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Big Sky Economic Development
Montana Department of Commerce
- 2017 Vetrepreneur Symposium, "Moments That Matter" - 11/3 - Billings, Montana
Learn more about how Big Sky Economic Development and the Veterans Business Outreach Center(VBOC) are impacting Veteran Entrepreneurs in our six-state region.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Free Local Update Of Census Addresses (LUCA) Workshop - 11/8 - Helena And Webinar
Montana receives $1,989 per person annually from federal assistance programs that distribute funds based on Decennial Census. Montana can lose $19,890 over 10 years for each person that is not counted in Census 2020!
Montana World Affairs Council
- Real root of the Montana budget problem
There is no indication that we have spent beyond our means; on the contrary, we could afford to do more, and we certainly can afford to do what we are doing now.
- Montana Voices: Native legislators pledge to work toward bipartisan budget fix
As Indian legislators, we are intimately familiar with how many of these cuts will devastate Montana Indians
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana World Affairs Council Hosts Former Ambassador/Senator Max Baucus to Discuss China, North Korea and the U. S. at multiple events.
The MWAC continues to bring world-class speakers to not only present their expertise but to also interact with those concerned about world affairs and how they're impacting our lives now and in the future.
Early Edge Montana
- Great Falls Montana Development Authority Chosen as a Montana Food & Ag Development Center
"Standing up the Great Falls Food & Ag Development Center will boost our long-standing efforts to expand and diversify food and agricultural processing in Great Falls, the Golden Triangle and beyond, " says Brett Doney, President & CEO of the Great Falls Montana Development Authority. "Our new Center will allow us to increase efforts to help existing businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups, and to attract out of state businesses to expand into Montana."
- Please vote YES on the Cascade County Economic Development Mill Levy
Keep our local economy moving forward, creating higher wage jobs and building our tax base.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Conference focuses on early education opportunities for Montana children
Deb Halliday, one of the institute's organizers, described Montana as "program-rich, but system-poor" when it comes to early childhood support.
Energy and Climate Change
- Small Oregon Town Welcomes Robotic Deliveries
The town of Philomath, Oregon has just approved the testing of robotic deliveries on public rights-of-way.
- Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence: The Essential Codependency
The hurdle of turning the above scenario into a reality seemed unsurmountable a handful of years ago. But, thanks to the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, it's an imminent reality.
- Bitcoin for beginners: Everything you need to know
Still confused about bitcoin? Don't know what cryptocurrency is?
- Meet the High Schooler Shaking Up Artificial Intelligence
"The best thing to do is to go out and try it, make it yourself from your own hands,"
Come Home Montana
- Oreo's Refining Needs a Truck to Help Montana Recycle Its Electronic Waste
We're interested in talking with business or nonprofit leaders who wish to make substantial donations in exchange for advertising with their logos on our new truck.
- Cars are the future of energy storage
The added benefit here is the potential for better utilization of renewable energy sources like wind power, which are often under-utilized during off-peak periods.
- Utahns are feeling more extreme summer heat due to climate change, study says
The EPA has noted that unusually hot summer days have occurred more often in the past few decades, while hot summer nights are going up at an even faster rate.
- Stakeholders Shine Light on Koocanusa Pollution in Montana
Contaminants continue leaching from Canadian coal mines into Montana's waterways
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Director - The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA)
The Downtown Billings Alliance is the economic development group dedicated to a strong, vibrant downtown. It's your city!
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Operations Manager, Loan Processor, Commercial/Agricultural Lender and more... - First Security Bank
At First Security Bank, our people are our most valuable asset. We seek qualified employees who enjoy people, are innovative and who are eager to learn.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing and Events Manager - Prospera Business Network
Working at Prospera is fun and dynamic because our work directly benefits individuals, businesses and communities in southwestern Montana.
- UM Blackstone LaunchPad Startups Participate in National Training Camp
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation selected George Gaines, founder of Chilton Skis, and Kyle Pucko, co-founder of GeoFli, to attend the two-day training camp with workshops and mentoring from Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network and top venture capitalists.
TED and TEDX Talks
- San Juan mayor gets in Twitter fight with tiny Montana firm awarded controversial $300 million contract for Puerto Rico
Cruz called the no-bid contract "alarming" and demanded it be voided in light of ethical discrepancies, Yahoo News reported Wednesday.
- SBA 2017 InnovateHER Challenge - Jessica Dehn with Dino Drop In, Bozeman Winner of the 2nd place award of $20,000
Dino Drop-In is childcare built to fit the lifestyle of busy families and ever-changing work schedules.
- Floating Island International, Inc. - Corporate Expansion Facilitates Tremendous Growth
During the first three quarters of the year, revenues outpaced our plan by 40%.
- Simms Fishing relocating Bozeman warehouses to Seattle
"The number one and leading reason that we are moving to Seattle is that we need scalable space to accommodate our growth in the future," said Simms President K.C. Walsh.
- Today's TED Talk - How we'll earn money in a future without jobs
In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for separating income from traditional work and instituting a universal basic income.
City Club Missoula
- How most leadership training programs fail women
The list of reasons more women don't hold top jobs in corporate America is long and complex
- The 6 Jobs Everyone Will Want in 2040
In 2040, the babies born today will be at the start of their careers. Will the job market they face look anything like now?
- City Club Missoula Presents: New Neighbors: Refugee Resettlement In Missoula, One Year Later - 11/13
Updating Missoula on refugee resettlement since 2016, covering successes, challenges and partnerships, as well as providing a brief outlook for 2018.
- Senator Tester Secures $576 Million for Wildfire Relief and Forest Management in Disaster Funding Bill
"When the Forest Service has to borrow from its non-fire accounts to cover firefighting on the ground, we lose out on critical maintenance, mitigation, and restoration work," Tester said.
- Senator Tester Blasts Proposed Hike in Entrance Fees for Glacier, Yellowstone
"Glacier and Yellowstone should be accessible to all of us. This decision will price Montana families out of our public lands, and hurt local economies, which thrive thanks to our National Parks. I encourage all Montanans to weigh in and make their voices heard."
- White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer's ability to sue banks or credit card companies
The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for Wall Street.
- The FCC plans to roll back some of its biggest rules against media consolidation
Critics say it will lead to greater media consolidation and the loss of independent voices.
- Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review
Instead of following President Barack Obama's proposal to look at chemicals already in widespread use that result in some of the most common exposures, the new administration wants to limit the review to products still being manufactured and entering the marketplace.
- While Trump Is Tweeting, These 3 People Are Undoing American Government as We Know It
"If you look at these Cabinet appointees," Bannon said in February, "they were all selected for a reason. And that is the deconstruction."
- Trump Calls Opioids a Crisis, but Puts No Money Toward a Fix
In declaring a public "health emergency" instead of a "national emergency," which would have led to the rapid allocation of funds, President Trump fell short of his campaign promise.
- The Park Service's proposal to double entry fees could fix its maintenance problem 161 years from now
At a rate of $70 million a year it would take more than 161 years for that extra annual revenue to wipe out the entire $11.3 billion backlog -- to say nothing of the maintenance needs that would arise between now and then.
- Forbes ranks Portland 'Best Places for Business and Careers' in the country
"Companies and workers in Portland benefit from dramatically more affordable conditions than in the Bay Area," according to Forbes.
Regional Economic Development
- These Two Banking Giants Want to Revolutionize Banking
MasterCard and Visa, want to make it easier for everyone by getting rid of outdated practices and using headline-making upgrades.
- Heartland startups finally strike back
Coastal VCs and accelerators are finally spreading inland.
- How to incorporate the 5th 'C' of 21st Century learning
Three educators explain how they include career readiness in their 21st-century learning initiatives.
Montana Education Excellence
- With future uncertain, Wyoming school board prepares for doomsday scenario
"It's pretty dramatic," said Superintendent Steve Hopkins. "Not pretty."
- Great Falls, Montana Immersion Program teaches Native history, culture to improve attendance, graduation
"Now I hate leaving school at the end of the day," said Antonio Spearson.
- Meet Helena College's two dean finalists at upcoming community forums 10/30 and 11/6
Both candidates will attend separate community forums to answer questions.
- Montana campuses commit to improving outcomes for students
"I think the game is changing a bit from really, how many students can we enroll, to how many students can we retain and see them complete," said Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana ranks 31st in equal opportunities for children
The gaps are driven, in large part, by exposure to poverty.
- FOUR New Grant Opportunities
Connectivity & Communications
- 10 Ted Talks every entrepreneur needs to watch
With over 2000 videos by industry-leading influencers, covering just about any topic in the world, TED might be the best place to turn to if you're looking for advice, inspiration, reviews and strategies to improve and develop your business.
- TED Talk - Want a more innovative company? Hire more women
Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative ideas by treating diversity as a competitive advantage.
- The Simple Technique That Will Help You Make Better Hires
Once you have answered the candidate's questions, say "If you're interested in this position, I have a request to make of you. Is that okay?"
- Entrepreneur extols benefits of "pretotyping" - How And Why One Man Became A Failure Guru Inside Google
"WTF!" Savoia says he asked himself as he felt his good luck had run out. "Why the failure?"
- Pretotype It - Make sure you are building the right it before you build it right
Pretotyping helps you fail fast, recover fast and leaves you plenty of time, money, energy and enthusiasm to explore new tweaks or ideas until you hit on something that people seem to want – the rare and wonderful right it !
- San Francisco Just Took a Huge Step Toward Internet Utopia
Last week, San Francisco became the first major city in America to pledge to connect all of its homes and businesses to a fiber optic network.
- Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age
Just 77 percent of rural households have access to high-speed internet, state broadband office says
- Technology Is Key to Local Citizen Engagement
The mayors of Austin, Texas, Louisville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C., hope their successful resident engagement projects will serve as guides for other major cities across the country.
- AOL's Steve Case says 'smart cities' are the next big thing
In his opinion, "we are kind of peak Silicon Valley," and despite "some tough big brother privacy issues surrounded around cyber terrorism bringing down some of these smart cities," a more inclusive innovation economy will begin to emerge.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Steele-Reese Foundation is a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve them in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky.
The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the areas of rural education; health; human/social services; the arts and humanities; and land, water, and wildlife conservation and historic preservation.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Human Evolution Will Be About 'Designing How We Evolve Our Brains' Says Stanford Neuroscientist
Humans will take control of our own evolution if predictions by a Stanford neuroscientist are true.
- Amazon's new service lets you open your house door to anyone, anytime
Amazon Key is a new service that allows you to remotely open your door for Amazon services from your phone.
- Time for the Feds to Say What They Know About Kaspersky
As the rest of the world decides whether it needs to similarly rid itself of all Kaspersky code, it's starting to get impatient for answers.
- Self-driving cars coming to San Jose -- and the streets will be safer
To realize San Jose's goal of "Vision Zero"--a day when the city has zero traffic fatalities--there is no alternative to AV deployment.
- Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars
Not only does the innovative design give foot-travelers the feeling of walking on air, it also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating 'zebra stripes.'
- The Future of the Nation's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
The goal of this scenario development is to estimate the magnitude of electric vehicle infrastructure requirements (relative to a growing national fleet of PEVs) and to highlight dependencies with consumer preferences and technology development.
- MSU TechLink SBIR Lunch & Learn Series: NOAA & DOT Funding Opportuniti, 11/01, Bozeman
- Parking Meter Sale! - 10/28 - Missoula
- Infrastructure Development In An African Context - 10/26 - Bozeman
- Students To See Mountain Lions Overlooking Missoula Via Live Streaming - 10/25
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