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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
- Responsibly Balancing Montana's Budget - Gov. Steve Bullock
Yesterday, I am called the Montana Legislature back to Helena next week for a special session to fix the state budget. Hearings will begin on Monday, November 13th, 2017.
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) - The current tax bill has omitted this program entirely. Urge Congress to keep program that boosts Montana economy
New Markets Tax Credits are a powerful tool that allows us to redirect federal tax dollars back into our Montana communities -- generating jobs, financing businesses and community facilities and boosting local economies. This repeal is a serious misstep that would be felt by communities across our state.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Datacenter Facilities Site Opportunities Requests
We've got several datacenter prospects who are interested in facilities meeting the following specifications.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- MT Republicans plan to expand special session agenda
Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel said Wednesday the governor is committed to balancing the budget "in a responsible way," and will work with any lawmakers who are "less interested in playing politics and more interested in finding solutions."
- Montana colleges could face $44 million cut if special session fails
If the Legislature totally rejects the governor's proposals, or comes up with no alternative, Ellig said, "we will move to something far more damaging and draconian."
- Montana GOP attempts to call its OWN special legislative session
Now the republican party is attempting to call a different session that would allow them to discuss more topics.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber's 113th Annual Banquet Recognizes Local Leaders with Top Honors
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet and Auction is regarded as the largest business event of the year in northwest Montana.
- How A Former VC Wants To Disrupt American Education
"Because it's always been done that way, by God! Seriously, it really makes no sense, other than that it's tradition."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Montana's Stonehenge Air Museum
We honor the contributions and sacrifices of not only the pilots and crews who flew and maintained these aircraft, but all veterans who served our country.
Energy and Climate Change
- Why AI Is the 'New Electricity'
Just as electricity transformed the way industries functioned in the past century, artificial intelligence -- the science of programming cognitive abilities into machines -- has the power to substantially change society in the next 100 years.
- Blockchain - A Capitalist Revolution for the Internet
Blockchain can change the very economic system of the Internet itself, much similar to the processes in the offline world that ended the Middle Ages and laid the foundations for the birth of Capitalism.
Come Home Montana
- Can Puerto Rico Be The Model For A Renewables-Powered Energy System?
As the island rebuilds from Hurricane Maria, renewable energy storage companies like Sonnen and Tesla are constructing microgrids on the island to create a more resilient system before the next storm strikes
- EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back rules despite alarming climate report
"Does this report have any bearing on that? No it doesn't. It doesn't impact the withdrawal and it doesn't impact the replacement."
- Energy-market expert Tyson Slocum to address Northern Plains Resource Council annual meeting - 11/10-11 - Billings, Montana
"We're seeing a real active transformation in energy markets, where renewable energy is increasingly cost-competitive," Slocum said. "That's the holy grail. That's the big change."
- These innovative solutions to climate change are making serious waves
The startups and companies below are taking truly innovative approaches to the fight against climate change.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - AdvicePay
We do good work, with good people, for good people.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Graphic Design & Production Specialist, Customer Associate - Northwestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is a leading energy delivery company in the region and provides opportunities to better connect with customers and markets in new ways, enhancing overall service and support capabilities.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Salesforce Administrator, Salesforce Developer, Salesforce Architect - Zinovo
We are doing something pretty cool. We are changing the way Salesforce is supported and managed from the bottom up.
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman, Montana's SiteOne Therapeutics working on alternative opioid treatment receives $1 million grant
"There is a critical need for non-opioid therapeutics that treat acute and chronic pain effectively, allowing for less reliance on opioids, and reducing the side effects and addiction potential associated with them,"
- Chinese eCommerce giant strikes $300 million Montana beef deal that includes packing plant.
Construction on a packing plant is expected to start next spring, according to the terms in the October memorandum of agreement. The location for the slaughterhouse hasn't been announced.
- Bozeman tech company AdvicePay to expand after raising $500,000 with Montana's Front Street Capital Management and Goodworks Ventures leading the funding round.
Moore said most of the seed funding will go toward hiring a handful of local developers and salespeople.
- New tech company Zinovo hopes to bring 30 jobs to Bozeman - Sales and Support of Salesforce services
Once companies adapt the software, there's often a need for a guiding hand, and that's where Zinovo comes in, said co-founder Jonathan Distad.
- Study finds increase in women-owned businesses in Montana, nationally
Montana has seen a 67-percent increase in the number of businesses owned by women over the past 20 years, though it remains 32nd nationally for increasing those numbers, according to a report released Thursday.
Come Home Idaho
- Butte's new local development director Joe Willauer shares vision for economic future
Willauer says he has high hopes for the BLDC in the years ahead, including continuing relationships with existing businesses. Priority number two, he said, will be getting more entrepreneurs to set up shop in Butte.
- Idaho Career Opportunities - Data Analytics and Visualization Lead, Chief Information Security Officer, ICS Cyber Security Professional and more... - Idaho National Laboratory
INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. INL works in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment.
- Rural Communities' Untapped Potential for Growth
They have valuable assets that make them fertile ground for startups. To tap those assets, they need to build entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Incubators and R&D
- Chobani grows in 'Silicon Valley of food' despite turmoil
"I hear the conversations here and there, but it's a peaceful community that we all love," said Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant. "It's the home of Chobani."
- Anti-aging breakthrough could extend healthspan by making old cells young again
There's no point living past 100 if we spend those last few decades suffering from degenerative conditions.
- New law bans California employers from asking applicants their prior salary
AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California employers of any size.
- States' ability to thrive in new economy measured
As economic indicators reveal that all states' economies incorporate some degree of innovation as a driver of their economy, the 2017 State New Economy Index measures states' capacities to function in this new economy.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- A merger between CVS Health and Aetna could be what the doctor ordered
Vertical integration could put a brake on America's unsustainably soaring health-care costs
- Do students buy into maker culture?
Maker culture is going mainstream. The maker industry is projected to grow to more than $8 billion by 2020, and with the maker movement infiltrating classrooms, after-school clubs and homes, it's no wonder.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana's MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) Media Institute Receives Top National Honor
Montana Governor Steve Bullock shares that: "MAPS better prepares our Montana students for the jobs of the future while they explore their passion in the media arts. While this award is for everyone, without Peter Rosten, there would be no MAPS. Peter was always willing to share his talents and make the world around him a better place."
Funding and Building your Business
- Public education rules Montana's economy
I know it. Most Montanans know it. At its core, the strength of Montana's economy and our way of life relies on the power of a strong public education system. Nowhere is that more clear than on a road trip in Montana. Here is my most recent road trip story.
- Prioritization process challenges transparency at the University of Montana
UM produced reports that informed the votes, but the task force has made neither the reports nor the vote breakdowns available to the public.
Connectivity & Communications
- How to Learn from Dark Data Lurking in Your Small Business
All this data represents a large pool that can help you capture opportunities faster and more profitably than anyone else in your marketplace.
- Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) became the latest and most vocal of these critics Wednesday when, at a Washington conference, he called for tech companies to follow the same net neutrality principles that the federal government has applied to broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast.
- Rural Trump Voters About to Be Screwed by FCC
Smaller rural ISPs will be pushed aside and not provided access to help out rural consumers.
- The Latest Social Media Trend in Government
A small yet growing number of governments are turning their employees into social media ambassadors who promote the city on their personal social media accounts.
- Smart Cities Council Accepting Applications for 2018 Challenge Grants
Cities with bold ideas around their technological futures should be sharpening their pencils.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula nonprofit EPI makes Outside Magazine's best workplaces list
Ecology Project International, which employs 30 people in Missoula, was named No. 55 on the list. It's the sixth time the organization has been recognized on the list. The organization actually has more than 100 employees across five countries, but all of its logistics are handled here.
- Inexpensive skin cancer detector takes out 2017 James Dyson Award
The sKan makes heat maps of the skin to identify anomalies associated with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, to enable earlier detection.
- Lamborghini Team up with MIT to Develop a "Self-Healing" Electric Supercar
The latest electric supercar concept from Lamborghini is electric but doesn't have any batteries.
- MSU to offer summer program for educators to engage with rural transportation issues
The program will offer six-week summer sessions in which educators work on research teams, attend curriculum development workshops and implement new teaching materials during WTI-hosted summer programs for high school students.
- Video: Here's Why the Tesla Model 3 Is the Coolest Car of 2017
I'm showing you all of the Model 3's quirks and features -- and I'm going to explain why the Tesla Model 3 is the coolest car of the year.
- Self-driving shuttle hits Las Vegas streets
Its sponsors say this the first self-driving vehicle in the United States to offer rides to the public in live traffic, and the first to tie into city infrastructure such as traffic signals.
- Flying cars? Uber, NASA see them in Los Angeles skies by 2020
He said the company expects L.A. residents to be making "heavy use" of the service by the time it hosts the 2028 Olympics.
- Waymo Announces Self-Driving Car Breakthrough
Waymo has announced its use of fully automated rides--with no human driver present.
- When 100% of Cars Are Autonomous
How does 21st-century society -- which has been built, in ways large and small, around human drivers -- change and reconfigure when they all become mere riders? In the pages that follow, we begin to wonder at some answers.
- The Great Transportation Wormhole: Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?
"95% of U.S. car miles will be traveled in self-driving, electric, shared vehicles by 2030."
- Self-Driving Cars Could Make Pedestrian Crossings a Thing of the Past
Urban designers need to work closely with AV companies
- New Montana Department of Transportation app looks to keep Montana drivers safe
MDT recently created a phone and desktop application http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/mobile.shtml that will help drivers throughout the winter in a number of ways.
- Invest Health Summit To Promote Health Equity Strategies For Missoula - 11/16
- The Future Of Higher Education In Montana - 1/24 - Great Falls
- The Future Of Higher Education In Montana - 1/23 - Helena
- Northern Plains Resource Council Annual Meeting - 11/10-11 - Billings, Montana
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