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Montana Politics & Legislature
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Key lawmakers backing MT special session to tackle infrastructure bills
"We've been talking to the governor for the last several weeks, and, actually, since the end of the session," Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad, said Tuesday night in Helena. "I think we need to get back to Helena to get it done."
- Gianforte, charged with assaulting reporter, wins House seat in Montana special election - Charges to be reviewed
Two of the state's newspapers rescinded their endorsements of Gianforte, but that may not have had much of an impact since many voters had already cast their ballots in early voting or via absentee ballot.
Energy and Climate Change
- How will IoT change the lives of our aging population?
How do we conceptualize aging and disability in an era where there's a heady excitement about a future reality that surpasses our current lived experiences of health and old age?
Come Home Montana
- California breaks energy record with 80% of state's power generated using renewable methods
When combining California's largest grid with hydropower facilities, renewable energy rose even further to 80.7 per cent of total energy generation on 13 May.
- NY Times - Mapping 50 Years of Melting Ice in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is losing its glaciers.
- The World's Top Energy Companies Look to Blockchain to 'Fuse the Physical With the Virtual'
A new coalition links up energy companies with leading blockchain experts.
- Non-Wires Transmission Alternative 'Reflects a Shift' in Grid Planning
BPA will turn to non-wires alternatives -- demand-side resources like efficiency and demand response, as well as distributed energy such as rooftop solar -- as one of several parts of its replacement plan.
- Trump proposes selling Northwest's transmission grid
For public power companies - and really all utilities in the Northwest - the proposal will ring alarm bells and resurrect a debate about the control of assets that were built with federal dollars but paid for by local ratepayers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - SBDC Regional Service Center Director - Miles Community College
Miles Community College is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Regional Service Center Director of the Small Business Development Center serving the counties of Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, and Wibaux.
- Washington medical school helps Montana student come home
"There are 55 designated medically under-served areas in this state alone."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Multiple Elementary Teachers, High School Science, K-12 Music and more... - Chester Joplin Inverness Schools
CJI Schools is seeking applications for multiple Elementary teacher positions, High School Science and K-12 Music for the 2017-2018 school year. Coaching opportunities may be available.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Newbos Partners - Making Life Easier for Grain, Feed, and Commodity Companies
Complete software and expert services built exclusively for the Merchandising, Pet/Animal Feed, Warehouses, and related industries.
- MSU's MMEC announces 100 percent first-time pass rate on rigorous lean manufacturing certification exam
The exam is given following 80 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on learning.
- CLEARAS to Supply SOUTH DAVIS SEWER DISTRICT with 4,000,000 Gallon Transformative Wastewater Nutrient Recovery Solution Share Article
These projects represent the District's focus on creating value for their rate-paying customers using sustainable, environmentally friendly technology.
MissoulaWorks was created to provide positive life changing job opportunities for anyone who is looking for employment.
- TED Talk - How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante
Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.
- Why Finding Meaning - Not Happiness - Is Key To Living
A new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, argues that finding meaning in life is ultimately more satisfying than searching for happiness.
- NADO Alert: President's FY2018 Budget Request Includes Elimination of Community and Economic Development Programs
Of the $57 billion savings in FY2018 non-defense discretionary spending, $27 billion comes from program eliminations and $30 billion is attributed to program reductions.
- Comparing the Differences in Property Taxes Around the United States
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence have released their annual "50-State Property Tax Comparison Study."
- New Study Identifies the Best Cities for Good Government
The first of a now annual report details what cities are doing well and where they could improve.
- Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joining 10 Governors on June 26-28 in Whitefish, Montana
Bridges, who has been a leading anti-hunger activist for more than three decades, will join the Governors for a discussion about his work to end childhood hunger.
- Supreme Court Patent venue decision has considerable import for Idaho business
The question of where patent lawsuits can be filed is critical.
- If you're a young professional, Boise is the place for you, Forbes says. Here's why.
We're often touted as the wildcard, and Boise's latest nod -- from business magazine Forbes -- is no different.
Utah Economic Development
- On the way out, a Lee publisher blasts the home office
More and more decisions about your local newspaper -- from its national news and feature content to how much you pay for your subscription -- are being determined in boardrooms far away.
- Idaho vacation-rental law is a model for the nation
In other words, the bill uses state authority to stop local bullies from singling out STRs for special mistreatment.
- Outdoor Retailer takes show to Denver
Show organizers said in February they were leaving Utah for a new long-term home because of Republican state leaders' opposition to the new Bears Ears National Monument and other public land policies.
- Utah tech leaders weigh in on keeping the boom alive
While the state's tech growth has been on an enviable expansion streak, long-range planners like Grow and his Envision Utah team are working to anticipate where the weak spots may be in hopes of averting a downturn.
- Wyoming lawmakers consider tax increases to ease deficits
A legislative committee's task of finding new sources of revenue for Wyoming's state government, which depends heavily on the boom-and-bust energy industry, includes looking at new taxes or increasing existing taxes, a co-chairman of the panel said.
Montana Education Excellence
- Apple's gift to schools: Free app development curriculum
Apple is creating a new curriculum designed to teach mobile app development to high school and college students with little to no prior coding experience.
- University of Montana looks to save $4 million with buyouts
The University of Montana aims to save $4 million a year with a set of buyout offers that might be only the first round of incentives to reduce faculty, according to a higher education official.
- University of Montana baits summer students with free rent
All that's missing is the students.
Funding and Building your Business
- Four New Grant Opportunities
- How can the U.S. restore civility? This panel has some ideas
When Billings Public Library Director Gavin Woltjer selected civility two months ago as the topic for Thursday's panel discussion, "I had no idea what was about to transpire," with all eyes on Montana following GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault Wednesday of reporter Ben Jacobs.
Connectivity & Communications
- Etsy learns it's hard to be a B Corp and be publicly owned
Etsy may be a victim of its own success, as no one thought initially the company would successful enough to survive, let alone go public
- Profit Mastery now offered online for only $195 through September 30, 2017.
Profit Mastery is an internationally-acclaimed and essential course for business owners, designed to take the mystery out of numbers and enable better business decisions.
- How to Close Deals Without Coming Off as Salesy
Welcome to the new world of sales.
- Why Having a Location-first Marketing Strategy Pays Off
"With location, social media is ... about meaningfully engaging with the people who are arguably your most valuable customers -- the ones at your locations, right now."
- 10 Qualities That Will Make You An Entrepreneur Idol
The entrepreneurs that have it, including Elon Musk and Richard Branson, seem to be able to effortlessly get team members, investors, and customers to follow them anywhere.
- What Employers Should Know About Generation Z
Just who makes up Generation Z?
- The Rise of the Fat Start-Up
They are blessed with essentially unlimited access to money, and ideas that once seemed too expensive, too risky or just too crazy are now getting off the ground.
- How The Female Mind Can Bring Innovation To Established Industries
In the 21st century, women will change this world.
- Seeing Past Light Poles: Plotting a Smart City Strategy for Energy and Connectivity
"What should we be doing with our poles that will help our community move into the era of environmental health, of self-driving cars, of better living in cities?" Acosta asked. "We're on that journey right now to figure out what we can do with that."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- ClearGov Launches Budget Portals, Comparison Tools for Every Municipality in the U.S.
"We have built transparency profiles for every city, town, village, borough, etc., in the country," ClearGov CEO Chris Bullock told Government Technology via email.
- Small business owner: Here's how not to be a starving artist
You live for your art. Every day, you paint or compose music or write short stories or make beautiful hand-crafted objects. But every day, you also need to eat.
- It's-It ice cream sandwiches are coming to Costco - Bay Area Treat Comes to Montana
Their sandwiches are well-loved by folks around the Bay Area and now that you can buy them in bulk at Costco, locals will undoubtedly be serving them this summer at picnics and barbecues.
- As a Driverless Future Dawns, Should We Still Build Parking?
As autonomous vehicle (AV) technology advances, forward-thinking designers, developers, and policymakers are beginning to envision a world with much less parking.
- Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as 'big oil' collapses
This is because the cost of electric vehicles - including cars, buses, and trucks - will ultimately decrease, resulting in the collapse of the petroleum industry.
- Let's All Ditch Our Cars and Start Riding Cargo Bikes
Think of a cargo bike like this as a light-duty utility vehicle. Use it to take the kids to school, load up on groceries, or carry stuff home from Costco.
- How Autonomous Cars and Buses Will Change Urban Planning (Industry Perspective)
Driverless vehicles show promise as one of the biggest technological breakthroughs since the assembly line.
- Student-designed car could cross almost the entire U.S. on one gallon of gas
The students just won the Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest for internal combustion engine cars with their vehicle, the Alérion Supermileage car, which gets 2,713.1 miles per gallon of gasoline.
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