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"If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do." Warren Miller
Inaugural Bunker Brews - Connecting Military Entrepreneurs With Montana Entrepreneurs- 2/22 - Bozeman, Montana -- http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6751 -- Webinar On $2 Million State Match Funding To Boost School Broadband Access - 2/23 -- http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6753
Gov. Steve Bullock
Flathead Valley Community College
- I'm Steve Bullock, the first Governor to protect net neutrality. Reddit Ask Me Anything Transcript and Comments
I'm a big fan of actually working with people to get things done while Washington, DC is stuck in constant gridlock.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Flathead Valley Community College's 2018 Honors Symposium features Tuesday evening lectures that will address this year's theme of "Technology and Humankind."
"This year's Honors Symposium will explore technology from various angles to better understand its impacts on nature, the environment, individuals, families and society," said event organizer Dr. Gerda Reeb, Ph.D.
- World-renowned Venture Investor Michael Goguen To Discuss Promise And Perils Of Gene Editing - 2/20 - Kalispell
During his 20-year career as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley with Sequoia Capital, Goguen and his partners sifted through thousands of technology pitches to spot the early ideas and technology inflection points that could cause the most dramatic and enduring impacts on society. The ideas they chose to support included Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, AirBnB, Uber and many others.
- A Performance Hall for Kalispell
With new fundraising campaign, FVCC teams up with Glacier Symphony to pursue a major performance space for the valley
Great Falls Development Authority
- Free Webinar - How IP Litigation Will Be Impacted By New Technologies: AI, Smart Devices, And Cryptocurrencies Dorsey & Whitney - 3/14
We will examine best practices for companies to adjust their legal strategies to avoid and combat litigation, and cover current efforts by leaders in the field.
Early Edge Montana
- Great Falls Montana Growth Highlights
Great Falls ranked 14th best small city in nation for 2018 college graduates.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Federally-funded research finds a link between high-quality pre-K programs and college
"CPC graduates have gone on to have higher incomes, lower rates of serious crime and incarceration and lower rates of depression, compared to those who participated in other early interventions."
- Kalispell Chamber Luncheon - Kalispell Public Schools Operating Levy - 2/27
In Superintendent Mark Flatau's presentation, attendees can expect to see how Kalispell Public Schools stack up against other districts across the state and funding will stand out as a noticeable difference.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- HEY CALIFORNIA - MONTANA HAS LOTS OF SNOW! - Montana's Surprising, Family-Friendly Ski Resorts: Lots Of Powder & Uncrowded Runs
The snowpack may be dwindling in other areas of the West, but Montana has fresh powder and more on the way.
- Road construction along Lochsa River will snarl traffic this summer
"If you don't have to be there, maybe this isn't the summer to come see the Lochsa," said Megan Sausser, spokeswoman for ITD at Coeur d'Alene.
- Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet Winter Photos - It will rise again thanks to your assistance.
Last fall, through the support of generous donors like you, Glacier National Park completed a significant stabilization effort to protect the Sperry Chalet remnant dormitory walls from snow loads and high winds expected this winter after sustaining significant damage during last summer's Sprague Fire.
Energy and Climate Change
- Could blockchain bring the end of resume exaggeration?
When asked, 46% of employees report knowing someone who misrepresented or exaggerated their resume.
Come Home Montana
- Electricity-generating tinted windows reveal a sustainable future
Researchers have developed a new type of tinted "smart window" that generates electricity when darkened.
- Why Solar Is on a Path to Dominance
Yuri Horwitz details the investment, cost and technology trends driving solar forward in 2018 and beyond.
- 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 Career Opportunities - Director, Solutions Consulting, Engagement Manager, Solutions Consultant - commonFont
At commonFont, we serve the world's leading companies by helping them connect with and learn from their customers.
- 1,300 Montana Executive Branch Jobs Currently Unfilled
It's still unclear exactly how many of those positions are being kept open as a result of the state's budget shortfall.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Tribal Tourism Officer - Montana Department of Commerce
"Tourism is one of Montana's leading industries and an economic driver for communities across the state," said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. "Respectful development and promotion of tribal tourism experiences can help Montana's Indian Country to grow its share of that impact."
- Looking for love in rural Montana
How do people in rural corners of the state find their match and start working on the next generation of rural folks?
- Montana Career Opportunities - UX Designer I, Business Development Rep, Pitch Us! - Wisetail
When learners discuss, collaborate, and engage with one another, they grow as people and employees.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Mobile Software Developer, Senior Software Engineer - Map Services, GIS Technician, Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst and more... - onXmaps
Through technology and passion we create successful outdoor experiences for anyone looking to find their way in the wild.
Montana Economic Development
- Arts Equal Big Business
It's no secret that Missoula has a vibrant arts and entertainment industry. Art shows, music concerts and movie festivals fill the city every weekend. In fact, some residents complain there are just too many events to attend.
- See Montana's Everlog Concrete Log Siding on the NBC Olympic Winter Lodge studio!!!
Whether installed inside or outside the Winter Lodge Studio is another example of the flexibility of our concrete log siding and the diverse applications our entire family of concrete log and timbers products can offer.
- Video - Under the Big Sky - Wheat Montana
It was Dean's idea to take the growing of wheat a step further that made Wheat Montana one of the great success stories.
- Kalispell, Montana's LC Staffing Wins Inavaro's 2018 Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards
On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.3 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and job seekers who work with winning agencies are 1.7 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.
- Missoula-based onXmaps Bags $20.3M In Funding For Mobile, Outdoors Maps
The funding was led by Summit Partners, and also includes Bessemer Venture Partners, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Next Frontier Capital and Steve Burke (CEO NBCUniversal).
- Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation lands $65M in tax credits; project announcements expected
Dave Glaser, president of the Missoula-based organization, said funding applications are stacked deep. Several of those potential new projects are located in western Montana.
- Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills
Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google's top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last.
- The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here's What Higher Ed Can Do About It.
People who don't go to college are getting sicker and dying younger.
- Trump infrastructure plan leaves out rural broadband funding
Lawmakers and broadband providers from rural areas were hoping for dollars aimed specifically at solving the digital divide.
- Helena school board raising property taxes to fund special education, facilities
An increase in Helena property taxes will make up for a lack of adequate state funding and the high cost of some mandated services.
- AUDIO: Montana Senator Steve Daines criticizes University of Montana, defends provocateur's free speech rights
Did the state's Republican senator hit the mark in defending free speech, or did he overlook the speaker's documented verbal attacks on women, minorities and other groups?
- 'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as "helpless."
- How the New Tax Law Could Slow Disaster Recovery in Small Towns
A lesser-known provision in the GOP tax overhaul ends the benefits for victims of small-scale disasters.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Public Invited to Comment on State Plan Addressing Critical Workforce Needs in Idaho
The updates address state workforce performance goals and sector strategies.
- 'Home-shortage tsunami:' Williston, North Dakota's new housing crunch
This is the first of a series of articles on the demand for single-family homes in Williston. Part two will consider the problem from developers' point of view and part three will look at the city's potential role easing the problem.
- Columbia Ventures leads $17 million investment in Vancouver augmented reality startup
RealWear builds augmented reality into a rugged, $2,000 hardhat, connecting industrial and construction workers to information they can use to make on-site decisions about maintenance, assembly or repairs.
- Colorado Film Office seeks rural involvement
"We try to get people outside of the state to come here," Zuckerman said, "and people inside the state to stay here and work here."
- The Iowan Project wants to identify skilled tech workers who have left the state
What if Iowa could identify the tech talent that has left the state and recruit them back?
Regional Economic Development
- Study: Average tech worker salary in Seattle hits $132K, making city the top spot for relocation
A tech worker who left Seattle for San Francisco would need to make $50,000 more to maintain her standard of living.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- $65 Million for New Business Opportunities, Job Creation
Communities across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming will soon see new investments in their futures thanks to a $65 million award to MICDC from the U.S. Treasury?s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. That money will go directly to businesses that create jobs, stimulate growth and deliver critical community services in areas of high poverty, low wages and high unemployment.
- Should we be measuring Scaleups instead of Startups?
--- is total start-ups an important number anymore?
- Montana State University hosted fifth annual conference to help move life-saving products to the marketplace
"We want to see good science inform regulatory decision-making," said Paul Sturman, a research professor and industrial coordinator at the Center for Biofilm Engineering.
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming's Solution For Brain Drain? Computer Science
In the next few weeks, the Wyoming State Legislature will vote on Senate File 29, which would add computer science (CS) to the state's "common core of knowledge", making it a requirement for K-12 public schools to offer CS education.
- MGA is actively recruiting teachers to participate in the 2018 Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station
To participate, you must meet the following guidelines: (1) Apply as a pair of middle school teachers from the same school; (2) One teacher must be a media/technology educator, and; (3) One science/social studies educator.
- Rebranding the University of Montana
Can a youthful president, controversial coach and a new message turn around the University of Montana?
Funding and Building your Business
- Today's TED Talk - The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better
He explains how his company works to create a culture of fairness -- and how tapping into our innate sense of what's right and wrong makes for happier employees and better results.
- This Is What VCs Talk About 5 Minutes After Founders Finish Pitching
Many founders walk out of pitching meetings thinking, "That went well!" only to be disappointed.
- This Investment Platform Funds More Diverse Companies By Focusing On Data, Not Founders
By focusing just on numbers it predicts will drive success-culled from billions of data points in its system-CircleUp has come to support companies with a wider range of founders than traditional VCs.
- Why Amazon Pays Some of Its Workers to Quit
The company's unusual offer--to give employees up to $5,000 for leaving--may actually be a way to get them to stay longer.
- Steve Case's Rise of the Rest fund (third coast focus) makes first investments, adds investors Reid Hoffman, Megan Smith
The moves come just two months after Case announced the $150 million seed fund, which aims to invest in startups outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.
- Google's New Ad Blocker Changed the Web Before It Even Switched On
Google is essentially blacklisting sites that violate specific guidelines, and then trying to filter all ads that appear on those sites, not just the particularly annoying ones.
Connectivity & Communications
- Missoula-based Inimmune Corporation receives funds for cutting edge infectious disease research and novel immunotherapeutic treatments
The six-month grant will fund early discovery research efforts at Inimmune to develop new immunotherapy drugs for treating and preventing upper respiratory tract infections, including influenza.
- Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to be America's next broadband provider
"Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach."
- Smart City Pioneers: Forging Solutions to Early Challenges
Some early pioneers in this effort shared their experiences and thoughts.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- "Shift Happens" 2018
Did You Know?
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- The Independent Guide to the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Festival - 2/16-25 - Missoula, Montana
One of the best parts of sifting through the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lineup is seeing how much the Montana-made films reflect the hot topics we're dealing with in our state, right here and right now.
- The White House Blames Russia for NotPetya, the 'Most Costly Cyberattack In History'
The Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history,"
- A self-driving truck drove from California to Florida with minimal human intervention
The San Francisco-based startup is building self-driving software specifically designed for long-haul routes on interstate highways.
- Strengthening Economies In Montana - A Forum For Coal-Reliant Communities - 4/18-19 - Billings, Montana
- Humanities Festival And Demorest Lectures - 2/20-23 - Casper, Wyoming
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