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"I speak of new cities and new people. I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes. I tell you yesterday is a wind gone down, a sun dropped in the west. I tell you there is nothing in the world only an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows. Tomorrow is a day." Carl Sandburg
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GigaPOP in Missoula
- Think like bad guy to protect digital data, expert tells UM audience
"People want access, but they want to be secure. Those two things are in conflict."
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Intelligent Rural Cities Offer Big-City Benefits Without the Urban Challenges
The broadband connectivity of the 21st century has made rural areas vital places to grow a business and a career.
- What Cities Can Do to Get Gigabit-Ready - "It is easier to create the future rather than predict the future"
The more you "make ready" your municipality for fiber, the better chance you have to attract private investment from a broadband company.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Fundamentals Of Project Management, 10/08, Missoula, MT
This course provides you with the foundational knowledge to get started in project management and cover the techniques you will employ throughout the life of your project.
- Western Montana CSPD Hosts 15th Annual August Institute Conference For Teachers, 8/7-9, U Of M
"August Institute is about bringing together forward-thinking educators to explore innovative and practical ways to use the Internet, tablets, apps, and other digital tools to engage their students in learning. As a regional communications and technology leader, Blackfoot is committed to supporting educators and students across the 20 western Montana communities we serve.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 12 for 7-28-2013
The Great Falls Development Authority aims to sustain growth with a fresh approach to expanding and diversifying the economy by attracting specific industries Great Falls can be competitive in.
- Great Falls Develpment Authority Annual Meeting, 8/7, Great Falls, Montana
This year we are proud to welcome Jerry Jendusa CEO of EMTEQ, one of our fastest growing new companies, as our key note speaker.
Come Home Montana
- How the digital age has reshaped the ad game
The combined companies will now have more data analysts working together to process information and pull out learning points, says Wren. "The real value is how many analysts we have that can process and turn data and into meaningful analysis," he says.
- Three Keys to Creating a Data-Driven Hiring Strategy
HR departments that identify both present and future vulnerabilities can predict and preempt impending challenges and craft a more strategic, forward-thinking recruiting infrastructure. The good news is that most of the information needed to reveal those patterns already exists.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Business Opportunity - Small Technology Business For Sale
Two business lines provide ample growth opportunity in the health and wellness/athletics sectors
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Writer/Editor - University of Montana Foundation
This position is responsible for developing and editing targeted, strategic fundraising communications to assist the organization in meeting its fundraising goals.
- August MEDA Online News
Coming soon: more information on the Ignite Montana! segment of the MEDA Fall Conference, to be held in Sidney, October 2 - 4th.
Montana Economic Development
- Strategies 360 is recruiting in Missoula for a local focus group
We are a local advertising and marketing firm recruiting participants for a focus group that will take place in Missoula on August 5th, 2013, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm.
- Missoula based "The Ghost", a robotic stabilizer for digital cameras under 3.5 pounds, raises $50K on Kickstarter
"I'm planning on producing probably 100 by Christmas," Spaulding says. "But if Kickstarter takes off even more, we'll have to hire more people."
- REC splits into two solar divisions; no layoffs in Butte expected as result
A move to restructure Renewable Energy Corp., which employs 300 full-time workers in its Butte plant, isn't expected to lead to layoffs, the company said Wednesday.
- Zinc Air, Inc. Changes Name to ViZn Energy Systems, Inc.
New Name Reflects Company's Commitment to Meet the Needs of and Revolutionize the Energy Storage Industry
- Filling a Media Marketing Void in Eureka, Montana
"We want Eureka to be successful, but keep that small town feel," Desiree said about her community and businesses goals.
- Missoula's Montana Lavender Gardens takes sales to Internet
"I don't want to step on the toes of local growers here," Greer said, explaining that doesn't sell lavender products in local stores and markets.
Business Plan Forums
- NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centers of Excellence
Applicants responding to the BD2K Center of Excellence funding opportunity announcement should identify a research topic and propose research in data science.
Government and University TechTransfer
- Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) Fall 2013 Call for Presenting Companies
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this conference. I am on the board of RMVCA, the selection committee and have hosted these events in the past. It would be great to get a few Montana companies on the stage! John
Incubators and R&D
- Ready-to-sign license speeds up Sandia tech transfer
Sandia National Laboratories is building a portfolio of intellectual property that can be licensed by businesses in as little as an hour.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- University of Montana to join hunt for Earth-like planets
"We've got this opportunity now to be involved in one of the hottest fields in astrophysics, if not science as a whole," said McCrady. "To be involved in a major scientific question like this is a major opportunity. The question of whether we're alone is a big one."
- Overwhelming Number of North Dakota Schools Fail to Meet National Test Standards
Out of the 18 schools in his district, only Roosevelt Elementary and Longfellow Elementary had high enough test scores to meet what's called the Adequate Yearly Progress report, or AYP.
Washington State Business
- New Firm Creation by State, 2011
In 2011, Nevada had the highest concentration of new firms in its economy of any state. About 10.9 percent of all Nevada firms were less than a year old that year. Florida placed a close second with 10.6 percent new firms in its economy. Other top states include Utah, Texas and Arizona
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Innovate will try again to get state funding
Scott Morris, CEO of Avista and chair of the Innovate Washington board, said the goal will be to give legislators next year a larger pile of evidence supporting the case that the agency is worth funding.
Montana Education Excellence
- Universities Create Their Own Social Networks For Students
Learning institutions has decided that engaging with students through social media requires more than just a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
- Higher Education Searches Rise on Google, Reveal Marketing Opportunity
Searches for traditional universities and their online programs are on the rise.
- California State University unveils 'radical' new plan for online courses
This means a student from San Francisco State can sign up for a microeconomics course taught at CSU Northridge, while students from that Southern California campus can learn all about U.S. politics from a professor who teaches in San Francisco.
- New Study Sheds Light on Free Online Courses
For now, these courses appear to compete for student attention more with television shows, rather than with brick-and-mortar classrooms.
- Google's grants gear up to promote STEM studies
In a blog post Friday, Google's K12 Pre-University Education Outreach officer Marielena Ivory revealed that the tech giant's annual RISE awards -- Roots in Science and Engineering -- are now looking for a fresh wave of partners willing to help students become excited about STEM studies.
- Big Data Analytics course for students, entrepreneurs and business leaders at the University of Montana
Short introduction to functional programming. Implementation of matrix algebra and sorting algorithms in a functional language.
- Medical residents begin rotations as part of new program in Missoula
A new medical residency program sponsored by the University of Montana kicked off this month and seeks to keep doctors in the state's rural areas and bolster the availability and quality of care.
- Outside names Seeley Elementary to list of 'Best Places to Work'
Among the standout benefits that Seeley Lake school staff receive: paid gym memberships, flexible leave packages for vacation, sick leave and professional development.
- Raising Montana: featuring Montanans you can count on
It is a day marked by giant red bows, a party on the Oval and hundreds of thank you cards. But more importantly, PHILanthropy Day gives campus the opportunity to thank donors.
- University of Montana Awarded a $1 Million Endowment for Nontraditional Student Scholarships
"Montana is a state of small towns, with many residents coming from humble beginnings," said UM President Royce Engstrom. "Many students are returning to school after having spent years working in traditional Montana industries. The endowment comes at an important time for our institution and our state as we work to increase significantly the number of people with college degrees."
- Montana colleges could be forced to change as feds demand higher graduation rates
"Some kids need six years to figure out who they are."
Funding and Building your Business
- 7 ways Portland is better than other cities - an outsider's perspective.
The following observations are of the end-result rather than the policies, politics, or history that led to downtown Portland's current condition. They are through the eyes of a visitor with his own city's redevelopment efforts as a basis for comparison.
Energy and Climate Change
- Control Issues Generally In Term Sheets
Significantly, even in successful venture-backed companies, a large percentage of the founders are fired, retired, or otherwise relieved of their duties prior to the company's achieving its maturity.
- Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need
The conventional wisdom is that our education system is failing our economy. But our companies deserve a lot of the blame themselves.
- Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act
The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line.
Connectivity & Communications
- Finally, an itemized utilities bill
With all our other appliances and electronics whirring about, wouldn't it be great to know exactly what we're paying for on our utilities bill?
- Senator Tester scores another victory for rural internet access
Senator gets communications agency to 're-think' rule limiting rural investment
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Open Government projects receive more than $3.2 million as winners of Knight News Challenge
The Knight News Challenge on Open Gov asked innovators to present solutions that make public information more relevant and useful, helping journalists to do their jobs and empowering citizens to contribute to community progress.
- How Can Techies and Planners Work Together to Create Better Cities?
"Here in urban Silicon Valley -- and especially in San Francisco -- the tech community has begun wading into the realm of urban planning, oftentimes without even realizing it."
- House Appropriations Orders Use of State Wildlife Data by Federal Agencies
The report highlights the opportunity to save federal funds by maximizing the use of state data and analysis, and directs agencies to avoid duplicative analysis of raw data prepared by the states, who are the primary managers for wildlife within their borders.
- The Future of the Public-Sector IT Workforce
Public-sector CIOs are rethinking the hiring process as they seek leaders to replace an aging IT workforce.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Red Ants Pants Music a rockin' success in White Sulphur Springs, Montana
They came from as far as Mozambique, Chile, Switzerland, Malaysia, Canada and all points of Montana to converge on White Sulphur Springs for the Red Ants Pants Music Festival July 25-28.
- Comcast launches new X1 service in Utah to compete in innovative industry
The X1 platform is agnostic, so smartphones or iPhones, iPads or tablets can access more than 45,000 programs.
- Platform enables designers to publish and share interactive 3D models online
Sketchfab is aiming to do for 3D fabrication what Youtube did for video, enabling designers to publish, share and embed their files in a visual and interactive way on any website.
- Man 3D-printing his own replica Aston Martin DB4
Ivan Sentch, a programmer from Auckland, is printing the British GT. Using a Nissan Skyline GTS25T as a donor car, Sentch is going to print the Aston's body with a $499 solidoodle home 3D printer.
- Flying car wows EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh
The company is demonstrating how the craft can go from the highway to the skies by simply unfolding its wings, starting its propeller and roaring down the runway.
- Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year
The potential implications of these results are i)expected rapid growth of distributed manufacturing using open-source 3-D printing, ii) large-scale adoption and shifts to life-cycle thinking in consumption, iii) growth of localized cottage industries, and iv) a revitalization of hands-on engineering based education.
- Need to use a 3-D printer? Try your local library.
Libraries are bringing in e-book rentals, computers loaded with graphic design programs, and yes, 3-D printers to maintain their digital street cred.
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