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“There are a lot of aspects to living in Montana that we enjoy. Our strong public education system has always been important to our employees. We also appreciate short commuting times and the ability to spend time in the outdoors.” Bill Johnstone, executive chairman of D.A. Davidson http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
TODAY! - Win R&D Funding For Your Early Stage Technology From NSF, 04/21, Bozeman http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5416 --- United Way's Connect Great Falls Speed Networking, 4/21, Great Falls http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5429 --- Missoula Job Service Career Fair, 4/21, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5421
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Main Street Montana Project
- Montana game tagging bill's passage doesn't salve hunters' anger
"It will help those who hunt in Montana in the future and will allow them to enjoy the moment, pay their respects and take a few pictures of their hunt ... which is exactly what I was doing when the warden approached me." Jim Latvala
- Montana House green-lights mental health group homes
State representatives have green-lighted a proposal to fund four mental health group homes in Montana.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Gov. Bullock & Montana Agriculture Development Council Award more than $260,000 to Ag Businesses & Organizations
"Expanding value-added agricultural businesses and helping create more opportunities for producers to process and sell products locally is part of the Main Street Montana project.
Montana Department of Commerce
- World Bank Video - Big Data for a More Resilient Future
We are seeing a rise in Big Data and Internet of Things technologies being used across a variety of sectors, with striking implications for development and building more resilient societies.
- Big Data Explained in Less Than 2 Minutes - To Absolutely Anyone
It's such an important idea that everyone from your grandma to your CEO needs to have a basic understanding of what it is and why it's important.
- Missoula author and University of Montana alum Jeremy N. Smith's new book, "Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients," details big data initiative on global health
Now it may help people everywhere--all 7 billion of us--know what really hurts us and what will best improve our health.
Come Home Montana
- $3.3 Million of Revolving Loan Funds Available for Montana Wood Products Businesses
The Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund Programs provide a long-term affordable lending tool to assist businesses in retaining or creating jobs providing a long-term economic benefit to the state of Montana.
- New Montana Film Office workshops in Missoula teaching film production to Montanans
"We really think this concept of media manufacturing is the perfect fit for Montana. We see it growing and we want to provide more opportunities, and it's a growth in a job that pays well," Deny Staggs, film commissioner of the Montana Film Office
- Montana Career Opportunities - Fabrication Specialist AB, Product Acceptance Spec B, Business & Planning Analyst 34, Business and Planning Analyst 1, Fabrication CNC Operators AB - Boeing / Helena
You'll find a career with Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company--and a career where you can soar.
Montana Economic Development
- Video: About S&K Technologies, Inc. and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of Montana
S&K Technologies, Inc. http://www.sktcorp.com/ was formed in 1999 with a vision to become one of the preeminent professional services firms in the country and to provide opportunity and prosperity to the Salish and Kootenai people.
- Mettle Strategic Marketing Solutions
Why do we do business the way we do? It's all about you!
- Join Us For 1 Million Cups Missoula Wednesday, April 22nd, Missoula, Montana
Presenters: Apptail, Inc. and Hestia In-Home Support
- Missoula travel company Adventure Life receives honors from National Geographic and Inc. Magazine
"It is an absolute honor to have our trip selected by such a prominent travel publication," said general manager Jonathan Brunger. "We are confident that our 'Undiscovered Brazil' tour offers travelers unique experiences of a lifetime, but this recognition further confirms our belief."
- Boeing celebrates expanded Helena plant and new jobs
Boeing Helena held the grand opening on Friday for 55,000 square-foot addition of manufacturing space that company officials said will mean an increase in production and new jobs.
- Great Falls firm Pre-Engineered Fire Systems sells fire suppression gear across U.S.
"We've largely evolved from selling and installing fire sprinkler systems for businesses and residences to putting together, selling and installing pre-packaged fire pump houses for industry and some commercial use."
- Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development Partners
To better connect you with the right partners, we have divided the state into 11 Economic Development Regions. Each region has a dedicated page which contains regional and local partners, quick facts about the region, and the latest news and events.
City Club Missoula
- Immigration Linked to Rural Economic Gains
"We frequently hear that immigrants are a drain on the economy and resources. But this data shows a very different picture."
- They Stare at You - It's Fantastic!
"You will walk out of there with your hearts smiling."
- Entire community needs to share vision to reach goals, expert says at Boise summit
Organizers said the goal of the summit is to create a road map of specific steps for improving health in local communities.
- Pilots at Allegiant Air Question Safety Standards
Pilots say they are worried about repeated mechanical problems with the airline's fleet of older planes, poor maintenance operations and a culture where profits come before safety.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment
The new funding is intended to be used by state workforce agencies to create "flexible and innovative strategies" to grow participation of people with disabilities in federally-funded job training programs.
- 5 Reasons We Shouldn't Be So Surprised by What Kids Wish Teachers Knew
On Friday, the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, the effort by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwartz to get students in her classroom to share something about themselves, went viral across the Web.
Montana Education Excellence
- Common Core testing snags continue for Nevada, Montana, North Dakota; federal funds at stake
On Tuesday, the company's server crashed due to capacity, causing spotty access and logistical frustrations before testing stopped. It also cost some schools money in the form of substitute teachers.
- Many U.S. schools still resist challenging all their students
"Education should be inclusive, not exclusive."
- Nightingale is a cloud-based app which supports personalized treatment for autism sufferers
Nightingale integrates data and comprehensive analysis to help clinicians provide the best care to autism sufferers.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana kids get "STEAMed Up" MSU Billings
The "Let's Get STEAMed Up!" event centered on STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, started three years ago for kids ages 8 to 18.
- MSU accounting students complete hundreds of tax returns for students, community members
The program has two goals: to help people in the community by providing free tax preparation services for individuals making less than $58,000, and to provide aspiring accountants practice in their profession.
- Lt. Gov. McLean Recognizes 13 Montana Schools as Winners of SMART Schools Challenges
"I am thrilled to see the work that these nearly 50 Montana schools have done to save money and resources," said Lt. Governor McLean
- Long-Running University of Montana Student-Produced TV Program Highlights 200th Business
Over the span of 22 years, "Business: Made in Montana" has featured hundreds of different businesses. The show profiles its 200th business in this episode, which also happens to be during UM School of Journalism's centennial celebration.
Funding and Building your Business
- Millennials are not who you think they are
"Non-millennial urbanites are still millennial-like."
- 'Ice-Cream Socialists' take home Missoula volunteer group award
The annual Ice Cream Social in the University area is intended to bring the community together, serving as a meet-and-greet between neighbors, community leaders and students. This fall will mark the group's 14th season
- What Happened When a Neighborhood Banned Cars for a Month
Neighborhood in Motion shows how a one-month car-free festival in a neighborhood affects the urban spaces and the mindsets and lifestyles of the residents.
- TWENTY-TWO New grant announcements
- Fearing die-off, Missoula city council approves new urban forest plan
"Right now, we have a little over 1,300 trees that are either dead or in poor condition. At the rate the current Norway population is aging and dying out, in five to 10 years, a very large portion of those trees will be gone." Chris Boza, the city's urban forester
Energy and Climate Change
- Why the Founders of Genius Got Therapy
If something goes wrong with their relationship, something could go wrong with their company.
- Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did it
At 31 years old, Steve Jobs left Apple and started NeXT. Here's an inside look at a company meeting, and what you can learn from it.
- 8 Stealth Interview Questions That Reveal True Character
Here are the questions that will tell you what you really want to know.
- 'Mobilegeddon' could be bad news for 40% of top websites
Google is doing this because it wants consumers to "find content that's not only relevant and timely, but also easy to read and interact with on smaller mobile screens,"
- A Look Inside The New Trends In Business
Deloitte's new business trends report explores the receding boundaries, emerging opportunities, and new challenges that leaders are facing.
Connectivity & Communications
- Clear material on windows harvests solar energy
"It opens a lot of area to deploy solar energy in a nonintrusive way."
- This atomically thin material generates electricity
The material could be the basis for unique electric generators that are lightweight, bendable, stretchable--and ultimately wearable.
- Earth Day, April 22 - Leo DiCaprio: 'Unlocking Nature's Secrets Will Help Us Solve The Climate Crisis'
In this week alone, news about our planet is grave.
- TV of the future--all on demand?
Think about it--you'd turn on network TV and just see a menu of shows. Click the ones you want to watch--and pay for, no doubt.
- The Payoffs of Government Financial Transparency
New York was not the first city to make its financial information so readily available and transparent, but the Sunlight Foundation says it's "one of the best examples of an open checkbook-style website that we've found."
- States That Innovate Likelier to Attract, Retain Needed IT Talent
"We know that states face recruiting difficulties because of several issues and a big one can be public perception of state public service."
- Big Oil Is About to Lose Control of the Auto Industry
A pollution-free revolution is coming
- Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
On the verge of bankruptcy, the company sought a savior in Larry Page
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