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"Screw it. Let's just do it." Richard Branson's motivating motto
Montana's first cooperative brewery coming to Ronan thanks to the guidance of the Montana Economic Developers Association -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor, First Lady Bullock Award Over $40,000 to Expand School Breakfast Programs in Partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry
Actor Jeff Bridges highlights progress made in Montana towards ending childhood hunger.
- Planning for the Future of Colstrip - Governor Steve Bullock
Together, we will pass along a Montana to our children that is still the envy of the nation for quality of life and economic stability.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology Request for Proposals Research and Commercialization Projects - Fiscal Year 2019 Guidelines
To maximize the possibility of obtaining fun ding, applicants should carefully follow the instructions in this Request for Proposals.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Flathead Valley Community College to Offer New Solar Energy Class Spring Semester
Under Gross and Vincent's instruction, students will grid-tie a pole-mount solar array with a backup battery to offset a portion of the total power consumption used by FVCC's agriculture building.
- An MIT Dean Planned a University With No Classrooms. Here's Where It Stands.
The description of the summer program describes it as a mix of internships, STEM training, and passion projects.
- Here's a model for major school reform that looks vastly different from Betsy DeVos's vision
They argue all public schools should have the kind of authority charter schools -- which are publicly funded but privately operated -- have in many states today.
Big Sky Commerce
- Montana's Bull River country offers giant trees, stunning views
Human presence is sparse, but caribou, grizzlies, wolves, moose and an abundance of other wildlife call it home.
- 24 amazing places to explore in Montana
Every week, the Independent Record publishes a column highlighting places you can fish, hike, boat, camp or otherwise spend time in Montana's great outdoors. Here are some of our favorites from the last year.
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky Commerce would like to give a warm congratulations to Opportunity Resources, Inc. on the ongoing success of their Art from the Heart Holiday Sale!
ORI is offering wonderful gifts and art handcrafted by their clients through December 15th in their lobby. 100% of the profits from the sale will go directly to the artists.
Come Home Montana
- PSC sets terms for Montana wind project; developer says they're unworkable
State regulators this week set the terms for a proposed wind-power project near Martinsdale, in central Montana - but the developer said Wednesday those terms make the project "uneconomic" and unable to go forward.
- Solar-power lawsuit: PSC actions illegally blocking small solar projects
"The commission's decision is a death knell for small solar development in Montana, at a time when demand for renewable energy is growing (and) the cost of producing renewable energy is at an all-time low," said the lawsuit filed Wednesday in state District Court in Great Falls.
- Solar energy company in Missoula plans new commercial building, apartments
As it stands, Hamilton said, the company is not permitted to generate and sell its own electricity. In other words, it can't sell the power it generates to the apartment tenants, though it can use the power to offset the building's overall power consumption.
- Federal Court Hears Oral Arguments in Climate Change Lawsuit From Young People
Twenty-one people between the ages of 10 and 21 are suing the federal government for violating their rights by not sufficiently addressing climate change.
- Career Opportunities at Montana State University
Come and experience our remarkable setting and adventurous community of students, faculty and staff.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Drafter Position Available - Glo Windows
We're expanding our team! Now hiring for a Drafter Position!
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- From the Macro to the Personal: Lessons from Five Top Leaders
In this opinion piece, Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett writes about critical advice he has received from other leaders - lessons that "have had a massive impact on how I try to lead every day."
- Montana's first cooperative brewery coming to Ronan thanks to the guidance of the Montana Economic Developers Association
People interested in learning more or buying shares in Ronan's cooperative brewery can contact Lake County Community Development Corporation at 406-676-5901 or stop by their office at 407 Main St. in Ronan.
Business Plan Forums
- Next Frontier Capital adds Les Craig as new Partner in preparation for close of second Fund
"Expanding the Next Frontier team is key as we approach the next critical phase of our growth.
- Nonprofit releases guide encouraging farmers to tap into tourism
A regional organization has released a first-of-its-kind guide intended to help farmers and ranchers turn a profit from travelers.
City Club Missoula
- MINNOW TANK Business Plan Competition, 01/30, Harlowton
Wheatland County Chamber of Commerce recently launched the first ever "MINNOW TANK" Business Plan Competition to spawn entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic development in their rural community.
- 450 budding MSU entrepreneurs present business ideas in Venture Pitch competition
Four-hundred-fifty freshman students come up with entrepreneurial endeavors. They pitch these ideas to a panel of judges composed of Bozeman-area business owners and their teachers for a final semester grade.
- You can view City Club Missoula events you missed on MCAT
Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) provides Missoula residents and organizations with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce media based on their interests and concerns.
- Montana legislative panel wants quick study of state tax structure
Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, a member of the Legislative Finance Committee, said the study should look at how to deal with the new economy that features online businesses such as Amazon, eCommerce and Netflix and what role they play in Montana's economy.
- Montana Senator Jon Tester Slams Federal Communications Commission Decision to End Free and Open Internet
Senator: Ending Net Neutrality Ends the Internet As We Know It
- The Biggest Whoppers From the FCC's Net Neutrality Meeting
Here are some of the most spurious claims we heard from the commissioners:
Incubators and R&D
- After five years and $100 million, Idaho remains far from its '60 percent goal'
Tthe money isn't doing the one thing it was supposed to do.
- As Chobani expands footprint in Twin Falls, city reflects on anti-refugee backlash
The company, which employs hundreds of refugees, aims to create the 'Silicon Valley of food' in Southern Idaho
- Washington Post travel writer visits 'divinely artsy' Boise, leaves with bell rung
"I landed in Boise seeking simplicity but left delighting in complexity," globe-trotting freelancer John Briley proclaims. "... I kept hearing 'outdoorsy' and kept finding divinely artsy."
- Department of Energy gives 'excellent' rating to Idaho National Laboratory - Career Opportunities Available
Provencher says the nuclear research lab produced "high quality, original and creative results that advanced science, engineering and technology across the laboratory research and development portfolio."
- Business leaders, Boise lawmaker say Idaho non-compete law went too far
More than 100 businesses have signed a letter in support of changing Idaho's non-compete law after it was amended less than a year ago, saying it went too far.
- Scientists aim to wipe out dementia and other diseases of aging
The objective is not to extend life span but to extend "health span" -- the period of life during which people are healthy and active -- and shorten the amount of time, often during one's final years, when aging-related ailments render many bedridden or disabled.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Facebook will spend 'hundreds of millions' on two more Prineville data centers
Prineville said Facebook signed a new agreement for property tax exemptions for the facilities. Prior deals have already saved the company more than $70 million.
Washington State Business
- MSU-licensed technology wins top industry awards for combatting plant diseases
Both awards recognize LifeGard as the first biopesticide that works exclusively by inducing a plant's resistance to diseases, including fungi and viruses.
- Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won't for the nation, Inslee says
"There are some things worth fighting for," Inslee said. "This is a free-speech issue as well as a business development issue."
Missoula Children's Theatre
- As part of incentive program, 10 percent of district workforce says they'll leave by 2020
In all, the 238 employees who've said they'll leave in the next three years represents more than 10 percent of the district's workforce.
Montana Education Excellence
- Get Ready for MCT's World Premiere of Hercules!
"Anyone can be a hero!"
Funding and Building your Business
- Ann Jackson and her husband, Ken Wilson donate to improve writing across Montana State University
Just this year, the Writing Center has 22 peer tutors representing 17 majors -- from writing to business finance to cell biology and neuroscience, Miley said. The peer tutors work with students who have writing assignments from across myriad disciplines.
- University of Montana releases draft recommendations on program cuts, changes
The report says "many programs will have to be reduced or discontinued for the University of Montana to operate within budget for 2018-2020 timeframe".
- Bridger offers Bozeman High students a choice
"I love it," Benavides said of Bridger. "We're a family here. The teachers care about you passing here."
- Montana Tech chapter of national organization seeks to encourage people of color to pursue engineering
"I think it's wonderful to have a chapter at Montana Tech," Hartline said Tuesday. "It's very much a student-led, student-organized group."
Connectivity & Communications
- MSU nanotech resources available to Montana manufacturers
"We already have a number of manufacturers using this facility, and we hope to expand that through MMEC's outreach."
- 14 Ways Modern Entrepreneurs Can Achieve Business Success
Entrepreneurs need to be more conscious of the market, as well as aware of what their customers expect in order to see returns on their business investment.
- Here's what holds back women entrepreneurs
"It's important for us to encourage women to succeed. When women succeed, their families succeed,"
- The Montana Telecommunications Association's Position on Net Neutrality
Whether it's Title I or Title II, the FTC or the FCC or some other regulatory construct, the inextricable role of the Internet in our lives calls for common rules of the road to guide the behavior and interaction of all broadband and edge providers in a rational, ex post regulatory environment.
- These 15 Billionaires Own America's News Media Companies
Losing Net Neutrality may mean that your news will be controlled or even censored.
- Connecting Talent with Purpose: Why Cities Must Collaborate with Academia on Gov Tech Innovation
Mayor Pete Buttigieg pointed to the project as an example of what cities have to gain from collaborating with academia.
- Oklahoma's IT Unification Nets Hundreds of Millions in Savings
Roughly five years into the state's IT consolidation, officials are citing substantial benefits in their operations and cybersecurity standing.
- In search of new ideas and tech, Illinois turns to Corporate Innovators Council
Officials say they will apply what they have learned from their corporate partners to bring new processes and technologies to state government.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana World Affairs Council Welcomes Janet Rose As Executive Director
"There is no other organization like the Montana World Affairs Council, and its impact on global education for thousands of young Montanans is great. Through the World Affairs Council we have an opportunity to bring important issues to diverse audiences. I treasure this opportunity to contribute to the future of our youth and our communities. I hope many will join us." Janet Rose
- Bad news for nonprofits: Will people still give or as much if they can't get a tax deduction for their charitable giving?
There's a lot of worry in the nonprofit world.
- National Register recognizes Archie Bray Foundation as nationally significant
"Now in its 66th year, the location commonly known as the Bray is widely regarded as an international incubator for artists working with clay to advance their work and expand their vision,"
- Best of TED Talks - The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Dan's talk inspired me to learn more about B Corporations: companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
- Elon Musk says he's not bitcoin inventor, warns of robot apocalypse
"This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you'll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams..." Elon Musk
- Scientists 'Inject' Information into Brains of Monkeys Using Electrical Currents
The research is very promising and could impact medicine in two key areas: improving treatment options for people who have suffered a decrease in motor skills from injury, and more importantly, acting as a research base for future development in the area of neuroprosthetics.
- A Man Gets His Genes Edited, and Science Waits With Bated Breath
Brian Madeux suffers from Hunter's syndrome, a genetic disease that prevents his body from getting rid of carbohydrates. An experimental therapy might just cure him.
- Flying car racing could be headed to Australia
Alauda is now building what is essentially a human-capable racing drone.
- Five Questions You Should Have About Google's Plan to Reinvent Cities
a "next-generation transit system" built around self-driving shuttles, construction innovations aimed at ensuring more affordable housing, and a focus on renewable energy and sustainable design with the goal of creating a "climate-positive blueprint for cities around the world."
- Beyond the Bus: 'Microtransit' Helps Cities Expand Transportation Services
After several private companies tried -- and failed -- to deliver on-demand group transit, some cities are now building those services themselves.
- Gainesville, Fla., has kicked off a three-year project allowing public access to free autonomous shuttles.
"This will be for use with the general public and we see it as a real-world pilot," he said.
- Continental to bring its wireless EV charging pads to CES
Electric Vehicle owners can position the car over the top of a plate, where a primary coil transmits power wirelessly to another charging coil in the car through magnetic induction.
- Developer sues county after commissioners deny Big Sky workforce housing project
The suit argues that the commission asserted that developers did not adequately address traffic impacts. But those issues were out of the commissioners' jurisdiction, the suit argues, and led to an unlawful denial of the application.
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