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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Gov. Steve Bullock, new head of National Governor's Association, looks to future on Morning Joe and Hardball with Chris Mathews
Incoming chair of the National Governor's Association, Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont., joins Morning Joe to discuss 2020, why it's not enough for Democrats to just be opposed to Trump and security at the ballot box.
- Montana Gov. Bullock set to visit New Hampshire
A source told News 9 that Bullock will spend Aug. 24 and 25 in the Granite State to support local Democrats up and down the ballot.
- Superior Meats to use CDBG loan through the Montana Department of Commerce to expand business
"Job creation in any corner in Montana is important and supporting a business like Superior Meats helps to spurs growth in the local economy," said Jennifer Olson with the Department of Commerce. "In a low-income and high-poverty area like Mineral County, this is critical to the ongoing economic development. Jobs like this not only benefit Superior Meats but it also has ripple effects to the county, surrounding towns, region and state."
- Montana Film Office Announces Big Sky Film Grant Awards
"Film production brings dollars into communities across the state," said Montana Film Commissioner Allison Whitmer. "The Big Sky Film Grant helps to grow the industry from two sides. It provides an incentive for productions to come here and gives an edge to our own filmmakers who are sharing Montana with the world through their work."
Flathead Valley Community College
- USDA And NIFA Funding Opportunities With Special Guest Scott Dockum, National SBIR Program Coordinator - 8/1 - Webinar
We're here to brainstorm, coach, guide. If you cannot attend, please reach out to schedule a conversation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Ann Peterson at 406.994.7788.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish and Others are Building a 'Legacy' Film School at Montana's Flathead Valley Comunity College
Montana Institute for the Arts, powered by big-screen luminaries Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, wraps up successful debut at FVCC
- Here is our Top 12 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
Pitched our strengths to companies at the Institute of Food Technologist Food Expo in Chicago, and asked them to consider expanding into our region.
Energy and Climate Change
- Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park now: Blackened forest, construction noise, but still 'its own particular beauty'
In the words on the plaque on the wall of the Sperry Chalet complex's dining hall, "no two days (here) have ever been the same."
- National Geographic Channel to broadcast live from Yellowstone National Park in August
In another unique feat of live television, the channel will have real-time broadcasts from the park over the course of four days, beginning on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. local time.
- The American Prairie Reserve Invites You to Explore the Beauty of Central Montana - Montana is more than mountains, prairie offers rugged adventure
"It's spectacular, it's rugged, it's as worth visiting as any other part of the state."
Come Home Montana
- More Americans agree on going green than you might think
"The majority doesn't realize how many people agree with them."
- Con Edison and National Grid Want to Help You Buy an Electric Car
New York utility Consolidated Edison this week launched an online marketplace to make it easier for customers to purchase electric cars.
- South Dakota wind farm nears completion
The project in Brule County is being developed by New York-based Con Edison, which is also planning a similar project in Aurora County. Both projects are each expected to cost more than $10 million, the Daily Republic reported.
- NextGrid: Illinois Utility of the Future Study
The study will focus on innovation, technological advancements, economic development, environmental considerations and education.
- Rising temperatures from climate change linked to rise in suicides
Researchers have known for centuries that conflict and violence tend to peak during warmer months.
- The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery
The pump station, downstream, would help regulate the water flow through the dam's generators, sending water back to the top to help manage electricity at times of peak demand.
- Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming--If Society Wants It
"The question was, 'Can we do better than the conventional reactors that were commercialized 60 years ago?" Irish recalled. "And the answer was, 'Absolutely.'"
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - SBDC Regional Director/Coordinator of Workforce Development & Community Outreach - Miles Community College
This position will lead and manage the hosted SBDC Center and coordinate the College's Workforce Development & Community Outreach programs.
- Optics and Photonics Employment Opportunities in Montana
Combined with abundant recreational and arts activities, advanced health care facilities, and safe communities, Montana offers an unbeatable lifestyle. Move your career and your life to a higher level.
- Montana Career Opportunity - VP Engineering - TOMIS
TOMIS is an automated marketing intelligence platform for activity providers.
- Millennials Reinvent Localism in Their Search for Community - Come Home Montana
"Small is beautiful" again, and however infused with nostalgia the current localist mood is, the chance to impact one's original or adopted community with tangible, visible results, is hugely appealing to a generation that feels denuded of both belonging and heroic opportunity.
- Innovate Montana Symposium is Returning with a Focus on Startups - Join us Aug. 9th in Billings
There will be panels on value proposition, launch strategy, building a growth engine and the internal challenges that come with company growth. If you're an early-stage company, you need to be there.
Montana Economic Development
- The Rebirth of Mission Mountains Mercantile
Following a 2016 fire, a hub of the Swan Valley reopens with a new look but the same cherished role as a community institution and traveler oasis
- Goertzen Adventure Equipment - Missoula has a lot to offer for this maker of leather bags
"I always say that this town wanted me to succeed as much as I did," Goertzen said.
- What Will Montana Do? Let's Be Blunt, Internet Sales Taxes Are Economy-Sapping Domestic Tariffs
"We're going to make it as difficult as hell for any entity to force us to collect taxes on their behalf."
- Montana #34 in top state's for business survey
A shallow talent pool will make it difficult to fill jobs and that struggle in talent attraction lands Montana in the bottom third of a recent survey.
- Video - Setbacks and Success - Headframe Spirits - Under the Big Sky
Having moved into their new home at the once-abandoned Kelley mine yard, the couple and their team hope to create the largest distillery in the western United States.
- Native American Development Corp. Hosting Conference, Session - 8/1-2 - Billings, Montana
This year's theme is "Community Vitality."
- Midlife crisis? It's a myth. Why life gets better after 50
We don't peak in middle age, say the experts. So forget about the stereotypes and embrace change
- 7 Skills That Aren't About to Be Automated
"What should I learn today so that I'll have a job in the future?"
- Give yourself a performance review right now. Here's how
It's easier to make a case for a raise and promotion when you have a clear sense of your own performance. Unfortunately, that part is never easy.
- Can they make government jobs as cool as Google and Goldman?
They hope to attract bright college graduates to such jobs as policy analyst, assistant to the county manager, and parks and recreation manager.
- Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul targeted by Vladimir Putin speaks in Bozeman
"It is always great to be back in Montana. I love it here and it was great to see so many, I mean hundreds of people came to my talk. A real demonstration that people in Montana really care about foreign policy. It made me feel really great to be here today," said McFaul.
- Montana health department calls staffing levels 'unsustainable' with 420 jobs left open after budget cuts
"Getting that support to families is extremely important," Hogan said. The unit has done "really well, but again I don't know how long it's sustainable."
Regional Economic Development
- Prepare your business for Idaho's rapid population growth
It is possible to have too much of a good thing, and rapid growth does bring trade-offs.
- Experiment with the nation's only co-presidents is a success at College of Idaho
This shared leadership model extends to our entire team and speaks to the collaborative efforts we believe are necessary to accomplish anything of significance in today's world.
- Foreign investment in the United States plunged 32% in 2017
"In the long run, we are likely to be owned by foreigners."
Washington State Business
- Utah's Divvy gets $35 million for its free, real-time expense platform
The fresh injection of capital is notable given that Divvy launched its first product out of beta just six months ago.
- Amazon to build large distribution facility in Spokane
It will be the online retailer's first such center in eastern Washington and will create more than 1,500 jobs with benefits on the day it opens.
- Millions of educated, experienced workers have been tossed aside by a strong economy
"If my wife weren't working -- if she didn't have benefits -- we'd be in seriously deep trouble in a hurry," he said.
- Survey says 1 in 4 University of Wyoming students experience sexual assault
The No More Committee -- also known as the University of Wyoming Sexual Misconduct Task Force -- plans to meet and discuss both the survey's findings and plans for addressing specific problems found in the survey.
- Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans
As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We'll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary.
Funding and Building your Business
- Can community design take the loneliness and angst out of aging?
The effects of that shift on Montana's mental health system are still emerging. This series is just the beginning of a statewide conversation about what a successful system could look like.
- 'Tell Us Something' - Calling all storytellers: Live storytelling series coming to Butte
Missoula-based storytelling series Tell Us Something is coming to the Mining City in November, and its organizers are looking for residents from Butte and the surrounding areas to tell personal stories based on the theme of work.
- Missoula updates historic preservation ordinance
"Most cities that we think of as destination cities ... are the ones that preserve their history and historic buildings," Upton said. "I think Missoula needs to do more of this."
Connectivity & Communications
- New Zealand firm tries 4-day work week, finds resounding success
Perpetual Guardian finds that a 4-day work week improved work-life balance for employees with little to no impact on overall productivity
- Brand Patagonia: A Founders Story And Strategy
I never wanted to be a conventional businessman. I liked climbing rocks, not corporate ladders.
- Why your team needs a constant-learning initiative
We must all be futurists
- Family pushes for Smart911 upgrades after tragedy
Your safety profile is free, private, and secure.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 3 new online marketplaces better than Craigslist
If you are buying anything on Craigslist, there are a slew of insider tips. If you're a seller, here are Craigslist power tips to sell anything quickly.
- Lab-grown burgers could be on menus by 2021
By using more advanced techniques to grow meat from cultured animal cells, the goal is to create burgers and other meat products that are both sustainable and affordable.
- Rather than demonizing driving--let's just stop subsidizing it
The problem is not that cars (or the people who drive them) are evil, but that we use them too much, and in dangerous ways.
- Self-driving pioneer foresees industry future with autonomous vehicles
What startup would you create today if you had enough time?
- Yanmar's robotic tractors bring autonomous vehicles out to farm
Plowing a field is a lot more than just running a tractor up and down a field.
- GM launches a peer-to-peer car sharing service
The service is an expansion of GM's existing car-sharing platform Maven, the company said. Maven allows people to rent cars on-demand, at low cost.
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