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Instead of blindly welcoming self-driving cars to their streets, city leaders have a chance to prevent tragedies like the Uber fatality from happening again. Cities shouldn't miss their moment to be firmly in the driver’s seat. -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Missoula business leaders: State must preserve economic development program -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Belgrade Business Wins 2018 Retailer of the Year at the Made in Montana Tradeshow
"It's small business owners like Mark and Gwen Croghan who highlight the very best of Montana-made food and gifts that keep visitors and locals returning for more," Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney said.
Great Falls Development Authority
- MSU TechLink lands Army contract for software analysis
TSEAL provides MSU students with real-world experience improving the Sustainment Management System, a software application created by the Corps' Construction Engineering Research Laboratory to improve upkeep of hundreds of thousands of federal facilities by helping managers decide when, where and how to best conduct maintenance.
Big Sky Commerce
- Next Thursday 3/29 Is The 2018 Fire Within Register Now - Great Falls, Montana
Join us on Thursday March 29 as we honor Yve Bardwell and Maggie Carr with Dropstone Outfitting and Dianne Meinhardt with Cogswell Insurance/MAA.
Come Home Montana
- Big Sky Commerce Welcomes Back Paul's Pancake Parlor
Did you know that "better rates" with the big processors usually don't pan out?
- Podcast - Can Do: The Benefits Of Running A Montana-Based Business - Michael FitzGerald, the co-founder and CEO of Submittable.com
Listen and learn about how creating a diverse workplace can boost your business's efficiency; techniques to stay passionate about the work you do; and the advantages of running a global company out of small town Montana.
- Employment Opportunities in Montana's Photonics Business Cluster
Optics and photonics are growing in Montana providing excellent career opportunities. But that's not all.
Montana Economic Development
- ViZn Energy Lays off Employees, Ceases Operations
Company officials are calling it a temporary furlough and hope to bring back employees soon after securing investors
- Bozeman-based Cue Athletics offers exercisers samples of local studios
"People find something they'll grab onto, which will make it more likely they'll exercise because it's something they like doing."
- Like the Clark Fork River, businesses in Bonner breathing new life since 2008 dam removal
Every year since 2011, new businesses have set up shop at the former mill site, transforming it into a thriving industrial park with a wide variety of entrepreneurs and organizations.
- Rural areas left out of Montana's rapid job growth as non-labor income rises
There are 56 counties in Montana, but from 2000-2016, just five counties have captured 75 percent of new jobs, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
- Missoula business leaders: State must preserve economic development program
The economic development program administered by the Montana Department of Commerce may become the latest in a growing list of services to face the chopping block as the state tightens the reigns on fiscal spending.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 7 Ways To Make It Easier For Recruiters To Skim Your Resume
Recruiters rarely read your resume from start to finish. Follow these tips in order to grab their attention right away.
- 7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do
You don't "find your calling," you fight for it -- and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).
- How to answer "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" job interview question
How you answer this can say plenty about you.
Business Plan Forums
- Rural broadband could get a lot faster with new farm bill
"I want to make sure our tax money is used not only to bring broadband to rural communities, but that the broadband is usable into the future."
- Calling All Creators - "Create Your Life's Work." Innovation Competition - 5/10 - San Francisco
Increase your brand's visibility. Get feedback from the world's top founders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Win funding that could change everything.
- Seven steps. 27,000 lives.
But none of them had to die.
- Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte is #1. Here are the congressional offices that pay staffs the highest and lowest salaries
At the lowest paying congressional office, Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont, pays a median salary of just $35,925. His is the lowest paying office by almost $3,000.
- What's in the Congressional Spending Bill for States and Localities
Several major programs -- some that the White House aimed to eliminate -- will get a significant funding boost. President Trump signed the bill hours after threatening to veto it.
Incubators and R&D
- How Boise-based Micron Thrives in the Global Chip Business
There's a decent chance at least one of your gadgets includes memory made by a company called Micron Technology.
- Idahoans, you can get a free, one-hour introduction to app development next week
Want to learn how to make an app? You can get a free one-hour introduction next week at any of 54 presentations in 20 Idaho cities.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Forget the FitBit... A Tooth-Mounted Chip May Soon Track Nutrition
Researchers at Tufts University has developed a nutrition tracker that goes in your mouth. Tony Spitz has the details.
- 10 Unwritten Rules Every North Dakotan Lives By 'Til Death
If you're new to here, this is a bit of a rundown of what you should expect in ND
- 18 Millennials Changing the Face of Legal Tech - Approximately half are women
Expect to see a lot more of these new faces in the legal industry's discussions about innovation.
- Review uncovers IBM's tactics to oust older workers
The review -- which included confidential planning documents -- revealed a strategy aimed at forcing older workers into lower-paid positions and preventing high performers from being rehired for other positions in the company.
- How HR can hire and develop people with autism
"Communication about the Autism at Work program and its role as a part of the strategic business imperative should be evident in both external and internal company messaging."
- A former rodeo clown believes he has a solution to industry wastewater in Wyoming, now he just has to prove it
His next act is turning oilfield wastewater into something ranchers can use to irrigate their crops.
- It's Time To Worry When Colleges Erase Humanities Departments
It seems clear that the university, far from continuing to thoroughly ground its students in the liberal arts as part of their educations, is converting itself into a trade school, relying on market forces to determine its programs and jettisoning anything that doesn't offer a clear path toward a career.
- Callisto - Inside the online platform that's empowering survivors of campus sexual assaults ... and catching repeat offenders
Outraged at the incidence of sex crimes at colleges, activist Jess Ladd got mad -- and then she got to building. Here's how she developed a secure and sensitive reporting system that's in use on 13 campuses.
Funding and Building your Business
- Should Billings be more open to business in neighborhoods? Group aims to update planning codes
Other communities have embraced mixed-use development.
- Bozeman developers discuss city landscape
The developers touched on issues like infill in the downtown area versus sprawl, getting in and out of downtown, public transportation and costs to the community associated with new development, among others.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- How to Figure Out What Your Time Is Worth
It's time to admit we can't do everything. And that's for the better.
- 6 Strategies To Raise Employee Happiness And Loyalty
Happy employees have been shown to be up to 20 percent more effective in the workplace than unhappy employees, as well as far more loyal and productive.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 'Tell Us Something' - Call for stories! Helena! We are coming to your town and we need you to tell your "Didn't See That Coming" story.!
If you live in Helena or know someone who does, pitch your story on the theme "Didn't See That Coming"!
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- At Amazon's MARS Conference, Jeff Bezos Plots The Future With 200 (Very) Big Brains
Amazon's "summer camp for geeks" brought together some of the world's leaders in AI, home automation, robotics, and space exploration. And, naturally, a robotic dog.
- Weekend project - delete those Facebook apps now
Take a close look at apps that let developers glom onto your personal information and then potentially share, or re-sell, that information to others.
- The Unavoidable Folly of Making Humans Train Self-Driving Cars
The "vigilance decrement" has caused trouble everywhere humans are asked to spend long periods of mostly uneventful time, watching for easy to spot but impossible to predict signals.
- Cities Need to Take the Wheel in Our Driverless Future
Instead of blindly welcoming self-driving cars to their streets, city leaders have a chance to prevent tragedies like the Uber fatality from happening again.
- Failure of Automated Driving Technology Blamed for First Pedestrian Fatality
Uber may have intentionally disabled crash avoidance technology that comes equipped in the Volvo.
- Pacific NW States to Study Regional High-Speed Rail
The Cascadia Rail project would connect Vancouver to Seattle before splitting into branches to Portland and Spokane.
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