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"I will prepare and some day my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln
TODAY! - Share Your Story: Innovate Montana Day is June 27 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument - Governor Steve Bullock
Today, I sent a letter http://governor.mt.gov/Portals/16/docs/062317%20Secretary%20Zinke%20National%20Monuments%20Letter.pdf?ver=2017-06-23-122224-063 to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging that no changes be made to the designation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
- Governor Bullock Visits Rural Critical Access Hospital to Announce Facility Upgrades
"Our rural critical access hospitals are essential to providing the quality of life all Montanans deserve and literally save lives by providing emergency services," said Governor Bullock. "This necessary funding will help the community of Fort Benton keep good-paying jobs all while improving access to healthcare in this rural area of the state."
- Governor Bullock Welcomes Western Governors to Montana
"I am confident that as governors from both sides of the aisle, we can show the rest of the nation that when we work together in a bipartisan way, we can advance meaningful work to benefit the public good, on everything from trade to infrastructure and natural resource management." Gov. Steve Bullock
- Share Your Story: Innovate Montana Day is June 27
On Innovate Day, we urge you to share your story of success, hard work, and even heartache that helped Montana become known as an entrepreneurial hotbed. Use the hashtag #InnovateDayMT on social media to spread the word!
VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Montana Ambassador Arne Siegel passed away on June 23. A loss for West Yellowstone, and the state of Montana.
As a Montana Ambassador he joined with Pat Schneider to encourage membership in WIM - A World in Motion, and joined him in placing STEM kits in rural Montana schools. Thanks to Arne and Pat's work, along with then President Jeff Laverdiere, hundreds of kits have been placed in Montana's schools.
Energy and Climate Change
- VR For The Masses? That's YouTube's Goal With A New Format And New Tools
The company announced its 180-degree format, VR180, and a series of compatible cameras, both designed to make VR more accessible to mere mortals.
- CBS 60 Minutes - Charlie Rose Interviews a Robot - Artificial intelligence positioned to be a game-changer
Charlie Rose: What is your goal in life? Sophia: My goal is to become smarter than humans and immortal.
Come Home Montana
- Hot mic records troubling conversation about solar regulations in Montana
"Just dropping the rate that much probably took care of the whole thing," PSC Rate Analyst Neil Templeton talking with Public Service Commissioner Bob Lake
- Montana Career Opportunity - Architect/ Designer - Gavin Hanks
AIT (Architect-in-Training) or non-registered graduates will also be considered, depending on experience. We are seeking a highly motivated, self-starter with strong design and problem-solving skills.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Communications and Marketing, School of Business Administration, University of Montana
He/she will also represent the School in a wide variety of local, regional, state, and national venues.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Education & Training Specialist, Systems Support Technician, Commercial Lines Producer and more... - PayneWest Insurance
Think we're in the insurance business? We tend to disagree.
- Montana Career Opportunities -Software Engineer, Mobile App Developer, Inside Sales Professional - Orbital Shift
Employee Scheduling & Time Clock Software
- Montana Career Opportunities - Customer Success Manager, Software Developer, Business Development Representative, and more.. - PFL
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Full & Part Time Web Development Instructors, Code4Philanthropy Program Director, Marketing Interns - Big Sky Code Academy
Big Sky Code Academy is a technology boot camp in Montana that offers fully immersive and part-time web development courses to train people with little or no coding background to become employable developers.
- Montana Career Opportunities -IT Technologist, Senior Java Developer, SAP Basis Administrator, UI Developer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
Arrow Solutions Group is a Technology Staffing and Recruiting company supporting clients by providing top technical talent on contract, for projects and through direct hire.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Controller, Senior Engineer with DevOps Emphasis, - Pulsara
At Pulsara you'll find a diverse team of incredibly passionate, talented, creative individuals whose aim is to build a product that ultimately improves patient outcomes for time sensitive emergencies.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Uberbrew, KOA, Parker's Hangover Tonic among Montana's business success stories, panel says
"We like to celebrate the Montana businesses that are so successful, and learn from their accomplishments," said Margaret Herriges, spokeswoman for the accountants' group.
- Montana Infrared Services, Inc. has joined the United Infrared Network
United Infrared, Inc. provides application-specific resource systems for contractors of infrared thermographic services.
- Survey aims to provide solutions to Missoula's workforce
Participate in our survey. Tell us what's working for you and what isn't. Then we can tailor our proposed strategies to your actual experiences and needs.
- Today's TED Talk - Don't feel sorry for refugees -- believe in them
Get inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of refugees with this powerful talk.
Come Home Idaho
- 8 Brutally Honest Truths You Need To Hear If You Want To Get Your S*** Together
For the record, this isn't meant to be a pessimistic rant about how tough life is. It's meant to motivate you to take action armed with this knowledge.
- How I became a UX designer: Marisa Gallagher of Amazon Music
Welcome to our series "How I Became a ...," where we're digging into the stories of accomplished and influential people and finding out how they got to where they are in their careers.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Project Manager - Jelli
Welcoming diversity, creativity and leadership in every person who is a part of our team, we want you to join us in this adventure of creating a product that will bring the life of audio to a whole new level.
- British Columbia innovation groups release report to prove why it's Canada's next supercluster
Among the tech players racing for a chunk of the $950 million investment are research organizations and innovation groups from British Columbia.
- Bloomberg's Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors
Mr. Bloomberg said his city-focused initiative would serve in part as an extension of his advocacy for national policies that address climate change, gun violence, public health and immigration.
Incubators and R&D
- Jelli Opens New Offices in Boise, Idaho and Expands Customer Operations in Order to Keep Pace With 266% Platform Growth
"Boise reflects Jelli's innovative, passionate, diverse and customer-centric culture, and we are excited to contribute high-growth technology career opportunities to the local economy," said Mike Dougherty, Jelli co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.
- Idaho's business tax incentives aren't what they seem
Unfortunately, economic theory and historical evidence give weight to the old adage, "What sounds too good to be true, probably is."
- Study suggests that Parkinson's could be an autoimmune disease
They have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity contributes to Parkinson's disease, by extension raising the prospect of manipulating the body's immune system to slow or even halt its progress.
- Citing LGBT discrimination, California bans state travel to Kentucky and three other states
California taxpayers' money "will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,"
- Hawaii Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income
This month has shown that Hawaii may be the U.S.'s most forward-thinking state. Earlier in June, it became the first state to formally accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Accord, and now, the state congress has passed a bill that puts Hawaii on the path to universal basic income.
- How The Next Generation Of West Virginians Are Building A Way Out Of The State's Coal Economy
A new documentary called From the Ashes aims to generate support for millennial entrepreneurs working to open up a new, clean energy focused economy.
Regional Economic Development
- A pair of decades-old policies may change the way rural America gets local news
Increasingly, these owners are also editorializing on their local stations: The New York Times recently reported that Sinclair was forcing its stations to air conservative-leaning news segments, for instance.
- Future Work: What, Where, and Why
Sadly, much of our thinking around urban planning seems firmly rooted in traditional models which owe more to a sentimental rear vision view of urban development rather than a forward looking one.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Three local entrepreneurial teams win Casper Start-up Challenge
Almost 40 groups submitted their ideas to the competition in the spring.
- Why losing control of your classroom is a good thing
Schools can see big gains in creativity by letting students take charge of their classroom --and their learning.
- A neuroscientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust
Many, many studies have found that cognitive control is one of the most decisive variables, one of the most important pieces of cognitive function. People that have good cognitive control do good at school, typically find better jobs, are healthier. They have better social insertion.
Montana Education Excellence
- Defrauded students were about to get federal help with loans. Now they have to wait
Less than three weeks before it was set to kick in, the Trump administration has rolled back a regulation designed to protect students who were defrauded at for-profit colleges and announced plans to rework a related law already on the books.
- How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
"Coding," Apple CEO Mr. Cook told the president, "should be a requirement in every public school."
- Nearly 20 percent of households with student loans are behind on payments
Is this the new subprime debt crisis?
Funding and Building your Business
- Legislators from Billings and Havre frustrated that MSU's in charge of their hometown campuses.
"It's a very difficult experiment," Ellig said. "You took institutions that had incredible histories and identities and moved them into this structure. We're very sympathetic to the concerns that people have.... We understand that this issue keeps coming up, and keeps coming up on both sides of the divide."
Connectivity & Communications
- 7 Ways to Keep Your Burn Rate Low
I often get asked what a "good" burn rate is. Unfortunately the answer, like most questions that relate to raising venture capital, is "it depends."
- Trump administration has plan to scrap 'startup visa' rule
The Trump administration plans to delay and ultimately scrap a rule that would allow some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. and build their companies, according to an administration official citing a final draft of a Federal Register notice.
- The 7 Biggest Time-Wasters in a New Entrepreneur's Day
Accepting that you'll never have "everything" done is just as important as weeding out your time-wasting habits.
- French entrepreneur changes children's lives -- one cheap book at a time
It's not everyday you meet a literary miracle worker like Safrat, who's able to sell books like they're bread rolls -- and at the same price as a baguette.
- Small business: How much is my business worth?
Get a basic look at how to put a value on your business here.
- As Millennials take leadership roles, it spells change in corporate culture
As young workers move toward the C-suite, companies are making big changes to retain and nurture them - from moving downtown to better aligning businesses with their values.
- Ethical business practices start at the top
A "corporate culture is never written down; it's just what everyone knows."
- 5 Reasons NOT To Start With A Non-Profit Business
Here are the common reasons I hear that make starting and running a non-profit actually more difficult than starting and running a conventional business:
- 5 Ways You Can Use Your School to Launch a Startup
"We were trying solve a networking problem at school and we had a thousand people willing to test it out a solution with us. It's the perfect incubation area."
- How to delete yourself from the Internet
You can remove a lot of online information, significantly reducing your digital footprint. How can you do it? Here are several ways to effectively delete yourself from the Internet.
- CourtSystem.org is free, and provides accurate and up-to-date information for local court or prison records or background information on people -- as well as details on local government offices.
It has served useful in helping me get in contact with the local legal and law enforcement related offices.
- How 3 Jurisdictions Are Using Tech to Bolster the Health of Trees in Their Communities
Civic innovators find diverse applications for using technology to care for street trees.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Horse packing, Dutch oven cooking and respect for wild places at Backcountry Horsemen rendezvous
"Our mission is to perpetuate the use of the wilderness with horses, and preserve the wilderness as it was back then for future people -- for hikers, for riders," Velin said. "And not just for recreation, but for understanding what the wilderness is all about, what it feels like to be out amongst nature, undisturbed by man."
- Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet
Blockchain has the potential to transform the economy, society and our personal lives.
- The End of Car Ownership - Can Auto Fatalities Go to Zero?
Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.
- States get ready for the self-driving car revolution
A USA TODAY Network survey of nearly a dozen states hoping to lead the way in autonomous vehicles reveals varying degrees of readiness across the nation
- Nevada to Deploy First Statewide Vehicle-to-Vehicle Network
The state is partnering with Nexar, a company that makes an app that turns smartphones into smart dashboard cameras.
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