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The “automation bomb” could destroy 45 percent of the work activities currently performed in the United States -- "The brave new world of robots and lost jobs" -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Hellgate Venture Network - Marc Moss, Founder Of The Amazing "Tell Us Something", 8/18, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6091 -- Montana's Inaugural Young Professional Summit, 8/19-21, Great Falls, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5990 ---
Gov. Steve Bullock
Main Street Montana Project
- Governor Bullock Takes More Steps to Support Equal Pay for Equal Work
More than 100 Montana businesses have taken the pledge since Governor Bullock announced new initiatives to close the gender wage gap in Montana last week
- The Governor's Local Food & Agriculture Summit 10/28-29, Bozeman, Montana
Montanans caring about these issues will have another chance to come together, share information, and strategize about the next 10 years of working to build the state's food economy.
Energy and Climate Change
- Video - Innovate Montana Symposium 2016
This symposium connected Montana business owners and entrepreneurs through dynamic group conversations and networking opportunities.
- Last Best Conference in Missoula 8/25-26 - Broadband leaders Bill Squires and Rob Ferris see potential for connections
This year's inaugural "LBCon," hosted by the Blackstone Launchpad at the University of Montana, aims to grow into a SXSW-style festival that grows Montana's regional and national business, creative and entrepreneurial connections.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Arizona Solar Advocates Call Favorable Net Metering Decision 'a Commitment to Data-Driven Analysis'
"Their commitment to grandfathering is a great thing for the solar industry and for all Arizonans,"
- How energy efficient is your home? Utah moves to energy ratings option
"An energy-efficient home will save homeowners money every month."
- Wind Generates 100% of Scotland's Electricity Needs for Entire Day
The fact that wind power was able to generate the equivalent of all Scotland's electricity needs shows just how far renewables have come."
- Why These Cities Are Leading on Clean Energy
Addressing climate change is often not the reason that cities accelerate their push to clean energy
- A Virtual Power Plant Built With Solar and Storage Is a Blueprint for the World's Energy Future
The world's largest virtual power plant could foretell future projects for residential systems.
- Today's TED Talk - A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels
How do we build a society without fossil fuels?
- Land Board approves lease of 450 acres near Billings airport for solar farm
The state Land Board has approved the lease of 450 acres near the Billings airport for a possible solar development that would produce 70 megawatts of power.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- We Should Welcome Refugees. They Are Often Great Entrepreneurs.
The tenacity required to survive as a refugee is the epitome of what entrepreneurs require to succeed.
- The Meeting That Showed Me the Truth about VC's and How They Don't Make Money
I'll attempt to reconstruct the arguments leading to this hard-to-grasp realization of an industry so often idealized from the outside.
- Crowdfunding Best Practices Researsch at The Blackstone Launchpad at the University of Montana
To maximize the usefulness of their research, the team has created a survey to gain an understanding of what people know, don't know, and would like to know.
Montana Economic Development
- Bozeman computer museum aims to top free museum rankings
A Montana business needs help in a nationwide voting contest sparked by USA Today.
- A Bozemanite's guide to the vacation rental debate
As city planners begin that work, here's a rundown of key points from the public conversation so far:
- 'Unprecedented': Home prices skyrocketing in Missoula
The skyrocketing prices of homes in Missoula this year have even long-time real estate agents shaking their heads in disbelief.
- Lee Newspapers go native with investment in Wisconsin ad company that presents ads on web pages so they blend seamlessly with news content.
Native commerce has nothing to do with business on the reservation. It's a technique for presenting ads on web pages so they blend seamlessly with news content.
- Livingston Women-Owned Business Tour, 09/07, Livingston
This will be a great opportunity to meet local Livingston business owners. Hear the stories of these fantastic owners and how they worked with a partner to bring their business to life.
- Jack Nicklaus' visit to Old Works Golf Course definite for Sept. 28
Those interested in playing in the golf tournament and attending the reception should contact the Old Works Golf Course golf shop at 406-563-5989.
- "4 for 2" - Businesses on Montana's Hi-Line long for wider highway; traffic numbers don't bear it out
"I'm so bullish on Montana. We've got everything the rest of the world needs. We are energy, we are agriculture, we our tourism. The real justification for what we want to do has to do with Montana's economy and revitalizing the state."
- Montana economic growth expected to slow
"Even slow growth over seven and a half years in the world's largest economy eventually adds up," he said, and easy credit access has arrived for both consumers and businesses. In fact, consumer spending now is a leading factor driving the economy.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- I already live in the future -- and so should you
We have a choice: to build an amazing future, such as we saw on the TV series "Star Trek," or to head into the dystopia of "Mad Max."
- Ten surprising jobs with six-figure salaries
You don't need a law or doctoral degree in order to make more than $100,000 a year.
- You Have $10 Million and 10 Years to Live. What Would You Do?
Over the past decade I've asked this question of women across a wide range of demographics - age, income, education, career path, religion, ethnicity, etc. Despite the diversity of participants, the answers are remarkably similar.
- 'Wireless fiber' could give us gigabit Internet speeds with no cables at all
Imagine if you could take the convenience of cellular data and combine it with the superfast download speeds associated with fixed, wired broadband. What might that look like?
- How 'wireless fiber' can give us blazing Internet with no cables
- Internet service providers are beginning to test a new technology that has the potential to greatly change how we get Internet access.
City Club Missoula
- How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline
Rural areas need to diversity their economic options, he says, so the economy stays somewhat protected if one of their industries takes a hit.
- Video: City Club Missoula Hosts Montana Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte - 8/8/16
Here is his presentation followed by the table talk with questions posed by the community and Greg's responses.
- Why the Next President Should Forgive All Student Loans
A prominent college president offers some bold advice to the next U.S. president.
Incubators and R&D
- An entrepreneur finds his element in Boise
"It's really a community center for the subcultures of Idaho, with Element on the front of it," he said. "It's a bit of an experiment, too. I love to just see where things go."
- Canadian Doctors Have Successfully Reversed the Effects of MS in a Patient Using Stem Cells
Of the patients, 70 per cent saw the progression of their disease halted or reversed as their symptoms began to diminish.
- Enhancing National Laboratory Partnership and Commercialization Opportunities
In order for many national laboratory innovations to be truly impactful, they must be commercialized and distributed through the marketplace
- Denmark Will Be The First Country On The Planet That Will Become 100% Organic!
This is likely to be the most enthusiastic strategy of the century however considering the fact that Denmark has currently shown it's love for organic food; this does appear to be possible.
Washington State Business
- Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance
A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin will come to occupy a central place in the global financial system.
- Boise-born entrepreneur Matt Oppenheimer rises in Seattle financial-tech sector
Business leaders, politicos and many others know his family name. The Oppenheimers are a Boise legacy.
- The Future of Work
Today's world of work is completely different to anything that's gone before. From start-ups and AI, to automation and technology, it can be difficult to stay current, let alone stay ahead of the trend.
- The “automation bomb” could destroy 45 percent of the work activities currently performed in the United States
The deeper problem facing the United States is how to provide meaningful work and good wages for the tens of millions of truck drivers, accountants, factory workers and office clerks whose jobs will disappear in coming years because of robots, driverless vehicles and "machine learning" systems.
- Declining Energy Sector Jobs Switching to Solar Power
A program is underway in Colorado to retrain people who lost their jobs in the coal or oil and gas industry so they can get the skills they need to install solar panels.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Hurricane Electric Places Point of Presence (POP) In Wyoming
The PoP will help a variety of start-up and established tech companies who find their home in the greater Cheyenne area.
- 3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery
Flipping is more than a buzzword. It helps teachers personalize lessons, assessments, and reporting
Funding and Building your Business
- How Colleges Prepare (or Don't Prepare) Their Leaders Is Holding Back Innovation
Nearly 90 midcareer administrators have completed the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, which combines the latest research on teaching, student success, and finance with the principles of "design thinking" and leadership training.
- Would employees be healthier, more productive with a shorter workweek?
Although the researchers examined physical and psychological stress caused by long hours in middle-aged and older employees, stress levels could impact workers of all ages.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula Come Closer to Reality But It Needs Your Support
So far roughly $4 million of the $9.5 million needed to begin construction of a 30,000-square-foot museum has been raised, while across town more than 36,000 artifacts, photos and documents are stored at a Forest Service repository on South Catlin Street.
- City launches Cultural Asset Mapping Project
"We need to find ways to preserve and protect our cultural assets and producers before they're all gone."
- Scientists discover what's killing the bees and it's worse than you thought
Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country's surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds.
- Kids Roast Their Dad in Hilarious Obituary
William Ziegler didn't fake death to 'avoid creditors or old girlfriends'
- Thinking about buying an electric car? A 4-point decision guide.
A decision's got to be made. Is an electric car the right choice?
- Pennsylvania Pulls Ahead of the Pack on Self-Driving Vehicles
Pennsylvania doesn't want to be caught off guard if and when autonomous cars hit the streets here.
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