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Paper clip to the stapler: "What do you mean I "can't commit?"
A new kind of vibe: Arrival of ClassPass brings energy to Missoula's tech scene -Multiple Career Opportunities Available http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- Made In Montana Tradeshow For Food & Gifts - 3/23-24 - Helena
The annual, two-day trade show connects wholesale store buyers from across the region with over 150 members of the Made in Montana program.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Montana Wilderness Association Offers Winter Excursions
This year's menu consists of 34 outings spanning the state from the Pryor Mountains in southeastern Montana to the Lolo National Forest west of Missoula.
Energy and Climate Change
- Dorsey & Whitney - Employers Beware: Tax Law Change Eliminates Tax Deductions Relating to Certain Settlements
Although transparency has been a hallmark of the #MeToo movement, this provision may prove challenging for employers and employees who wish to maintain the confidentiality of certain settlements.
Come Home Montana
- What Does the 'Electrification of Everything' Look Like in America? NREL Plans to Find Out
Over the next two years, NREL and its research partners will study electrification in buildings, transportation and industry.
- EU outlines strategy to wipe out plastic waste
Eliminating single-use plastics would be a huge step forward, and that's the direction taken by the European Union, which is launching a new strategy whereby only recyclable versions will be in use by 2030.
- Residents Move Into America's First Solar Powered Town
Residents will live in solar powered homes and ride around the community in self-driving, solar-powered shuttles.
- Request for Proposals - Professional Services Agreement For the Blackfeet Tribe - Capital Improvement Plan
The Blackfeet Tribe is seeking proposals for professional services to complete a five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Blackfeet Tribe received a $25,000 grant award from the 2018 MT-ICED Program to complete a comprehensive five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Blackfeet Planning Department is accepting Proposals up to the closing date of January 31, 2018.
- No zoning? No problem. Lack of zoning laws allow entrepreneurs to thrive in East Missoula.
Many would like more economic development, but most are against high-density housing or higher taxes.
- Montana CIO Ron Baldwin To Leave Post Jan. 19 for Private Sector
Montana CIO Ron Baldwin, appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in Jan. 2013 and a leader of the state's executive branch-level infrastructure consolidation, will leave government for a role with Deloitte.
- Missoula Career Opportunities! ClassPass CEO ties company's growth to job recruiting in the Garden City
"We really want people to be in Missoula," Lanman told the crowd. "We think New York and San Francisco and some of our other offices might lead to some people moving here, which we're excited about. And if some of you guys wanted to explore some of these other places, we have those other offices in the world."
- Cascade County Commission approves agreement to recruit doctor for Community Health Care Center, including potential $20,000 fee
Besich said that the fee is actually low compared to many others in the field and that often the fee is $30,000 and up to $50,000 depending on the medical specialties.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's Systems Technology Consultants - "Technology Simplified"
System Technology Consultants provide customized IT Support, Consulting, Cybersecurity, Backup & Recovery, and Technology Management Solutions to fit your business and budget.
- Renter survey gives Montana an A for renter satisfaction
Montana renters surveyed gave the state an A overall for the state lifestyle.
- GAJ Technology Management - Today is the time to get the most out of your IT investments.
Working with clients to help build your website, to act as a consistent member of a strong IT team, to provide you with solid IT support, or to be your sole IT resource.
- UM College of Business Launches 'A New Angle' Podcast - Exploring the work of inspiring people in the Montana business ecosystem.
"When someone clicks on an episode of 'A New Angle,' they'll find an engaging conversation with a cool person doing something awesome," said Associate Professor of Marketing Justin Angle, the podcast's creator and host.
- Helena brewery becomes first to accept bitcoin
"We will also be having some fun for a limited time by varying the price of growler fills on our new Bitcoin Bitter with the current market price of Bitcoin."
- Helena businesses honored at chamber's annual awards luncheon
The Radisson Colonial Hotel was named the 2017 Business of the Year, leading a list of businesses and business leaders honored Thursday by the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce.
- James Grunke hints at possible year-round air service to San Francisco., new potential at Smurfit-Stone in update to Missoula
While MEP expanded its focus in its latest five-year plan, it also retained the organization's earliest goals, including business expansion, retention and growing startups.
- Want to revitalize a depressed economy? The EPA can help. Anaconda, Montana
Anaconda, Montana is using an obscure program to help clean up contaminated areas.
- When Copper Kings leave, what happens to the slag?
To jolt its economy, Anaconda, Montana explores the many uses of the byproduct of its smelting history.
- A new kind of vibe: Arrival of ClassPass brings energy to Missoula's tech scene -Multiple Career Opportunities Available
As Missoula's economic and business leaders gathered in downtown Missoula to celebrate the arrival of ClassPass, that new identity emerged fully formed, signaling to other companies that the city's burgeoning reputation as a tech hub is worth considering.
Come Home Idaho
- 5 qualities of emotionally intelligent leaders
Some of the most revered leaders in business today share common traits that attract great staff and inspire the best work.
- How a few extra pounds can cause systemic changes in the human body
"That was quite surprising. I didn't expect 30 days of overeating to change the whole heart pathway,"
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Thousands of Idaho jobs that require science & math are going unfilled
In a presentation to the joint budget committee Wednesday, STEM Action Center Director Angela Hemingway said 7,000 science, technology, engineering and math jobs went unfilled in Idaho in 2017, double the number from the year before.
- Private Telcos More Expensive Than Municipal Broadband 85% of the Time
A Harvard study found that, in 27 communities and cities with both private and city owned internet, the municipal broadband was almost always cheaper.
- Task Force Creates a Road Map for Rural America
#1. Better e-Connectivity for Rural America
- Montana Governor Steve Bulloc Asks Commission to Develop Revenue Streams for State Parks
Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed a 12-member commission tasked with developing a diversified revenue stream to manage state parks, including possible public-private partnerships.
- Nearly two dozen attorneys general sue to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules
Others may file suit as well, and a major tech-industry lobbying group has said it will support litigation.
- A conversation with Montana-born 'Dark Money' documentarian Kimberly Reed
The challenges of conveying such a complex topic and how Montana became, as Reed puts it, the canary in the nation’s dark-money coal mine.
- Why fixing US infrastructure matters: $9 per household per day putting it in perspective
The US has been underfunding infrastructure maintenance for years.
- FCC Won't Redefine 'Broadband;' Move Could Have Worsened Digital Divide
Internet activists just got some unexpected good news from an unexpected source.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho physicians have outsize economic impact
The jobs creation figures encompass not only jobs in medical offices such as billing and clinical personnel, but also jobs created as a result of providing services and supplies to physicians' offices
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Accidental Discovery Could Save Bees From Their Greatest Threat
German scientists primarily based out of the University of Hohenheim have stumbled upon a simple solution that could deal a blow to honeybees' greatest threat.
- Transformers star Josh Duhamel to be the face of North Dakota tourism campaign
The agency also unveiled its $2.9 million marketing plan for 2018. It announced that Duhamel will be paid $365,000 to be the face of the state's tourism campaign for the next two years. The actor wasn't present at the announcement.
- Portland startup NurseGrid raises $5.7 million
The company says its technology can help organizations run more efficiently to combat a nurse shortage and improve employee retention and job satisfaction.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Apple to hire 20,000, open second headquarters and pay $38 billion tax bill on overseas profits
The iPhone maker said it will spend $55 billion with domestic suppliers and manufacturers in 2018 and will create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing Apple campuses and a new one for technical support.
- Say goodbye to skyrocketing drug prices, shortages. Utah's Intermountain Healthcare starts its own company to combat pharmaceutical exploitation.
Current market conditions leave hospitals and their patients powerless when drug companies manipulate the system by jacking up prices or generating artificial shortages.
- The Age of Cryptocurrencies: Is This the End of Money?
In Silicon Valley, there is a healthy disregard for all things Washington, government and regulation -- and of course for the status quo. It's no surprise there seem to be many more bitcoin believers on the West Coast.
- MSU field tests push oil and natural gas well-sealing technology closer to commercial application
Aided by a one-of-a-kind mobile laboratory, Montana State University researchers and their industry partners are advancing a new way to fix leaking oil and natural gas wells: with rock-forming bacteria.
- Utah tech leaders say their industry is booming -- but it needs more women, more diversity and more people to move here to fill jobs
The size of both the investment and the audience reflected the growing stature of Silicon Slopes, the nickname for the high-tech community in northern Utah and southern Salt Lake counties.
Montana Education Excellence
- After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
There are an estimated 30 million jobs that pay at least $55,000 per year and don't require a bachelor's degree.
- What priorities should Billings' next schools superintendent have? Community leaders have some ideas.
"I think we should build on that and keep the momentum going," said Jim Duncan, president of the Billings Clinic Foundation.
- Shelby, Montana Schools feeling pinch from NaturEner tax protest
In Shelby, schools are short more than $1 million since spring 2016, the Shelby Promoter reported. The county is cutting budgets, too.
Funding and Building your Business
- FOUR New Grant Opportunities
- Bitterroot Community Roundtable offers a new discussion model
"It is about bringing people together and letting them decide what they want to talk about, what they need from one another, how they want to connect, and what conversations they want to talk about," Bayer said.
Connectivity & Communications
- MSU to offer lean manufacturing workshops
Early registration has begun for the 10-week Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Lean Bronze Program, which will offer weekly classes starting March 20 in Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula and March 30 in Billings. Participants save $250 on the course if they register before Jan. 23.
- BlackRock's Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support
Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of the investment firm BlackRock, is going to inform business leaders that their companies need to do more than make profits -- they need to contribute to society as well if they want to receive the support of BlackRock.
- Sales of small businesses rose sharply in 2017
The number of sales transactions rose more than 26 percent nationally from the previous year, according to http://www.BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses
- FCC chairman proposes $500 million in funding for rural broadband
The additional funding would go to cooperatives and small rural carriers for broadband deployment.
- High-Speed Internet 'Transformational' for Rural New York
The 2015 New NY Broadband program is bringing connectivity to an area plagued by slow Internet speeds.
- Florida's First Geographic Information Officer Maps Out a Statewide Strategy
"Basically I've been tasked with a number of items."
- Cincinnati Building Fiber Ring, Pursuing Smart City Projects Downtown
Cincinnati is laying the foundation for improved traffic management and other smart city initiatives, as well as offering the kind of communications infrastructure necessary to further grow the region's economic development efforts.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Tax Law Could Deliver Billion-Dollar Blow to Social Services
Charitable giving is expected to drop, and nonprofits that operate social services for the government will likely take the biggest hit.
- The Rock Creek Confluence Cabin is Now Available to the Public for Rental
It's just 25 miles from Missoula. Whatever your ideal weekend getaway involves, the Confluence Cabin is the perfect base camp.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 2018 Robert Burns Birthday Celebration Supper -1/26 - Missoula
Come enjoy a collaboration of Montana's fine entertainment establishments to bring to life the poetry and celebration of Scotland's most celebrated poet of life.
- Video: Don Greytak - Under the Big Sky
Drawing comparisons to Norman Rockwell, Greytak has developed an illustration style featuring drama, humor and extremely rich detail.
- Rotational 3D printing spins out stronger structures
The ink can be arranged in different orientations at different parts of the printed object, in order to boost its strength, stiffness and resistance to damage.
- AirSpaceX's autonomous, electric air taxi lands in Detroit Aircraft
"Our goal is to deploy 2,500 aircraft at the nation's 50 largest cities by 2026"
- California Schools Make Move to Electric Buses
Schools across the state are partnering with government agencies to share the high up-front costs, while hoping to save money through lower maintenance and fuel bills.
- Owning An Electric Car Is Twice As Cheap As Owning A Gas Vehicle
Want to save money? Stop paying for gas.
- PG&E Launches Country's Largest Utility-Sponsored EV Charging Program
The pilot program will introduce 7,500 electric car chargers in California. More utility electrification initiatives to come.
- 10 Principles Toward More Sharing and Less Sprawl In the Era of Driverless Cars.
A set of multi-disciplinary approaches are needed that embrace vehiclesharing, prioritize human travel and experiences, and proactivelycurbs sprawl to lower trip distances.
- Resource Roundtable Workshop & Redevelopment Shark Tank - 4/18-19 - Lewistown, MT
- Review Of Missoula's 10-Year Plan To End Homelessness - 1/23
- Missoula Businesswomen's Network Symposium - 1/27
- Biz To Biz Bozeman 4 Business Network Holding Fundraiser For Belgrade Shooting Victims - 1/25
- Celebrating Women In Science, 02/10, Bozeman
- 3D STEAM & Suds, 01/25, Bozeman
- 2018 Economic Outlook Seminar -Early Childhood Development In Montana - 1/25 - Missoula
- Daly Mansion To Host Robert Burns Night Dinner - 1/27 - Hamilton, Montana
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