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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
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2018 Montana Politics
- Montana Board of Regents ask state to help students pay for rising costs
To run state campuses, the spending plans total more than $524 million and $528 million in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Nearly 60 percent of the money comes from students, and 41 percent from the state.
- Northwestern Energy Electric Service Outage Map
This map indicates areas of current planned and unplanned outages and the estimated time of restoration.
- Monitor Your Energy Account from Northwestern Energy
Access our online Customer Information System. View and pay your bill, analyze your energy usage and much more.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Montana's PFL is a Winner - Marketo® Announces First-Ever Marketing Nation® Summit Demo Jam Winners
"From campaign planning and predictive marketing, to data management and personalized direct mail, our partners deliver best-in-class solutions to our customers," said Shai Alfandry, vice president, global head of ISVs and LaunchPoint ecosystem, Marketo. "This Demo Jam is one of the many ways we continue to highlight their innovations."
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Are you a telecommuter with a home office? You just lost a tax break.
His accountant recently broke the bad news that the tax overhaul passed in late 2017 took away one remote employees' right
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Hosting' Deep Dive' To Help Plan New Downtown Trail - 6/4-8
During the weeklong event, the public will be able to share how they think the rail trail from Woodland Park west to Meridian Road along the former Great Northern Railway right-of-way should be designed.
- University seeks innovators, not test-takers
"It's not our job to teach people to study for exams and take tests, but to have people graduating who know how to do things,"
- AI in schools: China's massive and unprecedented education experiment
It has been revealed recently that several new technological innovations are now being tested in Chinese schools redefining how children can be educated in the 21st century.
Arrow Solutions Group
- How does the TCO for you data center compare to iConnect in Montana? We bet you'll be happily surprised.
iConnect full-featured tier-3 data centers provide one of the lowest total cost of ownership and meet all security, business, and regulatory requirements.
Energy and Climate Change
- Career Opportunities from Arrow Solutions Group - IT Service Support, CIO, Senior QA Engineer and more....
Our expertise in many verticals allows Arrow Solutions Group to offer customized information technology recruiting and staffing solutions.
- Billings Clinic Partners with Arrow Solutions Group to lead CIO search
Arrow Solutions will seek a forward thinking, IT strategist who has a love of community and can understand the geographical footprint of Billings Clinic and its patients.
Come Home Montana
- As climate changes, so should our conversation, professor tells Billings crowd
"The fire problem is not going to go away, and we can't log our way out of it," she said. "We need to do more community planning (within the wildland urban interface) and accept that wildfires will be part of our future."
- A new type of public power is growing in California, and raising alarms
Local governments have embraced it as a way exert more control over their electricity supply and set their own rates while using a higher mix of renewable power than the traditional utilities provide.
- Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?
For a few decades, 600 feet was deep enough. Not anymore.
- Helena Recycling to begin taking glass June 1
John Hilton, owner of Helena Recycling, said the company will be taking the glass to Ash Grove Cement in Montana City, where it will be used in their cement processing.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Application Technical Analyst, Construction Engineer, Energy Supply Analyst 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 - Automation Engineer III, Pitch Us.... - Wisetail
Our software encourages users to interact with your content, take a deep dive into eLearning, and find familiarity and comfort with your company's brand.
- Montana career Opportunity - Director, Solutions Consulting, Solutions Consultant, Engagement Manager - commonFont
Our people approach their work with passion, curiosity, and a drive to innovate and improve. We need your help to build the world's most outstanding organization!
- Montana Career Opportunities - ATF Compliance Auditor, Chief Information Officer, Merchandise Planning Analyst and more... - Murdoch's
Murdoch's welcomes energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a passion for exceptional service to become part of our dynamic team.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Technology, Director of Online Engagement, Field Seminar Program Manager and more... - Yellowstone Forever
As the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park approaches in 2022, Yellowstone Forever will continue to focus on providing opportunities for all people to make meaningful connections to the park.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Content Marketing Manager, Budget Analyst, Earned Media Specialist, Bond Program Specialist and more... - State of Montana
Montana offers a variety of opportunities to help you make a difference in your community and further your career.
- Historic tours help Bozeman newcomers connect with town's roots
A 2018 report from Headwater Economics stated that Gallatin County has gained 50,000 residents since 1990. As new residents come in, others are trying to teach them about Bozeman's rich history.
- The Future Of Entrepreneurship Is Students
Instead of highlighting just one startup with a terrific elevator pitch, I want to shine a light on the University of Pennsylvania student entrepreneurial community, and especially participants in the recent Startup Challenge.
Montana Economic Development
- Based in Billings, Montana, Hulteng CCM, Inc. specializes in Construction Management and Owner's Representative Services.
Our highly-skilled team manages projects across Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
- RanchHacks - Equipping ranchers & livestock producers to manage Information Systems and Technology.
RanchHacks strives to educate & equip operation leadership to manage technology within their operation effectively.
- With 10 percent of state's Alzheimer patients in Billings, group hopes to make the city dementia friendly
Dementia Friendly Billings https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriendlyBillings/ wants to make Billings a sympathetic city for people who have dementia, their families and caregivers.
- Bozeman startup aims to alleviate child care woes through network of in-home facilities - Career Opportunities Available
MyVyllage-supported facilities will follow the STARS to Quality program, which incentivizes providers to take part in training and qualifications on topics from social and emotional development to food and nutrition.
- A New Take on Timber
Whitefish business receives grant to study new method of developing cross-laminated timber and other engineered-wood products
- U.S. Treasury approves 25 Opportunity Zones in Montana, including one in Great Falls
The program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized investment vehicles dedicated to certain low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones."
Come Home Idaho
- What a difference a word can make: How a single word can change your conversation
Conversation is highly systematic and organized ... and it tells us an incredible amount about the power of language to shape our daily lives.
- What advice do you wish you'd gotten when you graduated from college? 25 TED speakers answer.
Whether you put on your cap and gown last week -- or last century -- these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance.
- 5 Proven Techniques That Will Make You a Fearless Public Speaker
The fear of public speaking runs deep for many people.
- Retirees aren't moving to Idaho for its taxes
The issue is that there are several kinds of taxes, and in some ways, Idaho is favorable for retirees and in other ways it is not.
Business Plan Forums
- 'Our Towns': How small cities aren't just surviving, but thriving
Journalists Deborah and James Fallows' 100,000-mile trip to find what's working in this country
- North Carolina earmarks $10M to expand rural broadband
The legislature characterized the $10 million as one year's worth of grants and said increased funding is likely in the future.
- Technology companies from southwest Montana compete in showcase at MSU - 6 statewide finalists now chosen.
"It's a testament to our Bozeman community that we've got such great businesses being started here. It was also nice to see that many of the ventures have strong MSU connections."
- Welcome To The Finals Of $50,000 Early Stage Montana Business Pitch Showcase - 9/22 - Bozeman
Welcome to Early Stage Montana – where the best of Montana’s emerging technology companies get the recognition they deserve.
- Governments Haven't Had Rules for Revealing Their Private Debt -- Until Now
A new requirement forces states and municipalities to annually report the terms and amount of loans they have taken directly from banks.
- University of Idaho's president to leave next spring University of Idaho's president to leave next sprin
The Idaho State Board of Education has announced that University of Idaho President Chuck Staben's contract will not be renewed in 2019.
Regional Economic Development
- Data center plans huge 92-acre project in Hillsboro, Oregon
QTS Data Centers plans a 100-megawatt facility that would use more than double the electricity of all the homes in Hillsboro.
- Technology has broken the barrier of geography that long shielded mountain towns from growth.
Welcome to the Goldilocks moment of the Greater Yellowstone.
- The Time to Begin Building Tomorrow's Workforce Is Now
Most economic forecasters are warning that the next recession could be far worse than the one that decimated state budgets a decade ago.
Montana Education Excellence
- Charter closes Cheyenne call center, lays off 60
As they filed in to work Tuesday, employees were told to go home with little explanation.
- Artificial intelligence topic on Wyoming Energy Summit talk
As the internet of things grows more expansive -- and smarter -- opportunities abound for greater efficiency.
- Wyoming ENDOW member suggests using free power to draw business
"It would be a magnet like no other around the world," he said. "It would really bring some exciting things to the state overnight."
Funding and Building your Business
- Tomorrow's Builders and Creators at Glacier High School
Glacier High School's capstone engineering students get real-world training as they problem solve through teamwork and invention
- University of Montana Foundation invests tens of millions in offshore tax havens
Jane Gravelle, a senior specialist in economic policy for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, said the only reason anyone would invest through offshore companies is to hide their money from tax collectors or public scrutiny.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Why Industrial Robot Sales are Sky High - 17 Innovations That Will Power the Shift to Smarter Factories
Robots are going to make things for people. People are going to make robots.
- Demand for these skills will rise dramatically by 2030
Skill shift could cause further exacerbate income inequality and a divide between companies that can and can't attract top talent.
- Does That Smart New Software Developer of Yours Also Have 'Soft' Skills?
Forget the technical skills for a moment. Does that developer know how to communicate?
- 'unwound' - Never Give Up: What an Entrepreneur Learned from Failure
Some people have their vision of success and it goes perfectly. But more often than not, even if your outcome ends up being a success, along the way you have a lot of ups and downs.
- How to Write Your First Killer Business Presentation
Just write, and write like you speak.
- Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring
"They don't predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart."
- 9 Revenue Models That Can Keep Your Business Thriving
Now may be the time to start or transform your business into a recurring revenue engine with subscriptions, or just add an option to get some extra sales growth.
- GDPR in the USA: What's Next?
Here's a media roundup on what organizations in the USA and around the world are saying, and doing and planning regarding GDPR.
- 8 Ways Your Local University Can Benefit Your Startup
The lesson of finding help, connections, and even funding where other people may never look is one that makes all the difference in the entrepreneur lifestyle.
- Why You Need An Advisory Board Before A Business Plan
"When your business has no credibility, you build it through your advisory board."
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Kate Bosworth, husband to offer film classes in Montana
In a tweet earlier this week, Bosworth says the goal is to create a "hands-on approach to the moviemaking process."
- What are dark patterns?
Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The purpose of this site is to spread awareness and to shame companies that use them.
- Automakers Are Making Car Ownership Optional
"If we're right, nobody's going to borrow money to buy a car again."
- Tesla Model 3 Sets New Hypermiling Record by Driving 975 km on a Single Charge
The slow driving experience may have been enough to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance driven in a production electric car on a single charge.
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