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"Missoula, my Missoula. You always look better from up high. Cold, clear sky, and the trampled snow from those of us getting away from the valley grit. My ghosts are down there. Leaning against lamp posts and sitting on park benches. “Hey, tell me a story,” they ask... and the small notebooks fill.... Hello 2018. What will we do with this year? Walk more. Write more. Code more. Go through the notebooks and look for clues. And tell the story... " Steve Saroff
Great Falls Development Authority
- Save Energy and Money - Northwestern Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives Available In Montana
We created the Efficiency Plus (E+) brand to identify tools and information for our customers to better manage their overall energy costs and, where applicable, obtain rebates or incentives to help offset the purchase and installation of qualifying measures.
- Great Falls Montana Economic Development Top 10 for 2017
Here is our Top 10 highlights for 2017, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen our Great Falls regional economy. It's been a great year for Great Falls. THANK YOU to the entrepreneurs, business leaders, developers and community visionaries who have made everything below possible! And, my apologies for the many things I've missed that happened throughout the year.
- Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 Predictions for 2018
Here is our Top 10 predictions for 2018, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen our Great Falls regional economy. It's going to be a an electrifying year!
- Ignite Great Falls 2018! - 1/19 - Great Falls
We invite you to an event celebrating 2018 projects either underway or about to start. This is a fast paced briefing from a dozen developers. Let's grow Great Falls!
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Master Chef Ray Risho's Ports Of Call - The Missouri River July 10-13, 2018
Travel with Ray and his team on a guided excursion through the White Cliffs of the Missouri River Breaks with culinary delights every day.
- Top 10 (Mostly Montana) treks: An outdoorsman's list of adventures near and afar
I'm already making plans for 2018. It's a good New Year's exercise, I think. What's your top 10?
Energy and Climate Change
- The robots are coming, and Sweden is fine
Sweden's famously generous social welfare system makes this a place not prone to fretting about automation -- or much else, for that matter.
Come Home Montana
- Tesla's Powerwall Met Huge Success in Vermont Neighborhoods
Over 100 residents in Vermont now have Tesla Powerwalls, and over 1,200 more homes want the tech installed.
- Welcome to Paradise: Batteries Now Included
The power grid of the future will require sunny skies above and energy storage below. Thanks to Tesla, Kauai has both.
- Colorado's Governor Hickenlooper ready to fight "half-cocked" feds from changing state rules
"I don't want the federal government to come in and tell us what we created between business and the nonprofit communities isn't good anymore because it doesn't fit their political paradigm."
- California approves $1 billion low-income multifamily solar program
California regulators approved a visionary program that could grow the amount of solar on such buildings nearly seven-fold by 2030, and which will allow tenants to receive credits for the electricity produced by such systems.
- Montana Career Opportunities - QA Engineer, Marketing Manager - TOMIS
TOMIS is an automated marketing intelligence platform for activity providers.
Montana Economic Development
- How Montana companies expand from one location to many
Every so often a Billings or Montana-based business makes the jump into the regional market, setting up shop in North and South Dakota or Wyoming. A few have even expanded nationally.
- Tourism agency pursuing district renewal, assessment increase to better attract tourist to Great Falls
In 2015, what is now Great Falls Montana Tourism was established as a partnership among the Great Falls Convention and Visitor Bureau; the TBID and the Visitor Information Center, with assistance from the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Engum was hired that year as the city's first full-time tourism director.
- Anywhere, USA Career Opportunity - Data Science Instructor - Big Sky Code Academy
Big Sky Code Academy is a non-profit educational organization based out of Missoula, Montana that provides adult training courses in web development and data science, available both in-person and online.
- 25 Best Companies for Perks and Benefits
The study was able to find out which companies were truly committed to making a difference in the lives of their employees.
- New Year, New Gig: How to Master the Modern Job Search
"People are being tested and evaluated on things that have more to do with whether they are good at getting a job, and less about what skills they need for having the job," says Ilana Gershon, author of Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don't Find) Work Today.
- 23andMe to launch huge weight-loss study focused on diet, exercise and genes
As we pass from the season of gluttony into the struggle to achieve New Year's resolutions, an important question arises: Is fitting into your jeans a matter of your genes?
- How Many of These 14 Common Negotiating Mistakes Do You Make?
You might not even know you're messing up.
- To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It
Why is it that some people can be extraordinarily well-paid and work in pampered settings but feel empty, while others can work in the sewers of New York City and feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is purpose.
- Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs.
The new tax law is likely to accelerate a hotly disputed trend in the American economy by rewarding workers who sever formal relationships with their employers and become contractors.
- Bill Gates says people with these 3 skills will be successful in the future job market
If you're thinking about what's next for your career, consider taking the advice that Microsoft co-founder and self-described futurist Bill Gates has about the job market.
- Want More Courage? Follow Elon Musk's 3 Rules Every Day
The scale of Musk's risk taking sets him apart from most entrepreneurs who tackle the world's biggest problems.
- 20 Resolutions to Make This Year (That Have Absolutely Nothing to Do With Losing Weight)
Aside from the usual promise of becoming healthier, here are 20 resolutions that will start the change you've been hoping for and prove the reasons why this is about to be the best year yet.
- Video: I'm Not An Inspirational Speaker
Tim Minchin: These 9 Life Lessons will Make you Laugh - and Learn Comedian Tim Minchin imparts nine life lessons full of hilarity and wisdom, revealing the only sensible thing you should do with your existence.
- 9 popular podcasts that will make you smarter
Not only are these podcasts fun to listen to, they also will challenge your mind, making the most of your listening.
- Great Falls launches "Lunch with Legal" in an effort to make the city attorney's office more accessible
An effort to make the city attorney's office more accessible and to increase public understanding of its work.
- Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law
"The game has changed," said Stephen M. Sweeney, the Democratic president of New Jersey's Senate. "They've completely turned the tables against us."
- Glade Runner adds another mountain rush to Idaho's Bogus Basin Ski Resort
Even at what sounds like a tame 25 mph. Believe me, when you're sitting in a tiny sled on a tiny track, 25 mph feels like black diamond ski velocity when you're flying among trees at close quarters.
- Scotland Is Set to Run Pilot Universal Basic Income Schemes
The Scottish government is sponsoring four separate studies into the feasibility of universal basic income in four distinct areas of Scotland.
- Economic development roadmap for bioscience in Iowa identifies four platforms
According to the report, Iowa has 36 percent more employment in bioscience than the national average.
- Expecting a Mass Exodus of Tech Talent From Coastal Cities
An expert says the Republican tax bill is likely to accelerate an exodus away from traditional tech hubs toward more affordable areas.
- 25 education trends for 2018
Year after year, educators and those invested in education love to speculate about what will take off in the near future.
Funding and Building your Business
- Grappling with growth, Bozeman to hire affordable housing director
Bozeman Deputy Mayor Cyndy Andrus said the job comes as the city's workload increases to balance growth with affordability.
- How to Build a Successful Team
Their insights can help you lay the groundwork for a highly productive team that can communicate, cooperate and innovate in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
- 75 Percent of Your Workers Actually Want This Employee Perk. Are You Giving It to Them?
Here are a few tips to make sure you make the most of the opportunity to gain impact, increase engagement, and boost your career.
- Denver's got a co-working space that was made by women for women
As co-working and shared office spaces have taken root and matured in Denver and other cities, more and more of them are specializing to set themselves apart.
- 3 Conversations Bosses Should Have With Their Best People Now to Inspire and Motivate Them in 2018
The key for effectiveness in these conversations is not in the speaking.
- Estonia, the Digital Republic - "In Estonia? Why not Montana?"
Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?
- Pockets of Rural America at Risk of Being Undercounted in Census
One reason is lack of internet connectivity.
- Sweet Pea Festival, 8/3-5, Bozeman - Top 10 Reasons to Join the Board of Sweet Pea
3. Volunteering is good for your career: new experience = improved resume.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Dave Barry's 2017 Year in Review: Did that really happen?
We want to believe that we imagined these things. But we fear we did not.
- App uses Wi-Fi to save people who are lost in the woods
Your smartphone may still get you found, however, thanks to a new app designed at Spain's Universidad de Alicante.
- Three bedroom, two bath and a robot: Meet the real estate bots showing Bay Area homes
When Gilbert Serrano opened the door of his potential dream home, a modern, two-bedroom rental on Karen Drive, he was surprised to be greeted not by a real estate agent, but by a robot.
- These 3D printed implants could help patients with bone cancer
No metal plates or screws needed: a new 3D-printed ceramic implant mends broken legs by holding the fractured parts together, then turning into natural bone.
- Google's New Voice AI is Hyper Realistic
The new Tacotron sounds just like a human.
- Porsche's Mission E Will Change the Game for Electric Sports Cars
The Porsche Mission E could rival the Tesla Model S as both an effective electric vehicle and an impressive sports car.
- Berlin Unveils Transformative Bike Plan - Berlin's Upcoming Bike Revolution
Viewed from cities where it's a struggle to introduce even basic bike infrastructure, Berlin's plans seem inspiring, even utopian.
- Will Smarter Cars Really Mean Less Traffic?
Washington state and local governments in Clark County are already laying the groundwork for a driverless future. However, don't expect to take your hands off the wheel just yet.
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