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City Club Missoula - Missoula hospital execs say city's health care industry remains strong http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation
- Balancing Montana's Budget: Next Steps
Governor Bullock launches http://www.balancedbudget.mt.gov to gather input from Montanans, provide transparency
Great Falls Development Authority
- Welcome Rachel VandeVoort, the new director of the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation
With that in mind, MWA has created a survey on outdoor recreation in Montana https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MT_outdoor_recreation to compile helpful feedback and suggestions for the Office of Outdoor Recreation. We invite you to complete this survey and share it with others interested in outdoor recreation and public lands.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 14 for 9/10/17
Cascade County was named a Top 10 mid-sized county (population 50,000-149,999) in the 2017 Fourth Economy Index.
Energy and Climate Change
- Video: Educating the Next Innovators with Guy Kawasaki
'Iolani School graduate and former Apple Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki shares his thoughts on educating the next generation of innovators.
- How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language
A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people's ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to engage our minds, we should move our bodies.
- Wyoming school district looks to spread successful system statewide
In a statement, Gov. Matt Mead called the learning community approach innovative and praised the success it brought to Sheridan.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Rocky Mountain Power wants to spend billions on wind energy in Wyoming, but there will be hurdles
PacifiCorp, and its subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power, would like to spend nearly $2.2 billion building new wind farms and laying 140 miles of a high voltage transmission line from the Medicine Bow area of wind alley to the Jim Bridger power plant in Sweetwater County. But they have to get approval, and not just from Wyoming.
- Settlement would let Rocky Mountain Power charge nonsolar customers to pay for rooftop solar power
Solar industry leaders and other clean-energy advocates cut the compromise deal with the state's largest utility in an effort to replace an earlier Rocky Mountain Power proposal. Advocates feared the plan to introduce a three-part billing structure for solar households had the potential to halt the industry's growth.
- All Are Invited - MEDA Fall Conference - 10/5-6 - Red Lodge, Montana
Join us in Red Lodge to meet Montana Superheroes and become even more empowered to build your community
Montana Economic Development
- 30-year track record: A major employer and taxpayer, Montana Rail Link has been riding the rails since 1987
Last year, MRL shipped 62,000 carloads for all Montana shippers. Of all shipments company-wide, 32 percent contained grain, 24 percent coal, 29 percent industrial material, 11 percent vehicles, 2 percent intermodal and 2 percent crude traffic.
- Bozeman-based Solar Roof Systems of Montana capitalizes on solar trend with photovoltaic roofs
The state of Montana also offers low-interest loans of up to $60,000 to help finance alternative energy projects.
- SoFi CEO Mike Cagney Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
SoFi is one of a handful of tech companies currently under scrutiny as more and more women come forward, on the record, alleging misconduct at the hands of investors and executives as Silicon Valley reckons with its culture of sexism.
- Sustainable economic development in Missoula
Sustainability means different things to different people, so let me explain how we think about it and incorporate it into our work.
- Meet the 'Shark Tank' Co-Founders Giving Remote Work to Military Spouses
When you move all the time for your spouse's job, a career of your own can be tough. These founders built a business that could move with them.
City Club Missoula
- 'Geography should not be destiny': Forum explores rural challenges, solutions
"Broadband access involves all aspects of rural development," Jones said. "It includes schools, adult learning, support for employment, farming, etcetera."
- City Club Missoula - Missoula hospital execs say city's health care industry remains strong
Missoula's medical care remains strong, trending ahead of other regions of the country.
Regional Economic Development
- Former Senator Max Baucus backs single-payer health system
"My personal view is we've got to start looking at single-payer," Baucus said Thursday night at Montana State University. "I think we should have hearings.... We're getting there. It's going to happen."
- Montana Senator Jon Tester Demands Equifax CEO Appear Before Congress
Senator Calls for Immediate Action to Protect Consumers Personal Data
- Montana, Broke and Burning, Looks at Cuts to Fill Budget Gap
The governor asked for agencies to identify cuts amounting to 10 percent of their budgets
Montana Education Excellence
- Five Reasons Economic Developers Should Use Video on Their Websites
Research suggests over 60% of the internet traffic is video.
- Yes, It Can Be Done: A Philanthropist on Transforming Rural Communities Through the Arts
If you're looking for someone with a pulse on the state of arts philanthropy in rural America, Peter Finn is the man to talk to. Recently, I had an opportunity to do just that.
Universities and Economic Development
- International Festival of Champions Winning Sun River Valley School District Robotics Team Ready To Challenge for Supremecy Again
The team beat out 5,000 teams from 18 countries to win the International Festival of Champions in July.
- University of Montana President candidate finalist Mirta Martin believes in higher education, University of Montana
Martin is one of four finalists vying to serve as the next University of Montana president. The Cuban immigrant is currently managing director at the Kirchner Group, a merchant bank. In academia, she most recently served as president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
- MSU researchers developing storytelling as way to help teach computing skills
"We are raising awareness of computer science in young students throughout the state through our outreach activities and eventually our curriculum development," said Brittany Fasy
- Charles Ambrose is ready to lead a flagship, the University of Montana
Ambrose, one of four finalists for the president post at the University of Montana, also counts an increase in campus diversity among his accomplishments.
- 4 ways college entrepreneurship classes fall short
If millennials are so interested in starting companies, and if more training opportunities exist today than ever before, why aren't we seeing an increase in millennial startups?
- To support local founders, universities should invest in venture capital
Instead of the 4 percent to 5 percent that most institutional investors allot to these sorts of assets, the Yale Model calls for allotments of 25 percent to 30 percent to that class of investment -- a significantly higher percentage that has resulted in significantly outsize returns for the school.
Funding and Building your Business
- Dinosaurs in Ekalaka? MSU alumni help build up a small-town dinosaur museum in eastern Montana
"We can put this part of the state back on the map in the minds of everyone in Montana," said Carter County Museum director Sabre Moore.
- From neighbors to advocates: Save Bozeman's growth
"Change and growth is where people start to feel that heat -- the impact on what their life is going to be," Christensen said. "And typically, it's after the city's process to respond has already begun."
- Unnatural Disaster: Will America's Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People?
What does it mean for greater Yellowstone if Bozeman becomes Minneapolis-sized and Jackson Hole become an anchor for Salt Lake City-like sprawl?
- TED Talk of the week Ray Dalio: How to build a company where the best ideas win
Learn how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds, and how you can harness the power of data-driven group decision-making in your own life.
- Loan Financing for Montana Nonprofit Organizations: A Primer - Montana Nonprofit Association's 16th Annual Conference "Go Further Together" 9/26-28, Missoula, MT
Loan Financing for Montana Nonprofit Organizations: A Primer was created to provide basic information for nonprofit organizations interested in exploring the use of loan financing to help them build their capacities as they work to carry out their missions.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Fake News: It's as American as George Washington's Cherry Tree - FANTASYLAND How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History By Kurt Andersen
If, for example, you remain confused about what happened in the last election, Andersen's retelling of history will clarify things for you.
- I don't help my wife. You shouldn't either.
A friend came to my house for coffee, we sat and talked about life. At some point in the conversation, I said, "I'm going to wash the dishes and I'll be right back."
- 'Most Brazen Corporate Wrongdoer Maneuvers in Memory': Equifax Forces Potential Victims to Give Up Legal Rights
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calls data breach "Exhibit A for why we must stop GOP from reversing the CFPB's rule protecting your right to join class actions"
- Lyft riders will be able to hail a semi-autonomous car in the Bay Area by the end of 2017
Lyft riders will be able to summon a car that drives itself part of the time. A driver will still be present to take over in situations where the software can't properly read the terrain or the presence of pedestrians.
- China to Ban Sale of Fossil Fuel Cars in Electric Vehicle Push
China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, a move aimed at pushing companies to speed efforts in developing electric vehicles for the world's biggest auto market.
- Mile High Innovation Network - 9/21- Butte, Montana
- 50th Anniversary Celebration And Citizen Advocacy Summit - 9/22-23 - Lander, Wyoming
- Race In Montana - A Community Forum - 9/15- Bozeman
- Watch Livestream Of Workforce Development Initiative Workshop In Denver, Sept. 18-19
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