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"The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough." Randy Pausch, professor
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Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Strengthen Tourism in 27 Communities
The grant funds will support $1.8 million of investments into infrastructure and marketing projects.
- Montana's Public Lands Are Open for Business
Even if the federal government shuts down, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks will remain open to recreation.
Montana West Economic Development
- MEDA Spring Conference - Rockin' It Rural: Thriving In Small Town Montana - 4/26-27 - Dillon, Montana
The challenges of urban economic growth vs. rural stagnation in the West. What can communities learn from each other?
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- Montana West Economic Development January 2018 Newsletter
Your MWED Team is ready to rock 'n' roll this year, starting out with a new series of classes offered to businesses that need help with plans for growth.
- Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands
"It's essentially locking Montanans out of their backyard."
- NorthWestern Energy announces 2018 funding for fisheries, wildlife and habitat projects on Madison and Missouri Rivers
"This stewardship program was initiated in 2000 in cooperation with state and federal resource agencies to monitor and offset effects from the nine hydroelectric projects we operate on the Madison and Missouri Rivers," said Andy Welch, Leader -- Hydro Licensing and Compliance for NWE.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Better Marketing: More Fun than a Resolution Diet
If you're using direct mail in your marketing mix, it's important to plan for these rate changes. If you're not using direct mail, now's a great time to start.
- 72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card But You Don't Know Who's In the 28%
People feel more intimately connected with a business and its representatives when they engage in eye contact and actually exchange physical cards.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Tickets Now Available for FVCC Chef's Table Spring Events
Now in its tenth year, this unique program allows guests to experience exceptional fine dining while supporting culinary students as they complete their first-year internships.
- FVCC receives $2.5 million gift and launches ONE Campaign
To date, $5.6 million has been raised in support of the $18 million project. Construction of the Library/Learning Commons will begin this spring with plans to open the facility in January 2019.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- GFDA Top 10
This is shaping up to be an excellent year for growth. Let us help get your project going.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Arrive Early and Live the Dream in Big Sky! - Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation - 4/15-17
Our partners at Visit Big Sky have curated a "locals' look" experience just for you before the Sunday-night opening of the 2018 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation, April 15.
Energy and Climate Change
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai: AI is a bigger deal than fire or electricity
"History shows that countries that pull back don't do well with the change. You have to harness the change."
- Building the Blockchain Ecosystem
This panel will look at the foundational things that need to happen in the market to help create that thriving blockchain ecosystem:
- THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2017 REPORT: How the IoT is improving lives to transform the world
Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years -- and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.
Come Home Montana
- New Business Models Gain Strength With Renewed Interest in Microgrids
Mixed ownership can be a solution for overcoming regulatory and financial barriers in microgrid implementation.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Data Network Engineer, IS Project Coordinator, Field Services Supervisor - Blackfoot
Join the Blackfoot team today!
- Rural areas short on workers turn to overseas professionals. What openings does your company or organization have? You can post them here.
Montana has a shortage of nurses, teachers and other workers.
- Missoula economic leader James Grunke leaving for new "opportunity"
Three days after touting Missoula's business progress and momentum, the man charged with heading the Garden City's economic development efforts to leaving for greener pastures.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Special Projects Coordinator - Leadership Montana
The Special Projects Coordinator take s a supportive role to ensure a high - quality experience for Leadership Montana alumni and other participants.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Information Officer - State of Montana
This position leads the State Information Technology Services Division for providing state agencies and other customers with information-technology services in a fair, timely, and responsive manner.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost - University of Montana
President Bodnar has designated this hire as his top priority to begin assembling a new leadership team for UM.
Montana Economic Development
- Slag: An economic savior, or another disappointing business venture?
It's hard to imagine Anaconda without slag heaps.
- Tech students impact Butte economy in more ways than one, administrators say
According to a 2014 economic-impact study, out-of-state students spend $5.5 million each year in Butte and students who live outside of the county spend $10.7 million.
- Montana businesses file lawsuit to invalidate $30M work-comp funds transfer
The lawsuit, filed in state District Court at Polson, says the law directing the transfer is an unconstitutional taking of work-comp funds, which are solely for the use of the Montana State Fund and its business policyholders.
- What others can learn from Bonner, Montana's success in revitalizing its old mill site
"We now have in excess of 17 different companies that work out of the mill, everywhere from a two- to four-man shop to one company with 180-plus employees," Boehme said. "There's a total of about 450 workers out there now."
- After resignation, Missoula Economic Partnership chairman says board will discuss search for new president
"The person we're looking at today might be a little different than when we were starting this organization."
Come Home Washington
- Here's Exactly What To Put On Your Resume To Land An Interview (And what to leave off.)
While resumes are often written to appeal to a hiring manager, few are ever actually viewed by a human.
- Looking for Your Purpose in Life? Yes, You Can Find It at Work. Here's How
Research says finding purpose at work is more important than salary, perks, and opportunities for promotion.
- Techstars Mentor Manifesto In Detail - Brad Feld
I've been working on my next book, #GiveFirst, again. There's a lot in it about the Techstars Mentor Manifesto and how to be an effective mentor.
- Michael Mattmiller Resigns as Seattle's Chief Technology Officer - National Search Launched
Mattmiller has been one of the more prominent tech leaders within major American cities over the past four years, regularly being recognized for his leadership and the work his department has done.
- How will millennials impact the future of Butte and beyond?
But no matter how you dice it, one thing's for certain: young people have been leaving rural communities by the droves.
- 10 factors that will shape rural communities
Rural America has lagged urban America in recovering from the 2008 economic crisis.
Incubators and R&D
- Internet providers balk at net neutrality bills
Internet providers pushed back Thursday against legislation that would require them to continue offering accessible and open Internet service in Washington.
- True Leadership! - Montana Governor's Executive Order Would Force Net Neutrality
Through an executive order, Gov. Steve Bullock will declare that any internet service provider with a state government contract cannot block or charge more for faster delivery of websites, two core aspects of net neutrality, to any customer in the state. Governor Bullock said in an interview that he expected to sign the order on Monday.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Blood test screens for 8 common kinds of cancer
Five of the cancers covered by the test currently have no screening test.
- Williston, North Dakota looks at attracting airlines, flights
Dudas said the consultants would help the city set up meetings with carriers to help educate them about the demand for flights out of Williston, as well as share information about the local economy to show the need for more flights.
- Vermont Bill Aims to Draw in Blockchain Business and Study Remote Citizenship
Vermont looks at Estonia innovations in virtual statehood and blockchain technology as a form of economic development.
Regional Economic Development
- Albertsons, your friendly neighborhood grocery, is losing hundreds of millions of dollars
The reason? Debt.
- Cities Are Killing The Future Of Work (And The American Dream)
If we're going to build a future of work that's secure, innovative, and equitable, we're going to need to buck one of the fastest-growing global trends: the urbanization of work.
- Economic Developers - Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Nothing will undermine economic development efforts faster than parochialism among a region's jurisdictions.
- The toxic practice fueling the fierce competition over Amazon's second headquarters
Handing out tax breaks and gutting regulations hurt communities in the long run.
- Utah governor to ask lawmakers for $22.5 million in tourism funding
As the 2018 Utah Legislature officially gets underway, Gov. Gary Herbert and others are pledging to grow one of the state's top economic drivers -- tourism.
- Reskilling Revolution Needed for the Millions of Jobs at Risk Due to Technological Disruption
Without reskilling, only 2% of workers would have an optimal opportunity to transition to new jobs - while 16% would have none at all
Montana Education Excellence
- ENDOW Executive Council Calls For Private & Public-Sector Input - 1/25-26 - Cheyenne, Wyoming
The public, as well as the media, are invited to participate in meetings
- Western students contribute to Dillion, Montana's cultural and economic landscape
Experience One is an initiative that allows students to take one class at a time and, according to the university's website, UMW is the only university to offer the initiative.
- Consultants: University of Montana must "immediately" address lack of brand identity
"UM is not telling its story in a way that is resonating with a more sophisticated audience of prospective students and families."
Funding and Building your Business
- As Missoula grows, ripples hit surrounding cities in sometimes painful ways
The communities of Lolo, Frenchtown, East Missoula and Bonner -- all small towns within a 15-minute drive of Missoula -- each have different identities, but all face an influx of people in search of more affordable housing.
- Police and veterinarian warn about off-leash dogs after woman gets bit
"As an owner, especially when there's a lot of people around in town, it's our responsibility to control our animal at all times, that's what the leashes are for. That's what those extended leads are for," explains Dr. Wampler.
Connectivity & Communications
- What I Learned From 365 Days Of Helping Women Entrepreneurs Raise Startup Funding
Here is what we learned:
- 5 New Venture Deliverables Put Your Startup Ahead Of The Crowd
The real objective of "standing above the crowd" is to give you as an aspiring entrepreneur every chance to end up in the winning group, rather than the crowd of losers.
- The Emperor Has No Clothes: Recasting Leadership in the Open-source Era
Ordinary people are really empowered. Leaders, on the other hand, are totally exposed to the extent of being naked.
- One reason CEOs don't want workers to know how much they're paid
How much the boss is paid can influence what happens on the factory or shop floor
- You Don't Need a Mentor to Be a Successful Entrepreneur--You Need a Bunch of Them. Here's Why
Mentors are vital to success. But think of them as a board, and make sure it's diverse.
- This Married Couple Built a $131 Pizza Empire (After Selling a Coffee Business to Starbucks). Here's Their 1 Secret to Success
"Of course, building a successful business is gratifying," Scott says, "but the things that gave us the most happiness were the times we were able to make a positive impact on someone's life."
- Want To Topple Telecom Oligopolies? Support Locally Owned Broadband
Rural communities seeking better broadband have options beyond big telecom.
- These Future Doctors Are Learning How to Influence Urban Design
A new university program in Philadelphia aims to train medical students to think like city planners.
- Montana's Chief Technology Officer Matt Van Syckle Named Interim CIO
Montana, which is beginning a search to replace former CIO Ron Baldwin, named Chief Technology Officer Matt Van Syckle as its interim CIO.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Police Blotter Flathead County Sheriff's and Kalispell Police Reports - Chicken Going For a Walkabout
12:35 p.m. A chicken was wandering around a local parking lot and a crowd of spectators was gathering to see what it would do next.
- Self-healing concrete uses fungus to fill cracks
Once the concrete has hardened, the spores remain dormant until the first micro-cracks appear.
- Amazon set to open its grocery store without a checkout line to the public
After a year of testing with its own employees, Amazon plans to open its store that lets you browse, grab and walk out -- skipping the checkout line, but not the bill -- to the public Monday.
- Autonomous air tankers could soon joining the fire-fighting fray
The goal is to develop an aircraft with the ability to autonomously deliver around 800 gal (3,000 L) of water or fire retardant to the heart of a fire, while also providing real-time data to ground-based crews through long-duration surveillance flights over a fire.
- Podcast - Is This the Year Electric Cars Become Exciting?
"All that adds up to a reason why battery cars now start to sound like something that makes sense to be in your driveway."
- The Potential Pitfalls of Electric Cars, in 5 Charts
As we charge our batteries for a new way of driving, here are the questions we should be asking.
- Google's self-driving cars are coming to Atlanta
Atlanta could be next for a full-fledged self-driving car program, following in the footsteps of Phoenix, where Google-owned Waymo is already picking up residents in cars with no drivers.
- Tesla 'on Autopilot' slams into parked fire truck on freeway
Because of the force of the impact, firefighters advised the Tesla driver that he should be taken for a medical evaluation, but he showed no significant injuries and refused treatment, Powell said.
- Maine's Governor Establishes Autonomous Vehicle Committee
The policies and regulatory needs around autonomous technology will be the central focus of the Highly Automated Vehicles Advisory Committee.
- Autonomous Vehicle Lanes Could Play into Colorado's Traffic Reduction Plans
Highway expansions as well as the potential for dedicated autonomous vehicle lanes are being considered as possible congestion fixes.
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