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"It's fair to say Next Frontier Capital http://www.nextfrontie ... .com/ has single-handedly leveled the playing field for Montana startups." Submittable co-founder and CEO Michael Fitzgerald --- Investment group Frontier Angels announces expansion amid venture capital growth in Montana --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
TONIGHT - Ambassador Max Baucus | China, North Korea And The US: What Happens Next? - 10/24 - Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6610
Montana Politics & Legislature
- "The Durfees" - Film tracks efforts to protect prime Montana elk-hunting habitat
"I hope that is what the film will show, is that people can still make a difference, especially on the local level and when it affects them in their own backyards."
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Bozeman Mayoral candidates talk Black-Olive, Emerson lawn, Law and Justice Center
Here's a quick breakdown of where Mehl and LaMeres stand on sticking points in Bozeman today.
- Donors once again much more limited in contributions to Montana candidates
Montana's limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership introduces fast phase 0!
MTIP is pleased to present a new and exciting opportunity. Fast Phase 0 is designed to reimburse Montana small businesses for costs associated with applying to the Phase I SBIR/STTR program.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Join Great Falls Development Authority To Celebrate A Special Announcement - 10/24 - Great Falls, MT
From Great Falls, to Ulm to Cut Bank we've helped make some great things happen, but there is so much more opportunity in the Golden Triangle and throughout Montana to expand and diversify food processing, ag processing, renewable energy, and more intensive agricultural production.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 16 for this week.
Hungry to Grow the Great Falls region!
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Associated Chambers of Commerce Recruiting Small Business Saturday Participants
Held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, Small Business Saturday promotes supporting the small, local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and invigorate neighborhoods across the Flathead Valley and Northwest Montana.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Where will STEM education be in 5 years?
These anticipated changes over the next five years could make a real difference to the quality of STEM education teachers would be able to provide.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Fervor Around Blockchains Explained in Two Minutes
Saving the planet, fixing healthcare, replacing conventional currency--there is apparently nothing that the shared-database technology known as blockchains can't fix.
- Captains of Finance Dismiss Bitcoin at Their Peril
The gaining momentum of digital currencies and the Chinese reinvention of a financial system led not by traditional banks but by technology companies are potent signs that Western financial architecture of the 20th century may not long survive the 21st.
- Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent
Nearly all big tech companies have an artificial intelligence project, and they are willing to pay experts millions of dollars to help get it done.
Come Home Montana
- Urban encroachment on the wildland interface will worsen U.S. fires, experts warn
But others point to another likely cause - the growing number of U.S. residents who have moved to the western half of the country, spreading out from the historic cores of cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver.
- Pollution kills 9 million people each year
"Going into this, my colleagues and I knew that pollution killed a lot of people. But we certainly did not have any idea of the total magnitude of the problem,"
- Tesla earns contract for world's first combined solar, wind and storage project
The project is expected to be completed in about a year and will be fully operational by the end of next year. When completed, the project is estimated to create 100 local jobs and will provide power for 35,000 Australian households.
- E.P.A. Scrubs a Climate Website of 'Climate Change'
Among the now-missing pages are those detailing the risks of climate change and the different approaches states are taking to curb emissions. Also edited out were examples of statewide plans to adapt to weather extremes.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Solutions Consultant, Engagement Manager, Director Solutions Consulting - commonFont
commonFont - Reinventing Technology Solutions, Service, and the Potential of Work
- Building underway at MSU Innovation Campus
The goal of the campus, according to its website, is "to strengthen the research capability of MSU and to expand the commercialization of technology related to MSU's clusters of academic and research excellence."
- Whitefish, Montana based Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC helping put Puerto Rican power grid back on line
Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, of Whitefish, signed a $300 million contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to repair and rebuild electrical transmission infrastructure on the island.
- Another Price Cut for Montana's 22-Acre Shelter Island
"It's almost a property you can't even describe," Ms. Maddux said. "Every time I'm there I discover something new."
- PR pros from across the state team up to relaunch Montana Chapter of Public Relations Society of America
"I am thrilled to work alongside such a passionate, hardworking group of professionals as we breathe life into the Montana Chapter of the PRSA," Ragsdale said. "Our Chapter will be a resource for all sectors, private, non-profit and government."
- Ideamensch - Our vision is not to create the knowledge but to share it.
Our purpose is to inspire action through the curation of our daily interviews, content, and community.
- Montana Made: Wooden carvings with a nod to MT's political past - Bennion Lumber
- Puerto Rico's unusual $300 million deal with Montana firm draws scrutiny
Whitefish Energy is based in Whitefish, Mont., the home town of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
- How Much Stock Would Convince You To Join A Startup?
In reality, the number of shares doesn't mean anything - it's your percent of the total that you need to negotiate.
- How to be a leader: Be like Albert Einstein and embrace your ignorance
The brain's version of leading is learning. Learning propels us forward and allows us to do new things. To lead, we must first learn, gaining knowledge and then wisdom which we ultimate share with others.
- Majority of U.S. Workers Will be Freelancers by 2027
So, what exactly is powering this incredible rise of the 'freelance economy' in the US?
- 19 Tips to Immediately Improve Your Writing
These quick fixes can elevate your communication skills to the next level.
- A coalition of more than 130 organizations has banded together to protect rural places across the U.S.
Maintaining funding that encourages innovation, implementation and investment in rural America and in our federal agency partners is imperative.
- Where Internet Orders Mean Real Jobs, and New Life for Communities
"We are at the very beginning of a rather large transformation, and the humble warehouse is the leading edge of this."
Incubators and R&D
- ' Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' by Sarah Chayes
We must confront corruption, for it is a cause―not a result―of global instability.
- MSU researchers receive $1.8 million to study methane-converting microbes in Yellowstone National Park
"It's not well understood what organisms are involved in the conversion of methane in these environments," said Robin Gerlach, a professor in MSU's Chemical and Biological Engineering Department.
- Tech companies lobby for 'Dreamers'
Nearly two dozen major technology companies are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency.
- williamsworks - What kind of impact do you want to have?
We can improve countless lives by partnering with extraordinary people to help realize their most ambitious visions.
- Apprenticeships, long common in blue-collar industries, are coming to white-collar office work
Many newer apprenticeship programs are technology-oriented -- training people for positions such as internal tech support or software programming. But they're also training human resources analysts, insurance customer support agents, account managers and more.
Montana Education Excellence
- To Maximize College Financial Aid, Timing Is Key
The best time to make financial moves is when your child is in 10th grade
- Free tuition at MSU: Who benefits?
Montana State University, the state's largest and fastest growing campus, awards the most free tuition. This year it plans to award $24.8 million in tuition waivers and scholarships. That's nearly double the awards in 2010.
- Community input wanted in Helena superintendent search
"We have nine school board members, and rather than have those nine school board members determine the characteristics that are most important in Helena, we would like to have contributions from as many Helena people as we can," said Terry Beaver, vice chair of the Helena School District Board of Trustees.
- Update to Missoula downtown master plan looks to guide district's vibe, economic growth
"We think it's valuable to have the public and private sector engage in that space," McCarthy said. "When you have private sector buy in, it's much easier to implement. It needs a broad base of input from across the community."
- TED Talk of the week - Chris Sheldrick: A precise, three-word address for every place on earth
Chris Sheldrick explains the benefits of giving everyone an accurate address -- from finding help in disaster zones to, yes, delivering a pizza.
- Smart Cities Will Take Many Forms
Technology can make cities increasingly machine-like or more social and creative, says author Anthony Townsend. Both models can work.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future
Obviously we aren't headed to a time when we sleep on the floor of a tent under hand-wrung felt blankets (except at Burning Man), but we are headed to a future where we may own and carry less while depending on the environment to provide more.
- New service allows U.S. workers to get paid daily instead of weekly
The service lets the employees tap half the pay they earn on a given day as soon as their shifts end.
- The Way the World Ends: Not with a Bang But a Paperclip
Lantz figured it would take him a weekend to build. It took him nine months. And then it went viral.
- Daimler demos self-driving snowplows
Snow removal at airports is crucial - an autonoumous approach would save staff scheduling, could clear runways with more precision, and would have lower costs.
- This Smart Crosswalk Only Appears When Needed
London-based design firm Umbrellium's plans for a smart and interactive crosswalk platform are a refreshing approach to modern pedestrian safety issues in urban environments.
- Quicker than expected, auto industry revs up for an electric-car future
"It is revolutionary. It is a huge, fundamental change," says Brett Smith, a technology expert at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. "There's a much greater understating that things are happening fast."
- Jet-makers are preparing for a world with on-demand, pilotless air taxis
"Maybe it's not the case that we're at the Jetsons era, but we could see kind of a transition to that in the near future."
- Are those 80,000 pound trucks tailgating each other? Soon it may be perfectly normal -- and safe
By next year, much of this technology may be combined to put pairs of trucks on the road at a distance that before would not have been possible or safe.
- The Many Problems With Autonomous Vehicles
They create as many problems as they solve.
- AS9100D Internal Quality Auditor, 11/14, Missoula, MT
- Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Training, 11/08, Missoula, MT
- Cutting The Ribbon On The Rail Spur To BNSF Mainline, 11/08, Libby
- Revitalization Plan For The Kootenai Business Park, Libby, MT, 11/09, Libby
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