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Don't grow up. It's a trap!
EPIC Pitch Competition By Blackstone LaunchPad At University Of Montana - 12/7 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6670
- 4 Key Questions To Identify Your Ideal Startup Site - Have you considered the opportunities in Montana?
When it comes to the technology ecosystem, clusters are vital.
- NorthWestern Energy, green energy advocates plan to sue Montana regulators over short contracts
"Damn right we're going to appeal," said Brain Fadie, clean energy program director for Montana Environmental Information Center.
Great Falls Development Authority
- MSU TechLink SBIR Lunch & Learn Series: Department Of Defense, 12/06, Bozeman
MSU TechLink's Fall SBIR Lunch & Learn series concludes by looking at Air Force, Navy, Army and other Department of Defense agencies Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities.
- TechLink Pulse Newsletter
In the spirit of giving, this edition features conveniently packaged, piping hot technologies that are all available for licensing.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Great Falls Wages Climb in 3rd Quarter
Preliminary data released today for the 3rd Quarter of 2017 show that wages in the Great Falls metro (Cascade County) continued upward, marking the 15th straight quarter that our average wages increased, according to JobsEQ.
- GFDA Business Education Calendar: Four events round out 2017- LaunchPoint, Webinar Series, & Boots to Business
Here are our upcoming educational events for business owners, managers, and professionals through the end of 2017:
- GFDA Top 10 - Here is our Top 11 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen our Great Falls regional economy.
Three of our team members have hit the road out-of-state this week to pitch the Great Falls Montana region. WE ARE Hungry to Grow our regional economy!
- Registration for the 2018 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation is now open!
Join us in Big Sky from April 15-17 for the annual gathering of Montana's tourism and recreation industry.
Energy and Climate Change
- The scenery of Anaconda featured on CBS Sunday Morning
We leave you this Sunday Morning with an early taste of winter, in the mountains near Anaconda, Montana.
- Missoula Marathon tops in the US
The Missoula Marathon http://www.missoulamarathon.org/ is the number one marathon in America, according to the BibRave 100 ranking. The event was also listed among the races with the most Beautiful On-Course Scenery.
Come Home Montana
- Four Bozeman schools seek grant for solar panels
The School Board recently voted to seek a $192,000 renewable energy grant to install solar panels atop four elementary schools -- Emily Dickinson, Morning Star, Hyalite and Meadowlark.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Multiple Companies & Opportunities - Montana Photonic Alliance
Combined with abundant recreational and arts activities, advanced health care facilities, and safe communities, Montana offers an unbeatable lifestyle.
- Montana Career Opportunities - CNC Machinist, Injection Mold Technician, Plastics Tooling & Process Engineering Manager - Diversified Plastics
We are fortunate to have our business located in one of the most livable small cities in the United States.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for 'Flyover' Start-Ups
For the past several months, there has been a torrent of press around how Mr. Case and Mr. Vance have teamed to try to revive entrepreneurship in what elites often derisively refer to as the so-called flyover states.
- MEDA Membership Survey and...December News
As we begin the last month of 2017, please assist the MEDA Membership Committee in helping MEDA be the best it can be.
Montana Economic Development
- Building pride in 'American made'
Keeping our manufacturing on U.S. soil not only creates jobs and strengthens our business relationships and local economies, but it does something else that may be even more important.
- Handmade perfection from Chilton Skis hopes to break into high-end ski market
As noted in outdoorgearlab.com, wood-core skis store energy and dampen vibration as they flex around bumps and turns. While they tend to be heavier than less-expensive foam cores, they also retain their performance qualities longer.
- New indoor modular construction company Tru-Home Montana aims to build headquarters, jobs in Missoula
"Our goal is to provide these services to the Northwest, which is underserved for innovative construction techniques."
- Missoula's Satic Technologies sees growth opportunities in solar, data industries
"We're engineers and American manufacturers of go-green energy products," Erickson said. "A lot of guys talk about American manufacturing, creating jobs, building something that serves the greater good or that can truly reduce the impact on the planet. We generally feel we deliver on that."
- Butte, Montana attracting movie-makers - 'Hollywood North'
"This place, to us, can be a Mecca of filmmaking. We had a few filmmakers down in L.A. that came up for the festival this year and by the time they were leaving they were calling Butte 'Hollywood North,'" said Covellite International Film Festival co-founder Don Andrews.
TED and TEDX Talks
- Downtown Billings: Developer envisions $2B, 20-year redevelopment
The key for Billings, Dunn said, will be to make itself a "visitation center" that draws in people from around the region and across the country. To achieve that goal, he said, Billings needs an "anchoring strategy."
- TED Talk - The art of stillness
If one is constantly distracted by pings, tweets and emails and only superficially engaged, we risk becoming cogs in the distraction economy, possibly even losing the capacity for compassion, contemplation and deep engagement.
- TED Talk of the week Elizabeth Blackburn: The science of cells that never get old
Learn more about Blackburn's groundbreaking research -- including how we might have more control over aging than we think.
- TED Talks - To raise brave girls, encourage adventure
What Caroline Paul offers in her TED Talk is the idea that we can give children, particularly girls, a head start on the growth mindset by encouraging them to take risks.
- Ten Ways Your Resume Can Scare Employers Away
If you are applying for lots of job openings but you aren't hearing anything back, this could be your problem. How would you know?
Incubators and R&D
- Senatro Tester Slams Vote on 479-Page Tax Giveaway: "This is Washington D.C. at its Worst"
"This is unbelievable," Tester says in the video.
- NEW ON TED.COM - A Republican mayor's plan to replace partisanship with policy
In a hopeful, funny talk, Bynum shares how he's now using data and evaluation to tackle his city's most pressing issues -- and why we need to set aside our philosophical disagreements and focus on those aspirations that unite us.
- FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price
Broadband providers won't have to disclose, and the FCC won't have control over, the sneakier ways they've found to mess with the internet.
- Action Alert: Bikes in the Wilderness Public Hearing - Act Before December 6
The House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee will hold a hearing next week in Washington, DC, on H.R. 1349 the "Bikes in Wilderness" bill. H.R. 1349 would serve to undermine the 1964 Wilderness Act, which has stood firm for over a half-century, by stripping its prohibition against mechanical forms of travel in Wilderness.
- Montana Files Lawsuit Against OxyContin Manufacturer - One idea for preventing leftover opioids from fueling opioid abuse
Attorney General Tim Fox said he is seeking a court order to stop Purdue's deceptive marketing practices along with damages incurred by the state in paying for opioids for first-line treatment of chronic pain and for treating the adverse effects of opioid use.
- The Government's Struggle to Hire Young Tech Talent is Worse Than You Thought
There's only one under-30 IT specialist working in agencies for every four who are over 60 years old.
- Former Sens. Max Baucus, Al Simpson push for civility -- from leaders, the public and the media
Baucus, a Democrat, and Simpson, a Republican, frequently contrasted their time in the Senate with how the body operates today. They repeatedly cited their continuing friendship.
- These 12 People Are Changing Science
Here are some of the winners whose work may be changing your life soon:
- Portland should work harder to support small business: Guest opinion
We want the city to provide the same level of energy that goes into crafting the Amazon relocation proposal to assist small business owners who are currently creating good wage jobs.
- Oregon launches automatic retirement savings for private workers whose employers lack a plan
Oregon is leading the way among states that are prodding private sector workers to automatically save for retirement through payroll deductions.
Regional Economic Development
- "I really miss the Colorado I had growing up." Former Coloradans explain why they left.
Difficulty in getting ahead a common reason for those who leave
- China Is Set to Implement a System of Ranking Its Citizens
The government also says the SCS will "allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step."
- Israel: An Innovation Powerhouse With Exponential Growth Potential
Named the 10th most innovative country in the world
- Technology Is Driving Entrepreneurial Growth, And We're Not Just Talking About Silicon Valley
Thanks to cheap, ubiquitous technology, many people have opportunities to be a disruptors, or part of disruptive ventures.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Right Way to Fix Universities
These proposals may sound radical, but history shows that universities flourish when they work with government to bring tangible value to the entire society. As academics, it's our turn to make an offer.
Connectivity & Communications
- An Entrepreneur With Autism Finds His Own Path
"There is a deep, deep need for hope and jobs."
- How I Beat Math Phobia--and Became a Better Entrepreneur
Find good mentors to help you, and get inspired by math-heavy projects you're passionate about
- 10 Top Revenue Models Drive Viable Businesses Today
As an experienced business advisor, here is my current summary, with some of the pros and cons or special considerations for each:
- The Strategic Decisions That Caused Nokia's Failure
Success breeds conservatism and hubris which, over time, results in a decline of the strategy processes leading to poor strategic decisions.
- Rural America Is Building High-Speed Internet the Same Way It Built Electricity in the 1930s
The number of electric cooperatives beginning to offer fiber optic broadband service to their members has surged in recent years.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Going National: Code for America's Integrated Benefits Initiative to Roll Out Across the Country
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's donation will help the group design a re-imagined integrated benefit enrollment service that will soon be piloted in select states.
- New partnership provides meals personalized to precise health needs
A partnership between a restaurant and a DNA tester allows customers to design meals tailored to their exact nutritional needs.
- Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing
They're now using it to treat genetic diseases, grow climate-resilient crops, and develop designer materials, foods, and drugs.
- The Solution to Sprawl - Satellite Cities Are Everywhere, And They Might Save Our Urban Future
When developers began building the city of Palava, India, about an hour's drive east of Mumbai on a 4,500-acre greenfield site, they used the notion of 5-10-15.
- Missoula, other cities concerned with MDT's new right-of-way restrictions on state roads
They also believe the policies discriminate against those who don't want to drive....saying the crackdown was adopted with no public input and will handcuff communities planning for growth.
- London Plan Takes a Bold Stand Against Parking
Ban parking spaces from new homes and offices which are built near a transport hub
- BEWARE - Car rental companies find a way to ding motorists for electronic tolling
And that sounds like passing the buck -- except for the motorist, who has to fork it over.
- All I Want for Christmas Is a New Transportation Planning Process
The awareness of, interest in, and expectations of the transformation of transportation through the integration of technologies that ultimately lead to automated vehicles is now a daily topic in business and contemporary media.
- Tesla isn't the only company creating cool electric vehicles anymore
Why 2017 will go down as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine
- How a College Kid Made His Honda Civic Self-Driving for $700
Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online?
- Electric cars are already less expensive to own and operate than gas-guzzling vehicles, according to study
In a few years EVs are expected to be the least expensive option without subsidies.
- Nissan begins public robo-taxi trials next year
The Nissan Leaf electric car, modified with self-driving technology, will deliver passengers in the testing area.
- America Still Loves Cars, But Some Cities Are Starting to Ditch Them
Poverty rates have a strong negative correlation with numbers of vehicles per household. Younger couples and one-person households are less car-dependent as well.
- Regulated Export Training & Foreign Military Sales Panel, 12/15, Missoula
- The Impact Of Disruptive/Transformational Technologies In Transportation -Workplace And Workforce - 1/11 - Washington DC
- 1 Million Cups - God Shot Espresso - 12/6 - Missoula
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