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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
Hellgate Venture Network - Michelle Huie, VIM & VIGR, 11/21, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4827 --- Big Data Alliance Meeting, 11/21, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4815
2014 Montana Politics
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Platform enables business to track local and state legislation, and predict the outcome
FiscalNote helps small businesses to make smarter decisions by gaining greater insight into the workings of national and local politics related to their industry, keeping them informed of changes they might have otherwise missed.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Facebook Says Its New Data Center Will Run Entirely on Wind
This will Facebook's second data center -- after its Lulea, Sweden location -- to run on all renewable power.
- Program Seeks to Nurture 'Data Science Culture' at Universities
If the data is in a silo, so are the people, often isolated in their fields of expertise.
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Have a say in how your Montana CDBG Economic Development dollars are spent
The Montana Consolidated Plan will be available for review November 20, 2013
TEDx Events in Montana
- You've Got To Watch This Video On Sexism That Sheryl Sandberg Shared On Facebook
A great example of a Lean In role model for women and men alike!
- Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Pickup Truck and Supersonic Jet
The physics of getting enough power on board an electric aircraft to not only carry passengers, but maintain a supersonic speed, is still decades away
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- TEDxUMontana Talks Now Available Online
Held at UM in September, TEDxUMontana featured nine speakers who discussed a broad variety of topics intended to spark deep discussion.
- Watch the Best of PopTech, the TED for Real Thinkers
TED may be the reigning superstar of ideas conferences, but every October, in the tiny town of Camden, Maine, you can experience an equally formidable, if slightly lower-key, thought festival known as PopTech.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Google Fiber begins installations in Provo, Utah
New high-speed Internet service will be free to all Provo residents.
- Mitchell, South Dakota, and Walla Walla, Washington, are international leaders in using broadband tools to develop stronger economies
Two small U.S. cities are among 21 localities around the globe that are being recognized for their investment in broadband connectivity and their innovative use of Internet applications.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Sled 4,000 Miles of Trails in Montana
In certain rural valleys, snowmobile boots pass for dinner attire and little cafes buzz with powder tales.
Come Home Montana
- What is Economic Development? How local economies grow and expand.
This is the best description of economic development I've come across.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Missoula named in Huffington Post 'awesome cities' list
"Lots of green space and a university campus makes Missoula an unsuspectingly cool town," says the Huffington Post article.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Information Systems Administrator, Business Intelligence Technical Analyst, ETL/Data Mart Administrator, The Washington Corporations
Enjoy working for a successful organization that cares about and values its employees. The Washington Companies offer employment and rewarding careers in a variety of areas.
Hellgate Venture Network
- What is a co-working space?
Co-working spaces are becoming more popular and essential to vibrant communities every day.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Michelle Huie, VIM & VIGR, 11/21, Missoula, Montana
Michelle will talk about how she started the business and her entrepreneurial story.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Blue Cross backtracks on rate increase related to Obamacare fees; delays for many
Sources told the Gazette State Bureau that on a conference call with company officials last week, many insurance agents strongly objected to the midyear rate increases for customers.
- The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) has hired JTech to develop new website
NRTRC is a comprehensive source of knowledge for telehealth organizations in the northwestern United States - including Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah.
- Passive Management in Small Firms: Is Anyone Actually Steering the Ship?
The reality is that in a firm that is being passively managed, no true firm leadership exists. From a business perspective, no one is steering the ship.
- Geek Puff in Missoula, Montana - Empowering women and girls to learn and apply technology to do good.
We've been piloting empowerment workshops in Missoula, Montana as well as remotely to other American cities. Through the blog we share inspiration and links to resources on the web.
- Acuity Design - Missoula firm designs 3-D printer for architects, engineers, educators
Accessible and affordable is the message the four partners who created the 3-D printer, Helix, are giving to their target markets of architects, engineers, manufacturers and educators.
- Elixiter - B2B Marketing Automation Experts
Wherever it hurts, we have a wide range of services for your needs. Blend the Elixiter service mix that's right for you. What's your remedy?
- New interim directors of Superior hospital, regional health center announced
The hospital's Larry Putnam and the health center's Cindy Stergar are both Montana natives who specialize in assisting health facilities that require immediate leadership skills and experience while permanent CEOs are recruited.
- Whitehall, Montana's landmark Borden's Hotel gets ready for million-dollar makeover
Helping to revitalize Whitehall's downtown helps prepare the community for the day when the mine closes.
- Bozeman City and County leaders prepare to meet the demands of a growing community
"We are determined that as we grow, that we do it in a well-managed, well-thought out manner so that our quality of life is something that we retain." City Manager Chris Kukulski
- Butte, Montana Inventory: 115 buildings unsound; another 113 need future fixing
The project initiated earlier this year is designed to identify structurally at-risk properties and those that pose a nuisance to the public, and help Butte-Silver Bow officials develop a comprehensive plan for addressing them and curbing blight.
- To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story
"He was more interested in what I had to say than in what my slides looked like."
- 'Rural America at a Glance': Tough News
The annual snapshot of economic conditions in nonmetro America shows fewer jobs, more poverty and a declining population.
- Baltimore's Outcome-Based Budgeting
Outcome budgeting is a growing trend among cities and focuses on creating measurable goals and outcomes for governments.
- TED Talk - Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more
Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out.
- Montana Tax News You Can Use
An e-newsletter for tax preparers and those interested in the state's tax system
Incubators and R&D
- Meet Boomer the Foot Mouse
The world's first fully functional wireless foot mouse--no hands required!
- BSU launches entrepreneurship program, The StartUp Shop
The program is free. Both students and nonstudents can apply.
Regional Economic Development
- An Entrepreneur Who Manufactures Entrepreneurs - The Founder Institute
More than 1,000 companies had come out of the program, which he said had flipped the failure rate to 10 percent from 90 percent and created 10,000 jobs. His goal is to create 20,000 jobs a year by 2020 and to "globalize Silicon Valley."
Washington State Business
- Interview with expert Della Rucker who explains community ecosystems
"Economic Development isn't really just increasing the number of businesses or the number of jobs".
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Microsoft, Washington state partner to offer free IT courses
Microsoft Corp. has expanded its online technology training program so that people can take courses for free through more than 380 public libraries.
- Affordability: Seattle's Ace in Becoming the Next Tech Capital
Silicon Valley has been well recognized as the nation's hub of technology, having easily surpassed both Southern California and Massachusetts, but it's now Seattle that may emerge as its greatest rival.
- Stop Penalizing Poor College Students
THE Pell grant program is the federal government's main strategy for helping low-income students finish college, but the way the program is designed makes it harder for those same students to graduate on schedule.
- MakerBot Wants You to Buy a Teacher a 3D Printer - Crowdfunding
Teachers who want one can log on to donorschoose.org, a crowdfunding site for schools, and describe what they would do with the printer. They're allowed to raise all but $98 on the site; the rest they'll have to come up with offline, either by paying for it themselves or getting the PTA or parents to chip in. This kind of not-quite-fully funded grant lessens the chances of the printers going to waste, according to Pettis.
Montana Education Excellence
- In return for volunteering, students receive help with loan payments
ZeroBound benefits both those with student loans as well as their local community by encouraging learners to donate their time in exchange for lessening the burden of their education debts.
- Rather than ratings, American Association of Community Colleges wants better data
While a national rating system may serve students who are considering four-year institutions around the country, students who attend community colleges typically stay local, so a national rating would not benefit them.
- University of Montana expects to cut $6 million from budget - Faculty members decry 'destruction' of liberal arts through cuts
"If the downward trend of revenue and enrollment continues into the next few years, some programs will also shrink." Mike Reid, vice president for administration and finance
Funding and Building your Business
- Today's TED Talk Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind
Architect Chris Downey lost his sight and gained a new way of seeing the world.
- An Upstart's 'Disruptive' Home Design - Residents of Missoula, Montana Grow to Accept a 4,000-Square-Foot Modern Home
People didn't know what to make of Glenn Kreisel and Jen Leutzinger's house when construction commenced in downtown Missoula, Mont.
Energy and Climate Change
- 4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Small Business Taxes
By far one of the biggest mistakes most small business owners make is they don't take the time to put an accounting system in place before they are making money to help them manage their newly found cash flow or to help mitigate the risk of a new startup.
- How To Qualify As The Next Exceptional Entrepreneur
Here are some lessons from the book that all entrepreneurs should wish they could emulate:
- Social Seal of Approval Lures Talent
As companies compete to lure young, socially minded talent, they are stepping up their B game.
- The Reverse Pitch: What You Need to Know Before Pitching Investors
Diane Smith, Liz Marchi, Nick Efstratis and Paul Gladen participated in a fun webcast discussion on start-ups, fund-raising and a host of related topics.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Microsoft's Built-In Power Plants Could Double Data Center Efficiency
Today, the software giant released a research paper detailing its efforts to build smaller methane fuel cells right into server racks -- essentially putting tiny power plants inside of the data centers.
- Forecast says oilshale boom to end by mid-2020's
The agency's assessment of world supplies is consistent with an estimate by the United States Energy Department's Energy Information Administration, which forecasts higher levels of American oil production from shale to continue until the late teens, and then slow rapidly.
- Wireless Electric Vehicle Car Charging: No Plug Required Tested at Idaho National Labs
Industry, DOE and INL are also conducting research into dynamic vehicle charging technologies that will use wireless power transfer technologies for possibly charging vehicles while they are driven on roadways.
Connectivity & Communications
- Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy
More than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to cornfields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Millions in U.S. still lack Internet access
So who are these Americans who remain disconnected from the online world?
- Facebook Touts Gear That Will Reinvent the Network Engineer
"To me, this project is the start of something really, really big."
- The Sound of Racing Silence: Get Ready for an Electric Formula One
If all goes as planned, the events will boost demand for battery-powered vehicles.
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