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"I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize." Steven Wright
Montana GOED survey regarding current and future broadband Internet needs in Montana. Please let your voice be heard. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
Montana Department of Commerce
- EDA Success Stories - What are yours?
We are proud of our grantees' accomplishments and encourage you to submit your success stories
- Merc hotel developer to get low-interest $800k loan from Missoula non-profit
The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. announced this week that the grant, from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, will be turned into a below-market (as in, relatively lower interest) loan to Mercantile Investors LLC, the development group building a new five-story Marriott hotel in downtown Missoula.
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana-Filmed 'Walking Out' Hits the Road for Premiere Tour
The Montana Film Office at the Department of Commerce is teaming up with the Montana Film Festival to bring the new feature film Walking Out to theaters across the state.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Economic Developers Association Superheroes - Building Montana Communities photos and presentations
It was wonderful to see so many of you in Red Lodge. Thank you for being a part of a fabulous conference!
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- "No one (in Montana) prevented from paying more" Rep. Brad Tschida, House District 97, Montana Legislature
To all those individuals asking for a special session to "enhance state revenues" (definition: raise taxes), let me offer a suggestion and solution.
- Legislators of both parties agree: It's time to look at Montana's tax structure
"We're good at taxing barrels of oil, bushels of wheat, tons of coal," said Sen. Llew Jones, a Republican from Conrad. "We're not so good at taxing services."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Employment In The Digital Age - Dorsey & Whitney - 10/13 - Missoula, Montana
Join us for a discussion of the most problematic issues employers face when managing their workforce in the digital age, and learn how you can protect your company and its employees now and in the future.
- Why Attend the 10th Annual MT Downtown Conference October 19-20, in Great Falls?
Here are just a few of the amazing professionals that are coming to share their success stories with you!
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- 16 Most tourist-friendly cities in the U.S. - Bozeman, Montana Tops the List
Outdoor lovers are especially welcome in Bozeman, where you'll be in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and surrounded by mountains.
Energy and Climate Change
- What is Blockchain?
Here is an excellent video on what is Blockchain and how it works:
Come Home Montana
- Frank talk about wildfires by 6 former smokejumpers
We can take affirmative steps to moderate global warming, right here in Montana. Our firefighters and our communities demand no less.
- Elon Musk: Tesla can help fix Puerto Rico's ruined electrical grid
Tesla's strategy involves pairing large batteries with solar panels and solar roof tiles, providing an off-the-grid energy solution that keeps the lights on without the help of fossil fuels.
- Sustainability expo coming to Butte, features Mining City projects
The meeting, which takes place Oct. 20 through 22 in venues throughout Butte, and will feature a host of discussions, tours, and workshops, some of which will highlight organizations and projects from the Mining City.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loan Officer - Montana West
This position oversees the Montana West loan program, assuring quality delivery of financial products and services .
- Montana Career Opportunity - Communications Director - Montana University System
The Communications Director works with OCHE colleagues, campus personnel, news organizations, stud ent groups, employers, schools and state and community leaders to keep the public well informed about services, opportunities and issues in the Montana University System.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Front End Developer, Marketing Manager - TOMIS
TOMIS is a machine learning engine that uses AI technology to constantly predict optimal marketing placement options across dozens of platforms (Facebook, Google, Website...) and deliver optimized recommended actions based on recent and historical sales/marketing data.
- Capital with a cause: Montana VC firm Next Frontier Capital has provided $47M in funds to startups
"Montana was this great entrepreneurial state that for some reason didn't attract any capital," said Price. "I think the reason it didn't had nothing to do with the quality of the entrepreneurs or the people who are here. It just wasn't on the radar. But Montana is now being accepted as a credible place to start a business, largely due to its entrepreneurs."
- A Rising Tide of Outdoor Recreation in Montana
Whitefish native is head of new governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation
- There are 29 Manufacturing Day events planned in Montana in 2017.
"Not only are more Montanans working than ever before, our unemployment rate is ideal, and wages are increasing, we also lead the nation in manufacturing growth. When we invest in our workers, we invest in our future - and manufacturing in Montana is reaching incredible heights thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of Montanans all across the Big Sky." -- Governor Steve Bullock
- Can Do Podcast: How Edible Crickets Fuel This Montana Business
"It was during the time of the bug buffet at MSU. I was seeing all these people there having fun trying these insects, they were eating them. So went home and I said, 'James, I want to start a cricket farm,'" says Kathy Rolin.
- Friesen Foods Wants to Build Slaughterhouse Near Great Falls
A Canadian company wants to build what would be Montana's largest slaughterhouse and meat processing plant on the outskirts of Great Falls.
- Governor Bullock: Coal is big part of Montana's energy future
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday in Billings that coal will be part of the energy future and technology needs to be used that will make coal less intensive on the environment.
- Governor Bullock Celebrates Montana as #1 in the Nation for Manufacturing Growth
"Not only are more Montanans working than ever before, unemployment remains low, and wages are increasing, we also lead the nation in manufacturing growth," said Governor Bullock.
- Blackfoot and T-Mobile to Bring the Un-Carrier to More Montana and Wyoming Customers
"We are thrilled to be a part of bringing unlimited, mobile broadband to Montana and Wyoming," said Jason Williams, Blackfoot's CEO.
- Blue Cross cuts back on Medicare Advantage for 7,500 rural Montanans
The move has prompted one Great Falls insurance agent to say it's another blow for health care in rural counties.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Managing The Hybrid Workforce: Are You Ready To Have Coffee With A Bot?
A 2013 study by researchers at Oxford University predicted that as many as 47% of all jobs in the United States will eventually be automated--performed by robots or bots--in the not-too-distant future.
- Montana GOED survey regarding current and future broadband Internet needs in Montana. Please let your voice be heard.
It is our goal to gain an understanding of what broadband services, if any, are needed in rural Montana so that we may plan for future broadband policies and projects and better serve communities like yours. We would greatly appreciate your help by completing this survey
- An Ace in the Hole for Cutting-Edge Businesses in Seven Advanced Industries in Colorado
The following programs are designed to support job creation and innovation in your field as a business operating in one of Colorado's seven advanced industries
- This Tiny Country Feeds the World
Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent.
- Minn. Broadband Conference Includes Assessment of Economic Impact
Blandin Foundation will present new research demonstrating the impact of investment in broadband infrastructure and adoption on five rural Minnesota communities where world-class broadband is meeting smart economic development strategies.
Regional Economic Development
- Think your state has suds? These have the most craft beer breweries. Montana #3 in breweries per capita
The buzz over craft beer shows no signs of going flat.
- SoFi's plan to be the bank of the future not going so well
The question is whether SoFi has any chance of building the financial supermarket he envisioned.
- A new report suggests a fundamental idea behind CEO pay could be 'broken'
It found that 61 percent of the large public companies it studied had 10-year shareholder returns that were, to use the name of the report, "out of whack" with the pay CEOs took home over the same period.
- Automation a Double-Edged Sword for Manufacturing Jobs
Machines replace some human workers, while boosting pay and job security for others.
Utah Economic Development
- Where are Millennials moving? The answer may surprise you
What it does mean is that there are Millennials who are willing to move to small towns, likely because they are finding jobs there and they are finding a much more affordable cost of living, particularly when it comes to housing."
- Salt Lake City Launches OpenCounter, a New Online Tool for Business Development
OpenCounter is a customized guide to help applicants achieve their project goals, while outlining the permits, and fees required.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why wind? Why now? Experts say Wyoming needs to face challenges and opportunities of new wind development
"We have a very large potential opportunity here ... We don't control what is going on outside (of the state), but those outside influences are creating a major opportunity for us. Simultaneously, they are creating major challenges."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- A Message from UM's Incoming President, Seth Bodnar
I believe that leadership is not granted; it's earned. And every day that I have the privilege to serve as the President of this great University, I will work tirelessly to earn that right and to enable every member of the UM team to reach their full potential and to do the best work of their lives.
- You should plan on having lunch at The Blackfoot Cafe at the new Missoula College on the river.
The Blackfoot Cafe is managed by Missoula College Culinary Arts students and faculty. Located on river level, students, staff, faculty, and guests can enjoy a delicious dining experience in a restaurant-setting right on campus.
- Bozeman schools aim to bring STEM into all classrooms
In an effort to get STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into all the Bozeman classrooms early, "Project Lead the Way" has been selected as the curriculum to attract more girls and minorities into the tech fields.
- Missoula's Sentinel High School students learn how to learn in new, advanced course
Sentinel is the first high school in Montana to offer the AP Capstone program launched by the College Board in 2014 as part of a new effort to equip "students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges."
Funding and Building your Business
- iGraduate Montana
The iGraduate Montana partnership takes advantage of the deep relationships that already exist between OCHE, OPI, the MTDLI and employers across the state. These partnerships will allow OCHE to hit the ground running with programs that can be implemented in the schools beginning this school year," said Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.
- Eight VCs Explain How (And Why) They Assess Founders' Emotional Intelligence
These are five key questions investors ask to determine whether they're being pitched by emotionally intelligent founders.
- Startups' Trillion-Dollar Numbers Game - TAM
Here's why TAM is such an alluring number for Silicon Valley founders.
- A review of the North Dakota State GIS Portal
More germane to our topic in this blog, though, it also contains a link to the data sets themselves via the Hub Data Portal. The portal is thoughtfully laid out, with the ability to view data by content type and topics.
- Small Towns Confront Big Cyber-Risks
Small and mid-sized local governments face the same cybersecurity challenges as larger jurisdictions, but with fewer resources, their defense strategies must be creative.
- Analytics, Blockchain and Cybersecurity at NASCIO
On this season's premiere episode, the Not Safe for Government (NSFG) podcast returns with highlights from this week's NASCIO conference in Austin, Texas.
- Quicker than expected, auto industry revs up for an electric-car future
Some experts project electric vehicles could make up more than half of car sales by 2040, projections that GM, Ford, Volkswagen, Chinese automakers, and others are taking seriously all of a sudden.
- Utahns love energy efficiency and buy more electric cars per capita than Californians, according to new report
Improvements have ranked the state among the nation's most energy-conscious, report says -- but business leaders worry about cuts to Rocky Mountain Power energy-savings programs.
- Toshiba's new fast-charging battery could triple the range of electric vehicles
Toshiba has developed a new fast-charging battery it claims could allow EVs to travel three times as far as they do now, and then be fully recharged again in a matter of minutes.
- Google's Self-Driving Car Service Could Be Operational This Year - The end of carcatecture.
Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, is close to a major product launch in Phoenix, Arizona. We could be months away from a new era of transportation history.
- AERO Expo And Annual Meeting 2017 Expo & Annual Meeting: Ready, Set, Lead - 1/20-22-Butte
- Fundraising For Success Workshop And Grant Writing Bootcamp - 10/11-12 - Glasgow,MT
- Western Lands And Peoples Lecture Series With Michael Punke - 10/16 - Bozeman
- Technology Commercialization - Creating Customer Value Out Of Research Results - 10/10 - Missoula
- 2017 Annual Meeting Of The Montana Association Of Community Development Extension Professionals (MACDEP) -10/18-Bozeman
- 2017 AERO EXPO And Annual Meeting, 10/20, Butte
- Nicole Jones "Cybersecurity And Privacy: The Perspective Of A Google Lawyer" - 10/26 - Bozeman
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