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"Rather than measuring memorization as an indicator of progress, we will measure our children's ability to manipulate, morph and move." Laura Richardson "The Future of Play in Education"
Your comments and support are requested: Gov. Bullock asks: "Can you spare two minutes for Montana's kids today?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Lawmakers weigh Montana Developmental Center cuts
Since December, the Montana Department of Justice has documented 10 incidents of physical abuse by MDC staff against clients.
- The tech community is abandoning ALEC
Throw in the sentiments of Google CEO Schmidt -- who said ALEC was "just literally lying" about climate change --and for companies in the tech industry, where Schmidt is something of a thought leader, those words likely sounded like permission to get as far away from ALEC as possible.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Two educational systems -- preschool and higher education --should develop in concert with each other, so that early educators are always learning the newest concepts and strategies for teaching young children.
As states have increased requirements for early educators to have college degrees, the lack of sufficient higher education programs -- and appropriately qualified faculty to teach in those programs -- has become pressingly evident."
- Gov. Bullock asks: "Can you spare two minutes for Montana's kids today?"
Please take two minutes to submit written comments to the board by 5 PM today.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- 2015 Great Chief to be awarded original watercolor at Kalispell Chamber's 43rd Banquet
"The Chamber is pleased to honor the recipient with this singular piece that demonstrates our gratitude to someone who has had such an impact on the community." Kalispell Chamber president Joe Unterreiner.
- Big Data Gets Master Treatment at B-Schools
No longer content with jobs at big financial and consulting firms, the most plum jobs for B-school grads are now in technology or in roles that combine business skills with data acumen, say school administrators.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Jumpstart Creation
This month's ideas are meant to jumpstart content creation. Content should build on itself. By aligning content with your sales funnel, you see a natural progression that leads to creation.
- A Montana bucket list: 100 things every Montanan should do - How many have you done?
Life is short, and Montana is vast.
Come Home Montana
- The 50 Most Innovative Companies Of 2014: Strong Innovators Are Three Times More Likely To Rely On Big Data Analytics
BCG also found that big-data leaders generate 12% higher revenues than those who do not experiment and attempt to gain value from big data analytics.
- Using Data-driven Strategies for Reducing Homelessness - Could This Website End Homelessness in Los Angeles?
The coordinated entry system is meant to streamline those individuals' path to help.
- Using Data Tools to Spur Sales Staff
The contact-lens company implemented the plan and found striking results, says Stanford's Mr. Nair. Overall revenue rose 9% in one year, with an average revenue increase of $79,730 per agent per quarter.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Finance, Research Chemist (Discovery) - Rivertop Renewables
Applying oxidation technology to renewable resources, Rivertop Renewables™ produces novel chemicals that help our customers improve the performance, cost position and sustainability of their products.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Application Developer - Murdoch's
The Application Developer is responsible for software development activities with a focus to understand and apply business functions and processes.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's Dolce Clock: Smarter shift scheduling that can save your business
Dolce Clock was built by a business that uses it. We no longer use spreadsheets.
- Steven Sundheim - UX, Dev & Marketing Consultant
"Steven helped me re-invent the user experience of IdeaMensch after many many years of doing the same thing. Steven is a very strong designer and developer but what sets him apart is his vision to create a great user experience." Mario Schulzke -- IdeaMensch
- A wonderful success story - Missoula's Kyong Kapalczynski - "Golden Opportunity - Remarkable Careers That Began At McDonalds"
"I'm going to show them what I can do." - Kyong Kapalczynski
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Soon to be owners of Missoula's Merc Building share their vision
"The ceilings are spectacular, the fascade is awesome," said Glenn.
TEDx Events in Montana
- The 4 Biggest Myths About Leadership
A lot of people who think they understand leadership have fallen for some common myths and misconceptions. It's best to learn what these myths are so we uncover the truth.
- Today's TED Talk Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker
Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- 10 Things That Likable People Do Consistently
Here are 10 things that likable people consistently do. None of them will compromise your credibility or authority as a leader--so give them a try and see what happens.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- 7 Colorado communities just secured the right to build their own broadband
Now cities are figuring out ways to push back, including wiggling out from under laws the industry helped put in place.
- Will Higher Thresholds on Angel Investing Hurt Business?
With the rich getting richer, many more entrepreneurs are turning to affluent individuals, known as "angels," for capital to expand their nascent businesses.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Leadership Transistion Begins At Idaho National Laboratory - National search for a new director to begin immediately
INL is the nation's leading center of nuclear energy research and development, performing work in each of DOE's strategic goal areas -- energy systems, science and innovation, nuclear safety and security.
- Boise - Grow. Ideas. Here.
Check It Out - The Boise Valley Economic Partnership just added a whole new content platform to our talent attraction, 2014 IEDC gold winning marketing initiative GrowIdeasHere .
- Idaho tax incentive for businesses draws much interest
Five companies have now struck deals with the state since late August.
- Ground broken for $57 million high school in Williston, North Dakota
People from around the country are flocking to the region in search of jobs - many of them bringing families with them - and officials project enrollment to grow by more than 1,300 students in the next five years.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Some of the Most Sought-After Tech Jobs Don't Require a College Degree
In a survey of 12,000 information security specialists by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, 56 percent said their organization was understaffed in that department.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Stanford Bets Big on Virtual Education
Stanford's Graduate School of Business took its relationship with online education to the next level on Wednesday, when it announced that a new program for company executives will be delivered entirely by way of the Internet.
Montana Education Excellence
- What's new at MCT this week? Missoula Children's Theatre & Missoula Community Theatre
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical is in its closing weekend! Audiences are raving about the beautiful designs and haunting music! Truly a must see this season!
Funding and Building your Business
- MSU President Waded Cruzado denies rumors that she's a finalist for jobs at other universities
Cruzado said MSU Provost Martha Potvin had told her the "campus is agog" with rumors that she is a presidential finalist at the University of Miami.
Energy and Climate Change
- Mitch Kapor challenges high-tech: Create social change
Companies that have an interest in growing and thriving need to embrace the competitive advantage that diversity brings to their team.
- Cheezburger's Ben Huh: How to Make Viral Content
Cheezburger founder Ben Huh explains why there isn't one perfect recipe to create wildly-popular web content.
- Urban Onshoring: The Movement to Bring Tech Jobs Back to America
"We have a population here with very low educational attainment, and very little confidence in their ability, even if they do have a degree. We need something that's entry level. That's how you build the pipeline."
- How to Find the Customer Pain Point
Having trouble with customer interviews? Finding the pain point could be your problem.
- 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Fail Their Way To The Top
In general I try to focus on the positives and tell entrepreneurs what works, but sometimes it's important to reiterate the common things that simply don't work.
- Franchisees Pay a Premium to Buy Into Large Chains
Large chains have better name recognition than smaller ones, so it's not surprising that they can charge a premium.
- Why I Never Call My Company a 'Startup'
To me, the words "amateur" and "startup" are analogous, as are the words "professional" and "business."
Connectivity & Communications
- A long walk - Tar sands mining, up front and grotesque
This lush forest of larch, aspen and spruce--a place where wood bison used to roam--has degenerated to ravaged Mordor, the hellish land described in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
- Stanford chemical engineers borrow technique from petrochemical industry to store solar energy
Chemical engineers at Stanford have designed a catalyst that could help produce vast quantities of pure hydrogen through electrolysis - the process of passing electricity through water to break hydrogen loose from oxygen in H2O.
- Closing the Digital Divide: Will Technological Advancement Provide the Solution?
Technological advancement can help expand the necessary digital bridge; but without local partnerships delivering outreach, education and access to financial support, those who are presently left behind may never cross that bridge.
- Protecting Data in Minnesota: State Government Security Leaders Share New Strategies
How can state and local governments protect data and respond to sophisticated cyberattacks?
- With Big Data Comes Bigger Goals
Increasingly, mayors and governors are on board with that, and the old ways of thinking about what a government agency can and can't do don't cut it anymore. Behn writes that Bratton used to tell mayors: "If you have a police chief who can't get crime down, get yourself a new police chief."
- The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data Smart Governance
The book chronicles more than just technology's potential; it also highlights what some local governments have already achieved with innovative approaches.
- Illinois County Uncovers $9.4 Million in Fraud Revenue with Analytics
Berrios admitted that he was surprised at the number of fraudulent exemptions taken by people in Cook County. But he doesn't believe the problem is over just because the county now has a system in place to catch people and recoup the money.
- Why Self-Driving Buses Hold More Potential than Self-Driving Cars
- Awesome Glowing Roads That Could Be the Highways of the Future
As cars get smarter, he argues, so too should the infrastructure that supports them.
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