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"It's not the critic who counts. Not the man (woman) who points out where the strong man (woman) stumbled or where the doer of great deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man (woman) who is actually in the arena. Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. Who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. And who, while daring greatly, spends himself (herself) in a worthy cause so that his (her) place may not he among those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." — Theodore Roosevelt
Sorry for the delay in the newsletter today - There I was at 6:30 this morning in CA reading through the stories submitted by MATR readers. (Thanks to all. Anyone can submit articles which are greatly appreciated.) As a Montana hunter, I naturally turned to look when I heard geese honking over the house only to see them fly right into high power lines. Two didn't make it through and caused a power outage. Now if this was Montana where animals can be a problem for power, I'm sure the power would have been on within a very short time. It took PG&E and many many trucks over 8 hours to get the power restored to many thousands of customers. Makes me even more grateful for the focus on customer service by Northwestern Energy. And now the news of Montana... Russ
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Building a Greater Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock
Here's to another successful school year and to all of the amazing things Montana students will accomplish this year and in the future.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Large proposed wind farm in Montana, with battery storage, asks PSC to set rate
Beaver Creek developers say the project on farmland north of Columbus will create 350 jobs during construction, 40 jobs to operate the system and $4 million a year in property taxes for Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- GFDA Top 13
Best wishes students, teachers, administrators, neighbors, families, and to all for a successful school year! GFPS success is OUR success!
- Our economic future requires education that prepares students for the future workforce
New teaching methods, new ways to measure learning, and the 'soft' skills that come with an entrepreneurial mindset will be valued in a future transformed by technology.
Energy and Climate Change
- Rental bear spray saves 10-year-old boy in Yellowstone National Park
On a snowy August day in Yellowstone, Vering is moved to tears, by an email sent to her by the father of a boy who was attacked, and bitten by a grizzly bear.
Come Home Montana
- Climate change brought down another government in Australia. Here's what happened.
Depending on whose count, this is the third or seventh time that an Australian prime minister has been brought down by climate issues.
- Average US Wind Price Falls to $20 per Megawatt-Hour
Wind prices have dropped by $50 per megawatt-hour in eight years, new DOE research shows.
- BMW's Plan to Optimize EV Charging With Renewables on the Grid
The second phase of BMW's ChargeForward pilot makes an even stronger case for electric vehicles as a grid resource.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Coordinator - American Prairie Reserve
This role directly assists the members of the Marketing & Outreach team, contributing to the continuous improvement of processes that directly impact the execution of effective and impactful Marketing & Outreach deliverables.
- The Great Re-homing: Why People Are Moving Back To Their Hometowns To Start Small Businesses
Why are people coming home? After all, at some point they left for the allure and glitz of a larger city, a greener pasture, a shinier future, a perceived better career.
Montana Economic Development
- Lee to Missoula's Independent union members: Cut staff by 3/4 or shut down paper
Now, union members say the Iowa-based media company is giving them an ultimatum: Lay off three quarters of the nine-person staff or they will shut down the paper.
- BNSF: Libby, Montana Industrial Park Ready For New Rail-Reliant Business
Tina Oliphant is the executive director of the Lincoln County Port Authority, which owns and operates the 400-acre Kootenai Business Park. She says being showcased by BNSF is a marketing windfall Libby wouldn't come by on its own.
- 7 Hand Gestures to Get People to Listen to You (Infographic)
When public speaking, stop focusing so much on your voice and pay attention to your hands.
- Verizon lifts data restrictions for first responders after throttling Calif. firefighters
The announcement comes a few days after a Silicon Valley fire department revealed in court documents that Verizon intentionally throttled the department's data speeds during the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest wildfire ever in California, covering more than 400,000 acres.
Incubators and R&D
- This Boise scientist has more patents than the inventor of the light bulb. Here's how.
He has racked up 1,299 U.S. patents by the latest count. The seventh-most of anyone. In the world. In all time.
- Opinion: University research leads to life-changing, life-improving breakthroughs
Sometimes overlooked in public discussions of the value of higher education are the economic and societal impacts of university-based research.
- California could become first state to require women in boardrooms
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the bill's author, said it's important for businesses to have a perspective from women -- and time to "blow that glass ceiling up."
- Through Startup in Residence, Napa Wants to Personalize the Tourism Experience
The city is already an international draw. Now it wants to focus on experience.
Regional Economic Development
- Lab-Grown Meat and Traditional Meat Producers Turn to Government to Solve Industry Disputes
Backed by a growing number of conservationists and environmentalists as well as advocates for bringing greater sustainability reform into the meat industry, lab-grown meat, or clean meat, has been slowly gaining popularity as a viable option.
- Why Does Wells Fargo Still Exist?
The bank isn't just "too big to fail." It's too big to fix.
- Missouri becomes first state in U.S. to regulate use of the word 'meat'
The Missouri Cattlemen's Association, which worked to get the state law passed, has cited shopper confusion and protecting local ranchers as reasons for the legislation.
- Better ways to measure the new economy
"If your city, if your community, only knew what it knows, it could do its job better," Lane said.
- USDA Invites Partners to Join the Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN)
The network also will collaborate to ensure that rural workers have access to training that aligns with the skills employers need.
- Apprenticeship program offers college alternative for MT high school graduates
The Libertas program is targeted at young adults and works at teaching them fundamental life skills including time management, self-care, and finding a direction for their future.
- Analysis: Retrain Coal Workers for Solar Power Jobs
An analysis shows that a relatively minor investment in retraining coal workers would qualify them to switch to solar-related jobs with potentially better salaries.
- ENDOW Releases 20-Year Strategic Plan For Economic Diversification
After a year and a half of meetings and planning, the initiative called the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming, or ENDOW, has released its 20-year strategic plan.
- Wyoming is stuck in a boom and bust cycle. Gov. Mead just released his plan for breaking out of it.
"If we say [things are] good enough, what we're saying is the future of Wyoming should be determined by oil prices," he said.
Montana Education Excellence
- Disney offers to pay tuition for 80,000 hourly workers
The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday.
- The Incredible, Rage-Inducing Inside Story of America's Student Debt Machine - Student loan watchdog quits, saying U.S. has "turned its back on young people"
Why is the nation's flagship loan forgiveness program failing the people it's supposed to help?
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana Leaders Look Toward Future in State of the University Address
Breaking with tradition, the president invited leaders of the University's shared governance groups - the student, faculty and staff senates - to share the podium with him during the address.
- Incoming Freshmen Explain Why They Chose The University of Montana
"I applied one week and the next week they were like 'Hey, you've been accepted.' Which I thought was pretty cool they got back to me so fast. And it just made it feel like they were paying attention to the applications that came in."
- MSU seeks faculty, businesses to sponsor senior engineering projects
"The capstone projects give students a chance to apply their talents on real-world projects," Larson said. "By offering their design challenge, sponsors give MSU students an opportunity for hands-on learning, and in return, they reap the benefits of the designed products."
Funding and Building your Business
- Soft Landing Missoula - Special September Supper Club For Welcoming Week- 9/16
Join us to eat, drink, and celebrate with our incredible neighbors- new and old!
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- TED Talk of the week - Leticia Gasca: Don't fail fast -- fail mindfully
In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of "failing fast" with a new mantra: fail mindfully.
- Would you plunk down $30,000 to get the most from your brain?
At brain optimization startup Field, the goal is to reduce club members' stress and boost productivity--even sex drive--using neuroenhancement technology.
- UM Secures $1.5M Grant to Purchase Three New Electric Buses
"This is great news for the University of Montana," said Mariah Welch, ASUM vice president. "These buses will reduce harmful emissions in and around the university. Our innovative student-run transit system was an early adopter of electric bus technology, and we were competitive in this grant application because of the entrepreneurial spirit of our student government."
- An Interview With Self-Driving Visionary Larry Burns, Co-Author of 'Autonomy'
Lawrence Burns is a former vice president of research, development and planning at General Motors, who has been an advisor to Waymo (formerly Google's self-driving car project) since 2011.
- Video - Autonomous grocery delivery service makes its way to California
The autonomous vehicle company, AutoX, is testing a pilot grocery delivery program in San Jose, California.
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