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Bowman: "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- HAL 9000: " I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." -- 50 years ago yesterday '2001: A Space Odyssey' was released
"Water As Gold, Global Water Issues From The Middle East To Montana" - 4/5 - Missoula -- http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6834
Main Street Montana Project
Montana Department of Commerce
- Quantifying the death of the classic American main street - Two Montana cities competing in Best Main Street in the Nation contest
"What happens on main street is such an integral part of activating the neighborhood. Now we've lost that. My fear is that it's been this long, slow decline, so that it becomes almost taken for granted, and increasingly you shrug your shoulders and say, well, that's the way it is."
- State looks to pitch Montana as a free-spirited place for adventure
When people in the rest of the country think of Montana, what comes to mind is beautiful, natural scenery, as well as wildlife, wide-open spaces, fresh air and mountains. But more often, they think of Colorado. That's Montana's top competitor for tourist dollars.
Great Falls Development Authority
- It's that time again! Here's the April Edition of the TechLink Pulse Newsletter
Browse exciting and new technology opportunities in our Weekly Tech Roundup series:
Early Edge Montana
- Owners' friendship built Choteau's Aspire Award Winning Dropstone Outfitters
Exceptional hiking adventures in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness.
- Montana Governor Bullock seeks to keep early childhood education
"Preschools really help children learn letters and pre-reading skills that will help when they arrive in kindergarten. They set students off on the right foot."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- You need to go Up the Great Divide in Montana
The National Trails System celebrates 50 years as one of the greatest innovations in American outdoor recreation history: the long-distance hiking trail, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, 750 miles of which run through Montana
Energy and Climate Change
- Emmanuel Macron Talks to WIRED About France's AI Strategy
"If I manage to build trust with my citizens for AI, I'm done. If I fail building trust with one of them, that's a failure," says French President Emmanuel Macron.
Come Home Montana
- Are bald men walking solar panels?
Bald-headed males could help accelerate the shift a future powered entirely by clean energy, according to new research.
- San Francisco International Airport Looks to Dynamic Glass for Efficiencies, Safety
Dynamic glazing -- also known as electrochromic glass -- uses a low-voltage electrical charge to activate a ceramic coating applied to the outer pane of the glass, along with sensors and other equipment.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana career Opportunity - C3 Worklounge Manager
We offer a sophisticated membership program, concierge-style amenities, and event space.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- #StartupsEverywhere: Missoula, MT
This week, we talked to Paul Gladen of the Blackstone LaunchPad, a university entrepreneurial education program brought to Montana with the help of Senator Jon Tester.
- Venture capital firm Next Frontier Capital opens Missoula office as state's tech businesses hire rapidly
Investors are starting to see gold in the Treasure State's hot tech scene, and Missoula is playing an ever-increasing role.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Women's History Month: MSU President Waded Cruzado
"Hopefully there will come a time when having a woman in a position of responsibility, it's not a piece of news, it's something normal," she said.
- MEDA April 2018 Newsletter
FINALLY! APRIL IS HERE...SEE YOU SOON AT THE MEDA SPRING CONFERENCE - All are invited to participate.
Montana Economic Development
- What sells well in Montana? Well, Montana
"Montana is a beautiful, unique state."
- The IMPACT - March 2018 - The Butte Local Development Corporation
While it's finally starting to feel like spring outside we've been busy this winter working hard to help lead Butte's economic development efforts.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Why Practical Skills Will Matter More Than Your Degree In The New Economy
"At the end of the day, it's not the piece of paper on your wall, it's what you can turn out."
- These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility
These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you're nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.
- Entrepreneurship Doesn't Begin When You Start A Business -- It Begins Long Before That
In Third Circle Theory, Ghadimi sets entrepreneurs up for success by examining the journey most books on the topic skip over: getting from where you are now to the finish line.
- What to do when your interviews don't produce job offers
Closing an interview is part of the hiring process and it's up to you to send the right vibes.
- How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think Of You
The search for constant external validation may be hindering your success.
- Many Americans Try Retirement, Then Change Their Minds
Will you be "a failed retiree"?
- 21 Things Engineering Students Wished They Knew When They Started University
As always, hindsight is 20-20, and past graduates have plenty of advice to impart. Here are just a few things that engineering students wished they knew before starting university.
- InterBel Telephone Cooperative in Eureka, Montana has been awarded a $486,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to bring high-speed fiber to the Business Community of Eureka.
"This is a game changer for our community" said Lincoln County Commissioner Mike Cole. "The ability to retain, grow, and attract technology-based companies to Eureka is a huge opportunity to make positive economic changes to our area".
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Italian towns offer warning for rural America
Small towns and villages across Italy are dying, at risk of becoming "abbandonato."
Business Plan Forums
- Calgary can be 'a global innovation hub
Alberta wants to stretch its economy beyond its reliance on the energy sector.
Come Home Utah
- Potential investors will judge ideas from Billings-area tech companies on May 3 and the public is invited- Early Stage MT
The first group of angel investors looking to back local projects will host a meeting on May 3 to hear pitches from technology companies that believe they have a winning idea.
- All are invited - John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Live Pitch Event! - 4/13 - Missoula
The Business Startup Challenge is Montana's premier opportunity for students attending any college or university across Montana to present exciting new businesses and/or social entrepreneurship venture ideas for adjudication.
- How Utah's startups are attracting tech talent from other states
"If Domo didn't work out for whatever reason, [I felt] I could find another job really quickly and easily, with all these new businesses coming up,"
- Tribes, Hit Hardest by Opioid Crisis, Have Least Access to Federal Help
Experts say the problem has been compounded by a lack of facilities in tribal areas and a shortage of accessible federal funding.
- Cambridge Analytica Fallout Spreads to State Legislatures
The firm used improperly obtained Facebook data to help the GOP take back the Colorado Senate.
- Americans tell Interior to take a hike over proposed national park fee increase
In October, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed to increase peak-season entrance fees at 17 parks from $25 to $70 -- the largest hike since World War II.
- Down for the count? Census changes prompt worries in Montana
Tom Kaiserski of the Montana Department of Commerce told officials a complete count is "imperative" for Montana because the census determines the funding the state gets from the federal government.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho workers' earnings topped the nation in '17. Good news, you say? Look closely
The problem is that the statistics released by measure overall earnings, not earnings per worker. And because Idaho added 24,880 jobs in 2017, wages paid to those workers bulked up the earnings growth.
Oregon Economic Development
- Forever Young: The Promise of Human Regeneration
From lab-grown organs to tissue engineering, regenerative medicine holds the potential to deliver eternal life. How close are we to this new future of human health?
- Virtual Incubation Program looks to help rural entrepreneurs
Rural entrepreneurs with a promising business idea could win $1000 at the conclusion of an eight week Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) beginning Thursday offered by the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) with sponsorship from the Oregon Community Foundation.
- Louisiana recognized as national model for entrepreneurial support
"Becoming a trusted source for entrepreneurs isn't easy when you're a nonprofit; it's even harder when you're a government agency. Not so with Louisiana. They've broken the mold for how entrepreneurs look at state government."
- University of California price tag for out-of-state students going up, to $41,622 a year
UC officials are still lobbying state lawmakers for more, and say that if they fail, they will ask the regents in May to approve higher tuition for state residents as well.
- Iowa town asks: If you give them free land, will they come?
Every single home matters in a community of 120 people.
Regional Economic Development
- Can Apple help save the American shopping mall? Apple's retail chief thinks so
Apple's network of stores -- considered the most lucrative retail space on the planet -- "absolutely" have achieved anchor status. And that means the stores could provide a lifeline and draw shoppers to smaller retailers and malls.
- Watch: dozens of local TV anchors read the same anti-"false news" script in unison - Sinclair TV Stations in Montana
"I felt like a POW recording a message," one of the anchors said.
- Dream Machine transforms abandoned retail space into the latest made-for-Instagram 'experience'
Swimming in 38,000 balls? Going down a "Willy Wonka-inspired" rainbow hallway? It was all a dream!
- Study: Wyoming's wildlife industry had $1B economic impact
The study, which was requested by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, shows spending by nonresidents of Wyoming accounted for $532 million.
- Wyoming state-run air service moves forward, framed as essential to economic diversification
Reliable transportation in and out of the state stubbornly remains a top priority for local businesses and those considering relocating here.
Montana Education Excellence
- People are saying education reform hasn't worked. Don't believe them.
While today's kids bring more learning challenges, they perform as much as 2½ grades higher than their counterparts from half a century ago.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- UM Names Dr. Jon Harbor Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
"Dr. Harbor's leadership and experience are going to be vital as we continue to shape and strengthen every element that composes a UM education. I have great confidence in his ability to help move UM toward its full potential." President Seth Bodnar
- Jim Messina - Consultant who helped elect President Obama is working on recruitment for University of Montana -- for free
"I just think it's up to every single one of us who loves the university to pitch in and help," Messina said Monday in a phone call. "I'm doing it for free, and I'm doing it just because I love it.
Funding and Building your Business
- Two Montana cities competing in Best Main Street in the Nation contest
Can you guess where they are?
- World Autism Awareness Day offers advice and resources
Autism affects thousands of Montana families.
Connectivity & Communications
- How to qualify for venture capitalist investment
We unpack some strategies that will help entrepreneurs attract venture capitalist investment
- US Small Business Administration Publishes Report on Small Business Equity Crowdfunding under Reg CF
Nearly a third of firms were six months or younger when initiating their securities crowdfunding offer, and 88% were five years or younger at the time of filing.
- 10 Tips for Bootstrapping a Startup with No Venture Capital Funding
Find Mentors That Know Your Business Path
- Barbara Corcoran Says This 1 Unexpected Thing Makes a Business Partnership Successful
Hint: It might be someone who seems totally wrong for the job.
- CBS News Video - Companies tap into a pool of unique candidates: Workers with autism
It's World Autism Awareness day, and it turns out more employers are become aware that they should be giving adults with autism a chance.
- FTC regains jurisdiction over broadband providers
The FCC's decision to move BIAS providers back under the FTC's jurisdiction is likely to change the manner in which BIAS providers are regulated, as well as the consequences for violating rules governing data privacy and security.
- How to download your Google data and what you'll find
Curious to see how much a sprawling Internet company knows about your likes, history and movements? Download your Google data.
- CBS Sunday Morning News - Overload: How technology is bringing us too much information
"I'm troubled that Facebook is doing so little to combat fake news,"
- Ajit Pai faces heat over proposal to take away poor people's broadband plans
The proposal has drawn widespread condemnation from both liberals and conservatives, as we previously reported.
- Digital Literacy Is at the Heart of a Thriving Smart City
During the Smart Cities Conference in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this week, thought leaders broke down the issues facing technology deployments and the importance of bringing constituents along for the ride.
- Podcast - This Man Was Dead for 4 Minutes Before Being Revived. Then, He Created One of the Most Beloved Foundations in America.
He started wondering why he couldn't make more wishes come true for other children.
- Missoula Chamber's "wide roads" theory misses the point, and future
The Chamber, perhaps understandably, offered the status quo opinion; the opinion that we need wide roads and lots of excess capacity for healthy businesses. Yet, as American cities all over the country modernize their infrastructure to include bike and walking facilities, data and research find exactly the opposite.
- The Uber Crash Won't Be the Last Shocking Self-Driving Death
No one promised perfection. Eventually, they'd hurt someone.
- Instead of a Pedestrian Bridge, How About a Street That Works for Walking, Biking, and Transit?
Obviously, overhauling the street for transit and safe walking and biking would be a more complicated undertaking than snapping a bridge on top of the road. But the benefits would be much, much greater and would compound over time.
- Uber GM for Spain: Driverless Model Will Create Jobs
"I am optimistic that, as has happened in other sectors that faced transitions, the migration, although painful, will ultimately be beneficial. And new jobs will be created maintaining those cars."
- Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.
In the rapidly shifting transportation landscape, even the Goliaths of the rental car industry -- some of the best-known brands in the world -- worry about being left behind.
- Cop Slaps GM Cruise Self-Driving Car With Ticket
Cruise is disputing the ticket.
- California launches system allowing driverless cars to ditch their backup drivers
It was a rulemaking slog, one that some in the industry criticized as an example of typical Golden State overreach.
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