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"Self-driving cars are as much of a paradigm shift as the invention of the telephone, and we all need to get prepared for the ride of our lives.” Roy Amara, the late president of the Institute for the Future --- Autonomous Cars Are About To End Carcatecture - Is Your Community Planning for this Incredible Opportunity? --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- B.O.S.S. Butte Outdoor Sector Summit - 3/8 - Butte, Montana
How can we share these incredible resources while maintaining local growth?
- Forest Service turns to volunteers for trail repair - Come Join the Fun - Back Country Horsemen Of Missoula Membership Meeting - 2/24 - Missoula
Help is keep Montana's trails open.
- 130 pack Lewistown, Montana courtroom to talk about wilderness bill; verdict split
Daines agreed to carry the bill which also would release the West Pioneer WSA in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest; the Sapphire and Blue Joint WSAs in the Bitterroot National Forest; and the Middle Fork Judith Wilderness WSA in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Northwestern Energy - you can now report outages right from your mobile device.
Please share this with your friends and family, so if their power goes out, they will know the fastest method to getting it back on!
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- FVCC's Honors Symposium Continues 2/27 with the Internet of Things at BNSF Railway
Mike Garcia will discuss what happens when a railroad with more than 150 years of history joins the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell's Leadership Flathead Program Now Taking Applications for Next Class
The program requires a two-year commitment from participants, which will begin with an overnight development retreat in September 2018, followed by nine monthly skills-building sessions through June 2019.
- Can you help? - ChickTech Event at Salish Kootenai College Encourages Girls to Enter Technology Fields
Anyone interested in helping us plan this event, whether marketing, getting/training volunteers, etc? We could definitely use more help! Thanks.
- School District Ordered To Reimburse Family of Autistic Student For Private Placement
In a unanimous ruling last year, the high court stated that federal law requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet a higher standard than simply the bare minimum. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the March 2017 opinion that federal law requires an educational program be "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- A historic and walkable city: Places to see and things to do in Butte, Montana
The historic and walkable city holds a rich, vibrant culture filled with a wide range of things to do.
Energy and Climate Change
- Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog
In this week's episode, a human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop the robot from opening the door, including tugging on the machine, which struggles in an ... unsettling manner.
- These Are The Transformative Technologies That MIT Says Will Shape Our Future
Dueling neural networks. Smart cities. Welcome to the world of tomorrow, according to MIT Technology Review.
Come Home Montana
- Laser system wirelessly charges phones from across the room Electronics
To keep people from walking through the invisible beam, four low-power "guard beams" were also emitted surrounding the charging laser.
- Self-curing resin may make wind turbines more eco-friendly
Currently, the resin that's used in the production of fiberglass turbine blades has to be heated in order to cure, and that requires energy that doesn't necessarily come from green sources.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Childcare Consultant - Submittable
Submittable is seeking a consultant to help us develop a high-quality on-site (or nearby) childcare program for current and future Submittable families, ideally with a Fall 2018 start date for the program.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Analytics Manager - COMMIT Foundation
The organization seeks a Data Analytics Manager as a full-time key member of the staff and leadership team.
- UM To Host 29th Annual Big Sky Career Fair - 2/28 - Missoula
The career fair is focused on recruiting students from all academic disciplines for professional full-time positions, summer internships, part-time employment and summer jobs.
- Entrepreneur program for veterans launching in Bozeman 2/22
This week, the organization is having its inaugural meetup for its newest chapter, here in Bozeman.
- Montana Made: Sweetgrass Rods, a work of art for anglers
"Nope, no, this is a lifestyle and that's the way I like to certainly think of it," he said. "A unique lifestyle, that I love doing and I imagine like to imagine myself dying at the bench or at the stream with one of these in my hand."
- Film festival bringing in big business for local retailers
The festival brings in a lot of foot traffic and not only is it benefiting the festival but its reaching the establishments of downtown missoula specifically hotels and restaurants.
- Montana Cooperative Summit 2018 - 3/07-8 - Fairmont Hot Springs
This year's event brings together co-op leaders from various business sectors to discuss the impact of cooperatives in transforming the economies of rural communities.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- The Rise of Product Leadership
"Your title makes you a manager, your people determine whether or not you're a leader." -- Brad Smith, Intuit
- Daniel Goleman - 3 Unmistakable Signs That You Have Real Emotional Intelligence
Many of us have heard about it, we've read books on it, but for the lay person just getting started on their immersion into emotional intelligence, what is it exactly and how do you know when you're being emotionally intelligent?
- SpaceX's Internet satellites are part of a wave of new tech that could give you more choice in broadband providers
The test satellites are another step forward for chief executive Elon Musk, who dreams of building a worldwide network of thousands of orbiting devices that can beam Internet signals down to Earth from low orbit.
- States where Americans pay the least in taxes - Montana #13
According to the report, tax burdens in the 2012 tax season were as low as 6.5% in Alaska and as high as 12.7% in New York.
- Missoula Mayor John Engen convenes Property Tax Working Group to study taxation, find solutions
The group, which is set to hold its inaugural meeting this week, has several stated goals ranging from potential strategies for relief to a thorough examination of how the Montana Department of Revenue conducts appraisals and assessments, which have left some property owners scratching their heads.
- Montana Senator Steve Daines arrives early, leaves by back door to avoid groups in Missoula, Philipsburg and Hamilton waiting for 'open forum'
"I was under the impression we were going to get to meet with him today, per the press release he sent out inviting conversation with his constituents," said Missoula City Council member Julie Merritt. "That's obviously being declined. I just saw him get in the car and drive away as he sneaked out the back door."
Oregon Economic Development
- When it comes to science, legislators, trust your Idaho educators and experts - The Idaho Stateman Editorial Board
We urge lawmakers to trust their process.
- Boise State + Oculus & Google Expeditions in ID! - Idaho Virtual Reality Council
The VR Kit we recently launched is getting lots of use out in the community.
- Idaho Commerce Opens 2018 Application for the Idaho Regional Travel & Convention Grant Program
The Idaho Travel Council (ITC) oversees the grant program which distributes funds to non-profit, incorporated organizations which have a viable travel or convention program in place.
- Idaho's Gem State Angel Fund Invests in Retrolux
"The Boise Angel Alliance and the Gem State Angel Fund have been instrumental in providing us with the capital and people resources required to reach our goals and better serve our customers.
- Senate panel's vote gives Idaho schools new science standards, climate change and all
After three years of resistance at the GOP-dominated Idaho Statehouse, including more pushback from House Republicans this session, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve revised school science standards as-is - with no parts relating to climate change deleted.
- Oregon's education models must reflect industry and student needs
Career-focused workforce development is key to ensuring economic prosperity for all Oregonians.
Regional Economic Development
- Albertsons, which already owns Safeway, buys Rite Aid
Grocer Albertsons will buy drugstore chain Rite Aid in a deal that would accelerate the remaking of the U.S. retail and health-care industries.
- Tax update: Many economic development grants are now taxable income
The exact circumstances under which previous awards were exempt and new awards are not are complicated: Bloomberg provides a detailed analysis of the law and its implications, pending further guidance from the IRS.
- Assessing your innovation district: A how-to guide
The guide is designed to reveal how to best target resources toward innovative and inclusive economic development tailored to an area's unique strengths and challenges.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Dakota Resources receives investment from Wells Fargo for organization's Capital Investment Fund
The fund was designed to build capacity for rural economic development corporations and revolving loan funds that finance local development projects in South Dakota and throughout the United States.
Utah Economic Development
- High-strength concrete developed at MSU could save state money, time
"One little square inch of this concrete will carry about 20,000 pounds," said Michael Berry, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. That's about five times stronger than regular concrete, he said.
- Utah Senate committee gives proposed $5M film incentive boost a rave review
Utah's film industry is currently riding a boom time, with permits issued to film crews almost doubling from 2016 to 2017 and the state's entire incentive budget getting tapped out just a couple of months into the 2018 fiscal year.
- How Demographics, Automation, And Inequality Will Shape The Next Decade
A new report says that by 2030, 25% of jobs will be automated-and without government intervention, income inequality will get even worse.
- Lawmakers eye new programs to boost tech workforce
According to a study from the Manufacturing Institute, the technical skills gap could leave up to two million jobs unfilled by 2025.
- Life Skills program prepares young adults for workforce
"I think the program is invaluable for the school, for the community and for the kiddos," said Shana Chapman. "It's a win-win for everybody."
Montana Education Excellence
- Rocky Mountain Power to build new wind farms in four Wyoming counties; plans to add 200 full-time jobs
Wyoming's largest utility has selected four wind projects to help meet its expansion goals, growing its wind development in the Cowboy State by 60 percent, enough to power about 450,000 homes.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana Releases Spring Enrollment Numbers
UM officials said the enrollment numbers were anticipated. Thomas Crady, UM vice president for enrollment and student affairs, expects the final enrollment number to grow somewhat as students finish paying bills for the semester.
- Broadband for Montana Schools Awards 2 Grants, Additional Funding Available - Schools can learn how to access funding during a Feb. 23 webinar
"It couldn't have worked out any better for us," said West Valley Technology Director Mark Wilson.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Beautiful downtown Missoula co-working space available.
We have one spot that just opened up in our co-working space. It is dreamy, downtown and some really wonderful people.
- How Patagonia Grows Every Time It Amplifies Its Social Mission
CEO Rose Marcario, who leads the apparel player, a 2018 World's Most Innovative Company, has catalyzed the shifting political tides to Patagonia's benefit.
- Artificial Intelligence Might Soon Invade Your HR Department, Thanks to These 3 Ex-Googlers
Spoke wants to cut down on the amount of time your employees spend looking for answers to common questions.
- Are collaborative partnerships the future? Great Falls owners find success in shared spaces
Two businesses sharing space is not a new idea.
- Companies Are Reducing Employee Stress by Doing This 1 Simple Thing
Do you have $500 you could access for an emergency?
- Stem cells help patch up brain damage in stroke victims
"When packaged with therapeutics, these treatments can actually change cell progression and improve functional recovery."
- Proposed injectable drug homes in on bone fractures and speeds up healing
The big novelty with Novosteo's proposed drug is that it can be administered via an injection.
- VW's autonomous Vizzion concept trades the steering wheel for a digital chauffeur
The "digital chauffeur" would offer full autonomy while on the move and also play the role of a virtual host, interacting with those onboard through voice and gesture controls and learning their personal preferences over time.
- This Self-Driving Car Just Went for a Spin Around the Snowy Streets of Moscow
The Yandex.Taxi driverless car team is on one step closer to reaching their goal of a level 5 self-driving car with this latest successful testing.
- How Sidewalks Literally Sideline the Pedestrian
How cities can create new avenues for pedestrians
- 6 Trends Driving Vehicle Electrification in 2018
The rush is on to build electrical grid infrastructure, adjust business models, and roll out enough charging stations to meet growing EV demand.
- Time to bring Helena's transportation options into the 21st century
It is alarming to see the CTAC attempting to act in the public's best interest, only to be met with "silence" from the Helena Lead Agency, comprised, in part, of the mayor, city commissioners, city manager, and Capital Transit.
- Uber's flying taxis could take off in 5 years
Uber is looking to spread from the roads to the skies.
- Seattle Considering a Sweeping Parking Reform Package
Off-street parking reform could come to Seattle soon. The city council is considering package possible changes recommended by the Mayor ranging from increasing bicycle parking requirements and unbundling vehicle parking from leases to modifying the definition of "frequent transit service" and allowing more shared parking.
- Uber's CEO Wants to Take Over for Buses
"I want to run the bus systems for a city,"
- Washington, D.C., Dips Its Toe into Self-Driving Cars
Washington, D.C., is preparing for a future with self-driving cars by inviting companies to test their autonomous vehicle technology in the District.
- Autonomous Cars Are About To End Carcatecture - Is Your Community Planning for this Incredible Opportunity?
"Self-driving cars are as much of a paradigm shift as the invention of the telephone, and we all need to get prepared for the ride of our lives.” Roy Amara, the late president of the Institute for the Future
- Who Doesn't Love The Missouri Breaks National Monument? - 2/26 - Missoula
- Made In Montana Tradeshow For Food & Gifts - 3/23-24 - Helena
- Global Human Rights Attorney Kimberley Motley To Speak In Montana - 3/16- Bozeman, Montana
- Kalispell Mini Maker Faire And Manufacturing And Technology Expo - 2/23-24
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