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Montana Department of Commerce
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Main Street Montana Project Peer-to-Peer Symposium 10-11/12, Bozeman
Walk away with big ideas and real world solutions to workforce development challenges that have proven successful for your fellow Montana businessmen and women.
- Public Hearing - The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) Program, 9/30, Helena, Montana
The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Program (BSTF) provides state funds to promote long-term stable economic growth in Montana with financial assistance in the following two categories:
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Time to learn about proposed school bonds
The teachers, staff and students with MCPS have "made do" with substandard conditions for a long time now. They have patched, repurposed and provided their own personal resources to fill in the gaps. Even so, the wear and tear at certain older schools - 106-year-old Lowell Elementary stands out - has become increasingly apparent.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Just Ask Whitney - When some of the world's most powerful people want help changing it, they call Whitney Williams - University of Montana '94 Grad.
Founder and CEO of Seattle-based social impact consulting firm williamsworks http://www.williamsworks.com , Whitney Williams has dedicated her life to doing good in the world. And if the roster of powerful, wealthy people who turn to her for advice is any indication, she's done it well.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - September 2015
Intent to travel among American adults has reached an all-time high, with 34 percent planning to increase the number of leisure trips they take over the next year. With the upswing in travel intention comes a shift in the travel landscape.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls recognized by Montana Main Street
Designated communities receive priority service and training from the Montana Main Street Program staff, are able to apply for annual grant funding without providing a required local match, receive free registration for one representative at regional workshops and conferences and receive free membership in the national Main Street Center network.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunities - EDI Coordinator, Systems Administrator - Watkins and Shepard
Watkins and Sheparde is hiring for an EDI Coordinator and a Systems Administrator in our Missoula, Montana corporate office.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Next Meeting: Will Price, Next Frontier Capital, 9/24, Missoula, Montana
Our next meeting will feature Will Price of Next Frontier Capital, the Montana based VC fund launched earlier this year.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Here's why a ranch in Montana was just named the best hotel in the world
The all-inclusive luxury ranch lies 75 miles south of Missoula in the mountains of western Montana, and is renowned for its excellent service.
- Applied Materials closing Libby, Montana facility
Spokesman Kevin Winston says it was not an easy decision, but Applied Materials feels that combining the staff in one location is best for employees and the company.
- Montana Beyond all Roads - The K Bar L Ranch & Medicine Springs
Leave the stress of the modern world behind and escape 7 miles beyond the nearest road to this Eden of the Rockies.
- Today's TED Talk Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love
He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you -- and then getting started doing it.
- Today's TED Talk Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone -- men included
It's not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.
- TED Talk of the week Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part
Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions?
- Today's TED Talk Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school
In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching -- and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.
- Five ways millennials can become bosses sooner
Millennials are starting at the bottom at work. These five tips will help them become bosses sooner.
- 103 Must-Follow Feeds in Science, Culture, Design, and More
What follows is the most comprehensive collection of Internet excellence around.
- Think about why you're giving a speech
"Your real goal is to seed an idea in your audience's mind. Doing that is a gift."
City Club Missoula
- A "TED" For Rural America - 'The New Connected Countryside' Aims to Give Rural America a Road Map to Broadband
"The real challenge is how do we make rural areas of the world just as exciting, just as dynamic a place to start a business, to grow a business, to raise a family, and have your kids have the option to stay there and get great jobs or build companies of their own, and really exploit broadband for its full potential as opposed to just using it for another means by which we all live cheek by jowl in cities?"
- Missoula Superintendent Thane pitches bonds to community, business leaders at City Club Missoula
"Technology is critical to a 21st-century education," Thane said, adding that even the most recent buildings in the district weren't designed with modern infrastructure in mind.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Idaho's changing economy: Jobs, wages and construction by the numbers
The volatility and sharp declines of the Great Recession have given way to a period of steady improvement, according to economic forecasts from the Idaho Division of Financial Management.
- Reports on North Dakota Weaponized Drone Law Miss Larger Picture
When an 18-year-old in Connecticut strapped a handgun to a hobby drone, the authorities and media went ballistic -- pun intended. The same thing happened in North Dakota when a legislative amendment formally okayed law enforcement to affix nonlethal weapons to unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Europe's aging economies stand to gain from influx of people
The key is how well they are integrated and how many jobs European countries can offer.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah's Silicon Slopes lure tech entrepreneurs
According to the National Venture Capital Association, about $800 million was invested in Utah in 2014, putting it in 9th place for most investment in the USA. That's up from $300 million in 2013.
Montana Education Excellence
- The nonprofit bringing high-school broadband into the modern era
Now, using his non-profit, "the best (schools) are paying less than two dollars per megabit" per month, for an order of magnitude in savings, he says.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Meet Missoula's Hank Green, one of America's most popular science teachers
"I'm Hank Green and I want to teach you chemistry. Please, do not run away screaming," he says, beginning a 10-minute video about atoms that has been viewed 1.6 million times.
- Montana college graduate salaries released; Carroll students have best chance of early financial success, but accuracy of data questioned
"To me, that's ridiculous," said Dan Benge, director of Upward Bound and Talent Search at Montana State University Billings.
- University of Montana law dean bemoans historic low pass rate on 2015 Montana bar exam
University of Montana law professors are worried after a "devastating" drop in the number of graduates who pass the Montana bar exam.
- School Administrators of Montana - Visionary leaders united in providing, advocating, and creating education excellence for Montana students!
Nearly 1000 members network under six affiliate associations to promote GREAT Montana Schools, supporting leaders passion for providing an outstanding education to Montana's children!
- Student Assistance Foundation Grants $50,000 To Graduation Matters Montana To Increase Access To College Financial Aid
"This grant funding will support Graduation Matters Montana communities in encouraging more students to apply for financial aid, which in turn will increase access to a college education."
Funding and Building your Business
- Walkability: It's not about the buildings, or even the streets. It's about the experience.
Many studies regarding complete streets and road diets point out that it's more than just a matter of having a sidewalk. Instead it's about designing an environment that slows down cars instead of policing drivers.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Hidden Meanings Behind 50 Of The World's Most Recognizable Logos
What we don't realize is that many of them have a deeply rooted meaning hidden in or behind the famous symbol, and in this article we'll uncover them.
- These companies have the most enjoyable interview process
"In today's competitive recruiting market, the interview process has become an even more crucial gateway to introducing an organization and its culture to potential talent."
- 6 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Family Businesses
Entrepreneurs who have built companies that touch multiple generations share what they have learned along the way.
- What can make meetings better?
"If you are running a meeting, your job is to orchestrate the experience. You are a steward of other people's time,"
- Solarize Comes to Missoula, MT
Solarize Missoula is a grassroots, community campaign to dramatically increase the number of solar electric systems installed in Missoula.
- Exxon Scientists Knew Fossil Fuels Caused Climate Change Back in 1977
In 1977, climate scientist James F. Black made this statement to Exxon execs: "In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels"
- Letter from Langdon: Climate Change and Food Production
Whether we like it or not, climate change is affecting U.S. food security. And there could be more than price and supply at stake. Farmers need to join the conversation.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google's codebase is ludicrously huge for good reason
Google's codebase -- the programming instructions that run every one of its services from Gmail to Slides -- span a whopping 2 billion lines of code that stretch across 1 billion files and require 86 terabytes of storage, according to Google engineering manager Rachel Potvin.
- How to Get the Most Out of a Costco Membership
"You should get your checks online through Costco," my sister-in-law advised.
- New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life
Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past.
- Chip-based credit cards part of bigger change in payment system
The move to the new cards may hasten the day when we don't use physical cards for payments at all.
- Decisions, decisions, decisions... Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Electric sports cars, luxury ...
Porsche has Tesla in its sights with a 600-horsepower all-electric car, which has a range of 330 miles and charges to 80% in just 15 minutes.
- Direct flight from Great Falls to Chicago possible
"Adding an additional flight in Great Falls will help get folks to where they need to be cheaper and faster," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "This is big news for folks in Great Falls and the surrounding communities, and I will work closely with the airlines to ensure this flight is available as soon as possible."
- Governor Hickenlooper promises $100M to make Colorado "the best state for biking"
Colorado will call on its Department of Transportation to help make the state "the best state for biking" in the country.
- Boiseans plug into electric cars
"If you want to change people's behavior, you can't do it with coercion," says Gregory Allen, who built his own electric-assisted bicycle. "You have to do it with temptation."
- In praise of traffic roundabouts
Traffic circles have been proven to ease congestion, reduce accidents and emissions, and save thousands of dollars a year in traffic-light costs.
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