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“Things that might take you a minute or two to download at home are done in a matter of literally seconds. We want to send the message that Missoula is open for high-tech business.” Bill Squires, CEO, Blackfoot Telecommunications
Montana Technology Connection Series, 9/4, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Governor Bullock Welcomes New Montana Ambassadors http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Parsec Data Management
- Casting a Wider Net - How travel and recreation in Montana benefit individuals, the economy, and the landscape.
This article will explore the economic and demographic characteristics of the jobs supported by travel and recreation, the extent of and potential reasons for recent employment growth, and how these changes can benefit individuals and Montana as a whole.
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Montana Technology Connection Series, 9/4, Bozeman, Montana
This is the final stop in the series that serves as an information source for local businesses that require technology services and supply them with important information about Montana based technology providers. It will help quantify the importance and availability of utilizing in state technology resources to help businesses grow.
- Elon Musk to demo "Iron Man" holographic interface
Musk has "figured out how to design rocket parts just with hand movements through the air (seriously). Now just need a high frame rate holographic generator."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- iConnect Montana Updates
Collocating in an iConnect Montana facility can provide a cost effective means of achieving the security and reliability necessary to thrive in today's information technology-intensive environment.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Nonresident Visitors Have Lots to Say About Montana
"We enjoyed our stay in Montana! We got spectacular impressions of the landscape, wildlife and historical sites. We will come back!"
Great Falls Development Authority
- Missoula, Montana Now Offers Gigabit Internet Service
Gigabit Internet service will transform opportunities for growth-oriented enterprises.
- Great Falls Development Authority - Top 9 notworthy events of the week of 8-25-13
The Port of Northern Montana broke ground for the new Shelby MultiModal Hub Center!
Come Home Montana
- Wyndham CFO Pursues Pricing Advantage in Big Data
"the payoff exceeded what we expected."
- Business Intelligence vs. Big Data vs. Data Analytics
Business Intelligence (BI) encompasses a variety of tools and methods that can help organizations make better decisions by analyzing "their" data.
- Law Firms Must Become More Business Focused
There is a way to begin to bring a firm to a level where the path to success is better understood and attainable.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunities - Client Services Representative, Document Pro, Software Developer, Technical Services Support Specialist - Tyler Technologies
At Tyler Technologies, we devote all of our time, energy and resources to help local governments and school districts become more efficient, accessible and responsive to the needs of their constituents.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Finance Director - Montana Association of Counties
This position will also serve as an integral part of the management team, to assist in the development and implementation of policies and strategic planning for the Association and the Trusts
- Ignite Montana 2013- Economic Development Focus - Call For Presenters, 10/2-4, Sidney, Montana
Are you a cutting-edge economic developer? Do you have a great economic development innovation you want to share with all of Montana? Here's your chance to brag and make a difference!
- Governor Bullock Welcomes New Montana Ambassadors
The Montana Ambassadors http://montanaambassadors.com is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization of leaders in business, education, and the professions with a common dedication to living and doing business in Montana and to furthering the best interests of the state. At the pleasure of the Governor, its members act as official Ambassadors of the State of Montana.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Please Support Missoula's iDecoLamp On Kickstarter
Transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into nightlight art. We've combined 3D Printing and iOS App development and it's mesmerizing!
- Missoula's Rocky Mountain School of Photography celebrates 25th anniversary
One summer of career training alone can bring an estimated $1.3 million to the community with students from around the world paying tuition, renting rooms and dining out for as long as six months.
- SpatialSci - The one stop shop for teachers committed to implementing geo-technologies into K-12 classroom instruction.
Geo-technologies are used daily in so many aspects of human activity that many predict it will one day be a required basic skill set just as word processing is today.
- Rotorcraft DevelopmentCorporation of Hamilton, Montana Keeps Improving Bell Helicopters including the "Huey"
A new Structures Shop is being completed that will house our approved Repair Fixtures for Bell Medium and Bell 206 series to repair and rebuild fuselages and tail booms for the UH-1 and OH-58.
- The Montana Jerky Company - Columbia Falls, Montana beef jerky finds fans across the country
"It's a very vital part of our economy here in Montana. It's a very vital part of our culture in Montana as a state."
- Missoula Economic Partnership Angel Network connecting entrepreneurs with capital
We are pleased at the successes we've seen so far, and expect more to come: Our next pitch session will take place in October, with four more companies presenting their business cases to investors.
- How Creating A Better Bucket List Becomes A Blueprint For Living Your Best Life
"People make fun of me for my list," she says. "People just associate it with dying. They don't realize it's actually a way to live."
- Consider these factors before moving into the nonprofit sector
In many ways, the transition from a for-profit setting to one that exists for a greater cause can seem like an exciting adventure that is full of new challenges and where strong leadership thrives.
- Economic Gardening - GrowFL adds to Florida companies' growth rate, employment expansion
"The goal of the program is to stimulate investment and job creation to expanding businesses and these results prove our success."
Government and University TechTransfer
- 15 ways to financial disaster: Great Falls loses $15 million on energy venture
The city of Great Falls is expected to lose more than $15 million on its failed energy venture known as Electric City Power.
- Crossing the chasm: How UW-Madison can be more open for business
"In 1992, starting a UW spinoff was like pulling teeth," Mackie said, but the culture has changed enough over time that most faculty - especially younger members - recognize how technology transfer meshes with the mission of a modern research university.
Incubators and R&D
- CTO Greg Zickau on Idaho IT Initiatives
If you don't have the network foundation in place, then you're not going to be successful.
- The Problems With Incubators, and How to Solve Them
There are over 7,500 business incubators around the world. Most of them fail.
Regional Economic Development
- State considers deferring student loans for young entrepreneurs
Specifics of the plan are still taking shape, but it may lower repayments of loans administered by the authority to less than $100 a month over a period of two years.
- Want to Grow the Economy? Change Four Attitudes About Women Entrepreneurs
Why does the start-up rate of women-owned businesses soar while the number in the big leagues -- more than $1 million in revenue -- stagnates?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wall Street West: How Salt Lake City became Goldman Sachs' 4th largest global office
Utah's capital is fast becoming Wall Street's Western outpost and the world's biggest investment bank is its poster boy.
- What teachers want you to know
An award-winning principal shares the secrets to make everyone's school experience better.
- These Teens Are Solving The Skills Shortage By Teaching Other Kids How To Code
In other words, not only do they get a head start on a great career, they agree to teach others how to code.
Montana Education Excellence
- Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan
Colleges need to demonstrate the value of their product with hard numbers, an increasingly popular maxim holds, or lawmakers will try to do it for them.
- They're the indentured generation - How bankruptcy could help solve the student loan crisis
Education has become so expensive ... and people are coming out of college with $50,000 to $100,000 in debt. Then they meet hard times and now they become this permanent underclass. It's horrible. We ought not be doing that in this country."
- Idaho's new education standards promise to make homework a new experience for everyone involved
Education is no longer about cramming facts into kids' heads. It's not "6 times 8 is 48. Now remember it."
- The Official Newsletter of Montana State University-Northern August 23, 2013
"MSU Northern, a teaching institution, serves a diverse student population by providing liberal arts, professional and technical education programs ranging from certificates through master's degrees. The university promotes a student centered and culturally enriched environment endorsing lifelong learning, personal growth and responsible citizenship. The university partners with a variety of community and external entities to enhance collaborative learning, provide applied research opportunities, stimulate economic development and expand student learning experiences."
- University of Montana - State of the University Address August 23 , 2013
We have the responsibility to become a great university, and we have the opportunity before us. Now is our time .
- Leading by Example Montana State University to focus on students becoming leaders, making a difference in the world
"People want engaged leaders who go out and do great things to benefit the state of Montana and the world," Cruzado said. MSU has "given every individual the opportunity to learn about leadership and draw out their leadership skills."
Funding and Building your Business
- Portland, Ore., Recycles Computers Back to Local Schools
When city-owned computers are no longer usable, Portland, Ore., nonprofit Free Geek refurbishes the units for local schools and other community organizations.
- How Walkable Is Your Neighborhood? This Mapping Data Juggernaut Now Knows
One Maponics tools can break down neighborhood demographics data into 300 granular points and 19 categories, including population, ethnicity, race, education, and age group.
Energy and Climate Change
- How To Become an Extraordinary Entrepreneur Leader
Most investors admit that they invest primarily in people, not ideas, and they inherently believe that they can sense this leadership ability needed to get the rapid growth and 10x return we all strive for.
- Every Startup Needs Six Social Media Initiatives
If you are in the realm of the 47% of small businesses who still ignore social media, you need to read the book by Dave Carroll, "United Breaks Guitars." It highlights the story of how United Airlines in 2008 paid no attention to social media as Dave's story of his crushed guitar and poor customer service went viral around the world. United Airlines is still recovering from that debacle.
- What you don't know about SEO can kill you
If you're building a new website or revamping your existing one, don't wait till the site is ready before you call in an SEO expert.
- Project Managers: Answer These 5 Questions for Success
Think of these goals as separate but equal teammates in your relay race. When one is running well, it also helps the others.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Michigan Tech researchers develop 3D graphene - could replace platinum in solar cells
The future: The Tesla charged by a solar display on the garage roof
- 75 percent of cars will be driverless, by 2035
A new report from Navigant Research estimates that sales of fully autonomous cars will grow from 8,000 per year in 2020 to 95.4 million per year in 2035, or 75 percent of all light-duty vehicle sales.
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