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"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." Warren Miller
Montana Business and Govt. Agency Collaboration Success
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- Hamilton receives $450K grant for Ravalli Early Head Start facilities
Eight towns, cities, and counties across Montana will receive funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a federally-funded program Commerce administers for Montana.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Public Lands Make America Great - Montana Governor Steve Bullock
This isn't an issue that divides us. You don't have to have a Swiss bank account to spend a day on the river.
Early Edge Montana
- Here is our Top 12 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen our Great Falls regional economy.
WE ARE Hungry to Grow the Great Falls regional economy!
Energy and Climate Change
- Governor Bullock Celebrates Expanded Preschool Center in Belgrade
Bullock joins families and kiddos in Belgrade who will have increased access to high-quality early childhood education
- Promising to 'Make Our Planet Great Again,' Macron lures 13 U.S. climate scientists to France
Macron urged worried climate scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to see France as a "second homeland" and to come work there because "we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again."
Montana Economic Development
- Opinion: Outdated liquor laws hold restaurants back
The gas stations of Montana own more liquor licenses than any other establishments in the state; this has led to a state full of gas stations where you can gamble, eat fried food and drink all day.
- Montana Co-ops make a difference: Crucible
Crucible website: http://www.crucible.coop
- Tom Snyder and Five On Black - Building A Brazilian Restaurant Chain In Montana
Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," host Arnie Sherman talks with Tom, not yet thirty years old, about his business success and his plans for the future.
- A great Christmas Gift for your family - Video & Film to DVD Transfer Services in Missoula
Are you looking to get your old VHS tapes protected and transferred to DVD?
- Education to Battle Opiate Addiction Taking Root in Montana's Flathead Valley
Providers in the Flathead hope to build a valley-wide, uniform prescription process for opiates as the Montana attorney general files suit against OxyContin makers
- Missoula-based Xplorer Maps grows with the help of Opportunity Resources and the developmentally challenged community
Officials tell me the company couldn't have achieved these heights without he help of Opportunity Resource clients.
TED and TEDX Talks
- Tax bill threatens bonds that build Montana communities
Congress is considering eliminating Private Activity Bonds, a move that would deal a devastating blow to the health of our state and have immediate and long-term impacts on our residents.
- TED Talk of the week Dan Gartenberg: The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it
Find out more about this vital stage of sleep -- and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.
Business Plan Forums
- Create a great resume in 10 minutes
Whether you're starting from scratch or updating an existing document, creating a great resume does not have to take a lot of time.
- Why I Stopped Raising My Sons
"My boys are only going to be my boys for a very short time. It is a tiny, fleeting moment of their lives that I live in the center of and I intend to soak up every second of it ... but I'm not raising my boys anymore. I'm raising someone's husband. I'm raising the fathers of my grandchildren."
- 'People are freaking out.' Will electric vehicles doom your neighborhood auto mechanic?
"Ninety percent of our industry has done nothing -- absolutely nothing to prepare. They just turn the hybrids and EVs away and say, 'We don't work on those cars, go back to Ford or Toyota.' The fear factor is huge."
- Geography Graduate Student Awarded $1,500 in University of Montana Startup Pitch Competition
This year's finalists came from diverse academic programs across campus and included three participants in UM's Pursue Your Passion program, a yearlong initiative that helps participants explore their interests through an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Time running out for program that covers 24,000 Montana kids
"You're talking about Montana's working class, the farmers, the concrete pourers," said Belgrade resident Darcy Saffer, whose four kids rely on CHIP.
- Zinke spent more than $53K on 3 helicopter trips
Zinke has dismissed the controversy as politically motivated "bull" and said all his travel has gone through proper review.
- FCC Must Investigate Fraud Before Voting on Net Neutrality.. and then NOT remove neutrality protections
If net neutrality rules are rolled back, as proposed by the FCC, broadband providers will have the power to dictate the kind of content consumers are able to access online. They'll be able to list the websites you can view for free and those for which you'll be charged a premium.
- Days Before Net Neutrality Vote, Mayors Join the Fight
"The Commission's proposal seeks to compound its prioritization of the broadband industry above all others, and above local communities, by broadly preempting state and local government ability to respond to the unique challenges faced in our communities," the letter reads.
- Analysis: The FCC's net neutrality plan may have even bigger ramifications in light of obscure court case
The case involves AT&T and one of the nation's top consumer protection agencies, the Federal Trade Commission. At stake is the FTC's ability to prosecute companies that act in unfair or deceptive ways.
- Getting Somewhere in Neutral
Perhaps there's a lesson here all of us could apply to other public discussions.
- Editorial: Tax reforms will hurt innovation, kill golden opportunity to improve infrastructure
They're using this fiction to build support for the reforms. But it's been tried before, and guess what? It didn't work.
- Net Neutrality's Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.
"Providers are starting to split the net into packages,"
- Rep. Dan Nordberg will serve as the regional administrator for Region 8 of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
"I'm ready and excited to go to work for small business to support and counsel America's dynamic entrepreneurs," says Nordberg.
Incubators and R&D
- Micron workers stole tech secrets to benefit Chinese companies, prosecutors say
Prosecutors in Taiwan say two employees of Micron Technology Inc. stole trade secrets in a conspiracy Micron says was spurred by a former senior executive to benefit an emerging competitor in mainland China.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- CRISPR breakthrough treats diseases like diabetes without cutting DNA
Scientists from the Salk Institute have modified CRISPR to work without making any cuts, switching targeted genes on and off instead, and demonstrated its effectiveness by treating diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other diseases in mice.
Oregon Economic Development
- Bakken Elementary students take on technology with 'Hour of Code'
"It's actually really fun,"
- The 'last best place in Oregon without a brewery' wants to change that situation
Madras, Oregon, is thirsting for a piece of the craft-beer action, offering incentives and technical assistance to lure its first brewery.
- Worker shortage will hold back Colorado's economic growth in 2018, CU economists predict
"The economy is still strong here. We just don't have enough labor,"
- "We don't want you here": Amsterdam, Europe's weed capital, pushes back on overtourism
The Dutch capital, with its World Heritage-listed canals, narrow streets and web of alleys in its red light district, is now pushing back in an attempt to keep the city attractive to visitors and residents alike. But some say it's not going far enough.
- Trump says Wells Fargo's penalties for 'bad acts' could be 'substantially increased'
"I will cut Regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating."
- Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in talks to merge
Providence St. Joseph suffered a $512 million drop in operating income and a $252 million operating loss in its fiscal year 2016.
- Young Professionals Salt Lake City works to attract and retain talent to the City -- not always an easy task with Utah's perceived reputation
Utah companies now often turn to the the group for help reassuring prospective employees about the culture, Nwokoma said. Then, they introduce the new transplants to people via social and networking events.
- 50 things that make Casper, Wyoming great
What makes Casper such a great place to live? Here are 50 reasons why.
Montana Education Excellence
- Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to teach every Chicago public school student to code
Cook described the push as the next progression in the company's "Everyone Can Code" initiative launched last year, an effort that has brought the coding curriculum designed by Apple engineers to about 60 community colleges and 1500 elementary and high schools around the globe.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Billings school uses unusual classroom management style
"It's not about the painting. It's not about the walls. It's not about the stage," said kindergarten teacher Melissa Soucy. "It's about the passion for every teacher and how they bring it into the classroom in their own way."
- STEM inspires kids to learn
According to STEM Billings, there are about 500 job openings for writing code in Montana.
Funding and Building your Business
- Engineering projects at MSU benefit sponsors, give real-world experience - Could your company benefit from their innovation?
After working with MSU engineering students, some sponsors come back for more.
- 10 Traits of Entrepreneurs Who Built Billion-Dollar Companies
The most successful entrepreneurs are those who held themselves to the highest standards.
- 9 Beautiful Questions Will Validate Your Innovation
Perhaps hard questions need to come before ideas, rather than after.
- Premoney vs Postmoney - Which is a Better Technique for Negotiating?
Why are postmoney conversations simpler?
- How to Pitch Your App to Investors
In this article, I'll outline best practices for all three stages of pitching investors and share some hands-on examples from working with startups here at Appster.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana's Golden Helix - Digitizing the Biotech Industry
We provide a complete end-to-end solution for clinical labs and hospitals to analyze Next-Generation Sequencing data.
- Centennial, Colorado's new gigabit internet service that's not Comcast breaks ground next week
Construction begins next week in Centennial on a service that will ultimately bring what many in Colorado have voted for: fast internet from someone other than the local cable TV or telephone provider.
- The 'Alt-Right' Created a Parallel Internet. It's an Unholy Mess.
More than a dozen "alt-tech" companies have now emerged, each promising a refuge from political correctness and censorship.
- With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy
Preparations for the count already are complicated by a sea change in the census itself: For the first time, it will be conducted largely online instead of by mail.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- New Book: "Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving,"
New book explains the powerful ways in which the next generation of philanthropists will use their inherited and earned wealth
- Flathead nonprofit Sparrow's Nest of Northwest Montana works to end student homelessness
To help change those circumstances, Sparrow's Nest has a home in Whitefish that houses five kids and are in the process of building a new home in Kalispell that will house eight kids. Dear-Ruel said the program gives them more than just a place to sleep.
- Kevin Costner hosts Montana Governor Steve Bullock on the set of 'Yellowstone'
Costner called the new series "a postcard for Montana."
- 2 movies filmed in Montana selected for 2018 Sundance Film Festival
"It's really remarkable to have two Montana films at Sundance," said Montana Film Office Commissioner Allison Whitmer.
- Kevin Costner: 'Yellowstone' TV series will be 'postcard for Montana'
"If a movie in a rural state is done right, "even citified people go, 'I need to go there,' because it's rife with history, it's still held onto its identity, and you've not allowed it to be tread on." Kevin Costner
- Events of the Season in Missoula
this week in missoula
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- "Science in America" with Neil deGrasse Tyson
We offer this 4min video on "Science in America", containing what may be the most important words Neil deGrasse Tyson has ever spoken.
- New healthcare model will allow users to video chat with doctor
Facetiming, texting or emailing with a personal physician is part of a new healthcare model that will launch at a Missoula-based medical walk-in clinic.
- Crowdfunded bubble EV charges ahead
A little over 12 months after launching a crowdfunding campaign to develop a new battery electric city car, Sweden's Uniti has unveiled its first two-seater - the appropriately-named One.
- America Still Loves Cars, But Some Cities Are Starting to Ditch Them
For years, many cities have pushed their residents to adopt car-free lifestyles. Doing so can help limit further traffic congestion and pollution, while also saving people money and improving their physical fitness.
- Cleveland's First Protected Bike Lanes Get $14 Million Boost
Envisioned by bike advocates, and developed with the help of the City of Cleveland and NOACA, the Midway would eventually constitute a system of "bicycle highways" running down the center lanes of more than 50 miles of wide, underused streets that once carried streetcars.
- California Looks at Dumping Gas Tax for Per-Mile Fee as Cars Use Less Fuel
How can the state replace revenue lost from the traditional gas tax?
- These Traffic Flow Simulations Are Weirdly Mesmerizing
YouTuber Euverus modelled thirty different traffic junctions by adding modifying the game "Cities: Skylines". The results are incredibly satisfying to watch.
- A Single Autonomous Car Has a Huge Impact on Alleviating Traffic
Even intelligent cruise control systems could be used to clear up congestion.
- New Autonomous Vehicle Allows You to Comfortably Work While Traveling
The Project Redspace car aims to make your long commute far more enjoyable. Redspace could be the car of the future.
- Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot
Musk claimed that the chips' processing power would help Tesla's Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human.
- Electric delivery bikes reduce urban air and traffic congestion
A consortium is trialing a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trailers for quicker, more efficient and nearly carbon neutral deliveries in Central London.
- City Club Missoula discusses new airport terminal - Missoula to Texas? New flight announcement expected next week
"We need new air service because our community demands it, whether it's your business or your pleasure," said Jensen, addressing City Club Missoula. "We all want to experience the world, and we want the world to experience Missoula."
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