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"I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bike." Willie Nelson
Montana Ambassadors Annual Conference (All Are Invited To Attend) March 19 -20; Helena http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html -- Hackathon and conference focuses on rural health care - March 20-22, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Homeowners burned by mortgage scandal cry foul on Montana Legislature. "The Bank of America Protection Bill"
"The message that I would like people to hear is stand up to these big banks. They are stealing peoples' homes and we're letting them get away with it. And for the Montana Legislature, don't pass those two bills, please."
- Montana Governor's Preschool Proposal Rejected by House Budget Panel
"The fact that the Republicans in control of the House Appropriations Committee refuse to invest in our children's future, and our state's future, is short-sighted and fiscally irresponsible." Gov. Steve Bullock
- It's Not Over! - Early Education Funding in Montana Still Has a Path to Success With Your Help
"We are going to keep fighting for our kids. The families of this state deserve no less," said Early Edge Action Chairman and KLJ Engineering CEO, Niles Hushka.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Local transportation and economic experts combine to address at-risk Kalispell Bypass and Federal Highway Bill at March 24 Chamber luncheon
"As Kalispell continues to expand, a strong transportation plan is critical to healthy growth. The goal of this panel is to help educate and empower Kalispell residents so that they may advocate for an infrastructure that supports a positive future for our community," said Kalispell Chamber President Joe Unterreiner.
Sustainable Business Council
- Montana announces new and improved Business Resources Division website
Welcome to the Official Business Resources Division Website! Providing tools to create good jobs, build strong communities, and grow Montana's economy.
- $1 Million in Grants Awarded to 7 Montana Businesses for Growth and Expansion
Economimc Development Grants Awarded to Seven Businesses, Creating 139 New Jobs
The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
- Is the 'buy local' movement working?
The report findings provide an updated assessment of the growing trend in both the production and consumption of local food in the United States.
- Hackathon and conference focuses on rural health care - March 20-22, Missoula, Montana
"Positive changes are happening across rural America," said Diane Smith, CEO of American Rural and a judge at the event. "We are entering a Rural Renaissance of sorts, which includes the redesign of rural medicine."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana Ambassadors Annual Conference (All Are Invited To Attend) March 19 -20; Helena
Learn BRAVE leadership skills from the amazing George Bradt, be inspired by presentations from our 2014 Award Winners, and hear how success was accomplished by a panelist of key Montana entrepreneurs.
- Flathead Valley Named Top 10 Mountain Biking Destination
"This area is home to a wealth of rugged Montana mountain biking, with Whitefish leading the way in modern trail development."
Come Home Montana
- The Importance of Big Data in Recruitment
Big Data has made great strides in a company's ability to predict when and how it should approach potential employees.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Creative Director, Interactive Art Director, Media Strategist, and an Account Manager - MERCURYcsc
Choosing between a career and quality of life is tough, but one invaluable thing about Mercury is that pursuing a career and living in an incredible place aren't mutually exclusive.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Administrative Assistant - Shelter Designs
Shelter Designs, a yurt manufacturing company located in the River Road neighborhood of Missoula, is looking to fill a full time Administrative Assistant position.
- West Yellowstone to hire new Town Operations Manager
The town of West Yellowstone will soon be searching for a new Town Operations Manager.
- Leadership Montana Is Proud To Present Former Navy Seal Rob O'Neill, 3/20, Helena, Montana
O’Neill will be the first speaker in the group’s Lessons in Leadership series, which will feature presentations from inspiring individuals focusing on their personal experience and growth as leaders.
- Senator Tester urges Canada to change trade policy & help Montana businesses
Tester said raising Canada's threshold will boost trade, benefit small and medium-sized businesses and free up customs resources to track higher risk shipments.
- Missoula's "Old Sawmill District" Development Draws Increased Investor Interest
We're now able to sell parcels to developers who want to move forward.
- Shelter Designs - Quality Montana Made Yurts for Sale (Video)
Welcome to Shelter Designs Yurts. If you are looking for the best yurt available on the market today, look no further.
- Missoula's Roxy Theater and The Silk Road present DINNER AND A MOVIE (Food Themes) inside the Crystal Theatre!
Enjoy The Silk Road's tapas, beer & wine menus while you take in a fun food film.
- Missoula Safeways gradually morph into Fresh Markets
"These stores, we would love to have them be an icon 15, 20 years from now and have their own separate personalities,"
- Montana City, Montana Based Ascendant Advisory Group (AAG) Launches M&A Advisory and Business Consulting Services
Our mission is to ensure our clients maximize the value of their companies, their teams and their customers at every step of their journey, not just when it comes time to exit.
- Status of Women in the States - Montana Ranks D-
At the current rate, women will not receive equal pay until 2080.
- You can officially call it the "Boise Metro Comeback!" - Where The Jobs Will (And Won't) Be This Spring
In the strongest market, Boise, you can see growth wherever you turn.
- PowerBar plant in Boise closing, 165 employees laid off
Post Holdings Inc. told investors that the closure will "improve efficiency, decrease costs and grow the profit contribution of the PowerBar brand."
- With Idaho Governor Sidelined, Broadband Becomes a Bargain
For the six years Gov. C.L. Otter has been in charge of the Idaho Education Network, the picture has become progressively darker.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- DirecTV tricked customers into expensive packages, feds say
"DirecTV sought to lock customers into longer and more expensive contracts and premium packages that were not adequately disclosed."
- Academic benchmarking lets educators keep pulse on student needs - Data
Upham said this benchmarking data allows the district to identify best-practices in a school where students are achieving highest and then let educators discuss in their PLCs how to emulate those practices to boost achievement.
- Middle school athletes defend cheerleader with Down syndrome against bullies
An excellent example of how bullying can be confronted.
- 5 Myths About Our Schools That Fall Apart When You Look Closer
Conversations about the U.S. education system often revolve around misconceptions. Here's some clarity.
- Reaching Math Students One by One
The American educational system creates a permanent math underclass.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- President Obama plans to make it easier to pay your student loans
"Every borrower has the right to an affordable repayment plan," said Obama. "Every borrower has the right to quality customer service, reliable information, and fair treatment, even if they struggle to repay their loans."
Montana Education Excellence
- Big Sky High School Forum- The Possible Impacts Of A New High School, 3/25, Missoula
The Legislature is considering a bill to allow Hellgate Elementary to build a new Missoula high school.
- Montana State University sets new spring enrollment record with 14,323 students
MSU continues to be the largest university in the state of Montana.
- Missoula County Public Schools celebrates five years of implementing Graduation Matters.
Superintendent Denise Juneau announced more than $200,000 in grants will be put toward Graduation Matters initiatives across the state.
- The University of Montana School of Business Administration Offers Business Minor
In response to student requests, the School of Business Administration will offer a minor in business beginning Fall 2015.
Funding and Building your Business
- Governor Bullock Announces $610,500 for Low - Income Housing in Downtown Missoula
"This project will ensure that some of the most vulnerable residents in Missoula have access to safe, quality, and affordable housing," said Gov. Bullock. "I look forward to continuing to work with communities across Montana to increase access to low - income housing for those who need it most."
- SEVEN New grant announcements
Energy and Climate Change
- CFOs-for-Hire Fill Complex Voids - Stephen J. Mauer - MauerPower Consulting
Ideal clients see their time is best focused on the vision, yet understand the need for a teammate with financial expertise; someone who speaks "money," and can answer these "money" questions:
- Sandwich Shop Owners: Wondering What Drives Your Customers' Choices?
Assumptions are easy but can have serious consequences.
- How short-term viral hits can transform a small business
Fifteen minutes of Internet fame can create long-term riches for a small business.
- DHS competition seeks to bring wearable technology to first responders
What if the same wearable devices that track your fitness levels or your tennis serve could be used to help first responders in dangerous situations?
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Who will win the carbon reduction economy?
The inevitability of the carbon neutral energy transition can be seen in the three basic facts identified by climate-change author and environmentalist Bill McKibben:
- Apple's Hugest Reveal This Week: Those Crazy New Batteries
A terraced battery cell, a unique design that adds 35 percent more battery capacity than would otherwise be achievable.
- Battery Hackers Are Building the Future in the Garage
A day trader cannibalized a Tesla to go off the grid. That's the spirit igniting a revolution in solar energy.
Connectivity & Communications
- Outside Magazine - The 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015 - #5. Best of the Wild West: Montana's American Prairie Reserve
Since 2001, the nonprofit American Prairie Reserve http://www.americanprairie.org/ has been working to restore the northern great plains to the pristine condition Lewis and Clark found them in more than 200 years ago.
- How Google's wireless service could push down everyone's cellphone bill
By seamlessly combining expensive cellular service with cheap wifi, Google is expected to offer a service that's a lot cheaper than conventional wireless plans.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- San Francisco Resets the Bar with New Online Approvals Database
Clicking on a dot takes users to a synopsis of the project, and there's a button at the bottom of each synopsis that navigates to Planning's existing website, where users can find full documents such as Preliminary Project Assessments, Shadow Studies, and Discretionary Review filings.
- Open Data Evolution: From Increasing Transparency to Engaging Citizens
Open the data and the citizen miners will come -- and they just might develop an app, map or other innovative product not yet envisioned by busy local government officials.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: Thomas McGuane's 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana
"It wouldn't interest me very much to write a lot about contented people, successful people. That's I think for some other job, maybe sociology, not mine."
- Boy gets real 'bionic arm' with Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. thrown in
Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit organization run by students at the University of Central Florida.
- Goodyear Is Trying to Make an Electricity-Generating Tire
The idea behind the BH-03 concept is to capture energy in two ways.
- Plan to allow driverless cars clears Idaho Senate by 1 vote
Driverless cars are one step closer to joining Idaho citizens on the roads.
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