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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Montana Legislative Roster 2015 Regular Session
Here are the members of the 64th Montana Legislature, which convenes in January.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Montana State Board of Public Education considers universal preschool standards
Governor Steve Bullock's Early Edge proposal http://earlyedge.mt.gov/ would make available, voluntary and high-quality early childhood education to every Montana four-year-old.
- Bozeman schools eye preschool to help low-income kids
"It's a pilot to see if the need is there," Watson said. "We think it is, but until we start, we really don't know. We'd like to test the waters and get a curriculum lined out in case the governor's plan passes."
- A New Guide for Policymakers on Pre-K to Third Grade Initiatives
"Examining the status, success and challenges of existing efforts is the best way to build a coordinated agenda to increase third-grade reading efficiency, close the achievement gap and support children from birth to third grade."
- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce - Last day to sign up for Small Business Saturday November 10
The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to foster a strong network with other business owners and encourage residents to Shop Small this holiday season.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Honored for Financial Transparency, Governance
"This award is national recognition of our strong commitment to open and transparent corporate governance," said Bob Rowe, NorthWestern's president and chief executive officer. "We believe that the award is well-deserved and one of which everyone should be very proud. Particular credit goes to Tim Olson and Emily Larkin, who drafted the proxy and edited it relentlessly."
Arrow Solutions Group
- 'It's Time' - Montana Office of Tourism Launches New Marketing Campaign
"'It's Time' is an invitation to visit Montana -- not just someday, but soon,"
- If You Love The Beauty That Is Montana...
A great way to start a snowy cold Montana Monday.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer III, Employee Central Consultant, Senior Android Developer, Junior Software Trainer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
As the top technical talent resource for the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains, we understand who will work best for you, both for the short term and the long term.
- Great Falls economy is moving forward
Hard work, investment and creative entrepreneurs are moving Great Falls forward.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 15 11/9/14
Happy 125th Birthday Montana! Here's the GFDA Top 15 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
Come Home Montana
- Tiny Data, Approximate Bayesian Computation and the Socks of Karl Broman
A Model of Picking out Socks from Your Laundry
- Data Mining: How Much Does that Health-Care Procedure Really Cost?
Thanks to a law enacted in October, Massachusetts health insurers have to make all their prices public - in advance.
- For CIOs, Universities Can't Train Data Scientists Fast Enough
But one data scientist asks why companies should bother. In time software, not people, will be better at generating the kind of analytics reports companies require.
- Sr. Electrical Engineer career opportunity in Kalispell, MT
Preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience in energy storage technology and are demonstrated successful multi-taskers.
- Regional Career Opportunity - U.S. Program Director - The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-US not-for-profit organization with a mission to connect and protect wildlife habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so that people and nature can thrive.
- The Rocky Mountain Fly Highway
This 1 hour documentary on some of the most beautiful fly fishing country in the world is being shown on TV. Check your local listings.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Salesperson - Montana West, LLC
We are looking for an experienced Missoula based person to join the Montana West sales team, with direct and channel sales background in all forms of telecommunications, including data, fiber optic, telephony, and microwave.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Missoula based Vim & Vigr - Compression Socks and Hose Are No Longer for Grandma
To create items that heed at least modest attention to fashion, Vim & Vigr, a compression-socks company located in Missoula, Mont., hires style-conscious designers who have worked at labels such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, said the company's founder, Michelle Huie.
- "Keep it Grizzly " Hands Down, The Best Music Video (Filmed in Missoula) We've Ever Seen
The crew from Content Monkeys and the well-known Keep it Grizzly brand are back for their annual homage to Missoula and the Montana Grizzlies, and if you thought last years installment was amazing just wait til you hit play...
- Best of Montana in Fall: Shopping - Where the Locals Go
The Twin Bridges name hints at what serious fly fishermen already know: There's a lot of water here. Three world-class trout streams--the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers--converge near Twin Bridges to form the Jefferson, the area's most expansive fly-fishing river.
- Polebridge Mercantile - Merc staying open year-round with new winter hours
No need to worry: The bear claws are now available all year.
- Sunrise Coffee Shop and Moonlight Kitchens (1951 Kensington Ave) brings good food and commercial cooking site to central Missoula neighborhood.
Much more than just good coffee...
TEDx Events in Montana
- MSU Leadership Institute Presents Executive Coach Whit Mitchell, Members Of 1986 Dartmouth Rowing Team, 11/17, Bozeman, Montana
In his book, "Working In Sync," Mitchell writes about how he draws on lessons he learned as the freshman crew coach at Dartmouth in the 1980s, when he developed a group of young men, most of whom had never rowed before, into a team of high achievers.
- Today's TED Talk Haas&Hahn: How painting can transform communities
In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach -- and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
- Here's What To Say When You're Asked About Salary In A Job Interview
In the event that you're asked point-blank how much money you're looking for, it's a good idea to try to redirect the question toward the company you're interviewing with.
- New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code--Then Find Them Jobs
Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well.
- Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize
Mr. Connelly was talking about a practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows the government, without ever securing a conviction or even filing a criminal charge, to seize property suspected of having ties to crime.
- Turning Governments into Innovation Machines
The key is "intrapreneurship" -- establishing a public-sector culture that rewards disruption from within.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho schools struggle to find teachers
Larger districts have it easier, but smaller ones are increasingly turning to uncertified instructors.
- New antibiotic found in 'horse poop' mushroom
The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics, but belongs to a different class of biochemical substances.
- Is it time to stop fighting wildfires?
Experts say it's time to change the way we think about natural fires if we want to avoid catastrophic losses in the future.
- Growing Innovation: Winning Formulas for Tech Incubators
"They look for the effectiveness of the programs and absolutely will pull the funding plug on ones that can't demonstrate it."
Regional Economic Development
- Water sector ripe for innovation and investment, finds Stanford-led report
Water's artificially low price in most of the United States is one factor holding back innovative new water technologies, according to the report's authors.
- Creative-Class Counties and the Recovery
Rural counties with a large proportion of "creative-class" workers have tended to recover more quickly from the recession. But "amenity-rich" areas near national parks and other natural areas aren't doing nearly as well, even though they boomed in the 1990s.
- Open Letter to a Car-Addicted City
Smart cities are proving that being more multi-modal is a key to success, in almost every way success is measured, but particularly in economic success.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah startup releasing high-grade battery charger - Kickstarter campaign
Next week, Provo-based Dark Energy will introduce its second Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise at least $110,000 needed to launch its latest portable charging device.
Montana Education Excellence
- Reshma Saujani's Ambitious Plan for Technology
Saujani founded Girls Who Code http://girlswhocode.com/ with the goal of closing the gender gap in tech. After partnering with industry giants Facebook and Google, she has a new goal: to teach a million young women to code by 2020
- Finland's Education System: 10 Surprising Facts That Americans Shouldn't Ignore
Finland's students are only required to take one test during their entire time as students.
- Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford's Design School
One of the provocations, called Open Loop University, wonders what could happen if you gave students six years of college to use whenever they wanted throughout their adult life.
- MSU research featured on covers of scientific journals
"It's one of those really fun things that happen once in a great while," physics professor Charles Kankelborg said about making a cover.
- MSU debuts Web page for veterans
"It is essential that the Web presence of MSU's Veteran Services reflects the quality of their service and the importance of supporting veteran students in succeeding at Montana State University. This new website does that," said Jake Dolan, director of MSU Web and Digital Communications.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula's rich history revealed in icons series
The "M" presides over Missoula from high on Mount Sentinel as the city's most visible and well-known symbol. M is for the University of Montana, but also for Missoula and its surrounding mountains and the muscle power it takes to climb the hill.
- NINE New grant announcements
Energy and Climate Change
- Makers Row -
From large corporations to first time designers, we are providing unparalleled access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.
- Wearing Your Failures on Your Sleeve
Failure is emerging as a badge of honor among some Silicon Valley start-ups, as entrepreneurs publicly trumpet how they have faced adversity head-on.
- 3,000 Entrepreneurs Say Luck Has Little to Do With Their Success
The message for entrepreneurs, the authors write, is "get an education, work hard, rely on your experience, and don't let randomness discourage you, it is not the decisive factor."
- Crowd-Funding Success Usually Brings New Challenges
In the competitive world of "the next big thing," with millions of dollars at stake to be lost, counting on these mechanisms when professional investors decline is usually ignoring the real problem.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Is the U.S. Southwest headed for a 'megadrought'?
"As we add greenhouse gases into the atmosphere--and we haven't put the brakes on stopping this--we are weighting the dice for megadrought."
- Forward and backward: Solar power struggles to expand in Montana
"Look at all those empty roofs waiting to be filled."
- PacifiCorp's defection pressures Northwest utilities to get their act together on energy imbalance market
In other words, such a system could pay for itself almost immediately.
- Clever New Version of Chutes and Ladders Helps Cities Promote Cycling
A guide for cities that want to encourage cycling.
Connectivity & Communications
- Adventures With Cameras: 8 Tips for Prairie Photography - American Prairie Foundation
A seasoned photographer and videographer, Morgan captured the landscape, animals, and fellow prairie travelers in ways that only he could - living, breathing, and exploring the most remote parts of the project area. Here are his tips for capturing the prairie through photography:
- Obama Urges F.C.C. to Adopt Strict Rules on Net Neutrality
The president's proposal is consistent with his longstanding support for rules that seek to prevent cable and telephone companies from providing special access to some content providers.
- Elon Musk Confirms SpaceX Is Building Internet Satellites
"SpaceX is still in the early stages of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations. Announcement in 2 to 3 months." Elon Musk
- Civic Innovation: the Collaborative State
Governments should collaborate with outside civic hackers to develop new solutions that can improve the performance of government and the quality of the services they deliver.
- County Land Information Portal Presents Detailed Picture of Parcels
"You can search on one parcel and it'll give you all the department's database information regarding that parcel, right in front of your nose."
- 5 Tech Issues Every Governor Needs to Know
A recent survey of state CIOs shows how governments can modernize and run efficiently.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- New exhibit at Museum Of The Rockies 90 million years in the making
"When you find evidence of maternal nurturing anywhere, it is really exciting. And then to have the animal actually burrow to protect its young rather than having a nest is really significant.
- Town Pump sponsors statewide food bank fundraiser
The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise more than $3 million in the 13th annual fundraising event, which has a record 73 food banks participating. Town Pump will again match up to $500,000 in contributions made to participating food banks now through Nov. 30.
- Technology moves fast-food chains away from interpersonal customer service
When a customer gets within 500 feet of Taco Bell, they will get a phone notification saying, "Looks like you've arrived. Would you like us to start preparing your food?"
- Indiegogo campaign: A Touch-Free Smartphone the Disabled Can Control With Their Heads
Sesame Phone is the latest example of how gesture and facial recognition technology are turning things like smartphones and tablets into vital communication devices for people with special needs.
- This Device Diagnoses Hundreds of Diseases Using a Single Drop of Blood
The goal of the XChallenge is to accelerate innovation in sensor technologies that address healthcare problems.
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