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Early Edge Montana
Main Street Montana Project
- Early education plans for Montana moving forward
Montana is taking baby steps toward the possibility of universal prekindergarten programming after Gov. Steve Bullock and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau introduced a new teacher endorsement Thursday.
- Montana Board of Public Education will tackle pre-K standards
Gov. Bullock's staff has said the state can bring (optional) free school for four-year-olds without raising taxes. They have suggested the state would leverage existing pre-kindergarten entities, as opposed to creating a major new state system from the ground up.
- A Parent Answering a Call for Pre-K Teachers Goes Back to Work (and School)
In the fall, Ms. Martino will join the army of new teachers -- as many as 1,000 in all -- who will lead classrooms across the city as Mayor Bill de Blasio rolls out the first phase of his universal prekindergarten program.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Main Street Montana Project Regional Meetings!, 7/23, Polson
Share the unique successes and challenges in your region and help build a business plan for Montana by Montanans.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- A Data-Driven Approach to Reverse Engineering Customer Engagement Models: Towards Functional Constructs
Online consumer behavior in general and online customer engagement with brands in particular, has become a major focus of research activity fuelled by the exponential increase of interactive functions of the internet and social media platforms and applications.
- Address geocoder available via the U.S. Census
The tool allows you to look-up a single address or batch submit up to 1,000 addresses at a time.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Office of Tourism - July Update
VisitMT.com Update Focuses on Cities and Towns
- Eastern Montana is in all her glory in new photo book
Despite the state's name, Montana is as much wide open spaces as mountains.
- Great Falls Sets New Job and Labor Force Records!
The Great Falls metro area continued its rapid growth in June, adding 581 people to our labor force and 339 jobs, according to data released this morning by the Montana Dept. of Labor!
Come Home Montana
- What 3 Small Businesses Learned From Big Data
Businesses successfully mining Big Data are cross-referencing their internal information-pricing histories, customer traffic patterns-with multiple outside sources to increase revenue by understanding customers' behavior better, reducing costs by eliminating inefficiencies and human bias, strengthening client bonds by anticipating clients' needs, enriching service offerings with new knowledge, and giving employees new tools to perform their jobs better.
- All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics
Google is a company that's obsessive about looking at data to determine what makes employees successful leaders, and the numbers showed something surprising.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Communications and Advocacy - MHA
MHA, An Association of Montana Health Care Providers is accepting applications for a Director of Communications and Advocacy in its Helena office.
- Educating Australia's Leadership
While governments come and go - and even Australia is vulnerable to shifts in the global economy - job creation for young people remains a constant political priority for all parties.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana company's phone app DD Buddy aims to reduce drinking and driving - Indiegogo fundraising campaign now underway
A Missoula company is stepping up to help reduce drinking and driving by developing a phone app that rewards designated drivers.
- A crowdfunded learning experience
"I had no inkling that the international interest would be so big. Never even entered my cognitive space. I don't know why. Just a blind spot."
- Missoula's Consumer Direct to merge its 5 local offices
"It will likely not be downtown, but we're committing to Missoula for the long term," Bledsoe said. "We have 250 employees and are projected to grow to 400 in the coming years."
- Home sweet ... shipping container? Missoula's Montainer
As interest builds, so will the potential impact to the Missoula community. Collin plan is to begin large scale production in 2015, and to hire up to 10 employees.
- Billings Clinic partnership with Mayo Clinic has been 'positive for patients,' physician says
Billings Clinic physicians are able to easily consult with Mayo Clinic physicians on difficult cases and get almost immediate feedback. Eighty percent of patients on whom physicians sought a consult were able to remain at home in Billings.
- VisitMT.com Update Focuses on Cities and Towns
The Montana Office of Tourism's e-marketing team has updated the Cities and Towns portal at http://www.VisitMT.com. Designed to be more inspirational, it uses compelling photography to highlight Montana's vibrant and charming small towns.
- 10 Reasons Why I Ignored Your Resume
After a decade of screening, interviewing and onboarding marketers, there are still some mistakes that I constantly see.
- Americans Who Exercise Most Feel Best About Appearance
Americans who report exercising for 30 minutes every day in the past week feel best about their physical appearance, while those who exercise no more than one day in a given week feel the worst.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Help Wanted: CMS Begins Search For Healthcare.gov Contractor
- How To Decide Who Should Be Your Governor - State by State Ranking - Montana #1 for Personal Wellbeing
This info graphic provides a quick way of assessing how residents of each state rank their ability to achieve their American Dream.
- How North Dakota's 'man rush' compares with past population booms
It turns out that North Dakota's population boom is not nearly as large as these two other moments in history.
- More women looking for work in the oil industry
Women made up 36 percent of the total walk-ins who registered at Job Service North Dakota in June.
Regional Economic Development
- Yellowstone National Park tourism adds nearly $382 million to local economy
That spending supported 5,300 jobs in the area.
- Hospitals continue to shut down in rural America
In 2013 alone, 14 rural hospitals shut down nationwide, leaving whole communities without quick access to emergency care.
- Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?
Economic struggle can be a cultural unifier in a community that people tacitly want to hold onto in order to preserve civic cohesion.
Montana Education Excellence
- Some Universities are Cracking the Code to Lure Women to Computer Science
These examples provide a road map for how colleges can help produce a more diverse group of computer science graduates.
- University of Montana bests fundraising record, raises $53.7M in fiscal 2014
"This demonstrates that people are investing in the university in record amounts and numbers," Engstrom said. "They're excited about the direction of the university and the accomplishments of our faculty and students."
- Researchers, Conservation Organizations to Convene for Symposium on Crown of the Continent, Greater Yellowstone on July 28
The symposium will feature discussions and panels on the Greater Yellowstone, Flathead Lake, grizzly bear and cutthroat trout recovery and more.
Funding and Building your Business
- FOUR new grant announcements
- More Great Research Quantifying Smart Growth Benefits
Ewing and Hamidi's analysis represents major progress in understanding the relationships between land use and transport activity because it disaggregates sprawl into individual components.
- Can old shipping containers become cheap and comfy homes?
If the economics work and people actually enjoy living in lovingly repurposed steel husks, the architects on the project have bigger dreams
- Slow food, slow cities - Acting locally to situate ourselves globally
There's a reason why practitioners of the slow movement like to say that it's a revolution: savouring the quality and uniqueness of an experience has become so counter-cultural that it can be appreciated as a political act.
- Gazette opinion: Dear federal government, just send help to Bakken
Crime statistics paint such an unbelievable picture that it's hard to know what to say.
- This 23-Year-Old Built and Sold His Startup While in School - Here's How He Did It
Last month he both graduated from school and sold his company Firefly for multiple millions.
- Why Working Remotely Is Better For Business
Stop preparing for the ways your workflow, coworkers, and management will change--because they already have.
- Tony Hsieh Tells Competitors What They Should and Shouldn't Take From Zappo's Company Culture
You can't argue with success, but you can learn from it.
- How Much Should You Get For Your Invention Idea?
There is often quite a distance between a great invention and a great business.
- Here's How To Create A Workspace That Empowers Your People And Business
Leaders truly seeking to strengthen their business need to leverage workplaces as tools to improve their organization.
- What is Delta Innovation Class? A mentoring program at 35,000 ft.
Why should a flight just be a simple flight?
- How To Turn A Mid-Life Crisis Into A Million-Dollar Business - Love With Food
Backpacking through a self-proclaimed mid-life crisis paved the way for a totally new business idea: Love With Food.
- Carlos Slim says three-day work week should be standard. Could it work?
A three-day work week would allow people to relax more and lead to a healthier and more productive labor force, Slim says. Plus, working beyond your fifties and sixties would benefit people financially, he added.
- Cities Use Civic Tech Tool that Maps Zoning Codes for Potential Businesses
Entrepreneurs, real estate developers, architects and city planning departments can use the new tool to expedite the business application procedure.
- NYC to Release 135 Data Sets by 2014
"This update demonstrates New York City's commitment to government transparency and openness," O'Brien said. "New York is a national pioneer in open data, and this plan provides a road map for our continued leadership in this area," O'Brien said.
- 2014 Digital Counties Survey Winners Announced
Hundreds participated in the 12th annual survey in their respective population categories for demonstrating technological success in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, data and operations.
- Commerce Department to hire first chief data officer - "Data wasn't as important before; now it's ubiquitous."
"They are taking cues from the commercial sector, which normally leads trends like this. Especially in big organizations, they've started to get their hands around how valuable it can be if we reduce the silos [that keep data sets private] and bring some of those silos together."
- Washington D.C. Launches Open Data Policy, FOIA Portal
On Monday, July 21, Washington, D.C., unveiled two major plans for it's open data strategy, the first being the launch of a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing system, and the second are its plans to hire a chief data officer to oversee an open data policy and portal.
- Red Ants Pants Music Festival expected to bring 12K music fans into White Sulphur Springs, Montana July 24-27
Ticket sales go toward the non-profit Red Ants Pants Foundation. Their mission is to support women's leadership and working family farms in rural communities.
- Parking solutions in Helena, Montana
"The consensus of the entire group, by and large, is that this really isn't an inventory problem, but it is an education and an incentive issue to get folks into the shops that are most suited for their shopping needs and their parking needs," Riley said.
- Boston shuttle service aims to make commutes more productive
Using big data analysis and machine learning algorithms, the company is able to create a agile network that takes into account popular pick-up and drop-off locations, predicted demand, as well as the quickest routes around the city.
- In 20 Years, Most New Cars Won't Have Steering Wheels or Pedals
By 2030, most new cars will be made without rearview mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes. By 2035, they won't have steering wheels or acceleration and brake pedals. They won't need any of these things because they will be driving themselves.
- Self-Driving Cars Will Mean More Traffic
Cars that aren't beholden to a single driver would mean cities wouldn't have to use up so much valuable land on parking lots. A fleet of robotic drivers could use narrower lanes, shrinking the proportion of city's surface area taken up by roads.
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