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"Montana isn't quite like other places." Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press"
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Montana Politics & Legislature
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Montana governor calls for May 25 election to replace Zinke - Are you registered to vote?
Montana Election Center Everything you need to vote
- Rob Quist wins Montana Democratic nomination for House of Representatives Special Election
Rob Quist, a political novice and well-known musician, made his case to earn the Democratic nomination in the race for Montana's only congressional seat.
- Montana Board of Regents explain how the $23.3 million budget cut could cost students
To cut or not to cut, it comes down to access versus affordability.
- Bozeman School District looks for $125 million bond
"One of the things we are hearing is pressure on property taxes and we're hearing that loud and clear." said Deputy Superintendent Steve Johnson.
- Montana Republicans select Greg Gianforte for House race
"Montana has a choice. We can either put someone in our lone house seat to advance the Trump train or we can pick someone who will fight against Donald Trump."
- Guest opinion: What do Montana's mail-ballot opponents really fear?
There's no reason not to offer every registered voter in the state the convenience of casting their ballot by mail, especially when it also saves taxpayers money. That's unless people using the power of their vote is really what the heel draggers fear.
- SBIR National Conference, 5/15-17, Washington, D.C.
As a Supporting Partner, MTIP is pleased to offer a 10% off discounted rate to attend the SBIR/STTR Conference May 15-17.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Your 5-Day Plan to Crush a Referrals Program
Are you ready to get on board with a five-day plan to crush your referrals program? Here's a day-by-day plan that brings you from zero to referrals hero.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Start Machining Courses This Summer at Flathead Valley Community College
FVCC offers Industrial Machine Technology courses as online hybrid courses (both an online and hands-on lab component). Fit courses into your schedule, attend online sections anytime.
Energy and Climate Change
- 9 Incredible Places in Montana You've Probably Never Heard Of
Montana is often lauded as a wild, remote state that's mostly empty, but it's still possible to end up in a crowd or a traffic jam. If you want some real Walden-style solitude, go in the shoulder season or skip the tourist attractions.
Come Home Montana
- Inventor of lithium-ion battery introduces safer, faster-charging alternative
The experimental battery is also three times more energy dense, according to the researchers.
- Video: 90% Discount Available for Solar Installations for Small Business and Rural Agriculture Organizations
Offer expires March 31st.
- California Investing In 'Transformative Climate Communities'
The projects need to be community-led and reflect the environmental and economic needs of the neighborhood.
- World's First 'Tesla Town' Coming to Australia
The developers have already put the first 60 homes on the market. The eco-friendly abodes will have rooftop solar, Tesla's battery storage system, electric car recharging points and energy efficient lighting as standard design features.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Public Relations and Events Director - Prospera Business Network
The Public Relations and Events Director plays a leadership role to: raise awareness of Prospera's programs and services ; communicate Prospera's impact in order to grow support; and deliver exceptional events for Prospera's vibrant network of business leaders .
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Representative - C2r Product Development
C2rPDG has been developing products with our clients for more than 12 years within the consumer, medical, and industrial industries to improve their product development processes.
- Peak Performance: "Lead Like a Guide: How World-Class Mountain Guides Inspire Us to Be Better Leaders"
"Social intelligence is just that extra step of, 'I want to form a relationship that really works, and I'm going to manage that relationship.'"
Montana Economic Development
- VOTE MONTANA TODAY - We think Montana should be considered as a destination for the Outdoor Retailers Show. Do you agree?
Consider the words of John Steinbeck who once wrote, "I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love."
- Forest Operations Engineering LLC launches new website!
Visit us online for insightful, helpful information and examples of using forestry machines for wildfire, fuels reduction and timber operations.
- Advanced Technology Group sees continued growth in Missoula
It may also be in the early stages of looking to build a new office.
- Outfitting and dude ranch big business in Montana
Overall Montana, a state of 1 million residents, experienced 12.3 million travelers from out of state in 2016, according to ITRR surveys. Those visitors spent an estimated $3.5 billion in the state last year and directly supported some 38,300 jobs, up to 52,630 jobs counting a ripple effect.
- Bear Paw Development makes a mark in Montana
"Our impact on northern Montana is long lasting. We have been around for nearly 50 years and every single year that we have been in existence, we move the dial a little bit more," Bear Paw Development Executive Director Paul Tuss said.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Programmers are confessing their coding sins to protest a broken job interview process
"Hello, my name is David," he wrote on Twitter. "I look code up on the internet all the time."
- The 43 best websites for learning something new
We've saved you all those hours of painful Google searching with this list of great knowledge sources, inspiring blogs, tools, communities and course platforms that will help you discover fresh ideas or master new skills.
- Best of TED Talks - Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries
What those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.
- Why Mark Cuban Believes Liberal Arts Is The Future Of Jobs
Cuban believes that the amount of change we'll see for jobs in the next five or 10 years will dwarf what we've observed in the past 30 years, and that as artificial intelligence and machine learning takes center stage, there will be a greater need for expertise in subjects such as English, philosophy and foreign languages.
- Forget Welding. The Hottest New Vocational Schools Do Digital Design
For two years students arrive in the morning, depart in the evening, and tackle projects that stretch out for three to five months.
- You Spend 5 Percent of Your Day Outside. Try Making It More
In short, being outside makes us more relaxed, more creative, and more socially connected.
- How Chattanooga aims to cut poverty with superfast internet Breaking barriers
"The reason that we worry about [start-ups] moving is that they won't have the number of people that they need to service their businesses.... We want to be a city that solves those issues."
- Where is 'rural America,' and what does it look like?
"Rural America" is a deceptively simple term for a remarkably diverse collection of places.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Senator Jon Tester Fights to Hold Vizio Accountable, Strengthen Montanans' Right to Privacy
As Technology Advances, Senator Pushes Federal Trade Commission to Protect Civil Liberties
- What You Should Know About Dodd-Frank and What Happens If It's Rolled Back
"For a manager running a nonfinancial business, the proposed reforms to Dodd-Frank are probably a bad trade-off."
- Patagonia and Google look to defend public lands with stunning VR film series
The site ultimately urges viewers to contact Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and tell him to "keep our public lands in public hands and defend Bears Ears National Monument."
- As the Bakken heats up again, Williston, North Dakota prepares for more growth
Even as the bottom fell out of the Bakken boom, Shawn Wenko saw good news in the economic statistics for Williston, America's fastest growing small city during the oil days.
- Cool cities are hot cities when it comes to company and job creation.
This town has come to symbolize what can happen when a city builds on its indigenous strengths to attract and retain the talent needed to compete in a modern economy.
Utah Economic Development
- Why Silicon Valley techies flee to Utah
The Guardian recently reported that some tech workers can't survive on six-figure salaries because of the "Silicon Valley wealth bubble."
- $2.5 million up for grabs for Utah tech companies
Utah tech startups and early-stage technology businesses have until March 29 to join the competition for a slice of $2.5 million in grant money from the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative.
- E-waste recycling effort helps people with disabilities hone job skills
...founded in 1968 by a group of parents seeking to create a better education experiences for their children, the organization helps people with disabilities obtain training, employment and achieve independence.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Total solar eclipse to boost Wyoming tourism on August 21
Late this coming summer, the stars will align for an event that is likely to result in one of the busiest tourist days in Wyoming history. Well, at least one star will align.
- Business incubator launches second annual Casper Start-Up Challenge
"To be perfectly honest I think we would still be daydreaming" if they hadn't participated in the challenge, Erickson said. "It would not be a reality at all."
- Uber opens service in Wyoming on Friday
Wyoming was one of the few states in the country without the ridesharing service.
- This app wants to help you learn something new every day
If your goal is to learn one new thing a day, this app will probably put you at least four or five things ahead thanks to a daily digest of curated and interesting facts on everything from ancient Egypt to the far reaches of space.
Montana Education Excellence
- Language learners can import and learn using content from the internet
Now LingQ helps its users learn languages through real content.
Funding and Building your Business
- 'It's gone flawlessy': Officials tout educational benefits of Montana school breakfast program
"Schools in Montana are committed to their students' success and recognize that serving breakfast gives kids the energy they need to focus in the classroom," said First Lady Bullock.
- The Montanan Magazine of the University of Montana - The Teaching Issue Winter 2017
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Connectivity & Communications
- WHY Your Business Exists Really Does Matter
"What would your community look like without your business? What does your business contribute to your community, industry, clientele that no one else does? How do you create or add value for your customers and your employees?"
- This Man Makes Founders Cry
Among tech's founders and CEOs, Colonna's name carries a certain weight.
- 8 Reasons To Initiate A Startup In A Sluggish Economy
In reality, what matters more is who you are, not when you do it.
- What Not To Say In a Business Plan
If the plan says: "We only need a 5 percent market share to make our conservative projections." I read: "We were too lazy to figure out exactly how our business will ramp up." Know what it will cost to acquire customers. Gaining 5 percent market share is not an easy task in a large market.
- Amazon and Pinterest Threaten to Shake Up the Search Ad Market
Google continues to dominate search advertising, but ad buyers say they welcome the competition
- McDonald's plan for mobile pay: Avoid Starbucks' mistakes
In order to allow customers to seamlessly order and pay with a few clicks on an app, McDonald's is making adjustments in its kitchens, dining rooms and parking lots.
- The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It's Walking Away
Without the FCC, the internet ecosystem today would be different, and in most ways worse: less vibrant, less advanced, less competitive, less open and less reflective of American leadership and values. Along the way, this tiny agency -- a tenth the size of the EPA -- became a highly visible and important player in critical public policy debates.
- The Road to 5G Starts With Home Broadband
Since 5G smartphones are not expected to be commercially available before 2019, fixed broadband is likely to be the first service rolled out, followed by vehicle communications, especially car-to-infrastructure (V2X), which is critical for the development of autonomous vehicles.
- The Missoulian and Ravalli Republic pull the plug on online comments
We have concluded that allowing comments on every story on our sites rarely adds consistent value to the public debate and, too often, hurts innocent subjects of the stories, makes the jobs of our reporters harder and harms the reputation of the Missoulian and the Ravalli Republic.
- Kick-Starting Data-Driven Government
There are some key questions a city should ask itself before moving forward.
- Rhode Island 'Innovation League' Mimics Google's '20 Percent' Initiative
Just this week, state officials set in motion a plan that takes mid-level managers out of their offices and pairs them with their counterparts throughout 10 other typically siloed state agencies. The effort is called the Government Innovation League.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Stephen Hawking warns us technology will kill us all and it's all our fault
"We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason. We need to be quicker to identify such threats and act before they get out of control."
- Cyber attacks penetrate vulnerable systems
"The hackers are just smart IT people that know how lazy you are."
- The Golden Age of Email Hacks Is Only Getting Started
"Take any of the free email platforms out there. They all have a web interface. For the most part, they don't require any sort of authentication beyond user name and password,"
- Tech innovators see end of silicon era, rise of electric vehicles
"Those very simple things we're experiencing in our homes are coming into business. They're creating new opportunities to differentiate, particularly in traditional businesses." Chris Warden, vice president of technology at the Washington Corp
- Can you make out in an Uber? Many teens say there's no reason to get driver's license
"It's more time and effort than I want to put into something that won't benefit me a lot right now," Stock said.
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