of carbon fiber fabric to complement the 100% locally sourced cores.
- You know that Lee Newspapers bought the Missoula Independent. Do you know why?
"There were no better outcomes available for the Independent. And the worst possible outcomes were clearly possible. If we had any kind of unexpected trouble it was going to threaten the very existence of the paper."
- Rocky Mountain School of Photography launches new program
This fall, RMSP is rolling out a new professional program that the organization is hoping will serve as a trade school-style alternative for those who want a career in photography, but don't want to invest in a four-year--or even two-year--college.
- New Great Falls call center ready for July opening
The Oregon-based company is still seeking a site director from Great Falls and other supervisors and managers.
- Milwaukee firm Hoffman York that got Montana tourism contract to open Helena office
Hoffman York is an advertising and marketing communications agency with services in digital strategy and development, social media, media planning and buying and analytics.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Celebration And Showcase Of The First Cohort Of UM's New Master's Of Science In Business Analytics, 4/26, Missoula
These students have cultivated an important and valuable skillset that will help local businesses better compete in a global economy by harnessing the power of data, making business more efficient and data-driven.
- Slow Internet Is Fueling Rural-Urban Inequality
Students in well-off, urban areas do much of their learning online. But many rural schools have almost no bandwidth, and kids are losing out.
- Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.
Globalization and technology aren't the only factors crushing the heartland.
- Former Ambassador Max Baucus - The 'Montana Way' can help solve immigration challenges
When I served our country overseas, I learned an important lesson: the rest of the world watches what the United States does very closely.
Regional Economic Development
- Idaho calls for public input on school science standards, climate change
So far, meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Fort Hall have drawn comments overwhelmingly in favor of the standards that lawmakers rejected.
- Boise tech luminary wins $5.5 million investment for a startup policing copycat apps
"It's important to us to grow the business into another company that Boise can be proud of," Faisal Shah said.
- Why the Exurbs Are Poised to Take Off in the Coming Years
Creating those jobs and improving the economic fortunes of the middle class may depend not only on politics but also on the declining cost of distance.
- Career Training Institute (CTI), a private, non-profit organization, was founded in May 1983 to meet the employment needs of women in the community.
CTI has earned state-wide recognition as an agency with skilled staff able to deliver quality, customer- focused employment, training, and business resource services.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Tennessee House approves Haslam's tuition-free college plan for adults
If the plan is approved by the Senate, every Tennessee resident without a college education will be able to pursue higher education without paying tuition. Tennessee would be the first state in the nation to offer such widespread college access.
Montana Education Excellence
- Peter Rosten, Founder of MAPS Passes Away
Words cannot express my admiration for Peter's life and his dedication to the future leaders of Montana. A fitting legacy will be to see his vision and passion grow throughout Montana so that every school child can participate in the MAPS program.
- Peter David Rosten - MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) Founder and Montana Ambassador
His world was enriched immeasurably by the thousands of students and supporters that grew MAPS beyond his wildest hopes.
- Drummond High wins Montana F1 championship
Drummond High's six-person team defeated nine other schools from around the state. It was quite an achievement for a school that is only in its second year of competition.
- University of Montana wants to buy out as many as 100 employees, mostly faculty
A decrease of 100 would represent a nearly 16 percent reduction; that drop would not include faculty paid for from research dollars.
Funding and Building your Business
- How Poverty Changes the Brain
The science is clear--when brain capacity is used up on these worries and fears, there simply isn't as much bandwidth for other things.
Connectivity & Communications
- 'We're close' --BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups
At BBG Ventures you believe the greatest untapped opportunity for venture capital lies in backing women. Why women?
- Why Networking Is Not Overrated
That network seeded the revenue for the first few million in revenue for the business.
- Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at University of Montana May 22-26
Held on the UM campus May 22-26, the intensive training provides ground instruction, hands-on flight instruction with small quadcopters, preparation for FAA licensing, and an overview of GIS and sensor applications.
- The newest Silicon Valley perk? Paid time off to protest Trump.
"We want our employees to know that we absolutely support the betterment of our country. People can take whatever they feel like they need to make a meaningful difference."
- Cyber Security For The Small Business Owner, 4/27, Missoula
BBB Chief Innovative Office Dale Dixon will share tactics crooks use to get you and your employees to turn over sensitive information.
- The FCC Is Leading Us Toward Catastrophe
This is a breathtaking move. It should be deeply troubling to all Americans, no matter whom they voted for last fall.
- Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove About the U.S. Government - USAFacts
"I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions," Mr. Ballmer said. "People can disagree about what to do -- I'm not going to tell people what to do." But, he said, people ought to base their opinions "on common data sets that are believable."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Are Nonprofits the New Go-To Choice for Altruistic Jobseekers?
Public service students appear to be shying away from working in government, possibly worsening the sector's longtime hiring struggle.
- Bones would be proud - AI-powered diagnostic device takes out Tricorder XPrize -
The winning machine is called DxtER and uses artificial intelligence to teach itself to diagnose medical conditions.
- Elon Musk's masterplan for humanity's future is beyond your wildest sci-fi dreams
"I think we are about 8 to 10 years away from this being usable by people with no disability," Musk said.
- How Cities Should Be Preparing for the Onset of Autonomous Vehicles
A report published by the National League of Cities breaks down the issues cities should be thinking about in anticipation of self-driving vehicles.
- Portland Mayor Seeks to Shape Self-Driving Tech to Suit Needs City, Residents' Needs
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Wednesday he wants the city to be "open for business" to companies developing autonomous vehicles.
- Lilium's Funky 'Jet' Could Make Our Dreams of Flying Cars Come True
It picks you up wherever you are, and plunks you down exactly where you want to go.
- Using Technology to Make the Vision of Zero Traffic Fatalities a Reality
Eliminating road deaths is a tall order, but cities nationwide are taking the challenge.
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