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"Why tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death?" Ludicrous
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
Montana Department of Commerce
- Planned Praxis Center in Butte, Montana gets $200,000 in county funds
The project is expected to create 70 new jobs, bring 3,000 to 4,000 doctors, nurses, EMTs and others here each year to receive training, and deliver a big economic boost to Butte and its Uptown.
Montana World Affairs Council
- Bike Walk Summit: Connecting The Dots Across Montana - 3/21-23 - Bozeman
Join Bike Walk Montana and fellow advocates and professionals from across Montana at the Bike Walk Summit, "Connecting the Dots", scheduled for March 21-23 in Bozeman at The Baxter, 105 W Main St, Bozeman, MT for an exciting opportunity for communities large and small to come together and learn in annual forum.
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- Max Baucus addresses Missoula high school students at Montana World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest
"I want to encourage them very positively, to enter public service with enthusiasm, that there's all kinds of ways to solve problems, there's all kinds of ways to skin a cat, there's always a solution to every problem, so move forward, be involved, ask questions," Baucus said.
- 'A Live Well Lived': REI's Marc Berejka to Address the Power of the Great Outdoors at Montana Governor's Conference April 15-17 in Big Sky.
Mr. Berejka, REI's Director of Community and Government Affairs, will deliver a Monday afternoon keynote focused on the many personal and economic benefits of living a life outdoors. In Montana, outdoor recreation is a $7.1 billion industry.
- Summit 'starts conversation' about value of outdoors to Butte business
"Look, we know that we have fabulous hunting, fabulous fishing, great skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. So why are we not leveraging that? It's the best possible tool we have to lure business - and employees." Butte Local Development Corp. executive director Joe Willauer
Flathead Valley Community College
- Have You Ever Been This Excited About Boxes?!
Do you wake up in a cold sweat at night thinking: how am I possibly going to get affordable print marketing that is also customized, personalized and printed by award-winning print pros right here in the USA?
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- FVCC Lecture Examines Implications of Cyborg Technology - 3/13- Kalispell
The Honors Symposium continues a tradition of bringing thoughtful public discussion regarding current hot-topic issues to the Flathead Valley and is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Friends, and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Dorsey - How IP Litigation Will Be Impacted By New Technologies: AI, Smart Devices, And Cryptocurrencies - 3/14 - Online
Join Dorsey & Whitney for an overview of how the courts are considering these disruptive technologies as they mature into the consumer marketplace now and in the future.
- Time To Register For The 2018 Fire Within - 3/29 - Great Falls, Montana
Join us for a celebration of women in business at the 8th Annual Fire Within!
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Reasons No One In Their Right Mind Visits Montana In The Winter
#2. There is absolutely nothing to do in Montana in the winter.
- Video: Weekend Guide to Choteau, Montana first of travel series
They visited the Teton County town in the dead of winter but found "no shortage of hospitality," combining scenic drone shots, clips of local businesses and interviews of conversations with Choteau Mayor Jack Conatser, Luke and Deanna Styren, the Evensens and others.
- It's what Muir said: Montana Adventure Shuttle offers visitors a slice of Montana go-and-do
"There's just so much to do here," Cornwell said.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- When will the planet be too hot for humans? Much Much Sooner Than You Imagine!
It is not easy to know how much to be reassured by that bleak certainty, and how much to wonder whether it is another form of delusion; for global warming to work as parable, of course, someone needs to survive to tell the story.
- Montana Water Summit dives deep on environmental and legal issues
“We need to rid ourselves of the notion of water wars,” said John Tubbs, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, which organized the event. “We are in this together.”
- The U.S. just hit a major milestone for energy storage -- which is also great news for solar
The United States has now added the capacity to store a billion watts of power for one hour and may double that total in 2018 alone, says a heady new forecast that highlights the rapid growth of the battery business.
- Trump official said scientists went 'outside their wheelhouse' by writing climate change 'dramatically' shrunk Montana glaciers
The news release began: "The warming climate has dramatically reduced the size of 39 glaciers in Montana since 1966, some by as much as 85 percent."
- Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Claimed Wind Power Leads to Global Warming. His Numbers Are Wrong
Zinke also criticized large solar installation for taking away from public lands used for recreation and hunting.
- New Blackstone LaunchPad Partnership With Techstars to Benefit Montana Entrepreneurs
UM President Seth Bodnar said UM's ability to leverage Techstars' proven frameworks will create a competitive advantage for Montana's entrepreneurs on a global level.
- Upcoming Events for the Blackstone Launchpad at the University of Montana
29th John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge: Submissions Due Soon!
- Montana-based Simms completes Seattle warehouse relocation, emphasizes local commitment
"We don't want anyone out there to think our intent is to leave."
Business Plan Forums
- UM Creative Writing To Host 'Writing @ Work' Conference - 3/16 - Missoula, MT
Even if you don't become a bestseller, you can still find success with your book.
- Meet the Coolest College Startups of 2018
Student Startup Madness, a competition for student-led tech startups, has chosen eight (very cool) finalists to compete at SXSW for a $2,500 prize and access to venture funding.
Incubators and R&D
- Washington state's net neutrality law is the beginning of a big headache for Internet providers
Washington has become the first state in the nation to enact its own net neutrality rules that impose strict requirements on Internet providers, making it illegal for broadband companies to block or slow down websites.
- Crops successfully engineered to need 25 percent less water
It's hoped the breakthrough research will lead to a new generation of water-efficient agriculture that helps communities grow more food in areas struggling with drought and climate change.
Regional Economic Development
- I want to return to my home state. But West Virginia doesn't want me.
Until the economy can finally look beyond coal, there's no place in West Virginia for college graduates.
Montana Education Excellence
- Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses
Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town.
- Bozeman schools see skills gap for poor kids and boys
This is the first year the school district has had good data on technology skills, said Karin Neff, the district's data science and accountability specialist.
- Finalists for MSU business college dean position to hold candidate forums March 26, March 27 and April 2
Individuals attending the open forums may submit feedback about the finalists through an online survey.
- Better marketing, more career training should be goals for Montana State University Billings, task force says
The task force was made up of 38 education and community leaders.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Design Excellence Project Workshop - 3/20 - Missoula
Comments on the draft regulations http://www.missouladesignexcellence.org can be submitted via web comments, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to City of Missoula, Development Services, 435 Ryman St, Missoula, MT, 59802.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana's Next Frontier Capital Announces Successful Final Close of Fund II with $38m in LP Commitments
With the final close complete, we turn our attention to a healthy pipeline of Fund II prospective investments, while maintaining focus on building value across our ten Fund I companies and our two Fund II investments to date, Ataata and onXMaps.
- Four Questions These VCs Ask Before Every Tough Conversation
When you're an investor, having difficult chats is just part of the job.
- The benefits to being outside the Bay Area are growing
The benefits of building a startup in second- or third-tier markets aren't always widely touted, these regions offer some powerful advantages over the Bay Area. And interest in exploring lesser-known markets is only growing.
- Electric Company Looks to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Area
"In today's society, that's not acceptable."
- For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned.
I was trying to slow-jam the news -- I still wanted to be informed, but was looking to formats that prized depth and accuracy over speed.
- Uber trucks start shuttling goods across Arizona -- by themselves
Uber has been sending self-driving trucks on delivery runs across Arizona since November, the first step in what could be a freight transportation revolution that leaves long-haul truckers in the cold.
- Germany Will Convert 12,000 Electricity Distribution Boxes to Car Charging Stations
London has already started a program to install EV charging stations inside street lamp posts in efforts to address the problem.
- Utah Looks Ahead with Expanded AV Legislation
A bill in the Utah House would allow for fully autonomous vehicles to operate on highways -- without human drivers.
- Uber starts robot taxi service in SF for its own self-driving team
The purpose is twofold: to give engineers a visceral sense of the technology they're developing and gain real-life feedback on operating a robot-taxi service -- which is Uber's eventual goal.
- Oakland automated garage seeks to cut parking's environmental impact
A garage billed as Northern California's first fully automated parking structure has opened in Oakland. People drive up, drop off the car and walk away. A machine lifts the car to one of the 39 spaces in the seven-level structure.
- The World's First Commercial Flying Car Will Hit the Market by 2019
The PAL-V Liberty has also been certified to fly under European EASA and US FAA rules.
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