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“What we need to do is garden locally rather than chase big dreams elsewhere. There may be some really big things that happen in the city that come from the outside, but we could spend years and a lot of money chasing rainbows.” Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor Officials, industry leaders mull a new path for Bozeman's economy http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Limited Space for the Big Sky Big Ideas Technology Summit, July 28 in Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Montana Code Girls
- The Case for Working in Silicon Valley and Living Somewhere Else (Why not Montana!) in America
A new wave of tech workers is house hunting in Middle America.
Big Sky Code Academy
- New report traces the gender pay gap from birth to the C-suite
A new paper from the Economic Policy Institute traces all the different forces pushing women toward lower-paying jobs from a young age through their entire careers.
- Girls Who Code: Brightening the Future for Women in Tech
Diversity in the workplace is essential to the success of any business.
- Montana Code Girls partners with Bozeman Public Library
Montana Code Girls partners with Bozeman Public Library to bring free after school coding classes to girls ages 9 19.
- Sit With Me Montana, 7/27, Bozeman, Montana
Join us this Wednesday, July 27 from 4 pm - 6 pm to kick off our Sit With Me Montana campaign, see pitch videos from former Montana Code Girls and enjoy an MIT App Inventor boot camp at the Bozeman Public Library.
Energy and Climate Change
- React vs Angular
- How do you know if coding is right for you?
- Learn to Code Now: How to Pick the Right Dev Boot Camp for You
So, before you ceremoniously quit your job to be the next Zuck, ask yourself these six questions to guide your research.
Come Home Montana
- Grass grows as a surprise source of hydrogen fuel
Researchers from Cardiff University have come up with a way to unlock hydrogen from fescue grass, raising the possibility of using turf to power life on Earth.
- Cascade County solar plans tabled after long hearings
Each Cypress Creek Renewables' proposal would generate three megawatts of energy from a solar farm within 30 acres, enough to provide power for upward of 600 businesses and homes a year, the company said.
- Rooftop solar poses credit risk for utilities
In a new report, Fitch sees the potential for a "downward spiral" for investor-owned utilities in which installations of photovoltaic panels on homes and in community solar gardens continue to increase, leaving their non-solar customers with more of the costs of operating the grid.
- Alternatives to Conventional Utility Compensation Can Unlock Untapped Value
Thinking differently about how to prioritize new revenue models for regulated utilities.
- A new crop is now growing in Idaho: Solar energy
"This pilot program is intended to evaluate customer commitment," said Pete Pengilly, customer research and analysis leader for Idaho Power, in a news release. "It originated from customer interest in having a solar option provided by Idaho Power.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Cloud Systems Engineer, Senior Magento Developer, Senior Mobile Developer, Senior Software Engineer, VP/Director of Marketing & Sales - onXmaps
Visualize Success - onXmaps--A Trusted Source For Mapping Technology
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing/Project Manager - 3 Rivers Marketing Group
We are looking for someone who will embrace the many hats that need to be worn going forward.
- Missoula's Buttercup Market and Cafe is for Sale. Outstanding Opportunity
This is a turnkey business with an assumable lease. One block west of the University of Montana. The community gathering spot serves homemade breakfasts and lunches that feature local, organic ingredients.
Montana Economic Development
- Twenty-four-year-old Butte resident Dylan Dallaserra starts recycling company
He wants to keep Butte clean by hauling away people's rusty cars, snowmobiles, lawn mowers and the like with his new business J3 Trucking.
- Electronic waste at UM keeps growing, inspires new business that's looking for space in Missoula County - Oreo's Refining
She doesn't have a site yet for Oreo's Refining, but she's looking for property in Missoula County where she can start a small operation.
- Modern Entrepreneur
Join me as I guide you on a journey to better way of doing business.
- Officials, industry leaders mull a new path for Bozeman's economy
Along with "supporting business sectors that create and sustain mid-to high-paying jobs," Fontenot and the Economic Development Council have identified three main goals for the new plan: nurturing existing businesses while attracting new ones, maintaining infrastructure, and facilitating workforce education efforts.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Five (More) Great Ways To Open A Presentation
Want to be a better public speaker? Start at the beginning.
- 5 things to do when quitting your job
Regardless of the motive, it's a task that deserves no less attention than what you would give to getting a job. So here are five things to do.
- Higher speed internet comes to Missoula's Polley's Square - 1 Gigabyte up and down.
And people have just really embraced it, they've been very excited about it, they have traveled around and they come back and say 'Oh my God, you can't find this anywhere else," said Leslie Wetherbee, co-developer of Polley's Square.
- #RuralX Summit Inspires Over 200 People to Make a Difference for Rural Communities
The summit was inspired by Dakota Resources, a statewide organization dedicated to stimulating financial and human investment in communities that are invested themselves.
- Fatbeam makes $3.2 million technology donation to University of Idaho
The $3.2 million donation includes two Fatbeam owned private fibers beginning at the Liberty Lake, Wash., Tierpoint data facility and traversing 65 miles across greater Coeur d'Alene.
- Former Oregon lumber town rides digital wave to a comeback
Most of Oregon's nearly 100,000 high-tech jobs are clustered in the "Silicon Forest" around Portland.
- Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era
Verizon won the Yahoo bidding after a five-month auction.
- 5 Ways Mayors Can Build Their Communities' Workforces
There's a perception among many that mayors don't hold much sway over the higher-education system or the quality of the workforce it produces for their communities. I beg to differ.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Casper company Breakthrough 307 aims to accelerate startup process
The co-founder described it as somewhere between an angel investment fund and a really small venture capital fund. Charles Walsh, a fellow co-founder, likened it to Shark Tank, albeit on a much smaller scale.
- 4 policies driving student performance in Finland and Japan
A new report details policies producing teachers with deep content knowledge and understanding of how to teach that content
Funding and Building your Business
- As Missoula's core grows, executive director of Downtown Missoula Partnership works to find solutions
The Missoula Downtown Partnership oversees a variety of programs and initiatives that aim to navigate and alleviate the pressure while maintaining a thriving urban core. It's a balancing act that keeps executive director Linda McCarthy and her staff on their toes.
Connectivity & Communications
- Lessons in Business and Life, 12 Months After Techstars
"What was Techstars like? What did you get out of it?"
- If you're looking for a new way to work remotely, coworking could be the answer.
When you've found the right fit, you're going to have to make it work for you.
- Why Companies Have Started to Coach New Parents
At a time when new parents may find themselves overwhelmed -- even sobbing late at night as they deal with their new at-home responsibilities while trying to hold down a full-time job -- a growing number of companies are making efforts to soften the blow.
- People analytics reveals three things HR may be getting wrong
More sophisticated analyses of big data are helping companies identify, recruit, and reward the best personnel. The results can run counter to common wisdom.
- Facebook's internet-broadcasting drone takes to the skies for the first time
Facebook imagines that fleets of Aquila's equipped with lasers will receive a ground-based internet signal and daisy-chain it amongst themselves to spread it far and wide, in turn beaming their own broadband coverage down to the ground across an area with a 60-mile (96.5 km) diameter.
- Gov Tech Companies Are Finding a Business Model
Does this mean there's a place for innovation at city hall?
- How Is the Federal Government Using the Internet of Things?
There are many opportunities for federal agencies to use the Internet of Things, but adoption is low and will remain so unless important changes are made to encourage adoption across the federal government.
- Free Cycles - Missoula community bike shop Free Cycles needs $80K, guarantor to secure property
"In essence, we have to come up with that extra $80,000 and a guarantor by Nov. 11 as the absolute deadline," said Bob Giordano, executive director of Free Cycles.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How to get the best currency exchange rate overseas
Don't let currency exchange confusion slow you down on your travels.
- A Weird New Segway Is Finally Making Hoverboards Legit
The MiniPro is essentially a Segway minus the handlebars, instead using a kneepad to steer around.
- Autonomous vehicle expert Craig Shankwitz joins MSU's Western Transportation Institute research staff
Shankwitz will lead the development of a WTI research team that will explore and develop applications of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies to roads and transportation systems in rural areas and small cities, in both the public and private sector.
- Parking issues, steel prices jeopardize Missoula's downtown student housing project - What about Robotic Parking?!
There is an alternative, and that is mechanical parking. Robotic Parking provides almost 3.5 times the number of parking spaces in roughly the same volume."
- US to create nationwide network of EV charging stations
The US government has announced "an unprecedented set of actions" to pump up the country's plug-in electric vehicle market, including US$4.5 billion in loan guarantees to create a nationwide network of commercial scale and fast charging stations.
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