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Montana State University's Applied Research Lab breaks ground, first of its kind in Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- The federal government has recognized outdoor recreation as an official industry.
"This further validates our broad and growing economic impact," said Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association.
- Secret Life of a Search and Rescue Volunteer
When someone goes missing on a frozen mountaintop or in a wildfire, my team heads out to help when no one else can -- even if all we can do is bring back their bodies.
- NorthWestern Energy Seeks Montana Renewable Energy Projects
Proposals are requested from developers, landowners, energy companies and Montana businesses. NorthWestern is not seeking proposals for non-CREP renewable projects, unbundled renewable energy credits or non-renewable resources with this RFP.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Livingston, Montana's PFL
Founded in 1996, PFL is America's first online printer. Today we're also Tactile Marketing Automation™ pioneers, all from the wilds of Montana. (800) 940-6040 https://www.printingforless.com/
Great Falls Development Authority
- Whitfish, Montana's Michael Goguen: Gene Editing Could Lead to a 'Very Different World'
"For the first time in human history, we have the ability to change the code of anything."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Great Falls Development Authority - Here is our Top 16 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
WE ARE Hungry to Grow the Great Falls regional economy, create higher wage jobs, build our tax base, improve our market competitiveness, and enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of Great Falls, Cascade County and the entire 13-county Great Falls trade area.
- GFDA Business Education Calendar: This March...
Here is our upcoming educational event for business owners, managers, and financial professionals for March 2018:
Energy and Climate Change
- Three sectors being transformed by artificial intelligence
I predict we'll see new industries, including insurance, government and retail, implement AI in ways that haven't been explored before.
- This New AI System can See What You Are Thinking
It's always frightening to know that another person can read your thoughts. Imagine the case where technology can see what you are thinking!
- Blockchain and the Promise of an Open, Decentralized Internet
Right now, the only real hope for a revival of the open-protocol ethos lies in the blockchain.
Come Home Montana
- Sustainable Missoula: Our community can achieve Zero Waste by 2050
My experience with my fellow Montanans is that we are a hardworking bunch, often with strong connection to the land and a willingness to take actions to keep our natural and human communities thriving. But we aren't doing that with our waste stream: So where's the disconnect?
- The cost of high-efficiency solar panels fell 37% in 2017
The price continues to drop.
- Melrose, Montana - Call for auditions: Production company to seek people in Southwest Montana for new TV show concept
According to the show's executive producer Matt Assmus, "this series isn't about turning a small town into a big city; in fact, it's quite the opposite. We, along with (Mike) Rowe, want to make sure the town's infrastructure is intact to keep thriving for many years to come."
- Facing shortage of paramedics, Great Falls Fire Rescue actively recruiting, training their own
"That's critical mass for us," said Jeremy Jones on his first official day as assistant chief for operations at GFFR.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Commercial Lines Sales Executive, Senior Accountant, Account Manager and more... - PayneWest
PayneWest is a place for the ambitious, the creative and the curious. Where colleagues of all backgrounds and experience celebrate new ideas and real change.
- Podcast - Stef Sample, Montana Entrepreneur Extraordaire
Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" Sample discusses how she applies the advice she gives her clients to her own businesses.
- Video: Montana's Red Oxx Manufacturing C.E.O. Jim Markel "I would say that this is the culmination of a lot of different tries to get exactly what we wanted."
C.E.O. Jim Markel has a passion for craftspeople and manufacturing. This passion extends to his employees' quality of life, something he strives to improve upon after years of experience.
- Montana securities commissioner reaches $5.7M settlement in Barry Hartman (Invizeon) of Missoula investment fraud case
According to the complainants, Hartman peddled illegal investments without the knowledge of FSC, leaving his clients unable to access their investment proceeds. Rosendale described Hartman as a beneficial owner and director of Invizeon.
Come Home Idaho
- 8 Keys To Migration From A Consultant To A Freelancer
Over the years since, I have honed my own list of rules for those of you who wish to migrate from big business to this new world:
- What My Son With Autism Taught Me About Managing People
Recognizing and working with colleagues' different cognitive styles helps get the most out of everyone
- How To Measure Your "Time Intelligence" (And Why It's Important)
Before you can plan how to get more done, you need to figure out how you are really spending your time.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunities - Data Warehousing and Analytics Consultant, Technical Team, Technical Communicator, Network Engineer and more... - Fast Enterprises
Work where you live, live where you work! Relocation is something that sets FAST apart. We work side-by-side with our clients, learning from each other daily. Relocation provides the opportunity to explore new communities and cultures.
- Expanding High-Speed Internet Access for Montana's Rural Schools
This week, two Montana schools were awarded state match funds through the Broadband for Montana Schools program, with assistance from the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, to upgrade broadband capabilities and increase internet speeds: Belfry K-12 Schools and West Valley School near Kalispell.
- Microsoft partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents
The partnership is the first of its kind between Microsoft and a regional broadband provider like Packerland.
- Zinke bows to states, revises plan to reorganize Interior Department
Bowing to pressure from state officials, the Department of Interior has significantly altered its bid to reorganize how it manages public lands and the national park system.
Incubators and R&D
- For the first time in school history, the College of Idaho names co-presidents
The College of Idaho announced former Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett and former TitleOne president Doug Brigham as its new presidents Saturday.
- NIH scientists at the The Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton, Montana adapt new test for Parkinson's, Dementia
Multiple neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, involve the abnormal clumping of a protein into brain deposits called Lewy bodies.
- Oklahoma Grows its Tech Economy by Developing an Online Portal for Government Innovation
"Oklahoma is on its way to becoming the Silicon Prairie of the Heartland." Gov. Mary Fallin
Regional Economic Development
- Landlords can't charge extra if tenants have service animals
I recently attended Fair Housing training and learned that I may have to make an exception to my no-pet policy for a disabled tenant who requests permission to have a service dog or emotional support animal.
- What the Hospitals of the Future Look Like
The sprawling institutions we know are radically changing--becoming smaller, more digital, or disappearing completely. The result should be cheaper and better care.
- Kansas City's struggle with the sharing economy is holding the tech community back
Banning or heavily regulating short-term rentals in Kansas City could deter tech companies from building in the metro, tech council members say.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- South Dakotans have reason to be hopeful - Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota
There is no better place than South Dakota to live, work and raise a family.
- How universities could drive more innovative research to market -- and share in the profits
It's a proven model, and one that works very well, averaging 34-37 percent annual returns over more than two decades.
- Lowe's will offer employees financial assistance to pursue certification for a specific trade skill, such as carpentry, heating and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and appliance repair.
"The trade profession is a high-demand, high-opportunity field for the next generation workforce, and today, there is a massive unmet need," said Jennifer Weber, Lowe's chief human resources officer.
- Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' aims to become model for tech education nationwide
This week, Michigan's Republican governor Rick Snyder unveiled what he calls the "Marshall Plan for Talent" -- a $100 million, five-year investment to restructure Michigan's education system to do a better job of preparing students for the tech fields that are positioned to have the most job openings.
- Montana apprenticeship program seeks to train more healthcare workers
The apprenticeship program is important because Montana lacks people with these types of specialized skills.
- Kentucky's AppHarvest seeks to create high-tech greenhouse jobs in coal country
Aiming to bring a new generation of agriculture into Pikeville, Webb founded AppHarvest -- a soon-to-be $50 million high-tech greenhouse that will create 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine. According to Webb, there are 1.2 million acres of reclaimed surface mine sites in Eastern Kentucky that can be reused.
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming wants to be the Silicon Valley of blockchain
Silicon Valley may be the center of American tech innovation, but Wyoming wants to be the center of American blockchain innovation.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana women who are college sophomores, juniors, and seniors in fall 2018 invited to summer Leadership Institute
The Montana NEW Leadership program is part of the national bipartisan NEW Leadership program developed by Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics.
- MSU to host prospective student programs on March 9 and March 23
MSU Friday events are free and open to all high school juniors and seniors and their families.
- Billings student launches GoFundMe to pay for school walkout and march
Bentler says she's learning a lot about how civic marches are organized legally. The $6,000 goal would pay for permits, insurance, barricades, and porta potties. The money will also be used to purchase bumper stickers, signs, and supplies.
- Montana State University's Applied Research Lab breaks ground, first of its kind in Montana
"This is a huge economic development opportunity for the state," Cook said. And students who gain security clearance and experience working in a high-level lab setting will "walk in the door ready to work" after graduating, he added.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Dharma of Community Development: Mayor Sees Role as Activating Others
Some people are just born to perform their Dharma.
- How do we cultivate civility in the midst of conflict? Rocky Mountain College to host lectures
Rocky Mountain College will host the Wheatley Lectures March 8 and 9 with a theme this year of "Creating Community in Fracturing Times: Returning Civility to Civil Dialogue."
- Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive for (in as Few Words as Possible)
After about a year of thinking things through, we went from over 100 competencies to three big ideas: Create clarity, generate energy, deliver success.
- Mark Zuckerberg's Secret to Extremely Loyal Employees Will Work for Any Size Company
Would you like to have seriously loyal employees? So loyal that you could trust them with information that could really hurt you? You can, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has figured out how: Start by trusting them and being completely open. They will reward that trust.
- 5 Ways To Give Now For A Future Competitive Advantage
The basic steps to adopting this reciprocity advantage paradigm can be summarized as follows:
- City of Helena launches new website
According to the city's Web Developer Dave Anson, the new site is meant to be more accessible for those with disabilities.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- When Nonprofits Have A Financial Emergency, There's Now A Fund To Bail Them Out
Open Road Alliance knows disaster is just one missed donation away for many nonprofits. Now it's offering a lifeline.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Documentary on ski filmmaker Warren Miller to include his last on-camera interview
Never-before-seen archival footage woven together with interviews from family, friends and colleagues will give audiences a rare look at the man behind the films that kicked off ski seasons across the country for over 60 years.
- Israeli Ophthalmologists Invents Revolutionary Eyedrops that could Replace Eyeglasses
If the results in humans are successful, prospective patients will simply require a smartphone app to scan the eyes, measure their refraction, create a laser pattern and then "laser corneal stamping" of an optical pattern onto the corneal surface of their eyes.
- Tesla is donating electric car chargers to select U.S. offices
Tesla introduced this month the Workplace Charging program, which brings electric vehicle charging units to office buildings, so that employees can get a charge while they work.
- Solar Roadways signs with manufacturing partner
This agreement will allow E-Mek to produce, distribute and install Solar Road Panels.
- As regional airlines struggle with pilot shortages, Butte airport officials look to the future
Will there be any planes at the gates of the new terminal?
- Self-driving cars with no in-vehicle backup driver get OK for California public roads
"This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California." DMV director Jean Shiomoto
- Tesla's new "workplace charging" program would corner office parking spots
Apartment dwellers are an untapped market for EVs. Creative solutions are needed.
- M Trail Volunteer Day - 4/7- Missoula, Montana
- How Soft Skills Drive High Performance, 03/20, Bozeman
- How Soft Skills Drive High Performance, 03/22, Missoula
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