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"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." -- Maya Angelou, author and poet
8:30 This Morning - Montana Crowdfunding Law - Jeremy Brown, Dorsey & Whitney , 6/2 And 6/11, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- David Rose: The Internet Of Things Sponsored By TicketRiver, 6/3, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
- Farmer's savings among seizures that bought Montana K-9 unit
Ayala was never charged with a crime. But the state kept his money, using it to help fund the Montana Highway Patrol's first K-9 unit.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- NorthWestern Energy Files to Decrease Electricity Supply Rates in Montana
NorthWestern Energy has filed its annual electricity supply cost tracker with the Montana Public Service Commission and it is projecting lower rates for customers beginning in July.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Crowdfunding Law - Jeremy Brown, Dorsey & Whitney , 6/11, Missoula
Did you know that Montana recently passed a crowdfunding law? The new rules open up the possibility for Montana businesses to seek investments from Montana residents of up to $10,000 per investor up to a maximum of $1m per annum.
- Several Montana groups are getting an economic boost from EPA grants
The announcement was made at the Celtic Cowboy restaurant in downtown Great Falls, where similar grants helped revitalize that historic building.
- The Great Falls Development Authority And High Plains Finance (HPF) Annual Meetings, 6/29
This year we have a special focus on workforce demand, recruitment, retention, and training.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 15 for 6/1/15
Here's the GFDA Top 15 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. Help us spread good news about the growing Great Falls regional economy. Forward this to colleagues, friends, and family.
- David Rose: The Internet Of Things Sponsored By TicketRiver, 6/3, Bozeman, Montana
David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab.
Come Home Montana
- Today's TED Talk Rainer Strack: The surprising workforce crisis of 2030 -- and how to start solving it now
It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Equipment Maintenance Specialist BC, Fabrication Specialist AB, Mechanical Assembler AB - Boeing
Around the world, Boeing employees are building something amazing. Our innovative products and solutions are redefining an entire industry. See how you can help shape our world.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Membership, Director of Prospect Development - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The RMEF permanently protects crucial elk winter and summer ranges, migration corridors, calving grounds and other vital areas, while focusing on securing and improving hunter access throughout elk country.
- Invitation To Follow Up Discussion On Creating A Thriving Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, 6/9, Butte, Montana
Our discussion will begin with a brief recap and progress update from our prior event, followed by breakout sessions to further plumb and develop your previous input. A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming soon.
Montana Economic Development
- Photographers and Videographers can unleash their creativity with "The Ghost" from Florence, Montana based Spaulding International Cinema (SIC)
The Ghost is a 3-axis brushless camera gimbal that will unleash your creativity.
- Missoula Fresh - Confidence & Risk
DEAN'S REPORT 2014-2015 | 10 Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher are busy guys. As owners of Missoula's Orange Street Food Farm, they just made one heck of an impulse buy: two more grocery stores that suddenly came up for sale because of a merger of two national chains.
- Despite shortfalls, insurance company execs collect large bonuses - Rate increases likely
In Montana, Blue Cross President Mike Frank's total compensation for 2014 was $849,000, including a $355,000 bonus and salary of $488,000.
- Video: "Business: Made in Montana" In this Edition: Meissenburg Designs, Legend Soccer, Caravan Skis, Howard Hill Archery, and Everlog Systems
This series features profiles on a variety of Montana businesses that do business around the state, the nation and the world.
- Monte Dolack closing Missoula gallery after 22 years to focus on new works
"I want to devote time to my own work. I put a bit of that on hold over time, and I really want to get to it. I kind of noticed that there was more sand through the hourglass than there was left in it," he said.
- Three weeks later: Great Falls reacts to upcoming Asurion loss
It's been three weeks since the shock wave went through Great Falls that the city's fourth-largest employer, Asurion, with 348 call center employees, will largely close its operations in August.
- Montana State University Seeks Nominations for Family Business Day Awards
With these awards, we encourage the world at large to take note of these pioneering and successful family businesses and of the hearts of the people who have sustained them through generations.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- June MEDA News
- City of Missoula gets $400,000 grant for redevelopment
At a news conference Monday Mayor John Engen said the funding will help the city transition from an industrial timber town to a more diverse economy.
- New study examines the possibility of a leadership gene
According to Wendong Li, an assistant professor at Kansas State University and a co-author of the study, past research has shown a link between youthful rule-breaking and future leadership potential. That means the gene they studied could, in theory, have a leadership connection.
- Working at Home: In Most Places, the Big Alternative to Big Cities for Montana Residents
With continuing improvements in technology, and higher acceptance among companies and government agencies, working at home seems likely to continue its growth in the coming decades.
- 9 TED Talks to watch when you don't know what to do with your life
No need to panic: Take a deep breath, and power through your moments of doubt and burnout with the help of these talks.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise couple create Behavior Imaging for diagnosing autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dementia and Alzheimer's.
"Our passion (is) to really help our own child and the growing number of children around the world who have autism," Ron Oberleitner said.
- University of Montana Researcher Dr. Erick Greene Finds That When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen
Dr. Greene has a hunch that birds are saying much more than we ever suspected, and that species have evolved to decode and understand the signals. He acknowledged the obvious Dr. Dolittle comparison: "We're trying to understand this sort of 'language' of the forest."
- DARPA Wants Technology That Could Help Troops See Through Walls
The research aims to use "mathematical methods to coax from photons a little more of a story about where [photons have] been and what they've seen."
- Memory Restored in Forgetful Mice
"Amnesia is a problem of retrieval impairment," the Nobel Prize-winning scientist said.
Regional Economic Development
- Manufacturing Fades as Biggest Employer in the Most Counties
Between 2008 and 2013, health care appears to have surpassed manufacturing as the major private employer in the largest share of U.S. counties.
- Economic development role models from other states - What is your state doing to compete?
Innovate state organizations that may give yours ideas for improvement
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- The funniest lines from 2015 commencement speeches
From Robert De Niro's f-bomb to Stephen Colbert's diversity dig, here are the best lines from this year's commencement speech circuit.
- Can technology offer solutions to inequality?
"Technology is a game-changer in the field of education," says US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It will "improve achievement for all and increase equity for children."
- Can Khan Academy's Free SAT Prep Level the Playing Field?
About a year ago, the College Board announced a new partner in this effort: Khan Academy, the beloved online warehouse of free instructional videos and interactive exercises, which worked directly with the College Board to create an extensive library of free, online prep materials.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS video on Logger Days wins first prize at film festival
Hallahan and Campbell are students at the MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton. This is MAPS' first summer of programming and classes in design, film, music, technology and entrepreneur are being taught, June 15 to Aug. 21. To register, visit their website http://www.mapsmediainstitue.com.
- University of Montana School of Business Administration Dean's Report 2014-2015
Along with the contributions of William and Rosemary Gallagher, and Harold and Priscilla Gilkey, we would like to thank each one of you for the support you have given to the business school over the years.
- Montana Ranked Best in Nation for Keeping Higher Education Affordable
"Thanks to record investments in public education and successful tuition freezes the last two legislative sessions, Montanans continue to have unparalleled access to a quality, a ffordable education," said Bullock.
Funding and Building your Business
- Well Done Vancouver! Well Done Planners!
These travel impacts result from the city's efforts to improve walking, cycling and public transit, plus its smart growth policies which create compact, multimodal neighborhoods.
- I is for Ismay: Tiny town renamed itself Joe, Montana and got more than a fire truck out of it
Ismay: '9 miles from the middle of nowhere,' where 2 cars constitute a traffic jam
- BillingsBeyond sets goals as it plans for city's growth
In a city that's grown nearly 4 percent during each of the last five years, city planners want to make sure they get their plan for growth close to what residents want -- and affordable and doable at the same time.
Energy and Climate Change
- Your Company - Mixing Doers, Thinkers and Feelers
"There are very few black-and-white truths in management or in business, but one that I have found is that people either hire people who are smarter than them or people hire people they can control."
- 6 Trends Are Driving A Data Tsunami For Startups
Use the steps outlined here to stay ahead of it, and use its power to propel your startup into the future, ahead of your competition. The possibilities are endless, but the downside will be painful.
- USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Rural Residents
Eligible applicants include groups of cooperatives, cooperative development centers and individual cooperatives that serve socially-disadvantaged groups.
- Today's TED Talk - Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed
He found one factor that stands out from the others -- and surprised even him.
- Autistic Coders Get Jobs as Microsoft, SAP Woo Software Sleuths
Many people with autism, which impedes social and communication skills, are unemployed, and those who work often have low-paying jobs. Interviews are hard because many have trouble making eye contact and are sensitive to noise or light. Yet, like McNabb, some are high-functioning and exceptional at repetitive tasks, recognizing data patterns and finding bugs in software -- a good fit for the technology industry.
- How Entrepreneurs Attract Friends, Family And Fools
According to statistics on the Fundable crowdfunding site, friends and family are the major funding source for all entrepreneurs, investing over $60 billion in new ventures last year, almost triple the amount coming from venture capital sources.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Montana's SBS Solar Offers Free Solar Estimator for Your Home or Business
Want a quick glimpse at potential solar systems for your home or business. Start here with our simple solar estimator. Have your energy bill handy and get started with solar today!
- Glowing polar bear helps families improve their energy usage
The Hyko Polar Bear is an energy monitoring device which aims to teach the next generation the importance of being energy aware.
- New 'designer carbon' from Stanford boosts battery performance
Stanford scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.
Connectivity & Communications
- American Prairie Reserve: Conservation project finding success, fueling controversy in northeast Montana
APR is working to establish a prairie-based wildlife reserve that protects the unique ecosystem of the Great Plains, improves access to the prairie environment and provides lasting economic benefits.
- Why Helping the Poor Pay for Broadband Is Good for Us All - FCC Aims to Overhaul Phone Subsidy Program to Cover Broadband
The proposal shows that federal regulators are finally beginning to acknowledge what many of us already know--the Internet is a crucial gateway to economic opportunity.
- Steve Case: Get ready, the Internet is about to change again. Here's how.
Although Silicon Valley will remain the most vibrant innovation region, we are beginning the see what I like to call the rise of the rest, as entrepreneurs start building great companies nationwide.
- Google tries to demystify privacy controls with new approach
The simpler approach debuting Monday features a redesigned "My Account" hub where all of Google's key privacy controls can be found.
- Geospatial Technologies for a Healthier, Sustainable, and Increasingly Urban Earth
With geospatial technologies, scientists can create maps that narrate the earth's shifting landscapes through visual depictions that thoroughly describe the world around them.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Missoula, Montana based Ecology Project International to celebrate 15th anniversary with open house on June 5
Today, EPI employs 99 people worldwide, including 35 in Missoula. In the next few weeks, their 20,000th student will complete one of their field science programs.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 15 music festivals in Montana and Wyoming
Summer music festival season is just around the corner, and there's no excuse this summer. There is a music festival in our region nearly every weekend. Here's a look at who's playing and where.
- Video - MIT cheetah robot lands the running jump - here kitty, kitty, kitty....
In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs -- making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.
- 3-D printers could lead to Mars colonization
While Mars is still a ways out, this printer that makes tools, pizza and chocolate is a stepping stone, and, if we're lucky, signals the possible start of human civilization on another planet.
- A Pair Of Running Shoes That Lets You Run 25 Miles Per Hour
"The sky has no limits. Neither do I." -- Usain Bolt
- The Inside Story of Google's Bizarre Plunge Into VR
"We have ambitions beyond just Cardboard," Bavor says. "There are many other things going on."
- Is This The E-Bike That Finally Gets Commuters Out Of Cars?
The Karmic Koben, a new e-bike now on Kickstarter
- A 'partnership' based on poaching - Uber gutted Carnegie Mellon's top robotics lab to build self-driving cars
You can't buy a university, but you can make its employees better offers
- 2035: Future Automated Vehicles Will Be On-Demand
"You call up a driverless machine and you're dropped off wherever, and the machine goes off and picks up the next person. Some will be two-passenger, or four-passenger. Some will have freight capabilities, so they're delivering parcels locally, as well."
- Charging Electric Cars Without Plugging in - is it Possible?
Electric cars and plug-in hybrids won't recharge their batteries through a bulky cord. Instead, a small pad placed on the garage floor -- or maybe embedded in it -- will transmit energy to a receiver on the car's undercarriage, no wires needed. Just drive over the pad, park and forget about it.
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