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This will be another outstanding conference for all of Montana to showcase our innovation and energy to the world. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html They key fundamentals of the conference are: "Nothing is off the table. No Politics. The private sector should drive solutions." Please pass along your ideas and solutions to Sen. Baucus' staff http://www.baucus.sena ... .gov/
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group To Honor 28 Local Students With $24 ,000 In Scholarships At Annual Meeting , 5/4, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- MEDA 2013 Spring Conference "MEDA: 20 Years Of Partnership And Progress.", 5/8-10, Hamilton, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Thrive" - University of Montana Unveils New Brand Initiatives - New logo- New website- New promise http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Kansas City's Gigabit Internet Experiment Starts To Take Shape
"The whole point of the program is to lure businesses here that would never have otherwise considered Kansas City," Barreth said. "And it's a way that I'm hoping to put Kansas City on the map and really help people move here to exploit Google Fiber."
- Google Fiber Spurs Telcos to Action, but Monopoly Fears Linger
The reactions of established service providers are proving the company's point--that there's not enough competition in the telecommunications industry.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Why you should see Yellowstone by bicycle
My second reason for riding a bicycle into Yellowstone in the spring is that everyone seems so friendly. I've visited the park in every season, and springtime visitors always seem to be the most accessible.
- Room to roam - Montana Wilderness Association offers 100 free, guided walks
Walks range from easy day hikes to backpack trips and opportunities to take part in trail building and noxious weeds eradication projects. Details about the hikes such as mileage, level of difficulty, elevation gain and walk highlights are included in the catalog.
- Spring TecNet Networking Event, 5/23, Billings, Montana
TecNet is a networking group for people who work in the technology field in the Billings, MT area.
Come Home Montana
- Guess What? Health Care Data is More Secure in the Cloud
It matters not where your data exists, but ways of access. This is the case for both cloud-based systems and traditional enterprise computing.
- You Are What You Like
Cambridge researchers have delved into the question of whether or not someone's private traits can be teased out of digital records of human behavior. What was found is the astounding revelation that someone's race, religion, gender, and political views reveal personality with 82 to 95 percent reliability.
- City of Billings fights rumors about building permit review time
An exasperated clerk, asked by a contractor how long it would take to get his permit approved, said it would be eight to 10 weeks.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Software Engineer - Assura Tech
Required Experience: Real. And lots of it.
- Polson, Motnana Searching for New City Manager
DeVries said a five-person search committee was organized in April to find and hire a new manager. Until then, the commission will likely appoint a temporary manager and DeVries said they are looking for candidates.
- Montana Career Opportunities - HRIS Analyst, Recruiter, Infrastructure Analyst and more... - Plum Creek
Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in the nation and the most geographically diverse.
- May MEDA Online News
You have until Friday at 5:00pm to register for the MEDA 20 Years of Partnership and Progress Spring Conference.
Montana Economic Development
- Butte, Montana's Resodyn Acoustic Mixers in negotiations to sell products in Japan
Last week representatives traveled to a pharmaceutical trade show to launch their product in Tokyo.
- Facetime Q and A with University of Montana alum Michael FitzGerald '00 (Submittable.com)
FitzGerald is CEO of Submittable, an enterprise software company that allows publishers to easily accept and curate digital content. FitzGerald founded the company in 2009 with Bruce Tribbensee and John Brownell. Submittable now has more than 700,000 users and supports the editorial process of major publishers, including National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, and McSweeney's Quarterly and Books.
- Bozeman-based tech company Schedulicity announces Joshua Spitzer as new CEO
Since 2009, they've helped book some 23 million appointments in 2,700 cities.
- D.A. Davidson & Co. to merge with Crowell, Weedon & Co.
Crowell Weedon will be part of D.A. Davidson's Individual Investor Group.
- Darby, Montana's Lightfoot Cycles president works to redesign pedicabs for Asian markets
Lightfoot Cycles http://lightfootcycles.com/ president Rod Miner was recently invited by the Asian Development Bank to participate in a design conference in Manila, to evaluate and solve problems related to pedicab transportation in Asian cities.
- Golden Helix brings in new CEO
"I honestly think the sky's the limit," he said. "We're witnessing over the next 10 years a major change in the way the health care supply chain is organized.... I'm very confident that we are extremely well-positioned to benefit from that trend."
- Tony Preite Appointed by White House to Lead Montana USDA Rural Development
"Tony's long record of creating jobs and bringing new businesses to Montana make him the right man to strengthen Montana's economy," Tester said.
- Social media leaders with Yelp, Bing, Facebook and Google to speak at Montana Senator Jon Tester's May 17 tourism workshop
Tester's Bozeman workshop builds on the success of his 12 previous small business workshops held across Montana. More than 2,000 Montana companies and individuals have attended the sessions.
- Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development Program Public Hearing Process, 5/22, Helena, Montana
The Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development (CDBG‐ED) Program receives program income from revolved loan funds stemming from economic development loans using CDBG Recovery (CDBG-R) funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Tesla Founder Elon Musk to Join 6th Montana Economic Development Summit September 16th and 17th in Butte
"Having one of the most visionary entrepreneurs of our time in Montana will continue to help put our state on the map as a growing hub for technology, innovation and manufacturing. I'm thrilled Elon Musk will be coming to Montana to help make our 6th Montana Economic Development Summit the best yet," said Baucus.
- Become an MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA member!
The Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Project (MTCC VISTA) is currently accepting applications from interested applicants for positions across Montana.
Incubators and R&D
- States Look to Reduce Part-Time Lawmakers' Bias
Dozens of new laws aimed at reducing conflicts of interest have been introduced this year.
Regional Economic Development
- Professor Alan Alda teaches scientists how to speak
He's proving you don't need a degree in science to help spread the word about the latest findings.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- America's Small Business Crisis and What States Can Do About It - Is your state creating jobs and driving growth?
The following are some new and innovative policy and program approaches that states are employing and/or supporting to create and expand small businesses, often in cooperation with local and regional development organizations.
- America's Rural-Urban Divide is Growing
But it's not all bad news for rural America.
- Warren Buffett says women are the future of the economy
"Now, thank heavens, the structural barriers for women are falling."
Washington State Business
- Student and Faculty Entrepreneurs Face Unique Challenges, Conflicts in Taking Innovations from University Lab to Market
Kauffman-funded paper examines experiences of entrepreneurs and offers guidance for entrepreneurs and universities to improve commercialization
- Itronix era ends not with a bang but a whimper
Itronix, a homegrown Spokane company that designed computers capable of surviving a 10-foot drop onto a concrete floor, didn't survive its final challenge - being gobbled up by General Dynamics Corp.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Using Data to Improve the Performance of Workforce Training
This paper proposes a state-by-state solution, relying on a competitive framework to encourage states to help prospective trainees make better-informed choices.
- Students Teaching Teachers Technology
Dr. Roland Rios turned the tables on education by having the students teach the teachers instructional technology.
- Know before you go: uncovering the payoffs of higher education
Until now no one had thought to leverage these numbers to inform education and career choices. But by separating the data from individual identities, that same data can reveal much about education and careers.
Montana Education Excellence
- B-Schools Know How You Think, but How Do You Feel?
Measuring EQ--or emotional intelligence quotient--is the latest attempt by business schools to identify future stars. Since students typically start their job hunts almost as soon as they arrive on campus, the schools have little time to fix any faults.
- Professors Avoid the Middleman in Hawking Expertise to Companies
It is a subtle change--executives in those workshops see little difference--but the shift saves companies money and endangers a revenue stream for the educational institutions.
- "Thrive" - University of Montana Unveils New Brand Initiatives - New logo- New website- New promise
"At the end of the day, our brand is about the students we impact and the people and place that make that impact," he said. "It's up to all of us to tell the stories of people going above and beyond so that others can thrive."
- Montana State University still top choice for bright Montana high-school grads
More than half of Montana's best and brightest high school students are applying to attend Montana State University.
- Montana State University finishes strong year of scholarship wins with Rhodes, Udall, Goldwaters, Marshall and more
In March, the university learned that all four of its nominees for the Goldwater Scholarship had been chosen as winners - a rare feat for any university nationally.
- University of Montana Student Wins International Business Competition
Students from more than 20 countries competed in the online challenge, in which participants manage a simulation of a multimillion-dollar company.
Funding and Building your Business
- Humanities MONTANA May e-Newsletter
This year Humanities Montana will provide up to 60 grants to nonprofit organizations, 137 Speakers Bureau programs, 80 Speakers in the Schools visits, the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, the Governor's Humanities Awards, Letters About Literature, and many more humanities events in communities all across Montana.
- Accessibility - Long way still to go in Missoula and the Nation
"This is a national issue. It's a matter of civil rights."
Energy and Climate Change
- The Smarter-Companies Community
The Smarter-Companies Community is where knowledge about intangible capital turns into tangible results. This is a learning community where participants initiate dialog, share ideas and collaborate to create value.
- How One Company Taught Its Employees How To Be Happier, And What Happened Next
A happy workforce raises sales by 37 percent, productivity by 31 percent, and accuracy on tasks by 19 percent.
- Elevator pitch case studies: 5 examples to learn from
Having a good concept is one thing. Having to present that concept another.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Wind Energy, Income and Jobs
Does wind-energy production lead to higher incomes and more jobs for local residents? A study of counties in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains indicates that answer may be yes.
- BP's Gulf Oil Spill Was Much Worse Than You Were Led to Believe
Hertsgaard focuses on BP's use of Corexit, the "dispersant" substance used to break up the oil, which is thought to have sickened hundreds of cleanup workers and local residents, damaged gulf wildlife and ecosystems, and helped conceal the true extent of the disaster.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bison, Pronghorn, Plants and Kids! - American Prarie Reserve Newsletter Spring 2013
See how the Reserve's sure and steady growth is a powerful example of how a mission driven, non-governmental effort can result in one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken in American history.
- Craving Wi-Fi, preferably free and really fast
"What we're seeing is a reluctance to pay."
- San Francisco Mayor Signs Landmark Open Data Policy and Procedures Legislation
It puts in one place all approved city data that help constituents make better use of information.
- Shaking Up Washington State's IT Culture
In this video Cockrill talks about the need to build an agile, mobile state IT workforce.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Contemporary Nonprofit Challenges: How To Manage Risks, 05/09, Kalispell
Are you willing to tell all of your donors that their recent donations are no longer tax-deductible?
- Montana-made film "Winter in the Blood" accepted into prestigious international Los Angeles Film Festival
"Alex and Andrew's award-winning projects epitomize the film talent we have in Montana. Their vision for bringing Montana stories to the big screen has been extraordinary," said Deny Staggs, Montana film commissioner. "It's been a pleasure for the Montana Film Office to work with them on this project and others."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Men's suit that turns transparent when wearer is lying
The group has already released its range of womenswear that turns transparent based on electronic signals it receives.
- Putting on a pair of sandals was never so "entertaining"
- Google Glass a hit with early adopters
Startup executive Brandon Allgood, meanwhile, has learned to remove his Glass headset before sitting down to dinner with his wife.
- Should we all just order groceries online?
New research from the University of Washington found that using grocery delivery services can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half compared to individuals making car trips to the grocery store.
- Scientists Discover a Brain Region That Controls Aging
Turns out that the elusive Fountain of Youth may exist after all ... in our heads.
- 3-D Printed Ear Made From Calf Cells and Nanoparticles 'Hears' Radio Frequencies
"This field has the potential to generate customized replacement parts for the human body, or even create organs containing capabilities beyond what human biology ordinarily provides."
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