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"In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills." - A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses - http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Is Missoula Ready For Climate Change? A Discussion With Steve Loken Of Climate.Place, 2/3, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- EEOC Releases Draft Retaliation Guidance
In its draft, the EEOC defines retaliation, outlines the EEO laws (and provisions) that prohibit retaliation, identifies the elements of retaliation claims, summarizes case law, and provides examples of both lawful and unlawful conduct.
Energy and Climate Change
- Get ready to submit ap on July 1st: Montana Tourism Digital Development Grants
Here are two examples of the types of projects the Tourism Grant Program can fund:
Come Home Montana
- California utilities propose alternative to regulators' net metering policy
In response to a recent regulatory decision on solar net metering, three California investor-owned utilities have proposed an alternative to how distributed solar users are compensated for sending excess energy to the grid.
- Bozeman Energy Smackdown participants see utility savings
"I haven't done anything major in terms of renovation," he said this week. "It's mostly just been being very mindful."
- Is Missoula Ready For Climate Change? A Discussion With Steve Loken Of Climate.Place, 2/3, Missoula, Montana
Climate.Place's mission is to empower Americans to make wise decisions for the future of their families and planet.
- Utilities spur power savings, see profits
"This notion that the world is becoming much more eager to have distributed resources, I just don't see it happening," he said of the perception that rooftop solar systems, microgrids and other alternatives to central power plants will displace utilities or cut deeply into their business.
- Vermont utility teams with Tesla to offer home battery installment plan
"This is a game changer that will help fully leverage solar to the benefit of all with cost savings, while empowering Vermonters to generate, store and use energy closer to the home," GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said in a statement.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Technology Officer - Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes
The incumbent of this position analyzes, plans, and coordinates major hard ware acquisitions to meet current and future business requirements for the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Front-End Developer - Montana State University
The Web Front-end Developer is responsible for implementation of aspects of MSU's Web and digital communications strategy.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Junior Software Developer, Enterprise Resource Planning Technical Analyst, Washington Corporations
Enjoy working for a successful organization that cares about and values its employees.
- Montana Career Opportunity - PHP Programmer - Cedar Mountain Software
If you have LAMP stack experience and are looking for a cool job, please give us a call or send your info.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Development Engineer in Test, Software Engineer and Senior Software Engineer, Senior Front End Engineer - Workiva(Missoula)
We started with an idea: make complex collaboration easy.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Applications Developer, Attorney, Executive Director (Montana Arts Council), Computer Systems Analyst, Operations Manager and over 200 more... - State of Montana
Montana offers a variety of opportunities to help you make a difference in Montana and further your career.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Administrator, Marketing Manager, Resource Center Specialist, IT Tech 2 - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
A Great Company. Great People. A Great Career.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Sr. Applications Engineer, Compliance Engineer, Software QA, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Project Manager - ViZn Energy Systems
We are moving from developing the next-generation grid storage technology, based upon a large-scale energy redox storage battery, to initial products for customer qualification and production.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Manufacturing Association
The MMA helps build manufacturing in Montana in several ways: - connecting manufacturers and supporters to build business - advocating for legislation and rules that benefit manufacturing - supporting and promoting international trade - educating Montanans about the importance of manufacturing
- University of Montana economists "cautiously optimistic", but also sees trouble signs in new report
University of Montana economists say there continues to be strength in the state's economy in 2016, but they also see signs of trouble when it comes to falling oil and commodity prices.
- Columbia Falls Based ViZn Energy Systems Wins Contract for Flow Battery System from Idaho National Laboratory
Research shows roughly 56 percent of all energy generated in the U.S. is wasted, leading to billions of dollars of lost potential largely because there has not been an efficient way to store output that is not immediately used.
- Economic Outlook tour reaches Great Falls on Wednesday, 1/27
Experts from the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research will be in Great Falls on Wednesday morning with their 41th annual Economic Outlook Seminar, with forecasts for Montana and the Great Falls region.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Israel/Montana Business Partnerships - World Trade Center Assists With Israeli Consul General’s Montana Visit
“Our goal is to help Montana businesses understand the opportunity that exists within the Israeli market,” MWTC Executive Director Brigitta Miranda-Freer said. “We strive to connect Montana businesses operating – or trying to operate – internationally with funding that may assist them. With the Israeli group, we created an agenda that offers a comprehensive representation of what Montana has to offer.”
- Mineral County Montana launches 'Next Exit History' - an engine for economic development
Next Exit History, a new "powerful suite of mobile and web applications," was launched last week.
- TEDxBozeman announces April 9, 2016 speakers
The 15 presentations, selected from 72 applications, will be on a variety of topics related to the event's 2016 theme, "Confluence."
- TEDx Billings shares stories, ideas
"We kind of reach out to speakers based on an idea, and craft it around that."
Come Home Idaho
- How Larry Page's Obsessions Became Google's Business
"Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things."
- Half Of Millennial Women Feel They Are Being Overlooked For Leadership Positions
48% of female respondents say they are "being overlooked for potential leadership positions."
Come Home Washington
- Idaho Career Opportunities - Production Control Specialist, Distinguished Research Scientist, Software Analyst and many more... - Idaho National Laboratory
The Nation's nuclear energy laboratory
Business Plan Forums
- Washington Career Opportunity - Western Washington Regional Director - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Field Operations is the primary fundraising structure of the RMEF.
- Idaho Entrepreneurial Challenge is open for registration
College students from around Idaho have the opportunity to compete in a venture competition for seed funding of $100,000.
Incubators and R&D
- 'Blindsided' PSC seeks answers on sale of Mountain Water Co. by Carlyle Group
It's a deal Mayor John Engen considers illegal given a judge's order that ruled the city of Missoula has the right to buy the water utility - a right he said the city intends to exercise.
- Scientists may have accidentally found the cure for cancer
The combination of a malaria protein and toxin finds cancer cells, is absorbed, then the toxin is released inside, causing the cancer cells to die.
- Scientists Can Now 3D Print Transplantable, Living Kidneys
This is fantastic news for the millions of patients in need of organ transplants every year--a small fraction of which actually receive the life-giving surgery.
- 15-Year-Old Puts Cancer Industry to Shame: Develops 100% Accurate Cancer Test Using Google
Another small-town teen doing really big stuff
- Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Put an End to Daily Insulin Injections for Diabetics
If this process can be proven effective in humans, patients would need a transfusion every few years, rather than a daily insulin injection.
If successful, Brave could essentially flip the traditional advertising model on its head.
Montana Education Excellence
- City College programs address workforce needs, give students chance to upgrade careers in Billings, Montana
"These students will come out with a two-year degree making $60,000 a year," said Gov. Steve Bullock, who toured City College with other state leaders Thursday morning. "We have an opportunity to bring education and the private sector together."
- Laptops for Students - MSU student Keegan Nicholson restored 200 unwanted laptops for Missoula students. Now doing so in Bozeman
Nicholson is looking for old computer donations in Bozeman to start distributing them there and hopes, one day, to serve students in cities all across the nation.
- Flathead Valley Community College unveils new website
Phennigs says one of the biggest upgrades to their online presence was a new mobile website which will allow students using phones and tablets to get quality access.
- Montana Code School recruiting for Bozeman course starting May 23
"It is an investment," Holmes said about the program's sticker price. But, he says, with entry-level tech jobs featuring salaries in the $40,000 and $50,000 range, "The return on that is pretty quick."
- We all have a stake in our public education system in Montana
Together, we have made tremendous strides over the last seven years. I am certain we are on the right path, and I can't wait to see where our future graduates lead us.
Funding and Building your Business
- Study estimates $4.4 million in economic impact stems from The Event at Rebecca Farm
At 4.4 million in economic impact, The Event at Rebecca Farm ranks alongside signature events such as the Mountain Madness Airshow, Montana Spartan Race and Montana Dragon Board Festival.
Connectivity & Communications
- Once Upon A Purpose: How Companies Can Use Stories To Connect People And Purpose
Stories have the ability to connect our work and our world to deeper meaning and a higher purpose.
- Sheryl Sandberg's latest thoughts on women, work and equality
Gender diversity is not just a good thing to do, or the of-the-moment thing to do. It's also a smart thing to do that will help your company, your marriage and your children. "Do it because it's going to help you," Sheryl Sandberg
- As Boomers Retire, Companies Prepare Millennials for Leadership Roles
"Millennials bring data and analytics, but boomers have experience they can rely on when data isn't sufficient." --Vikram Ravinder, Deloitte senior consultant
- What is your business' digital plan?
Start small and as your business grows continue to invest and adjust your strategy.
- Why Small Businesses Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong
The social network can be a great place to promote a startup. Here's how to do it right.
- Call for US/Israeli R&D Collaboration Proposals - Israel BIRD Foundation (Binational Industrial R&D)
The foundation supports the collaboration and provides non-dilutive funding of up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project (and up to $1M per project). We don't take any IP rights or equity, while we share the risks by providing a conditional matching fund.
- You Need a Password Manager. Here Are Some Good One
Password managers are great because they store all your passwords, generate strong ones for you, and in general, the only password you have to remember is the one to open your password manager.
- 7 Ways Local Governments Are Getting Creative with Data Mapping
Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond
Searching with regular sentences will only get you so far - if you need to find something a bit tricky turn to these advanced yet simple methods
- Heartbreaking video sends powerful message about organ donation
If all your colleagues are hunched over their keyboards crying this afternoon, this video might be why.
- This 3D Printer Builds Full-Color Paper Models!
We check out the new Mcor Arke, a printer that cuts from a large spool of paper, glues those sheets together, and then prints color on them to turn digital files into large paper models!
- A robotic revolution may be closer than you think - "What If: Robots go to War?"
Once the stuff of science fiction, by 2020 over 5 million jobs will be lost through developments in robotics, artificial intelligence and genetics
- Will driverless cars mean the end of auto insurance? What about traffic tickets and the revenue they bring to government?
Driverless cars could mean a huge downsizing of the auto insurance industry, as the frequency of accidents declines and liability shifts from the driver to the vehicle's software or automaker.
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