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"Sentiment without action is the ruination of the soul." Edward Abbey
"Buster's Mal Heart" - New movie 'made for and influenced by Montana' http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Governor Bullock Signs Bill to Protect Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
"Montana's outdoor recreation economy depends on the health of our clean air and clean water - especially our rivers, streams, and lakes," said Governor Bullock. "This bipartisan legislation is critical to our continued success in the prevention and management of the threats posed by aquatic invasive species to our outdoor way of life."
- All are Invited as WGA Chair And Montana Governor Steve Bullock Will Host The Western Governors June 26-28, 2017 At The WGA Annual Meeting
The WGA Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana is scheduled to begin around 1:00pm on Monday, June 26th and conclude by Noon on Wednesday, June 28th. All meeting sessions will be held at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- How to Start a Small Business in All 50 States
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development http://business.mt.gov/ should be your first stop.
- Gazette opinion: Montana's government by gamesmanship
Let's stop the games in the Legislature at the ballot box.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock joins other potential presidential candidates at Washington conference
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock talked about the importance of showing up and doing what you say you'll do.
Great Falls Development Authority
- NorthWestern Energy Seeks Montana Community Renewable Energy Projects
NorthWestern Energy today issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking up to 45 megawatts of renewable generation owned by Montana residents.
Energy and Climate Change
- GFDA releases Economic Impact of Population Growth Report
Turning challenges into opportunity is our mantra, and growing our population offers tremendous economic potential.
Come Home Montana
- These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed
What if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Associate Director - The Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA)
Responsibilities include developing programs to provide access to capital financing services.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Analyst - World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
This position is responsible for providing data synthesis and analysis for the Northern Great Plains (NGP).
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development Coordinator, Part Time - Beaverhead Development Corporation, Dillon, MT
e are currently looking for a Development Coordinator to execute the plans and programs of business retention/expansion and recruitment for projects, and assist in creating or retaining key employment within Beaverhead County.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Market Development Scientist - Montana Instruments Corporation
Join an engaging and empowering team culture which is united under a common mission of making cold science simple.
Montana Economic Development
- OppSource Secures $1.2 Million in Growth Funding led by Bozeman, Montana-based Next Frontier Capital
"OppSource is at the forefront of a huge market opportunity," said Next Frontier Capital Founder and General Partner Will Price.
- NADC Third Thursday of the Month Webinar Series Marketing Basics May 18th at 3pm
Please join the Native American Development Corporation as we continue our webinar series.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Bill Gates reveals what he'd study if he were a college freshman today
Take notice, incoming college freshmen -- the richest person in the world has some advice for what you should study.
- Podcast: Some Work Breaks Are More Effective Than Others
Wall Street Journal contributor Heidi Mitchell talks about studies that set out to find which breaks work the best.
- New P3s May Finally Bridge the Digital Divide
The more fiber the city installs, the more customers Ting can reach. The more customers Ting signs up, the more the company pays the city.
- USDA soliciting public comment on the proposed reorganization
- West Yellowstone unveils plan to tackle growth, housing
The policy identifies seven issues as priorities for the town
- CEO of Brighton, a major Idaho developer, says Boise is like Salt Lake 25 years ago
When we start a project, one of the first stops I make is to the school district to say, 'What are your needs? Do you have any plans for this area? How can we help?'
- ikuw Solutions Opening Boise, ID office
The expansion is to provide employers in one of the Northwest's largest tech hubs access to the graduates of the Apprentice Hive Code School.
- Idaho's first medical school slated to open in 2018
The private, for-profit college -- the first medical school in Idaho -- is slated to open in Meridian in August 2018, pending accreditation.
- Israel soon to announce Innovation Visa program hosts
The Israel Innovation Authority is set to publish in the coming weeks the names of the 12 incubators and accelerators selected to host foreign entrepreneurs in Israel as part of its Innovation Visas pilot program.
- Switzerland proves that everything we thought we knew about innovation and VC is wrong
For a country with little to no natural resources, and a 1:5 cow to people ratio- it produces the largest number of patents in the world (892 per million inhabitant or 224 per million cows) and has one of the highest numbers of knowledge-intensive workers.
- Silicon Valley: A Peek Behind the Veil of Young Entrepreneurs
"It was so much more colorful than I imagined."
Regional Economic Development
- Electricity Choice, Utilities Are Losing Customers in Droves
It does lay out a compelling case for why California must act soon to deal with the issue.
- 5 Best Practices for Economic Developers
There are some proven approaches that can go a long way toward maximizing the odds of success.
- This industry brought nearly $1 billion to Utah in 2016
"Number 1, we back people," Burningham said. "Whatever race, creed, gender is totally irrelevant. We want the best people we can find."
Montana Education Excellence
- New Congressional push for student outcomes data
Would allow the federal government, as well as families and prospective students to obtain more accurate and complete data about whether students at a particular college, or in a certain major, graduate on time and find well-paying jobs, among other things.
- On A Journey to Rethink High School
A lot has changed in the last 100 years. We've gone from a typewriter to a touch screen. From a switchboard to a smartphone. From silent film to virtual reality. But American high schools have remained frozen in time.
- Gazette opinion: The much bigger problem at MSU Northern
If Northern is honest, the problem will take a lot of time, and much more transparency than what we've seen in the past month.
Funding and Building your Business
Connectivity & Communications
- Why Your Strategic Plan Will Never Succeed
You can have the best strategy in the world, but if you can't execute it, you won't achieve your mission.
- Start Up on the Right Foot -- Build a Customer Advisory Board
"With a Customer Advisory Board (CAB), you essentially have a captive audience of folks who are fired up for your success, and who you can leverage on an ongoing basis to build the best product possible."
- Guess who paved the way for the FCC to pave the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Missoula's KECI--and 55 other stations?
"They are pushing package stories from Washington [D.C.] headquarters that often are hard to distinguish from Republican Party talking points in terms of their framing, and they get especially active in doing this when it comes to election season," says Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the nonprofit Free Press, an advocacy group for press independence.
- Hey Startups, It's Your Duty to Fight for Net Neutrality
If Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai undermines net neutrality, entrepreneurs and consumers will be constrained by what big cable companies want. I hope you'll join me in pushing back.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Blockchain a 'Next Big Transformational Technology' in Government
The encrypted digital recording of a transaction or event via a shared "incorruptible" ledger is not currently in common usage among public agencies.
- Are State Ethics Rules Keeping Up With Social Media?
One state legislator's legal battle showcases how outdated laws can hamper citizen engagement -- and get officials in trouble.
- How Boston's Citywide Analytics Team Holds Lessons for Other Cities
Managing Boston effectively using data has been a central focus for Mayor Marty Walsh since he took office in January of 2014.
- "Buster's Mal Heart" - New movie 'made for and influenced by Montana'
I thought of it (Montana) as this beautiful place where weirdos and wackos go to get in touch with their spiritual maker, and to go to have that conversation with themselves. In that regard, Montana fit the natural spirit of the script."
- Adding just a few self-drive cars to the road gets the traffic flowing
Based on test track results, the teams says that having a mix of only five percent automated vehicles can eliminate stop-and-go waves while producing fuel savings of up to 40 percent.
- Let's Improve Missoula's Reserve Street - Please register your thoughts.
Does the planned barrier on centerline on Reserve St. from Mullan Rd. to the south need to be extended to 3rd St.? If so, "Like" this post so we can work to make this happen.
- A Single Autonomous Car Has a Huge Impact on Alleviating Traffic
A new study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that the addition of just a small number of autonomous cars can ease the congestion on our roads.
- As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction
"This will completely change us as a society. I think it'll have the same transformational change as the introduction of the automobile."
- 11 gorgeous car-free cities around the world
Car-free cities come in many forms.
- Uber is now in the trucking business: 'press a button, get a load'
"We've been in stealth since late last year, moving loads in Texas and a few other places."
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