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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Governor Bullock Announces $1.1 Million to Help Montana Main Street Businesses Create Jobs, Train Employees and Plan for Growth
"As Montana's strong economy continues to grow, Main Street businesses in communities across the state are adding jobs and seeking a skilled workforce to fill them," Governor Bullock said. "These funds will help businesses plan for responsible growth and train employees for success."
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Looking to car pool to the Innovate Montana Symposium in Billings 7/11-13?
Need a ride? Have space available? Just want to see who will be there? Here you go....
Big Sky Code Academy
- USA Today - Montana Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes for assaulting Guardian reporter - Stevens Institute of Technology's Plan to Honor Greg Gianforte Stirs Outrage
A wealthy technology entrepreneur, he has in the past lobbied against a local ordinance in Montana that protects people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community against discrimination in housing and employment, and his family's foundation has donated extensively to anti-LGBT rights, anti-abortion, creationist, and climate-change skeptic organizations, several news outlets have reported.
Early Edge Montana
- 10-year-old app developer's advice to other kids: Get coding now
Apple invited Soerianto after he applied for the scholarship, showed his "Anyone Can Code," channel on YouTube, and his five apps.
- Governor Bullock Announces $3 Million to Expand Preschool in Montana
"Focusing on our youngest Montanans gives all families and their children the building blocks they need to succeed, prosper, and contribute to the state's economy," said Governor Bullock. "This funding will expand access to preschool options that are affordable to families in both small and large communities who want to make sure their kids enter kindergarten ready to learn."
- Now Available: Preschool for Montana
Working with the 2017 Legislature and with bipartisan support, I am pleased to announce we secured the first-ever state investment in publicly funded preschool.
Energy and Climate Change
- W114° 'The Montana Challenge' The Ultimate Quadrathlon, 8/12-20, Glacier National Park Kalispell, Montana
Through some of the most incredible scenery that Montana has to offer, W114° will take you on the trip of a lifetime. It will not only challenge you but give you the inner resolve to not quit when the going gets tough.
Come Home Montana
- Video: Montana Made Climate Science Panel 06/05/17
he University of Montana's Climate Change Studies Program, Montana State University Extension Climate Science Team and the National Wildlife Federation teamed up to host a State of Climate Change Science in Montana forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0wuYSmoOtU&feature=youtu.be.
- Montana scientists issue climate warnings as Trump sticks to hoax
Despite the president's decision, they wrote, America would continue to support climate action in hopes of meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, even "in the absence of leadership from Washington."
- Recycling and making money are not mutually exclusive
The report cited an analysis from Europe that found that strengthening investments in circular economy initiatives could result in hundreds of billions in savings and create 580,000 jobs-and dramatically reduce companies' environmental footprints. And the report shows that, with some will power and communication, it's not actually that difficult.
- Bio-inspired wind turbines with flexible blades are 35% more efficient
Wind turbines today work best under optimal wind speeds, but the new bio-inspired design could offer a way around that fact, making wind power even more accessible.
- University of Montana seeks budget-minded president with fiscal management background
Budget management will be a major aspect of the next UM president's early days with falling enrollment and cuts at the state level tightening an already tight budget.
- Montana Career Opportunity - President - University of Montana
The University seeks an innovative, inspirational, and visionary leader with substantial knowledge and experience in higher education issues and environments.
- Missoula job market needs workers
The U.S. Department of Labor reports there were six million open jobs in the U.S. back in April. That's a record high and means employers are ready to hire and likely willing to pay higher wages to new workers.
Montana Economic Development
- Flathead Co. residents get OK to operate short-term "Airbnb" rentals
Flathead County residents in zoned areas can now legally operate short term rentals in the county for less than 30 days, like those popping up through online services like Airbnb.
- Can the Israeli inventors of water-saving drip irrigation 'solve' the Berkeley Pit?
"Whatever we can do to help. A successful, strong, prosperous U.S. is in our interest. We want to share what we know if we can be constructive and helpful.'' -- Israel's Consul General Andy David
- B-SB formalizes efforts to sell old NorthWestern Energy building; proposals due in 90 days in Butte, Montana
"We want the highest and best use," Community Development Director Karen Byrnes said Tuesday. "There is no set price. This is not looking for the most money necessarily."
- 3 Missoula businesses, Silk Road, Fresh Market and Kayle, collaborate to offer local alternative to make-at-home meal services
One assembles the food, another sells it and the third spices it up. The rest is up to you, and it really is a piece of cake.
- Polson, Montana based Adelos receives $2.5M contract to develop intrusion detection technology
Adelos is 87-percent owned by S&K Technologies, which is wholly owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The company now known as Adelos was founded in Missoula in 2006 as TerraEchos. S&K Technologies purchased it in 2009, renamed the company Adelos and relocated it to Polson in 2012.
- RFP For Montana Food & Ag Development Center Program - Now Accepting Responses
The State of Montana is currently accepting proposals for organizations that are interested in applying to be a Food and Agriculture Development Center for the program provided for in Montana state statute 80-11-901 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/80/11/80-11-901.htm .
- Chemistry Professor's Blues 'Experiment' Catalyzes Small-Town Cultural Revival
Cliff Harris knew he wanted more music in his life, so when a historic theater re-opened in his small Michigan town, he thought it was the perfect opportunity to start a blues jam. Only problem? The college chemistry professor didn't really know what a blues jam was.
- Tester, Bullock Announce more than $5 Million in AmeriCorps Funds for Montana
"AmeriCorps and the Montana projects they support are critically important to our state's economy," said Tester, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Oregon Economic Development
- Boise's WhiteCloud Analytics bought by North Carolina company
He said WhiteCloud will remain in Boise (and, for now, under the WhiteCloud name) as the analytics arm of Relias. The two may integrate into a common brand sometime in the future, Lokken added.
- No revenue spike for Idaho so far from Amazon online sales tax deal
This prompted several state lawmakers to estimate the deal could result in a big revenue boost and lead to possible tax cuts.
- Forbes flip-flops rankings. Boise ain't so great after all
Blaming a data-importing error, the business website rejiggered its list and added a big zero to our number. That No. 2 is now a No. 20 -- meaning Boise now rates behind hot spots such as Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan (No. 18) and Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Massachusetts (No. 14).
- Oregon leaders ask state to invest $100 million for research complex
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife are donating $500 million over a 10-year period for the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. The state money would match a portion of the Knight donation.
- Nevada's legislature just passed a radical plan to let anybody sign up for Medicaid
It would be the first state to open the government-run program to all residents, regardless of their income or health status.
- Maine Lawmakers Toughen Mining Rules, Overriding Governor's Veto
Move likely to preserve state's long and informal moratorium on digging for metals
- Senators Tester, Daines, Heitkamp, and Hoeven Fight for Local Honey Producers
Senators Lead Bipartisan Effort to Protect Jobs and End Unfair Chinese Trade Practice that Targets Rural Economies
- In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher's way of life
Many ranchers are unnerved by the Republican party's land transfer agenda, which aims to give away as much federal public land as possible to the states.
- Portland approves permit for 1st all-wood high-rise in US
The decision by state and local authorities to allow construction comes after months of painstaking testing of the emerging technologies that will be used to build it, including a product called cross-laminated timber, or CLT.
- This College-Town Hotel Chain Is Putting Airbnb on Notice
Graduate Hotels is elevating the kitschy college-town experience with local flavor and antique gems.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming statewide school construction shortfall may reach $205 million by 2022, report says
A state school construction funding shortfall, created as coal lease bonus money has dried up, could grow to more than $205 million by 2022, according to a legislative report.
- The 3 major dos and don'ts of blended learning
Administrator discusses how to think about blended learning implementation in stages, refinement and honing.
- Why Kids Should Be Part of Adult Education
The idea, called "Leveraging Libraries," won $1,000 and was a finalist at the annual Public Policy Challenge hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government and Governing.
Montana Education Excellence
- Stevens Institute of Technology's Plan to Honor Greg Gianforte Stirs Outrage
"It's an embarrassment to Stevens -- as engineers, as technologists," Mr. Messina said. "There's a lot of smoke that says maybe this guy is not someone the school should affiliate itself with."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Governor Bullock Signs New Law Funding K-12 Broadband Upgrades
New state investment will catalyze up to $20 million in crucial school broadband upgrades in Montana
- MSU research may help Montana families better afford child care
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services Bureau to develop a survey with the goal of helping the bureau determine subsidy rates for its Best Beginning scholarships.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula among national leaders in 'complete streets' policy
It's no accident that the cover of Smart Growth America's new report, "The Best Complete Street Policies of 2016," includes an image of a biker peddling down Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula.
- Why I prefer working for a zebra, not a unicorn
When a seemingly new breed of companies emerged in recent years, obsessed with the "get big fast" philosophy, I was taken aback.
- The ABCs of Recruiting Millennials and Generation Z
"Employers will need to work harder than ever before to attract and more importantly retain" millennial workers and even Generation Z employees (born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s), Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, told Bloomberg BNA
- Radical Inclusion: How Burning Man is Helping Create a New Breed of Entrepreneur
"not a festival. It is a catalyst for creative culture in the world."
- Podcast - How to Turn Online Data into a Pricing Strategy That Works
If the customer today were to go on his or her phone, look at a product, go to a computer tomorrow, look at it, and then walk into a store another day and buy it, we would be able to track all of those things. It really opened up a lot of avenues to explore.
- How a Packaging Overhaul Rescued This Protein Bar Company From Obscurity
Sometimes, the only ingredient for success is simplicity.
- Do start-ups and political values mix? A group of D.C. entrepreneurs aim to find out.
"We decided that we needed to speak together to represent our community of D.C.-area companies."
- How the Best Bosses Keep Great People When They Can't Pay Them More
Inc. 5000 honorees tell us how they would tackle a common business challenge.
- North Carolina Cities Use Data to Improve Quality of Life
Whether monitoring traffic counts, water and air quality or water lines for leaks, sensors and other evolving technologies are increasingly being used by the Triangle cities and nationwide to make more informed, real-time decisions.
- Missoula Works - Indiegogo Funding Campaign
Missoula Works is an organization started by the non-profit Missoula Interfaith Collaborative(MIC) with a mission to employ anyone committed to work.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Bitcoin moves beyond mere curiosity as value skyrockets
Unlike gold or dollar bills, the digital currency known as bitcoin does not physically exist. There is no there there.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Amazon Imagines a Future of Infinite Computing Power
"If you take off the constrains of servers and building up infrastructure, what could you do?"
- Crispr May Cure All Genetic Disease--One Day
It's going to change the future of everything from medicine to agriculture to energy production. But inevitably the questions always get around to super-babies.
- How tech sleuths cracked the mysterious code that turns your printer into a spying tool
Spread throughout the pages were barely visible yellow dots, each less than a millimeter in diameter, repeated over and over in the same rectangular pattern.
- 'Instantly rechargeable' battery spells bad news for gas-guzzling cars
They've designed an instantly rechargeable battery that could allow electric vehicles to be charged in roughly the same amount of time it takes to fill up a car with gasoline today.
- Self-driving vehicles: What are the six levels of autonomy?
As the self-driving car revolution continues apace, you're going to hear a lot more about autonomous cars, and which of six "autonomy levels" they're at.
- Montana airports are already privatized, amid national controversy
Missoula's Airport Director Chris Jensen said on Wednesday that the biggest concern will come from private aircrafts and pilots, who are concerned about funding.
- Building a Sustainable 'Highway of the Future'
The long-term goal is to build the world's first sustainable road, a highway that could create its own clean, renewable energy and generate income by selling power to utility companies, while producing no stormwater runoff or other pollution and eliminating traffic deaths.
- Autonomous cars (no human backup) may hit the road next year
Automotive electronics and parts maker Delphi and French transport company Transdev plan to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.
- Incumbant Worker Training Grant Application + Submission, 7/6, Bozeman
- The Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) Training, 10/25-27, Kalispell, Montana
- Prospera Annual Member Luncheon, 06/20, Bozeman
- Prospera President's Circle Tour Of Bozeman's New Downtown Mixed-use Development, 06/29, Bozeman
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