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"Guard, protect and cherish your land, for there is no afterlife for a place that started out as Heaven." - C.M. Russell (Thanks to Monte Dolack for the quote)
Big Sky Economic Development
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Big Sky Economic Development Take Three
TAKE3 is Big Sky Economic Development's electronic newsletter designed specifically for our Member Investors, Board and Staff.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Steve Bullock to Outdoor Industry Association: "Choose Montana"
"The outdoor industry and outdoor manufacturers are thriving in Montana. I would welcome the chance to explore this or other opportunities with the Outdoor Industry Association and its partners."
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Governor Bullock names Pam Haxby-Cote to run Commerce Department
Governor praises Pam Haxby-Cote's commitment to growing Montana's economy, building communities, marketing Montana and creating jobs for hard-working Montanans
- HB 501: If your company boycotts Israel, Montana will boycott you
"But what we're doing here is making a policy statement, that as the state of Montana - fine, you want to boycott the nation of Israel? That's fine, you can do that. We choose as a matter of policy in the state of Montana is not going to do business with you," Rep. Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson
- MSNBC Rachel Maddow - Montana GOP chair warns too much voter turnout favors Democrats
Rachel Maddow reports on a special election in Montana to happen in the likely event that Rep. Ryan Zinke becomes Donald Trump's Interior Secretary
- State, and legislators, search for solutions to Montana's looming labor shortage
For Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, the growing need for skilled laborers quickly morphed into an opportunity to address another issue during his first session in the Montana Legislature.
- Montana Senator Jon Tester Announces Legislation to Expand Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
Legislation would add 79,000 acres to Bob Marshall, expand mountain biking, snowmobiling access
- Montana Rep. Kathy Kelker, D-Billings introduces preschool bill - Early Edge
Bullock and other Democrats have long called for preschool. He asked in the last legislative session for $37 million in preschool funding; Republicans shot it down.
- Both agencies resist moving Montana State Parks to Department of Commerce
Opposition came from both affected state agencies contending that the move would come with unintended consequences and expenses.
- Rallying for renewables: Measure aims to expand solar opportunities
"What this bill is about, as I'm sure all of you know, is changing the status quo," he said. "Because right now we've heard from government and the utility company that everything just has to stay the way it is."
Spika Design and Manufacturing
- On-Demand Webinar - Improve the customer experience with integrated direct mail
Communicating with customers at the right time and via the right method is key to providing world class customer experience for Vivint Smart Home. Learn how Vivint accomplishes this by bringing marketing and service together with Salesforce, Marketing Cloud and PFL.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Spika Design & Manufacturing. - 3 Features That Will Save You Money With Your Cantilevered Work Platform
Work platforms for every situation.
Energy and Climate Change
- Here's the GFDA Top 12 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Brett Doney at 1-406-750-2119 or [email protected]
- Growing Montana jobs from Golden Triangle's bountiful harvests
The Great Falls Development Authority is helping existing agricultural processing plants expand and recruiting other companies to take advantage of the seven-county Golden Triangle Area's harvests.
Come Home Montana
- Lancaster, Calif. Requires Newly Built Houses to Fully Power Themselves with Solar
Policies like the ones Lancaster created shift implementation tasks to home developers
- New silicon nanoparticles could finally make solar windows commercially viable
Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics
- Non Profit Energy Provider Silicon Valley Clean Energy to Compete With PG&E in Silicon Valley
The objective of the program, started by a nonprofit called Silicon Valley Clean Energy, is to offer cleaner electricity to residents, businesses and municipal facilities at a cheaper rate than PG&E.
- Livingston, Montana couple builds solar home, featured on DIY Network TV show
It gave me renewed faith in humanity. People want to help each other and want to come together as a community to work through a challenge.”
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Marketing Manager, Enterprise Account Executive, Customer Success Associate, Business Development Representative, Software Developer and more... - PFL
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Study Shows Immigrants Are Twice as Likely to Become Entrepreneurs
40% of the Fortune 500 was founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.
- Dreams into reality: Entrepreneur, space traveler encourages female students at MSU event
The first self-funded woman to visit the International Space Station and the first Muslim woman to travel to space, Anousheh Ansari was the keynote speaker for the 14th annual Women in Engineering Dinner, put on by MSU's College of Engineering, which this year featured 674 enrolled female students, 17 percent of the school's total enrollment.
Montana Economic Development
- Voices of MontanaTourism - February 2017 - Monthly News & Views
Voices of Montana Tourism is proud to support the upcoming conference that is the premier networking and educational opportunity for the state of Montana's tourism industry.
- Montana World Trade Center - Israel Trade Mission - May 20-26
- Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Training and Events
Solving Problems for Montana Manufacturers
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- How Billings, Montana business owners feel about the proposed One Big Sky Center
Plans for the One Big Sky Center include office space, an upscale hotel, a senior living component and a convention center.
- "Gender Equality And You: A Conference To Create, Foster And Catalyze", 3/25, Bozeman, Montana
Organizers said the conference goal is for attendees to leave with the tools to build strong, inclusive communities that are sensitive to the needs of all gender and sexual identities.
- Career Coach: Smart hobbies can boost career success
Consider picking up a hobby that will provide added benefits to your work and personal life. There are so many of these hobbies to choose from; let's take a look at a handful of them:
- Powerful Presentations: Mastering Q&A - What Not to Do
Luckily, Demo coach Nathan Gold has a short video with tips on how to avoid common mistakes with Q&A.
- Gig Economy Platforms Are Creating A New Class of Entrepreneurs
Not only do today's jobs require a different set of skills, today's jobs require us to re-think what a "job" really is.
- State analysts say Montana revenue estimate $92 million more than expected
But as was the case with a similar $93.7 million estimate in January, neither Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's budget director nor the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee is ready to count this money in their estimates yet.
- Fearing loss of workforce, Farm Bureau, dairymen promote study of immigrants' impact
The Idaho Dairymen's Association estimates those workers make up more than 85 percent of the state's 8,300 dairy employees.
- How one Boise man chases his tech-startup dream at Trailhead
Treasure Valley techies and others with entrepreneurial genes now have a place to work on their startup ideas in the company of like-minded dreamers: Trailhead, the "coworking" space that opened in February 2015
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- What Other Countries Can Learn From Iceland's Tourism Boom
Less than ten years after its worst economic crash ever, Iceland's tourism is now booming. So just how did it turn around?
Montana Education Excellence
- What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location.
Funding and Building your Business
- UM to Hold 'Feminist Fight Club' Starting 3/2 and every Thursday thereafter
Inspired by the book "Feminist Fight Club" by Jessica Bennett, the event is focused on bringing women together to share their experiences and identities, support one another and promote self-love and confidence.
Connectivity & Communications
- "How To State A Small Food Business In Missoula", - 3/7 - 4/11
Learn the ins and outs of starting your own specialty food business. Featuring professionals in financing, fabrication, labeling, distribution, marketing, equipment, local suppliers, and the Missoula County Health Dept.
- The 30-Minute Exercise That Reveals How Your Company Is Really Doing
When you're starting a business, you can get a better feel for numbers by writing them down.
- 5 Productivity Tools for Self-Employed Internet Entrepreneurs
Technology can offer you many helping hands.
- Top CEOs Reveal Their Secrets for Finding New Customers
Inc. 5000 honorees tell us how they would tackle a common business challenge.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Google's wireless gigabit broadband is coming to Denver - no trench digging required
Google Fiber's Webpass will bring top-speed connections to office, apartment buildings, no trench digging required
- Broadband Internet Can Help Rural Communities Connect -- If They Use It
cademic studies have found that broadband access led to more new businesses in rural areas, and that high levels of broadband adoption were associated with increased median household incomes and lower unemployment levels for rural residents.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Ivan Doig named 'Outstanding Montanan'
The Montana Legislature established the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans in 1979 to honor citizens who have made significant contributions to their selected fields while epitomizing the unique spirit and character that defines Montana, according to the historical society.
- Could hearing loss be treated with a shot to the ear?
There may now be hope for restoring that lost hearing, however, as scientists have reported a new method of regrowing hair cells in substantial numbers.
- Tesla will start making mass-market Model 3, only $35,000 before incentives, in July
On a conference call, CEO Elon Musk offered reassurances to analysts about the possibility that the Trump administration might eliminate incentives or subsidies on electric cars. Tesla might actually benefit more from their demise more than traditional automakers.
- Montana Fishing Film Fest, 3/5, Missoula, Montana
- Big Sky Information Security Conference, 4/19, Missoula
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