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"This is my swan act," Montana's Doug Peacock says. "It's like Ed Abbey told us a long time ago: If a murderous stranger came into your home, trying to hack your family to death, burning down your home, what would you do? Climate change is happening so fast. We could see the end of the grizzly within a decade. Human survivors might look back and ask who was responsible for this genocide. For me, it's time to reexamine everything. I'm wondering if I should go back out and dig up the deer rifles Abbey buried so long ago." http://www.mensjournal ... 81272
Lawmakers discuss 2017 Legislature and stress bipartisanship at City Club Missoula luncheon http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Hellgate Venture Network - Next Meeting - Goodworks Ventures, 5/18, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
Montana Department of Commerce
- Video: Montana Co-ops Make a Difference: Loyal to Local Cooperative
Connecting farmers to each other and to the pubic.
- Choose Montana - Montana businesses built by women with the help of state agencies
"We have some of the best state agencies you can imagine to help businesses in the state of Montana," Riza Gilpin, Co-owner of Tumblewood Teas
- How One Rural Montana Community Combats the Loss of Their Major Employer
The lasting community bonds and discovery of various growth opportunities help to lead the charge for a bolder Boulder, Montana.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Governor Bullock Announces Tourism Grants for 10 Montana Communities
"Tourism is one of Montana's leading industries and positively impacts both communities large and small all across the state," said Governor Steve Bullock. "Tourism grants help these communities make investments that will strengthen our economy and grow Montana as a top destination to visit, live, work, and play."
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- State earned income credit will support Montana's working families
Montana taxes working families living in poverty at a higher rate than almost any other state.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Kalispell Chamber To Host Rob Quist On Monday, May 15.
In an effort to stay informed with current events and political trends, the Kalispell Chamber hosts a variety of speakers throughout the year.
- Leadership Flathead Introduces Class of 2016 Graduates
Leadership Flathead recently held the Class of 2016 graduation for those participants who successfully completed the two-year program.
- Today's TED Talk - 3 principles for creating safer AI
How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover?
Energy and Climate Change
- Stay close to home and rediscover Montana
Rediscover Montana gives you a look at what there is to do and see in our great state this summer.
Come Home Montana
- Is Tesla's Solar Roof a Good Deal for Homeowners?
On this week's Energy Gang podcast, we sift through all the new details about Musk's latest solar project.
- SolarGaps' new solar blinds shade windows and generate clean energy
These smart blinds designed to track the sun can be controlled via an app, and the company says their product will slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent.
- Montana State Uniersity To Host Teen Climate Summit On May 26 In Bozeman
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Breakfast and lunch are included. Attendance is capped at 45.
- Solar power is getting cheaper; here are some smart options for your home
Now that spring has sprung, many homeowners are looking to improve their living space -- whether it's a renovation or redecoration, a gardening or landscaping project, or perhaps it's time to become less reliant on the grid.
- Tesla and Green Mountain Power: Get Your Behind-the-Meter Battery for $15 a Month
This is one of the more specific descriptions of the "step-change" enhancements that Tesla's CEO has promised for its new lithium-ion, inverter-integrated battery unit.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Associate Director - The Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA)
Looking for an opportunity to use your finance and marketing skills in a rewarding job, make a difference, gain regional and national exposure, and work with community leaders?
- Montana's Doug Peacock - The Grizzly Man's Last Stand By Rick Bass
"Doug is a real hero to me. He is the complete American renegade hero -- outraged, badass, and deeply, unshakably moral. I've never met anyone quite like him. We should all wage life with a purpose so pure." author Carl Hiaasen
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Analyst, System Adminstrator with NAV, SAP Basis Administrator, UI Developer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
Finding a new job can be challenging and we try to make that process as smooth as possible. At Arrow Solutions Group we're your liaison to the employer and the job you want. Search our Job Postings and find a technology job that fits you.
- Worker shortage a problem in Helena
No one is walking through the door to even apply. We have a growing workforce shortage.
- St. Peter's starts program to improve primary care, will hire 30 doctors in Helena, Montana
The two initiatives are separate, but will both work toward the hospital's goal to remedy a lack of patient access identified in a community survey last year.
- Wanted: Entrepreneurs to re-purpose Harlowton, Montana armory
He highlighted TicketPrinting.com http://www.ticketprinting.com , Rocky Mountain Cookware http://www.rockymountaincookware.com/index.html and Cream of the West https://creamofthewest.com/ as manufacturers who make the most of business in Harlowton.
- Longtime hotel operators from Watford City take a stake in the Williston market
While it might not be everyone's idea to buy a hotel while occupancy is hovering at just under 40 percent, Mulder is quick to point out the advice of famous financial gurus that the right time to buy is when there's fear on the streets.
- Please Support This GoFundMe Campaign- There's a New Dog in Montana and It's Here To Clean Up E-Waste - Oreo's Refining
Montana currently ships electronic waste to other states which profit, while Montana loses potential revenue. Providing in-state recycling keeps money in Montana and prevents environmental degradation.
- Beartooth Electric: The little co-op that could, and did
"I believe this and I've heard this from many people--I think we're the most open co-op in Montana."
- My Home in Montana promotes Montana made products
"People that come in here just want to be able to bring a piece of Montana home so knowing that it's made here I think it makes it that much more special to them," said Tammy Haas, owner.
- What Skills Are Rated Most Difficult When it Comes to Innovation? (The Answer Might Surprise You)
A common misconception is that innovation can't be taught.
City Club Missoula
- 'What Is the Impact on the Most Vulnerable Rural People?' - USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's Announcement
Rural advocates and political leaders respond to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he will eliminate the undersecretary position that oversees programs for rural housing, broadband, electricity, water treatment, and other services.
- Lawmakers discuss 2017 Legislature and stress bipartisanship at City Club Missoula luncheon
Both men did hint that they partly faulted the other party for some of the failures of the session, including the failure to pass an infrastructure bonding bill.
- Podcast - How Behavioral Economics Could Solve America's Health Care Woes
What's your view on the Affordable Care Act?
- 25 Best Examples of Innovative Government Programs - What can your government entity emulate from these programs?
These programs are focused on an impressive range of areas and some of the country's most pressing social concerns, including the opioid epidemic, government efficiency and efficacy, environmental conservation, homelessness, and the school and workforce readiness of our citizens."
- Without More Census Funding, Disadvantaged Communities Risk Being Overlooked Most
Several events in recent months have hinted that the 2020 Census could be in serious trouble.
- Idaho congressman Simpson says a single-payer system could replace Obamacare
He predicted the law will be replaced either by a system that relies less on the federal government or by a single-payer system like Medicare.
Incubators and R&D
- Trailhead Receives Grant from Idaho STEM Action Center to Deliver Idaho's First Apprentice Program for Software Developers
We aim to solve two big problems: first, help our employers find talent to fill their unfilled job openings and second, provide meaningful, high paying careers to more Idahoans," said John Hale, a Trailhead board member.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Berkeley Pit water leads to scientific discovery by Andrea and Don Stierle
Andrea and Don Stierle paired together two fungi taken from pit water in Butte. That pair produced a compound that has the ability to fight drug-resistant bacteria in a laboratory setting.
- 'No longer a small town:' Mayor runs down Williston, North Dakota's accomplishments
"Williston is knocking on the door to be a city of about 35,000 people," Klug said. "We are no longer a small town, we are an important part of North Dakota, producing income and jobs. Our natural resources and people help keep the state economically viable."
Regional Economic Development
- App alerts consumers to brands with low ethical scores
Nudge for Change scores major United States-based retailers on their levels of equality, sustainability and worker's rights and alerts consumers via app.
- Denver one of three finalists for massive Outdoor Retailer trade shows
The cultural argument -- moving the show to a state where both politicians and residents celebrate federal public lands -- is a key component of Denver's bid, which also includes a request to host Emerald's annual Interbike cycling industry trade show.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing the Heartland
It comprises most of the US between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians.
- Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically
"The old model was patent, market and license."
- Japan is using robots for everything because there just aren't enough people
The way Japan copes with an aging population will provide critical lessons for other aging societies, including China and South Korea, that will have to grapple with similar challenges in coming years.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Wyoming president says 37 staff members will lose their jobs next week
Thirty-seven University of Wyoming employees will lose their jobs next week in the latest in a series of moves by the school to tackle a $41 million budget cut.
- Lolo, Montana Middle School Students Get a Taste of Chic Tech
When asked why they were interested in tech, several students responded that in addition to playing games and using applications they wanted to be able to "make technology," "build computers," "build video games," and "hack."
- Montana Resources, Washington Foundation create $597,000 Tech scholarship program
The Montana Resources Opportunity Scholarship -- worth $16,600 every year over four years -- will go toward tuition, books, room and board, and fees for a needs-based student who wants to be the first in their family, including parents, to earn a college degree.
Funding and Building your Business
- 'Off the rails': How Bozeman, Montana's push to think big picture amid growth went astray
"The most livable place," is starting to wear a bit thin
- Prairie Lights: This is Billings, Montana in one paragraph
Once you start, it's hard to quit, and even if I had gone on twice or four times as long, I imagine every reader would have a long list of unforgivable omissions.
- What Makes Downtown Bozeman the Best Downtown in the Northwest?
Downtown Bozeman has done a great job of mixing its authentic western charm with a contemporary culture giving it both an upbeat vibe and a down home feel.
Connectivity & Communications
- How Debt and Taxes Can Make Smart Entrepreneurs Rich
Why taking on 'good' debt and tax code savviness are crucial for financial success.
- This business boosted sales 25% after finding the right social media partner
The couple got invited to join the Facebook Small Business Council, a networking organization that dishes out advice and education on how to get the most out of the social network.
- Venture capitalists fresh out of college are changing the rules: Not your dad's industry anymore
In a trend that turns the established venture capital dynamic on its head, the investors backing the Bay Area's early-stage tech startups increasingly are 20-somethings with little more than college credits, internships or a few years of work experience under their belts -- a far cry from the seasoned tech veterans who traditionally have offered sage advice and guidance to the startups in their portfolios.
- Getting Your Idea Going: How to Validate a Business Idea the Right Way
It's all about that early validation. The good news it doesn't take too long and it's generally free.
- How to Start a Business That's Radically Transparent (and Why You Should)
A virtuous supply chain isn't just for your back office--make it your brand
- How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat
It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life -- not missing a single social beat in the process. And when you finally do, you'll wonder what took you so long in the first place.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Eyes Toronto for Its Digital City
Larry Page's dream of using technology to fix cities may come to Canada first.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 12 Lessons From The 100 Most Creative People Of 2017
I dare you not to be stirred (and maybe a little intimidated) by all that this group is making happen.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- 20 Tech Visionaries Who Are Creating the Future
They represent the best of what's next.
- How Blockchain Could Rebuild The Healthcare Industry
A growing number of blockchain startups are launching products that use cryptocurrency's technological building blocks to fix outdated health care models.
- First paralysed human treated with stem cells has now regained his upper body movement
"Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries."
- Massive, fast-moving cyberattack hits as many as 74 countries
Infected computers showed a screen giving the user three days to pay the ransom. After that, the price would be doubled. After seven days the files would be deleted, it threatened.
- Young techie finds "kill switch" for cyberattack
"This is not over. The attackers will realize how we stooped it, they'll change the code and then they'll start again."
- One of the most important lessons of the crippling ransomware crisis
It's a teachable moment -- not just for computer users everywhere, who might benefit from a reminder to keep their devices up-to-date, but also for policymakers who fall too easily for the notion that computer vulnerabilities can ever exclusively be used by "the good guys."
- How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks
"Not only individuals, but even governments and big companies with so much to lose fail to secure their systems and train their employees about necessary security practices."
- Watch the world's first skydive from a drone
Applications of their 100 kg (220-pound) lifting capacity include using them for human rescue operations or firefighting.
- The Solar Road in The Netherlands Is Working Even Better Than Expected
Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.
- StoreDot electric car battery can be filled in 5 minutes
Why is charging batteries a slow process?
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