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"Luck comes to visit. It doesn't come to stay." Charles Koppleman
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Early Edge Montana
- Boise pre-K experiment will test city-school partnership
"Those of us in public service, I don't think we know of a better investment." Boise Mayor Dave Bieter
Sustainable Business Council
- NorthWestern Energy discusses Montana's lagging energy efficiency score
NWE spokeswoman Claudia Rapkoch said Montana's low score is affected by how larger industrial businesses in Montana buy their energy. They pay for the transport of energy, but not the energy itself.
- The Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism Explained - NorthWestern Energy Blog
To explain what the LRAM is, we first have to define it.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- The Sustainable Business Councils' 2020 Strategic Plan is now available to review
SBC is happy to announce continued attention and work toward Moving Missoula Toward Zero Waste.
- Dorsey & Whitney Opens Beijing Office
The establishment of the Beijing office will enable the Firm to serve its Beijing-based clients more effectively and will provide the Firm with a platform for further growth in the Greater China region.
Energy and Climate Change
- Bold, Beautiful, and Brand-Centric: Business Cards that Pop
Your business card is one of the strongest, most personal pieces of collateral that you can produce.
- PrintingForLess Helps Invoca Realize 1,500 Percent ROI Increase
By combining automated dimensional mail with digital marketing automation campaigns, Invoca saw increased engagement from prospects and a tremendous return on their investment.
- Even in the Digital Age, Why Direct Mail Is Still a Viable Marketing Tactic
Direct mail drives purchases. In nearly a quarter of cases, direct mail pieces prompt respondents to take action, and a third of all print catalogues received in the last six months triggered a purchase.
Come Home Montana
- What Does the Connected Home Mean for Energy Policy?
VerdeXchange News recently interviewed Cole Hershkwoitz, co-founder of Los Angeles-based start-up Chai Energy, who maintains that "smart home" technologies can help connect regional energy providers to efficiency efforts at the residential level.
- Big Electric Shocks Big Oil
California's new emissions law enlists utilities to help wean drivers off gasoline.
- The Hidden Costs of Building Green
New green buildings may be de riguer, but preservation does less harm.
- UM and state of Montana each oppose environmental plans
"It would be a joke for anyone to say UM is making a strong, meaningful push toward sustainability." ASUM President Cody Meixner
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Product Development Focus - Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Firmware Engineer, Software Engineer, Software Developer and more - Montana Instruments
Montana Instruments makes researchers more effective by creating better high-precision optical measurement solutions for research, industry, and education.
- Help wanted: Rocky Mountain Homes: Business booming, but workers hard to find
Our business is booming. We have quite a backlog. We need to find some qualified employees who can help us stay up with that demand."
- No Safe Sallys invites Montana women entrepreneurs for cupcake smashing and more fun events....
"To put me in front of someone and have to do an elevator pitch is super awkward," she says, "and so I thought, well, we need a group in Missoula where it's about doing some fun activity that's not so focused on, 'What is your business, how did it start, stand up in front of everyone and explain this,' but more about the relationships."
Montana Economic Development
- MMEC hires Claude Smith to provide food safety and manufacturing expertise
(MMEC) has partnered with Montana Department of Agriculture to hire Claude Smith to provide food safety and manufacturing expertise to agriculture producers, value-added producers and food manufacturers.
- Video: DropTrip - Bozeman, Montana company aims high
DropTrip http://droptrip.com/ Founder Doug Warner and Co-founder Nathan Williams drop by Montana This Morning to talk about their company and future of shipping.
- Ravalli Co. plans for airport economic district come under fire
"Is awkward, cumbersome, financially risky to county taxpayers and special districts such as school and fire," said Marilyn Saunders of Bitterrooters for Planning. "And embodies a host of legal questions and potential legal challenges."
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process?
Recent science suggests that exercise may slow the fraying of telomeres.
- A Conversation: Why Women MBAs Face Big Gender Pay Gap
Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed 12,773 business school alumni, for the first time ever, and found that women with MBAs face a gender-based pay divide that starts as soon as they graduate, and only gets worse throughout their careers.
- 'So, What Do You Do?' Rethinking Small Talk
"Here's something I'd love to see happen: go to a party, and have your work be the very last thing anyone asks you about."
- Google's Internet balloons will take off in Indonesia
Google's Internet-beaming balloons are ready to take off on the next phase of their mission to deliver online access in regions where most people live offline.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise State COBE alumni lead biggest solar project in Idaho
Clēnera has been contracted to complete the biggest solar energy project in the state; they will be in charge of building a solar farm of approximately 340,000 solar panels across 500 acres.
- Next Commerce chief must 'sell' Idaho, Lt. Gov. Little says
Usually, we'll interview candidates here (in Boise). I don't think we've had any applicants so far from out of the area.
Oregon Economic Development
- The Chicken Gun
Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist!
- Mayor Charlie Hales at Design Week Portland party: 'Portland attracts creatives'
Is design a big engine in Portland?
- Is California's Bubble Bursting?
Even now, 22 of California's 58 counties have unemployment rates of 7.5 percent or higher.
Regional Economic Development
- Harvard librarians are creating a database of U.S. case law that will be offered on the Internet for free
"Improving access to justice is a priority," said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, explaining why Harvard has embarked on the project. "We feel an obligation and an opportunity here to open up our resources to the public."
- Bakken boom slowdown lets community catch its breath
Word came Wednesday that Occidental Petroleum - the fourth largest U.S. oil producer - will exit the Bakken in a move to slash its capital budget by $300 million.
Washington State Business
- What Is a Circular Economy?
The price of natural resources and materials is soaring, and in response to volatile markets and increasing competition, developed nations are examining this sort of alternative economic model.
- All Economic Development Can't Be About Promoting Tech Startups
This startup fever, however, is beginning to look the same from place to place and may be creating not entrepreneurial vibrancy but what some are calling a "startup monoculture."
- State says growing economy is reason for more traffic congestion
"We're collaborating with our partners in cities, counties, and transit to get the most capacity out of the state's multimodal transportation system and provide commuters viable travel options."
- Salesforce Plans To Double Seattle Area Workforce, Open New Office
The company is expanding its team of highly skilled enterprise software engineers in the Seattle area, which will become one of the company's largest engineering hubs globally.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at the University of Montana speaks at education conference intended to help enrollment rates: Educators vital to job seekers
"Employers want people who can think critically." United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
- Schools implement meditation & students' happiness and academic sucess soars
We've seen yoga, standing desks and vegetarian lunches turn troubled schools around, but we've never seen meditation adopted successfully within the school system
- Khan Academy Founder and Executive Director Sal Khan shares his thoughts on the future of a university education
Besides earning a college degree, Khan envisions universities requiring students to come away with a portfolio of work and a reputation for actively contributing to a community.
- Four ways Boise State is upending college education
Boise State is disrupting that model with its College of Innovation and Design, a school that just opened and has a different view of what a college education means.
- Big Data in Education - Harnessing Data for Better Educational Outcomes
This CDE Special Report takes an in-depth look at big data, highlighting strategies for collecting, managing and utilizing it to support learning and achieve 21st-century education goals.
Montana Education Excellence
- Oracle to build high school at its headquarters campus
It will focus on "STEAM" subjects -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math, subjects that have become a popular cause in Silicon Valley. Oracle volunteers will work closely with Design Tech students on science and technology projects.
- The 10 Best And Worst College Cities And Towns In The U.S. - #9 Bozeman, Montana
To determine the best and worst college cities and towns in America, personal finance site WalletHub reviewed 280 cities across 23 metrics
- Missoula College Nursing Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate, Top Scores in National Licensure Exam
"These pass rates not only indicate the knowledge base of our faculty, but also the consistent care and individualized instruction they give to each of our students," said MC Dean Shannon O'Brien.
- Lewis and Clark County reluctant to help fund school facilities study
"We need to do something to our school facilities."
- Conference helping preparing Montana students for success
"Their success from their choice to graduate matters to their families, it matters to their teachers, it matters to their communities, it matters to their Governor, it matters to me. To be able to come here and celebrate in that success and be amongst the students is a gift." First Lady Lisa Bullock
- Online UM Magazine Examines Crown of Continent, Yellowstone
In this issue readers will find articles, essays, special features and a large number of photos and other visuals that focus on a wide range of topics involving these two iconic ecosystems, said Rick Graetz, co-director of UM's Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative.
Funding and Building your Business
- Building a Community Legacy in Missoula
Envisioning a new library and cultural center in the heart of Missoula
- ourMissoula.org - The 'Our Missoula' City Growth Policy is the fundamental policy document that guides growth and development in Missoula.
Conservation of the qualities and characteristics that Missoulians value are fundamental to reaching a shared vision of a sustainable, livable community with a diversified economy, improved infrastructure and environmental quality, and affordable housing options for all.
- 15 Photos That Prove Missoula is Undeniably Beautiful In The Fall
This time of year will begin to see crisper mornings that carry a layer of frost on the ground, but best of all, beautiful fall foliage.
Connectivity & Communications
- Top 10 CIO Concerns for 2016
What are the most important issues for IT leaders as we head into 2016?
- 20 Questions for Business Leaders
Whether we're conscious of it or not, every management decision is motivated by a desire to find universal answers to very specific questions.
- Why Millennials Are the C-Suite's Secret Weapon for Innovation
C-suiters, meet the millennials. Young, highly educated employees born in the dawn of the digital age can seem a strange breed, but the future of your company depends on understanding and using them.
- With new site, Google makes public many of its internal HR tactics
Called re:Work, the new site will feature research-backed examples of how Google approaches things like hiring and anti-bias training, providing free public tools such as slide decks and checklists that the company uses internally.
- How Remote Work Policies Can Backfire
Appearances can be deceiving, and in many cases, the widespread acceptance of remote work has actually caused more harm than good.
- Preparing a utility for the future big data environment
"We were driven to optimize our assets, basically," Almanzar added. "But everything is changing daily. There's greater demand from the business to personalize data and reporting. There's a greater need to manage and analyze unstructured data and there will be an increase of data points."
- Time Warner Cable plans for TV on the Internet
Hate your cable box? In a few weeks, Time Warner Cable is going to start testing in New York City a cable service that doesn't need one and is delivered over their customers' home Internet.
- Governments Need an Internet of Things Strategy
What's being done globally in the public sector with IoT right now?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- University of Montana Students to Award $10,000 to Local Nonprofits
The philanthropy class at UM teaches community building and giving strategies to address social issues and meet local needs.
- Researchers Can Now 3D Print A Human Heart Using Biological Material
The new research, published in the journal Science Advances, demonstrates that it is possible to replicate the heart through 3D printing.
- Move over standing desk: this one reclines
Most ingeniously, as you gradually rock back into a position typically synonymous with snoozing in a first-class airline seat, your monitor and desk pivot and slant with you, with keyboard and mouse defying gravity thanks to powerful magnets.
- Elon Musk Is Innovating a Whole New Kind of Transport?
The Hyperloop is one of the more exciting developments America has seen since 1957 when engineers created the Boeing 707 -- a plane that allowed its passengers to travel at 80 percent of the speed of sound.
- Why Do People Hate Cyclists?
At the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, researchers presented work that attempts to address the behaviors of cyclists and the attitudes of cyclists and non-cyclists alike.
- More direct flights, cheaper tickets possibly coming to Billings
"What's kind of has really fueled the local group here in Billings has been the success Bozeman has had with bringing in new, additional air service with offering revenue guarantees," said Kevin Ploehn, Billings Logan International Airport Acting Director.
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