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"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket" Nicola Tesla 1926
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Big Sky Economic Development
Gov. Steve Bullock
- State Of The Workforce Report, 4/13, Billings, Montana
The keynote speaker will be addressing how to be a great small to mid size workplace and position your business to hire and retain top notch talent in a competitive and employee driven market.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock to NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe: We must make every effort to explore alternative ownership of Colstrip Units 1, 2 and 3
Working together to craft a Montana-made energy future necessarily includes a discussion regarding Colstrip and options for the future of those plants and the transmission lines connected to them.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Announcing NEW SBDC Hosts: Montana State University & University of Montana
"The strategic partnership between the Department of Commerce and the university system has always been strong, and bringing the universities on board as hosts even better positions the SBDC to lead the state in entrepreneurship education and small business development," said DOC Director Meg O'Leary.
- Last Chance to RSVP for Next Week's Innovator Training Tour! Join us April 14-15
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow inventors, innovators and researchers in your community to learn key concepts all idea people need to know.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- PrintingForLess Newsletter: Help your Business Blossom
Winter is melting away, the days are getting longer and temps are rising! As flowers start to bud, it's a great reminder to get some fresh new print materials and make your marketing pop this spring.
Energy and Climate Change
- Hikewildmontana.org: Our new online trail guide
Made possible by a generous grant from the Montana Office of Tourism, http://hikewildmontana.org is a one-stop, comprehensive tool for finding a trail in just about any given area across the state, east or west.
Come Home Montana
- Montana faces global warming symptoms
The report states each year we can expect to see an increase in bugs and mosquito, heat-related sicknesses that lead to deaths by the thousands, and elevated levels of air pollution.
- India wants to make every car on its roads electric by 2030
What if one country--and a very large one at that--decided to make every car on its roads electric inside of 15 years?
- Students lobby Missoula City Council to consider banning electronic waste at landfill
"Our innovative solution is to create a law for Montana that would ban e-waste from landfills and increase e-waste recycling statewide," said 10-year-old McKenna Summers. "This would protect the environment, preserve natural resources and protect wildlife and people."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - International Programs Director - The Montana World Affairs Council
The Montana World Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global understanding and awareness in Montana's classrooms and communities.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Eastern Plains Economic Development Corporation
The EPEDC serves the southeastern Montana counties of Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Prairie, and Wibaux.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Systems Architect, Java Developer, Solutions Developer and more... - Zoot Enterprises
"Our clients don't hire us to do what's easy. They can do that themselves. They hire us to do the things that are hard. And sometimes, the things they believe may be impossible." -Chris Nelson, founder and CEO, Zoot Enterprises
- Montana Career Opportunities - Arrow Solutions Group
Finding a new job can be challenging and we try to make that process as smooth as possible. At Arrow Solutions Group we're your liaison to the employer and the job you want. Search our Job Postings and find a technology job that fits you.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Cloud-Systems Engineer, UI/UX Designer, GIS Database Engineer and more... - onXmaps
We are a company looking to expand our workforce so we may continue pushing forward with new ideas, while continuing to produce quality maps available for purchase.
- Montana Career Opportunities - System Administrator - Schedulicity
Schedulicity is the leading online appointment scheduling system and marketplace for discovering and booking local services in more than 50 different verticals.
- UM Conference To Celebrate Research, Creative Scholarship, Entrepreneurship, 4/13, Missoula
"InnovateUM celebrates the many ways that University of Montana research, creative scholarship and entrepreneurship enhance Montana's economy and promote educational and career opportunities in our state." Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship
Montana Economic Development
- Sip 'N Dip Lounge in Great Falls, Montana vying for the title of "America's Favorite Historic Bar"
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is sponsoring "America's Favorite Historic Bar" tournament, and after several rounds of voting, the two contenders for the title are both in Montana.
- Bozeman trailblazers - Spotlighting three local companies that made national headlines for innovation
This month's feature highlights three local companies that made national headlines last year for their innovation, growth and workplace culture.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Bear Paw Development has $21.7 million impact on region in 2015
Helps businesses create or retain 84 jobs
- Tester, Bullock Invite PayPal to Open up Shop in Montana
Tester and Bullock's letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman outlined the many reasons why Big Sky Country is best place to do business and create jobs.
- TED Talks: Tabetha Boyajian: The most mysterious star in the universe
Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea would require extraordinary evidence. In this talk, Boyajian gives us a look at how scientists search for and test hypotheses when faced with the unknown.
- How struggling college grads can find jobs
Advances in technology have eliminated a lot of jobs, but have also created jobs; people just have to change where they're looking and their approach.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho might give colleges money based on student success
Idaho colleges hoping to get a little more money could soon have to prove they are meeting state higher education goals first.
- Idaho finds ways to get students to 'go on' to college
Idaho consistently ranks near bottom in sending kids to college
- U.S. Reps. Urge Energy Secretary to Establish Technology Transfer with Israel
McNerney has been advocating for a more collaborative role between Israel and the United States, especially since Israeli water technology companies have been helping California with its long-standing drought.
- Is Fintech Here to Stay?
The bigger effect from the fintech revolution will be to force flabby incumbents to cut costs and improve the quality of their service. That will change finance as profoundly as any regulator has.
- 'Customers First' to Become the Law in Retirement Investing
The rules governing how financial professionals handle the trillions of dollars they invest on behalf of Americans saving for retirement are about to get a lot tougher.
- Tech flexes newfound political muscle: analysis
The lesson in Georgia could soon apply to North Carolina, its border neighbor to the north. "We see that over and over again. Customers vote with their wallets and employees are choosing to work for companies that support their values."
- Are you aware of looming change in overtime rules?
One in 5 business owners are unaware of the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule according to a study.
- Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve D in support of transitioning veterans from field to field
Senator Tester pushes to increase opportunities for veterans by combining his continued efforts to help them with one of Montana's leading industries. His plan is to take veterans from the battlefield to the wheat fields.
- Only 8 Percent of Students Complete College- and Career-Ready Curriculum
Only 8 percent of U.S. high school graduates complete a curriculum that prepares them well for college and the workplace. Even fewer complete those course sequences with grades that would suggest they mastered the content.
American Prairie Reserve
- Why Wyoming has star turn in the Panama Papers
Nearly all of the 1,000-plus corporations that USA TODAY has so far identified as being created by Mossack Fonseca in the United States are "based" in two states: Nevada and Wyoming, two states with permissive corporate secrecy laws like those advertised by the firm in its promotion of Wyoming.
- American Prairie Reserve - Big News for Visitors - In Person and Online!
On April 19th, we're announcing a new collaboration with one of our nation's great champions! This exciting partnership wouldn't be possible without you and the 15 years of progress to create American Prairie Reserve. We can't wait to tell you more about it and celebrate the innovative and indomitable American spirit that shapes our past, present, and future. Keep an eye on your inbox for another update.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age
A colleague tells a story about assigning a scene from a 1970s play in which one character waits on a park bench for some time. The actor was unable to conceive of any kind of "waiting" that did not involve having a cellphone to mitigate the boredom. She simply did not know what to do.
- 3-D printing gives 'cutting-edge' opportunities to business students
The advent of 3-D printing is making it possible for budding inventors and entrepreneurs to design, produce and market products from start to finish.
Funding and Building your Business
- Advocates push state to extend age limit for students with disabilities
Montana is one of only two states in the country that does not pay for students with disabilities to pursue their high school diploma past 18 years old, effectively capping the graduation age in most districts.
- The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case
One of America's most accomplished entrepreneurs--a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business--shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.
- Why Jeff Bezos says Amazon is 'the best place in the world to fail'
To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it's going to work, it's not an experiment. Most large organizations embrace the idea of invention, but are not willing to suffer the string of failed experiments necessary to get there."
- Here's How Google Makes Sure It (Almost) Never Goes Down
When was the last time you needed to Google something and Google wasn't there?
- Montana educators look to future of GIS mapping technology
Topics of discussion during the conference ranged from federal Indian land and history to humanitarian efforts using GIS technology. Fields using GIS include emergency services, local government and public works, education and agriculture.
- How a Simple Data Query Made One D.C. Agency Smarter, More Efficient
Besides fine-tuning its models to lower error margins, the city is building a modeling tool that combines lidar and elevation data to find the best place to plant trees in order to mitigate the largest volume of stormwater.
- Engaging Entrepreneurs to Solve Urban Problems
Based on my observation of the project's development over the past two years, key themes for success emerge with broader applicability to other cities:
- Milwaukee Gets Smarter from the What Works Cities Data Initiative
The initiative provides technical assistance and resources to help cities identify challenges and opportunities for closing the gap between their desire to use data and actual ability to do so.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Chainsaw-Wielding Drone Terrifies From the Sky
Killer Drone Video
- Google Reveals Details About Its Device-Centric Security Approach
In the new model, access to corporate resources depends on the device and user credentials, regardless of the employee's network location. That means employee access is treated the same whether the user is at a corporate office, at home or in a coffee shop.
- MIT Can Now 3-D Print Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids
Think your robot might benefit from six legs instead of just two? It's much easier--and cheaper--to 3-D print those experiments than to fabricate them.
- Wireless Charger Refills Battery as Fast as Plugging In
Will electric passenger vehicles finally get untethered?
- A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe
"The challenge is of course not an end point, but a starting point. It's a new kick-off,"
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