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Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- Big data is not actually about the data
"Big data is not actually about the data. The revolution is not that there's more data available. The revolution is that we know what to do with it now. That's really the amazing thing."
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Draft 2015 Montana Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The 2015 CAPER is available for public comment beginning May 23, 2016 through June 8, 2016.
- 2016 Across the Divide - Montana's Tribes Navigate Politics and Progress
For the 25th issue of the University of Montana's Native News Honors Project, we sent out eight teams of reporters to uncover the state of politics within Montana's 12 Native American tribes spanning across seven reservations and for one landless tribe.
- Term limits in Montana don't actually shorten legislators' service -- but they do frustrate many
Term limits have weakened Montana's Legislature, shifting power to governors and lobbyists as well as contributing to divides within parties and a decline in bipartisan collaboration, many political observers agree.
- Butte celebrates completion of NorthWestern energy's new HQ
The $26 million project took two years to complete. Officials wanted the new building to remain in Uptown in the hopes that it will spur economic development in that area.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana Is An Ideal Location For World Class Data Centers!
iConnect Montana is attracting large international customers that are relocating their servers from high cost data centers in California and other places to Montana and realizing substantial savings as a result!
Energy and Climate Change
- Crazy cool Montana attractions you missed
Next time you're out exploring this immense state, add a few of them to your itinerary!
- 'The most beautiful drive in America' opens May 27 - Montana's Beartooth Highway
"We've already had quite a few visitors in town and phone calls, asking when the pass will open."
Come Home Montana
- Solar power coming to Great Falls, Montana
Public Policy Director for the Department of Environmental Quality, Kristi Ponozzo says Montana's climate adds to its desirability.
- Google's Project Sunroof Expands to 42 States and Millions More Rooftops
With the recent expansion of Project Sunroof, tens of millions of potential solar customers from across the U.S. can now Google their own rooftops to find out if their home is suitable for solar panels.
- Sensing the Inevitable, Companies Begin to Adapt to Climate Change
The industries furthest along are those already dealing with climate change on a daily basis.
- 10 Years After An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore May Actually Be Winning
This election cycle we've heard candidates saying things like, "Climate change is a religion, not a science." Does that make your brain explode?
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Cloud Systems Engineer, Senior Magento Developer, Senior Mobile Developer, Senior Software Engineer, Web Designer - onXmaps
Your moments, our maps.
- Great Falls Montana Tourism Request for Proposal (RFP) for Professional services
Great Falls Montana Tourism, a collaborative effort between Great Falls Montana Convention and Visitors Bureau and Great Falls Montana Tourism Business Improvement District, is pleased to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Professional services in:
- A very bad sign for all but America's biggest cities
Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 1 Million Cups Missoula - ASEA & Salt Lake City Bookkeeping, 5/25
Get your networking hat on and learn about two exciting companies.
- Hobby Shop showcases Montana prisoners unique talents
And it's timeless -- the result of thousands of hours of intricate work & thought from prisoners behind bars on their road to redemption.
- Stampede Packing Co. 'Beefing Up' with New Facility Plans
"We're growing fact. We need to expand and we've wanted to be up here for some time," Laurens said. "We're beefing up."
- Missoula mapping tech company onXmaps experiencing rapid growth
Roughly half a million customers have purchased the company's products, called Hunt, Roam and Viewer.
- Huge breakthrough in blazing fast internet speeds - G.Fast solution can deliver both upload and download speeds of 750 megabits per second
How would you like Google Fiber-like internet speeds delivered over your home phone line?
- Don't Mess With Texas As Bandera Electric Cooperative Takes On The Digital Divide... And Succeeds
This determined group has once again taken up a cause and moves forward this time to bring broadband to rural Texas, thereby equalizing the 'digital divide'.
Incubators and R&D
- After the boom, Idaho farm exports bust
After a significant drop in exports last year, experts see few bright spots for Idaho agriculture in the global marketplace.
- Boise company adds bereavement leave for pets
"While we know nothing can take the pain away of losing a pet, we wanted to provide some extra time to honor their pet."
- 13 Year Old Channels Nikola Tesla, Creates Free Energy
The Nevada native isn't making yet another volcano for his middle school science fair. Instead, he has turned the boiler room in his parents' home into a laboratory, where he invents things.
- Oregon voters eye 'gigantic' corporate tax hike
A massive $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November, a move that could create the most aggressive tax climate for big business of any state in the nation.
- How Oakland, Calif., Transformed Itself Into a Tech City
Oakland has progressed so far that it has begun to serve as a model for other communities looking to take advantage of tech companies moving out of expensive cities.
Regional Economic Development
- The Occupy movement has grown up -- and looks to inflict real pain on big banks
Capitalizing on populist anger toward Wall Street, a coalition of more than 20 labor unions and activist groups plan to announce on Tuesday the launch of a new campaign to reform the financial industry.
- Do economic developers have it wrong?
When it comes to older neighborhoods and downtowns, we often depend heavily on market forces to drive development.
- Government, health care officials meet to discuss projected labor shortage in Montana
A group of industry leaders, government officials and educators met on Monday to discuss the potential labor shortfall and how the solution could come from multiple avenues.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- University of Wyoming's new president to speak to campus about $50 million in budget cuts
Almost 50 programs were flagged in the initial review
- This Boy Would Throw Up Because He Was Bullied So Much. Then These Football Players See It...
When Chris heard a five-year-old getting bullied in school, he immediately had flashbacks to his childhood. He knew the pain and sorrow he felt as a victim of bullying, and he vowed to make a difference in this young boy's life.
Montana Education Excellence
- Boise State University's Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives
The primary goal of the Institute is to promote a culture of active inclusive excellence in STEM at Boise State University.
- Tips for filling out the FAFSA as a first-generation college student
The FAFSA can be challenging for all families filling it out for the first time, but for first-gen students it may be even more overwhelming and intimidating -- and that can have a major impact on their financial aid.
- Harlem, Montana United F1 Team Places 3rd at Nationals; Headed to World Competition
They are the first Native American team to compete at the National and World competitions for SAE International F1 in Schools. Members of the Harlem United Team live in the communities of Harlem and Fort Belknap.
- Gazette opinion: Montanans' right to know about university naming rights
The sudden revelation and the regents' subsequent approval Friday denied the public the right to effectively participate in a transaction that affects their lives and their property.
- Montana University board re-elects Paul Tuss chairman and Fran Albrecht vice chairwoman
The board voted unanimously Friday for Paul Tuss of Havre to continue serving as chairman and for Fran Albrecht to continue as vice chairwoman.
Funding and Building your Business
- The poor are paying more and more for everyday purchases, a new study warns
Prices are increasing by more than 2 percent a year on average for goods purchased by consumers with household incomes under $30,000, but by just 1.4 percent annually for those with incomes above $100,000.
Connectivity & Communications
- In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains
"What's good is that we're happy," said Mr. Perez, a single father. "And a happy worker is a better worker."
- This 14-year-old turned down a $30M buyout offer
Taylor Rosenthal is ready for the big leagues. The 14-year-old is exhibiting his startup idea -- a vending machine that dispenses first aid products -- at TechCrunch Disrupt this week in Brooklyn.
- The $5 Billion Software Company With No Sales Staff
Jay Simons, Atlassian president, discusses the company's sales strategy and roadmap for growth with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West."
- Montana Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program encourages and supports the participation of companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.
- Obscure corporate law being invoked to force startups to open books
A little-known section of corporate law in Delaware is being used by employees and investors to get privately held companies to open their books to better gauge the true value of stock awards.
- Companies Will Spend $65 Billion on SEO in 2016, Much of it Will Be Wasted
Do you know what snake oil is?
- This Native-owned company's new business line is aimed at a $2 billion tribal nations broadband market
AMERIND Risk Management Corp, which launched a new line of business focused on tribal nations last week that will help increase connectivity in rural areas.
- 4 Reasons Data Analytics Often Fail
Like other types of IT projects, an analytics initiative can fail for a variety of factors, big and small. But several key reasons stand out.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- An Interesting Bit of Western History
One of the most famous stage coach drivers was Charles Darkey Parkhurst, who had come west from New England in 1852 seeking his fortune in the Gold Rush.
- What the AI Behind AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Being Human
The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and the End of Code
- CBS Sunday Morning - Skyscrapers made out of wood - Cross-Laminated Timber is now made in the USA
CLT really is a dream material, it's made from wood, a renewable resource, it sequesters carbon, it is strong enough to replace wood and concrete in higher buildings, and right now, it helps use up some of the billions of board-feet of mountain pine-beetle infested wood that will rot if we don't cut it and use it fast.
- With Instant Apps, Google Aims to Make the Web and Apps One
"What if you could use ten times a many apps without stopping to download all of them?"
- Google is hiring 'drivers' for its self-driving cars
Google is currently recruiting drivers (riders?) to hang out in its driverless cars in Chandler, Arizona and monitor their progress.
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