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"This is your town. Shape it or someone else will" Montana Ambassador Entrepreneur – Placemaker of the Year, Angie Dickinson, Style Alley
Webinar: "How Small Town Incubators Can Be Successful" - 7/18 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6487
Big Sky Economic Development
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Big Sky Economic Development - Bozeman high-tech company Zoot Enterprises finalizes purchase of GE Capital building in Billings
"We were tenacious in working with the governor and the congressional delegation and making sure this got the highest attention possible from GE," Steve Arveschoug, executive director of BSED said. "We're proud that we're a community that has responded in a positive way from the decision that was made."
- Governor Bullock Celebrates Collaboration and Innovation with Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, and Job Creators in Billings
The Innovate Montana Symposium was launched by Governor Bullock's Main Street Montana Project to bring business leaders across the state together to grow businesses, train and educate Montana's workforce, increase economic opportunities and encourage innovation.
- Tech trouble? Some schools are training students to help
Now, two years into the program, Nicole Rangel and her fellow teachers at the school in Yuma, Arizona, couldn't be more pleased. "I have teachers begging me to send a kid down to help them," she said.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- From ghosts to theater, Virginia City, Montana has it all
In its peak, Virginia City had 10,000 people living there. It was even the territorial capital from February 1865 to April 1875.
Energy and Climate Change
- This Artificial Intelligence Program Taught Itself Parkour
DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google that focuses on artificial intelligence research, has built a program that taught itself how to overcome obstacles.
Come Home Montana
- The crack that changed the Earth forever
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded -- 1 trillion tons, twice the volume of Lake Erie and roughly the size of Delaware -- broke off from an ice shelf in Antarctica.
- In my classroom, students are the teachers--here's why it works
Students learning coding, computer science create how-to videos as tutorials for their classroom peers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Developer, Technical Apparel & Sportswear, Production Specialist Roles, Customer Service and more... Simms
To be a great fit at Simms, you must embrace the fishing culture and follow our practice to work like we fish - with purpose, passion & curiosity. Be prepared to share your latest fishing adventures.
Montana Economic Development
- Maryland company purchases Butte biopesticide maker LAM International
"This acquisition by Certis USA, with its line of biological products, marketing knowledge, liquid fermentation expertise and outstanding team of executives will make Certis USA a world leader in the biopesticide arena."
- Meet Montanan Bethany Yellowtail, a Native American fashion designer who's inspiring a whole generation of women
Yellowtail, who hails from the Crow Nation and Northern Cheyenne Indian reservations in southeastern Montana, moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to study fashion design. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2009.
- Spanwell Service of Forsyth, Montana - Hooks, Clamps and Industrial Air Tools
Spanwell celebrates 30 years in business Today as Spanwell celebrates its 30th Anniversary in business, we serve a wide variety of industrial customers in the US, Canada and a few other countries.
- Innovate Montana Symposium - Northern Cheyenne fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail credits her L.A. success to her Montana roots
The B.Yellowtail Collective https://www.byellowtail.com/all/ features products from Native American artists across the Great Plains tribal regions.
- Bozeman-based fly fishing giant Simms scores private investment for expansion effort
The new money will allow Simms to continue its expansion into saltwater and spin fishing gear, as well as grow its retail presence, which currently includes partnerships with 1,200 stores worldwide.
- Scam alert: Bozeman business scammed for $25,000 from a management (Waterford Management) company
As fraudsters grow more daring with schemes targeting businesses, Better Business Bureau warns business owners and purchasing agents to be on the lookout for fake purchase orders.
- Montana Voices: Sinclair brings conservative bias to state's TV stations
f you are fed up with liberal bias in the news, take heart. Conservative bias is on its way.
- Missoula-based Clearas Water Recovery uses wastewater and algae for biofuel, fertilizer
Formed eight years ago, the company has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from being inundated with the compounds that starve fish and plant life of oxygen.
- Down payment funds from Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation fulfill need across Montana
The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation launched a program to help working Montanans afford a home. Half a year later, we can say it is indeed fulfilling a need.
- Next Generation Sector Partnerships
"This is your town. Shape it or someone else will" Montana Ambassador Entrepreneur - Placemaker of the Year, Angie Dickinson, Style Alley
Incubators and R&D
- Connecticut Just Banned Civil Forfeiture Without A Criminal Conviction
"Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on Americans' private property rights," Institute for Justice Senior Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath said.
- The State of Montana unveils draft plan for student success
Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said she would do as the government requested but would not cooperate beyond that.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- DARPA backs 6 brain-computer interface projects
DARPA initially announced the NESD program in early 2016 with a call out for proposals that would advance research into the development of a neural implant that is biocompatible and can enable two-way communication between the human brain and a computer.
- Disney puts a new spin on its accelerator
Rather than the "adopt-a-company" models prevalent among most accelerators, it has been leaning hard into how it can create mutually beneficial relationships with companies that run the gamut from well-established to really just beginning.
- F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment
The first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient's own cells to fight cancer.
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits North Dakota
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has stopped in North Dakota on his personal challenge to visit every state in the U.S. this year.
- Business Grants in North Dakota
Multiple events to help fund your business with the SBA
- Crazy Silicon Valley real estate: Homes routinely selling for $200,000 or more over asking
And we're not necessarily talking about fancy schmancy places; the modest Cupertino home in the photo above sold for $660,000 over asking.
Utah Economic Development
- U.S. judge finds that Aetna deceived the public about its reasons for quitting Obamacare
Aetna executives had moved heaven and earth to conceal their decision-making process from the court, in part by discussing the matter on the phone rather than in emails, and by shielding what did get put in writing with the cloak of attorney-client privilege, a practice Bates found came close to "malfeasance."
- Hoping to help create thousands of new rural jobs, Utah officials are hitting the road to network
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, cited a study that found recruiting corporations accounted for only 2 percent of job growth in rural areas. Ninety-eight percent of job growth came from new business started in those areas and the expansion of existing ones.
- Wyoming Business Council - Program upgrades benefit clients, customers
"This is going to make the program quicker and more convenient for our members, and we can't wait to show off the new site," said Terri Barr, Made in Wyoming program manager.
- White Sulpher Springs, Montana -based Red Ants Pants Foundation announces $19K in grants for rural community projects
"Everyone who enjoys the Red Ants Pants Music Festival is having a lasting impact on rural communities and our working family farms and ranches while helping to move the dial on women's leadership. It's a genuine way for people to come together, enjoy our rural landscapes and leave knowing that they're contributing in a meaningful way," said Sarah Calhoun, executive director of the Red Ants Pants Foundation and Producer of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Nest Founder: "I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?"
"Did we really bring a nuclear bomb with information that can-like we see with fake news-blow up people's brains and reprogram them? Or did we bring light to people who never had information, who can now be empowered?"
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- The world's first wireless charging laptop is a Dell, and it's as cool as your dad
It's impressive! But, now for some bad news.
- Free robot lawyer helps low-income people tackle more than 1,000 legal issues
While the bot will still help drivers contest parking tickets and refugees apply for asylum, the service will now also help those who want to report harassment in the workplace or who simply want a refund on a busted toaster.
- This Vertical Farm Wants To Be An Agriculture Company, Not A Tech Company
FreshBox Farms is going big by focusing on harvests, not proprietary growing systems.
- Google has a new tool for backing up your whole computer
Google is hoping it will makes backing up simple enough that everyone will get around to doing it - after all, we're all at risk of spilling coffee over our laptops.
- CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria
Now a Harvard team has created a biological hard drive, using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to record information to (and retrieve it from) the genome of living bacteria.
- Security lapse leaks data from millions of Verizon customers
The security firm, UpGuard, says the problem stemmed from a cloud server that a third-party vendor had misconfigured.
- London's iconic black taxis are going electric. Your move, Uber.
LEVC says we can expect to see the vehicles on London streets later this year, just in time for new Transport for London (TfL) rules stating that all new cabs from Jan. 1, 2018, must be capable of producing zero emissions.
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