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"A decent society wouldn't push millions of students into debt. It would recognize that higher education isn't mainly a personal investment; It's a public good." Robert Reich
Idaho (Sun Valley) Career Opportunity - Application Solutions Architect - Yellowfin BI http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Governor Bullock outlines 2015 legislative priorities
For months, Bullock has been promoting pre-kindergarten education, saying that the Legislature needs to start a statewide program with a $37 million appropriation.
- Bullock proposes budget with new form of Medicaid expansion, plus $45 million for infrastructure
"The budget is a reflection of the values of our state," Bullock said at a press conference. "Montanans recognize that our state is outperforming the nation, and we can continue this through responsible fiscal management and thoughtful investments in priorities like jobs, education, health care and infrastructure."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- To Help Language Skills of Pre-School Children, a Study Finds, Text Their Parents With Tips
With research showing language gaps between the children of affluent parents and those from low-income families emerging at an early age, educators have puzzled over how best to reach parents and guide them to do things like read to their children and talk to them regularly.
- Early Childhood Education Standards Approved to Ensure Quality and Accountability for Montana Schools Receiving Public Funds
"The approval of these standards is an important step toward giving Montana's earliest learners the strong educational foundation they deserve - and our state needs ." Gov. Steve Bullock
- North Pole Adventure Trains are filling up for Lewistown Holiday season
The North Pole Adventure Train has been running for over 15 years, taking riders of all ages on a special trip to the North Pole to see Santa.
Come Home Montana
- Deliver an Excellent Customer Experience Using Big Data
Using data as actionable customer intelligence can empower your business by being able to deliver what your customers need, want and expect from your business.
- How Higher Education Can Turn Students into Lifelong Donors
The key lies within the wealth of data they already hold on students past, present and future.
- Make The Short List In Site Selection - The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.
If the data can't be found, it is often easier to eliminate a location from further consideration than make the phone call to secure the information.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- 50 Things You Didn't Know About Montana
36.) It is illegal in Montana for a married women to go fishing alone on Sundays. It is also illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer, Mobile Sales Manager, RF Optimization Engineer and more...- Triangle Communications
Triangle Communications is one of the best companies to work for on the hi-line. Great opportunities for career growth, unbeatable benefits.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer - Tempest Technologies
The ideal applicant will have a minimum of 3 years of .NET 2.0+ experience (C# preferred).
- Montana Career Opportunities - SQL Server Developer, Java Web Engineer, Posted in Developer Systems & Technology Employee Central Consultant 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.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Human Resource Manager - Helena Community Credit Union
Helena Community Credit Union is currently seeking qualified candidates to serve as our new Human Resources Manager.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - Human Resource Council District XII
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) plays an integral, supportive role in the administration of Community Action programs.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Analyst - Town Pump
The successful candidate will have an analytical and organized mind with a passion for developing strategies to resolve business issues.
- Montana Career Opportunity - CEO/General Manager - Rocky Mountain Supply
This position requires an understanding of accounting, finance, budgeting, planning, business process controls, as well as good communication, supervisory, public relations and organizational skills to manage the total operation.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Manufacturing Engineer I, Analog Engineer, Technical Sales Engineer, Manager/Product Marketing/Photovoltaic - ILX Lightwave
ILX Lightwave® - The World's Premier Supplier of Laser Diode Instrumentation and Test Systems.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Human Resources Director, Assistant Professor of Business & Technology and more... - The University of Montana Western
The campus is located in the town of Dillon in the scenic Beaverhead Valley of southwestern Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Asset Optimization Resource Coordinator - Northwestern Energy
Responsible for assisting in the administration and optimization of various aspects of NorthWestern Energy's generation facilities and long-term contractual commitments in Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Software Developer, Director of Marketing, System Support Specialist and more... - PrintingForLess.com
PrintingForLess.com (PFL) is the nation's first e-commerce commercial printer. Since 1996, we have helped over 125,000 customers, from entrepreneurs to the Fortune 500, implement high-impact print marketing strategies.
- Montana Talent Available - Data Scientist
Data Scientist with advanced Mathematics, advanced Statistics, and multi-platform computational modeling skills seeking a position focused on solving challenging problems within the Big Data Paradigm.
- FVCC launches business certificate program for entrepreneurs
Flathead Valley Community College has launched a new certificate program for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana State Fund Declares Historic $20 Million Dividend
"For the sixteenth consecutive year, MSF has returned dividends to safety-conscious employers who have invested money, time and resources in their businesses to make safety a priority," said Laurence Hubbard, President and CEO of Montana State Fund.
- Fitness instructor Laura Bender of Bodies By Bender teaches juvenile inmates yoga, meditation
The program is one of a kind in Missoula and across the state, and serves as a way for the juveniles to relieve stress and deal with the excess energy in a positive way.
- Stockman Bank to build multi-story branch in downtown Missoula
The bank has also purchased an entire city block at the site of the old Cinema 3 building on Brooks Street and plans on building a branch there after the downtown location is completed. A third, yet-to-be-determined location is in the works as well.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Energy company pulls plug on micro-refinery deal in Billings
The North Dakota-based energy company that promised more than 100 high-paying jobs in Billings with a micro-refinery has backed out of the plan.
- Bozeman and surrounding areas look toward rapid growth
"I think we are the fastest growing city in Montana and I would say we are probably one in the top ten percent in the United States."
- Today's TED Talk David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings
An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world's businesses -- and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.
Come Home Idaho
- Don't Be Afraid To Ask These 5 Tough Questions In A Job Interview
As a candidate, it's important that you know how and when to voice your most important questions about the company, the position and the industry.
- The Programmer's Price
The world is being rebuilt on code. Now there's an agency to help top programmers get superstar salaries.
- 5 habits that can turn interviewers against you
What are the things that drive interviewers the most crazy? Listen and learn.
- Idaho (Sun Valley) Career Opportunity - Application Solutions Architect - Yellowfin BI
The Application Solutions Architect provides technical presales support to assist in developing the sales pipeline.
- Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth
Now, as in too many places around the country, the old jobs are long gone, the food bank has a more secure future than remaining industrial jobs, and the town is full of people looking for second or third acts without much of a script to guide them.
- Nothing beats walking for curing what ails the health of many rural residents.
Walking and other exercise cut down on a person's risk of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes (the kind related to obesity), breast and colon cancer, depression, falls and weak bones. It helps arthritic knees and lowers blood pressure. It improves sleep, increases endurance and may even revitalize a person's sex life, according to the Harvard Health Letter.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture (HBO)
Did you know police can just take your stuff if they even suspect it's involved in a crime? They can!
- Why a 40-Hour Worker Means More to Small Businesses
Owners Are Eager for Workweek-Rule Change to Avoid Health-Law Penalty
- Education and prison contract scandals spell trouble for Idaho Gov. Otter
Skeptical lawmakers call for more scrutiny and stronger ethics rules after bothersome deals.
- Tax credit for filming in Md. costs taxpayers far more than they get
For every dollar granted in credits, state and local governments received only about 10 cents in tax revenue in return, according to legislative analysts.
Regional Economic Development
- Pay rising sharply for young, low-wage workers
Another factor is higher minimum wages in many states. And low-paying jobs in restaurants and bars have grown rapidly, forcing employers to compete for good workers with better pay.
- Frontier focused on broadband expansion this year
Mike Towne, who oversees Idaho, Eastern Washington and Montana for the company, said 2,500 new broadband customers have been added in Idaho this year, including both residential and commercial customers.
- PlantVillage - These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops
PlantVillage is essentially a giant Q&A forum for folks around the world to pose questions about their farming, from tiny backyard gardens to sprawling large-scale agriculture.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Using Data to Improve Accountability in Economic Development Programs
Enabling economic development organizations to address these data challenges requires significant effort, including the following critical steps:
- Labor reporting is the key to site selection
Having good data proves to the site selectors that you have the labor that they are looking for.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Board of Regents to hear UM spinoff proposal from 'Immersive Learning for Children LLC' focused on early childhood education
The company would improve and market email-based learning modules and lesson plans designed to teach children pre-literacy skills before kindergarten.
- Temple Grandin Reveals Her Advice for Educating Autistic Kids
Dr. Temple Grandin's achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. She was motivated to pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. She was honored in Time Magazine's 2010 "The 100 Most Influential People in the World."
- 10 Education Documentaries You Don't Want to Miss
Must-see education documentaries that put a human face to our often tumultuous education system.
Montana Education Excellence
- How To Optimize Entrepreneurial Learning In School
An important question for an aspiring entrepreneur, should be what to study in college for maximum value, rather than whether to drop out or stay.
- How Can Community Colleges Get a Piece of the Billions That Donors Give to Higher Education?
When students from a community college ascend to the affluent classes, they tend to feel a stronger affinity to the institutions that eventually graduate them than to the places where, often, they had no option but to begin.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Blackfeet Community College making progress toward four-year status
Much has changed in three years at BCC. In her annual evaluation, Dr. Kipp laid out her objectives and the progress made in achieving them.
- Helena school officials and faculty go the extra mile for good attendance
Helena School District #1 Superintendent Kent Kultgen says regular attendance serves as the foundation for future academic success.
- Tech savvy: Highlands students tackle research strategies
"Starting college with the concept of original thinking and original research is beneficial," Garic said. "Our students can use it in any discipline."
- Tuition freeze, performance-based funding on regents' Missoula agenda
Bullock is proposing to freeze tuition for two more years while expanding performance-based funding within the Montana University System's budget.
- MSU seeks space in new Bozeman Deaconess Hospital building for its growing doctor-training program.
Montana's medical students spend their first year at MSU, their second year in Seattle, and their third and fourth years at clinical training sites in the five states, including at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
- What would you do? - The Alarm Clock Book Project - Students would like to know how you would market this product.
If you had $10,000 to help get the word out about this clock, what would you do?
Funding and Building your Business
- ELEVEN New grant announcements
- How To: Smarter Infrastructure Investments
The 21st Century approaches offered in this report provide exciting opportunities to create jobs, foster new communities and make our existing communities more resilient in the face of climate change and other challenges.
- We Need a Census for City Streets
How can we learn more about socioeconomic mixing at the human scale?
- 2014 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Innovation, Boosting Transparency and Privacy
In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there.
Energy and Climate Change
- Training in conflict management, communication, performance management, discipline, team dynamics, problem solving, principles of Lean Manufacturing and more available to Montana businesses
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center http://www.mtmanufacturingcenter.com/ (MMEC) and Associated Employers http://www.associatedemployers.org/ (AE) are blending expertise and convenience in complementary services for companies interested in growth and sustainability.
- It Pays to Proactively Manage the Gender Pay Gap
Employers who actively manage pay equity tend to have positive ripple effects, consultants said, including more women in their senior ranks.
- Austin start-up's goal: Touch every person on Earth
We're trying to reach every human being on Earth through every device on Earth through every application on those devices, whether we build them or not," Phunware founder and Chief Executive Alan Knitowski says. "We want to reach everyone, everywhere, across all devices and screens."
- Chobani announces food incubator
Chobani will open the call for pitches from interested entrepreneurs in December 2014, selecting up to 10 companies to join the first round.
- Nine TED talks every entrepreneur should watch
These nine TED talks are sure to inspire, stimulate and generate thought about how to successfully run a business. They're a must watch for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
- 6 Things that entrepreneurship teaches you that you may never learn as an employee
Whether you have taken or planning to take the crazy plunge of entrepreneurship, here are some refreshing reasons on what being an entrepreneur teaches you.
Connectivity & Communications
- Why Californians May Drink More Toilet Water in 2015
Sparkling, still or recently flushed?
- Solar moves beyond early adopters in upper Midwest
"We're really past innovators and early adopters with solar and looking at the 'early majority' now. The cost of solar has come down a lot, and all sorts of people are now installing solar energy projects."
- The Bozeman Energy Project - The City of Bozeman hopes to save businesses money and energy
The Bozeman Energy Project says that if greater Bozeman reduced energy usage by 10%, collectively businesses could save over $2.6 million dollars a year.
- Concerns Renewed as B.C. Coal Mining Pollutants Increase in Montana Watershed
"This is concerning, particularly as we continue to see alarming data with respect to elevated levels of contaminants from the existing mines."
- How Solar Permitting Reform Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change
The permitting and code inspection process for installing residential solar panels is too often a nightmare for consumers and installation companies alike.
- Obama to push for more Internet access in schools
President Obama will host school superintendents from across the nation next week, seeking to follow through on a pledge to have nearly all of the nation's students connected to high-speed Internet in four years.
- The Simple Question Nobody's Asking About Net Neutrality
Are we happy with the state of America's internet service providers and the way they conduct their business?
- Triple Play deals can be ditched for a-la-carte bundle
the big difference from my last two rounds of Triple Play shopping is that it now pays to build your own bundle from different providers rather than buying all three services from one company.
- Wiper app promises you can delete online data when you want
Wiper is trying a novel approach to keep your information safe online: to let you decide when it's time to delete your own data.
- WeWork Commons - New Social Network Is a Lot Like LinkedIn, Only Actually Useful
Now, on WeWork Commons, members can log on to the web or mobile app, get connected to other people in their industry and see a news feed populated with conversations between other members.
- Montana unveils Revamped Health Insurance website just in time for open enrollment
"Buying insurance and making changes to an existing plan can be intimidating, and we want Montanans to know that we've done a lot of the research already."
- Moving Toward a 21st-Century Procurement Policy
These documents represent a much needed top-down approach to buying and using technology that is fiscally responsible and effectively serves the public. They point the way toward a federal procurement process that works for today's world.
- 4 Roadblocks to Agile Development and How to Overcome Them
Agile development -- where software projects are broken into short sprints -- isn't as easy to implement in government as one might expect. Here are the key impediments and how CIOs are working to overcome them.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Actual Exchanges Between Pilots And Control Towers. The Last One Is Gold.
For anyone who has ever traveled by air. These are priceless
- 5-Year-Old Passes Microsoft Exam - Ayan Qureshi is the youngest computer specialist in the world
Ayan, who built his own home computer lab as well as his first computer network in that lab, hopes to start his own company and even launch a UK-based IT hub modeled after Silicon Valley that he would call E-Valley, reports the BBC.
- There's a Suicide Epidemic in Mountain States -- And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why
Renshaw believes that altitude has an impact on our brain chemistry, specifically that it changes the levels of serotonin and dopamine, two key chemicals in the brain that help regulate our feelings of happiness.
- The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World. It's about data....
"At the rate AI technology is improving, a kid born today will rarely need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis by the time they are an adult."
- MSU's WTI launches new traveler website for Montana, Rockies region
As Montanans prepare for the winter holiday travel season, a website developed at Montana State University is set to provide motorists in the Rocky Mountain region with up-to-the-minute information on weather and road conditions.
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