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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
2018 Governor's Conference On Tourism & Recreation - 4/15-17 - Big Sky, Montana -- http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6638
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montanans Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work - Gov. Steve Bullock
I would encourage you to reach out to the local legislators in your area with your support for equal pay legislation.
- Medicaid Works for Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock
Medicaid is a good deal for Montana. We have a lot of work to do in the days ahead to ensure that this good deal remains a significant part of our economy beyond 2019. This report proves Medicaid works for Montana, and it's absolutely critical that it continues.
- Commerce's Community Development Block Grant Program Awards Funding to 6 Montana Communities
"These grants will assist the growth and sustainable development of Montana's vibrant and charming towns," Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. "Each of these projects will produce tangible results to strengthen our communities."
Montana West Economic Development
- NorthWestern Energy Is Hosting A Public Meeting Regarding Its Long-term Resource Plan - 4/18 - Butte
This important plan helps guide the utility when deciding where to get its energy from over the next 20 years.
Flathead Valley Community College
- 3 Part Class - Thinking Of Selling Your Business? 4/19-26, 5/3 - Kalispell, MT
Wondering what it would take to sell your business?
Early Edge Montana
- Experience Life As A College Student On April 20 At FVCC - Kalispell, Montana
"Experience FVCC" will provide participants with a comprehensive view of FVCC's academic programs, services, organizations and activities.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Examining local workforce needs through the lens of preschool planning
"Empowering communities to collaborate, identify connections, and use approaches that work for their needs and for families being served is essential to making effective progress, particularly on ECE workforce needs."
- Gov. Bullock visits FVCC's Early Childhood Center
FVCC's Early Childhood Center was one of 17 preschool providers in the state that received a grant from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services last summer to implement a 2-year pilot preschool program.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Harvard's Learning Environments For Tomorrow Institute - The Future of Education - 10/2 - Cambridge, MA
School leaders and designers from around the world spend three intensive days learning from global thought leaders and from one another while developing an educational vision and facility response to that vision.
Energy and Climate Change
- How Blockchain Technology Could Make Zoning Work for People
A group of researchers are working on a vision for a new type of zoning and a different incentive system that might be able to respond more dynamically to communities' needs -- using machine-learning algorithms, big data, and blockchain, the same technology underlying Bitcoin.
Come Home Montana
- 10 teams advance to final stage of $20 million Carbon XPrize Environment
The notion of turning C02 into something useful sounds wildly futuristic, but scientists are already making promising strides in the area.
- World's Most Powerful Wind Turbine: One Rotation 'Can Power the Average UK Home for a Day'
Vattenfall deployed the first of two Vestas 8.8-megawatt wind turbines at its European testing center.
- Podcast - Imagining Two Futures for Energy Blockchain
On this week's Interchange podcast: possible pathways for blockchain in electricity.
- Timberland transforms recycled plastic bottles into shoes, bags
The Timberland x Thread collaboration goes "beyond environmental sustainability," according to Timberland.
- Wyoming's first large solar farm edges forward
During a six-month construction phase, the project would create about 150 jobs. Tax revenue from the farm is estimated at $421,200 for Sweetwater County and about $600,000 for the state, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Customer Service Representative, Installer/Level 3 Technician - Access Montana
Our success is based on delivering reliable products and providing exceptional customer service. We accomplish this by attracting and retaining highly-qualified and experienced employees that treat each other and our customers with respect.
TED and TEDX Talks
- 10,000 jobs could disappear in rural Montana as business owners retire, official says
"When a little town like Circle loses a manufacturing company with three to four employees, that's never coming back," said Wayne Gardella, the Montana district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- What Trade Wars Could Mean for Montana
While the details are still in flux, Montana's congressional delegation is in general agreement that the trade wars could hurt agricultural producers the hardest and first.
- Video - Mamalode - Under the Big Sky
What started as a single edition, free local print magazine has now grown into a multi-platform international media and content company.
- Video - Red Oxx - Under the Big Sky
Over time and with a boot-strapping mentality Red Oxx Manufacturing would evolve into a premier manufacturer of hand-made luggage and sporting gear.
- Jobs in small cities will likely be hit hardest by automation.
Check how your community and profession will fare.
- Reimagining the future: Notes from TED Fellows Session 1 at TED2018
Forget those miserly folk who hoard their best for the last -- TED believes in starting strong.
- Want to get a good-paying job? Major in philosophy
At the core of my success in all of these endeavors was my training in philosophy.
Business Plan Forums
- When It Comes to Broadband, Millennials Vote with Their Feet - Rural Communities with bad broadband suffer
When they live in remote rural areas, millennials are more likely to reside in a county that has better digital access.
- Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition - 9/22 - Glasgow, Montana
The goal of this event is to attract new entrepreneurs and support existing businesses in Northeastern Montana by uniting communities in a common goal of economic development.
- Regional Showcase For New Statewide Technology Business Competition Set For May 22 At Montana State University
The competition, part of a program known as Early Stage Montana, is open to seed or early investment stage companies based in Montana that have technology at the core of their offerings.
- Reception To Honor The 2018 Montana Cherry Blossom Princess - 4/16 - Washington, D.C. -- RSVP Deadline Is Today!
A reception to welcome & celebrate The 2018 Montana Cherry Blossom Princess Miss Allie Nelson
- The FTC warns companies about those 'warranty void if removed' labels
Consumers just gained more power over the products they buy.
- The Fastest Growing City in Idaho Now Has the Fastest Growing Fiber Network
Syringa Networks is an Idaho company and a trusted partner that works with businesses to create customized communications solutions to fit each businesses' unique needs.
- Mayor Bieter to Boise: We can't 'mobilize' at borders, keep growth out
"Right now, we are the most envied city in the United States," Connors said. "Part of my message is: Don't close the door on all growth. Don't close the door on the diversity of people that are moving to this place and making us a richer place."
- Albertsons has lost money for years. This is what it says now about its finances.
"Our future has never been brighter," said Jim Donald, the company's new president and chief operating officer.
Montana Education Excellence
- Cost-saving strategies for higher education - How can they save money?
College and university leaders can offset revenue losses caused by enrollment drops by searching for money-saving moves such as renegotiating contracts and streamlining IT spending
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University selected for membership in prestigious space research association
MSU was selected due to its status as a premier research university, with programs in solar-terrestrial physics and astrophysics and its space science research in extreme gravity phenomena, such as black holes, gravitational waves and the early universe, according to USRA. MSU's eXtreme Gravity Institute was also noted for hosting regular workshops, summer and winter schools and long-term visiting researchers.
- "Remarkable horsepower:" Missoula taps University of Montana students to solve real-world challenges
"We've missed the boat in many cases in Missoula by not taking advantage of the tremendous resource that rests on the other side of Arthur Street. The more we take advantage of those opportunities, the better off we'll all be."
- UM honors students present solutions to Missoula's affordable housing issues
A University of Montana graduate student spent her first two months in Missoula living in a tent. The reason? She couldn't find an affordable place to live.
Funding and Building your Business
- Open Meeting - "Vision Plan For Historic Uptown Butte" - 4/16 - Butte, Montana
The goal is to develop a plan for future development of Uptown by first determining community objectives through open discussions. Uptown business owners, renters and homeowners are all encouraged to attend.
Connectivity & Communications
- Introducing C2M beta, Blackfoot's Open Innovation Lab in Missoula, Montana
Companies selected to participate in the program will work with Blackfoot over a six-month period, during which C2M beta will assemble a customized, multi-disciplinary team (including a coach) to support the startup, plus provide a combination of business, technical and project support, with a focus on lean startup and agile methodologies.
- 4 Questions Every Great Leader Should Be Able to Answer
By documenting what they expect from employees--and what employees can expect from them--CEOs diminish confusion and create a culture of continuous improvement.
- How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup
Now, Stripe's Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.
- Linking talent to value
Getting the best people into the most important roles does not happen by chance; it requires a disciplined look at where the organization really creates value and how top talent contributes.
- Blimp-like SuperTowers Will Bring Broadband to Rural Areas
Fortunately for both the likes of Verizon and the countless customers currently lacking adequate cell service in rural regions, a cheaper solution has emerged to deliver broadband to more sparsely populated regions.
- Facebook says it will not extend GDPR privacy protections beyond EU
The GDPR requires robust and unprecedented user consent from companies that wish to collect data over the internet with a product or service. Not only that, but users must be given a way to revoke that consent, as well as a way to request access to any collected data as a way to verify consent given.
- Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service
The towns of Calais and Baileyville are following the lead of other towns and putting up the money to make faster Internet speeds a reality.
- Today's TED Talk - How we need to remake the internet
"We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them,"
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Podcast - How a Nonprofit Found A Startling Way To End Child Hunger - Helena School District reevaluating plans for unpaid meal charges
The nonprofit discovered that there was federal funding for school meals that wasn't being tapped by states and cities.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Curiouser and curiouser: the ever-expanding world of Missoula's International Wildlife Film Festival - 4/14-21
Visit http://www.wildlifefilms.org for tickets and event schedule.
- 240 'World Changing Ideas,' Including Transportation and Urban Design
Fast Company's second-annual World Changing Ideas Awards will recognize winners in 12 categories. There are now 240 finalists.
- Impossible Foods raises another $114 million for meatless burgers
The burger is now served at the Oakland Coliseum and will be offered at San Francisco's AT&T Park as well, among some 1,000 food-service outlets that serve it across the country.
- This All-Electric Plane Could Change Everything About Regional Air Travel
Eviation's Alice Commuter plane-the winner of the transportation category of Fast Company's 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards-seats nine people and is entirely battery powered.
- Roundabouts seen as most efficient way to rebuild Van Buren interchange - Why not on Reserve St. as well?
Engineers with the Montana Department of Transportation say the installation of more roundabouts coming off Interstate 90 will make for more efficient traffic flow on one of Missoula's busiest routes.
- Uber, Getaround partner for peer car rentals in SF
Within a couple of weeks, local Uber riders will be able to tap on the app's upper-left menu to see an option called Rent, and then a map of what cars are available.
- Michigan Becomes Home to the World's First Highway Test Facility for Self-Driving Cars
A non-profit facility has opened in Michigan to test and develop the safety of autonomous vehicles. The initiative has garnered much praise and the support of government, academia and business leaders.
- Luminar's New Lidar Could Bring Vision to Every Robocar in the World
Self-driving cars are nearly ready for primetime, and so are the laser sensors that help them see the world.
- Raytheon's New Radar Could Help Bring Flying Cars to Our Cities
Drones will cross the skies delivering pizza, coffee, or sneakers. Flying cars will whisk passengers across town. Automated search and rescue vehicles will fan out to find lost hikers.
- Study to look at solar-powered charging sites for electric cars in Montana
Finding optimal locations for developing solar-powered charging stations at public locations and workplaces in Missoula, Whitefish and Bozeman will be studied, she said.
- Now, This is a Roundabout!! - The Brilliant Sorcery of England's 60 year old 7-Circle Magic Roundabout
VanBuren Roundabout Discussion Open House Tuesday, April 17 from 3 to 7 P.M. at the Missoula Children's Theater, located at 425 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802.
- World's first electric road that charges moving vehicles debuts in Sweden
Once expanded, the electric roadways and highways in Sweden will make it convenient to charge electric vehicles and ease the country's transition from traditional combustion engine vehicles.
- Adaptive Traffic Signals Could Make Aberdeen, S.D.'s Busiest Street Tolerable (Editorial)
A prospective plan by the South Dakota Department of Transportation would upgrade traffic lights on Aberdeen's Sixth Avenue by replacing its current system with a more adaptive one that adjusts the length of signals by using real-time data.
- This 3D Printed Electric Car Will Enter Production This Year
Cars can now run on electricity, be summoned by smartphone apps in cities all over the world, and are being developed to navigate without a human behind the wheel. And now, they can be 3D printed too.
- Western Women Who Get S*&% Done On Wednesday May 9 - Missoula, Montana
- 2018 SBA Annual Awards Celebration - 'Dream Big - Start Small' - 5/3 - Billings, Montana
- UM To Host 16th Annual Central And Southwest Asia Conference - 4/18-20 - Missoula, MT
- 2nd Annual Showcase - UM's Master's Of Business Analytics Class - 4/25 - Missoula
- MSU Hosts Free STEM Camp To Introduce Middle Schoolers To College Life - 6/24-29 - Bozeman
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