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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
AAA Mountain West
- Rich Man's Sport How a Billionaire Developer Restricted Public Access to Montana's Spotted Dog
No matter what happens in the future, and no matter the politicking that led to this point, community members and hunters and outdoorspeople everywhere have suffered the main consequences of Rock Creek's decision to close the Jake Creek access. And many of them are angry about it.
- Gov. Steve Bullock to Propose $300 Million Infrastructure Plan
"Everyone agrees something has to be done. We're going to fight over how much and how to pay for it, but by the end of the day, we're going to get something figured out, and I think it's going to be bipartisan." incoming House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson
- Infrastructure needs mount in eastern Montana oil, gas counties
Local officials say they haven't received much help yet from state government.
- Montana dress code has female legislators sporting new look: clenched jaws
"We've got 30 plus new legislators who don't know where the bathrooms are much less how to dress." Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson
- Montana House to modify dress code that drew criticism
"We've got 30 plus new legislators who don't know where the bathrooms are much less how to dress." Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen
Early Edge Montana
- AAA Mountain West offers Operation Tipsy Tow, FREE, to both members and non-members this holiday season.
Have fun, yet make sure to always plan ahead and celebrate responsibly.
- AAA's Top Ten Recommended Experiences in Alaska
There are literally hundreds of great things to do, see and experience in our nation's largest state, but here are just a few of AAA members' most popular choices to get your travel dreams started.
Sustainable Business Council
- A New Study Makes the Case: Full-Day Preschool Programs are Better at Preparing Children for School than Half-Day Programs
"We found that about 80 percent of children with full-day preschool were at or above national norms in terms of school readiness, compared with 58 percent of children at a part-day program."
- Wise Ways to Use Technology with Very Young Children: A Harvard Graduate School of Education Video
"The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education: Linking Science to Policy for a New Generation of Pre-K."
Yellowfin Business Intelligence Solution
- Farm to table and the new local food movement is being hijacked by Big Food. - Wall Street Fakes Local
Small producers, lured by the siren call, are losing everything they have - including federal grant money from USDA and other sources, believing the opportunity to connect to their local communities is real.
- Sustainable Development: Socialism? No, just common sense.
Planning for the future is the best way to help support healthy communities.
- The Surreal Sci-Fi Farms That Grow Most of Our Food
"Nowadays the landscape is dominated by industrial interests," he says. "It's not God creating new genetic species, but humans."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Macquarie University generates new insights with Yellowfin Business Intelligence
"Everyone is receiving the same information from the same source, analyzed in the same way. Establishing a single source of truth for data within a university is a significant accomplishment, given the complexity and diversity of operations. By breaking-down departmentalized information stores, Macquarie will be able to understand its operations like never before.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) RFQ
Our intent is to pre-qualify firms and professionals to speed contracting for specific projects.
- Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) Top 14 for December 14, 2014.
Only two and a half weeks left to close out the calendar year and quarter with a bang! Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!
- SRS Crisafulli - Hydraulic dredges and self-priming pumps
Get our professional suggestions on the best dredge to achieve your sludge or water transfer goals..
Come Home Montana
- Developing A Business Culture That Is Focused On Client Satisfaction Must Start First With Building Employee Empowerment and Satisfaction
The primary stimulation of profit and growth is customer loyalty.
- Why You Should Invest in Talent Analytics
Retaining your best employees is difficult, but does analytics offer a lifeline for smaller companies?
- Why Manufacturing Needs To Invest In Analytics
With Smart Manufacturing also a substantial advantage, if you haven't invested in Big Data Analytics, the time could be now to do so.
- AOL: Does Your Company Have a 360 Degree View of Your Customers?
Insight from Kevin Sheldon of AOL on Customer Analytics in relation to forecasting.
- ESPN: What Type of Customer Analytics Are You Focused On?
Dean Oliver discusses Customer Analytics in relation to forecasting at ESPN.
- The Value Of Human Capital Analytics
The value of the data you can collect from your own staff can make a huge difference to the overall performance of your company.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Career Opportunities - Magento Developer, Java Developer, Senior Android Developer, GIS Database Engineer and more... - onXmaps
"Welcome to onXmaps, where technology meets terrain!
TEDx Events in Montana
- Proposal puts scrutiny on uses for economic money in Butte-Silver Bow
The new process is more transparent, Ralph said, and de-emphasizes who is applying for grants. Instead, it puts more scrutiny on what money is used for.
- TEDxUMontana, 2/25, Missoula, Montana
Speakers for 2015 include: Mayor John Engen, April Charlo, Susan Joy Hassol, Clay Scott, Sheryl Noethe, Darko Butorac, Kate Davis
- Today's TED Talk Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when:
- TEDxUMontana Tickets on Sale Dec. 17
Local, regional and national speakers will address the theme of language.
Regional Economic Development
- Boise tech community building stronger relationship with Utah-based The Wayne Brown Institute
The Wayne Brown Institute will address the missing ingredient in the Boise entrepreneurial ecosystem - cash.
Utah Economic Development
- Survey - How Do You Use Social Media?
This survey targeting private sector business executives will provide the economic development community additional perspective on the use of social media in community marketing.
- What States Need to Do to Grow Their Advanced Industries
"The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- One more reason why Utah is a great place for entrepreneurs and startups
The new 3 day StartSLC festival in January hopes to be the central meeting place for Utah's entrepreneurial endeavors.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind
In many other countries, however, the percentage of working women has continued to climb.
- How to change what the tech workforce looks like
Is anything likely to change in 2015? Or the next year, or next?
- Diamonds in the rough: Girls' math club cultivates young minds
Open to all girls in grades 5 through 8, GEMS instructors guide the kids in making electronic magnets, devising home-made hovercrafts, programming 3D printer boxes and giving a one-minute elevator speech describing themselves.
Montana Education Excellence
- Congress Ends Rural School Fund
The trillion dollar spending package that Congress passed Saturday night doesn't include funding for rural schools that have struggled to make up shortfalls because of declines in the timber industry.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU launches program to engage first-year students through research
FYRE has the potential to transform the academic experience and goals of many students
- Billings all-girl robotics team, in its 4th year, still stands out
"Once you get a taste of it, it's not really a guys' thing," said Delaney Harrington, a high school junior.
- Whitefish School Wins 'Hour of Code' Grant for New Technology - Muldown Elementary only school in Montana to receive $10,000 grant during Computer Science Education Week
"In the computer lab the kids are really excited and always giving each other high-fives because they just love figuring this stuff out."
- Missoula school officials hopeful about 2015 technology infrastructure bond proposal
"The levy that has already been passed truly will support technology and support the devices that have been purchased and will continue to be purchased. What the bond focuses on is infrastructure."
- MSU research to be presented at massive San Francisco conference
MSU presenters will share the research projects they conducted in Montana, the United States, around the world and into space.
Funding and Building your Business
- With New $500,000 Gift, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education to Make Announcement of New Manufacturing and Industrial Scholarship Program for Low-Income Students and Veterans, Thursday, December, 18th
"This gift is great news for Montana manufacturers as well as students who are considering a career in the manufacturing field," said Tom Spika, President of Spika Welding and Manufacturing, who also serves as chairman of the Montana Manufacturing Council, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce.
Energy and Climate Change
- The 5 New Rules of Employee Engagement
Motivating your work force may be the toughest and most important challenge you face as an entrepreneur, especially in the age of social media, when a few disgruntled employees can destroy your reputation.
- Why Your Best Employees Won't Work for You in the Future
If you want to have the most talented employees on your team, you're going to need to know how to go to them.
- Hero Partners' Rob Ryan ($24B Ascend Communications) On The Sunflower Model For Business
At the center of the structure, the Sunflower Model identifies the core competencies that distill a company to its essence as a set of value propositions. Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should.
- From Bagel Baskets to Specialty Precision Metal Fabrications by Focusing on Employees
How a sleepy maker of wire baskets for bagel retailers found global success by investing in his front-line employees, providing them with the tools, training and incentives to improve quality, boost productivity and earn a good, middle-class living.
- 17 top executives share their favorite interview question
On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?
- 10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup
Before you become obsessed with landing investors to fund your idea and minimize your risk, consider the following:
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Tesla gigafactory: Elon Musk's vision may be game-changer for utilities
The facility will also churn out stationary battery packs that can be paired with rooftop solar panels to store power.
- Tiny water district to seize PG&E power lines, transformers
"We believe strongly that we can provide a 15 percent discount, across the board, to PG&E's rates, and since PG&E keeps raising its rates, that's getting easier and easier to do," said Jeff Shields, the irrigation district's general manager.
- Learning From New Very Low Energy Buildings
"Designers need to be good at designing but also at persuading", he adds. This is because the different experts involved in the planning and construction of the building, including insurance companies, are often skeptical about new materials and technologies.
- GE Uses AI to Charge Electric Cars Without Running Up the Bill
GE has created an electric car charging station that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to estimate exactly how much electricity it needs to pump out, and when--and then provide only that much.
- Law Could Short-Circuit Battery Breakthrough
Oncor is willing to spend billions of dollars by 2018 to install some 25,000 batteries across Texas that would store electricity to be discharged when needed.
Connectivity & Communications
- It's Not Always Pretty - Restoring Native Prairie After the Plow - National Geographic and the American Prairie Reserve
The Reserve’s chosen location on Montana’s northern plains is largely due to the fact that much of the land was never plowed.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Advocates push for public fiber network in Bozeman
"The existing model of Internet service provision is outdated," said city Economic Development Director Brit Fontenot.
- Next-generation tracking technology could be in your gadgets soon
Sophisticated tracking technology, the likes of which you might associate with governments or big companies, may soon be in consumers' hands, homes, cars and local stores.
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