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"One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp." Jeff Bridges
Fight Childhood Hunger Week April 17 - 23, 2017 http://www.fightchildh ... .com/
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Bullock kicks off Fight Childhood Hunger week in Missoula
Fight Childhood Hunger Week aims to ensure every Montana child has a healthy breakfast each morning.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Video: Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation
In this 60-minute webinar, you'll hear how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs and an eye towards attracting and retaining the younger generation.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Lunch & Learn - Key Concepts For Innovators, 4/20, Hamilton
MTIP counselor Christie Bell leads this one-hour presentation on Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- FVCC Invites Community To Experience Life As A College Student, 4/21, Kalispell
Flathead Valley Community College invites high school students and anyone who is considering a career change the opportunity to experience life as a college student on April 21.
Energy and Climate Change
- Come for the Party in the "Liveliest Ghost Town in the West!"! - Big fun this summer celebrating Philipsburg, Montana's 150th Birthday
A short celebration of the wonderful restored architecture that you can enjoy in Philipsburg.
- Visit the Montana Capitol
The State of Montana welcomes visitors to the Capitol in Helena and recognizes the educational value of such visits. Visitors may tour the "People's House" on their own or may take advantage of official tours and presentations.
- Discover Wild Montana this summer
The freshly minted "Discover Wild Montana" book continues to highlight the anticipated schedule of free, guided hikes throughout the state, but now also includes trail stewardship projects and recommended hikes from the organization's online trail guide.
Come Home Montana
- 8 Million Californians Have Been Drinking Polluted Water For Years
If you want to know how difficult it is to get a water contaminant regulated in the U.S., take a look at the Golden State.
- Before-And-After Photos Show How Horrifyingly Fast Glacier National Park and The World's Glaciers Are Melting
In 1850, there were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park. Now there are 25. Within 15 years, scientists project, all the glaciers may have melted away.
- Scientists say we have 10 years to save Earth
Time is running out to protect Earth from the disastrous effects of climate change.
- Want to Work From Home? Amazon Is Hiring 5,000 People to Work From Their Kitchens and Living Rooms
These jobs are all about the flexibility and the benefits--including, of course, the ability to work from home.
Montana Economic Development
- BBER Survey Finds Montana Manufacturers Generally Optimistic About 2017
Most respondents said 2017 would be better than 2016, expressing optimism for all economic indicators and among the manufacturing categories. The least optimistic firms were food and beverage manufacturers.
- Missoula Independent Acquired by Lee Enterprises - A big loss for independent news in Montana
Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based newspaper chain that dominates the Montana media landscape, probably dealt that tradition a crippling blow last week when it announced it had bought the Independent for an undisclosed sum.
- Montana brewers, distillers consider exporting to Japan
Other Montana businesses that attended include Headframe Spirits in Butte, Bozeman Spirits and Montana Malting and Wildrye Distilling in Bozeman and Whistling Andy Distilling in Bigfork.
- Flathead Valley Glass-Recycling Company Searching for New Home
The company is a rarity in the state -- Schneider said they've received calls from people in Missoula seeking services, and some have even driven up from Missoula to drop off their glass.
- Bozeman, Montana's IronCore Labs
Making it easier and safer to live, work, and play in the digital world.
- Missoula's Moonlight Kitchens offers series of food classes
Moonlight Kitchens http://moonlightkitchens.com/ is serving up a series of six classes on How to Start a Small Food Business in Missoula later this month. MK has the work space but there's more to it than that.
- Red Ants Pants: Small Business, Huge Passion in Montana
Nothing about Sarah Calhoun is stereotypical.
- Zoot plans Billings expansion
"This is an exciting time for Zoot. We are marrying the software that we are known for developing with GE-trained staff to deliver a top-notch service to our customers. And what could be better than doing so in my home town?" said Zoot founder and CEO Chris Nelson.
- Montana Ranks #1 in the The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship - Missoula ranked 9th and Bozeman 12th in their startup rate
The Kauffman Index series consists of three in-depth studies--Startup Activity, Main Street Entrepreneurship and Growth Entrepreneurship.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 6 Ways to Ask for Advice Without the Dreaded 'Can I Pick Your Brain?'
How you handle your request makes all the difference.
- Career Coach: Build your confidence by asking yourself these five questions
Confidence. It's a state of mind, a way of being and a belief in one's self.
- Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These 3 Things Happen
'When regulators get out of the way, they hand the market to incumbents.'
Incubators and R&D
- I had a health crisis in France. I'm here to tell you that 'socialized medicine' is terrific
In addition to my surgery, I underwent an MRI, had a probe inserted in my upper thigh and extended into my heart, twice had a camera shoved down my throat to take photos of my valve, and more blood tests, electrocardiograms and sonograms than I can count. For all this, I was charged nothing.
- Comparing average property taxes for all 50 states and D.C.
If you're a homeowner, you already know that there are a lot of expenses that come with owning your own home.
- Universal Basic Income: A "Social Vaccine" for Technological Displacement?
Technological displacement is not limited to the working class. Middle-class workers also stand to lose jobs and wages.
- The Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana will help faculty, staff and students commercialize their research
The new center can improve proposals with a market analysis, product profile and information on target populations, medical need, safety, manufacturing and scalability.
- As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes a Draw
New Zealand has long wanted to be a tech hub, but distance was an issue. Now, at a moment of political upheaval around the globe, that isolation has become a selling point.
- New Mexico Gov. Martinez vetoes higher education funding. All of it.
-- and the legislature cannot override her veto.
Regional Economic Development
- Inside the Hotel Industry's Plan to Combat Airbnb
The documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat -- and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it.
- Outdoors companies mobilize hikers in multimillion-dollar battle over public lands
"Outdoor recreation is a huge economic driver in Utah and Colorado, and we felt it wasn't being respected,"
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Cuyahoga County, JumpStart's partnership to support entrepreneurs pays off
In the past, the county had given loans to high-risk start-up companies without any guarantee the loans would be paid off and without any ability to receive any bonus if a company succeeded.
- Is It Time to Adopt a Less-Is-More Approach to Community Development Block Grants?
The number of communities that meet the program's eligibility criteria has also increased, by 86 percent since 1980.
Montana Education Excellence
- XQ - The Super School Project - The Future of American High School Is On Its Way
The Super School Project set out an open call for America to reimagine high school with meaningful, measurable solutions -- and thousands of educators, community leaders, parents and students answered that call with mind-blowing, ground-breaking ideas aimed at making high school more efficient, effective, and accountable for every student, everywhere.
- The d.School at Stanford - Experiential Learning at Its Best
The students apply the freewheeling "Design Thinking" approach, tapping previously undiscovered creativity and draw on methods from engineering and industrial design, and combine them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world.
- Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana's SMART Schools
Schools recognized for leading the way to improve energy efficiency and save taxpayer dollars
- Simms, Montana's Sun River Rednek Robotics headed to Worlds Robotic Competition in Texas
Sun River Robotics took first at worlds in 2015 and are hoping for another big win. For half of the team, it will be their last year competing.
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating Inclusive Communities: Notes From a Conference
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute annual conference is the region's premier gathering of planning professionals. This year's conference explored strategies for building inclusive cities in which everyone can thrive.
- Bozeman affordable housing program isn't working, mayor says
"I don't think any of us want to live in a city with only rich people."
- 3 Ways Local Philanthropy Made a Difference in Small Towns
"We're small enough to know people, but yet we're big enough to get things done."
- New Tool Lets Cities See Where Trees Are Needed
Treepedia, from MIT's Senseable City Lab, uses Google Street View photos to create a Green View Index score for cities
- "Be in the Five" Webinars - How Business Owners Can Value their Businesses To Achieve a Successful Exit
With the baby boomers being the majority of business owners in the country and with so many of them getting ready to retire the MMEC and Rocky Mountain Bank would like to help that process go smoothly.
- Jeff Bezos 2017 Annual Letter to Shareholders
"Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1."
- 5 Ways This Gutsy Entrepreneur Got Mark Cuban's Attention in Minutes
Sometimes the direct approach is the best approach.
- Boeing launches venture-capital arm
HorizonX aims to invest "tens of millions of dollars per year" in companies that have interesting technologies.
- How to Find Great Co-Founders for Your Startup -- Fast
What to do when you want a team to help make our idea a reality, but you don't have the money to hire anybody.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Pro football player Konrad Reuland's heart is now in Rod Carew - A man he met when he was 11.
They only met that once, but these two professional athletes are now inseparable.
- How to stop those annoying, endless robocalls to your smartphone
Have you noticed an uptick in those super annoying robocalls, telemarketers, and scams hitting up your smartphone all hours of the day and night? I have, and it's driving me nuts.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- The Inventor of the World Wide Web Says Computers Will Someday Run Companies Without Humans
Tim Berners-Lee, architect of the Internet, thinks artificial intelligence will someday control the economy.
- Scientists have developed a contact lens that can figure out why you are feeling sick
A research team at Oregon State is developing a bio-sensing contact lens that would be able to detect everything from when your blood sugar is running a little low to when one of your organs isn't running at 100%.
- Nasty Microsoft Word 'Booby Trap' Loaded PCs With Malware
It feels like all weeks in security news are overstuffed lately, and this one's no exception.
- AAA launches car-sharing service 'Gig' for drivers in Oakland, Berkeley
AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah is launching a new service that will let drivers without a car of their own access one at a moment's notice.
- Proposed Budget Could Eliminate Passenger Rail Service in Montana
Long-distance trains like Amtrak's Empire Builder would be cut under president's plan
- President's Lecturer To Discuss The 'Crisis In Higher Education' - 4/24 - University Of Montana Missoula
- 1 Million Cups - Missoula, 4/19
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