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I'm going to take a little break to a place and will have limited connectivity so please send any items that you think appropriate so MATR doesn't miss any of the great things happening in and for Montana. Thank you - Russ
Montana Career Opportunity - Sales & Constituent Services Bureau Chief - Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Montana's technology industry attracts businesses, talent - You should be here building your career and living the Big Sky life
"I mostly grew up in Ukraine, in a metropolitan city and I totally hated that. I like nature and (Montana) is an awesome place to work."
Main Street Montana Project
- The Montana 2016 Labor Report
I look forward to continuing to help create high paying jobs by responsibly developing our natural and renewable energy resources, addressing the infrastructure needs of all Montana, and strengthening our outdoor economy by protecting our public lands and access to them.
- Gov. Bullock unveils healthcare reform initiative
Montana is one of fourteen states in the country selected to pioneer the new initiative by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- It's in the brand: Main Street Montana Project symposium explores ways to market Montana products
"Look at those emotional statements when people think of Montana. This is the value Montana is bringing to potential consumers about their brand."
Montana Politics & Legislature
- The Innovate Montana: Small Business Roadshow Will Be Rolling Into Malta On September 21
As part of Governor Steve Bullock's Main Street Montana Project, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Innovate Montana are hitting the road to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in an effort to enhance their potential to achieve growth and sustainability.
- The Innovate Montana: Small Business Roadshow Will Be Rolling Into Fort Benton On September 28
Enjoy an evening with fellow businesses, Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce, Bear Paw Development Corporation, Triangle Communications, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and more. Any and all are welcome...Come with ideas and be ready to INNOVATE Fort Benton!
- Funding proposal for older Montana special needs students stalls in legislative commission
Montana is one of two states that doesn't provide funding for students in school after they turn 19. Maine is the other, though its limit is higher at 20 years old.
- Lawmakers work on plan to cushion impact of Colstrip power plant closure
The Interim Energy and Telecommunications Committee advanced a slew of proposed legislation aimed at cushioning the impact following the 2022 scheduled plant shutdown.
- Bullock, Gianforte differ on education
Both major party candidates, incumbent Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte, speak passionately about education. Both have taken concrete actions to promote education and praised Montana's public schools.
Montana Code Girls
- PFL Newsletter: "Fall" in Love with your Print
No matter what the last few months of 2016 look like for you, we'd like to help you make it the best part of the year.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Code Girls Registration is Open!
Montana Code Girls program opens statewide registration.
- Montana Code Girls Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for Community Leaders and Mentor/Coach volunteers for the 2016 - 2017 season to support the girls.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- FedEx Ground discusses new business in AgriTech Park andy why they chose Great Falls, Montana
"We are delighted to have FedEx in the new Great Falls AgriTech Park," Doney said. "Having a global Fortune 100 company in the park will help us to market future sites to other leading companies."
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- Voices of Montana Tourism - Updated Business Education Roundtables Schedule
Voices of Montana Tourism, along with the Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association and the Montana Restaurant Association will visit eight communities to lead panel discussions on the value of tourism for all Montana families.
- New Online Resources for Entrepreneurial Success in Montana
Are you an existing business thinking about selling online, or are you a start-up thinking about e-commerce sites and solutions?
Arrow Solutions Group
- Butte Entrepreneurial Workshop Series by The Montana Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and the Butte SBDC are calling all business owners to attend the premier entrepreneurial workshop series in Butte this fall, starting with:
Energy and Climate Change
- TechNet Billings, 9/29
Join us and your fellow information technology professionals for some great conversation, connections, IT stories.
Come Home Montana
- NEC Rolls Out Its Low-Cost Behind-the-Meter Battery System
Modular, pre-fab batteries at $750 per kilowatt-hour to bring more competition to heated behind-the-meter market
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunity - Sales & Constituent Services Bureau Chief - Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD)
If you are interested in contributing to the growth and development of Montana's economy by providing management, supporting partnership development, statewide awareness and collaboration, and helping to grow Montana's economy by effectiviely communicating the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD) programs, then this may be the position for you.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Staff Tax Accountant - Langel & Associates, P.C.
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for full-time tax accountants. Our firm offers many opportunities for professional development, specialized training, and future advancements.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Graphic Designer - 6 Pony Hitch
You are a creative problem solver that understands the difference between great branding and cool design.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Operations Coordinator - 6 Pony Hitch
You are a no-nonsense, driven, detail-oriented, critical thinking person who loves solving problems and longs to be part of a growing company.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Next Meeting - George Gaines, Chilton Skis, 9/22, Missoula
As always the fun, and free beer, starts at 4.30pm.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana wages low, but rising
Montana's wages are still among the lowest in the nation, but they are rising faster than the national average despite declines in the energy industry
- Oracle moving Bozeman jobs to Texas; sources say more than 100 affected
"As soon as we walked in, they told us to shut off our cellphones," said one employee who spoke to the Chronicle on the condition of anonymity.
- Missoula, Montana based Quilty Box
To provide inspiration to the quilting veterans, engage the quilting beginners, expand interest in the art of quilting, and give back to those in need.
- Montana Entrepreneur Spotlight - Michael Fitzgerald - Submittable
"I knew right then that whatever I was going to in terms of my career, I was going to do it in Montana. Everywhere I looked was amazing."
- 1 Million Cups With Diane Smith, 9/14, Missoula, Montana
Join us as Diane Smith discuss the annual business plan competition called the Mobileys (themobileys.com). Where contests compete to win the most innovative mobile app, that's doing game-changing social good!
- Second business makes Choteau Montana's spice capital - Choteau Spice Co.
"The support we've received has been amazing, especially from Choteau folks and customers at the Great Falls and Helena farmers' markets."
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- New CEO Takes Reins of Montana West Economic Development
Jerry Meerkatz brings extensive resume in technology, management to economic development organization
- Alberta launches $30M program to push regional economic development
Surviving Alberta's current economic crisis isn't about who is strongest, says Jay Slemp, it's about who can adapt.
City Club Missoula
- How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain (Whether Or Not You Finish Them)
Your brain decides which pieces of information to hang onto for later, partly as a result of how much work you do to them up front.
- 9 Inspirational TED Talks To Help You Kick Ass in Life, At Work, Anywhere
Ever felt like life kicked you in the a** too hard? Leaving you completely unmotivated to do anything?
Incubators and R&D
- City Club Missoula takes up medical marijuana, I-182
The event was hosted by City Club Missoula, which aims to "inform and inspire citizens" on vital issues. At the DoubleTree Hotel event, participants quizzed the speakers on the topic of medical marijuana after their presentations.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Google Kicks Off Third Edition of Launchpad Accelerator Programme
The Launchpad Accelerator is a specially-designed class to help startups in emerging markets find solutions to their business challenges and successfully scale.
- Plenty of jobs for those who are prepared
Gone are the days where job seekers could walk into a job fair unkempt and expect to report to work on Monday.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Fraudulently Opening Accounts
For years, Wells Fargo employees secretly issued credit cards without a customer's consent.
- Wells Fargo boots 5,300 employees for creating accounts its customers didn't ask for
The practice allegedly allowed bank employees to earn bonuses, while customers incurred fees for accounts they did not request.
- Consumers lose as FCC retreats on set-top box proposal
Under fire from Hollywood and Big Cable, Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, lost his nerve. And many of us are going to lose out.
- How the careless errors of credit reporting agencies are ruining people's lives
The agencies' "primary duty is to make money," says Chi Chi Wu, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center . "The consumer is not their customer. The consumer is their commodity."
- Wells Fargo fired 5,300 workers for illegal sales push. Executive in charge retiring with $125 million.
"It is difficult to believe a large-scale, coordinated [scheme] like this took place without knowledge of some higher ups."
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- TED Talk - Sal Khan: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics?
- Here's how 5 more schools are innovating and educating
What technology initiatives are other schools and districts proud of?
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS Welcomes New Season With Open House Tour For Community, 9/13, Hamilton, Montana
MAPS Media Institute, the afterschool hands-on technology-learning center, offers free classes to all Ravalli County students in grades 8-12.
- University of Montana Sets Record for Research Funding
UM brought in $87 million in funding during the past fiscal year to support homegrown Montana research, entrepreneurship and statewide outreach, exceeding the last year's record total of $83 million.
- If you're studying climate change at the University of Montana, you're learning from a Nobel laureate - Dr. Steve Running
Steve Running shared in a Nobel Peace Prize for his smarts on climate change, and that same knowledge helped him save a special event headed for disaster.
Funding and Building your Business
- Butte business leaders cite property taxes and health care as pressing concerns
The leaders--who hailed from Butte's energy, hotel and service industries, among others--spoke Thursday afternoon at the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce during an informal roundtable discussion.
- I am a product of the library
For a kid without much in the way of opportunity, the library kept all the windows and doors open for me to see that the entire world was possible, and so was I.
- Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner
Apple was initially built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, PayPal by Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, and Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and four roommates.
- Founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank's Top 7 Quotes on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership
As the founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank stands as one of the most respected members of a new generation of business leaders.
- 7 Due Diligence Steps Will Validate Any New Venture
How does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind?
- If your website's not secure, Google's soon going to let your visitors know
My site isn't secure. Up until now, that really hasn't been such a big deal. But it's about to be.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- City sensors make bill-paying easier, track urban health
Installed on lamp posts and the sides of buildings, the sensors track the city's general wellbeing. Temperature, traffic patterns, air quality, vibration and other aspects of city life are measured.
- Bozeman's David Quammen talks Yellowstone and writing an entire issue of National Geographic
Besides writing the epic May issue, Quammen crafted a new book, Yellowstone: A Journey through America's Wild Heart, based on his two-year exploration of the park.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Californians, You Should Avoid Montana
We know your friends said Montana is amazing. However, we are worried you are not getting the full story.
- A new invisible film made from healthy corneal cells could restore vision to millions
Clinical trials could start as soon as next year.
- Self-Driving Cars Could Help Save the Environment--Or Ruin It. It Depends on Us
By taking human beings--who aren't the drivers they think they are--out from behind the wheel, self-driving cars could also save millions of lives.
- Robo taxi startup pips Uber to the post
"The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018."
- Sharing Economy Hits Home as Developers Ditch Parking Spaces
Cities and towns anticipate the increased use of ride sharing services that make owning a vehicle less of a priority.
- This New Electric Bus Can Drive 350 Miles on One Charge
Last month, this Goliath logged 600 miles on a Michelin track on one juice.
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