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"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." Abraham Lincoln
Great Falls Development Authority Presents CEO Forum: Making The Transition, 12/11, Great Falls, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5268
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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- New preschool program to roll out in Bozeman school
Watson explained what the goal of the new preschool is: "really trying to close the achievement gap."
- It's Advocacy Season: Ring in the New Year by Asking Elected Officials to Prioritize Birth-through-Third-Grade Learning
Write to local leaders -- or call, email, and Tweet. Congratulate them on winning their elections, O'Leary advised, and encourage them to focus on expanding and improving education for the state's youngest children.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Mountain Madness Airshow celebrates $51,057 in non-profit organizations donations
"The Airshow wouldn't have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers," said Chris Parson, airshow director and Vice President of the Kalispell Chamber.
- 2015 University of Montana Big Data Classes Taught by the Mathematical Sciences Department
Projects for the spring 2015 class are being solicited from interested businesses and researchers.
- Chilly? Free home energy audits available in Montana
The free audits can be scheduled by calling (800) 823-5995 or customers can fill out a form at NorthWesternEnergy.com/audit and a representative will call the customer at their convenience for scheduling.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana State-of-the-art Data Center
Space is now available at 1030 Central, iConnect Montana's new 47,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art data center facility in Billings, Montana.
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - December 2014
Social Media 101: 10 Tips for Small Businesses Just Getting Started
Come Home Montana
- The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium
I believe the Data Designer will turn out to be the most important new creative role of the next five years.
- Today's TED Talk Rainer Strack: The surprising workforce crisis of 2030 -- and how to start solving it now
It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs.
- The 'Moneyball' approach to crime
Do we sit on our hands waiting for crime to tick up, or can we do something to drive crime lower?
- The Fall of Intuition-Based Decisions and Rise of Little Data
In the same way we now struggle to imagine how business worked before computers and the Internet were pervasive, years from now we will look back at subjective decision-making in disbelief.
- 5 Big Data Implementation Blunders to Dodge
An efficient use of data and correct systems can have a significant impact on a business' performance.
- Do you dance with customers or just step on their toes?
Customers want to dance. And by dancing they want to work with you and gain value from your products and services, and have you know them better so you can serve them better. It takes two to dance, so think about both sides before you look across the market and ask - do you want to dance?
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunities - Commercial Loan Officer, Assistant Branch Manager/ Senior Lender, eBiz Specialist and more - Stockman Bank
We are a Montana-born company, built on western values, focused on creating long-standing relationships through integrity, expertise and results.
- Hellgate Venture Network Holiday Party, 12/11, Missoula, Montana
Our annual holiday party will be on Thursday Dec 11. No speaker, just networking and seasonal cheer!
Montana Economic Development
- SoBA Grad Michael Manhardt Discusses Revamping Business Plan for Acuity Designs
"We definitely learned a lot; it was humbling."
- Market data needed before Missoula Mercantile project begins
While Glenn has been pleased with the reception, he said the city should consider packaging its complete market data and having it ready for developers who show interest in the city.
- New Website! - Welcome to the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Whether you are interested in locating your business here, starting a new one, or expanding an existing business, we are ready and able to assist you. Let one of our team members answer any questions you have, and direct you to the best resources available to help your venture succeed.
- New Website! - Welcome to the Montana Economic Developers Association
The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) is an association of economic development professionals. We are professional "lead" economic developers, business specialist, government employers, and staff members of affiliated non-profit organizations which promote and foster economic development activities in Montana.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- The dos and don'ts of following up after an interview
We have all heard that timing is everything and that is definitely the case when you are trying to follow up after an interview.
- How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic
Researchers are discovering how charismatic leaders manipulate their vocal qualities to rouse people to action.
- City officially kicks off broadband initiative in Bozeman
The City is looking to incentivize the private sector to drive down the cost and make it more accessible for businesses.
- Shoreline Schools Step Into The Future -- Classrooms Are Linked To World
``We're trying to provide the most information-rich environment we can to tear the wraps off student and teacher creativity."
- The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50
To determine the best- and worst-run states, 24/7 Wall St. collected data in three major categories: financial position, economic outcomes, and social outcomes. We averaged the rank of each data point to create a meta rank ranging from 1-50. All data points received equal weight.
- Elk citation angers hunter, serves as warning to others
"It took the joy out of it for me," he said. "I've got two unfilled tags, and I'll never buy another one."
- Republicans say public doesn't mind if they meet behind closed doors
"...caucuses should be allowed to meet privately, behind closed doors, so they can have some "quiet, private reflection" when trying to address the state's problems."
- Google purchases huge property in Los Angeles
More Google offices mean more quality engineers, many of whom may eventually launch their own ventures in Los Angeles, which in turn will lure more investors and more developers.
- U.S. CEOs expect boost in sales and hiring over next 6 months
The Business Roundtable says 40% of its member CEOs expect to hire more workers, up from 34% in the third quarter.
- Worker shortage: Montana Department of Labor and Industry helps companies find skilled workers
Now that Montana's unemployment rate is down to normal levels, concerns about worker shortages are becoming even more common.
- Wyoming courts unnamed data center with millions in infrastructure work
Wyoming may give $5 million to an unidentified data center company that could come to Cheyenne.
- School chiefs applaud governor on K-12 funding
The coalition couldn't be more pleased with the step forward with the governor clearly articulating his support for K-12 education in the state of Wyoming."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Scan thoughts about hugging to predict autism
New brain-reading techniques can use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy.
Montana Education Excellence
- Truth seekers - First lesson for school administrators: facts trump rumors - Missoula school assistant principal retires amidst questions
The antidote to rumors is facts.
- UM Marketing Students Final Presentations Tonight at the Crystal
- unbelievab.ly - Don't fall in love with our ideas. They might be yours.
Unbelievab.ly is a student-run blogging experiment created at the University of Montana. Our goal is growth and we measure everything to get there. We're content scientists. Well, at least that's what we tell our parents. Don't fall in love with our ideas. They might be yours.
- Bozeman High honored for students' success on AP exams
The College Board named Bozeman as the only school district in Montana to its fifth annual AP District Honor Roll.
Funding and Building your Business
- London School of Economics: Cities Should Adopt '3C Model' for Growth
The choices that countries and cities make today about managing urban growth, particularly in these 468 cities, will lock-in the economic and climate benefits - or costs - for decades to come.
- Obama Plan Aims to Help Young American Indians
Pledging to fulfill a "sacred responsibility," President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving dire conditions and creating opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty.
Energy and Climate Change
- Golden Rules for Making Creative Collaborations Successful
It's a notion that makes sense in any creative partnership: Everyone likes to feel like they've had a stake in a project from the outset.
Connectivity & Communications
- The American Oil Boom Won't Last Long at $65 Per Barrel
OPEC's idea is to try to knock out U.S. shale producers by driving prices lower than they can afford.
- Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days
The city "has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves," reports Reuters.
- The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project Newsletter
The smart grid can help meet increasing po wer demands, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy independence, enhance reliability and help improve national security. It is a system that uses technology to enhance power delivery and use through intelligent two - way communication. Power genera tors, suppliers and users are all part of the equation.
- Utilities Worry Water's Becoming Unaffordable
Water and sewer bills are increasing faster than bills for natural gas, electricity or phone service.
- In the 'global struggle for Internet freedom,' the Internet is losing, report finds
In 36 of the 65 countries surveyed around the world the state of Internet freedom declined in 2014, according to the report.
- Top 10 Uses of Predictive Technology Making Our Communities
View our slideshow above for more details on how predictive technology is affecting these 10 areas of life.
- State of Montana RFP - Dedicated Point-to-point Telecommunication Circuit - UM to Missoula College
University of Montana, Information Technology (hereinafter referred to as "University") is soliciting bids for a dedicated, point-to-point telecommunication circuit.
- Community Can't Afford a Chief Digital Officer? Here's How to Fake It.
Affordable technology is providing new ways for governments with limited resources to improve their services and engage with residents.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 'A shot of whiskey', The whole nine yards, Buying the farm??? Where did they come from?
'A SHOT OF WHISKEY' In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.
- Retailers invest in 'Grab & Go' lockers and cages in stores
The scramble for holiday gifts is just getting started. And big retailers like Walmart and Home Depot are looking to cash in on the convenience factor.
- App shows if you'll like that new beer or wine before you've tried it
Next Glass offers drinkers a personalized matchmaking score for any beer or wine to let them know if it will suit their tastes.
- Stanford engineers take big step toward using light instead of wires inside computers
The goal is to transmit data faster and more efficiently via optical rather than electrical signals.
- App lets users trawl hundreds of local businesses at once
Ufficient allows users to interact with multiple local companies simultaneously, using text, images and vocal communication.
- Finally! The flying car that really could be coming to a road (and sky) near you
- The Jet Engine: No Invention of the Past 85 Years Had a Greater Impact on the World
1958 Pan Am inaugurates daily Boeing 707 service across the Atlantic.
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