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...life is tough but so are you. You got this.
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
- Stop pointing fingers and face the facts about our state budget - Montana Governor Steve Bullock
When they next come back to Helena, I hope they will be more honest with Montanans about our budget and work with me to find common-sense solutions to the basic underlying problems facing our state. Future generations of Montanans deserve no less.
Big Sky Code Academy
- Small Business Counseling Assistance and Degrees in Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education Lead to Expansion of Great Falls Childcare Center
The project is being financed through U.S. Bank and a U.S. Small Business Administration Certified Development Company loan through High Plains Financial, managed by Great Falls Development Authority.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Are You Ready to Join the Hottest Field in Tech?
Do you want to have a big impact in your job?
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Contracting With The State Of Montana - 8/22 - Great Falls, Montana
Come join us for discussion on registering as a vendor, where to find bids and proposals, how to win State contracts, plus many other resources.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce picks up national honors
Along with awards in communication and membership, the chamber also finished in the top three for chamber of the year.
Big Sky Commerce
- Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM
STEM is already passe.
- The Disconnect Between Education and Entrepreneurship
In a nation so rich in resources, arguably the greatest country in the world, this is at best alarming and at worst, an existential threat.
Energy and Climate Change
- Beware of a current Credit Card Processor Scam!
A company under the name "The Small Business Growth Alliance" or "Merchant Services" is still calling merchants and phishing for information.
Come Home Montana
- University of Montana Joins Northwest Climate Science Center University Consortium
The partners collaborate with one another, as well as federal, state and tribal entities responsible for managing and protecting the land, water and natural resources of the Northwest, to develop actionable climate science.
- Denver hopes 300 new charging stations will accelerate switch to electric cars
Denver is pressing ahead on its promise to help make Paris climate agreement cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution by accelerating a local takeoff of plug-in vehicles.
- Helena Business Improvement District searching for new executive director
The Helena BID announced Tuesday Renee Bauer will be leaving her position after being appointed by Governor Steve Bullock Monday to sit on the newly formed, professional Board of Pardons and Parole.
- Why Startups Should Look for Opportunity Between the Coasts
One thing is obvious: New York and the Bay Area are no longer the sole sources of technological innovation.
Montana Economic Development
- Your Guide to Montana's Farmer's Markets
Farmer's markets play a valuable role in promoting healthy communities in Montana.
- Save a cow and eat a cricket! How crickets can be a healthy substitute
That's the slogan for Montana's first and only edible insect farm, Cowboy Cricket Farms.
- Missoula, Montana's Clearas Water Recovery is # 791 in the 2017 Inc. 5000
Clearas Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery (ABNR™) system is a controlled and continuous flow environment that leverages a facility's existing microbiology - algae and other biological organisms - to recover excess phosphorus, nitrogen and other high-profile contaminants in wastewater.
- Boeing Helena celebrates major expansion at production facility
Boeing Helena now employs about 150 people. Leaders say there won't be immediate job openings after the expansion, but they plan to add more employees over time as they increase production.
- Senator Tester talks technology with Bozeman business leaders. He hears about the need for rural education improvement.
"To the folks out there doing, I want to say thank you," he said.
- Butte Local Development Corporation Announces Joe Willauer as New Executive Director
The BLDC Board of Directors' decision comes with the fullest confidence that Willauer will continue to be an excellent steward of the BLDC's mission and a passionate leader for the Butte community.
- Governor Bullock Highlights New Legislation to Boost Tribal Tourism and Economic Prosperity
"When Montana's tribal communities prosper, our whole state prospers," said Governor Steve Bullock. "This is a great effort that will draw visitors to our tribal communities through history, culture and remarkable landscapes, and will ensure all of Montana is on a path to greater economic growth, prosperity, and enhanced tourism."
- Tools And Strategies For Economic Revitalization - 10/11-12 - Missoula, Montana
I wanted to let you all know about a free brownfields workshop being co-hosted by City of Missoula and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University
- Battelle Energy Alliance grant applications are open for economic development and community giving
The INL Community Giving program provides BEA corporate-funded donations in select areas, such as human services, health, environment, arts and civic projects.
- Boise's Micron expands R&D, aiming for a bigger role in our work and personal lives
Its purpose: to help Micron take an increasing part in our lives by designing memory products to help drive cars, improve cloud data-processing and even cure cancer.
- Idaho's Treasure Valley is growing quickly, but how fast is too fast?
The city's population has more than doubled and there are easily over 100 skyscrapers and more in progress. With few natural borders to halt growth, who knows how much more is in the works.
Regional Economic Development
- Big changes planned for economic development efforts in Delaware
Gov. John Carney signed a bill Monday that replaces the Delaware Economic Development Office with a public-private partnership partially run by some of the state's largest companies.
American Prairie Reserve
- SBA Awards Grants to 21 State and Local Economic Development Entities, SBDCs, and Universities to Support R&D Commercialization and Small Business Innovation
"SBA is looking forward to working with these organizations to increase the understanding of the SBIR/STTR programs."
Montana Education Excellence
- The American Prarie Reserve Furthers Its Goal of Creating a Prairie Park Where Bison and Other Wildlife Roam with Purchase of 46,000 Acre Ranch
Since 2001, the Bozeman-based American Prairie Reserve has raised more than $100 million to pursue its goal of stitching together millions of acres of contiguous public and private land to create a vast wildlife preserve.
- Student Survey Places UM Among Princeton Review's 'Best' Colleges
"While the university maintains a fantastic liberal arts program, students especially laud the wildlife biology, forestry, physical therapy and forensic anthropology departments," the publication said of UM. "Moreover, undergrads at Montana are highly complimentary of their teachers who are generally 'helpful, engaging and accessible.' One thrilled student claims that the professors are 'amazing!'"
Funding and Building your Business
- Today's TED Talk - 7 principles for building better cities
Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.
- THREE New Grant Opportunities
Connectivity & Communications
- Here's why venture capitalists are so grumpy these days
It's a hard time to be an established venture capital firm.
- Who has the right to rule? Montana tech companies push Congress for rules protecting open Internet
Two communication firms and a technology-based startup asked Montana's congressional delegation on Tuesday to make permanent federal laws that keep the Internet free and open to all users, and to ensure that Google, Amazon and other corporate giants aren't awarded an unfair advantage through the absence of legislation.
- What's New In Civic Tech: Hawaii Launches Month-Long Innovation Competition
Named the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge, the event involves technologists working directly with public servants, as well as a healthy dose of prize money. The official start date is Saturday, Aug. 26.
- An 'Entrepreneur' by Any Other Name: 5 Things to Consider When You Start a Non-Profit
Non-profits give entrepreneurs the opportunity to directly give back to the community, and offer more immediate, tangible results.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests
"People who spent money to buy themselves time, such as by outsourcing disliked tasks, reported greater overall life satisfaction."
- Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner - Save a Cow - Eat a Cricket
Burgers and meatballs made from insects will hit grocery shelves Monday at the Coop supermarket chain. It marks the first wide distribution of bug bites in Europe.
- Try out your code on a swarm of real robots
Researchers from around the globe can write their own computer programs, upload them, then get the results as machines at Georgia Tech carry out the commands. The researchers will even send video evidence of the experiment.
- How Cities Should Plan and Prepare Their Transportation Infrastructure for the Future
Autonomous vehicles are what a lot of cities are beginning to pay a little bit of attention to, and we've already seen so much disruption with electronically hailed car service, in part because the privately owned automobile is an incredibly wasteful thing.
- Attn. Teachers: Come Fly This Us. Literally! Apply To Be A Part Of STEAM In The Rockies - 10/6-7 - Helena, Montana
- Workshop: Create A Workplace Culture That Uses Employee Strengths - 9/15 - Great Falls, Montana
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