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“It’s easier to hire people who can write—and teach them how to read financial statements—rather than hire accountants in hopes of teaching them to be strong writers,” says Liz Kirschner, head of talent acquisition at Morningstar Inc., a Chicago investment-research firm. Since its founding in 1986, Morningstar has hired an unusually large number of humanities and social-sciences majors. Good News About Salaries for Liberal-Arts Majors http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Happy New Year to all. We hope 2017 will be a memorable year for all of the right reasons.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Time to invest in Montana's infrastructure - Evan Barrett
It is time to use our heads economically and fiscally regarding infrastructure spending. The governor has once again advanced a reasonable infrastructure plan. Let's stop the nay-saying and posturing and finally get the job done.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Net Metering Explained
Net metering and the issues surrounding it are complex, so we've created a video to help explain what it is and why we need to modernize the policy. We have the opportunity to get it right and make it work for all customers.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 11 Achievements of 2016
Here's the GFDA Top 11 for 2016, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. It has been an amazing year -- very satisfying to see our teamwork and smart, targeted strategies produce results. We have much more to accomplish until we will be satisfied. The GFDA Team is just getting started!
- December Tourism News You Can Use
Tourism maintains its position as a leading industry in Montana's economy with a record summer season as measured by bed tax collections submitted to the Department of Revenue.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Ambassador California Chapter holds another Successful Event
Lynda Colucci, California Chapter V.P., organized a Montana/California Technology Reception, in Pasadena, on December 11th. The California Chapter held the fun and lively event which attracted leaders from the arts, technology, medical and business sectors. The purpose of the event was to build business bridges from California to Montana.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Sales Area Director - Golden Helix
- Montana Career Opportunities - Compliance Officer - Wealth Management, Commercial Loan Officer II, Consumer Credit Policy Manager and more...First Interstate Bank
We're proud to be a business whose culture is driven by strong family and corporate values.
- How Cities can Become Better Than the Next Silicon Valley
Being the mayor of a city is like being the CEO of a startup in a constant cycle of iteration, failure and success.
- How to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Your Town
Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
- The 10 Best And Worst Moments In Leadership 2016
Throughout the year, a few people and organizations have stood out as leadership beacons, showing the world the best way to accomplish things.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Made: Bequet Confections
"Our goal is to keep raising the bar on great caramel. When we started in the specialty food industry there were very few companies making high-end gourmet caramel."
- Business of the Year: Xanterra Parks and Resorts
Glacier National Park concessioner stands out as a steward to gateway communities
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Why are developers building in Great Falls?
"Success begets success,"
- 5 questions to help you lead better next year
What have you learned about yourself as a leader, and how has your leadership shaped the evolution of your team over the last 12 months?
- Why Mental Bandwidth Could Explain the Psychology Behind Poverty
Poverty may reduce the available cognitive bandwidth to the point where one's ability to make better choices could be severely reduced.
- TED Video: Why you will fail to have a great career
Larry Smith's TED Talk, "Why you will fail to have a great career," made me want to get a tinfoil hat.
- 12 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Say
If you've ever struggled with self-assurance in your interactions with others, take note. These are the phrases you'll hear truly confident people say.
- Good News About Salaries for Liberal-Arts Majors
Liberal-arts majors often trail their peers in terms of salary early on, but the divide tends to narrow or even disappear as careers progress
- Here's what you need to know about Betsy DeVos, likely Education Secretary
The Times called her nomination a probable "loss for students," noting that, while the state of Detroit's school system is not entirely her fault, she is usually viewed as the major impetus behind the state's school restructuring. In Detroit, the current lack of oversight means failing charter schools are still able to enroll students.
Regional Economic Development
- MIT's 8 Big Ways to Enable the Utility of the Future
Proactive reform must start now.
- To Boost the Economy, Help Students First
As a college president, I frequently hear from students who are anxious about their ability to repay their loans once they graduate. Many let student debt guide their career choices.
- "Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together" in Big Sky, MT. June 11-142017 CDS/NACDEP Joint Conference Call For: Pre-Conference and Ignite Sessions Due January 15th, 2017
We are extremely excited for the upcoming June, 2017 joint conference, "Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together" in Big Sky, MT. We are elated to say that we received over 250 proposals for conference sessions and posters!
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Study shows Jackson, Wyoming has the nation's widest gap between rich and poor
"The problem is those whose livelihood is not connected to the local economy vastly outstrips the incomes of those whose income are related to the local economy."
- University of Wyoming eyes increasing transfer students to boost enrollment
Though UW's student population has been adequate for its size, UW President Laurie Nichols said enrollment for the last nine years has been flat, with little to no growth.
- How Exercise Can Improve Your Academic Performance
Regular exercisers have higher GPAs and graduation rates
Montana Education Excellence
- Online Education Pioneer Boots Up a Jobs Program for the Tech Industry
Sebastian Thrun smiles a little awkwardly as he explains why he no longer believes in the educational revolution he sold to the world just a few years ago.
- Tech Transformation: Singularity University Plans for a Tech-Centric Future
Singularity aims big. Its pitch to applicants to its accelerator and students at its intensive 40-day summer program called Global Solutions is this: Come up with an idea to positively impact the lives of a billion people. Think clean water, renewable energy, health, hunger, poverty.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Amid general teacher shortage in Montana, special education stands out
As concerns about a national teacher shortage ramp up, rural school administrators say that longtime struggles to recruit and retain teachers have reached "crisis" levels.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Greater Ravalli Foundation provides needs based scholarships for Ravalli County dual enrollment students
ast school year, the foundation gave scholarships to 112 high school students in Ravalli County, covering 312 credits. Earning these dual credits saved the families nearly $80,000 that they would have paid for credits at the University of Montana.
Connectivity & Communications
- 4 Lessons Web Designers Can Learn From Print
Let's explore these topics and more to understand why it's wise to devote a little time to the print medium - regardless of whether most companies are moving their efforts online.
- Strategy and the Board
Most boards and CEOs engage in ways that are counter to how great strategies actually happen.
- CEOs Should Focus on Long Term, Study Says
Simply put, an increased long-term orientation fosters innovation and enhances market value
- Lessons From Silicon Valley's Biggest Mistakes Of 2016
Before 2017 starts, let's look back at what we can learn from this year's missteps.
- Eight Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Should Ditch In 2017
Looking back over the past year, four top entrepreneurship gurus share the stumbles that newbies repeatedly make.
- Changes to research and development tax credit help startups
Many startups filing taxes this spring might qualify for a research and tax credit that historically hasn't applied to new businesses.
- How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Will Bring Down Telcos
ternet, so they're bringing everything in-house. This promises to make things drastically better for you as a consumer, so if you hate big telecoms, you'll feel schadenfreude at their demise. But you might end up with more of the same as the new guard becomes the old guard.
- Where to Donate to Protect the Internet in 2017
The internet faces forces of government and corporate surveillance like never before in its history. A new president's rhetoric and cabinet picks seem to show that he intends to strip Americans of their civil liberties. Oh, and you only have six days left in 2016 to get tax deductions.
- Montana Child and Family Services' New System Delayed, But Says It's Worth the Wait
The Child and Family Services workers who deal directly with children will have to wait until next October to get a new computer program that handles casework. But the Department of Public Health and Human Services says the delay will be worth it.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The World's Richest Made $237 Billion This Year
The country's richest were largely opposed to a Trump presidency during the election
- The Best WIRED Photo Stories of 2016
WIRED Photo had an incredible year, and not just because it got a snazzy new design.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Laser therapy blasts early-stage prostate cancer without killing patient's mojo
Researchers in the UK have announced a new laser therapy treatment that can kill tumor cells without inflicting collateral damage on healthy tissue or the patient's lifestyle.
- The Robotic Grocery Store of the Future Is Here
Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences will help deliver your food faster.
- Australian desert farm grows 17,000 metric tons of vegetables with just seawater and sun
According to Sundrop Farms, "we are breaking farming's dependence on finite resources." This year they broke ground on a farm in Tennessee, and they recently finished their first European farm in Portugal.
- Amazon's latest idea is a flying warehouse that'll deliver your stuff by drone
Imagine you're at a baseball game and wanted to buy a meal or a jersey without ever leaving your seat.
- How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar
"This is against my principles -- and illegal," he said of the Russian military's hacking effort.
- Auto Companies Prepare for Decline of Car Ownership
And it's more profitable than selling cars!
- Watch a Tesla predict a car crash 2 vehicles ahead
As Noordsij points out on Twitter, the impressive part here is not only that the Tesla's autopilot radar feature predicted the crash, but it was able to recognize what was coming two cars ahead of the driver.
- Electric-Vehicle Swell Underway in Hawaii
Some 5,000 electric vehicles are registered to run on Hawaii roads now, and the state, clean-energy advocates and electrical utilities are working to expand the fleet.
- Tesla's next Supercharger could charge electric cars in mere seconds
Tesla's current Superchargers are already the fastest electric car battery-charging units on the planet, capable of recharging a car battery in minutes rather than hours, but there is always room for improvement.
- Suburbs increasingly view their auto-centric sprawl as a health hazard
A more health-oriented approach to urban planning is taking on new urgency across the United States as rates of child and adult obesity have soared, along with Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other weight-related illnesses -- despite public education campaigns and doctors' warnings.
- Automakers Prepare for an America That's Over the Whole Car Thing
Carmakers are looking ahead to a day when the automobile plays a smaller role, or even no role at all, in many people's daily routines.
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