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Haunting - Exclusive aerial view of Glacier National Park and Sperry Chalet
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock celebrates small business success in Great Falls
"Montana is built on the innovative ideas of our small business owners, and it's an honor to celebrate them. These businesses, with support of the Small Business Development Centers, strive to make their communities and Montana a great example for future entrepreneurs." Gov. Steve Bullock
- Governor Bullock Protects Montana's Fiscal Strength
"I am pleased that Montana continues to maintain our fiscal strength. It's good for our economy, for doing business in Montana, and for all Montanans," said Governor Bullock. "Next legislative session, I look forward to using that strength to continue investments in critical health, education, and public safety."
Montana Economic Developers Association
- 20th Annual Made in Montana Tradeshow to Feature 154 Small Businesses - Public showcase day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24
"Visitors to Montana seek out authentic Made in Montana products," Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. "And Montanans take great pride in showcasing their innovative products to buyers and members of the public who get a sneak-peek at new Montana-made goods."
- The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Assessment Team Brings Choteau Together to Discuss Growth
Economic growth, employment, affordable housing, and a younger generation were at the forefront of a town hall in Choteau on Monday evening, the first in a series of meetings about population decline and community improvements.
- NorthWestern Buys Wind Project in Central Montana; Deal Will Save Customers Money
In addition to lowering customers' costs, NorthWestern also anticipates that the purchase of Two Dot Wind will help it comply with the Community Renewable Energy Project component of Montana's Renewable Portfolio Standard.
- PFL - Premium Paper Products for Perfect Prints
Paper is the backbone of your print project - literally. So give it some love and make your next print project perfect with premium paper.
Flathead Valley Community College
- MSU professor honing genetic scalpel with backing of biotech company
Professor Blake Wiedenheft has received funding to fine-tune a method to help treat genetic disorders.
- Whitefish Family Donates $2 Million to FVCC College Center Project
The Stinson's gift is the third in a series of large gifts recently made to the ONE Campaign from families and individuals who are connected to FVCC and the community.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Exclusive aerial view of Glacier National Park and Sperry Chalet
Haunting and beautiful.
Energy and Climate Change
- The FCC Should Use Blockchain to Manage Wireless Spectrum
The jury is still out on most applications, but at the risk of adding to the ballyhoo, it's time to add another possibility to the ever-growing list of blockchain uses: access to spectrum.
Come Home Montana
- System could detect - and prevent - eagle strikes on wind turbines
Scientists are developing technology that could both deter eagles away from turbines, and detect when they hit the blades.
- Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold
Recyclable items like glass, metals and minerals are extracted, and the remaining garbage -- "banana peels, the chicken bones and the hamburger, the dirty plastics, the dirty cartons, the dirty papers" -- is dried and milled into a powder.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Financial Analyst - Figure Technologies
We’re a tech company looking for exceptional people with passion for accelerating innovation, ensuring customer success and leading with integrity and ethics.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer, Embedded Software Engineer, 2018 Manufacturing Tech Internship, Electrical Engineer - Blackmore
Blackmore is always seeking talented, driven candidates to boost our team in beautiful Bozeman, Montana
- ClassPass to expand hiring (120 more career opportunities planned) as businesses remain bullish on Missoula's economy
"They've been operating in Missoula for nine weeks right now and have received over 2,500 resumes," said Jenni Graff, director of economic development for the Missoula Economic Partnership. "As a result of that, ClassPass has decided to expand. Within the next two years, they're going to hire 120 employees in Missoula."
- State of Montana Boards, Councils and Commissions and Current Openings - It's your government so get involved today
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- New partnership to provide additional opportunities for MSU student entrepreneurs
Beginning this year, students and other entrepreneurs working with the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU will have access to Techstars' network of more than 10,000 mentors, global entrepreneurial events and content and startup services.
- Leadership Montana program learns about eastern Montana's challenges
"Education is the only thing we can do for the legislators who are running in Montana,"
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman, Montana Based Blackmore Sensors and Analytics Raises $18 Million Series B Financing Round to Scale Automotive Lidar Solution
"Blackmore's groundbreaking FMCW lidar technology is designed to eliminate interference, improve long-range performance, and support both range and velocity -- a triple threat to make autonomous driving safer." Jim Adler, managing director of Toyota AI Ventures
- Montana Made: After Image Metal Art began with a love of art by Great Falls veteran
"When I got out of the Navy after 16 years, I started getting my drawing back a lot more," Garneau said. "Then this happened and it's been a dream since I started."
- Bitcoin Under the Big Sky
The Treasure State has a rich history of extracting traditional resources such as gold, silver, copper, zinc, and coal. As these industries decline, however, Montana may be uniquely situated on the frontier of a lucrative new form of mining: bitcoin.
- Iconic Bozeman footwear company Oboz acquired by New Zealand retailer in a deal worth as much as $75 million
Bozeman shoe company Oboz Footwear has been acquired by New Zealand-based outdoor retailer Kathmandu in a deal worth as much as $75 million, the companies announced this week.
- Charles "Skip" King, owner of King's ACE Hardware, Billings, has been named Montana SBA Small Business Person of the year for 2018.
"I congratulate Skip King, and all the other awardees, for being named Montana's Small Business Week winners, said Wayne Gardella, SBA's Montana District Director. "Montana has a long and rich history of entrepreneurship and innovation and we are proud to honor these small businesses with these awards."
- Drive-through grocery store to open on west side of Bozeman
Don't get out of your vehicle.
- March into Spring with LCCDC's e-newsletter
If you have any questions about Lake County Community Development Corporation, please call 406-676-5901, email email@example.com or visit us at http://www.lakecountycdc.org.
- Missoula Economic Partnership sees opportunity for tech play as mission evolves
Missoula competes nationally for economic development, and it needs to develop a national outlook.
- Strengthening Economies in Montana Forum for Coal-Reliant Communities! 4/18-19 - Billings
Please feel free to share the event page to any of your key partners, stakeholders, or any others that may find this forum beneficial or interested!
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Before You Quit Something
We're led to believe that the best approach to life is to "never give up." And while perseverance and "grit" are essential success, so is knowing when to walk away.
- Hiring advice: Grab recruiters' attention with your resume
When you're writing your resume there are a number of different audiences to consider.
- The Unlikely Skill That Can Make Anyone a Better Leader
Methods used by Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade can increase creativity and deepen bonds with employees.
- Myth Buster #5 - My community will never get fiber, applying to Broadband for Montana Schools and having upgraded services are not cost effective for our school.
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program will enable schools to upgrade their broadband, boosting access to high-speed Internet and providing students with more digital learning tools.
- Fiber optic cable coming to Choteau, Montana Thanks to 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative
With the change, subscribers will be able to get the latest advances in fiber-optic technologies including high-speed internet service and television programming along with the existing phone service.
- Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows
"This seems to be the beginning of a return to population dispersal after a decade or so of clustering into cities and the biggest metropolitan areas,"
- Tester Donates 25 Senate Computers to Rural Montana Schools
Senator Puts Technology in Indian Country Classrooms
- If Trump Axes Public Media Funding, Rural Areas Could Lose Government News
In many of those rural areas, public stations are often the only news organizations that are regularly covering state and local government.
- Montana Senator Jon Tester to Washington: Cut the Crap... Literally. Senator Cosponsors Bill to Stop Federal Government from Regulating Cow Pies
"It's not just the smell coming out of Washington, this regulation is total crap," said Tester. "Farmers and ranchers have plenty of real work to do, counting cow turds is not in the job description. This bill will bring some Montana commonsense to a place that's totally out of touch with life in rural America."
- Governor to fill two openings on Montana Board of Regents - Will be accepting applications.
By law the governor can appoint no more than four members from the same political party, and no more than four from either of two districts, which are roughly the eastern and western halves of the state. The student regent isn't counted in those calculations.
- Noncompete bill on its way to Idaho governor
Supporters of the original law, including the founders of some Idaho startups, said the former law helped them keep their businesses in Idaho.
- Idaho has Top 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities from north to south
"We're not totally shocked but pleasantly surprised (to be on the Top 10 list)," said Courtney Lewis, Mountain Home's economic development director. "Mountain Home is on the radar. A lot of people don't want to be in metropolitan areas."
- Portland, Oregon Is the Next Big Startup Scene. These Are the Names and Places to Know
Portland, Oregon has become one of America's hottest destinations for entrepreneurs--thanks in part to its vibrant startup scene.
- Oregon State spinoff raises $8 million for robots that walk and run like people
A robotics company that grew out of research at Oregon State University said Thursday it has raised $8 million to advance its work.
Regional Economic Development
- If Media Giants Grow, So May Your Bills
Watch for mergers that may change your life.
- Cities Don't Need More Jobs. They Need More Workers.
A funny thing happened after Amazon invited cities to compete for its second North American headquarters. Somehow other corporations got the idea that they would be the winners.
- Montana Tech's nursing program is the best in the state, independent rank says
Helena College and Montana State University came in second and third, and Missoula College and Carroll College came in fourth and fifth.
Montana Education Excellence
- "Understanding Blockchain Beyond The Buzzwords" - 4/4 - Laramie, Wyoming
The two will discuss what blockchain is; what the legislation that Wyoming passed means; and what opportunities this opens up for entrepreneurs.
- Wyoming ranked fifth best state for higher education
It's the latest list praising Wyoming's institutions of higher learning for their low costs.
- ENDOW says education key to economic development
"I'm not talking about a four-year degree," he said, "I'm talking about tech certificates. There are three million unfilled jobs in the U.S. in the tech field because this is lacking everywhere."
Funding and Building your Business
- Interview - University of Montana President Seth Bodnar Hired To Increase Attendance In Missoula
During our hour-long interview we discuss the difference between Montana State University in Bozeman and the University of Montana and how they plan to turn around their sagging attendance in Missoula.
- $1M Gift to Jumpstart Health and Medicine Initiative at University of Montana
Key initiatives include the creation new health care professional training programs and funding to attract and support students in the health professions.
Connectivity & Communications
- 1 Thing Every Entrepreneur Needs More Than a Mentor
While I'm not big on the term "mentor," I do think entrepreneurs need people to reach out to.
- Is Your Startup Pitch Venture Ready?
different weighting on different parts of your company. The goal of the post is to help you be self-aware and ask your yourself if now is the right time to pitch your idea to investors for funding. This is a different process then pitching your idea for validation.
- Podcast - How to Pitch Your Startup to a Venture Capitalist
The following are five takeaways from the conversation.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation
Google announced Tuesday that it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to help combat the spread of misinformation online and help journalism outlets.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- A new use for Viagra - reducing colorectal cancer risk
This intriguing off-label use adds a possible new chapter to the life of a drug famously known for treating erectile dysfunction.
- Stay Out of Trouble When Traveling Abroad With These Apps
Floods. Thieves. Hackers. Tackle any situation abroad with these mobile assistants.
- World's smallest computer and unhackable data top IBM's annual future-tech list
This year's list has a strong focus on security and AI, predicting that by 2023 we'll have unhackable encryption methods, unbiased AI and mainstream quantum computers.
- Tesla's Latest Autopilot Update Is A Hit With Owners
On the Tesla Motors Club forum, an owner going by MikeH said that Autopilot is "now as good or better than" him at changing lanes on the highway. Dozens of comments on the forum are similarly effusive.
- Your Electric Vehicle Is Getting Cleaner
A full 75 percent of U.S. drivers now live in areas where it's cleaner to drive an EV than a traditional car that gets 50 miles per gallon.
- Mapping the Law of the Land: Curbside Access
More uses and modes than ever are fighting for curb space in growing cities. Here's an app to make sense of what you can do, and when, along this valued real estate.
- Tempe Police Chief: Uber AV vs. Pedestrian Crash May Have Been Unavoidable
"It's very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway."
- The Lose-Lose Ethics of Testing Self-Driving Cars in Public
How, exactly do we feel about unleashing this tech on public streets, inflicting it on people without their consent or even knowledge?
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