|MATR Newsletter - Tue Apr 4, 2017
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"I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back." Erica Jong
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Nearly $2 Million Approved for Development Projects in Montana's Coal Communities
Funding will help fix roads, purchase emergency equipment, and fund local hospitals
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Economic Developers Association - April Online News - and Reminders
Register for the MEDA Conference! Obtain lodging by April 10th; early bird rates end April 21st.
- Montana Legislators decided to raise local school taxes. They just didn't talk about it.
A legislative committee restored millions of dollars in funding for Montana schools on Tuesday, but only did so by draining a different pool of school payments -- potentially triggering a significant non-voted tax raise for school districts across the state that legislators didn't discuss.
- Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure
The measure is in response to Congress voting to block rules that would have put restrictions on what companies like Charter can do with their customers' information, such as their internet browsing history.
Big Sky Code Academy
- PFL Testimonials - How Invoca Drives Response Rates with TMA
Their most successful campaign of the year so far delivered 33xROI, 35 new opportunities and more than 50 meetings completed (166% of goal).
Flathead Valley Community College
- Triangle Communications is offering a SPECIAL scholarship package for learning to code with the Big Sky Code Academy to folks in the Havre, Montana area! Learn online if you're not in Havre
MASSIVE Scholarship reduces tuition from $7,500 To Only: $500 Plus get 50% off a New Mac Laptop
Great Falls Development Authority
- FVCC Celebrates 50 Years at 'Founders' Day' Event
- FVCC Hosts Salary Negotiation Workshop, 4/18, Kalispell, Montana
Flathead Valley Community College will host a workshop on April 18 designed to teach people how to professionally negotiate a fair salary. Free and open to the public, "Start Smart" is relevant to women and men of all ages.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- GFDA Top 15 for 4/3/17
Here's the GFDA Top 15 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
Early Edge Montana
- Montana Destination Brand Research Study - Montana is a place set apart, both physically and culturally, that attracts those with freedom and adventure in their hearts.
Montana's unique scenic beauty and unspoiled natural assets make it an unequaled place to independently engage with the natural world while still enjoying the comforts of the modern one. It is where the traveler enjoys experiences that are entirely new, as well as novel ways of enjoying the familiar.
- Presentations from the 2017 Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation
Bots Don't Visit Montana; Humans Do
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Are online preschools signaling the future of education?
Do online preschools offer the same learning benefits to children and cost savings to family budgets that online ed claims to offer for older learners?
Come Home Montana
- Voices of Montana Tourism Congratulates the 2017 Montana Tourism Awards Winners and Nominees
"Tourism is a crucial part of Montana's economy and supports thousands of Main Street businesses in the state," said Governor Bullock. "I'm happy to recognize these businesses that show some of the amazing things that our state has to offer to visitors and residents alike."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Developer, IT System Support Analyst and more... - Consumer Direct
Consumer Direct is a recognized leader in self-direction and one of the few human service agencies in the country that provides all of the self-directed service options available to persons interested in directing their own care.
- They need your help - Helmville, Montana (est. pop. 250) scrambles to save iconic rodeo grandstand - "one of Montana's and the American West's most treasured traditional historic rodeos."
One local remembers a young Max Baucus, running for Congress, riding his first saddle bronc at Helmville.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Student Success and Retention - Miles Community College
This position is responsible for establishing and directing academic support services to enhance student retention and success, which includes tutoring, transfer education, career planning, advising, pathway development, at-risk programs, and transition to college programs for HiSET/adult education and underprepared student populations.
- Why Mentors Are Needed To Spark Future Entrepreneurs
Business is not rocket science, and one-on-one guidance face-to-face, with a real project, trumps the classroom and mistakes every time.
- Leadership Montana class schooled on Miles City development
Leadership Montana is a collaboration of leaders from different fields in Montana, including business, labor, health care, higher education, nonprofit organizations and government.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Consumer Direct Care Network to move 235 workers into massive new Missoula headquarters
The term "employee-friendly building" is something that Bruce Kramer, the vice chairman of Consumer Direct Care Network, likes to use to describe the company's shiny new 72,000-square-foot headquarters in Missoula.
- Sign of the times at Livingston's legendary Murray Bar: No more dogs
There's no question, Livingston is a dog town. But starting last week one more place joined the list of spots where pups aren't welcome, and some locals lament the change as another indicator their Montana way of life is dying.
- Montana milling company mired in lawsuit with Dave's Killer Bread
Montana Milling Inc. claims the bakery was at fault for breaching the multi-year contract and costing the processor and various Montana wheat growers millions of dollars.
- Submittable Monthly Roundup: News & Releases from March 2017
Onward and upward, forward heave ho. From the flash that was February to the spaciousness of blustery March, Submittable forged ahead with eyes on the prize. And now, to share the spoils:
- Speaker Submissions Sought for TEDxWhitefish 2017! YAY!
Due to overwhelming interest from highly qualified individuals, we've decided to use an application process for the event.
Come Home Wyoming
- Today's TED Talk - Know your worth, and then ask for it
Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth -- instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth.
- Wyoming tourism office seeks adventurer to explore state on camera
The person chosen will travel the state in a 200-square-foot tiny house for six weeks participating in activities such as driving the Beartooth Highway, soaking in hot springs, attending a powwow in Wind River Country, stargazing in Fremont County and hiking in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
City Club Missoula
- Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West addresses issues plaguing the rural west
If left unchecked, these forces could decimate a part of the country home to millions of Americans and forever change the country's landscape.
- Millennials may move less because fewer of them own homes
People tend to move longer distances, across counties and states, in search of better jobs.
- MEA-MFT announces proposal for merger with MT Public Employees Association
If the merger were to happen the new organization would represent over 25,000 state, local and county government employees including teachers, health care workers, law enforcement and early education professionals.
- 'Last-ditch' effort: Butte Silver Bow County could spend more trying to sell old NorthWestern Emergy building
Concerns three years ago that county taxpayers would get stuck with an old NorthWestern Energy office building in Uptown Butte that wouldn't sell have indeed been playing out.
- A Small Idaho Town Bucks the Perception of Rural Struggle
The surge only underscores the deeply uneven world of what economists call non-metro America, where the recession never ended in some places and is barely remembered in others.
- Boise Valley partnership will provide tiny houses for charity -- and train students to build them
It will be raffled off May 4 at Metro Meals on Wheels' annual Culinary Walkabout at Boise Centre as a fundraiser for Metro Community Services.
- Confidence in Bay Area's economy slipping, new poll finds
In the Bay Area, 76 percent of 1,000 residents surveyed by the council believe "the housing shortage threatens our regional economy."
- Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic, And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax
There’s a massive numbers of vacant homes across the globe, but only Paris has decided to take aggressive action to tackle it.
Regional Economic Development
- Amazon tries to bag a big chunk of grocery market with Seattle pickup locations
Groceries -- a $600 billion U.S. market -- are a critical nut for Amazon to crack if it's to unseat Wal-Mart as the world's largest retailer.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- In Search of Rural Jobs, States Weigh Strategy With Checkered Past
States that have evaluated the multilayered subsidized lending programs -- originally CAPCO (certified capital companies) programs and later New Markets Tax Credit programs -- have found that they failed to deliver promised jobs and tax revenue.
- Ready to Give the Presentation of Your Life? "ED TALKS" Nominations Are Now Open
We're looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives for the economic development profession. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each.
- University of Montana on track to hit another research record
The University of Montana is on pace to hit $90 million in research for the 2017 fiscal year, another high mark for the flagship.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why You Should Put Your Supercomputer in Wyoming
Wyoming hopes more data-driven organizations are on the way--and in Yellowstone and Cheyenne's room, there's space to grow.
Universities and Economic Development
- Pedal Desks, Sit-and-Stand Spins Help Kids Focus in Miles City, Montana School
According to a Miles City teacher, the movement allowed by the seating also helps with juvenile obesity
- Five finalists seek MSU's second most powerful job
"Higher education has the power to change lives," Mokwa said. MSU can be "the gold standard," he said, for land-grant universities where the mission is to improve people's lives.
- University of Montana president asks campus community to tell positive stories
"We have to be proud of that and echo it over and over," Stearns said.
- UM's budget to decrease by $3 million for upcoming year
This coming year's budget is being built with the continued assumption that UM's enrollment will drop to about 11,000 students by the fall of 2018.
Funding and Building your Business
- Making the Town-Gown Marriage Work
A harmonious relationship benefits both sides. Community leaders need to take a more active role in pursuing and nurturing that.
Connectivity & Communications
- Need investors? Prepare to exercise patience and kiss a lot of frogs
Going after the wrong funding source doesn't only leave a bad impression with an investor, it wastes valuable time and resources.
- Why Entrepreneurs Everywhere Should Stop Crafting Elevator Pitches
Here's how to stop people from rolling their eyes when they hear about your company.
- Why More Tech Companies Are Hiring People Without Degrees
Silicon Valley is starting to realize that the huge talent pool of nontraditional candidates may be the answer to its pipeline problem.
- What's the best way to back up your phone?
Before we get into the differences between five of the more popular cloud services, a word on what we're talking about here.
- Don't get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here's how.
With the proliferation of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, doctored photos and lies that look like news, it's inevitable: We're all chumps sometimes.
- The Nonprofit Industry Has A Big Wage Gap Problem
Not to mention the fact that in an industry that is 70% female, fewer than 45% of CEO positions are occupied by women.
- The Bellamy Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Asleep At The Wheel and more ... to play at Red Ants Pants Festival
This is the seventh year of the music festival, which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women's leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities.
- Elon Musk drew a picture of a farting unicorn to show off a new hidden feature in Teslas
Have you ever seen a picture of a farting unicorn? Have you ever seen a picture of a farting unicorn, drawn by Elon Musk? Behold:
- Vehicular uncertainty: Can car-sharing help solve Bozeman's parking conundrum?
As Bozeman urbanizes, leaving its cow-town roots behind to become a bustling hub of higher education, tourism and tech companies, it's cars that make for some of the city's trickiest planning conundrums.
- UM's Master's Of Science In Business Analytics' Capstone Showcase - 4/26, Missoua, Montana
- Upcoming Webinar - The Place Value Economy: Growing Local Business Through Economic Gardening - 4/19
- MTIP Spring Lunch & Learn Tour - SBIR/STTR - 4/19 - Missoula
- 1 Million Cups - Presentations By Bonsai And Cheyenne Rivers Design, 4/5 - Missoula
- MSU Honors College Hosts Informational Meeting In Missoula, 4/11
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