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"When I left Ohio and headed West I wanted to find a great English department with inspired teachers in a town that both freaked me out and embraced me, and I found all that in Missoula." Michael Earl Craig, Montana poet laureate, UM alumnus
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Montana Department of Commerce
Montana West Economic Development
- Montana Made: "Made In Montana" program
In this week's Montana Made feature, reporter Mikenzie Frost introduces us to the program designed to help Montana producers, creators, and growers launch their products.
- Networking, Fun, and Friendly Competition Await at the 2018 Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation
The 2018 Winter Olympics might've ended in February, but the games continue at the opening reception of the 2018 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation! (After all, Big Sky is one of Montana's premier destinations for winter sports.)
- Broadband for Montana Schools Myth Buster #4
Doesn't the FCC need to approve our funding before I can apply to the state?
- Montana Landscapes Provide a Sense of Place for High-Profile Film Releases in 2018
"We were drawn to Montana, and I would say we fell in love with Montana first for its landscape," said Narrative Director Jean-Sebastien Decant.
- Montana West Economic Development 2018 April Member Meeting - 4/4 - Bigfork, Montana
MWED is pleased to feature Bigfork during its 2018 Member Meeting in April to bring to light the town's dedication to build up existing businesses, bring in new business, and expand its economic base beyond the "Village" borders.
- Next Step in Glacier Rail Park Development to Start in Kalispell, Montana
The agreements are one more step toward the Kalispell Core and Rail Redevelopment vision that was initiated by the City of Kalispell in partnership with FCEDA to develop a rail-served industrial park for Flathead County and move the City of Kalispell closer to the goal of removing the train tracks from the center of downtown Kalispell.
- Montana's Fly Fishing Industry - With Special Guest, Actor Tom Skerritt From "A River Runs Through It" - 4/19 - Seattle
We are excited to be joined by Tom Skerritt who will discuss his experiences on making the movie and its lasting impact, and how fly fishing continues to be a driving force on Montana tourism.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Glacier Park superintendent wants Sperry Chalet rebuilt starting this summer - What do you think of the 4 options?
As a starting point, Glacier National Park announced four concepts under consideration for Sperry's future. Comments on those concepts and other, alternative suggestions will be accepted during a "scoping" process that continues through the first week of April.
- How Ovando, Montana is capitalizing on bicycle tourism - "It's totally cool to come here."
Ovando sits at mile 550 of the 2,735-mile Tour Divide Race and has become a staple stop for riders. "You always hear about the accommodations. It's certainly known," Cunningham said as she finished filling her basket. "It's totally cool to come here."
Energy and Climate Change
- Emerging Technologies That Will Transform Experiences
Here are six technologies we think will make a lasting impact.
Come Home Montana
- Google and Microsoft Are Shaping Energy Markets
Since 2015, large corporations have signed deals for more than 7 gigawatts of renewable energy.
- DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for 'Exceeding Goals'
The plan has been widely criticized by clean energy advocates for failing to adequately consider climate change and the shifting tides of the energy industry.
- Missoula College To Host Industrial Technology Career Fair March 21
Any business or organization seeking to employ students trained in the Missoula College programs of diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, precision machine technology, sustainable construction technology and welding are encouraged to attend.
- Western Montana Career Fair, 04/17, Missoula
Are you in the process of hiring or will hire in the near future? Is Missoula's labor shortage making it difficult to find and hire the right workers.
- City of Bozeman seeks to hire communications coordinator
"Making sure that the citizens know in advance when they can participate in projects and hearing about things before they happen, not only just after they happen,"
- New Organic-focused Missoula Lucky's Market grocery store aims to hire 100 people
Lucky's Market is hosting a hiring fair https://www.luckysmarket.com/careers/ from now until mid-April.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Mobile Software Developer, Senior Software Engineer - GIS, Software Engineer, Data Acquisition Analyst and more... - onXmaps
Through technology and passion we create successful outdoor experiences for anyone looking to find their way in the wild.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Trump Tariffs Mean Uncertainty For Bonner, Montana Manufacturers
17 businesses are thriving on the 170-acre site, and several could be directly affected by the Trump administration's new tariffs on aluminum and steel.
- Missoula mapping company to expand Bozeman office with $20 million fund
"We've reached a certain scale to where not only would additional capital help us vault to a much larger level, but we also recognized we wanted a little added expertise from investors who have seen companies like ours grow and flourish successfully," said onX COO/CFO Josh Spitzer, who noted the company had been bootstrapped until this point.
- Let's go on an adventure: Bozeman entrepreneur starts outdoor-inspired legging company - Kulik Clothing
Johns sells her leggings primarily online, as well as at Crazy Mountain Outdoor Company in Bozeman. She is currently working on a new collection, planning to add five to seven more designs that she hopes to release by mid May.
- Scottish software firm Administrate growing in Bozeman, Montana - adding employees
Administrate is set to add roughly six employees to its Bozeman office over the next year -- another chapter in the ongoing story of high-tech growth in the Gallatin Valley.
- The Burton K. Wheeler Center Presents "The Future Of Coal" with Bill Richardson Speaking - 4/6 - Billings, MT
On April 6, 2018, this event will bring together the leading experts and best available information to examine and consider the future of coal, and energy development more broadly, in the state of Montana.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- The One Thing That Will Definitely Disqualify You In A Job Interview
It has nothing to do with your lack of experience.
- You Are Invited To Join NTIA's BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar: 3/21
Learn about the successes, challenges, and risks as well as specific details on implementation and management steps. Our speakers will high- light their experiences with public- private partnerships in deploying broadband networks, implementing smart cities, powering the Internet of Things, and creating digital inclusion projects.
Business Plan Forums
- How Older Female Entrepreneurs Boost Rural Communities
Governments must stop seeing the old purely as a liability. In particular, older women in rural areas can have a big impact on social and economic prosperity.
City Club Missoula
- $10 million XPrize contest looks to usher in the era of real-life robotic avatars
the ANA Avatar XPrize is offering US$10 million in prize money to usher in an era where telepresence robots can be used to transplant human skills to any place in the world, at any time.
- City Club Missoula Presents: State Of The Community: A Confluence Of Opportunity - 4/9
Missoula City Mayor John Engen, Missoula County Commission Chair David Strohmaier and University of Montana President Seth Bodnar examine how the city, county and university contribute culturally and economically within Missoula's diverse ecosystem.
Incubators and R&D
- Montana Senator Jon Tester to Telecomms Execs: Can You Hear Me Now? "When I Go Home, There Are No Bars on My Phone"
"We aren't even close to talking about 4G, or 3G, or any-G where I live,"
- Montana Senator Jon Tester Introduces Legislation to Push Back Against Nationwide Internet Sales Tax
"Small businesses from every corner of Montana all agree that this federal sales tax legislation would stifle economic growth, add burdensome regulations, and provide no benefit to businesses or the State of Montana's bottom line," Tester wrote in a recent letter to Mnuchin. "I am strongly opposed to this sales tax bill and I respectfully urge the Administration to reconsider its position on this bill that would add unfunded costly regulations to small businesses in Montana and would effectively create a national online sales tax."
- This California Bill Would Bring Back Net Neutrality With A Vengeance
The most detailed state internet-access bill in the country could be replicated by other states, defying the FCC.
- Anti-cancer drug improves autism-like behaviors in mouse experiments
At this stage the effect has only been demonstrated in animal models, but this promising research could pave the way for a therapeutic drug that helps restore social and communication skills in people with ASD.
- Bleached-white nanowood material promises exceptional insulating properties
"Nanowood" as the team calls it, is produced by taking certain cuts of regular wood -American basswood in initial trials - and chemically removing all the lignin from it.
Regional Economic Development
- Walmart is bringing online grocery delivery to 100 cities
Walmart, America's largest grocery, will deliver supermarket items to 40% of the nation's homes by the end of the year.
- National League of Cities Report Says Bridge the Urban-Rural Economic Divide to Create Local/State Economic Growth
The report's findings echo the call-to-action of NLC's national Rebuild With Us campaign calling for federal-local partnerships to invest in interconnected infrastructure networks -- such as broadband -- to support a modern economy.
Montana Education Excellence
- Karlie Kloss and Teach for America team up to help 1,000 girls learn to code
The program is expanding its reach by launching 50 coding summer camps in 25 cities across America.
Funding and Building your Business
- Updated: Finalists for MSU business college dean position to hold candidate forums March 26, March 27 and March 29
As part of their campus interview, each finalist will hold a public forum.
- A former Google engineer explains how creative freedom can turn people into entitled jerks
The official mantra was, "hire the smartest people and they'll figure out the right thing to do."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Philanthropy - Behind a Push for New Solutions to the Complex Challenges Facing Rural America
"Local" is the operative word, since most of those funders are based in or near the areas they serve.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- You Can Get the Most Out of Google Maps with These 33 Hacks, Tricks and Easter Eggs
Google Maps has been around for about a decade now and it has undergone significant amount of changes since then. Today it is packed with cool features that you might not know exist.
- The World's First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years
The world's first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. It is now proving to be the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney.
- Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs
The idea is to transform people's attitudes surrounding confronting ingredients that can be potentially healthier and more sustainable than what we currently eat.
- Wireless patch poised to streamline emergency rooms
All those machines could be replaced by one small electronic patch that adheres to their chest.
- US accuses Russia of ongoing operation to hack energy grid
U.S. national security officials said the FBI, the Homeland The officials said the Russians deliberately chose U.S. energy industry targets, obtaining access to computer systems and then conducting "network reconnaissance" of industrial control systems that run American factories and the electricity grid.
- Larry Page-Backed Company Tests Its New Flying Taxi in New Zealand
The company is working with New Zealand government to commercialize its air taxis.
- Study: Wider Highways Won't Reduce Congestion
"This congestion impacts not only speed, but also the number of vehicles that the facility can accommodate, with consequential impacts upon quality of life, economic vitality, and vehicle emissions in the region."
- Waymo Takes the Final Step Before Launching Its Self-Driving Car Service
Waymo already has a permit to run a transportation network company (that's TNC, what you call a taxi or Uber) in Arizona, and is in the process of adding several thousand robo-minivans to its current, 600-strong, fleet.
- Why the liquor industry wants to get self-driving cars on the road
In recent weeks, two industry groups -- one representing wine and liquor wholesalers, and another representing large producers -- have thrown their weight behind coalitions lobbying to get autonomous vehicles on the road faster.
- Even More Evidence That Electric Cars Could Save the Planet
Combined, Ford and GM plan to offer 34 full electric models in the next five years.
- LinkedLocal Billings, 4/19, Billings, Mt
- MT Code School Demo Day: Missoula, 03/22, Missoula
- MT Code School Demo Day: Bozeman, 03/29, Bozeman
- Bunker Brews With Alysia Andrikopoulos Of Google Maps - 3/20 - Bozeman
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