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“We can’t have statewide economic prosperity without economic prosperity for the tribal nations in Montana.” Gov. Steve Bullock Governor Bullock's Budget Prioritizes Job Creation, Language Preservation, Economic Development, and Education for Tribal Nations http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Poor kids who do everything right don't do better than rich kids who do everything wrong http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Montana report shows wage disparity for women, Native Americans
Rep.-elect Mary Ann Dunwell, D-Helena, said at the press conference she is having a bill drafted to introduce in the 2015 Legislature to set a state minimum or living wage of $15 an hour.
- Governor Bullock's Budget Prioritizes Job Creation, Language Preservation, Economic Development, and Education for Tribal Nations
"We can't have statewide economic prosperity without economic prosperity for the tribal nations in Montana." Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Poor kids who do everything right don't do better than rich kids who do everything wrong
"rich students are increasingly entering kindergarten much better prepared to succeed in school than middle-class students," and they're staying that way.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Big Data Challenge for Social Good - $20,000 Grand Prize
Use Hadoop and your data to create a clickable and interactive data visualization to highlight insights that you've found.
- Upcoming Grant and Technical Assistance Opportunities: Community Development Division Montana Main Street Program
The Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Montana Main Street Program at the Montana Department of Commerce would like to pass along the following information about several upcoming grant and technical assistance opportunities.
- NorthWestern Energy Issues New Alert about Collection Scams; Billings-Area Businesses Targeted
A number of businesses in the Billings area have reported receiving suspicious collection calls in recent days.
Come Home Montana
- 4 things your tech incubator is probably missing
...data should be at the core of what you do -- not a compliment.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Technology Consultant - Spirit Box Technologies
This is a full time position at Spirit Box Technologies http://spiritboxtechnologies.com/ that will require travel.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Representative - ALPS
Do you want to join one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance?
- Montana Talent Available - Technical Trainer
I'm a strong generalist and technical trainer and leader with a track record of getting early meteoric projects up and running (Firefox OS (Mozilla), Skype, F-Secure).
- Montana Career Opportunity - Community Development Project Manager - Big Sky Economic Development (BSED)
Ability to facilitate collaborative community projects which contribute to successful business operations, job creation, and desirable quality of life.
- Good Works Ventures Makes Four New Investments in Montana Small Businesses
Good Works Ventures is a Missoula, Montana based investment fund that invests in early and mid-stage companies that show promise in their technology, scalability and management as well as have the potential for good financial returns.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Cooksimple - After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur Keith Lauver returns to offer his thanks
This year Lauver expects to sell about $1.6 million worth of meals-in-a-box, and next year the company plans to reach the $3 million sales figure.
- Sip 'N Dip in Great Falls, Montana ranked among "10 Best Tiki Bars" in America
After all, the world-famous tiki bar has earned similar accolades in the past, notably in 2003 when it was ranked as the "best bar in the world flying to" by GQ magazine.
- Dillon school new home for tech company - Helix Business Solutions
"It's a great fit for a team setting," said Travis Cottom, a Helix executive leading the business's Montana expansion. "There isn't a lot that needed to be redone."
- Much work remains to repair western Montana housing market, economy
"The interesting thing about economic trends is that by the time they become understood by the public at large, they've often changed."
Come Home Idaho
- Today's TED Talk Pico Iyer: The art of stillness
In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It's the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
- Today's classic TED Talk Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy
Can we use new food technology to feed more people, better?
Come Home Oregon
- Forest Service seeking employees in Idaho
The U.S. Forest Service will hold job fairs Dec. 8 at Idaho Department of Labor offices across the state.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- Oregon Career Opportunities - GIS Specialist, HR Coordinator, Information Technology Analyst II and more... - Umatilla Electric Cooperative
UEC is a rapidly growing member-owned electric cooperative located in eastern Oregon minutes from the Columbia River.
- UVM Plays Major Role in Burlington, Vermont's Tech Hub Status
Techie.com's recent designation of Burlington, Vermont, as one of the country's most promising tech hubs adds to a long list of national accolades for the city, creating a buzz that could attract even more businesses and investors, according to Vermont technology and economic development experts.
- 10 Small Town Things We're Thankful For This Thanksgiving
Wherever you may be this Thanksgiving, we hope you too are grateful for your town, the people in it, or whatever else your good fortune may be. We sure are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
- Rape of disabled resident reported at Montana Developmental Center in Boulder
The group says the rape follows confirmed reports of 13 cases of abuse by staff in the past year.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho filmmakers create interesting projects despite the odds
Over the past decade, film artists in Boise have been striving to build an industry in Idaho. Talk of bringing in big movie deals, building production studios and what a boon that would be to the economy was all the buzz.
- The Next Big Thing You Missed: Tech Superstars Build 'Startup Factories'
...you start a business, your business experiments with lots of ideas, many ideas fail but some succeed, you turn these ideas into new businesses, and the formula repeats on its own.
- CRISPRs are AMAZINg
Since 2013, the CRISPR/Cas system has been used for gene editing (adding, disrupting or changing the sequence of specific genes) and gene regulation in species throughout the tree of life.[
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Second Annual Kalispell Mini Maker Faire Seeking Exhibitors
Sponsored by FVCC and ImagineIF Libraries, Kalispell Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, engineers, scientists and artists.
- Entrepreneurship And Competition In Peter Thiel's Zero To One
In his book Zero to One, my friend and former colleague Peter Thiel lays out an ingenious, provocative, and highly entertaining argument regarding the virtues of monopoly and the shortcomings of competition.
- New Gene Studies Suggest There Are Hundreds of Kinds of Autism
"If you've seen one kid with autism, you've seen one kid with autism," meaning that it's impossible to draw conclusions by looking at just a few people.
- U.S. Wants Teacher Training Programs to Track How Graduates' Students Perform
Critics have long faulted teacher training as inadequately preparing candidates for the realities and rigors of the job.
- "A Change is Gonna Come" - Jana's Kids
All proceeds from the sale of "A Change is Gonna Come" https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=142550592245&set=vb.12744205926&type=2&theater go to Jana's 501(c)(3) non profit foundation Jana's Kids http://www.janaskids.org/ , which awards scholarships to Native Youth to help them to achieve their dreams.
- Khan Academy - You only have to know one thing: You can learn anything
For free. For everyone. Forever.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- To Save Money, Cal State Considers Not Accepting Freshmen at All
Those ideas are designed in part to send Sacramento a loud message that the CSU system needs more funding from state government.
- Please Support Missoula's Willard Alternative High School Water Project Kickstarter Campaign
Willard is a "school of choice" that creates a unique learning environment for students to be successful in their adult roles!
Funding and Building your Business
- Internet of You: Users Become Part of the City-as-a-System
Wearable technologies will have an impact on cities and urban centers, which will use them to assist and engage citizens as connected entities.
Energy and Climate Change
- 16 Online Tools And Resources So You Can Be More Productive
How can you work smarter and faster everyday? It starts with having the right tools.
- Franchisers Keep Getting Sued. Now They're Buying Insurance
It covers franchisers--as well as corporate officers and directors--that get sued by franchisees or investors.
- Platform lets anyone set up an online marketplace in 48 seconds
Sharetribe helps businesses get their own online marketplace up and running without any coding.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana-Dakota Utilities Buys Wind Power Facility
MDU is paying about $200 million for the Thunder Spirit Wind project is located on the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Originally MDU had a contract to purchase electricity generated from the wind farm.
- Leaked: The Oil Lobby's Conspiracy to Kill Off California's Climate Law
A highly coordinated, multistate coalition that does not want California to succeed at moving off fossil fuels because that might set a nasty precedent for everyone else.
- Three-quarters of Americans don't know this basic fact about the Internet
In general, Americans have moved beyond a "series of tubes" understanding of the online world.
- California Research & Education Network Gets 100-Gigabit Upgrade
The California Research & Education Network (CalREN) has almost 10,000 connection sites among K-12, community colleges, the California State University, University of California campuses and private universities such as Caltech and Stanford.
- Solar-powered stick connects to the internet even when it's offline
The Outernet Lantern is a portable device that works anywhere, receiving web data from space when the internet's not available.
- Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives
In a number of cases, the problem is about more than simply finding the right algorithm for the job, but about the problematic nature of believing that any and all tasks can be automated to begin with.
- The Story Behind Connecticut's Dramatic IT Improvement
State CIO Mark Raymond describes project funding and business transformation efforts.
- Washington Foundation donates over $200k to Montana food banks, shelters
"At the foundation, we're very aware that Montanans continue to struggle during these difficult economic times and this donation is designed to help food banks, food pantries, rescue missions and homeless shelters across Montana meet the demand that they are experiencing." Mike Halligan, executive director of the foundation
- Missoula's Community Medical Center sale to for profit company questioned
Retired obstetrician John Browne called it "the biggest scam" and suggested Carlson and his "cronies" resign for orchestrating it.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Animal Congregations, or What Do You Call a Group of.....?
A rafter of turkeys...
- High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats
Silicon Valley is pushing its way into every stage of the food-growing process, from tech tycoons buying up farmland to startups selling robots that work the fields to hackathons dedicated to building the next farming app.
- Video: Self-Assembly of Lithographically Patterned 3D Micro/Nanostructures
The Gracias Lab at The Johns Hopkins University has developed a relatively easy, precise, and cost-effective process by which the 2D templates of semi-tethered "faces" can self-assemble into controlled 3D structures by utilizing the natural phenomena of surface tension as well as thin-film stress.
- Self-Driving Vehicles May Arrive Sooner than Expected
Automakers, their suppliers, telecommunications giants like Verizon and AT&T, and governments are all working to make some vision of autonomous cars a reality.
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