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"Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life's not meant to be lived in one place."
You're invited to become a member of a team that will interview a Montana community to help it become more successful. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Early Edge Montana
- Montana Republican legislators urge rejection of $40M federal preschool grant
More than half of the signatories actually voted to fund the grant on a state and local level last spring in a wide-ranging spending bill.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- NorthWestern Energy Offers Energy Efficiency Training, Scholarships Aimed at Building Managers
The first opportunity, Building Operator Certification training, is an eight-day, Level 1 course spread over three blocks of time. Registration is now being accepted for training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on October 20--22, November 10-12 and December 8-9.
- NorthWestern Energy hopes to improve rural reliability with first solar panels in Montana
NorthWestern Energy also pledged $3 million in seed money in June to help support community renewable energy projects in urban areas, Larcombe told the Montana Standard. So far, NorthWestern Energy has had some preliminary discussions with Bozeman, Missoula and Helena for possible projects.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Dorsey's Labor & Employment Half Day Event - A Year In Review: Preparing For 2016, 11/19, Missoula, Montana
Join us to hear how 2015 has unfolded and what we can expect in 2016. Learn about recent decisions, new statutes and regulations, and more active agency enforcement in many areas.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- MTIP Innovator Training Tour, 11/4 Pablo -11/5 Browning, 11/6 Great Falls
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), a Department of Commerce program, is hosting a free workshop covering topics related to moving your invention from idea to market.
Energy and Climate Change
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - October 2015
Hotels are beginning to reevaluate checkout policies, with some brands going so far as eliminating checkout times all together.
Great Falls Development Authority
- The Legal Consequences of Ignoring Climate Risk
Could local officials be held to account if they fail to protect their citizens from climate disaster? Recent federal rulings suggest that they could.
- Wind energy can help Montana achieve economic prosperity
Montana landowners currently receive approximately $2 million annually in land lease payments and wind energy provided 6.5 percent of all electricity production in the state in 2014.
- Two degree Celsius warming locks in sea level rise for thousands of years
The research highlights the moral significance of decisions made now about mitigating climate change.
- Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Is Gaining Steam
Energy entrepreneurs are betting that an ice machine paired with solar panels can help humanity keep cool without burning more and more fossil fuels.
- Nation's Largest Utility Ramps Up Investment in Electric Vehicles
As California's governor pushes for the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, PG&E announced last week that it plans to put about $100 million toward the purchase of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles for its work fleet during the next five years -- about one-third of its fleet purchases.
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Top Ten for October 18, 2015
Supporting economic growth, diversification, and the creation of high wage jobs! Our Investors are moving the Great Falls Region Forward!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Government Contracting Advisor - Big Sky Economic Development
This individual will provide consulting and training to businesses interested in pursuing the government marketplace and assist businesses with understanding the requirements and processes necessary to expand into this specialized market.
- How a City Can Have an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Under the leadership of Mayor Richard J Berry, the City of Albuquerque recently took the unprecedented approach to educate city employees with the Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset curriculum.
Montana Economic Development
- Dolce - The Essential Suite For Managing Labor & Operations for Any Business
Meet the unprecedented labor management solution that integrates scheduling, clock-in, labor projection vs. actual, payroll-prep, and employee communication on a few simple screens.
- Gemini Mountain Swimwear - In there like swimwear: University of Montana Grad student makes swimsuit line for mountain girls
Alario, 27, now a grad student at the UM school of business, said there is plenty of water in Montana and plenty of women who need fashionable swimsuits that they can move in.
- Economic data, report show positive trends in Gallatin County
Gallatin County ranks first in the state in overall economic investment, according to a recent report.
- Economic Analysis Resource Team Members Requested for Sanders County Assessment. Your Opportunity to Contribute Your Expertise to Montana's Future Success
Resource Teams are a county and/or community based planning and assessment process involving interviewing a large number of people in the community, recording their suggestions and having a team of experts write-up implementation plans for county/community use.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Video resumes and five other tricks to land the job
Sticking out is hard with more competition for jobs than ever before. Video resumes and other tricks might be the way to separate yourself from the pack.
- Have a horrible, emotionally abusive boss? Here's what NOT to do.
Research shows that your response to an insulting or belittling boss can, over time, exacerbate the situation. Or at least do little to improve it.
- Introverts: 5 skills you already have that can make you a great leader
There are skills introverts can use from their daily lives to transform their business personality so that they can become excellent leaders like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Charles Schwab.
- These are the 25 jobs employees say have the best work-life balance
A new analysis by the careers Web site Glassdoor finds that tech and engineering jobs are among the best-ranked careers for workers who want to find some kind of balance between their professional and personal lives.
- Co-ops Tackle Broadband, Overcome State Network Restrictions
As several co-ops get high-profile network buildouts underway, quite a few others are ready to join the broadband ranks.
- Federal ConnectHome Initiative Chooses Durham, N.C., as Demo Community
To help narrow the digital divide, the program aims to provide about 2,000 households in the city with access to Google Fiber.
- North Carolina Program Focuses on Bonds that Make Healthier Communities
By focusing on the relationships between people, organizations, and ideas, residents in some of North Carolina's poorest rural communities are taking the lead to improve their overall health and quality of life.
Regional Economic Development
- Millennials are the new meal tickets for restaurants
While some studies show this demographic (also described as 18- to 34-year-olds) dramatically cut back on restaurant visits during the recession, they are now making a dining room comeback.
- Newspapers seek Silicon Valley magic
"They don't have any choice but to innovate."
- Regional Planning Essential to Local Community Success
"Employers don't think about jurisdictions; they just want workforce."
- How Does a Landlocked State Attract a Global Economy?
So what's the secret to its success?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- An Essential Building Block for the Public Workforce
A robust career management program can pay dividends not only for employees but also for the governments they work for.
- How personalized learning can reshape education: Insights from a special Gates Foundation panel
Rather than slog through lectures, dry reading assignments and long-form essays that don't seem relevant to their life experience, many students simply leave school.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Geeks Give Back: The incredible, inspiring story of neurobiology student Mahdi Ramadan
Geeks Give Back: What we've raised so far for STEM scholarships, and how you can help
- Oregon Will Become Second State to Offer Free Community College
"A lifetime of food stamps is much more expensive than the annual community college tuition of $3,000," Hass told lawmakers on May 28.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS to return as in-school offering in Corvallis
"We are excited at the opportunity to provide Corvallis students in high school and middle school with this motivating and effective program that had its beginning in Corvallis in 2004," Johnson said.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU program to reduce student debt through education receives national attention
"What is amazing about this study is if you just give (students) a little bit of information, they are going to make that change the next semester," Greeley said.
- MSU Engineering hires historic number of women faculty
22 percent of the engineering faculty is female, the highest portion in university history.
- How Montana State Educates Students on College Debt
Bloomberg's Brendan Greeley explains the effects of the University's outreach on "Bloomberg Markets."
- STEMfest launches to showcase careers to 2,000 Montana high school students
STEMfest came about because Bradley Layton, associate professor and director of the Missoula College Energy Technology Program, got a National Science Foundation grant that's focused on connecting students with STEM.
- Great Falls trades rodeo Thursday will help students choose careers
"This is a great opportunity for these students to come in and get hands-on experience, as well as to see what one of these potential careers might look like for them." says Charla Merja, trades division coordinator at Great Falls College MSU.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Veterans Court 5th Annual Mentor Training, 11/7, MIssoula
The free training is designed for any Veteran who would like to volunteer 4-6 hours per month to assist a Veteran involved in the criminal justice system. The event is also open to anyone else interested in learning more about the court whether or not they can volunteer as a mentor.
- The mayor of Albuquerque saw a homeless man with a 'Will work' sign. It gave him a great idea.
The idea was hatched by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who saw it as a way to help, not punish, people in need.
- Former Transportation Director Shares Lessons on Community Innovation
In his new book Start-Up City, Gabe Klein distills the lessons he's learned about urban innovation in the public and private sectors.
- Business demand for Airbnb surges
There are now more than one thousand businesses from over 35 countries around the world who are formally making Airbnb part of their corporate travel programs.
- Drowning In Data? Getting Analytics Right.
I've never implemented an analytics solution for a client where they've turned around and said "oh, we already knew that." Typically, what we hear is "holy crap. How on earth did we not know about this?"
- Teaching Students the Power of GIS
"(My students) desperately need this knowledge because they can't have informed conversations about current events and about decisions that we make globally or locally without knowing where they are happening," Erfurth said. "That's why my class is focused and centered on current events and well, as you know, maps. "
- Adventure Cycling Hosts The Biggest Bicycle Travel Celebration Since Bikecentennial 76 - , 7/15-17, Missoula, Montana
This jam-packed weekend will include parties, speakers, music, art, film, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly minted Missoula to Lolo Trail, bike rides along the heralded Bitterroot Trail, and Bikecentennial 76 reunions. Sunday Streets and BIKEapalooza, a community bike ride around Missoula, will round out the celebratory weekend.
- Montana Rail Link donates $15,000 to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Clubs
"To have a major corporation like Montana Rail Link step up and believe in what we're doing and want to give back to our community, that's just fantastic," Dennis said. "And it's a great opportunity for us to put more resources into the community we serve."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Definitely Real Quotes
"These are very very real because I saw them on the Internet" Abraham Lincoln
- Button-sized module from Intel will power development board for students
The development board, called Arduino 101 in the US and Genuino 101 abroad, will help young makers prototype technology-based products.
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