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"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." Albert Einstein
Flathead Valley Community College
Gov. Steve Bullock
- FVCC's Community Lecture Series Begins February 8
All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the large community room inside the Arts and Technology building on campus.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- In State of the State, Montana Governor Bullock calls on collaboration to tackle cash crunch
n his third State of the State address, Gov. Steve Bullock encouraged legislators to craft bipartisan solutions to navigate the state through a financial crunch and make targeted investments in the future.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Montana Rep. Jim Hamilton proposes tax deductions for venture capitalists
How can Montana attract and keep more high-tech startup businesses?
Great Falls Development Authority
- Labor & Employment - New Form I-9 for all U.S. Employers - Dorsey & Whitney
As of 1/22/2017, employers are required to use the new version of Form I-9 to verify identity and employment eligibility of employees.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Great Falls AgriTech Park Certified by BNSF
We are very proud to achieve this recognition of excellence for our new AgriTech Park. Thank you to BNSF for being a great partner in helping us develop and market the Park!
- Great Falls Development Authority Quarterly Investor Letter
While our primary focus is always on making things happen to produce results, this quarter and next are critical times to insure we can continue our efforts long into the future.
Early Edge Montana
- 2017 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation - Arrive Early and Explore the Queen City of the Rockies - March 12-14
Our friends at the Helena Tourism Alliance and CVB have prepared several activities to introduce you to new attractions (or reintroduce you to old attractions from a new perspective) before the Sunday-night opening of the 2017 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Great Falls Superintendent Lacey: OPI chief's answer on preschool 'disheartening'
But at this opportunity time, is that it? But again, I'm going to reiterate, if the Legislature does so happen, because it would take that opportunity to occur, if that happens, then I would do that within my power and with your energy in this room, to put that forward for our neediest and our youngest. I will not impede that." Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen
Energy and Climate Change
- Why Smart Machines Will Boost Emotional Intelligence
In the "Smart Age" now evolving, ego has no place. Instead, the focus will need to be on the quality of ideas, accuracy, emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Evangelizing alternative power with Solar Guy
The opportunity is here, Van Wert says. "Are we going to let it pass by? I don't think so."
Come Home Montana
- MMEC announces 100 percent first time pass rate on rigorous Lean manufacturing certification exam
Lean manufacturing is a business model that emphasizes the elimination of non-value-added activities across the organization.
- Lean Enterprise 10 Week Certification Program, 3/1-5/3, Bozeman, Montana
Cultivate Lean Experts Within Your Organization!
- MMEC Manufacturing Sector Growth Workshop, 2/15, Bozeman, Montana
What would it look like if the Gallatin Valley were a regional center of manufacturing excellence?
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Digital Marketing Coordinator, Account Manager- Benefits, Personal Lines Sales Executive and more in MT, WA, ID and OR - PayneWest Insurance
Recognized as one of 2015's Best Places to Work in Business Insurance.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Interns and Full Time - Northwestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers. In order to attract the best employees, we offer an attractive salary based on qualifications, a performance-based incentive program, and competitive benefits. We encourage employees to find opportunities to use their leadership skills to contribute to and strengthen the organization.
Montana Economic Development
- "Startup Nation" - Five Questions with Israeli Consul General Dr. Andy David
Find out what it takes to get your business off the ground.
- With Israeli consul general on hand, UM launches new business umbrella
The Montana Code School, the Montana Small Business Development Center and the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, among others, now fall under the umbrella of Accelerate Montana.
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Tools of Titans contains the distilled tools, tactics, and inside baseball you won't find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new 'guests' you haven't met.
- How to become a freelancer in 10 essential steps
If you're ready to put in the work, becoming a freelancer could be the most lucrative New Year's resolution you make -- whether you're trying to score more cash in Q1 or set the foundation of a new business venture.
- Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?
The real link between personality and well-being
- 5 ways to handle an unexpected career change
Change is part of your career and learning how to work with it helps make you a more productive contributor as well as an effective job seeker.
- Get It Done: In This Town of 1,000, One Successful Project Led to the Next
Keota, Iowa, once rated the country's "most extroverted town," has recently made some big improvements with a few grants, a little luck, and a volunteer bulldozer. We interviewed Keota native, local business operator, and volunteer extraordinaire Melinda Eakins, about going above and beyond to get it done and keep her town of 1,000 something special.
- Voice of America says it won't become Trump TV
What really bears watching is how Trump fills the chief executive's office and how his pick manages Voice of America.
- Opinion: Hoping for the best from new Interior secretary
"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage for your children and your children's children."
Incubators and R&D
- Loss of Middle Eastern students leaves Idaho State University $12 million short Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/article128549094.html#storylink=cpy
At one point, ISU had 1,200 Saudi and Kuwaiti students, almost 10 percent of its enrollment, up from just 16 such students in 2006.
- Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Foundation Purchase Meta - a search engine that researches research. Woah.
The main reason they went the LLC route was that it allows them to acquire for-profit companies like Meta, make their technology accessible to everyone, and put the money it earns back towards its cause. So it looks like it's gonna start paying off (literally).
- OHSU's HIV vaccine technology acquired by Bay Area biotech
OHSU will become a shareholder in Vir. The university will also get royalties and other payments for products based on OHSU's technology.
Utah Economic Development
- Doctors Dig for More Data About Patients
The race is on to develop better ways to predict if patients will develop diabetes, heart disease or other critical conditions.
- Verizon is reportedly in talks to merge with Charter, America's second-biggest cable company
A deal between the two could create a massive company controlling access to home broadband, cable TV, and mobile voice and data services, accelerating what some analysts describe as a "mad scramble" of consolidation in the communications industry.
American Prairie Reserve
- $200K grant to help small Utah businesses expand globally
JPMorgan Chase & Co., World Trade Center Utah and Salt Lake County announced Wednesday the launch of the Utah Export Acceleration Grant at the Winter Innovation Summit
Montana Education Excellence
- Noted Historian David McCullough Wins Ken Burns American Heritage Prize 2017 - Celebrates American Prairie Reserve
The Prize also serves to inspire public support for American Prairie Reserve, the modern-day embodiment of America's optimistic, boundless and daring approach to accomplishing the unprecedented. Today, American Prairie Reserve is creating the largest park in the continental United States on the Great Plains of northeastern Montana.
Funding and Building your Business
- Please Vote Today - Missoula students need helping taking their homework app nationwide in the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge
If Stevens and his fellow classmates win "Best in the Nation" or "Fan Favorite", they get funds to develop the app, training from MIT to develop it and $15,000 for their program.
- Montana State University named No. 1 in the nation on list of best colleges for outdoor sports and recreation
Montana State University has been ranked No. 1 on a list of the 30 best colleges in the nation for outdoor sports and recreation. MSU was the only institution in Montana to make the list.
- MSU picked as site for State Department summer program for international high school students
While at MSU, the students, aged 15-17, will take intensive courses in the English language, college preparatory and leadership courses and will participate in cross-cultural activities and tours of the area, including Yellowstone National Park and other attractions.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Companies, Encourage Your Millennial Employees To Take Bleisure Trips
According to a recent study by Expedia Media Solutions, 43% of Americans taking business trips are turning them into bleisure trips.
- For Email Marketing That Sticks, Story Matters
It's time to restore email to its former glory by crafting emotional stories that drive readers to take action.
- Venture Capitalist Ross Baird Invests in Rural Businesses
The talent is there, but the capital isn't.
- Every New Business Needs A Unique Selling Proposition
I'm looking for the "hook" right up front, or I lose interest quickly, just like every customer and investor these days.
- Hundreds of New Mexican Startups Have One Thing In Common
The Small Business Innovation Research program has helped startups such as VisionQuest navigate the early-stage hurdles needed to get their products to market.
- Why the RFP Is the Enemy of Innovation
Traditional public procurement processes don't work in an era of startups and rapid technological change.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Back Country Horsemen To Hold Membership Roundup - Horse Ownership Not Required, 2/25, Lolo, MT
Anyone who loves the backcountry or is interested in trail maintenance is welcome.
- Bioprinting shows us some more skin
If a new bioprinter developed in Spain lives up to the hype, skin grafts taken from a person's own body may become a thing of the past.
- This skin cancer-spotting algorithm rivals dermatologists
The option of receiving a skin-cancer diagnosis by smartphone could save lives, say researchers.
- Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant
How to build organs from scratch
- A Tres Dinky Self-Driving Shuttle Nudges Paris Into the Future
Travelers crossing the River Seine between the Gare d'Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon train stations, can now make the trip for free aboard aboard one of two electric, driverless shuttles.
- In the Future, We Might Live in Roaming Autonomous Cars
A futuristic concept called Autonomics envisions a nomadic life where phones become permanent addresses and self-driving cars hitch onto moving platforms.
- Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University selected as "Innovation Center" by U.S. Department of Transportation
"Most of the centers were selected to focus on urban mega-regions," said WTI Director Steve Albert. "We're very excited that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also recognized that rural areas face their own unique mobility challenges. We need to ensure that people and goods can continue to move through the vast rural regions of the country."
- 10 U.S. cities getting public transportation right
And now, in an era of Trump, when federal transportation funding might be drastically cut, they also may need to be even more creative, and independent, in funding and figuring out how to make getting there less painful.
- Montana State University Will Hold Robotics Competitions For Montana Youth On Jan. 27-28, Bozeman
- Our Current State - Navigating Identity In Montana - A Community Conversation, 2/2, Missoula
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