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“My generation caused this mess. Your generation has to fix it.” Dr. Steven Running, Nobel laureate and Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana-Missoula ** There are ways to stem climate change - Teachers from across the nation get hands-on look at climate change at Glacier National Park ** http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) Fall 2013 Call for Presenting Companies http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Parsec Data Management
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Summer 2013 Newsletter
SBIR vs. STTR -- What's the difference?
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Montana Technology Connection, 7/30, Missoula, Montana
Learn more about how local providers have become leaders in the country in technology services and what you need to know to insure your businesses success.
GigaPOP in Missoula
- Registration Open for the Sixth Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte, MT on September 16 and 17, 2013.
The goal of the summit is simple: boost the state's economy by finding Montana solutions for Montana jobs.
- The robots that conquered Fremont: Watch 'em making Teslas
It's amazing what 160 robots can do. Get 'em together with 20,000 pounds of aluminum coils, and the next thing you know, you have a car.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Don't Blame Big Cable. It's Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition
Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government's Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it's really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Smithsonian Channel's 'Aerial America' To Feature Montana, 7/21, TV
The Sunday episode features some of the most beautiful and historic sights Big Sky Country has to offer, including Glacier National Park, Virginia City, Pompeys Pillar, the Blackfoot River, the Old Works Golf Course, Mission Falls and Helena.
- An angler's paradise: Montana's 'Small water' Smith River long on fish
It's also an easy river to fish. Fishermen don't have to cast very far or be expert fly-fisherman.
- Great Falls Wind Energy Forum - Public invited, 7/23, Great Falls, Montana
"This is an important discussion for Montana. Our aim is to take inventory of where we've been, where we are now, where we need to go and what we need to get there-creating jobs and new opportunities for our state in the process." Great Falls Development Authority President and CEO Brett Doney
Come Home Montana
- Turning Trash (Data) into Treasure
Help your organization realize tangible value from the unstructured data scattered across your business.
- Here Comes BI Change
Firms that fail to prepare employees for enterprise BI change early enough or well enough will be left behind. They need to implement a multifaceted series of activities ranging from management communication about why change is needed to in-depth, role-appropriate employee training.
- Want to Be the Next Nate Silver? That'll Cost You $60,000
The trouble is that data scientists are hard to come by. They tend to be insurance underwriters or experimental physicists or half-trained economists who just happen to have a talent for analyzing data. But that may change.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer - snapApps.com Inc.
As a snapApps Software Engineer, you would work with other developers in web design, website maintenance, and the creation and upkeep of Windows based programs.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Hosted Services Consultant II, Response Team Intern, Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Hosted Services Consultant I, Cloud Network Administrator - Xcentric
At Xcentric, we work hard, we're passionate about what we do, and we have fun doing it. We believe in building strong relationships with the people we work with-- come join our team!
- Cabela's Begins 'Mass Hiring' in Kalispell, Montana
According to a press release from the company, interviews for the positions are scheduled to take place from Aug. 7 through Aug. 10.
- Montana Career Opportunity - General Manager - Acoustic Division - Gibson Guitars
The General Manager-Acoustic is responsible to lead the sales and manufacturing operations for a large manufacturing division. This position requires full P & L responsibility.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Chief Operating Officer , Chief Information Officer, Senior Stop Loss Analyst - Employee Benefit Management Services, Inc.
Our focus is how we can help our employees use their natural talents and strengths, while contributing to their personal and professional growth, and the growth of our organization.
- Save the Date for the Leadership Montana Event of the Year!
This event is open to anyone who cares about Montana and the way Montanans work with one another for the greater good.
Montana Economic Development
- Helping Business Take the Next Step - MCFC newsletter
MCFC's role is to package, process, close and service loans in the state of Montana.
- Women-Owned Small Business Certification Workshop Coming to a Montana City Near You!
Obtain Your Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Status for Federal Government Contracting
- Montana Community Development Corporation 2012 Annual Report
These statistics can't impart the full story of how our communities brighten from the work of each business owner, entrepreneur, and community we worked with in 2012 like these:
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Montana CDC, U.S. Bank, and partners secure $7.3 million in financing for Bullhook Community Health Center in Havre, Montana
"One of the biggest challenges in rural America is making sure folks can access high-quality, affordable health care - and community health centers like Bullhook provide that care to thousands of Montanans. This New Markets Tax Credit will improve folks' lives across Hill County, while also creating dozens of jobs in north-central Montana." Senator Jon Tester
- Leadership Lessons - A Business School Professor Climbs Mount Everest
"To get the most out of business school, you must have an unwavering commitment to your goals, work effectively in teams, and be willing to take risks and put yourself in stretch situations. The same is true with mountaineering."
Business Plan Forums
- New apps do heavy lifting during the job search
Finding a job is not easy but a range of smartphone and web apps are designed to customize employment searches and even provide information on the competition.
- Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) Fall 2013 Call for Presenting Companies
Companies of all stages will be considered--from seed level start-ups to established companies looking for growth capital.
Incubators and R&D
- New Boise call center to hire 1,800 people
The department plans eight job fairs in southwestern Idaho starting Thursday to hire permanent and seasonal customer service representatives and operations support employees.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- MSU biofilm meeting, workshop bring industry scientists to Bozeman
The workshops CBE runs for its corporate partners prior to each semiannual meeting are aimed at giving industry scientists some practical application or methodology that they can use in their own labs.
- BYU inventors solve manufacturing problem for car companies
Friction bit joining is a relatively new manufacturing technique that uses friction to permanently bond two overlaid metals.
Regional Economic Development
- Leaders discuss a film future for North Dakota
The next move is to build an infrastructure by increasing interest in the industry on the local level.
Washington State Business
- Reimagining Business Involvement - A new frontier for postsecondary education
This issue of the Progress of Education Reform explores new models of business involvement that could substantially decrease private sector training costs and presents ways that policymakers can integrate these approaches into a coherent statewide engagement strategy.
- recovery: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2020
This report looks forward to the year 2020 and predicts the state of the American economy.
- Pipeline Towns Hope for Tax Windfall
Some cash-strapped rural areas in the West say they need tax revenue from the Keystone XL pipeline for health care and roads. Opponents of the project say the money won't last long and will come with a host of problems.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- University of Washington announcing 17 tech spinoffs
Get ready to hear more about startups based on technology developed at the University of Washington.
- Moving Forward: Strengthening Your State's Capacity to Bring Innovation to Scale
This brief describes how the three states have improved their capacity to accelerate change and pursue a student success agenda, presenting a systemic four-step process to assess the strengths of the existing state infrastructure and determine what needs to be done to enhance, diffuse, and sustain it.
- Can Emotional Intelligence Help Stop Bullying?
These programs teach kids the basics of emotional intelligence from kindergarten through high school. And they work.
Montana Education Excellence
- Barrage of Cyberattacks Challenges Campus Culture
Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen.
- Idaho's $3 Million School Tech Pilot Aims to Support Educational Outcome
The Idaho State Department of Education's pilot aims to ensure that technology isn't being used simply for technology's sake
- Big ideas: Stanford program teaches innovators business and leadership skills
Participants in Stanford Ignite at the Graduate School of Business learn how to move their innovative ideas forward.
- Governor Bullock lays out broad education goals for Montana
The governor discussed a laundry list of broad ideas at a meeting of the Board of Education, which includes leaders of both the college and K-12 systems.
- Montana Tech receives recognition for valuable degrees
Montana Tech is the top school in the state when it comes to the "lifetime return on investment."
- Former Microsoft CFO John Connors addresses Bozeman crowd
"All of the industries in the world that create the most wealth and require the most skill, the United States is pretty much the leader in every single one of those industries," Connors said. "There's tremendous opportunity the next 25 years with transformational technologies."
Funding and Building your Business
- Young and Homeless - New coordinated efforts are underway to address homelessness among young people
As the testimonies keep surfacing, the alarming reality of homelessness among local young people is increasingly coming to light. But new awareness has sparked coordinated efforts among community members and school administrators to address the problem.
Energy and Climate Change
- New SEC Rules Could Kill Angel Investing, Hurt Startups, and Hinder Job Growth
"Safe Harbors" to Verify Accredited Investor Status Require Divulging Personal Financial Info
- Dim Lighting Sparks Creativity
New German research finds a darkened room encourages freedom of thought and inspires innovation.
- How Do Entrepreneurs Build an Innovative Team?
A typical approach to dealing with team dysfunction or no innovation process is to work around it, which normally leads to startup failure.
- The Proposed SEC Rules Undermine The Goal Of The JOBS Act
While the "proposed rules" are still "proposed", hopefully the SEC will reject these new proposals, especially in the context of Congress's mandate to Jumpstart Our Business Startups.
- Paul Graham - "Do Things that Don't Scale"
The most common unscalable thing founders have to do at the start is to recruit users manually. Nearly all startups have to. You can't wait for users to come to you. You have to go out and get them.
- Don't Ask a Best Friend to be Your Startup Mentor
Don't confuse a business mentor with a business coach.
Connectivity & Communications
- Breakthrough: Newfangled reactors will slash costs of nuclear power
Many of the alternatives can burn nuclear "waste" as fuel, thus answering the vexing the question of what to do with waste, the study says. And they lend themselves to assembly-line construction.
- Battery Seen as Way to Cut Heat-Related Power Losses
The company projects that its cost will be $160 a kilowatt-hour, and that it would provide electricity cheaper than a new gas power plant built to help fulfill periods of high demand.
- There are ways to stem climate change - Teachers from across the nation get hands-on look at climate change at Glacier National Park
"My generation caused this mess. Your generation has to fix it." Dr. Steven Running, Nobel laureate and Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana-Missoula
- Google is considering Internet cable service
If Google has its way, you might someday get cable television the same way you get Gmail: through any ordinary Internet connection.
- Invitation To EDA Data Tools Webinar: STATS America, 7/25, Online
This webinar will provide an overview of STATS America (http://www.statsamerica.org), an EDA-supported data tool that you can use as part of your project decision making process.
- How Some Cities Are Creating Permanent Pipelines of Innovation
The authors suggest using data to improve decision-making and to design solutions. Data is particularly important for holding providers and programs accountable for results -- and for finding far more efficient and cost-effective ways to deliver public services.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
It's what it says it is....
- Holographic TV might be closer than you think
This display could produce video images 30 times a second, which is deemed fast enough to produce the illusion of motion. All of this is thanks to an optical chip that he built himself for around $10.
- Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing
OMsignal has developed a shirt embedded with sensors able to detect and track the wearer's emotional state, and even share the data socially.
- New surgical knife can instantly detect cancer
Surgeons may have a new way to smoke out cancer.
- A New Twist on 3-D Printing: With Liquid Metal
The ability to print liquid metal structures that hold their shapes could lead to new applications in electrical components.
- Automobile startup plans a line of super-small cars with novel payment plan
For people who don't want to pay up front for the $6,800 car, which has two front wheels and one back wheel, Elio plans to give away cars to people who sign up for a credit card and agree to use it to pay for their gas.
- Montana Governor Bullock urged to take up development of southern Montana rail line
Their goal is to restore the North Coast Hiawatha route across southern and central Montana, possibly from Glendive, Miles City, Billings, Livingston, Bozeman and Helena to Missoula.
- Guerrilla Bike Lane Intervention Leads to Sanctioned Solution in Seattle
In many other cities, such acts are met with scorn and threats of legal action from city officials. But Seattle's Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang did not. Instead, he wrote an equally polite email back apologizing for the fact that they needed to remove the pylons, but thanking the group for making a statement about road safety.
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