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"Electrifying the transportation sector could blow the 'utility death spiral' out of the water." --- Energy revolution: California approves $768 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Cities Get an Easy-to-Read Rule Book for Self-Driving Cars http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock Outlines Jobs Initiative for Governors Association
As Montana's governor prepares to serve a yearlong chairmanship of the National Governors Association, he announced his top initiative: Good Jobs for All Americans.
Montana West Economic Development
- Lewistown, Malta and Superior to Split Almost $630,000 in Federal Grants
"They are telling us that this will help them increase their revenue by about 200 percent in their business volume. That is pretty exciting news."
Flathead Valley Community College
- MWED Newsletter
Community Broadband Initiative Update
Great Falls Development Authority
- Students, community find benefits at FVCC farm
Led by instructors with years of experience in both the field and the lab, students do much more than just planting and harvesting on the farm
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- GFDA Top 10 - Here is our Top 14 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong." N.R. Narayana Murthy
American Prairie Reserve
- A Better Way to Run Schools
The New Orleans turnaround shows the power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals -- and then holding them accountable for their performance.
- Universities must step up to cater for 'Society 5.0'
Instead of the technology-driven approaches pursued so far, Japan's present strategy incorporates a human-centred approach.
- American Prairie Reserve aims to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48
American Prairie Reserve is a freestanding Montana-based nonprofit that started to assemble land in 2004. Our main focus is to purchase and permanently hold title to private lands that glue together a vast mosaic of existing public lands so that the region is managed thoughtfully and collaboratively with state and federal agencies for wildlife conservation and public access.
Energy and Climate Change
- A 360° Trip to Unforgettable Places - It's Montana
These moments are the perfect combination of surroundings and emotion, creating lasting memories that travel with you for a lifetime and immediately transport you back. There is one place you'll discover these moments. It's Montana.
- The "Fonz" likes burgers - Billings' Burger Dive is one of the 10 best burger joints in U.S., TripAdvisor says
"He's a super cool guy," Halsten said.
Come Home Montana
- Up and almost running: Brule County wind project nearly complete
Despite their sudden appearance, the construction workers were a welcome sight for many local businesses. The workers, who came from all over the U.S., lived and spent money locally during the last four months.
- Scientists: North American forests may be near carbon-storage limit
"Reducing deforestation in the tropics is much easier than expanding forests in North America," Zhu said. "That option is very limited."
- Here's How One Utility Is Thinking About Mainstreaming All-Electric Buildings
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District suggests policy fixes to advance building decarbonization in California and beyond.
- How Utilities Can Align 20-Year Resource Plans With Distributed Solar, EVs and More
"Two years ago, most utilities thought these transformations were five to seven years out," said Gary Vicinus, managing director at Siemens Energy Business Advisory. "But they're already here."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Missoula Economic Partnership
Above all, our expectations are that the new Executive Director will be a visionary and dynamic leader with a passion for economic development. Developing strategy, growing the investor base, and collaborating with an impressive array of businesses, non-profits, and economic development entities are all core responsibilities.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Real Estate Development, Staff Accountant - NeighborWorks Great Falls
Since 1980, NeighborWorks Great Falls has been committed to building strong neighborhoods, creating successful homeowners and developing quality, affordable housing throughout Great Falls.
- Production company seeking Montana homeowners for reality HGTV pilot
The company is seeking those who have recently purchased a home in the $425-450k range in Montana with a mountain view.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana-based AIS Solution launches pilot program to help prevent invasive species
AIS Solutions plans to keep invasive species from entering the Columbia River Basin by using GPS tracking.
- Report: Overworked Montana doctors face challenges
Montana ranks as the sixth highest state for overworked physicians, according to Medicare Health Plans.
- Billings catches on to shared working spaces trend
BHive WorkSpace opened Monday on Broadwater Avenue in central Billings, and CoWork Billings opened downtown on 26th Street North on Thursday.
- It's the blockchain, stupid: Local tech professionals say blockchain is the main event, not bitcoin
What might blockchain mean for Butte?
- Dan Burrell: A new kind of mining king for Butte
Burrell's CryptoWatt LLC is poised to become the biggest power consumer in the state by the end of the year.
- Cowboy Cricket Farms Gets Help from SCORE
"Rick taught us to value our time."
- Bozeman, Montana based Next Frontier Capital's First Exit: Ataata
A Firm's first exit is a big milestone and we are very grateful to Michael Madon and the entire Ataata team for their vision and execution.
- Video: Why White Sulphur Springs, Montana? - Red Ants Pants and the Festival 7/26-29 - Under the Big Sky
Recently named the 2018 Event of the Year by the Montana Office of Tourism, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival takes place July 26 through 29 in White Sulphur Springs, MT.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Consultants Advise Butte Economic Development Team On How To Grow
"The question in my mind of course is, are there enough people?
- Governor Bullock Announces 3rd Annual Innovate Montana Symposium
Symposium to target opportunities for small and early-stage Montana businesses
- With challenges ahead, Missoula Economic Partnership launches search for new leader
Missoula's economy is roaring, with public and private development breaking records the last several years.
Business Plan Forums
- 'Rock Star' Harvard Professor To Deliver MSU's 2018 Convocation Lecture Aug. 23
Michael Sandel, a political philosopher and bestselling author, will explore themes of moral justice during his lecture, "What IS the Right Thing to Do?" given in honor of MSU's incoming freshman class. His lecture is free and open to the public.
- Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, and movers and shakers! The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge
The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge is open to all college students in the state of Idaho, regardless of your major. Teams may include students as well as community members.
- Gov. Unveils Plan to Fight Tax Ruling
The effort comes down to basic fairness, the draft legislation argues.
- Universal Basic Income: Wild Experiment or the Solution to Poverty?
Stockton, Calif., and tech entrepreneurs are exploring whether access to a no-strings paycheck has the potential to end poverty.
- Gallatin County considering tax increase of $928,000
In Montana, counties have a maximum amount of taxes they can levy from their residents, which changes every three years based on a percentage of the state's inflation rate. The county cannot increase taxes beyond that limit without the approval of its voters.
Regional Economic Development
- Why Michigan is the Midwest's most improved startup community
With top-tier universities, a long-standing culture of grit, and an economic downturn that nearly devastated its primary trade, Michigan is now experiencing an industrial transformation.
- Move Over Boulder: This Ski Slope City Is Becoming a Booming Startup Scene
"I knew I could hire great people here."
Montana Education Excellence
- Seeding Rural Opportunity - Uplift America - Miles City, MT
MoFi (formerly Montana & Idaho CDC) is providing a $250,000 Community Facilities loan to construct a new fire training station in Miles City, MT.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana regents give high marks to university presidents, commissioner
The regents who lead Montana's University System believe the top three executives are doing a fine job, and have asked them to find new ways to make the far-flung campuses operate as "One MUS."
- University of Montana restructuring staff with goal of improving services for students
"To serve students better, we absolutely had to take some action," Dean Chris Comer said last week.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 7 Compensation Strategies for Cash-Strapped Startups
Many of the tips below aren't free, but they'll help you squeeze more value out of each dollar you spend on compensation and minimize the cash at risk if your hires don't quite work out.
- 8 Lessons From The Field On Building A Premier Brand
I found some eye-opening insights in the classic book, "Rocket: Eight Lessons to Secure Infinite Growth," by The Boston Consulting Group.
- What Attracts and Retains Today's Talent? Linked In's New Research Says 3 Surprising Things
What drew and kept talent yesterday isn't the same as today. But you can start a new trend of employee loyalty by following these three tips.
- A Supreme Court Ruling on Internet Sales Tax Is 'Absolutely Hair Raising' for Small Businesses
Last month's decision to overturn decades of precedent has very real consequences for businesses that encompass far more than simply paying sales taxes.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- 12 Innovations That Could Make Reverse Aging a Reality
Could science really turn back the clock on aging? We might be closer to reverse aging than you think.
- Bozeman utility payment website hacked; company didn't provide evidence of breach for year
City manager Andrea Surratt said the city isn't aware of how many people have actually experienced fraud after paying utilities during that window, but the number of people compromised in Bozeman is upwards of 3,000.
- SpotHero introduces 500 autonomous car-ready garages in Chicago
"Significant strides in both vehicle and parking technologies are creating major opportunities for parking facilities like ours to enhance drivers' parking experiences."
- Sacramento, Calif., to See Massive Electric Vehicle Investment
Electrify America is infusing $44 million into the state's capital as part of the Green City partnership.
- "World's most efficient" bicycle drivetrain unveiled at Eurobike
According to its designers, it creates 49 percent less friction than the high-end Shimano Dura Ace chain-and-derailleur setup.
- Opener launches BlackFly fixed-wing VTOL flying car that doesn't require a license
The fully-amphibious drop-shaped flyer with fore and aft wings sporting eight electric motors has a range of 25 mi (40 km) and a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h).
- Sidewalks and Footpaths 'Functionally Obsolete' in the Near Transportation Future
With so much attention devoted to how technology will change roadways and vehicles, less speculation has attended to the ways technology will change walking.
- How Autonomous Vehicles Could Constrain City Budgets
Parking collection fees and fines accounted for more than half the total revenues cities reported.
- Cities Get an Easy-to-Read Rule Book for Self-Driving Cars
Any city that welcomes self-driving cars wants those cars to follow the rules--but the problem is that municipal governments, departments of transportation, and other governmental bodies rarely have all the necessary information in one place.
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