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Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ambassador Awards http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- "Montana is worth protecting" Gov. Steve Bullock
I want Montana to always be the place you can find the cleanest air, the freshest water, and the healthiest folks in the nation.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Applications Close May 1st for Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Development Program
Since its inception in 1990, Leadership Flathead has seen over 700 individuals from more than 200 local businesses complete the program, many of whom are now engaged in the community through elected offices, on government committees and boards, as heads of local non-profit organizations, or as stronger leaders in the organizations with which they work.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing
Last year, the Montana Department of Commerce helped about 9,000 Montanans find affordable and accessible housing through new-or-improved rental units, rental assistance, home ownership assistance, and reverse annuity mortgages.
Big Sky Code Academy
- Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination
"It's just going to increase the flow of dollars into the state."
Flathead Valley Community College
- Missoula teachers look to bring coding into the classroom
“We want to create the opportunity for students of any age to learn coding and computer science.”
Early Edge Montana
- FVCC Invites Community To Third Annual BioBlitz, 5/13, Kalispell, Montana
BioBlitz will be combination of scientific discovery, celebration and fun as participants observe and record the biological diversity on the college campus.
- New York City Will Offer Free Preschool for All 3-Year-Olds
In the often-divided world of education, the long-term benefit of early childhood education, particularly for low-income children, is one of the few things most experts agree on.
- It’s a wrap: Filmmaker and MAPS founder Peter Rosten dies
Rosten's motto was "it's not about being right, it's about getting it right."
- Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ambassador Awards
"I'm pleased to recognize this group of hard-working folks and am thankful for their dedication, service, and efforts to ensure that Montana is one of the best places in the country to live, work, play, start a business, and raise a family." Gov. Steve Bullock
Energy and Climate Change
- The Lodges on Seeley Lake - Montana at its best
Whether you're looking for an intimate weekend getaway, memorable family time, or a get together with friends, the historic cabins complete with modern kitchens and fireplaces are sure to please.
- Montana's First Statewide Hiking Trail Guide Now Online
It includes photos and trail descriptions, and filters to select different kinds of trails, like those that are kid-friendly or particularly good in a particular season.
Come Home Montana
- "People say 'Save the Earth'. No. Don't worry about earth. Earth'll be here long after we render ourselves extinct." Neil deGrasse Tyson
"As always, but especially these days, keep looking up."
- Standard view: Butte has a lot to lose in a science-free Trump Administration
When scientific knowledge is expanding as rapidly as it is today, we can ill afford four or more years of science denial.
- Google's data center raises the stakes in this state's 'water wars'
Google wants to draw 1.5 million gallons per day from an aquifer to help cool the servers at its facility in Berkeley County. The data center already uses about 4 million gallons of surface water per day, the Post and Courier newspaper reported.
- Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials
We tend not to realize how damaging our electronics are for the environment - from mining materials to the toxic effects when we dump them.
- Colorado Bill Would Create Bonds to Retire Coal Plants and Finance Worker Retraining
Using innovative financing tools to transition the energy economy--and the workers who fuel it.
- Today's Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal
Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.
- 'Climate of Hope' - Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
"We are writing this book because we believe that it's time for a new type of conversation about climate change." -Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, former executive director of the Sierra Club
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Director of Marketing - Submittable
Reach 1000s of potential clients, speak to them in a sincere direct voice, and book 1000s of demos for our sales team
- Commission will use search firm to help find Bozeman's next city manager
"This is the time to use an expert."
- Montana Career Opportunity - President - University of Montana
This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, inspirational, and visionary leader with substantial knowledge and experience in higher education issues and environments.
- Conservative media company buys KECI in Missoula, KTVM in Butte and KCFW in Kalispell
The parent company of these stations has been purchased by conservative local news operator Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- Montana Added Roughly 4,800 Jobs in First Quarter of 2017 - Unemployment Rate at 3.8%
"More Montanans are at work than ever before in our state's history and 4,500 more of friends, families, and neighbors joined the workforce this first quarter," said Governor Bullock. "Montana's economy is strong and continues to grow and expand as we continue to find ways to ensure Montana businesses have a steady pipeline of trained and skilled employees."
- Montana's Eco-friendly West Paw Toys favored by pets coast to coast
Forbes named West Paw Design one of the best small companies in America.
- MSU business college seeks nominations for annual Montana Family Business Awards
Awards are usually given to businesses in several categories: large, medium, small, very small, old and new.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- This coding startup trains autistic people to take on the tech industry
People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry.
- USA Today - How to teach a girl to lead: Montana state legislator Ellie Hill Smith
'You made me feel special,' an 8-year-old said. 'I am going to run for office too, just like you!'
- University of Montana students head to Vegas for business analytics
Staggs and Brewer graduate in May as part of the first Master's of Science in Business Analytics cohort at UM, and they're also part of the first UM team to attend the INFORMS Business Analytics conference in Vegas.
- Broadband 'Vouchers' Won't Help Rural America Connect; So What Will?
A proposal from a former FCC staffer would destabilize rural America's broadband infrastructure and discourage investment. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission should focus on modifying the current Universal Service Fund, according to the CEO of a national association representing rural broadband providers.
- Congratulations to Montana's Andy Shirtliff Named State Up and Comer Statescoop Leader
The 2017 winners of the StateScoop 50 Awards highlight the best and brightest in the state IT community
- Harvard professor: Stop incentivizing out-of-state companies and build up Idaho ones
"People recognize clusters are good things because they help build networks, but clusters are also hard on businesses," Ketels said at his talk April 5. "They force companies to compete for talent and to move quickly to innovate before someone else with a similar idea jumps into their growing market."
- Now even entry-level jobs go begging as Treasure Valley workers gain choices
"You can only build what there's labor available to build."
- Restaurant group tells Idahoans: Don't vacation in Utah
The ad shows a mock police mugshot of a woman holding a card saying she was arrested in Salt Lake County for the crime of having "one drink with dinner."
- Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge Awards $100,000 in Seed Funds
"Entrepreneurship is a critical ingredient to a growing economy and a growing state and the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge is the catalytic event that brings us all together," says Gordon Jones, dean of the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State.
- Newsletter - The Center for Economic Development at CSU, Chico
This month we have another series for our Map of the Month.
- How Iowa Became A New Hub For Innovation In Tech & Renewables
"The wealth comes from the land," says Durham. "Through the decades, we've always looked at how to add value to the land. Ethanol and biodiesel resulted from that conversation decades ago. Now, we've taken it to the next level."
- Hillbillies who code: the former miners out to put Kentucky on the tech map
Don't get them wrong: coal in Kentucky is still very much king. But it is king the same way Queen Elizabeth is the monarch of the UK: a house of power to be revered, but no longer counted on for daily providence. For that, coal country must transform itself into something else, a new place on the map the hopeful call "Silicon Holler".
- Pathways program connects high school grads with high-tech jobs
"We've really just been the conveners in bringing all the groups together," Hart said. "By just getting everybody in the same room and talking to each other, we've been able to problem-solve these innovative partnerships."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming State Education Department's long-term student goals include 89 percent grad rate
"It's very much working with the schools, looking at their data and figuring out what are the ways we can improve,"
American Prairie Reserve
- American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist
Americans need to learn how to discover.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing & Content Manager - American Prairie Reserve
If you've ever wanted to make history while doing great things for the world, this is your chance.
- Become a Member - American Prairie Reserve -
Our mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States, a refuge for people and wildlife preserved forever as part of America's heritage.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana teachers gather for S.T.E.A.M education workshop
The S.T.E.A.M education workshop, short for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics, taught hands on activities to bring back to their classrooms.
- MSU students' research ranges from brain waves to Carnegie rating controversy
MSU takes pride in its tradition of getting undergraduates involved in hands-on research.
- Simms, Montana's Sun River Robotics achieves 1st Place at Worlds Robotics Championship
With the Sun River Rednek Robotics' winning the Houston division, they will compete against the world champions from the St. Louis, Missouri championship in July.
- MSU student wins NSF fellowship, hopes to fuse engineering and international development
"I really enjoy research, but I want to be able to use it in ways that benefit humanity," Baumbauer said.
Connectivity & Communications
- 5 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Potential Investors
Understand what each investor brings to the table before you bring them on board.
- Here's why Google went to Burning Man to find its next CEO
Google used Burning Man to find a CEO because they were interested in finding a CEO who's familiar with group flow.
- Venture-Capital Firms Use Big Data to Seek Out the Next Big Thing
Computers are on the rise as Wall Street's brave new stock pickers. Now some Silicon Valley startup investors are giving big-data analytics a prominent role in the venture-capital arena.
- Verizon launches near-gigabit speed Fios, rivaling Google Fiber - Comcast offers Utah customers 1-Gig internet
Verizon isn't the only company pushing blistering bandwidth speeds.
- How Agile Is Ushering Millennials into IT in Nebraska
Through a partnership with a local college, a group of young tech professionals is running the state's enterprise content management system and building the future state workforce in the process.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Announcing: Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Montana, Revised 2017
Nonprofit leaders are increasingly challenged by greater community needs, heightened public demands for accountability and limited or often declining resources.
- Find Data in Your Nonprofit Organization's Everyday Activities
Collected information can help create new programs, impact changes to your current ones, and highlight how well your organization is doing.
- End Pain Forever -How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Human Suffering
The scale of the problem that this breakthrough could help solve is so vast that it's difficult to take in.
- 20 Tech Visionaries Who Are Creating the Future
You might not recognize their names--they're too busy working to court the spotlight--but you'll soon hear about them a lot. They represent the best of what's next.
- How Technology Will Solve Cities' Parking Nightmare
Displacing the need for drivers will make it far more economical to move about with self-driving shared cars than to own a car—and that does not include the opportunity cost of driving, as riders will be able to use time en route to work, read or sleep.
- Project Management Certification Boot Camp May 16-18 , 05/16, Missoula
- Paul Singh North American Tech Tour 2017 - Montana, 06/27, Missoula
- MSU To Host Free STEM Camp To Introduce Middle Schoolers To College Life 6/25-30
- Montana Digital Media Summit - 5/2 - Billings
- GIS Training - 8/7-11 - Helena, Montana
- Tester To Hold Press Conference Call Announcing New Legislation Protecting Paradise Valley, 4/25,
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