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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
- Governor Bullock to Congress: "Steer clear of political games" on 2020 Census
Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, Bullock calls on Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings to "follow the Constitution"
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Precision Products continues vision for growth with $210,800 trust fund grant
Montana Precision Products -- located west of Butte on Rick Jones Way, where it manufactures industrial parts and parts that end up in jet engines -- hasn't been shy about discussing its plans for growth in recent years.
- Montana Department of Commerce Highlights Successes for National Economic Development Week
"Economic development is important work, and it's making a difference in Montana," said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. "By partnering with our communities and small businesses to support growth, we're building an ever-stronger and more resilient economy for this and future generations."
Flathead Valley Community College
- Want a Spot Gloss Treatment on your Printing? Hit it with a Laser gun from PFL
If you want to make your printing stand out, you've got to consider spot gloss UV treatments.
Great Falls Development Authority
- FVCC President Holds Annual Community Conversations - 6/5-20 - Various Communities
Flathead Valley Community College President Jane Karas will hold her annual Community Conversations across northwest Montana in June to share information about current issues and activities affecting the college and receive feedback from community members.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Great Falls Small Business Development Center Regional Director Wins National Award for Excellence
"Jason continues to develop new skills, tools and trainings to set the stage for even greater future results," said Great Falls Montana Development Authority President & CEO Brett Doney.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Now hiring, for a one-day job: the gig economy hits retail
"It's definitely stressful to show up and have your first day almost every time," Stallings, 25, said, "but at least I don't feel miserable and stuck on the job."
- Here are the 20 most in-demand skills for freelance workers
As more workers turn to the gig economy, it's important to know what skills will help you land a job.
- Time to Rethink Education: Casting a Vision for Learning and Work in the Future
There is no more pressing issue than the future of education and no more chances to get it wrong.
- The important connection between risk-taking and confidence in girls
"How can we help our daughters?"
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Your guide to summer in southwest Montana
It's all here for you.
- Explore a Montana ghost town: Things to do at Bannack State Park this summer
Bannack, once a bustling mining camp, first territorial capital of Montana and birthplace of vigilante justice, is now a state park.
- All Aboard Montana's Charlie Russell Chew Choo!
Crossing two historic trestles and passing through a half mile long tunnel, the three and one-half hour trip in climate-controlled, non-smoking coaches includes a full course prime rib dinner and dessert, no-host cash bar and music by local area entertainers.
Energy and Climate Change
- Frontier AI: How far are we from artificial "general" intelligence, really?
Are we about to hit an inflection point?
- Microsoft to spend $25M on AI for disabilities
The five-year initiative will include seed grants for startups, nonprofit organizations and academic researchers, as well as deeper investments and expertise from Microsoft researchers.
Come Home Montana
- University of Montana Professor Ashley Ballantyne to serve on French President Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative
"This is a clear indication they want that to be successful, and they're recruiting a lot of great scientists to make it happen."
- Grocery bags and takeout containers aren't enough. It's time to phase out all single-use plastic
More than 100 cities have adopted restrictions on polystyrene takeout containers, and the state has banned single-use plastic grocery bags.
- Bill by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso would close window for small wind farms seeking power purchasers
Sen. John Barrasso is trying to reform a federal law that some in Wyoming argue is being used to benefit a small renewable market while potentially inflating the cost of power for ordinary people.
- The water conundrum in Gallatin County, Montana: A limited resource, a cacophony of voices and a region that continues to grow
In the Gallatin Valley, where sources like Sourdough have been largely shut off to new extraction for the last 25 years, water is both limited and coveted.
- California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes
"California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards," Raymer said. "No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap."
- Montana's Incredible Holland Lake Lodge is For Sale
The main lodge with 9 guest rooms, restaurant, 6 guest cabins, gift shop, and owner's cabin dot the landscape with over 1/4 mile of prime lake frontage.
- Win your own Montana restaurant in an essay contest
The restaurant sits on a scenic location on the east side of Flathead Lake.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, Faculty position in Mathematics, Senior Accountant and more... - Carroll College
We welcome your application for positions that you could best contribute to the mission and strategic goals of Carroll College.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Financial Management - Confederated Salish AND Kootenai Tribes
Individual must be an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Environmental Manager - Rosenburg Forest Products
Environmental Manager Missoula, MT Roseburg is a leader in the Wood Products industry.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Finance Director - Helena Surgical Center
Together with the Clinical Director, plans, organizes and directs the essential administrative functions of the SurgiCenter including activities of the corporation to accomplish the goals of the quality management program and the organizations strategic initiatives.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Communications Manager - Saint James Health Care
We invite you to join our remarkable Communications & Marketing team today!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Real Time Energy Scheduler, Applications Technical Analyst, Engineer and more... - Northwestern Energy
We encourage employees to find opportunities to use their leadership skills to contribute to and strengthen the organization.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Manager of Contracts Administration - Montana Rail Link
Position is responsible for all third-party contracts and services at MRL.
Montana Economic Development
- Podcast on Sweet Peaks Ice Cream Shops
Interesting genesis of an organically grown Montana based chain of Ice Cream "Scoop Shops".
- The Infinity Bake Shoppe - Havre bakery featured as a Montana state small business success story
The Montana SBDC said that they are excited to celebrate all the small business across the state.
- ATG Inks Lease for New Missoula Offices
While ATG will certainly benefit from fiber optic internet, more parking options, and a contemporary office space, OSD is also home to a thriving squirrel population, many of which are not opposed to be dressed up as tiny humans.
- Zoot Enterprises Wins Gold and Silver in American Business Awards
Zoot Enterprises, a global fintech company providing advanced origination, acquisition, and decision management solutions, has been named the winner of two Gold Stevie Awards and one Silver Stevie Award in The 16th Annual American Business Awards.
- Billings Flying Service blazing a trail with a new, more precise way to fight summer wildfires
Billings Flying Service is one of only a handful of private companies nationwide that own Chinooks and uses them for wildfire fighting. The Blain's water tank is the only one with the sliding doors and independent hydraulics system.
- Guest view: We're lucky to live in Montana, a popular destination for tourists
I believe National Travel and Tourism Week is a great time to reflect on the positive impacts the visitor economy brings to Montana.
- Small hands? Missoula T-shirt company targets Trump Administration with satire
While they're not the first to make a political statement on a T-shirt, their progressive line of logos has gained a small following at a time when the nation's divisions have sent many racing to social media - including President Donald Trump himself - to vent their frustrations.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Eastern Montana's Small Business Development Centers Support Rural Communities
We have ten Small Business Development Centers across the state whose sole purpose is to help local businesses succeed.
- Montana Outdoor Sector Ramps Up Growth
"102,000 net new jobs with 85 percent coming from service-related industries such as outdoor recreation, health care, real estate, professional and technical services. The research also shows how Montana's counties with the highest percentage of protected public lands are also the fastest-growing for job growth in the state."
- Former Billings Mayor Tooley tapped to lead Bozeman think tank
"The core values of the Wheeler Center resonate with me," Tooley said in a statement. "We address Montana issues in forums where various and even opposing views are discussed with courtesy and respect. In the increasingly contentious atmosphere in America today, the Wheeler Center will continue to model civil deliberations as an example for others."
Come Home Wyoming
- 10 Popular Jobs in Tech That Don't Require Tech Skills
Whoever said coding is the new literacy?
- 5 Hobbies to Make You a Smarter Entrepreneur
Some rich and famous entrepreneurs have some pretty weird hobbies.
- TED Ideas - 7 ways to practice emotional first aid
We need to learn how to practice emotional first aid.
- 9 negotiation tips for people who hate negotiating
Though it's widely hated, being able to negotiate is a skill you need if you want to get ahead in your career.
- Everything new grads need to know about resume-writing
Where do you even start?
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Wyoming Associate Director of Philanthropy - Wyoming Community Foundation
The position reports to the Director of Philanthropy and is responsible for WYCF's annual campaign and is the lead staff person responsible for WYCF's local community boards.
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Executive Director - National Association of Social Workers
NASW seeks experienced Executive Director for the Wyoming Chapter possessing strong leadership/association management skills, knowledge of social work profession /values.
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - Wyoming Municipal Power Agency
Direct and Control WMPA's financial activities.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- CBS Sunday Morning - Small town America in renewal
"It is definitely not all gloom-and-doom. We've got our big problems, but the country has not lost what made it America to begin with."
- The Angel Capital Association Northwest Regional Meeting 2018 - 6/6-7- Boise, Idaho
Discussions will include regional investment trends, opportunities for angels in a changing ecosystem, updates on important federal policy, emerging investment sectors, and great networking with your future co-investors.
- 'Edge of Chaos' seeks to ensure democracy's survival
Economist Dambisa Moyo joins Morning Joe to discuss 'Edge of Chaos,' her new book on radical reforms for saving liberal democracy.
- Tester On VA Nomination: 'I Try To Be As Transparent As I Possibly Can'
Tester left Washington to a barrage of angry criticism from President Trump, after the Senator released a list of anonymous allegations against Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Admiral Ronny Jackson. Jackson subsequently withdrew his nomination.
Incubators and R&D
- New Idaho beef plant adds local option for producers
"We're pleased to see the investment and the infrastructure that supports the beef end of what we do," said Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen's Association.
- America's Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities
The next front in the battle over affordable housing isn't Boston or San Francisco. It's Boise.
- This study named Idaho the worst state for working moms. Here's why.
Our state is the worst place in the U.S. to be a working mom, according to a compilation of statistics.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Deletion of single enzyme stops mice getting fat, no matter the diet
In experiments with mice, the team showed that genetically deleting a single enzyme resulted in the animal not being able to gain weight, even when fed a fatty diet.
- Williston plans big reveal of Sloulin Field redevelopment plan during Economic Development Week
Gov. Doug Burgum himself is coming out to Williston next week for the city's Economic Development Week, which will include a big reveal on the Sloulin Field redevelopment master plan, now three years in the making.
Regional Economic Development
- The New Retirement: Near the Kids
Investment in senior living is seen as a "portfolio diversifier," Ms. Mace said. "It doesn't necessarily respond to the same business cycles as other types of real estate. It tends to be more of a need-based property type."
- Reporters Worry Award Ceremony For Rep. Gianforte Could Taint Paper's Credibility
Reporters at The Daily Interlake are worried about the optics of their paper hosting an award ceremony for a sitting politician.
- Visitors spent $499M in communities near Yellowstone National Park in 2017, report says
“Yellowstone welcomes people from across the country and around the world who contribute significantly to the local economies in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho,” said superintendent Dan Wenk.
- Why Towns Across America Struggle to Fill Jobs
It is the day-to-day reality, and it's about to get worse.
- The pre-fab skyscraper? Bay Area housing crisis brings new era for modular homes
Inside a nondescript warehouse in a nondescript industrial park, workers for RAD Urban are assembling the building blocks of a modern apartment building.
- Where Talent Wants To Live
"The millennial suburb, as MIT's Alan Berger has noted, will be different than the ones their grandparents desired, more walkable, environmentally sustainable and likely connected eventually by autonomous technologies."
- As Yellowstone fills up, tourists could be urged to visit elsewhere
How do you ease the growing congestion in Yellowstone National Park? Perhaps by encouraging the millions of annual tourists to visit Cody, Bighorn Canyon and other areas outside the park.
Montana Education Excellence
- American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone
As younger generations become more racially diverse, many states are allocating fewer tax dollars to public colleges and universities.
- University of Montana president brings fresh energy to challenges
"I do believe the University of Montana can be a national model for what a flagship research university can look like." President Seth Bodnar
- Montana Tech selects a new name
It is the only special-focus institution in the 16-school Montana University System
Funding and Building your Business
- From the Mountains to Beneath the Streets -- Highlights on Montana's Hi-Line
Havre May Blow You Away (in a good way)
- In West Yellowstone, Montana You Work -- On Problems and Solutions
Big hopes for the future bring this town together
- Video: You Haven't Seen Montana Like This in a While!
A ranch in Judith Basin during the 1930s, Crop Spraying in the 1950s, Firefighting in 1960s, Glacier Park in the 1970s, and much more!
Connectivity & Communications
- Looking to acquire or sell a company? - Search Funds: The New Path to Entrepreneurship
The new generation of young entrepreneurial talent is emerging from elite business schools across the country. In an interesting shift, many of these young MBA graduates are opting to be CEOs on Main Street instead of Wall Street, by acquiring small businesses.
- Why Startups Focused on Solving Social Problems Are Attracting Investors
Companies genuinely seeking to do good are seen as a sound bet for long-term profitability.
- After a Broadband Utility Plan Failed, Michigan Towns Are Getting High-Speed Service
Voters rejected the idea of a township-owned Internet service two years ago, but are finally getting access to high-speed service through a major ISP.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Goldman Sachs Says Curing Diseases May Not Be Economically Viable
"While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow."
- Multi-Touch Skin turns peoples' bodies into remote control units Wearables
In 2015, scientists from Germany's Saarland University presented us with their iSkin stickers, which could be placed on the body to touch-control mobile devices. Now, led by Prof. Jürgen Steimle, they've built upon that technology to develop what's known as Multi-Touch Skin.
- America's Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing
Tough policies are the ones that would truly change commuter habits, but we're barely seeing them.
- 800 Nikola hydrogen trucks to cart Budweiser around the US
There's a bit happening around the future of trucking, with ever-advancing autonomous and clean energy technologies promising to shake things up in a big way.
- These Are The Best Cities For Biking In The U.S. - How can you improve your community?
By 2020, Fort Collins, Colorado, is aiming for one in every five trips in the city to happen on a bike.
- Cars Are Ruining Our Cities - 'Public Mood' Has Turned Against Cars in Cities
We might be living through a new age of miracles. Last month, Los Angeles decided against adding lanes to a freeway, an unexpected move in a city that has mistakenly thought for years that more lanes mean fewer traffic jams.
- San Francisco Will Be Ready for the Next Transportation Startup Craze
A new framework could soon be underway to simplify processes and encourage public-private partnerships.
- The Transportation Problem No One Is Talking About
"If autonomous cars can reach the millions of people who live beyond the city and are unable to pilot their own vehicles, they will be uniquely capable of providing mobility to those who have very few alternatives."
- Why We Need to Stop Subsidizing Public Transit
It's obsolete and costs taxpayers billions, yet its ridership and productivity continue to decline.
- Americans more likely to buy electric cars, AAA study finds
One big reason that Americans are becoming more likely to consider buying an electric car: concerns about running out of electricity are diminishing.
- Drive.ai announces on-demand self-driving car service in Texas
The program marks the first time that Texans will have access to an on-demand self-driving car service on public roads.
- Amtrak closing Havre, Montana's ticket station
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said almost all tickets -- more than 9 out of 10 -- are now purchased online or using Amtrak's telephone ticket sale service, so the passenger rail service is eliminating some ticket offices.
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