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"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid." -- Franklin Jones, journalist
City Club Missoula Presents "The Future Of Journalism: Newsgathering In The 21st Century", 6/8, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Early Edge Montana
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Financing High-Quality Early Education Programs: A New Guide for Policymakers
Early education is a proven way to help children succeed, but a key challenge for policymakers is figuring how to pay for these programs.
Come Home Montana
- New Montana Tourism Campaign Marketed Toward Urban Bison
"We want Montana to be the only destination a bison thinks of when they need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city,"
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Database Administrator & GIS Specialist - Rahn Land, Inc.
Rahn Land, Inc. is an independent rural land appraisal firm located in Bozeman, Montana, that provides a diverse range of services related to rural Montana property valuation, analysis, and mapping. Services include professional and qualified real property appraisals, real estate valuation consulting, GIS mapping and online map services.
- Montana ranks as 3rd "fittest" state in new poll
State health officials aren't surprised by the data. They say Montana is one giant sandbox for outdoor activity that residents are taking advantage of throughout the year.
- Montana Talent Available - Program or Project Management - Returning Naval Officer
"Hello, all! My name is Nick Anderson and I am a Navy veteran who is looking to move my family back to Montana.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Top State for Entrepreneurs for Third Year in a Row
"As Montana's economy continues to outpace the nation, it is the entrepreneurial spirit that provides much of our state's success," Bullock said. "These entrepreneurs have a good idea and the courage to take the risk to make it a reality. I'm pleased that Montana continues to lead the nation in helping these innovators succeed."
- Get Off the Ground with Community Investing
We're all familiar with the now ubiquitous Kickstarter campaigns, but what about some other tools to help crowdfund local retail and development?
- New investment fund Next Frontier Capital aims at growing Montana tech businesses
The goal of the firm is to help grow new companies in high-tech industries, particularly in software, health care, photonics and optics.
Montana Economic Development
- Great Videos - Don't you wish you could have done this as a kid? Your kids can now.
We believe in becoming as adept at movement as possible, being taught life lessons through parkour, as well as gaining a sense of belonging and community within our gym.
- Missoula International Airport apron expansion proves good for business
A $5 million investment to expand an aviation ramp at Missoula International Airport is paying dividends by growing business and attracting new tenants, the airport director told Missoula County commissioners on Tuesday.
- Orphaned Alpaca at Murdoch's Goes Viral
An orphaned baby alpaca owned by one of Murdoch's cashiers in Casper, Wyoming, is making a splash in national news
TEDx Events in Montana
- Developers unveil expanded plan for Missoula's Riverfront Triangle project
Mixed-use development will be one of the largest urban infill projects in Montana history.
- Group in talks with Facebook, Google to bring data centers to Gallatin County, Montana
The District is also courting Amazon , Microsoft and Apple.
- Kalispell's Ambitious Redevelopment Plan Gathers Support
When David Peterson travels from his office in downtown Spokane to downtown Kalispell, he sees two cities at different stages of a similar vision.
- TED Talk - Watch: Play this classic game to help large groups connect
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another?
- TEDxMSUBillings Announces a Call for Speakers & Ticket Sales
TEDxMSUBillings is looking for creative, engaging and exciting speakers and performers that are leaders in their industries and fields.
City Club Missoula
- USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities
Eligible applicants for Housing Preservation Grants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations.
- City Club Missoula Presents "The Future Of Journalism: Newsgathering In The 21st Century", 6/8, Missoula
City Club Missoula presents "The Future of Journalism: Newsgathering in the 21st Century" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at the Doubletree Hotel Edgewater, 100 Madison St.
- Kalispell Proposes $50.9 Million Budget
The new preliminary budget is roughly $50.9 million, roughly $5.6 million higher than the last budget
- State budget reductions in Montana could lead to extended vacancies, layoffs
The state allocation for employee costs across most agencies will be 6 percent lower for this biennium than it was three years ago, Villa said. The 6 percent dip results from decisions made during the last two sessions.
- Apple Valley votes to make offer for Missoula's Mountain Water Co.'s sister utility in California
A water company roughly the same size as Mountain Water Co. is worth some $45.54 million, according to the town manager.
- Bob Geddes takes reins at Idaho's 'agency for state agencies'
No litmus for running the department, but a personal agenda to improve purchasing, contracting
- Kickstarter Campaign in Idaho Successful - SOLE-SOCKS.COM ... The Simple Sock Alternative
Achieve that sockless look with the simple sock alternative. Visit us at Sole-Socks.com to see our entire offering
Regional Economic Development
- Amazon launches free shipping on small items
The low-cost fulfillment service means no minimum order is required and customers do not need to be enrolled in Amazon Prime to take advantage of it, according to postings on the site's sellers forum.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- First Nation's challenges and economic development
First Nation's, Metis and Inuit social economic challenges like suicide, education and housing and the required changes needed to succeed in Economic Development.
- Majority of U.S. States See Resurgence of Startup Activity in 2015, According to Annual Kauffman Foundation Report
In the 2015 rankings, new business creation rose in nearly half of the nation's 40 largest metro areas, with startup activity largely clustered in western and southern cities.
- MSU researchers have new grain line available for commercial licensing
Montana State University researchers have produced a new variety of grain sorghum, a warm season crop adapted to arid climates. This technology - Line 13sorg23 - is now available for licensing. Bid submission forms are due Oct. 30.
- Hidden or Unemployed: America's Failure to Get Disabled People Jobs
The employment rate for the disabled remains basically unchanged after a quarter-century, and many of the 34 percent of Americans with disabilities who do have jobs are in sheltered workshops earning around $2 an hour.
Montana Education Excellence
- Canada's indigenous schools policy was 'cultural genocide', says report
"The Canadian government pursued this policy of cultural genocide because it wished to divest itself of its legal and financial obligations to Aboriginal people and gain control over their land and resources."
- Montana Legislature creates new STEM scholarship program
The deadline to apply is July 15.
Funding and Building your Business
- Helena Business Improvement District takes stance against school improvement bond
"We all supported previous school bond issues; we all support increased educational opportunities for our children; and we all support the need to make improvements to our facilities. This current bond issue does not do that in our opinion."
Energy and Climate Change
- When people deserve a promotion, be brave enough to grant it
As I preached many, many times to my staff in my leadership lessons, "If you're not going forward, you're going backward". Status quo is a dangerous place. I wanted to keep moving forward, so I felt good about pushing change, especially when people didn't think they needed it.
- 5 Kinds of People Who Will Help You Succeed as an Entrepreneur
You'll be making your own decisions and carving your own path, but you'll have to your network to help get you there.
- 6 Business Books That Will Revolutionize Your Business and Change Your Life
If you can't find time to read, you as an entrepreneur will not grow, which will have an effect on your business.
- Should We All Be On The 4-Day Workweek?
The gains in productivity, creativity, and overall work-life satisfaction are hard to ignore.
- Mastering the art of the cold call
Here are four tips for acing the cold call.
- How to Hire the Right Person for the Job
Here are three key ingredients for hiring the right person for the job:
Connectivity & Communications
- States Change Regulations to Transform Utilities into Energy, Environmental Service Providers
Projects from utility National Grid showcase how others can upgrade and connect systems to give customers more control of their energy use.
- We Could Power Entire World on Renewables by 2025, Says Global Apollo Program
The authors of an initiative called the Global Apollo Program say that, given the required high level of investment, it should be possible within 10 years to meet electricity demand with reliable wind and/or solar power that is cheaper--in every country--than power based on coal.
- Vampire Power: The Invisible Tax on Your Energy Bill
Your gadgets and appliances may be bleeding your wallet dry...
- Google's plan to spread the Internet with massive balloons is coming to America
The mission of Google's Project Loon may be to bring Internet connectivity to the developing world. But someday, perhaps soon, even some of the richest countries on Earth could benefit from Google's big, floating balloons.
- Fatbeam spotlighted by FCC for Creating Competitive Fiber Options for Rural Communities
Fatbeam was recently spotlighted by the FCC in a recent speech for their efforts to bring competitive fiber options into rural markets.
- Nonprofit Abuse - The Data That's Hiding in Plain Sight
Improving state oversight of nonprofits is just one way that accessible, computer-friendly data could make governance better.
- Porkcast: lawmaker hopes new website improves government transparency in Montana
The public can sign up for email alerts whenever a state employee uses a credit card at Starbucks or writes a check to Staples.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Red Ants Pants founder Sarah Calhoun stops in Billings to boost upcoming concert July 24-26 in White Sulphur Springs.
The upcoming concert on the Jackson Ranches outside White Sulphur Springs is the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Red Ants Pants Foundation, which supports women's leadership groups and working family farms.
- How the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti and built six homes
The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.
- Device Improves Self-Healing Capability of Electrical Grid
The device is installed on a power line pole, and is designed to automatically open and re-close itself, saving the need for a lineman to manually restore service.
- Cockroach Labs - Ex-Googlers Get Millions to Help You Build the Next Google
Cockroach Labs is betting that Spanner-like databases will soon be just as important to the rest of the technology as Hadoop and NoSQL are today.
- Could electric cars run on liquid fuel?
Artificial photosynthesis could be the answer.
- Narrower Lanes, Safer Streets
Compelling Evidence That Wider Lanes Make City Streets More Dangerous
- Missouri Announces Nation's First Smart Roadway
Self-driving and connected vehicles, morphing highway paint, and solar roadways are hot in the research world, but Missouri plans to make these technologies and more part of their Road to Tomorrow.
- Congress rejects effort to ground rural air service
If there's one Montana bird at risk of having its wings clipped whenever Congress discusses transportation, it's the federally subsidized Essential Air Service.
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