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2017 Montana Housing Partnership Conference With Montana NAHRO, 5/8-10, Great Falls, MT http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6384 --- MSU JJCBE Women's Circle Of Excellence Conference, 05/11, Bozeman http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6387
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Senator Jon Tester could teach Democrats a lot about rural America -- if he can keep his Senate seat
You've gotta be folksy if you want to win in Montana as a Democrat.
- Legislative actions may leave Montana taxpayers with additional costs
"Balancing the state budget and thumping your chest, saying you're saving the taxpayers money, just meant that all those things dropped down to local property taxes," said Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss. "There will be tough decisions to be made."
- The Bitter End - Sine Die
Behind the frustration that defined the waning days of the 65th Montana legislative session
- Northwestern Energy - At a glance Montana, South Dakota & Nebraska An economic development fact sheet - April 2017
These documents are overviews on the company, our operations and how our rates compare to other utilities in our region.
Energy and Climate Change
- Dinosaurs a Big Draw for Visitors to Montana - Dinosaur Trail visitation increases 15 percent
The Montana Dinosaur Trail reported hosting a combined total of 333,151 visitors in 2016, an increase of 15 percent compared to 2015. More than one third of the visitors were from out of state.
Come Home Montana
- How rural co-ops can help lead the smart grid transition
In some cases, rural America is seeing the smart grid arrive at their doorstep well before their urban and suburban counterparts.
- How scientists made better 'bio oil' from trees killed by beetles
The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States.
- Solar-powered recycling machine easily transported
Taiwain's pioneering design company dedicated to upcycling waste, Miniwiz, has created a mobile recycling machine that turns plastics into indoor/outdoor tiles.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Analyst - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bozeman
This position is responsible for providing data synthesis and analysis for the Northern Great Plains (NGP).
- WalletHub ranks Montana 9th most fun state
Montana comes in second for most movie theatres per capita, fourth for most golf courses and country clubs per capita, third for best access to national parks, and tied for first for most skiing per capita.
- More than 100 years old, historic Winifred, Montana "ROY ROCERY" grocery store keeps town thriving thanks to Brad Bergum
The Winifred Grocery, which first opened in 1914, may not still be in business if it weren't for California resident Brad Bergum making a philanthropic investment in his boyhood hometown.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Next Meeting - Goodworks Ventures, 5/18, Missoula
Goodworks Ventures, LLC was formed in 2007 as a Montana based and focused impact fund to support, nurture and empower visionary people and organizations that are creating the world we want to live in.
- College freshman, mad about ice cream, launches Billings business
The new ice-cream man in town is a young woman, but don't look for her in a three-wheeled cart blaring calliope music.
- Senator Tester Highlights Montana Small Businesses During Defense Hearing
Tester listed some of the important contributions that Montana small businesses are already making to America's service members during the hearing.
- Buddhist traveler, former UM student to launch meditation app
Part website and part app, the upstart platform will offer community support to those who pursue mindfulness and meditation. Users will also gain access to guided and live meditations, and find the positive support of teachers and mentors.
- 8 Essential Qualities Necessary to Be Great in Relationships
The variable we most control in relationships is ourselves.
- A new executive director takes over at Trailhead, Boise's startup accelerator
Trailhead has about 375 individual members, some of whom are employees of more than 60 member companies.
- Innovate Mississippi Launches "Code Mississippi" Statewide
Through the program's initiatives, key partnerships, innovation and creativity, Code Mississippi can lead to an unprecedented tech boom across the state.
Regional Economic Development
- Hulu Launches Live TV
The arrival of Hulu's live TV service, along with that of YouTube TV, could encourage more traditional pay-TV subscribers to cut the cord, says 7Park Data analyst Christopher Coby.
- The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing
It would give designers more freedom, allowing them to create and test parts and devices with complex shapes that can't be made easily with any other production method--say, an intricate aluminum lattice or a metal object with internal cavities.
- Apple Announces $1 Billion Fund to Create U.S. Jobs in Manufacturing
The fund "can be the ripple in the pond,"
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah tech companies take talent-first road to diversity
If you're a woman with a full-time job, Utah is most assuredly not the best state in which to work for a business.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Best Documentaries About Innovators In STEM
Ask your friends about who invented the answering machine or who holds the record for the most mathematical papers and you'll probably only get blank stares in return.
- Commissioner recommends 8.5 percent resident tuition increase at University of Montana
Tuition for lower-division undergraduates -- freshmen and sophomores -- would increase by 13 percent, or $809 per year, while upper-division rates would rise by 5.2 percent, bringing both to $7,047 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Funding and Building your Business
- "Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance"
This year especially there's an uncomfortable feeling in the tech industry that we did something wrong, that in following our credo of "move fast and break things", some of what we knocked down were the load-bearing walls of our democracy. We're all trying to understand why people can't just get along.
- Come join the discussion at Hometown Helena at The Montana Club every Thursday at 7AM at The Montana Club
This is the best way to keep an eye the weekly goings on in Helena, dealing with Hometown Helena.
- HRDC says each chronically homeless resident costs Bozeman $28,000 a year
Think renting an apartment in Bozeman is expensive? Try living on the street.
Connectivity & Communications
- When To Enlist A Board Of Directors Or Advisory Board
Advisory Boards are voluntary and have no fiduciary responsibility. Yet I suggest a small one has value for every startup, starting at inception, prior to a major investor or key business scaling initiative.
- 5 Top CEOs Say This Is the 1 Task They Will Never Delegate
Inc. 5000 honorees tell us how they would tackle a common business challenge.
- Podcast: What Entrepreneurship Can Teach Us About Life
Wall Street Journal contributor Stephen Hicks says we all can apply the entrepreneurial approach to our own lives. That's because we're born with the ability to take risks, think creatively and challenge the normal way of doing things.
- When Building a Diverse Workforce, Hiring Is Just the Start
Having a diverse workforce can pay off -- literally.
- Rural internet providers applaud FCC move to kill net neutrality rules
"Rural America urgently needs a smarter and more practical approach than rules based on laws written when our grandparents were stringing the countryside with copper and even cattle wire to connect neighbors on old party line telephones,"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Arizona Management Systems Principles Improve State Processes, Save Millions
Focusing on customer value and continuous improvement, and engaging employees to improve productivity, quality and service has helped Arizona save millions of dollars so far.
- NYC's New Tech to Track Every Homeless Person in the City
Think of StreetSmart as a customer relationship management system for the homeless.
- What's New in Civic Tech: A Look at How Mapping Data Makes It Useful
What do San Francisco, Santa Monica, Calif., Seattle and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have in common? Recently released maps detailing various data sets are shedding light on information that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
- 5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Already Changing Government
It's cutting costs and freeing up public workers to do things humans do best.
- I'm gonn need to pop more pills... Exercise-in-a-pill increases endurance, fat burning
It could open doors for fitness training for athletes, the elderly, obese or otherwise mobility-limited.
- Closer to a cure: CRISPR cuts HIV from its cellular hideout
Now, in another potential step towards a permanent cure, the team has demonstrated that the technique works to keep the virus from spreading and, in latent cases, rips it from its hideout.
- New way to invest in Blockchain technologies is open to all
Blockchain Capital is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that has been trading since 2013 and invests exclusively in entrepreneurs within the Blockchain economy.
- How Crispr Could Snip Away Some of Humanity's Worst Diseases
Imagine a world where, instead of removing her breasts, Angelina Jolie could instead have taken a dose of genes that snip away the BRCA2 genes that threatened her with cancer. That's the difference between a treatment and a cure.
- With latest entrant, pickup trucks are going electric
A new electric pickup is coming from a Ohio-based manufacturer even as Tesla gears up to make its own.
- Self-driving electric vehicles to make car ownership vanish
And this isn't a vision of the future for today's toddlers, but likely to happen within a decade.
- Self-Driving Cars, Transit and Bikes Could Leave Parking Lots Empty
The growing popularity of these alternatives combined could lead to a revolution in urban planning.
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