|MATR Newsletter - Fri Sep 15, 2017|
This MATR newsletter sponsored by:
Add an event...
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page
"If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain." Steven Wright
Open to all - Schedule of Public Forums for Four Final University of Montana Presidential Candidates Starting Sept. 18 in Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Great Falls Development Authority
- Intellectual Property Webinar Series - Heartland And Lexmark - The Business Impact - 10/18
Join us for a business-focused review of the Supreme Court's recent decisions on patent venue and patent exhaustion, with a look at the overall effect on day to day decisions and strategy.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Eggs Opens New $9 Million Facility in Great Falls, Montana
58,000 sq. ft. egg grading operation will process over 280 million eggs annually to meet growing demand for organic, free-range eggs
- Great Falls Montana Growth Highlights 9/14/17
Great Falls is on the move!
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Leading from the Middle: A New Approach to Education's Needs of Today and the Promises of Tomorrow
To support quality schools, having clear accountability standards and relevant information for parents is critical in every district.
Big Sky Commerce
- AI Holds Promise of Improving Doctors' Diagnoses
With artificial intelligence, machines can see what many humans may have missed. "The technology really does work."
- Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore
The text on the screen is being generated not by his fingertips, but rather by the signals his brain is sending to his fingers. The armband is intercepting those signals, interpreting them correctly, and relaying the output to the computer, just as a keyboard would have.
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky Commerce, Inc. - Congratulations to a Montana success story and world-renowned The Ranch at Rock Creek
We applaud and congratulate Jim, Steve and the team for this unique and enriching experience at this quintessential American resort.
1 Million Cups
- The Bozeman School District board of trustees has approved a preliminary design for a new high school that would be heated and cooled via a geothermal system.
"I think it'll be a beautiful building," Superintendent Rob Watson said. "I think the architects will do some nice things with the façade - some brick, some metal, some color. ... I think it will be beautiful."
- A New Commitment to an Efficient, Smart Grid in Arizona
"In addition to helping customers save by conserving during peak demand hours, this targeted energy efficiency approach can help better integrate renewable resources and delay the need for future infrastructure," the utility said in its announcement."
- Illinois engineer's invention expected to be game changer for power grid
Zhong's invention is the sort of breakthrough -- like the touch screen in smart phones -- that helps to push an industry from one era to the next
- Wildfires, the smoking gun of Western climate change?
As cooler temperatures and precipitation finally bring a hint of relief to smoke-weary Montanans, the unusual nature of summer 2017 is coming into focus and the influence of climate change is impossible to ignore.
Come Home Montana
- 1 Million Cups - Scaling the Summit - Is there one in your community?
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups - a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Application Developer - The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a private non-profit organization helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Print Traffic Coordinator - The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Under the supervision of the Programming Directors, the Print Traffic coordinator will manage print traffic for the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival which takes place February 16-25, 2018.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Women's Foundation of Montana Program Assistant
This position is based in Missoula, Montana and requires occasional travel throughout the state.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Technology Support Analyst - Northwestern Energy
The position, Technology Support Analyst, is an integral piece of the Business Technology Team. The successful candidate will work in a team environment to provide Customer Service and Application support relative to NorthWestern Energy's technology systems.
- Missoula-based Rocky Mountain Elk foundation looking for new leader
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, with more than 222,000 members, 146 employees, $93 million in assets, and programs and services that touch virtually every state in the country, is one of the largest conservation organizations in the United States.
- Montana senators, nonprofits urge support for New Markets Tax Credit program
As talk of national tax reform efforts heat up at the federal level, the fate of a federal tax credit program that has played a crucial role in several large economic development projects in Missoula is up in the air.
TED and TEDX Talks
- Missoula E-Waste Startup Crowdfunding Campaign
I am reaching out to you to please visit her crowdfunding page at "http://www.gf.me/u/ctffvc" and give it a like and a share on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Montana-based Tarkio Fund - Investing in Learning Organizations
We start by identifying companies the meet the following criteria: they are run by people we believe to be trustworthy; they have an ultra-long-term focus; they have a stated purpose and passion; and they were started with a clear vision.
- Verizon drops some rural Montana customers - Senator Tester Demands Answers
Sue Hagen of Scobey said after she got the dropped notice she called Verizon and learned 19,000 clients were booted.
- Missoula-based marketing firm Partners Creative wins national web award for career navigation tool - "Explore Your Fit"
The tool was launched last year and has grown in popularity among recruiters and prospective employees. Last week, it also earned the 2017 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the Web Marketers Association.
- Bozeman-based KERBspace unveils electric vehicle charging stations
Naumann noted that the company could be based anywhere in the world, but chose Bozeman as its base.
- Montana Tycoon Dennis Washington Now Seeks to Polish His Legacy
"We are practicing for the inevitable" Larry Simkins
- Today's TED Talk - The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing
Augie Picado gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Today's TED Talk - There's more to life than being happy
Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.
- Recruiters look for these 8 skills in every resume
If you don't have any of these skills, it might be time to acquire a few. If you do have 'em, great! Start showcasing them on that resume.
- Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done
WISPs are starting to make a difference in metropolitan areas.
Regional Economic Development
- Interior's 'unusual' transfer of senior executives spurs official probe
Hallmark said the transfers "seemed designed to disrupt the functioning of the agencies involved, and likely to drive as many executives as possible into retirement or quiescence. Zinke could not possibly have assessed the strengths and weaknesses of all these executives."
- Researcher confronts 'tough truths' about learning to live with wildfire
When asked after the talk to clarify the comments, Hessburg said that logging alone, without additional slash or broadcast burning, is not supported by research as effective and can exacerbate wildfire if woody debris is left on the ground.
- Montana Secretary of state dings media for 'incorrectly' saying he made claims of voter fraud
"We've never had voter fraud in Montana this century. I mean nobody. And ask yourself if we had no DUIs, if we had no shoplifting, if we had no sexual assaults, would we really say that we don't have those things? Or would we say we don't have voter fraud because we've never pursued it or we don't understand? Three-hundred -- I don't know the exact number -- but in the special election for example over 300 signatures were illegal statewide." Corey Stapleton
- Montana lawmakers review falling state revenues
A state legislative committee agreed Thursday that lower than expected revenues could require Governor Steve Bullock to make up to 10% cuts to state agencies' budgets.
Washington State Business
- "Hire. Buy. Live." Is 'Going Local' the Secret to Economic Development?
An initiative called Hire. Buy. Live. -- could provide other local governments with a playbook, some say, for spurring economic development in a way that prioritizes the welfare of residents.
- Sustainable Seattle: It's not just a buzzword but a reality
A new, broad measurement of growing in an inclusive, Earth-friendly way gives Seattle and other Northwest metros high marks.
- A pipeline to Montana's future workforce
Your Montana University System (MUS) and the State Department of Labor and Industry (MTDLI) have been working to further opportunities to prepare students for good-paying and high demand jobs in Montana.
Montana Education Excellence
- Should Wyoming tax bars, restaurants, museums and hotels to pay for tourism promotion?
"We're really trying to take a look at a long-term sustainable funding model for tourism."
- Lawmaker proposes constitutional amendment to divert $158 million annually to help fund education
Facing a $530 million school funding deficit, the Wyoming Legislature has been scrambling to avoid massive cuts to education ahead of their winter session.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana President Candidate Seth Bodnar driven by service, believes in education's ability to transform lives
Seth Bodnar appears to be an unorthodox candidate to serve as president of the University of Montana.
- Open to all - Schedule of UM Public Forums for Four Final Presidential Candidates Starting Sept. 18 in Missoula
All interested in the future of the University of Montana and Missoula are encouraged to attend.
- Carroll College ranked top college in the West
Carroll received a perfect score to rank ahead of more than 1,700 schools.
- University of Montana Grant to Boost Native American STEM Education
The University of Montana has been awarded a two-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a pilot project to enhance American Indian participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
- University Of Montana To Host European Union Ambassador To US David O'Sullivan Sept. 28 - Missoula
Missoula resident Michael Punke, vice president of public policy for Amazon.com and author of “The Revenant,” will facilitate the conversation and Q&A session with O’Sullivan.
- University of Montana President Candidate Andrew Feinstein listens well, raises morale
Andrew "Andy" Feinstein brings the skills he learned in the hospitality industry in higher education.
- Board of Regents approves $492 million for university system, cuts expected
Dealing with future budget shortfalls will require more collaboration between universities.
- Koch-funded Montana State University research sparks protests to regents
Critics are asking the Montana Board of Regents to reject a proposed economics research center at Montana State University, charging that the Charles Koch Foundation's $5.7 million grant is an attempt to use the university to promote a "right-wing ideology."
Funding and Building your Business
- Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free
Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.
- Why Employers Favor Men
The findings may help employers train recruiters to be aware of their biases and work around them.
- Why Top Musicians Pay $15,000 and Wait 2 Years for This Man's World-Famous Bagpipes
"There are watchmakers in Switzerland that make three or four watches a year. I am kind of like that."
- Why You Still Need Business Cards
Business cards will not go anywhere in the near future and every business professional need to have one so keep reading below and find out the other reasons of having a business card.
- Four Business Models for the Digital Age
Opportunities for companies in every industry are occurring on two critical dimensions: knowledge of the end customer and business design, i.e., breadth of product and service offerings.
- Is it time to rethink the 8-hour workday?
Many of us consistently clock in eight hours or more per day on the job. But there's evidence suggesting we may want to collectively scale back.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Why Small and Mid-Size Municipalities Don't Fear Smart City Tech
Tech companies stress the notion that the market today is strong at the mid-size and small city levels.
- Some States Return to Paper Ballots Following 2016 Election Hacks
It's one of the ways states are trying to address growing concerns about the security of voting.
- Innovate Your State: What Cool Technologies Should Government Consider Implementing?
"The idea is, we identify a problem, we put out the question to our innovation community and ask them to help solve it with technology," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Shining a spotlight on the Mining City: Curtains up for Butte's annual film festival
"They're not just Montana filmmakers, they're from all over the country, they've traveled far and wide to be here," said event organizer Brian Boyd.
- Podcast - Why More Artists Need to Study Business
Artists contribute much creativity to society, but business acumen may not be their forte.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- This Silicon Valley start-up wants to replace lawyers with robots
As Kan and his co-founders put it, they want to create a law firm full of technology-turbocharged lawyers who can offer clients more efficient services for a single, transparent bill.
- Amid fears of Russian espionage, US bans Kaspersky security software in federal agencies
"The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks."
- College Campuses Prepare for a Future Without Parking
One recent study, by the RethinkX research firm, concludes that the switch will be so extensive, however, that by 2030, 95 percent of passenger-miles in the United States will be traveled by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets.
- Video: Want to Teach Self-Driving Vehicles to Talk? Pretend You're a Car Seat
Car seat man was part of a Ford-funded study by researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute into how autonomous vehicles will interact with humans on the road.
- Akron, Ohio's Infrastructure Improvements Include Roads that Talk to Cars
Ohio and Akron officials on Monday touted the infrastructure improvements at a news conference Monday that focused on developing the city's workforce, attracting businesses and partnering with other government agencies.
- Tesla To Unveil Electric Semi Truck That Elon Musk Calls A 'Beast'
The Beast is coming.
- Comment sought on Montana's transporting freight plan
The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the draft Montana Freight Plan, the state's first plan to provide guidance for short- and long-term freight-related transportation decisions.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page