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When he was asked to return to his elementary school and give a graduation speech, he declined, saying that he became who he is in spite of his teachers, not because of them. “A lot needs to happen in our education system,” he says. “We need to think more deeply about what we consider to be a model student. The fact that your high grades and obedient behavior makes the school and the teacher praise you when, in the rest of our life, no one cares about that. The questions that need to be asked: ‘Are you a leader? Are you moral? Are you a problem solver?’ ” --- Neil deGrasse Tyson on fame, education and tweets --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Ambassadors Annual Conference (All Are Invited To Attend) March 19 -20; Helena http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5344
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Let your voice be heard! Fight for Montana Film!
The more voices we have speaking out about the success and meaning of this program to Montanans the more our leaders will listen.
- Important Message from Montana Department of Commerce: Commerce Programs and Legislative Economic Development priorities
Montana businesses and their employees are the engine of our strong economy. Recognizing this, the first priority in the budget is "Creating Jobs and Building the Economy." This priority is shared by the Montana Department of Commerce as well as the state's economic development community.
- 2015 Montana Legislature - Who's the Pulling the Strings?
"There is a duplicity in their behavior. On the one hand they want to pretend they are for the betterment of Montana, but on the other hand they are not from Montana and neither is their money." Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad
- Time To Work Together To Help All Montanans
Montana physicians know that collaborative healthcare and working together as a team produces the best and most efficient patient outcomes.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Alabama's Governor Praises the Power of Preschool
"...I can tell you there's nothing more important than that development of that brain in the first four years of life." Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Sustainable Business Council
- 2015 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts Expected to be Biggest and Best Ever March 27 and 28 at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena.
The 2015 show seeks to build on the success of the 2014 show, and has expanded to over 140 exhibitors who are hoping to get their made-in-Montana products on store shelves next season.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Sustainable Busines Council - Spotlight: Missoula Copy Center | Community Events
Missoula Copy Owner Doug Hannan joins us for this SBC Member Spotlight.
- Sunset magazine selects Montana's Philipsburg as finalist in magazine's first Sunset Travel Awards
Philipsburg chosen as a Best Reinvention Town in Sunset awards.
Come Home Montana
- Strategic Management - Workplace sanity is within reach if you use your data effectively
Too few organizations measure how satisfied employees are with their company, their boss, their colleagues and their work environment. The organizations that do gather this data may not do much with it, which is unfortunate.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Montana Cooperative Development Center, Inc.
he primary goal of the Executive Director is to build economic development statewide through the formation of cooperatives.
- Yes, You Can Come Home to Montana Again
"As soon as an opportunity became available in Missoula, I took advantage of it because I wanted to live the Montana lifestyle."
- Missoula Direct TV call center hiring 90 workers
The entry level jobs require people who enjoy working with customers.
- The 20 coolest towns in the US - #6. Missoula, Montana
Missoula is the art and cultural epicenter of Montana all while being an hour from seven national wilderness areas, and countless national forests, recreation areas, and river access points.
- Industry Giants Help Missoula Attract High-Tech Startups
Missoula entrepreneur Alex Philp is leading these conversations, and says big names like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle have already shown interest in the Garden City.
- Audrey Wooding selected as program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU
"Together, we will continue to grow this program into one of MSU's premier co-curricular opportunities for students and alumni."
- 20 Under 40 Recognition in Southwest Montana
The annual 20 Under 40 awards recognize businesspeople, entrepreneurs and employees in southwest Montana who have achieved success and improved the quality of life for others in their communities.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's Moonlight Kitchens has two commercial kitchens available for rent.
Moonlight Kitchens are two commercial kitchens available for rent http://moonlightkitchens.com/renting/spaces/ by people who want to make food for sale at the farmers' market or in stores, and for caterers, etc.
- Querying Microsoft SQL Server, Online & In-Person Training (Helena), 3/23
This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
- Jump off walls, Fly over obstacles, Flip through the air - Missoula's Unparalleled Movement Helps You Do It All.
By converting the entire world to a playground, it's easy for creativity to thrive, as one gets lost in the world of motion.
- BNSF planning millions in MT rail upgrades this year
Burlington Northern Santa Fe says it plans to invest more than $100 million in track upgrades and capitol improvements in Montana this year.
- Kickstarter Campaign - Missoula's Pants for Makey Makey
Pants is a colorful acrylic and neoprene case for your Makey Makey. No more naked Makeys, put on some Pants!
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Wonderful Opportunity for Your Community - Montana Community Mobility Institute, 5/11-13, Bozeman, Montana
Communities apply as teams made up of six to eight local leaders. If accepted, all team members receive a full scholarship to attend the training, including the cost of lodging, participation and most food costs.
- Notice of Request for Proposals for Thompson Falls, Montana Downtown Plan
The objective of the Plan is to provide an action program that will serve as a guide for enhancement of the economic and aesthetic qualities of the Thompson Falls Downtown.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson on fame, education and tweets
When he was asked to return to his elementary school and give a graduation speech, he declined, saying that he became who he is in spite of his teachers, not because of them.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 25 Best Companies for Internships Across the Country
According to the report, there are over 27,000 open internships across the U.S. in 20 major metro areas.
- 'Smart Girls' co-founder Butte-bound for Equal Pay Summit April 10 and 11 at Montana Tech
"Women graduating from college and starting their careers shouldn't have to worry that they'll get paid fairly for their hard work and expertise," said Tech Student Body Vice President Julia Bryant. "Pay equity is a top priority for students, and we are thrilled to host this year's summit."
- Once And For All: The Best Way To Answer "What Is Your Biggest Weakness?"
This question feels like a trap, but answering honestly can land you the job.
- The Universal Need for Speed
Wheeler's examples show that broadband access isn't an urban or rural issue. It's an American issue.
Utah Economic Development
- The ABCs of Cost Accountability in Government Services
Want to know how to do less with less? Activity-based costing has great promise.
- Salt Lake City to begin economic action plan effort
The mayor on Thursday will announce EnterpriseSLC, an effort to seek input, gather data, design new tools and provide a road map for Salt Lake City's economic development policies.
- The few, the proudly employed, the coding boot camp graduates
That experience that you get in the university just doesn't give you enough of that hands-on experience that you need."
Montana Education Excellence
- Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks
College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost "open-source" electronic versions, a new report finds.
- STEM education seeing rapid growth in Montana
You don't expect to hear the words "I want to be an engineer," "I love like math and stuff," and "lots of us want to be engineers," - very often especially out of the mouths of sixth graders.
- Club invites Gallatin girls to world of computers
"Girls maybe don't get introduced to it. They don't know how fun it is," Mensing said. "Girls should just come and try it out. It's a lot of fun."
- University of Montana Garden may triple in size
"Agriculture is not only at the heart of Montana's communities, it is part of the backbone of our state's economy," Gov. Bullock said. "These awards will allow these businesses to expand and enhance their operations, increasing demand for Montana agricultural products, creating jobs and introducing these products to new markets."
- The Montana Information Systems Association (MISA) Wins Three International Awards
Throughout each academic year, MISA hosts industry speakers, engages experiential learning through field trips, and provides training to other SoBA students.
Funding and Building your Business
- With Front Porch Forum, Internet Goes Local
At a time when rural folks are using social media to connect with people around the globe, Vermont's digital Front Porch Forum has a different goal: to help residents communicate with the neighbor down the road.
- Billings leaders sing the city's praises
To hear Tom Hanel, Bill Kennedy and Terry Bouck -- not to mention Gov. Steve Bullock, who made an appearance -- talk about the places they lead, Billings and Yellowstone County are great places to call home.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Idaho National Laboratory is looking for entrepreneurs and clean energy industry experts
INL technologies available for licensing
- More than $4.4M generated from taxes on wind production across Wyoming in last fiscal year
Wyoming is outcompeting Montana on wind energy production, and the corresponding public revenue we could be receiving to fund our schools and services.
- Tesla Motors Announces A New Home Battery; Living Off The Grid Will Soon Be Status Quo
If given a relatively cheap and reliable battery to hold the power needed, building off-grid in the country will become commonplace, and even in the city, self powered homes could be a less expensive option than being grid-tied.
- Google's big new investment in SolarCity
The San Mateo company typically leases solar arrays to its customers, who then pay monthly rather than buying the equipment outright -- a model that helped revolutionize the solar industry.
- This Tiny Gadget Tells You Exactly How Much Power Your House and Gadgets Use
"The wires that run through every wall look like a nervous system linking all these appliances into a single place," he says. "Except that today we don't have any intelligence in the center."
- Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) launches new website aimed at better communication
"There are all sorts of projects we want public input so we need to make sure people are informed."
- High-Tech Council Creates Data Dashboard to Keep Massachusetts on Right Road
"This is actually going to be very helpful for not only keeping track of what our peer states are doing, but informing our decisions."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Customers choose from bespoke interior designs at a flat fee
Laurel and Wolf is an online platform which provides customers with multiple interior designs from different designers for a low flat fee.
- Why your next home may be made from industrial waste
Using hydraulic compression, the Chattanooga company's technology aims to take discarded demolition and construction material and turn it into interlocking building blocks.
- Is Essential Air Service wasting taxpayer money?
"I think small rural communities are a major part of our country and to keep them viable, to keep them functional, to keep them a viable community, sometimes you need to have help from the big communities."
- Some Surprising Results of a Market-Pricing Parking Experiment
Could market-pricing strategies correct the parking imbalance, and result in more efficient utilization?
- Nine tricks to keep your airline miles from expiring
For frequent travelers who love racking up miles for free trips, there's nothing scarier than the idea of waking up one morning to find their frequent flyer account empty.
- Meet the fast-charging, affordable 'future' car that Elon Musk hates
"If you're going to pick an energy source mechanism, hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick," Musk said last month in Detroit.
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