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If changes aren't made, Montana's temperatures are expected to rise 12 degrees over the next 30 years, which could turn Montana into a ghost town. "Coal is a public health menace." Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Steve Running said. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Gov. Steve Bullock
- Governor Bullock Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Provide Mental Health Parity
"This groundbreaking legislation will help to bolster a full continuum of services for individuals with untreated mental health needs so that they can seek the care they need and deserve," said Governor Bullock. "This is a good deal for Montanans to drive down healthcare costs, increase access to care, and save lives."
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Montana State University students at Technlink gain experience helping improve U.S. Army software
Montana State University computer science students are gaining real-world experience by helping to improve and commercialize software created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- TED Talk - Garry Kasparov: Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them
One of the greatest chess players in history, Garry Kasparov lost a memorable match to a supercomputer in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality.
Energy and Climate Change
- Video: 'A Cathedral', Montana's Smith River
The Smith River State Park in North Central Montana offers a 59-mile multi-day float trip for those lucky enough to draw a permit in the annual lottery.
Come Home Montana
- Utility startups are making the electric grid work more like the internet
If one built the electrical grid today, one would reverse almost every aspect of that design.
- How to teach kids about climate change where most parents are skeptics
"I think I'm beginning to understand the enormity of the problem," the teenager said -- a revelation that Esler later described as "one of the most inspirational moments of my entire career."
- Survey: Montana farmers and ranchers accept climate change as reality
If changes aren't made, Montana's temperatures are expected to rise 12 degrees over the next 30 years, which could turn Montana into a ghost town. "Coal is a public health menace." Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Steve Running said.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Women's Business Center Training Manager - Prospera Business Network
We are seeking a positive and energetic MWBC Training and Event Manager to be the lead person to manage and host all MWBC trainings, schedules, logistics, advertising, reservations, surveys, and reporting.
- 'We do not have enough human beings': Statewide worker shortage hurts Helena businesses
Montana is facing a workforce shortage that will put the unemployment rate below 2 percent by 2025, according to predictions by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Insurance Customer Service Rep, Member Specialist, Outside Sales Agent and more... AAA Mountainwest
Whether you are an experienced professional or in the early stages of your career, AAA MountainWest is a great place to build and expand your career. The Club serves more than 200,000 members in Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.
Montana Economic Development
- 5 Common Inefficiencies to Tackle Today
Here are 5 things that may be causing inefficiencies in your company today
- Glo Windows Introduces First Passive House Certified Aluminum Windows in the US
"We are excited to be the first to offer the building industry with a triple pane aluminum window that has superior performance values as well as a thin aluminum frame" says Vice President, Mark Wells. "Our spirit of innovation as a company is evident in this new PHIUS Certification."
- MCDC Receives Grant to Help Kick Start Montana Cooperative Impact Project
The Montana Cooperative Impact Project will launch as a nine-month education program that will build awareness of the cooperative business model among the next generation of co-op leaders across rural Montana.
- Great introduction video for the 2016 Montana Innovation Symposium in Billings, MT. All are encouraged to participate. It's our future!
Register to attend now. You should be there!
Come Home Wyoming
- 10 Behavioral Tips To Raise Your Cool Factor At Work
Many people believe their threshold is permanently set by family genetics, or cultural influences, but I believe anyone can train themselves to stay cool.
- 11 Skills That Will Make You Super Successful
Once you have defined success for yourself your path there will become apparent.
- Voluntourism: Tips for Volunteering While Vacationing
Wall Street Journal Contributor Glenn Ruffenach joins us from Atlanta with a list of tips for mixing vacation time and volunteer work, otherwise known as voluntourism.
- The Gospel of Hard Work, According to Silicon Valley
I promise you...your competition isn't beating you because they are working more hours than you. It's because they are working smarter." Blake Robbins
- A telecommunications infrastructure company Dura-Line is planning to bring 46 high-paying jobs to the Casper region in the coming year, with some 80 positions added over the next two years.
A telecommunications infrastructure company is planning to bring 46 high-paying jobs to the Casper region in the coming year, with some 80 positions added over the next two years.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Explained: The Many Definitions of Rural
"Rural is not simple to define, perhaps because the real question is rural for what purpose?"
- In Canada, a law says workplace has role in fighting domestic violence
Supporters say the benefit can ease the economic barriers to escaping abusive situations, while increasing transparency for an issue long treated as private.
- Creating A Welcoming Space For Every Type Of Entrepreneur To Take Risks
Startup Edmonton welcomes every entrepreneur from tech to tattoos and provides the needed community to help them take risks necessary to scale.
- Montana Rep.-elect Gianforte outlines his agenda - and apologizes, again, for action against reporter -- Press groups urge congressional probe on assault of reporter
He supports President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change accord. The accord puts "regulations ahead of jobs," he said, and could harm Montana industries like coal, oil or other fossil fuels.
- Greg Gianforte: When 'taking responsibility' is not enough
Is there nothing we can do about the deliberate untruth his campaign released in the immediate aftermath of Gianforte's attack on a newspaper reporter?
- Butte-Silver Bow residents could see 40-percent increase in water rates
The deficit between money collected from ratepayers and actual operating costs for delivering clean water has grown from about $136,000 in fiscal year 2014 to nearly $305,000 this past fiscal year, county budget officials say.
- The State of Montana Library Budget Cuts - Meeting scheduled 6/6 in Helena and Online
As a result of House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 261, the Montana State Library (MSL) faces approximately $1 million in budget cuts.
- Meeting Slated To Take Public Comments On Proposed Montana Library Budget Cuts, 6/6, Helena
"There's no easy way to say it - this is a significant hit not just to the State Library, but also to libraries throughout Montana," Stapp said.
Incubators and R&D
- $100 million meatpacking facility opens in Kuna; jobs still being filled
The 370,000-square-foot facility will harvest cull cows and bulls from dairy farms and cattle ranches throughout the Intermountain West. The plant also includes hide and rendering processing, and will process niche-fed beef programs.
- Now 26, Boisean dropped out of college and built multimillion-dollar company ConvertKit
When people ask what he's up to, Barry says his company offers email marketing services that help professional bloggers promote their work, sell products and expand their audiences.
- MSU researcher Erik Grumstrup wins major award to develop tools for exploring tiny world
"An interesting thing about the Beckman award is that it tends to fund projects that are risky and have real potential to transform chemistry, biochemistry, and biomedical fields," Grumstrup said.
- Oregon K-12 education budget shows costs of legislators' inaction: Editorial Agenda 2017
That enviable increase, fueled by a booming economy that's pouring record amounts of money into state coffers, still won't be big enough to stave off teacher layoffs and cuts across school districts due to rising employee health-care costs and pension obligations.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- More Money, More Problems: How Profit Hijacked American Health Care
Rosenthal has put her breadth of knowledge and experience into a book titled An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business And How You Can Take It Back.
- Credit Suisse Says One in Every Four U.S. Malls Will be Gone by 2022
More apparel sales will move online, and department stores will continue to struggle in 2017.
- How can Yellowstone stay safe, accessible and pristine as more and more people visit?
"We're trying to look at this very comprehensively," said park superintendent Dan Wenk.
- Bozeman, Montana based VISIONS has set the standard for international community service programs for high school and middle school students for almost 30 years.
Collaborative service work and cross-cultural living help our teen volunteers understand a complicated world and learn meaningful ways to contribute productively.
- Why You Should Take Your Kids To a Maker Faire
"The Maker Faires' true importance lies in its focus on getting kids interested in making things."
- The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America's Schools
In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- One girl's simple love of Papa John's pizza gets her into Yale
College essays may seem super daunting, but for this young woman, having some fun with it totally payed off.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana's Missoula Children's Theater preparing to take their 43 Little Red Trucks on World tour
The fleet of vehicles transports magic, allowing kids all over the world for just one week to become someone else.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- 6-mill levy for Montana universities may be in trouble
Voter support has been on "a downward slide," Regent Bob Nystuen, a Kalispell banker, warned.
- Montana Tech, Butte-Silver Bow County have high hopes for joint committee
Butte-Silver Bow and Montana Tech will soon have a new channel for talking, consulting, and coordinating on projects and activities that involve shared interest.
Funding and Building your Business
- Today's TED Talk with Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read
In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of readers and thinkers.
Connectivity & Communications
- 10 Mistakes That Cause Kickstarter Projects To Be Delayed
Hold on. Don't take it live yet. There is something you need to know.
- The New American Dream? All Turtles Bringing Silicon Valley to a Town (and Entrepreneur) Near You
As for a payoff, the innovator gets equity in his or her venture, as well as some equity in the All Turtles pool of projects. "Call it a fellowship,"
- India-born entrepreneur creates American jobs in the clothing industry
Through her venture that keeps all manufacturing in-house, Ramesh is also turning the tables on foreigners stealing American jobs, by creating them. She currently employs nearly 60 workers, 80 percent of whom are women.
- Learn How To Love Talking In Public (And Stop Saying "Um" And "Like") With This New App
Orai will coach you to add fewer filler words, speak clearly, and at a good pace. It helped its young inventors pitch their way to funding.
- How an Accountant Turned a Water Bottle Company Into a $100 Million Fashion Brand
When S'well founder Sarah Kauss locked in a distribution deal with Target, her first reflex was to make sure someone on her team actually toiled through the vendor's phone book-size guide for new partners.
- Meet 4 Incredibly Successful Entrepreneurs Who Are Obsessed With Design
Design can lead to whimsical customer experience, breakthrough innovation, and new markets.
- Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack - Tech firms react
May delivered her remarks in a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Sunday morning. By regulating the internet more strenuously, the Prime Minister suggested, countries could help "deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online."
- Wisetail Montana's Fastest Growing Tech Company Offering $100,000 Grants to Non-Profits
"The Wisetail Works mission is to help power organizations that do good in these three areas. Whether it's bolstering our outdoor spaces or bringing people together through the Arts, our goal is to help non-profits do even more good work," said Justin Bigart, Wisetail Founder & CEO.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- "A River Runs Through It"- Fake fish, poor casting: Stories behind the greatest fly fishing story ever told
The film was almost made by a couple of Montana-based writers, who would have filmed it on the Blackfoot River, before Robert Redford decided he wanted to make it.
- The next 10 years in tech with Walt Mossberg
This week we celebrated the long, illustrious career of Walt Mossberg, who is retiring after spending 26 years writing about tech at Recode, the Verge and the Wall Street Journal.
- MakerSpace gets new 3D printer, other new equipment at Missoula Public Library
Thanks to some help from the Friends of Missoula Public Library, the library's MakerSpace just received a new 3D printer for patrons to use to print out 3D objects, as well as to learn about the growing world of 3D printing.
- All-electric Bison rethinks the pickup truck
The electric pickup market appears to be one that manufacturers are starting to take seriously.
- Driverless trucks will eliminate millions of jobs
Joint study predicts a 50% to 70% cut in truck driving jobs in the U.S. and Europe due to self-driving technology by 2030.
- Robocars Could Add $7 Trillion to the Global Economy
Granted, much of that money will go to the GMs and Ubers and Googles of the world, and the auto industry could see a seismic shift in where it generates dough.
- New Daimler Trucks CEO on the company's future in Portland, autonomous vehicles (Q&A)
Another change occurred in the C-level suites, with the elevation of Roger Nielsen to chief executive. The longtime Oregonian, who'd been chief operating officer for 16 years, now splits his time between Portland and Charlotte.
- Despite controversy, Uber's new autonomous car head is driving toward a driverless future
When Urtasun started May 1 as head of Uber's new self-driving car division in Toronto, she was focused on the big picture -- putting autonomous vehicles on every road.
- Hyundai's new emissions-free bus travels 180 miles on just one hour of charging
If Hyundai does make the emission-free bus available in the U.S., it will face some fierce competition.
- G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves
General Motors is making a big wager that it can succeed, shedding overseas operations while investing $600 million this year in self-driving cars and other advanced technologies.
- China debuts driverless train that only needs white painted lines as tracks
Amazingly, the carriage will follow a preset path and won't need a driver -- but it won't need tracks to be laid, either.
- Billings Welcomes Inaugural American Airlines Flight from Dallas-Ft. Worth
"With the flight now operational, it's imperative we work to fill the seats so the flight is successful," explains Chamber President and CEO John Brewer. "At the same time, we must demonstrate to American Airlines just how eager Billings is to add them as a long-term carrier in our market."
- Open To All - Kalispell Launch! - 7/10
- How To Sell To The State Of Montana, 06/20, Bozeman And Many Additional Dates Throughout Montana
- Sen. Daines To Host Tele-town Hall On Wednesday, June 7 - No Time Given
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