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"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." Albert Einstein
City Club Missoula Mountain Water: The Case For And Against Condemnation, 1/12, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- How Local Businesses And Nonprofits Can Work Together To Create Real Change, 1/13, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5293
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Concerns rise over Republican Rep. Sarah Laszloffy's education leadership role
Her own background and political views have Democrats and some Republicans worried about funding support, while also concerned she's a pawn for the larger conservative agenda.
- 9th Annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute, 2/6-7, Helena, Montana
It is an opportunity for women of all backgrounds and levels of experience to network, discuss policy issues, and build their skills.
- When the speaker of the House doesn't speak for Montana
Medicaid expansion is for people who already have jobs. Most of the 70,000 Montanans who will get coverage if the legislature finally lets them already work. They work at jobs that don't provide health insurance.
- Your "Insider's Guide" to the 2015 Legislature
As usual, you can expect to receive high-quality and up-to-date information on the Montana legislative session.
- Montana bill aims to keep wild hogs out of state
Under Senate Bill 100, the Board of Livestock would have the authority to ban the possession and hunting of wild hogs and could establish penalties for those not abiding by the rules. The board could also control and eradicate the animals.
- Montana lawmakers to introduce changes to student dropout age
High school dropouts cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year. According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction, taxpayers could save close to $20 million state-wide by improving the graduation rate by just 5 percent. Crime reduction would be one of the savings areas, 75 percent of all inmates in Montana are high school dropouts.
- Poll: Most Montanans don't hate bison
More than 80 percent of those surveyed indicated they liked bison while just 4 percent said they viewed bison unfavorably.
- House amends rules to make it easier to bring controversial bills to the floor
"It opens up a pathway for a number of bills to be discussed on the floor that might not otherwise have made it," said House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Childcare Emerges as an Economic Tool in Japan
"Japan is using only half its population, so how can it compete internationally?"
Montana Department of Commerce
- Big Data Analytics: Some Trends and Predictions
Patranabish sees 2015 as the year where organizations will make greater use of real time data available to them by increase their investments in optimization analytics, visualization to ease the decision making process and optimize the operations as and when it happens.
Sustainable Business Council
- Montana Department Of Commerce - Montana International Marketing Assistance Program Information Session, 1/22, Bozeman
Are you interested in exporting for the first time, or increasing your current export markets? Would an $8,000 grant help?
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Organic Farming and Humanely Raised Meat - Look Behind the Label
Now that small farmers have done the hard work of proving consumers will pay for organic crops and humanely raised meat, factory farms are stepping in to reap the rewards.
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - January 2015
Take a look at the expert predictions to see where they think the industry is headed in the New Year.
- If you didn't put on enough weight during the holidays - The 10 Best Restaurants in Bozeman, Missoula, Billings
Restaurants to ensure that you have an abundance of new eateries to visit next time you're in town.
Come Home Montana
- Trends to Expect in Business Intelligence, Big Data in 2015
Real-time interaction with BI will become a requirement.
- Why You Should Invest in Talent Analytics
Data should be pivotal to any HR department, with analytical models a key ingredient to keeping workers at their desks.
- Ford's big data experiments: Can it transform the company?
Close your eyes and you could easily envision GE or IBM giving that CES keynote
Hellgate Venture Network
- Need a job? You've come to the right place in Billings, Montana
If it's a job you seek, Billings is one of the very best cities in America to call home.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Various - Galusha Higgins & Galusha, PC
Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, P.C. is committed to providing our clients with a complete range of timely, innovative and reliable consulting, tax and accounting services.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Katie Duel, Executive Director of Home Resource - January 15 Meeting (and 2015 Meeting Dates), Missoula, Montana
As always, the fun starts at 4.30pm with networking. Let us know if you plan on attending.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Bozeman, Montana couple launches website for seniors
"And there were so many sites I thought there must be some place you can go and get all the stuff and there wasn't. So I thought well why don't I start one so people don't have to spend hours at their computer," Egelhoff explained.
- Bozeman, Montana startup ViralHog aims at going viral with Web videos
ViralHog seeks out videos online that have the potential to go viral -- that is, to be widely shared by Web users -- and contact the owners to buy the exclusive rights.
- Galusha, Higgins and Galusha, PC now part of Wipfli, LLP
The merger between Galusha and Wipfli will create more value for clients in Montana, said Jim Swain, partner in charge of the Billings office.
- Decoding leadership: What really matters
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.
City Club Missoula
- These Are the Skills You Need if You Want to Be Headhunted
What they do want: employees who can write clean e-mails, work in a team, and think analytically.
- Don't Take These Jobs If You Want to Get Married
Someone's chosen occupation, it turns out, can tell you a lot about the chances they're single, married, divorced, or in some other relationship arrangement.
- I'm running late -- translation: I don't care about you or your time
In essence, when you're late you're saying, "Whatever it is I was doing is far more important than what you're doing."
- City Club Missoula Mountain Water: The Case For And Against Condemnation, 1/12, Missoula
At City Club Missoula's January forum, City Councilman Bryan von Lossberg will speak in support of condemnation, and City Councilman Adam Hertz will speak against the City pursuing the suit.
- The Companies You Keep - The evolution of economic gardening, and what it means for big business.
"The relocation of manufacturing plants offshore and the general decline of economic health in parts of the country have reduced the effectiveness of traditional economic 'hunting.' " For these reasons, economic gardening in its purest form has been adopted in smaller, more rural and harder-hit areas of the country.
Incubators and R&D
- More jobs is not enough
Congress should do its part. An economy that produces mostly for the well-off is nothing to celebrate.
Regional Economic Development
- Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator
We can't speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about anywhere.
- Accelerate New Hampshire hopes to help state startup firms
"building a scalable innovation-based business on your own is very difficult. Our goal with the program is to provide significant focus and aid to founders and their companies and also create a more vibrant startup ecosystem and business economy for New Hampshire."
- 10 ways the accelerator model will change this year
There are hundreds of accelerators for startups to choose from now, and we're now seeing a higher amount of risk for each of the stakeholders, from the accelerators who provide the funding, to the startups choosing which program to join, to investors trusting in accelerator graduates.
- Missoula, Montana's Dr. Walt Peschel may have found the biggest medical breakthrough since penicillin, but chances are good his discovery will never see the light of day
"The only way anyone is going to pay attention to this thing is if they hear about it from the people."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Policies for Community Wealth Building
This new report is a representative survey of some key emerging best practices in state and local policy-making to support community wealth building--designed to support economic inclusion goals, create quality jobs with family-supporting wages, address generational poverty, stabilize communities and the environment, and address growing wealth inequality.
- The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
Teaching people to have a "growth mind-set," which encourages a focus on "process" (consisting of personal effort and effective strategies) rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and in life.
Energy and Climate Change
- President Obama to propose free community college
"It's something we can accomplish, and it's something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world."
Connectivity & Communications
- If States Don't Make Carbon-Cutting Plans, the Feds Will Do It for Them
"We certainly hope every state will feel it's in their best interest to develop their own plan," McCabe said. "But we do have an obligation to have a state plan available for states that don't submit their own."
- Kentucky Launches Public-Private Broadband Initiative
"Kentucky's Internet speed and accessibility have lagged behind the rest of the nation far too long. This partnership puts us on the path to propel the Commonwealth forward in education, economic development, health care, public safety and much more."
- The number of Americans lacking broadband could soon go up. That's a good thing.
One controversial step the FCC is considering is whether to intervene against state laws that prevent cities from selling their own, publicly operated Internet service.
- Today's TED Talk Daniele Quercia: Happy maps - A cartography weighted for human emotions
Researcher Daniele Quercia demos "happy maps" that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
- Pittsburgh to Take Holistic, Regional, Granular Approach to Open Data
"We feel that as we're starting to have all this data in one place, the stuff we can do with it just grows exponentially."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Zuckerberg brings a national book club to the Internet
I bet Zuckerberg with his book discussions will make Facebook feel more cohesive. Partly it is the accessibility of the platform. Partly it is the intense interest in him.
- Google may sell auto insurance in U.S.
Google may soon debut an auto insurance shopping site in the U.S. where consumers can buy policies, according to an insurance industry analyst.
- Russia's fix to traffic mess: Ban transsexual drivers
They "are a consequence of how we monitor our roads, a consequence of the undisciplined, criminally careless behavior of our drivers. Often, these are not mishaps, but blatant acts of crime."
- Water Leak detection technology takes action on homeowner's behalf
Water Hero combines leak detection, auto shut-off technology and data collection to prevent leaks and minimize wastage.
- 10 Cool Things From CES: Musical Light Bulbs, Smart Fans, and the Most Polite Bathroom Scale Ever
Sure, there's always a selection of silly and ridiculous items on display, but there are of course scores of truly genius innovations.
- Mercedes reveals its self-driving car of the future, a lounge on wheels
The tech in the F015 looks somewhat sci-fi, but given that today's Mercedes can manage parking and freeway driving without human input, 2030 doesn't look so far away.
- I Rode 500 Miles in a Self-Driving Car and Saw the Future. It's Delightfully Dull
Driving this car is mundane, almost boring. My interaction with that little girl was the most exciting part of the trip. And Audi couldn't be happier about that.
- App finds the right transportation, and gets you to it in five minutes
Shift are making urban transit straightforward, using an algorithm which knows the best vehicle for the user's journey.
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