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TEDxUMontana, 2/25, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5283
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
AAA Mountain West
- Montana Office of Public Instruction lobbies for bill to bolster Native American education
"For schools across the state to be saying that they're providing a quality education, Indian Education for All has to be a part of that curriculum. We lead the country in Montana on Indian Education for All issues and we'll continue to do that as long as the funding continues."
- Montana school funding bill passes early
"It's the earliest I can remember," said Bob Vogel, government affairs director for the Montana School Boards Association. "It really is pretty extraordinary."
Early Edge Montana
- AAA e-Update: February 2015
When shopping for insurance, it's good to know some basics to help you get the coverage, service and savings you want. Here are some common insurance mistakes to avoid.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Utah Applies Social Impact Bonds to Early Childhood Education
The investment tool is catching on as a better, safer way to invest scarce public resources.
- Good News About Pre-K Funding
"Nationwide, state funding for pre-K increased by $672 million, to a total of $6.3 billion. This is a 12 percent increase in state investment in pre-K programs over fiscal year 2013-14."
Sustainable Business Council
- Nine Native American Business Owners Receive Funding from the Montana Department of Commerce
Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary announced a total of $84,000 in grant funding to nine Native American business owners to help grow and expand their business operations.
- Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funding for Northern Cheyenne Tribe to Help Revitalize Essential Community Services
"In smal ler communities such as Ashland, Birney, and Lame Deer, every job counts," said Governor Bullock. "This grant will help the Northe rn Cheyenne Tribe revitalize an essential community business , putting people to work and growing the economy."
Great Falls Development Authority
- 'Edible' credits let customers pre-pay for local food
In the US, a crowdfunding platform enables users to support local food businesses by purchasing prepay credits called 'credibles.'
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 17 for 2/17/15
Here's the GFDA Top 17 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
Come Home Montana
- Why Analytics Is Finally Ripe For The Cloud
why is it taking so long for organizations to embrace cloud analytics?
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Analyst - The Montana State Library
Experience loading and maintaining data in the Esri Parcel Fabric, experience using USGS tools to edit the National Hydrography Database (NHD), experience maintaining address data, and experience with Safe Software's FME are highly desirable.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Great Harvest Bread Company - Bakery Magic No Accident in Owensboro: Owner Horsepower is the Key
It was Great Harvest the way it should be. How would you like the opportunity to make your own bakery magic?
- Great Falls SCORE sets help sessions for new businesses
The Great Falls SCORE Chapter has announced a new series of free brown bag workshops for 2015.
- TEDx Whitefish - We are now accepting speaker applications for our May 4th event!
The miracle and wonder of Whitefish continues today in the individual efforts of singular people.
- TED Talk by Ricardo Semler: How to run a company (or a school) with (almost) no rules
It's a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance -- and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about.
- TED Talk - Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Come Home Idaho
- 25 Highest Paying Jobs In Demand
Job seekers: While these jobs pay handsomely, it's important to note that most also require a high level of experience, skills and education to get hired.
- Why Resumes Are Worthless
People are so much more than a list of facts and dates. That's why the traditional resume needs to die, and what should replace it.
- How cleaning out the coffee pot at work could help protect you from a layoff
So how can you help protect yourself against a layoff?
- Gone in Six Seconds: Why I Passed on Your Resume
That's right: I only spent about six seconds looking at that meticulously written, brilliant resume of yours.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunities - Database Administrator, Linux Systems Administrator, SDK Engineer, Software Developer, Solution Engineer, Technical Account Manager - Kochava
If you are willing to take responsibility for helping us become a great company and are willing to take risks as we do that then we really really want to talk to you.
Business Plan Forums
- AT&T to Match Google Fiber Speeds in Kansas City, Mo., and Suburbs
The fiber wars -- competition that could make Kansas City a rare American market offering home customers mega-fast broadband sold by dueling companies -- are fully underway.
- Dream it. Code it. Win it. Student Contest Accepting Applications
There are over $50,000 worth of prizes.
- ACLU of Montana: County jail facilities in "crisis"
The report, titled Locked in the Past: Montana's Jails in Crisis, is a comprehensive new report which "provides for the first time an overview of woeful conditions of confinement in county detention centers throughout Montana," according to an ACLU press release.
- Abuse persists at Montana Developmental Center
"Do I have an opinion about whether the facility is incapable of being rehabilitated? Yes, I do. I do think that it's incapable of being rehabilitated." Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, executive director of Disability Rights Montana.
Incubators and R&D
- Japanese firm buys Sandpoint plane builder Quest Aircraft Company
Quest, which has 184 employees, will remain in Sandpoint with its current leadership team and use new capital from Setouchi to ramp up production and expand its workforce, the company said today.
- Idaho could join the list of states creating legal space for mission-driven businesses
Twenty-seven states have passed laws authorizing companies to organize themselves as "benefit corporations." Idaho may join them.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Contenders for Ocean XPrize get a real-world test in Seattle - Sunburst Sensors in Missoula, Montana
"Even if we don't find the perfect sensor, I have no doubt that we will learn from what the teams have done and come up with improved sensors in the end,"
- How Amazon's crowdsourcing forum, Mechanical Turk, could be destroying academic research
The problem is that Mechanical Turk, like Amazon's straightforward consumer site, has developed a small cadre of super-users.
- Officials Take First Step Toward Drone Tech Park in North Dakota
Estimates for jobs created by the park come in at about 3,000 both inside and outside of Grand Sky.
- Intel map shows long-term plan for humongous Hillsboro expansion
Intel isn't done expanding in Oregon and that it continues to prepare for new generations of production technology.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- AAA to open new Utah call center, bringing almost 600 jobs
When the facility opens, employees will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to members' roadside service requests for issues ranging from dead batteries to flat tires as well as more urgent vehicle emergencies.
- To Turn Kids Into Lifelong Learners, Get Them Out of the Classroom
By getting kids out of the classroom, educators open their minds, help them acquire knowledge, and get them thinking about how to solve the myriad problems facing our world.
- We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.
The ability to draw from other disciplines produces better scientists.
- YouTube unveils new app for kids
The result is a simple-to-use interface that rids the screen of distracting elements such as viewer comments while offering unique features such as a parent-controller timer that shuts down the app after a set amount of time.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges
The first is that they could be the nation's most powerful tools to improve the opportunities of less privileged Americans, giving them a shot at harnessing a fast-changing job market and building a more equitable, inclusive society for all of us. The second is that, at this job, they have largely failed.
Funding and Building your Business
- MSU students, profs frustrated by loss of class data by mid-semester Brightspace upgrade
"From my perspective the most important thing is to ensure it can't happen again," Sheehan said. He has been talking with Brightspace to make sure no more upgrades are attempted in the middle of a semester.
- Stevensville, Montana School sees impressive hike in graduation rates
Since Stevensville committed to the state grant-funded Graduation Matters program three years ago, graduation rates soared from 80 percent to 95.5 percent.
- University of Montana considers adding positions to address budget shortfall
UM could face a budget shortfall of $10 million if it adds new programs already proposed.
Energy and Climate Change
- No One Ever Really Fits a Job Description, So Let Applicants Write Their Own
"Name Your Job" posting, where applicants are encouraged to write their job description and title for themselves:
- Tech Investors Create a Billion-Dollar-Baby Boom
The action is also again spurring talk that overeager investors are poised to relive the dot-com boom and bust at the turn of the century, when overinflated start-ups led to a quick and painful downturn.
- How to diplomatically get out of horrible meetings
"If you're calling a meeting, you better be sure pulling seven people away from their work for an hour is worth seven hours of lost productivity."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- GM Will Soon Use Wind to Power Its Factories
General Motors wants you to know that it's thinking about the environment.
- Innovative Data System Helps Burbank Water and Power Keep Electricity Flowing
"We can see the system in ways we never could before," he said. "This was really the game-changer for us."
- The most innovative 'windmill' in the world. No moving parts. No noise. No moving shadow.
"how cool would it be to tell people you live inside a wind turbine?"
- Preserving the Panhandle in Nebraska
"Not everyone has a family who wants to keep land heavily in agriculture. PRBE helps these landowners continue their landowner ethos in a slightly different way, assuring that their conservation practices are respected into the future."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula Launches Online Permitting and Licensing Portal
This site may be used to research permit records by anyone. When registered with the City, users can review or request inspections and check permit status online.
- Loan applicants can get better rates if their friends trust them
Now, financial start-up Vouch is putting a new twist on that logic -- turning to the recommendations of people's friends and family to decide their loan rate.
- 8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Improve Your Commute In The Future
1. Your Alarm Clock Will Set Itself
- This Doctor Made a Blind Man See and an Autistic Boy Speak
The bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness
- Star Trek-Style Device Reads Vital Signs in Seconds
The product, called Scanadu Scout, is a scanner packed with sensors that can capture physiological data - including your heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and a complete ECG reading - in just 10 seconds.
- Self-driving vehicles to hit road in Sweden
"Taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, has never been done before."
- Missoula airfares dropped below chief competitors last year
Not only were ticket prices at Missoula International Airport lower than the national average last summer, they dipped below those in Spokane and Bozeman - the airports western Montanans most often flee to for cheaper flights.
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