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Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana's PFL announces $25M Investment from Goldman Sachs
Investment Will Support PFL's Continued Growth in Providing Innovative Marketing, Printing and e-Commerce Solutions
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- GFDA Top 10
Here is our Top 21 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. Another great week for Team Great Falls Montana!
- How Universities Should Manage Innovation
Despite the frenetic tone of some of the hype, the concerns fueling this move toward innovation aren't misplaced.
- Illinois nonprofits hope mentors and real-world projects will improve diversity in STEM classes
Illinois is last in the country when it comes to equitable public school funding, spending just 78 cents on low-income students for every dollar on high-income ones. "We have to get more people involved in teaching tech."
Energy and Climate Change
- Capturing the Allure of Small Montana Towns
That's the idea the producers behind the new online series, "Weekend Guide To," want to capture in their monthly posts as they explore small Montana towns in all their guts and glory.
- Sperry Chalet Comments Favor Rebuilding As It Was
The Park says overall, public comments expressed strong interest in retaining Sperry Chalet's historic character.
Come Home Montana
- Bozeman ranks among top solar power producing cities
On average, Bozeman produces 70 watts of electricity per person from solar power, and according to Shining Cities 2018, this was good enough to rank the city fifth of all smaller U.S. communities and first in Montana for 2017.
- The Time Has Come for Battery Net Metering
A proposal in California would reward solar customers who use batteries to export to the grid at night. Both industry and utilities like the idea.
- Google Officially Hits Its 100% Renewable Energy Target
The tech giant's renewable energy purchases met--and even exceeded--the amount of electricity used in its operations last year.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Lead Software Developer, Software developer and more... - First Interstate Bank
Want to be part of an organization that prides itself on exemplary customer service and community involvement?
- Missoula rent prices, vacancy rates hold steady despite multiplex building boom
The annual report, released Tuesday, found that rent ticked up slightly over the prior year, with the average rent for a one-bedroom unit fetching $632 a month in a multiplex, or $850 for a three-bedroom unit in the same building.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Solutions Engineer, Accountant Fulfillment Operator, Software Developer, VP of Marketing and more - PFL
There's a reason people will move from all over to "the middle of nowhere" to be a part of the PFL team.
- Montana Career Opportunities - HR Coordinator, IT Support Technician, Software Engineer - LumenAd
As a direct extension of your team, we efficiently build, analyze, and refine your media strategy so you can exceed expectations. For each client. Every time.
- Yellowstone busy hiring 400 summer employees -- more than doubling its workforce
Yellowstone is almost equally divided between permanent staff and seasonal workers.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula-based Cartalytics specializes in advanced visualization and analysis of complex spatial data sets.
Cartalytics' patented DIDA tool empowers your team to visualize and analyze spatial data instantly and dynamically, wherever you are. Be in charge of your data and make decisions faster, whether in business or when out to play.
Come Home Idaho
- To plan for smart growth, land use expert says Billings can look south to the Beehive State
About 20 years ago, Stuart Challender began helping 10 counties in the Salt Lake City area absorb growth that would add nearly a million people to the Wasatch region.
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Client Accounting Manager - Montana & Idaho CDC, Boise
Are you ready for a break from public accounting? Bring your CPA skills to the private sector and join a fun, growth-oriented, mission-driven company. This full-time position is based in our Boise office.
- Montana not among states challenging to keep citizenship off 2020 U.S. census
"Decade after decade, census officials have said that simply asking about citizenship status will create a climate of fear and mistrust," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
- In Wisconsin, authorities now have to convict you of a crime before they can take your cash
The law is intended to address the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, a common legal maneuver that allows police to seize and keep cash, real estate and other property from people suspected of criminal activity, regardless of whether those people are convicted.
- Boise startup Red Aspen hit $1 million in sales in 5 months. 'I have no idea where we'll be in five years.'
Red Aspen has caught a wave of interest among millennial women in wearing false eyelashes - and is making money selling them.
- Denver companies launch Pivot to Colorado campaign targeting Silicon Valley talent
On Monday, a group of 10 Colorado tech companies announced the formation of the Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition, with the goal of supercharging efforts to recruit tech workers to Colorado.
- From AI to Russia, Here's How Estonia's President Is Planning for the Future
Known for its digital government, tax, and medical systems, Estonia is planning for the future.
Regional Economic Development
- Where Companies Welcome Refugees, the More, the Better
In a tight labor market, positions in poultry plants and lumber mills can be tough to fill. But that spells opportunity for recruiters like Ray Wiley.
- Two American Power Centers Are About to Clash
What happens as tech dreams collide with government realities?
Montana Education Excellence
- In small towns, a way to make remote work, work
A 'micro' economic development program bolsters a community of telecommuters.
- University of Montana Commencement to Feature NIKE Chief Operating Officer Eric Sprunk
Sprunk, a 1986 UM graduate in business finance and accounting, leads NIKE's manufacturing, sourcing, IT, and supply planning and procurement. He maintains the company's robust and innovative supply chain.
- Montana iLEAD is seeking a coalition of Montana Coaches and Leader-Development Training Experts for International Coaching Week - May 7-12, 2018.
Our goal is to make leadership training and professional coaching accessible through free pop-out leader workshops and pro-bono coaching sessions.
- UM President Seth Bodnar involves students in drive to "academic excellence"
Bodnar believes UM graduates need to be prepared for a future of change after they graduate.
Funding and Building your Business
- Make Trouble
To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble
- Building a Connected City From the Ground Up
Kyle Corkum imagines a "smart city" with futuristic amenities like driverless shuttle services, heated sidewalks and a super-resilient energy grid that keeps humming through the harshest of storms.
Connectivity & Communications
- 7 Ways To Sell Yourself In Written Business Messages
Being very visible in the startup community, I still get an amazing number of badly written emails, rambling executive summaries, and business plans with one paragraph per chapter.
- How a rural electric co-op connected a community
By expanding into broadband, Kit Carson Co-op provides high-speed internet to thousands.
- Help Missoula Community Access Television plan for the Future-please give us your input!
MCAT has partnered with The City of Missoula to create a community needs assessment for Missoula's needs for Missoula residents communication through cable tv and beyond. We know your time is valuable but your insights are invaluable!
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Bozeman unveils online city map that details history of buildings, locations
It shows the ten historic districts and 2,300 points within the city. These points can be statues, houses, or businesses.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- New Purification System Can Produce Clean Water Using Sunlight and Hydrogels
This breakthrough purification hydrogel even desalinated water from the saltiest body of water in the world -- the Dead Sea.
- The Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Behind a String of Big Breaches
The group--which often appears to be Russian-speaking, but hasn't been tied to a home country--generally works on a normal business schedule, with nights and weekends off.
- How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities
Copenhagenize offers a blueprint for how cities can welcome the bicycle-and all the positive outcomes that being a biking-centric city brings.
- Seattle City Council Approves Changes to Reduce Parking Requirements
Seattle council members on Monday approved changes to the parking code that they hope will ultimately tackle their carbon-free, pedestrian-and-bike-friendly, affordable vision for the city.
- Parking: Best Practices For Great Communities - 4/25 - Online
This session will examine two transformative trends. The first is the rise of the sharing economy, private sector ride-hailing services, autonomous vehicles and associated web-based tools for trip planning, ride hailing and fare payment.
- A Taste Of The Caribbean Cooking Class, 04/28, Bozeman
- Resources For Economic Revitalization Workshop - 6/26-27 - Lewistown, MT
- UM Invites Community To Participate In Rock Creek Restoration April 7
- Equity Financing Options For High Growth Businesses - 4/5 - Online
- One River, Ethics Matter: Western Montana - 4/11 - Missoula
- 1 Million Cups Missoula - 4/18 - Missoula
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