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"Until you face your fears, you don't move to the other side, where you find your power." Mark Allen - 6 Time Ironman World Champion. Good luck to all of the competitors in the 2017 Ironman Hawaii Championship 10/14/17. What will you do tomorrow morning while they're doing the full Ironman distance?
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Big Sky Economic Development
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Vetrepreneur Symposium - Moments That Matter - 11/3 - Billings, Montana
Veteran small business owners discuss "Moments that Matter" when starting a new business.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock and the Lost Art of Political Persuasion
He's one of the most popular governors in the country. Some Democrats think he'd make a great presidential candidate. There's just one problem: Few outside of Montana have heard of the guy.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Lt. Governor Cooney, Director Haxby-Cote Celebrate Homeownership with Helena's Habitat for Humanity
"Today's ceremony is an important reminder of the hard work volunteers and families put into strengthening our communities." Lt. Gov. Cooney said, "Our communities and economy are stronger when hard-working families like the Bixby's have an affordable place to call home."
Flathead Valley Community College
- Montana Voices: Tax cuts for ultra-rich led to state's budget woes
This problem didn't happen over just one session.
- Montana GOP leaders balk at cuts, special session, saying it's too early to claim a 'budget problem'
The governor's staff is reaching out to lawmakers to try to reach a mix of cuts and either find pockets of money the state can tap or explore temporary tax increases to make up for the $226 million shortfall.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Semester in Venice Program Applications Now Available
Included in the cost are roundtrip airfare between Kalispell and Venice, housing in Venice, a meal allowance, public transportation, museum and gallery entrance fees and more. The cost also covers a nine-day tour of Urbino, Assisi, Siena, Florence and beyond toward the end of the semester.
- Kalispell Chamber Luncheon - Downtown Urban Renewal - 10/17 - Kalispell
Small group discussion - How can Kalispell accelerate investment in the downtown core area now that the timeline is set for the removal of the railroad tracks?
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Beargulch is an incredibly well-preserved pictograph and petroglyph site located in the heart of Big Sky Country.
We're open whenever the weather permits and always eager to have visitors. Want to take a tour of our lovely park?
- All Charged Up: Electric vehicle charging stations becoming more common
more and more charging stations are being installed, allowing longer and longer trips from home -- even here in the Park County area.
Energy and Climate Change
- Why the DOE Needs Blockchain to Secure the Grid
The grid edge is becoming too shaky to shield with traditional defenses.
Come Home Montana
- Elon Musk says that, if given the green light, he can power Puerto Rico
'There is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico, too'
- University of Utah to get half its power from renewable sources under new deal with energy providers
Rocky Mountain Power will deliver electricity to the Salt Lake City campus from carbon-free energy providers Cyrq Energy and Berkshire Hathaway Energy Renewables.
- Montana PSC hails repeal of Clean Power Plan; conservation groups sound alarm
Members of the state's all-Republican Public Service Commission hailed Pruitt's action, noting their own doubts about climate change but also wondering if the power plan has already killed the coal industry.
- Lewistown, Montana film festival fetes solar energy's spread
"We continue today to consider it the best investment we ever made."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Junior Developer - GeoFli
This position can set up events in Google Tag Manager, help build custom audiences using marketing pixels and determine conversion rates through Google Goals and conversion funnels.
- From Oxford to UM, old pals nurture Missoula's startup scene
The two business leaders who trace their friendship back to England in the 1980s have become prominent figures on the University of Montana campus, where they spend their hours positioning entrepreneurs and students for success.
- What's happening at Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana.
EPIC Pitch Competition 2017 Submissions Open October 23rd.
Montana Economic Development
- News and Events for Montana Manufacturers October 2017
Technology-Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) is a Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) service that provides a structured, comprehensive approach for technologically focused market analysis and information.
- Family aiming to open Harlowton, Montana's first modern brewery in December
Gally's is hoping to cash in on Montana's growing beer tourism movement.
- Butte BioScience location closes doors; 10 jobs lost
"The need for more study participants, which is the primary reason we opened the Butte facility, wasn't consistent enough to justify a second facility," Kapperud wrote.
- Montana-based 'Off-the-shelf wetlands pollutant extraction' firm Floating Island International poised for worldwide growth
More than 7,000 of these pollutant extracting man-made islands -- they like to call them "off-the-shelf wetlands" -- have been sold around the world.
- SmartLam Expanding Headquarters, Operations to Weyerhaeuser Site in Columbia Falls
Columbia Falls company plans to quadruple production of cross-laminated timber, hire more than 75 employees
- People, groups in Butte, Montana invited to apply for piece of $60,000 economic development pie
As they do each year, commissioners will soon give out more than $60,000 for projects or programs designed to boost business, beauty or tourism in Butte-Silver Bow. The money is from a single mill levy dedicated for economic development.
- Bear Paw Development Corporation - Find out what we've been up to in our Fall Newsletter!
Bear Paw Development Corporation is a private non-profit organziation that works to improve regional economic conditions in Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Chouteau and Phillips Counties and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Today's TED Talk - Why jobs of the future won't feel like work
"Start asking people what problems they're inspired to solve and what talents they want to bring to work," Lee says. "When you invite people to be more, they can amaze us with how much more they can be."
- Poland's big broadband test: Getting firms to fight over high-speed links for rural areas
"When it comes to connecting households, inhabitants of rural areas especially benefit from having internet access, even when they are the hardest to connect."
- Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte's mugshot goes public
Rep. Greg Gianforte's mugshot, taken after assaulting a reporter on the eve of his election, was released to the public Wednesday on the order of a Montana judge.
- Montana Congressman Gianforte To Host Tele-town Hall Thursday - 10/19 - Phone
The public is invited to visit the registration page https://vekeo.com/repgianforte/ to get pre-registered.
- Where's Zinke? The Interior secretary's special flag is hoisted whenever he's in the building.
"Is he trying to send a message?" Warren wondered. "Is he big on pomp and circumstance, or is this a case of 'Look at me?' "
Regional Economic Development
- Why the Next Phase for Fintech Is Collaboration, Not Just Competition
"We are actively seeking startups for our members to partner with," said Robert Nichols, president of the nearly 6,000-member American Banking Association (ABA).
- DowDuPont's Andrew Liveris: How America Can Bring Back Manufacturing
According to Liveris, there is a widespread lack of understanding among the public of what today's manufacturing -- which he referred to as advanced manufacturing -- actually consists of.
- Mushrooms, shopping and doctor home visits top Colorado's venture-capital deals in third quarter 2017
The quarterly update, called the MoneyTree Report, ranked Colorado as the 13th-largest state for money raised -- approximately $178 million -- and seventh-largest for deals -- at 29 -- during the three months that ended Sept. 30.
- Tapping Rural America: Craft Breweries Pour New Life Into Small Towns
"They know what they like about those other places they've lived, and so they're trying to make that happen here in the small towns,"
- Due diligence checklist for economic development incentives
Smart incentive use begins with good upfront due diligence on recipients and proposed investments.
- As 'Unicorns' Emerge, Utah Makes a Case for Tech Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship
The region has given rise to at least five companies valued at more than $1 billion.
Montana Education Excellence
- Fresh ways to bypass bureaucracy and drive innovation in higher education--and it's working.
These examples represent universities that have committed substantial resources to reimagining their future.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana State University Billings will form a search committee to find its next chancellor
"I also believe that a search allows the community to participate in this important process, a process that is common practice for the selection of executives within the Montana University System," Cruzado wrote in the letter.
Connectivity & Communications
- Microsoft sets up $3.5 million competition for artificial-intelligence startups
Plans for the Innovate.Ai awards come as Microsoft ramps up its corporate focus on software that uses machine learning.
- Employers need to consider what millennials want
Perhaps the biggest benefits trend the young generation of workers is driving is one that has historically been a blind spot for employers: Help with debt.
- 10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You
Sonnenfeldt presents a rich array of strategies in his forty lessons from the trenches, including the following paraphrased insights that I find often overlooked or even rejected, based on my years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs:
- The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published
You only get a narrow sliver of time with each candidate, so you need to maximize your learning per minute. How do you do that?
- Rural companies connecting neighbors through New York state broadband program
New York's Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers.
- Can Blockchain Bring Voting Online?
Blockchain has the potential to bring online voting to the mainstream, but some experts worry security concerns outweigh its potential benefits.
- What's New in Civic Tech: FCC Proposal to Lower U.S. Broadband Standards Raises Concerns
In response to the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to lower the U.S. broadband standard from 25 to 10 Mbps, a group of lawmakers have sent a letter in protest.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Sperry Chalet Winter Preservation Action Plan is Fully Funded!
As we look into the coming year, we anticipate additional requests from the park as site restoration continues and, thanks to you we'll be ready to answer the call.
- Google to give $1 billion to nonprofits and help Americans get jobs in the new economy
We're launching a Grow with Google tour. Googlers will team up with libraries and community organizations across the country to host these events.
- Big Sky Comedy Festival grows to one of the biggest in the Comedy industry
More than 1,200 comedians sent in entrees for this year's competition, but just 28 of North America's top comedians made the cut.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Author Franklin Foer on Controlling the Power of Big Tech
There's no reason why there needs to be one search engine or one social network or one store that we buy all of our crap from.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- and to make your day complete - now this... Yellowstone supervolcano may blow sooner than thought -- and could wipe out life on the planet
Until now, the magazine reported, geologists had thought it would take centuries for the supervolcano to make the transition.
- Virus on world's most popular porn site Pornhub may have infected millions
Pornhub is the most popular porn website on the planet. It's the 20th-most-popular website overall in the United States and the 37th-most-popular in the world, according to Alexa, which ranks web traffic.
- New Amazon Drones Will Charge Your Car While You Drive
When everything else is on demand, why not have the charger come to you?
- Porsche launches on-demand subscription service for $2,000 a month
Porsche has dubbed the service Porsche Passport.
- Deutsche Post DHL is developing its own fleet of autonomous electric delivery vehicles
In addition to winning lots of brownie points for its corporate citizenry, the whole scheme was inspired business thinking too, as running a fleet comprising thousands of delivery vans and bikes absolutely guarantees the ongoing improvement of those vehicles.
- Spike Aerospace unmanned SX-1.2 demonstrator makes maiden flight Aircraft
This will be a 22-passenger supersonic jet with a range of 6,200 mi (9,977 km) that's designed to fly over standard airliner routes at Mach 1.6 (1,218 mph, 1,960 km/h) thanks to its low-boom signature fuselage using a modified delta wing design.
- Paris plans to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030
The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians.
- Completely driverless cars could hit California roads as early as next June, if not sooner
"We are excited to take the next step in furthering the development of this potentially lifesaving technology in California," state Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly
- Carmakers consider subscriptions instead of ownership
"Starting in urban centers and then spreading out, within a few decades, we are likely to see a significant decrease in personal vehicle purchases and leases as more and more people will be able to rely on autonomous ride-sharing services."
- Electric Vehicles Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Gas Guzzlers
"We see the competitive tides shifting in 2019 and beyond as European [car makers] roiled by the diesel scandal and loss of share to Tesla in the high margin luxury segment step on the gas and accelerate the pace of EV introductions."
- Your Next Gig: Map the Streets For Self-Driving Cars
Soon, thousands of people might be installing those gadgets in their cars, hoping to make some extra bucks--and, in the process, contributing to the next great crowdsourced project: a ridiculously detailed and constantly updated map of the world's roads, readable only by the vast swarm of self-driving cars that will populate our byways.
- Wilderness Institute Hosts Conversation With Conservation Advocate - 10/12- Missoula
- Public Hearing Notice - Proposed Changes Incumbent Worker Training Program - 11/3 - Helena
- Speakers Selected For Three-Minute Research Competition At Graduate Student Research Rendezvous On Oct. 19 In Bozeman
- Electronic Recycling Waste Collection - 10/14 - Missoula
- Health Professions Career Fair - 10/18 - Missoula
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