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DPHHS And Budget Director Listening Session On Budget Restoration Priorities - 8/1 - Helena, Montana -- http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6995
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock is Suing the IRS Over Dark Money
Our suit https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/us/politics/steve-bullock-montana-irs.html alleges that the IRS's change to disclosure laws were unlawful and outside the agency's authority.
Montana World Affairs Council
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces Nearly $795,000 in Grants to Fund Technology Innovation
The funds are being awarded through the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology. MBRCT supports economic development by investing in research projects that have a clear path to commercialization.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana World Affairs 2018 Global Gauntlet Challenge - 9/15 - Missoula
This annual event is a team trivia competition modeled after the Council's high school Academic WorldQuest competition.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Madison Food Park in Great Falls, Montana: Does public input matter?
Both Doney and Briggs encourage the public to get involved in local government, but they add that there are ways to go about it most effectively.
- Designing a Future for the Untethered Workforce
Workers like Tohmé aren't the only ones finding freedom, but also challenges, in the ability to do business from anywhere.
Big Sky Commerce
- 65-mile side trail connecting Missoula, Seeley Lake added to Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
On its 20th anniversary, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail added more than 400 new miles to its north-south transcontinental map. Those with a little leg strength to spare can include a 65-mile side trip to meet the map-makers.
- World Museum of Mining partners with local businesses to bring headframe tour to Butte, Montana
The tours started in June and depart from the museum five days a week for an hour-and-a-half journey that features 14 of Butte's headframes.
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky Commerce celebrates 15 years
When I mentor startups and fellow entrepreneurs, I emphasize the importance of remaining committed to their vision, maintain a healthy work-family balance, and never be complacent. It's wonderful to operate a lifestyle-based FinTech company in Montana, and it shows through our terrific staff, partners, and clients!
Come Home Montana
- WePower's Blockchain Platform Launch Attracts Thousands of Users
Can the energy-blockchain startup get a gigawatt of renewables on the platform?
- How to Build Community Solar Projects for the Masses
A new report highlights the fledgling technology's potential to bring solar to the many, not just the few who can afford residential rooftop installations.
- Bozeman refunds Montana State University $504K for water conservation
Montana State University is set to get more than half a million dollars back from the city of Bozeman and a break on building fees after the school cut its water use by 14 million gallons a year.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Havre, Montana, the Kind of Place That Just Keeps Getting Better
In 2015 Paul Dragu packed everything he could fit into, and onto, a single cab Ford Ranger and left Atlanta for good. Fueled by a sense of adventure and the determination to drive until there is no danger of traffic jams for at least 300 miles, he came to a stop in Havre, Montana, and has been here ever since.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Application Developer Lead, Information Security Analyst, IT Systems Administrator, Web Development Programmer and more... - State of Montana IT
Montana offers a variety of opportunities to help you make a difference in your community and further your career.
- This parasite might turn you into an entrepreneur
In order to be an entrepreneur, it helps if you're not afraid of taking a risk or two.
- Montanans Spent Over $2.8 Billion On In-State Travel In 2017, Report Says
Restaurants and bars made up the highest spending category in each county.
- Taste of Missoula: International tech leaders to converge for diversified summit
Welcome to the second annual "Quote to Cast: Teaming for Success."
- Burger King Plans to Build in Havre, Montana
Burger King, home of the Whopper, plans to build its first Hi-Line restaurant next year at a vacant lot on First Street east of 4-B's Restaurant in Havre.
- No more Mercs: New city ordinance seeks to avoid demolition of Missoula's historic buildings
Missoula can do a better job of preserving its historic buildings - or at least of working through the review process leading up to their demolition, should there be no way to save a structure.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- The emotionally intelligent way to resolve disagreements faster
What you should've done much earlier: Find something-anything-to agree on, as long as it's meaningful.
- Include these things in your resume to get the recruiter's attention
Don't give them a reason to say no. Instead, wow them with reasons to advance your application.
- Do What Feels Bad At First
Let me explain.
- Why quitting your job without a backup plan can help your career
It may feel crazy and risky to leave a job without another one lined up, but here are seven instances when it's the right thing to do.
City Club Missoula
- Broadband Speed: FCC Map Vs. Experience on the Ground
Small towns and rural areas may lack representation in the open-source speed test. You may participate in the study here
- With New RFP, Delaware Aims to Eradicate Broadband 'Deserts'
Officials hope to leverage existing fiber infrastructure and a successful wireless broadband pilot to connect rural areas through public-private partnerships over the next two years.
- Rural America Asks: 5G or No G? - "How do we get 5G into rural America?" Sen. Jon Tester
"Winning the race to 5G" does not mean we need to let the most powerful companies in the mobile wireless industry define the rules of the road. Indeed, senator. How?
- City Club Of Missoula Presents: How Is Montana Working To Address Its Substance Use Epidemic? - 8/13
We encourage all Montanans to join us in fighting the effects of dangerous drugs, because together, we can solve this problem.
- When Newspapers Close, the Cost of Government Goes Up
A first-of-its-kind study looks at how local news outlets shutting down impacts cities' and counties' finances.
- Fail Fast, Try New Things: How Government Innovators Can Succeed - Video
Don't be afraid to try new things.
- Gov. Steve Bullock: State of Montana will reverse up to $45M in budget cuts
The governor said he has already decided to reverse a cut in Medicaid payment rates for health care providers. The 2.99% cut in payments affected thousands of providers that offer services to low-income Montanans and those with disabilities.
- DPHHS And Budget Director Listening Session On Budget Restoration Priorities - 8/1 - Helena, Montana
You are invited to attend this meeting and give your thoughts and suggestions for where the State of Montana should prioritize the additional revenue. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email your suggestions to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In pushing for innovation, France's private sector plays a big role
Station F alone -- which takes up 366,000sqf or the size of the Eiffel Tower lying down -- houses 1,000 early-stage start-ups since it opened its doors in June last year.
- Denver, the Midwest emerge as new hubs for tech workers
Smaller markets (with fewer than 50,000 tech workers) in the Midwest - where there has been a major effort to attract more tech startups in recent years - saw increases in the number of tech talent jobs.
- Proposed SF law could force tech workers to actually go out for lunch
t's lunchtime in San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood, and only a few people are trickling in and out of the local food joints.
Regional Economic Development
- Physician Focused launches platform that makes life easier for physicians
Currently, the platform boasts over 65 services for physicians' professional and personal needs, covering things like job search support, digital reputation management, continuing medical education (CME) tracking, a forum to collaborate with peers and daily medical news.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- The SBA is offering grants to build Regional Innovation Clusters. Your community, county or region should apply
Each contract will be for a base year and four option years. The base year is expected to be for a firm-fixed, level-of-effort (not-to-exceed) price of $500,000.00
- How 'cluster' initiatives can help cities become high-tech industry leaders
The report identified five traits shared by successful cluster initiatives:
- MSU's biomarker-detecting technology licensed to FYR Diagnostics
Leading a research team, the MSU professors invented a novel, rapid, highly sensitive method to detect biological molecules that can indicate the presence of a particular type of injury or disease within a human body.
- Governor Bullock Creates Future Ready Cabinet
"The key to continued economic growth and prosperity is the availability of a talented and trained workforce," said Governor Bullock. "We have an incredible opportunity here in Montana to unite our talent pipeline efforts. Working with employers and other stakeholders, we will ensure that we have a well-trained workforce for today and tomorrow."
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming's ENDOW workforce training legislation faces difficulties
One of first pieces of legislation to come out of Gov. Matt Mead's 20-year economic diversification plan -- the 2018 workforce training bill -- is already "broken," said Jerimiah Rieman, Mead's director for economic diversification strategy and initiatives.
- University of Montana Rural Institute Awarded $4.3M Grant for Research and Training Center to Improve the Lives of Rural People with Disabilities.
The award continues 30 years of RTC:Rural research and training to improve the lives of rural people with disabilities.
- Montana State University News - Mountains and Minds
Excellence from Montana State University
- Is 80 hours enough? Amid opposition, Montana's education board creates new path for teaching coding
The Montana Board of Public Education in mid-July approved a new subject-area license for coding that would require teachers who already hold a regular license to take 80 hours of training.
- Whitehall, Montana principal Hannah Nieskens named one of three finalists for national Principal of the Year award
In just three years at the helm of both Whitehall Middle School and Whitehall High School, she has brought about "a whole change in attitude about how we succeed," says John Sullivan, superintendent of the Whitehall School District.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Man Showing the Country What Makes Cities Work
Steve Benjamin represents the interests of U.S. mayors. When it comes to his city, he's interested in the "three I's."
- My Team Asks Each Other This 1 Question Every Week, and It Changed Our Culture for the Better
Foster a bottom-up culture in which teams feel empowered to take charge, drive company culture and help determine company values.
- What We've Learned from Creating an Advisory Board
LinkedIn is a powerful tool. Yes, it's a great way to quickly see how your high school rivals are faring, but it's also helpful for the board creation process.
- This 15-Minute Test Can Massively Improve How Your Team Collaborates
Fast-track to stellar team performance with the help of this simple personality test.
- Montana's CIO Tim Bottenfield Forges Ahead to Improve State Government Through IT
Montana's new CIO will build on his experience and work history to forge better staff connections and further Gov. Steve Bullock's effective government initiative.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Listen up! Take Talking Tech on the road with these daily podcasts
Talking Tech offers the latest tech news updates, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders.
- 2018 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance Review: First Taste
We have less than one hour to evaluate the vehicle before it needs to return. What, did she steal it from Elon's parking space while he was on a conference call?
- Harvard's artificial heart parts beat like the real thing
"In the future, patient stem cells could be collected and used to build tissue models that replicate some of the features of their whole organ."
- Record-breaking solid state memory stores data at 100 times the density of Blu-ray
Scientists at the University of Alberta have demonstrated a new data storage technique that stores zeroes and ones by the presence (or absence) of individual hydrogen atoms.
- The world's first "high-tech eco village" will reinvent suburbs
"We can connect a neighborhood the way it's supposed to be connected, which is around natural resources."
- "How To Die Young at a Very Old Age" This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop
Nir Barzilai has a plan. It's a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades.
- CityHawk eVTOL flying car entering "full-scale development"
Unlike many flying car designs we've seen in recent years, the CityHawk doesn't use any kind of winged flight option to help increase its efficiency over a longer range.
- Waymo partners with Walmart to shuttle customers in self-driving cars
The new initiative is part of a series of partnerships with companies to offer customers self-driving cars to run errands and shop.
- Highways aren't the answer, traffic jams can't be stopped, says Washington transportation chief Richard Millar
More cars generate more gas tax revenue while also doing more damage to the road, requiring more upkeep and more roads to support more cars. That loop is broken, as Millar's talk illustrated.
- Ford Commits to Spend $4 Billion on Autonomous Vehicles
The latest announcement of additional funding and the formation of the LLC shows that Ford is ready to mean business when it comes to autonomous vehicles.
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