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Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
- Bonner, Montana company gets $416K grant to create 65 new jobs
The company is a data center that provides blockchain security services for the bitcoin network.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- NorthWestern relies on clean energy
We are proud of our work to develop clean energy and look forward to making additional investments in this arena in coming years.
- What Amazon Teaches Us About AI and the "Jobless Future"
We hear again and again that AI and robots are going to take away human jobs. My broken kettle says otherwise.
Energy and Climate Change
- Midwest Couple Chases Dream to Montana's Glacier National Park
"I have the best office in the world," John said to his 17 captivated passengers as he points out the glacially formed valley dominating the scenery. "Can you believe I get to admire this every day?"
- Montana Legislature passes agritourism bill; signed into law
"Many people want to experience a real-life ranching event, such as branding, or a dude ranch, a sleigh ride, watching combines and harvest participating in a corn maize, and will go to the farm/ranch to see it," Christiaens said. Agritourism leads to opportunities for people from the cities to learn about where their food comes from, and for farmers and ranchers to have value-added revenue.
Come Home Montana
- What Dodd-Frank rollback could mean for energy sector, climate change
While everyone was watching James Comey's testimony in the Senate on Thursday, the other side of the Capitol was more quietly (but also consequentially) passing a piece of legislation that would have far-reaching financial implications if it becomes law.
- Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want
What types of products and services are they being drawn to? And are they following through with a purchase?
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Analyst, DevOps Engineer, Front End Develper, Senior Project Manager and more... - SoFi
As the first in our space, SoFi is leading the charge to bring innovation and disruption to financial services as a whole.
- Montana Career Opportunity - part-time Digital Content Producer - KRTV
KRTV Communications, LLC part of the Montana Television Network, is looking for a part-time Digital Content Producer, based in Great Falls, Montana.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Why Women Don't See Themselves as Entrepreneurs
For many Americans, starting their own business is the manifestation of the American dream: Take a risk, work hard, get rich. So why don't more women do it?
- Hellgate Venture Network Presentation From Jim Lueders, Founder Of Wildwood Brewing, 6/15, Missoula
Our next meeting will feature Jim Lueders, Founder of Wildwood Brewing, who will share his vision for Wildwood and more broadly for "sustainable systems" around the brewing process and industry!
- Missoula's 20 Under 40
Meet the top young professionals who excel in entrepreneurship, leadership, creative vision, innovation and dedication to the community.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Learning Never Ends
Lifelong learning has long been understood to be a critical success factor. But today, it's taken on even greater importance.
- Guy Kawasaki - What is an evangelist anyway? Would you like to be one?
Being an evangelist has changed my life and I realized I have the opportunity to put together a training to help people all over the world learn about the art of evangelism from my point of view.
- AI-powered app helps users find confidence with public speaking
Startup company Orai hopes its app will teach users techniques that can lead to successful public speaking in different situations.
City Club Missoula
- Communities Take the Search for Broadband Into Their Own Hands
More and more small communities are coming together to explore ways to access high-speed broadband, even if that means changing some existing laws.
- Exploring Business Model Options For Broadband Deployment, 6/21, Online
Join a conversation on successful broadband projects that will highlight three approaches that network owners have used to achieve their communities connectivity goals.
- City Club Missoula - Missoula County Fairgrounds: Development director Emily Bentley outlines new projects
Emily Bentley, Missoula County's director of fairgrounds development, gave a presentation on Monday to City Club Missoula http://www.cityclubmissoula.com/ on the future of the huge site in the center of town.
- 'Montana is not for sale to the highest bidder after all': State to offer tax relief to some Montana homeowners with sky-high land values
The Montana Legislature approved a new program that will limit the size of their tax bills, potentially reducing them by 70 percent.
- Infrastructure Is Not Just Roads and Bridges
Only 62 percent of rural Americans have access to high-speed internet. Imagine what that means to a high school student applying to college or a small-business owner trying to connect with customers.
- Montana's Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte sentenced to anger management, community service for assault of reporter
"I grabbed his wrist. A scuffle ensued and he was injured, as I understand it," Gianforte told Judge Rick West on Monday during a hearing packed with more than a dozen of reporters and photographers. "It was not my intention to hurt him."
- This new banking bill would make consumers pay
Last week, the House approved a sweeping financial industry deregulation bill that guts the flawed, but necessary, 2010 Dodd-Frank law -- a measure designed to crack down on the big banks and Wall Street's bad behavior.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Idaho loan fund set up for "nearly bankable" businesses by Missoula-based Montana & Idaho Community Development Corp. and Boise-based Capital Matrix
Montana & Idaho CDC loans are designed for small business owners to purchase real estate, equipment, or inventory; to acquire an existing business; or for remodeling or working capital. Capital Matrix offers loans to similar "nearly bankable" businesses when they are ready to make the transition from leasing to owning space, said Ann Munroe, president of Capital Matrix.
- Idaho will pay to retrain these Nampa workers. Then they'll get raises.
Most of the workers are maintenance techs, maintenance supervisors and fabricators.
- Idaho governor to lead Paris trade mission
According to the commerce agency, the Paris trade mission is expected to generate nearly $1 million in revenue for Idaho companies
- Idaho's higher education task force identifying changes
The 36-member task force -- which includes all eight presidents of Idaho's public colleges and universities -- focused on workforce challenges, funding woes and the state's role in promoting higher education.
- 1 Million Cups Williston, ND - Little Muddy owner talks about how an elementary school teacher becomes a successful entrepreneur instead
Family brought her back to Williston and turned her into one of the downtown's most recent success stories.
- Venture capital helps make Ohio among top startup economies in US
Ohio has quickly become one of the fastest-growing startup economies in the country, according to a new report on venture-capital funding in the state.
- After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy
A complex network of local organizations helps neighbors support one another as they rebound from a dying industry.
Regional Economic Development
- Fighting for their lives, malls reinvent themselves for the experiential set
The American shopping mall isn't dead. But a slice of the industry is on life support, suffering from changing times. Now, mall owners and developers are working on a remedy.
- Silicon Valley comes to the farm
Technology has a lot of old lamps for new kind of ideas that are helping farmers in Richland-county area fields put a new spin on old equipment. TriCounty Implement had a couple of these old made new ideas on display at the recent MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show.
Washington State Business
- The Communities Winning the War for Skilled Talent
In his book, When the Boomers Bail, Mark Lautman diagnosed what separates Winnerville from Loserville, two hypothetical communities that take vastly different approaches to economic development and talent attraction.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- As lawmakers in Washington state crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown
This is somewhat akin to children in the back seat of the SUV on a long vacation journey asking "Are we there yet?"
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Schools Tap Secret Spectrum to Beam Free Internet to Students
"If some kids can go home and learn, discover and backfill information, while other kids' learning stops at school, that's a huge problem."
- Study links college students' grades to sleep schedules
Andrew Phillips, lead author of the study and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said the findings show that irregular sleepers have a delayed release of the sleep hormone melatonin.
- Higher Education Seeks Answers to Leaner Years
"We inherited a system largely conceived in the 1960s," Mr. Wrigley said. "But times, society and students have all changed dramatically."
- S2 Corporation and MSU announce new contract for big data processing
The technology could be used for virus detection in streaming digital data, key features search for computer vision and queries in massive, unindexed databases.
Funding and Building your Business
- Cohousing puts the emphasis on neighborhood
What exactly is cohousing? It's a community-focused living arrangement, where residents share space, chores and fellowship. The idea started in Denmark in the 1960s and has spread across Europe and the U.S.
- Making sense of modern Bozeman - Montana's 'fancy place'
"Bozeman," he said. "That's a fancy place." It echoed, a little too true.
- As Bozeman ponders its budget, here's how much the city wants to spend on civilization
Taxes, as the saying goes, are the price we pay for civilization -- but whether Bozeman taxpayers are getting a good deal out of city government specifically, well, that's a fair question as city hall heads into budget season.
- Whitefish to Tackle Affordable Workforce Housing Master Plan
Members of the public invited to open house and workshop to discuss affordable housing crisis
- New Web Based Tool Helps to 'Design Your Town'
This website has attractive and sustainable designs for different kinds of places as well as the details, policies and regulations needed for implementation.
Connectivity & Communications
- Search Inside Yourself - How Googlers Avoid Burnout (and Secretly Boost Creativity)
The company attracts the cream of the crop, top-notch creative thinkers who are passionate about what they do.
- 8 Keys To Business Success - Values-Based Leadership
True business success and leadership starts with real personal values, extends to building a team, and finally to inspiring customers and your community.
- 5 Innovation Keys For The Future Of Work
By embracing trends and new technology while still staying connected to customers and your core foundation, companies can innovate and prepare for the future.
- USDA Seeks Applications to Help Socially Disadvantaged Ag Producers and Rural Business Owners
"These grants give socially disadvantaged groups an opportunity to prosper in cooperative environments."
- Four States to Build Out Rural Broadband Infrastructure with Federal Grant Money
The USDA announced last week $43.6 million in grants that will add nearly 1,000 miles of fiber to fund broadband service.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Cities Look to New Predictive Tool to Meet Vision Zero (eliminate roadway deaths completely) Goals
San Francisco-based Zendrive, who has developed software that measures unsafe driving through smartphone sensors
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Missoula artist captures quirky and funky main streets of Montana
Laura Blaker, a Missoula-based painter, teacher and single mom, is traveling to every town in the state for a project called "Main Street Montana."
- Russia has developed a cyber weapon that can disrupt power grids, according to new research
The malware, which researchers have dubbed CrashOverride, is known to have disrupted only one energy system -- in Ukraine in December. In that incident, the hackers briefly shut down one-fifth of the electric power generated in Kiev.
- How an Eco-Friendly Rideshare Is Changing Life in a Tiny Rural Town
Cantua Creek and nearby El Porvenir were named winners of the Just Transit Challenge, a contest hosted by the 11th Hour Project that is meant "to bring equitable and climate-friendly transportation solutions to cities across America."
- Autonomous Travel - "Self-driving room" adapts to each passenger's needs
Owning a car is out in this vision, and vehicles not only pick you up and drop you off autonomously, they change their interiors around your needs and whims.
- Self-Driving Car 'Guardian Angels' Protect You From Yourself
On a fine day in a parking lot outside Boston, a man holding a smartphone steps in front of a 2015 Prius. The driver keeps pressing the accelerator.
- Portland debuts newly designed thief-proof bike racks
From the outside the new racks don't look like anything special - CityLab described them as tubular arches.
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