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Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Big Data Can Predict the Future - Peter Coffee, VP For Strategic Research At Salesforce Inc. Delivers Presentation at the University of Montana
Higher education needs to be radically reformed, self-driving cars are the wave of the future and sustainable energy is going to rely on smart networks moving forward.
Sustainable Business Council
- Time to deliver Montana property tax relief
This is an issue made more urgent by an increasing gap between the well off and those living paycheck to paycheck.
Great Falls Development Authority
- The revolutionary technology helping to fight food waste
After years of research, Belding, 20, has founded a sprawling online network that connects thousands of food pantries in 24 states, allowing them to quickly share surplus food that might have otherwise gone to waste.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- GFDA Top 8 for 12/6/15
Here's the GFDA Top 8 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
- The LaunchPoint - Business Start-up/Preplanning, Orientation, 12/15, Great Falls, Montana
Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before, during and after you open your doors.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology is accepting proposals for funding.
Proposals are due March 1, 2016.
Energy and Climate Change
- 15 places that should be on your Big Sky Bucket List
Dance to great music in a cow pasture
Come Home Montana
- As leaders fret in Paris, climate-change concerns grow in Montana - Tourism, Fish, Moose, Fires and Weather just a few areas under pressure
What does climate change mean for Montana? Nothing good, environmentalists are warning.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunity - Missoula Parking Services Director - Parking Commission
Oversee all parking commission operations within the two districts managed by the Commission (the downtown and university parking districts); operation oversight includes parking code enforcement and revenue collection activities for district parking lots, parking garages, leased parking spaces, metered parking spaces, special event parking, and loading zone permits.
- Hellgate Venture Network Annual Holiday Party, 12/10, Missoula
Our annual holiday party is Thursday, Dec 10 at 4.30pm. No speaker, just festive cheer and networking.
Montana Economic Development
- Aircraft parts manufacturer Pioneer Aerostructures seeking temporary tax break from City of Helena, Montana
Pioneer Aerostructues manufactures titanium aircraft parts. The company is led by Tom Hoffman, who owned the Summit Aeronautics Group in Helena before he sold the company to the Boeing Co. in December 2010.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas at the Monte Dolack Gallery
Beginning on Tuesday, December 1st. and ending on Saturday, December 12th, the gallery will present a different unique artwork, each lasting only one day.
- Business For Montana's Outdoors - Join Today!
If you are a business that supports the protection of our public lands, and the advocacy and education that will ensure our landscapes for this and future generations, we encourage you to add your business name to the efforts and objectives of Business for Montana's Outdoors.
- Missoula furniture design firm Caste Design catches on in high-end international market
"It's not just a production facility," Owen said. "It's an incubator for ideas."
- New Missoula-based healthcare technology company Upstream Health Systems Inc. attracting major investors
Upstream is an advanced technology company that is dedicated to improving lives by increasing health across communities, neighborhoods and populations
- Bear Paw Development Community Survey
This survey is for residents of Montana's Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Phillips and Chouteau Counties, and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 30 Websites That Will Make You Unbelievably Smarter
Discover a wealth of websites where you can expand your mind and grow your business.
- 5 (More) Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence (EQ) describes a person's ability to recognize his or her own and other people's emotions, to understand the powerful effect of these emotions, and to use that information to guide thinking and behavior. You can imagine why this quality greatly increases one's efforts to achieve success.
- Google Fiber Forecast To Become Your Next Internet Provider Under New Name
In a nutshell, several reports suggest that Alphabet executives are laying the necessary broadband foundation for robotics and server technology of the future that drives the average home, but that also means a continuous flow of downloads, uploads and streaming content at consistent speeds to and from the Internet on a variety of devices simultaneously.
- The relEVENT Solution - Finding fun should be simple.
Every morning the relEVENT app will start your day with 3 personalized event recommendations.
- Data center tax breaks show rift over economic strategy - the "heroin drip of government"
The Gov. calls tax breaks the "heroin drip of government."
Montana Education Excellence
- A new Wall Street is being paved in Silicon Valley
Google became a licensed mortgage broker this week after launching Google Compare, which allows people to compare lending options after plugging in their credit score, down payment size and property value. The new venture by the Internet titan is the latest in "fintech" (a portmanteau for financial technology), which has Silicon Valley testing the waters of the financial services market. Antony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclays, predicted last week that the "unstoppable force" of technology will lead to a number of "Uber moments" over the next decade that will greatly disrupt banks, according to The Guardian.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index 2016 - #8 Missoula, Mont.
Missoula is one of the best.
- Bitterroot College Fab Lab welcomes inventors, entrepreneurs
Budding inventors and entrepreneurs can try out their own high tech ideas at a new Bitterroot College laboratory in Hamilton.
- Regents support University of Montana's management plan
This financial stability and enrollment management plan is needed now.
- University of Montana Now Offers Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience
"Neuroscience is a rapidly growing area of health care," Hay said. "The job forecast is really good right now. It's been growing for decades and is projected to continue to grow by at least 13 percent in the current decade."
Funding and Building your Business
- Billings Gazette opinion - Montana Board of Regents may be duped (again)
Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian duped the regents at the meeting, letting the presentation stand. To make a bad situation even worse, the presentation appears to have been done intentionally in order to stymie debate and cut off any possible opposition.
Connectivity & Communications
- Zappos' sneaky strategy for hiring the best people involves a van ride from the airport to the interview
Tony Hsieh has run Zappos with "a little weirdness" as a fundamental value since becoming the online retailer's CEO in 2000. It makes sense then, that Zappos has a highly unusual hiring process.
- The Power of Manufacturers Using 'Made in the USA' in Marketing - Don't just do it, flaunt it!
Use every marketing avenue to tell your "Made in the USA" story - your website, social media, advertising and trade show booth as well as product labeling, packaging and your delivery fleet.
- Why Customer Match is the biggest thing to happen to email since Hotmail
To understand why this is such a big deal, we need to understand a bit about the online advertising world.
- 7 Traits That Define Work Productivity Superstars
Whether your business is a startup or large corporation, you need at least a few superstars who can get things done, despite all the challenges and distractions in the world today.
- Lessons Every Startup Can Learn From the Hotel Industry
With technology, products are being built faster and cheaper, but to succeed, those same products need to be delivered with a five-star hotel customer service focus.
- Your Future Depends on Your Ability to Understand Big Data. Here's What You Need to Know.
- Slack Is Our Company of the Year. Here's Why Everybody's Talking About It
What's the secret to Slack's phenomenal growth? It's in the name.
- The 4 things Google believes are key to the future of search
Before talking about the future of search, one of Google's top researchers wants you to understand just how dramatically search has changed in the past two years.
- Deloitte Is Using A Video Game To Evaluate Job Candidates
We need people to join Deloitte from a variety of backgrounds, bringing a range of perspectives and experience. There is compelling evidence that alternative recruitment methods support this objective, helping to identify exceptional talent by providing opportunities for the millennial generation to shine.
- Why American wages may finally go up
"Paying someone a little bit more is easier than continually training someone new. Training is expensive," says Rosen. "It's very hard to find quality workers."
- HUD's Castro partners with tech companies to close digital divide
"We want to create a greater pipeline of talent for people to join the 21st Century tech revolution, and we see ConnectHome in that vein," Castro told USA TODAY in a phone interview.
- AT&T: Big three Bay Area cities to soon get gigabit Internet service
Residents of the three biggest Bay Area cities will soon be able to supercharge their Internet service.
- State of Montana IT officials consider modifying new confidential data system
Baldwin said the policy will next be discussed at the meeting at the Legislative Finance Committee meeting on Dec. 7 at the Capitol and again on Dec. 8 at the Information Technology Managers Council meeting at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel from 10 a.m. to noon.
- What Good Data and Good People Can Accomplish
Mayor Parker has brought those people to the forefront of her leadership strategy, using data to efficiently enhance their skills and maximize their impact.
- Using Data and Evidence to Move the Needle on Social Problems
Rather than relying on aggressive policing and incarceration, these tools could help us find better ways help those left behind.
- 30 years on the river: Montana's Clark Fork Coalition observes anniversary with new projects
Since 1985, the list of things that have gone away -- or come back to the river -- at the urging of the Clark Fork Coalition is balanced only by the things it still plans to do.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Great videos and commercials for you and yours - Happy Holidays
These will lighten your heart and bring you and your loved ones closer in the Christmas season.
- 'Breakthrough' science wows filmmakers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
Six one-hour documentaries directed by Howard and other entertainment luminaries -- actors Angela Bassett and Paul Giamatti, directors Peter Berg and Brett Ratner and Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman -- tackle timely topics such as water scarcity, longevity and robotics technology. Berg's Fighting Pandemics opens the series.
- Virtual Reality Flight Simulator Offers Bird's Eye View
Birdly is a full-body VR flight simulator designed to let users experience, in wakefulness, the universal dream of flying.
- A chief scientist at Microsoft says we're less than five years away from computers understanding us perfectly
The end of this road is the beginning of the next phase: building real artificial intelligence.
- Facebook's new tools to help the blind navigate social media
Facebook is trying to help the visually impaired by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to create new tools that not only describe items in a photo but allows users to ask what's in an image.
- Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla
Porsche unveiled its first all-electric concept car at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday. It looks like a futuristic version of the Porsche 911.
- New plan for New York City could call for fleet of electric cars
It calls for replacing large numbers of municipal vehicles with electric cars, potentially giving New York the largest electric municipal fleet in the country.
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