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"Many millennials don't care about or need to own a car, yet we are still planning our communities and future as if they do." Russ Fletcher
Clean water technology from Missoula's Clearas Water Recovery could have global impact http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- CEO explains precisely why companies are moving jobs to smaller cities
As other employers have discovered, many younger workers are choosing jobs that don't require driving -- even if it means turning down more money or a promotion.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Recruiting Small Business Saturday Participants
Participation in Small Business Saturday is free. Businesses registered with the Kalispell Chamber will receive free marketing materials
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Eighteen Montana Communities Awarded Community Development Block Grant Planning Funds
"It is an honor to help forward-thinking Towns, Cities, and Counties obtain the necessary planning that helps ensure successful projects and contributes to the development of vibrant and resilient communities." said Director Meg O'Leary.
- Montana's women candidates are out to set another record
Carol Williams sized up the Montana Senate on her first day in office and knew what had to be done. The place needed more women.
Spika Welding & Mfg Inc
- 'Tis the Season for Customized Greetings
The holidays are right around the corner, and today is the perfect day to get your holiday card project started! Personalize your greeting this holiday season with custom holiday cards.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Spika Design & Manufacturing Inc - Q&A with Rick Zaitonia, Kuka Systems Aerospace Group: Integrators Outsourcing Work Platforms
Rick Zaitonia, project manager for KUKA Systems North America, approached Spika about partnering to custom design mobile work platforms for assembly lines. Spika sat with him for a Q&A about the successes and challenges of outsourcing the work platforms for his assembly line.
Great Falls Development Authority
- DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals
Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals, along with an index card of "red flags," reminding employers and HR personnel in particular that the antitrust laws will be enforced to prevent agreements that restrain competition in the employment market.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Boots To Business Reboot, 11/1, Great Falls, Montana
Registration is limited to veterans, active duty and spouses.
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- Glacier Country Offers Workshops To Give Businesses The Tools To Better Cater To Chinese Tourists, 11/2, Kalispell
Here in Western Montana, we are seeing an increase of Chinese travelers to our region and in anticipation of this market's growth, Glacier Country Tourism is hosting two business-to-business workshops--one in Kalispell and one in Missoula--that will focus on learning how to host Chinese travelers in an efficient and intelligent manner.
Early Edge Montana
- How To Get Government Contracts For Small Businesses, 11/10, Bozeman
Montana Women's Business Center, Montana Small Business Development Center and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) presents: How to Get Government Contracts for Small Businesses.
Energy and Climate Change
- Pre-K Lags in Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming
"While none of these factors alone can explain these states' lack of investment in pre-K, taken together, they may help to describe the unique environment that exists there--one that lends itself to inaction when it comes to pre-K."
Come Home Montana
- Lincoln County planners say no to wind power
The zoning recommendations represent a major victory for opponents of Dakota Power Community Wind's effort to create the largest industrial wind project in the state.
- Renewables rising: Global clean energy capacity leaves coal in the dust
Renewables have now overtaken coal as the world's largest source of installed power capacity, and the agency's projections over the next five or so years paint a pretty promising picture for the industry indeed.
- Temperatures rising in Yellowstone Lake vents, study shows
A research team has used an underwater remote vehicle to measure "ginormous" amounts of heat flowing out of hydrothermal vents from the lake floor.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Tier 1 Technicians - Alter Enterprise
Join the AE team, a small, locally owned and operated IT firm. We provide computer support, maintenance and consulting services.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Tier 2 Technicians - Alter Enterprise
Alter Enterprise is looking to hire a technician staff member who will provide end user support, monitoring and troubleshooting for workstations, servers, and customer networks.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Administrator - Rocky Mountain Credit Union
The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of LAN, WAN, and data processing systems to help us grow our level of service to our member base.
- Women take on bigger role as angel investors
The number of women who invest in small businesses is growing, and so is the number of companies led by women that receive funding.
Montana Economic Development
- Google Express online shopping coming to Missoula
The delivery service lets you order from major retailers like Costco, Kohl's, Whole Foods and PetSmart with two-day delivery included.
- First Call Computer Solutions Opens New Flagship IT Services Office at 500 N. Higgins in Downtown Missoula
The office is currently open with the new address of 500 N. Higgins Avenue, Suites 201 and 100.
- Clean water technology from Missoula's Clearas Water Recovery could have global impact
"Every batch that we have run through this plant, the final product has come back with zero detect for any nutrients."
- Northern Plastics in the Flathead Valley of Montana Continues the Tradition of Producing Creations for Inventors, Municipalities and Businesses Across the Country
Northern Plastics designs, manufactures, and distributes a wide range of specialty industry plastic products. Inventors will call up Hufstetler with ideas, and he helps bring them to life with the injection-molding machines.
- Former CFO of Vann's Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison
Paul Lyn Nisbet pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the employee-owned electronics and appliance retailer
- Layoffs, salary cuts at Missoula chemical company Rivertop Renewables
"We let a few people go and we have been working under reduced salary for some employees for some time."
- Missoula's Galactic Farms - Humans Could One Day Live in This Sustainable Martian City
What would a sustainable city on Mars look like?
- 'Shot in Montana': New book spotlights Montana's role in Hollywood film history
Montana has starred in more than 100 movies and always earns top marks from film critics.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Low wages, costly housing threaten Missoula's prosperity
While the city's surrounding landscape helps contribute to Missoula's high quality of living, it also constrains the ability to grow, making it one of the most expensive places in the nation to live.
Business Plan Forums
- What's slowing down efforts to speed up Missoula's internet?
"Do we have the speed? Do we have competitive options at a variety of price levels? And do we have the reliability? I think in all three of those areas we are lacking." Missoula City Councilman Bryan von Lossberg
- XPrize addresses water security and women's safety with new million-dollar competitions
The US$1.75 million Water Abundance XPRIZE is aimed at increasing access to fresh water through energy-efficiency technologies that harvest it from thin air.
- This obscure government agency has a plan to put Wall Street CEOs in prison
CEOs and other senior executives also should be required to certify every year that they have conducted "due diligence" and that there is no criminal conduct or civil fraud in their organization.
Oregon Economic Development
- Boise, Idaho partners with OpenCounter to create fast and efficient permitting tool for new businesses
Boise Is Open for Your Business
- The Idaho Virtual Reality Council aims to make Idaho known for virtual reality technology
Networking events and educational seminars will help Idaho organizations to learn faster, cooperate on projects, and promote VR in Idaho.
- Oregon nearing 'full employment,' must settle for slower growth, PSU study finds
"We're sort of settling in to the mellow part of the party."
- Women leave work at 2:38 p.m. to protest pay gap in Iceland
According to the report, in 170 years women worldwide will earn as much as men and account for half of the world's bosses.
Regional Economic Development
- CenturyLink Could Produce the Next Multibillion Dollar Tech Merger
Make way for another multibillion dollar tech merger. CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create an enterprise telecommunications player worth more than $50 billion, including debt. The deal comes as both companies' corporate clients seek more bandwidth and faster capabilities to move data to run their businesses.
- The City as 'Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities': It's the People Thing
If even a sliver of a 78-million-strong set of consumers seems willing to hand over cash for something, businesses organize themselves to deliver, whether we're talking hula hoops or downtown apartments.
- Growing Cities Starting to See Mixed-Use Development as a Solution
"As land grows scarcer and more expensive, and the population booms, more developers are combining commercial and residential space."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Randi Zuckerberg Wants To Close The Gender Gap In Tech. Here's How You Can, Too
It is Zuckerberg's hope that, by providing relatable stories about gutsy girls and boys engaging with tech (and enjoying it), the gender gap in tech won't exist in 20 years.
Montana Education Excellence
- Preparing students for a future in robotics and engineering
A technical center that offers high school students training in the field of robotics and advanced manufacturing technologies.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- 9 Montana Schools Receive NASA Research Projects
Montana is one of just 15 states chosen to work with NASA.
- U.S. Supreme Court decision delays disability rights lawsuit against Butte school district
The suit against the Butte school district was filed by an autistic student who graduated from high school in 2013. He alleges he was denied an appropriate education during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, and is seeking compensatory education.
- UM will cut $1.8 million from budget to pay for new initiatives, many in enrollment
"Everything is lining up, and we're looking solid," Reid said of the approved budget. "We are doing - and will continue to do - re-prioritization across the institution ... regardless of the institution's financial situation."
- Montana gets $1.3M for apprentice program. Is your company a sponsor?
Montana now has more than 700 apprenticeship business sponsors in 60 occupations statewide.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Future of Libraries
10 recommendations that outline a comprehensive vision for the Libraries in the coming decades
Connectivity & Communications
- Build On-Demand Teams Instead of Hiring Employees
There is a new fast and flexible talent strategy based on freelancers, consultants, experts, and specialists, who are part of the new "1099 economy" including Baby Boomers and Millennials.
- Thinking Outside the Bank for Start-Up Funding
When it comes to starting a new business, there are new (and old) ways to fund your ideas that step past the traditional middle-men.
- White House urges ban on non-compete agreements for many workers
The administration said so-called non-compete agreements interfere with worker mobility and states should consider barring companies from requiring low-wage workers and other employees who are not privy to trade secrets or other special circumstances to sign them.
- Why Google Fiber is no longer rolling out to new cities
Here are a few explanations for Tuesday's announcement.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Governments Getting Smarter About Data
This special report highlights the current state of government data and shows how software is being used to leverage information in meaningful and intelligent ways.
- Panel would turn room into wireless charging station
A flat-screen panel that looks like a TV could one day remotely charge any device within its line of sight, according to new research.
- Google's Leading Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts Humans Will Start Living Forever by 2029
According to Kurzweil's calculations, Singularity -- the merging of human intelligence with nonbiological intelligence, or technology -- will happen in 2045.
- Newlight Technologies unlocks secret to making plastic out of air
"We're not the first people to have the idea of turning greenhouse gas into plastic," Herrera said. "The thing that was missing was that no one had figured out how to do it cost-effectively."
- Five cities chosen for self-driving car test
"The advent of autonomous cars is one of the most exciting developments ever to happen to cities --- and if mayors collaborate with one another, and with partners in the private sector, they can improve people's lives in ways we can only imagine today," former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the CityLab conference for mayors in Miami.
- L.A. Could Remove 100,000 Cars Over Five Years . . . By Adding More Cars?
Imagining Los Angeles as a city where car ownership isn't necessary.
- New air service may be headed to Missoula
It could include converting a seasonal route into a year-round route for a city currently served from Missoula - think San Francisco or Chicago.
- Guess What Uber's Promising Now: Flying Cars
The company calls it Uber Elevate and within a decade it'll be a global network of on demand urban electric aircraft that take off and land vertically.
- Sacramento, Calif., Preps for Self-Driving Vehicles
Self-driving robot cars will be coming soon to the streets of American cities.
- Step Into the Garage Where Robots Do All the Parking
West Hollywood, California says it saved over a million dollars with the West Coast's first municipal robot garage, which ditches the idea of driving into the garage, circling up and down ramps until you find an open spot, squeezing your way in, then wandering your way out again.
- Leadership Mentoring Series Featuring Kim Ormsby, Founder And CEO, The Natural Baby Company, 11/17, Bozeman
- Women-Owned Business Tour Featuring The Olivelle Manufacturing Facili, 11/02, Bozeman
- The Prospera Awards, 11/03, Bozeman
- 1 Million Cups - Missoula - Joe Burnich Owner Of Big West Marketing, 11/2
- New Market Tax Credits Opportunity, 11/1, Kalispell
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