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"Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal"
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Montana West Economic Development
- NIH SBIR Workshop With MSU TechLink And MTIP This Wednesday!, 03/21, Bozeman
Join representatives from MSU TechLink and MTIP for lunch (sandwiches & drinks) on Wednesday, March 21st to learn more about SBIR/STTR funding from NIH.
- Montana-based TechLink - Navy lab transfers technology to firm in just 13 days, jump starts new product
In February, NAWCAD partnered with TechLink to begin listing some of its available technologies with predetermined legal and financial terms. Combined with an easy-to-use online application, the express licensing process eliminates negotiations that often hinder technology transfer.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Thinking Of Selling Your Business But Have No Idea Where To Start? - 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 - Kalispell, Montana
Start the planning process with a 3-Part Class Series
- Montana West Economic Development PTAC Advisor Doug Bolender Receives National Award
This award recognizes a PTAC going above and beyond the normal PTAC duties, making a difference in the lives of others and in the communities we call home.
- The Flathead County Economic Development Authority Inks Deal with CHS to Move to Rail Park
Officials say the agreement is a major step toward redeveloping Kalispell's core area, which is currently home to a number of industries and a railroad.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Here is our Top 15 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
Electric City Coffee Bar and Bistro has been named the 2018 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration's Montana District Office.
- How the Next Generation of Global Kids Will Learn from One Another
"The internet is the fastest-growing educational institution the world has ever known."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- The airport in the middle of nowhere...and why you might want to go there
In the remote reaches of northeast Montana, particularly in the town of Glasgow, isolation is a fact of daily life that is embraced by those who live there, just as they also embrace the local airport--even those who aren't exactly fond of flying.
Energy and Climate Change
- 12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways
Blockchain is good for a lot more than just Bitcoin.
Come Home Montana
- Minnesota company to build 30-turbine wind farm in central Montana
The project will be located next to Spion Kop, a 40-megawatt wind farm owned by NorthWestern near Geyser.
- The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters
Water utilities are struggling to lower their operation costs and simultaneously meet stricter environmental rules. Blue Drop, the brainchild of DC Water's former leader, wants to help.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Application Security Engineer, Infrastructure Security Engineer, QA Engineer and many more... - SoFi
Want to work to change the financial industry as we know it? You've come to the right place.
- Tourist spending in Montana in 2017 creates record lodging tax collection
Tourism is one of the top industries in the state and brings in billions of dollars. Over 12 million non-residents visited the state last year.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Lifelong Learning Is The Fundamental Key To Successful Entrepreneurship - "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
Learning isn't a moment in time, nor is it just about acquiring a set of skills or generalized knowledge.
- These Are the Best Jobs in the U.S. Right Now (Plus How Much They Pay)
Looking for a new career? You may want to consider construction.
- 6 Things Business School Won't Teach You About Entrepreneurship
The relationships and network I built in business school are worth more than the cost of tuition. However, I wound up learning a lot more about business by being an entrepreneur for four months than I did sitting in a lecture hall for four years.
- How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry
"I made up this term called 'behaviorceuticals,' instead of pharmaceuticals, in the sense that when we move and when we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain," said Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.
Business Plan Forums
- Montana Senator John Tester and Governor Steve Bullock Demand FCC Cut Red Tape, Deliver High-Speed Internet for Montana Students
"To ensure our children are prepared for a globally connected economy and 21st century jobs, it is vital that all classrooms are equipped with high-speed internet," wrote Tester and Bullock. "A quality public education is the foundation of our democracy and our future workforce."
- Montana Launches State-Wide Business Plan Competition With Up To $50,000 In Capital Investments - EarlyStageMT.org
"Early Stage Montana was created to bring attention to the incredible innovation happening across the state of Montana, and to make sure that these dedicated entrepreneurs are getting the capital, mentorship, and exposure they need to grow faster. Our goal is to provide a platform for existing Montana businesses to begin to play on a larger stage."
Incubators and R&D
- 5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty
Imagine if the government were responsible for looking after your best interests. All of your assets must be managed by bureaucrats on your behalf. A special bureau is even set up to oversee your affairs. Every important decision you make requires approval, and every approval comes with a mountain of regulations. How well would this work? Just ask Native Americans.
- Opinion: FCC Set to Waste Billions on the Wrong Rural Broadband Providers
Rural communities have already proven that cooperatives are the way to get good, fast Internet access to underserved areas. So why are AT&T and other big corporations in line to get $2.5 billion in government funding to reach customers - again.
- MPG Ranch Research Conference - 3/20-22 - Missoula, Montana
The conference will allow all who conduct investigations at MPG, as well as the general public, to learn about current projects and to share ideas. Topics will include avian science, rangeland restoration, mammal ecology, pollinators, and soil ecology, among others.
Regional Economic Development
- In Oslo, the Future is Now: A Walk Through Norway's Livable, Innovative Capital
A visit to Oslo could be a preview of our future...but only if we have the stomach to make it happen.
Washington State Business
- "Examining the local value of economic development incentives"
The report's implications draw from the paper's literature review as well as the research findings. We support the recommendations, many of which are consistent with our own Smart Incentives principles:
- What's wrong with Seattle's startup scene? Despite top talent, a lack of venture capital stunts growth
The report notes that the Seattle region "punches below its weight" when it comes to venture capital, in particular with home-grown venture capital firms.
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming's small towns live on the edge every two years as they wait for state money
The amount of direct distribution funding provided to local governments wildly fluctuates, according to Rick Kaysen, the executive director for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities.
- Cheyenne chosen as a Microsoft TechSpark recipient
TechSpark is a new national civic program focused on providing economic opportunities to rural communities.
- University of Montana Reorganizing Administration to Focus on Enrollment
New University of Montana President Seth Bodnar says he's restructuring the university administration to put a greater emphasis on enrollment and student success.
Funding and Building your Business
- Helena, Montana wants to be a new destination for engineers after landing a SoFi office
If you ever visit Helena, Montana, you will see a lot of what you would see in other state capitals.
- To grow or not to grow: In Fort Collins, a warning for Bozeman's future?
The Fort Collins rejuvenation has brought with it symptoms that will ring familiar to those in the Gallatin Valley: The restaurants are booked, traffic is a nightmare, everything is more expensive than it used to be, parking is a gamble.
- Three ways that small business recruitment is changing
Experts and enterprises explain what's changing when it comes to hiring talent.
- Are You a Toxic Boss? Google's Management Study Will Tell You
Could you be a toxic boss and not even realize it?
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Where in the world will you find the most advanced e-government? Estonia.
This tiny republic has the most startups per person and the fastest broadband speeds, and it offers something no other country does: e-residency.
- SXSW 2018: Meet the 6 Gov Tech Startup Finalists That Pitched Mayors at SXSW
Taking home first place was Biobot Analytics, a startup that transforms sewage into valuable data insights for cities.
- TED Talk - Why must artists be poor?
Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities -- so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.
- Survey to gather data on economic impact of Great Falls Art Week
"Arts and culture, it does have an impact on our pocketbook, not just with the classic sale of art but the ancillary impacts of tourism, visitation, and shopping,"
- Elon Musk Tried To Buy "The Onion," And Now They're Owning Him On Twitter
Elon Musk is creating a satirical news site after failing to buy "The Onion." And if you thought they'd let that slide, you've never read "The Onion."
- Ride-Sharing App Via Is Replacing Public Buses in Texas City
Can ride-sharing apps replace mass transportation? One Texas town is about to find out.
- Podcast - We're on the Verge of a Transportation Revolution. If We're Not Careful, We Could Screw It Up
There are three forces coming together in the transportation sector: vehicle autonomy, vehicle sharing and vehicle electrification.
- These 3D Printed Cars Start at Just $10,000
The 3D printed two-seater car is about the size of a Smart car but will be five times stronger.
- Why Is Vehicle-to-Grid Taking So Long to Happen?
The term "vehicle-to-grid" has been around since the mid-2000s, to describe the use of idle car batteries as a source of power that can be used for grid services, such as demand response or frequency regulation.
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