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On earth as it is in Montana.
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Montana Department of Commerce
- Video: Making headway in Asia for Montana businesses
Gov. Bullock led 16 delegates to both Taiwan and South Korea. The delegates represent a wide field of businesses from agriculture, advance manufacturing, laser photonics, bio-science and education.
- The Korea Times - Montana has something more than big sky
"The reason that I wanted to come here is because it is one of the most significant trade partners we have and to build on what can be an incredible business, cultural and educational relationship," said Bullock in an interview with The Korea Times at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul last week.
- Northwest Energy Council Plan Says Energy Efficiency is Key
Conservation could play role as low-cost alternative for utilities' electricity generation plans as coal plants close
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Hottest Sales Tools at Dreamforce 2015--PFL Makes the List
"One of the most unique sales tools on the market is PFL's SwagIQ software solution, which connects with the Salesforce Sales Cloud to provide sales teams with new ways of connecting with clients and prospects."
Come Home Montana
- 10 reasons you NEED to visit Western Montana this winter
8. There's more to Montana than just mountains and trees and snow....and beer.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Community Development Project Manager - Big Sky Economic Development (BSED)
Dynamic position working on community projects throughout Yellowstone County as part of the BSED team.
- The world's best workplace ... Glacier national park, Montana
This is one of the greatest backyards ever created - and we get to spend a few months of every year in it. There are no towns inside the park, just five lodges and a few campgrounds. Most employees live in dormitory accommodation in the park: we're here to help guests experience the park the way Mother Nature intended.
- How can you attract start-ups to your region?
Regions with the most start-up activity apply three principles when shaping policies to attract start-ups:
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman-based Wisetail Lands Coveted Spot on National Tech Watch List
Wisetail's unique approach to gamification help power learning management systems at some of the country's best places to work
- Resonon, a Bozeman company looks abroad with high-tech cameras
Resonon developed a camera that is able to process all of these details on its own. Basically, giving color to machines through hyperspectral imaging.
- Brewconomy 101
Craft beer has become big business in Montana, where the state's manufacturing sector has enjoyed the largest gains
- Development continues in Missoula's Old Sawmill District
"It's a really good corroboration of work between the city organizers and Mill Site Revitalization Project to sit down and figure out how we were going to turn this abandoned site, blighted site into something that would serve Missoula," realtor Leslie Wetherbee with Windemere Real Estate said.
- Economic Development at Work - One Tee at a Time
At times those working in the fields of economic, community, and business development have a hard time describing to others just what it is they do.
TEDx Events in Montana
- 2015 MEDA Fall Conference Summary
According to the evaluation comments, this was one of MEDA's best conferences ever!
- MEDA November News
MEDA had a very busy October; catch up on the news and be sure to look at the Grant and Opportunities sections of the newsletter
- Today's TED Talk - Daniel Levitin: How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed
"The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be."
Business Plan Forums
- Video - Finally! A Barbie ad that's empowering, adorable and just about perfect
"Wow...That made me change my mind on Barbie."
- One way having too much free time in retirement could backfire
Believe me, after a few months, even an avid golfer will get sick and tired of the sport -- if that's your plan.
- Eccentric Habits of 8 Geniuses That Make You Smarter
Their eccentricity isn't completely without explanation; there are mental benefits behind some of their madness.
- When to start Social Security? This tool can tell you
One important thing to remember: You don't need to start your Social Security benefits as soon as you stop working.
- SBA Announces Private-Public Partnership to Support Boots to Business: Reboot Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans
This partnership will allow the SBA to present more than 100 entrepreneurial training workshops over the next year to veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.
- Six extreme job interview tactics
Sometimes, like with these examples that came from an extensive Quora Q&A, you have to employ extreme interview tactics to get the position.
- 5 Ways To Improve Your Speaking And Writing At The Same Time
It starts by understanding that speaking isn't just writing out loud, and writing isn't just transcribing speech.
- InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge
InnovateHER is a nationwide prize competition to find the most innovative products and services that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.
- Montana is 30th state to accept ObamaCare Medicaid expansion
n April, Montana's Republican legislature approved Medicaid expansion, but like other Republican-controlled states, it made some changes to put a conservative twist on the program.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho's most expensive home goes up for auction
Located just five minutes from the world-famous Sun Valley Ski Resort, the 30,000 square foot home sits on 13 acres and is surrounded by BLM-managed land, meaning there will never be nosy neighbors.
- Does 'fixing' Idaho taxes mean cutting, or something else?
Utah's tax structure is particularly attractive to Gem State tax-cut hawks, who see its lower single-rate income tax as a business-friendly economy booster.
- Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls, Idaho unveils world's first driverless farming equipment
The equipment is driven completely by a computerized guidance system and monitored through a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
- Idaho Economists Cover All Their Bases in New Forecast
The forecast points to a slow recovery of employment in Idaho in the wake of the Great Recession, but, according to the analysis, "this slow recovery appears to be over and employment is beginning to expand at a pace that looks less like recovery and more like new growth."
- Next Generation Machine Vision Research Funding Awarded to Montana State University, Resonon and Impulse Accelerated Technologies
State of Montana awards research funds to increase the capabilities of robotic, food sorting and UAV vision by 10x
- Montana PBS to air documentary on University of Montana scientists' concussion research
The documentary is scheduled to premiere on Montana PBS at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and is slated to air again at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. Nov. 15, and at 5 a.m. Nov. 16. The documentary will also be available to watch online at http://www/watch.montanapbs.org starting Saturday, Nov. 14.
Regional Economic Development
- Western states top report on overall economic performance; Utah most 'fundamentally sound'
The study compares states using 35 metrics that measure overall economic performance, and identifies the top ten states in six important policy categories for job growth and economic health: Economic Performance; High-Tech Performance; Transportation and Trade; Talent Pipeline; Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Business Climate.
- After successful year at Yellowstone National Park, community leaders look to the future
Is the Park thinking about limiting the numbers of visitors?
- New Market Tax Credits help reinvent rural economies through access to capital.
Through the use of New Markets Tax Credits, forward-thinking enterprises are reinventing rural communities through public-private partnerships that attract new investment capital, support new enterprises and diversify economies.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- To Solve the Skilled Workforce Shortage, Manufacturing Executives Must Respect People Who Work With Their Hands
Working with your hands had become uncool
- Special Ed Teacher's Job Program Empowers Students, Changes Minds, Melts Hearts
The teacher wants the entire school to see just how much her students have to offer.
- New Study Finds Students Who Want To Get Better Grades Should Start Volunteering More
It found participation in religious activities doesn't boost grades.
- Teacherpreneurs: Changing education from the inside out
Technology keeps teacher leaders connected with the world while based in the classroom.
- Study on online charter schools: 'It is literally as if the kid did not go to school for an entire year'
It effectively says that the average student who attends might as well not enroll.
Funding and Building your Business
Connectivity & Communications
- A new law should aid people with disabilities -- and the companies that hire them
"It's not about doing an act of benevolence. Rather, the intent is make sure everybody we support goes in ready and able to work, and is well-supported in their work. We are going to be a career-long human resource for employers."
- Missoula Coworking Survey
We're currently building the framework for coworking spaces across the state, but need input from workers just like you.
- How To Solve the Looming Retirement Readiness Crisis
Fewer than one in five employees are on track to retire. Here's why that's a problem--and what employers can do about it.
- Frazier Healthcare raises $262M for therapeutics-focused venture fund
The Seattle-based fund, which follows a similar $377 million fund Frazier raised in 2013, will start making investments in 2016 and will focus on seed and Series A funding for startups
- Profits Hiding in Plain Sight - #3 - Inventory Turnover.
Look at your business from the inside out, like a skilled surgeon.
- Profits Hiding in Plain Sight - Vendor's Charge Backs - VCBs
have a feeling if you are dealing with sales and inventories, there may be some secret cash in the form of returned items (VCB's) awaiting for just the right time to get around to boxing and shipping back to your vendor.
- Legendary Inventor Steve Perlman Inks Deal to Test 'Personal' Cell Networks that are billed as being 1,000 times faster than those we use today
pCell has been billed as something that can deliver wireless networks that are 1,000 times faster than those we use today
- Chicago Uses Advanced Analytics to Enhance City Operations
"When I saw the app for the very first time--all that data there in one place--I was very impressed," said Butler. "All of that hard work and communication really led to a great new way that we can do business."
- Philanthropy gets more focused to 'move the needle' by focusing on key initiatives, then reviewing data to measure results.
"How can we apply money and resources toward fixing a problem in the community, and what is the data telling us?"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Why you should wrap car keys in aluminum foil
Key fob hacking isn't the only danger to modern cars. Learn how hackers can take control of cars through the entertainment system and other avenues of attack.
- At 97, tech-savvy woman is granted wish to 'see the future' at Google headquarters
The tech-savvy senior, who was blown away by the advancements she's seen in her lifetime, was granted a wish through Wish Of A Lifetime, a program that grants wishes for the elderly, and decided to use it to visit Google's Mountain View, California, campus
- Google plans to combine Chrome and Android
The move has been widely anticipated for years as Android gains momentum around the world as the most widely used operating system.
- 'Breakthrough' science wows filmmakers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer - Six one-hour documentaries directed by Howard and other entertainment luminaries
"The general mission was, let's take science, these hot-button issues ... and look at it from a storyteller's eye," Howard says. "Let's find the hope in it. Let's find the heroism."
- Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries for $1.50
The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market
- How cities can prepare for self-driving cars, from a guy who would know
“If governments don’t get their priorities straight and get this right, we will recreate existing stratifications and render people out of the canvas that is the future city.”
- Driving will be a hobby by 2035
"At least inside the city of Seattle, driving is going to be a hobby in 2035," he said. "It's not going to be a mode of commuting the same way hunting is a hobby for some people, but it's not how most of us get our food."
- The Autopilot is learning fast: Model S owners are already reporting that Tesla's Autopilot is self-improving
While announcing the regulatory approval in the new markets, Musk also announced that on top of the fleet learning, the company will "soon" release a 1.01 update to the Autopilot software to further improve the system's capacity to self-improve and handle curves, as well as lane changes.
- Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate
In almost every case, the accidents involving self-driving cars have involved other cars crashing into them.
- One Expert's Response to Misinformation from Bike Lane Opponents
I'm OK with people having different opinions about bicycling, parking, and street design. But I hate seeing misinformation dominate the discussions.
- This Guy Wants Us to Commute in Autonomous, On-Demand Pods
On-demand rides and services? Check. Electric vehicles? Check. Autonomous electric vehicles? Yes, of course.
- Uber moves into Montana
Montana currently doesn't have any rideshare services like Uber.
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