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"The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice." 2017 Montana State University Freshman Convocation speaker Bryan Stevenson http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Congratulations to the Top Companies in Montana on the 2017 Inc. 5000 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock and other Governors Pay Prisoners Face-to-Face Visits
"Behind the statistics are real people, and by meeting face to face, we can gain a greater understanding of how to turn every potential opportunity into a success story," said Bullock
- Governor Bullock Announces Nearly $600,000 in AmeriCorps State Grants
"From ensuring students are college ready to boosting opportunities in Eastern Montana and encouraging the success of our nonprofits, these AmeriCorps programs and the members who serve with them are invaluable to our local communities," Governor Bullock said. "I look forward to watching these programs make a real difference in the lives of Montanans."
Big Sky Code Academy
- Montana Receives Federal Grant to Grow Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Business Assistance Program Which Helps Businesses to Commercialize Technology
"Montana is an incubator for innovation and this program is a valuable resource for Montana entrepreneurs who are ready to take the next step toward commercialization," said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. "Receiving the FAST grant is exciting news because it will allow us to reinvest directly into Montana businesses."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Web Development Bootcamp - Part Time Or Full Time, 09/19, Online
Big Sky Code Academy now has a Job Offer Guarantee for students who successfully complete the Web Dev Bootcamp!
- Data Science Bootcamp - Part Time Or Full Time, 09/18, Online
This boot camp covers everything you need to know to be job ready as a junior data analyst or junior data scientist, depending on your track of choice.
- Check out this cool project built by students at the Big Sky Code Academy!
Grab Your Spot Today! Classes are filling up! Join our Web Development Bootcamp before 9/1/17 and take $1000.00 off your tuition! Promo Code: ONLINESCHOLARSHIP
- Profit Mastery: Creating Value & Building Wealth - 9/13-14 - Great Falls, Montana
"(Profit Mastery is) the best $125 and two days of my life that I have spent in years." - Michael Vetere, Owner, 2J's Fresh Market
- Downtown Conference: We are seeking speakers!
Help us build downtowns across Montana by sharing your success at our Tenth Annual Montana Downtown Conference! Thursday October 19 and Friday October 20, 2017in Great Falls.
- GFDA Top 10 for 8-22-17
Here is our Top 10 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen our regional Great Falls economy.
- Pasta Montana Celebrates Opening of New $6.5M Processing Line, Marking 20th Anniversary in Great Falls, Montana
"Our region has naturally emerged as a food and agricultural processing hub. Our primary role is to act as concierge for these businesses whether they are international corporate expansions or entrepreneurial start-ups. We are here to help." Said Brett Doney.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- First Time for Everything: Happily Lost in Crow Country in Montana
We all found ourselves gasping with wonder over and over again. I know of no better place to heed the words of that travel slogan: Get Lost in Montana.
Energy and Climate Change
- Podcast - How Artifical Intelligence Makes Brand Personalities Come to Life
Artificial intelligence (AI) is reinventing the creative landscape for marketers.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Getting the Most Out of Vehicle Electrification for Both Customers and the Grid
If managed well, electric vehicles present a massive opportunity for utilities to invest productive capital into the distribution system.
- Set To Retire, University of Montana's Steve Running Talks Climate Wars, Activism And Nobel Prize Win
Faced with declining enrollment and a budget deficit, the University of Montana is offering early retirement buyouts to some faculty members. Well-known, climate science Professor Steve Running accepted the offer and is set to retire.
Come Home Montana
- SRS Crisafulli of Glendive Among Montana Businesses to Showcase Mining Products and Services in Australia
Crisafulli FLUMP and Rotomite dredges offer customers "Best Value": excellent performance, competitive prices, reliability, low operating costs, and superior service.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director - The Montana Afterschool Alliance
The Montana Afterschool Alliance is looking for a passionate and committed individual with knowledge and experience of afterschool and youth development to serve as our next director.
- Pitch from hometowns to skilled workers: Come home
Recruiters in areas with a dearth of professionals, including Maine, are successfully targeting talent that has local roots, but left for school and careers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Grants Administrator - City of Missoula
Primary Objective of Position: Under general supervision, develops and administers grant programs and related contracts for the Office of Housing and Community Development.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Top Companies in Montana on the 2017 Inc. 5000
Congratulations to Montana's success stories.
- Kickstarter Campaign: Cowboy Cricket Kitchen: Edible Insect Kitchen In Montana
As the world population grows we must find new ways to feed people. We make cricket powder to feed the you now, and the world tomorrow!
- Montana State University students urged to join fight against injustice
MSU President Waded Cruzado welcomed Bryan Stevenson as this year's Freshman Convocation speaker. Nearly 3,000 new students, plus 3,400 parents and community members attended the event in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
- A Judge Wants a Bigger Role for Female Lawyers. So He Made a Rule.
Following the lead of a handful of other federal judges, Judge Weinstein issued a court rule urging a more visible and substantive role for young female lawyers working on cases he is hearing.
- The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread
My doctor said I was fit and healthy and that there was no need to run any blood tests. He wondered aloud if this was all in my head.
- Don't Forget Rural America In Open Internet Debate
Amid all the noise, it's important to ensure that one aspect of the rulemaking not be overlooked: its huge impact on rural America.
- At Last Best Outdoors Fest, Tester Announces New Public Lands Legislation
At the Last Best Outdoors Fest, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced new legislation that will give Montana outdoorsmen and women a louder voice in Washington.
- Ryan Zinke under investigation for healthcare pressure play
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is under investigation by his own agency's inspector general over reports that he threatened Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, with repercussion for her healthcare vote last week.
- A report says Idaho is the No. 1 cyberbullying state. Here's what you should know.
The 21.1 percent rate is the highest reported in the U.S.
- Idaho Governor Andrus' legacy: Idaho's wild spaces, schools, nuclear cleanup
Cecil Andrus, a Democrat and the longest-serving governor of Idaho, who saved Castle Peak from miners and engineered the protection of 25 percent of Alaska as wilderness, wildlife refuges and national parks, died Thursday.
- Why Iowa is giving Apple $208 million for a project that will create 50 full-time jobs
In exchange for nearly $208 million in state and local tax breaks, the technology giant Apple has agreed to build two new data centers on 2,000 acres of Iowa land -- a project that would create just 50 permanent jobs.
- Wells Fargo CEO warns workers that scandal could grow
Wells Fargo says it is nearing completion of an expanded analysis to try to find instances in which its employees might have opened unauthorized customer accounts, which could lead to additional refunds.
- Wyoming lawmakers to consider 'menu' of new taxes as education funding crisis looms
The Wyoming Legislature is taking baby steps toward considering new taxes in a state known for heavily relying on the boom and bust energy industry for revenue.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids.
Like many parents with children my kids' age, I didn't understand how they would transform the way my kids grew up -- and the way I wanted to parent. I'm still trying to catch up.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS Video: Montana Afterschool programs across Montana and the difference they make for students, parents and the larger community.
Sometimes the "Afterschool" hours are the most important in a child's life. Special thanks to communities of Boulder, Harlem and Hot Springs for welcoming MAPS to help share their amazing stories.
- University of Montana donors Dennis and Gretchen Eck give more than $8 million for Liberal Arts Building Renovation
"Liberal arts should quit selling itself short," Eck said.
- Video: Montana Western chancellor discusses record breaking enrollment
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE - One Class at a Time, Experiential Learning
- Despite deep cuts, PLUK (Parents, Let's Unite for Kids) ready to help Montana students with special needs as new school year starts
The nonprofit support group PLUK, which helps parents of children with special needs across Montana, is up and running and ready to help as students start the school year.
- Governor Bullock, Superintendent Arntzen, Commissioner Bucy Showcase Continued Success of Jobs for Montana's Graduates Program
"Montanans should be proud of Jobs for Montana's Graduates success, both statewide and at the individual level," said Bullock. "While the numbers are impressive, we must remember that behind those numbers are stories about real students. Those students' lives are being changed for the better each and every day through their involvement in Jobs for Montana's Graduates as they strengthen their engagement with their schools, their communities and their future."
Funding and Building your Business
Connectivity & Communications
- The Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding Checklist
Based on my experience and after personally helping hundreds of creators, I decided to create this crowdfunding pre-launch checklist and help your campaign prosper and keep you on track for success.
- 7 Choices Every Entrepreneur Must Make
One aspect of entrepreneurship is starting a business. The bigger aspect is deciding how you will live your life.
- Mastering three strategies of organic growth
Organic growth is key to companies' futures.
- Why More Tech Companies Should Hire People With Disabilities
It's an aspect of diversity that's not often talked about in Silicon Valley, and one that can generate better returns for your business.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Senator Gillibrand announces legislation to bring broadband connections to rural areas
The bipartisan bill was introduced by Gillibrand and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and would make grant funding available for rural broadband projects in high-need areas to be awarded in combination with the current loan funding available through federal Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.
- Jim Clark - The guy who gave us Netscape is at it again with CommandScape
CommandScape is a digital building-management system for commercial and residential properties.
- 'No thanks, Alexa.' Walmart teams with Google to offer voice shopping
"I think this is really about trying to find an opportunity to simplify people's lives and help them shop in a way that maybe they'd not yet imagined,'' said Lore.
- Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo
Google has released some information about the upcoming operating system, which will feature a redesigned notification center and many subtle tweaks that should lead to an overall increase in speed.
- Hunger Solving App Launhes Under the Big Sky - Tangotab Expands to Montana
The company is launching across the state with a tour visiting Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, and Helena to introduce the app, spread awareness on the state's current hunger epidemic, and bring together community members to make lunches for those in need.
- Colorado DOT Launches Autonomous Vehicles to Improve Worker Safety
The Colorado Department of Transportation will use a self-driving Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), as a barrier to protect highway workers.
- California Lawmaker's 'Electric Vehicle Initiative' Calls for $3 Billion in Rebates
The initiative would earmark $3 billion over a 12-year period to provide motorists with subsidies for the cars they buy that qualify under the definition of zero-emissions vehicles.
- Used electric cars: the best bang for your buck?
Takeaway: Consider buying a used electric car, said AAA, which releases its annual True Cost of Vehicle Ownership report Wednesday.
- New EV charging network opening, from the mountains to the sea
The network -- free to EV drivers with a smart phone app and a common charger, is an international, public-private collaboration aimed at supporting the spread of zero emission vehicles.
- Nonstop flights from Billings to Dallas and back have been popular in first months
The first two months of nonstop daily flights between Billings and Dallas have been so popular that it's almost certain that a quarterly financial guarantee due to American Airlines this fall won't be necessary.
- ReUse Visioning Event For The Kootenai Business Park, 09/12, Libby, Montana
- LTM - Last Thursday Of The Month Gathering - 8/31 - Helena, Montana
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