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"The choices that cities make over the coming years will set the terms of the sustainable transportation debate and establish priorities and practices of society for generations to come." -- Rethinking The Street In An Era of Driverless Cars - The Time to Act is NOW! -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Smartups - Focus on This One Thing, and You'll Build a Successful Business Eventually. Ignore It, and You Might Never Make It. ---- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- How 'Teaming' Saved 33 Lives in the Chilean Mining Disaster - Real World Example of the Concepts of the UM Western Experience 1 Program -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
Early Edge Montana
- In Your Community? - Bids for the 2019 Governor's Conference on Tourism & Recreation now being accepted!
The Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation is the annual gathering of Montana's tourism and recreation industry. Up to 450 attendees participate each year.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- What's cooking in Montana early childhood efforts
This past year has been a busy one, as communities across Montana are working hard to rapidly advance opportunities for all children to learn and grow. Here are a few updates and resources.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Yale's Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness
"Students want to change, to be happier themselves, and to change the culture here on campus," Dr. Santos said in an interview. "With one in four students at Yale taking it, if we see good habits, things like students showing more gratitude, procrastinating less, increasing social connections, we're actually seeding change in the school's culture."
- States Partner to Get Girls Interested in Cyber, IT
A coalition of states are partnering with the SANS Institute to offer training to young women interested in cybersecurity and information technology careers.
Energy and Climate Change
- Turning blockchain from hype to reality, NIST report
As of last fall, the state had identified six pilot uses for blockchain, some of which were in development.
Come Home Montana
- Hulu Moves Data Centers to 100 Percent Renewable Energy Facility
It takes a lot of energy to connect millions of viewers across the United States with the content they love.
- Is a Transition to Renewable Energy on the Verge of Being Unstoppable?
What exactly is base load and what role does it play in the electricity grid?
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer/Clerk & Recorder - Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
Position will be required to perform administrative, financial duties as well as supervision of clerical staff in recording and certifying all city-county transactions as well as responsibility of all financial activities including accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting and payroll; and oversees all city/county elections.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Education - The Children's Museum of Bozeman
The Director of Education is an integral staff member, in charge of managing our rapidly expanding STEAMlab programming and outreach. The STEAMlab is CMB's high-tech makerspace, with student computer stations, 3D printers, electronics and engineering materials, robots and more.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana's Frontier Angels looks to change state policy to encourage investors, tech startups. Are you Looking to join Frontier Angels?
Montana has fallen behind other states in the region in its support for technology startups, though one group of angel investors is looking to grow its network in hopes of influencing state policy to close the gap.
- MEDA February News - Check it out!
Rockin' it Rural: Thriving in Small Town Montana is going to be a great conference.
Montana Economic Development
- Zip Auto - Restoring a Missoula, Montana Auto Shop with a One-Track Mind
Rick Nash was acutely aware of Zip Auto's historical significance when he acquired the building, and decided in 2006 to restore the deteriorating structure to its former glory. Above all, Nash was determined to retain its historic usage.
- What's Good Here: edible lessons at Missoula College's Blackfoot Cafe
I didn't expect Blackfoot Cafe to become my go-to lunch spot until I began a graduate assistantship with Missoula College last year, but once people know it's there, they tend to become regulars.
- Butte's slag project - turning waste into a business - up and running
That could mean a boon for Anaconda, which has 26 million cubic yards of slag -- or 130 acres of it -- sitting along Highway 1 on the way into downtown. The former Washoe Smelter created the waste pile for around 80 years smelting Butte's raw copper ore. The Washoe Smelter shut down in 1980.
- Slow growth predicted for Butte 2018 economy
Those looking to earn a living wage in Butte might interpret the number as good news.
- Gallatin County remains 'poster child' for growth in generally improving state economy
State economists, business and university system leaders were in town Wednesday to discuss the condition of Montana's economy, arguing for the importance of higher education.
- Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)
Overusing certain weak verbs can make you sound weaker, too.
- Google to hire thousands in 9 states
Typically considered a Silicon Valley company, the plans are consistent with Google's U.S. hiring in recent years. The company currently has an office or a data center in 21 states.
- Reaching rural America with broadband internet service
To wire, or not to wire? That is the question many are asking when figuring out how to get broadband to the farthest reaches of the country.
Incubators and R&D
- A Nationalized 5G Network Could Settle Network Neutrality For Good
The idea of a government-run network would certainly pose privacy concerns, but it would also increase national security and create jobs.
- Montana tax policy lagging behind economic shifts, report says
Montana's tax policy is outdated and does not reflect recent changes to the state's economy, which has seen a marked shift away from non-service jobs such as manufacturing and farming to service-based industries such as health care and hospitality.
- To Speed Up Hiring in Government, Do What Denver Did
Getting a government job, or even an interview, takes a notoriously long time. Denver cut the process practically in half.
- Missoula County won't sign letter protesting Daines' bill to withdraw wilderness study areas
It will not, however, join Granite County and others by signing a letter opposing legislation by Sen. Steve Daines, who's pushing to release 450,000 protected acres from wilderness study designation.
- The FCC Hopes its Empty Dedication to Rural Broadband Will Make You Forget it Killed Net Neutrality
The goal is to frame net neutrality as a fringe issue favored by the Hollywood elite, while suggesting the FCC's hard at work tackling the real problem: rural broadband availability.
- California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage
Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News.
- Life-extending protein could keep us healthier for longer
Sirtuin proteins are involved in metabolic processes, and have been associated with aging and age-related diseases.
- Is disrupted sleep an early sign of Alzheimer's disease?
A further companion study in mice found that circadian rhythm disruptions could directly accelerate the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain - the build-up of which are strongly linked to Alzheimer's disease and memory loss.
- Alzheimer's blood test promises detection years before symptoms develop
One of the big challenges currently facing many Alzheimer's researchers is the difficulty in diagnosing the disease during its early, preclinical stages.
- Portland's economy is getting much better, but poll finds voters feel worse
Homelessness, income inequality and bad traffic have soured the public mood, according to a new poll commissioned by the Portland Business Alliance.
- Icelanders are super creative. Here's why
"Creative kids here in the United States tend to be looked at as a problem."
- Startup hub reflects Macron's changing French economy
For a glimpse at President Emmanuel Macron's vision for the new French economy, look no farther than Station F.
Regional Economic Development
- Does Health Care Need a New Startup Model?
The traditional Silicon Valley model for startups, notably venture capital and private equity, may not work well when it comes to innovation in health care services, says James Stanford.
- 100,000 Micro Industries Predicted for the Next 20 Years - Perfect for rural communities
"When the tools of production are available to everyone, everyone becomes a producer." "Long Tail," author Chris Anderson
- Governor Bullock visits as Bozeman's West Paw Designs offers state's first manufacturing apprenticeship
"... folks like Holly are getting paid better while she's gaining those skills, and the employer is getting what they need out of them." Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signs orders aimed at economic diversification
Two executive orders supporting efforts to diversify Wyoming's economy and edge away from the mineral extraction industry are now in effect.
Funding and Building your Business
- How 'Teaming' Saved 33 Lives in the Chilean Mining Disaster - Real World Example of the Concepts of the UM Western Experience 1 Program
In this extreme story, different clusters of experts came up with remarkably complementary pieces of an ultimately viable complex solution. Of course this didn't happen by accident, but rather was enabled by a particular type of leadership.
- President Bodnar: University of Montana is at 'critical juncture'
"This isn't a crisis. We are managing through this. But it's not sustainable over the long run," Bodnar said.
- Helena, Montana's Capital High School math team crowned co-national champion
Nine hundred and thirty eight teams competed and of those teams only four United States teams received an "outstanding" designation.
Connectivity & Communications
- Paul Tremont on leadership: Know your strengths and weaknesses to build a stronger team
We wanted to build leaders that can connect the dots between innovation, good technology, and the opportunities that we must capture to continue to be successful.
- 8 Ways to Run Effective Meetings So You Can Get on With Your Day
Stop wasting your time in meetings that drag on and on. Make the most out of them so you can maximize your day.
- Smartups - Focus on This One Thing, and You'll Build a Successful Business Eventually. Ignore It, and You Might Never Make It.
If you try to juggle multiple business ideas, it can be like trying to hold a hammer in each hand.
- Behind kerfuffle over a 'nationalized 5G network,' real US-China concerns
Next-generation wireless technology is part of a larger economic competition in which China is pushing to leapfrog the US and other nations.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Launches a Platform for Making the City of Tomorrow
"This is the culmination, from our side, of almost 10 years of thinking about how technology can improve people's lives." Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt
- Sex, Money Laundering and Blockchain: 11 States Look at FinTech
At least 11 states introduced laws in January to regulate cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
- What's New in Civic Tech: A Range of Exciting Work is Under Way in Alaska
Alaska's gov tech ecosystem has taken steps forward, driven by projects from several different entities, including the state, the Anchorage municipal government and the Anchorage Code for America brigade.
- Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care
They said the initiative, which is in the early planning stages, would be a long-term effort "free from profit-making incentives and constraints."
- Altered Carbon - Working, Beating Hearts Will Soon Be 3D-Printed From Patients' Own Cells
"Within a couple of days, the cells just know . . . 'I'm a heart cell, you're a heart cell, we're supposed to join together and start beating.' And they do that."
- New self-driving race: grocery runs
The customers met the vehicle at the curb and retrieved their bags from cubicles that line the van's back half, opening the cubicle doors with a few taps on their phones. The doors balked a bit, taking about a minute to open, but eventually they worked.
- Ford wants to patent a driverless police car that ambushes lawbreakers using artificial intelligence
What if a police officer tapping on your car window asking for your license and registration became a relic of transportation's past?
- The WIRED Guide to Self-Driving Cars
How a chaotic skunkworks race in the desert launched what's poised to be a runaway global industry.
- Rethinking The Street In An Era of Driverless Cars - The Time to Act is NOW!
City planners, policy makers and community residents have a unique, and immediate, opportunity to rethink their streets with purposeful and creative consideration about how this critical public good may best serve the public for generations to come.
- "Working In Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships With American Indian Tribes" - 3/22 - Helena
- Inaugural Bunker Brews - Connecting Military Entrepreneurs With Montana Entrepreneurs- 2/22 - Bozeman, Montana
- Register For Webinar: Strategies To Expand Youth Apprenticeship - 2/15
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