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Governor Bullock Sends Opportunity Zone Nominations to U.S. Treasury http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Economist explains why workers are better off in Billings, Montana
Attracting talented workers to consider moving to Billings -- and keeping the ones who already call Billings home -- is a good news-bad news proposition.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Intellectual Property Educational Webinars for SBIR/STTR Small Businesses (May 1 - 10)
These 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR programs.
Energy and Climate Change
- Applications Close May 1st for the Flathead Valley's Premier Leadership Development Program
Leadership Flathead is intricately designed to develop tangible leadership skills, increase awareness of significant local issues, and build a tightly-knit network of community leaders, all while strengthening the ability of current and emerging leaders to spearhead positive change in the Flathead Valley.
Come Home Montana
- A Utility in Transition - Customer Centric Energy Transformation - A Case Study of the Opportunity with Green Mountain Power
GMP aims to expand from its traditional vertically integrated, investor-owned business model by offering more energy products and services to customers, building new revenue streams in the face of declining energy sales to keep rates affordable, and using distributed energy resources more efficiently to support a low-cost and highly renewable and resilient energy system.
- Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools Leading the Way to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save Taxpayer Dollars
"We're honored to recognize the students who are encouraging energy efficiency, conservation, and waste reduction in their schools," said Governor Bullock. "By doing so, they are setting an example for us as state leaders in working to make Montana an even greater place."
- Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal
Since 2008, renewable energy has gone from 9% to 18% of the U.S. energy mix, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
- Community Solar Funding Available in Montana
The Montana Energy Office at the Department of Environmental Quality is leading the Montana Solar Community Project, a collaborative effort to expand access to solar energy projects across the state.
- Renowned alpinist, Conrad Anker: "Glaciers and Climate Change" as part of the 2018 Headwaters Academy Speaker's Series.
The challenge to human creativity and ingenuity is clear, but Anker remains positive, and emphasizes that "it's our moral responsibility to give something back to this planet which has given us so much."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
NCAT's mission is to help people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to promote healthy communities, reduce poverty and protect natural resources.
- Do you know anyone who might have a solution? - Small aircraft manufacturer is looking for a place to relocate operations to Montana
Montana is of interest and they'd like to have an overview of available sites within two weeks, so we've got a very short timeframe.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing CRM Administrator - ALPS
We understand that to deliver the best service to our clients, we must hire the best people. If you value creativity and innovation and would like to join a dynamic team, ALPS may be a great fit for your next career move.
Montana Economic Development
- Power Consulting - Analytic tools for Natural Resource Economics
We seek to make the analytical tools of Natural Resource Economics and Regional Economics accessible to public interest groups, government agencies, and private businesses.
- Billings Fire Department signs up for chemical plume monitoring technology produced by Billings-based Diamond B Companies
The system, designed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, uses 3-D modeling, sensors, real-time maps and cloud technology to pinpoint chemical plumes. The research lab was awarded a patent for the technology last month.
- Missoula's Community Medical Center eliminates 16 employees' jobs, citing Medicaid cuts
French said Community Medical Center's loss of revenue is disproportionately larger than that faced by other major hospitals in the state because of the patient population it serves.
- Montana a growing part of $950 billion 'app economy,' report says
In Montana, 3,700 individuals work building and maintaining apps, a fraction of the state's 525,000 person workforce. But that number is set to grow more than 18 percent by 2024.
- C2 Technology LLC Tech support, Consultation, and Implementation
We specialize in helping businesses use and deploy technology software and hardware to help them become better equipped in today's business world.
- Governor Bullock Sends Opportunity Zone Nominations to U.S. Treasury
"We asked cities, towns, counties, tribes, and economic development organizations to nominate areas that are most likely to realize development which benefits communities," said Governor Bullock. "I'm confident that the final zones I've nominated to the U.S. Treasury Department represent both high-needs communities and areas that are ripe for investment in rural and urban corners of our state."
Business Plan Forums
- Do These 5 Emotionally Intelligent Things Within 5 Minutes Of Meeting Someone
Being instantly likable isn't rocket science, but this checklist takes practice to master in the short space of a first impression.
- Can This Four-Minute Brain Hack Turn You Into An Optimist?
This exercise helps reroute brain activity from the so-called "aversion network" toward a cognitive system that's better at making calm, rational decisions.
- 9 Communication Tips That Can Boost Your Career Value
A nine-point checklist for success in the art of communication and persuasion that I believe every professional should use in their own self-evaluation.
- Judging Panels Announced for Early Stage Montana Business Showcase Events
An experienced and respected group of business executives from around the state have signed on to provide their expertise and knowledge as judges for EarlyStageMT, a statewide showcase competition designed to provide mentoring and financial support for "Seed" and "A" stage technology companies based in Montana.
- Labor concerns trump tribal sovereignty in Congress. A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate.
If passed, it would apply to tribal businesses operating on tribal lands, from hotels and casinos to construction companies and power plants, potentially blocking hundreds of thousands of their workers from unionizing.
- Senator Jon Tester - What Will The Death Of Net Neutrality Mean For Rural Communities?
Rural communities need a free and open internet to run businesses, stay connected, and do just about darn anything. But we've only got three days to get one more vote in the Senate to save net neutrality, so we need all hands on deck. Light up the phones & call your Senators at (202) 224-3121
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Big Cedar Media - With his grant-winning startup, Idaho veteran tells inspiring stories via video, nature
His current video project will feature a kayaking trio that includes a vet who lost both legs fighting in Afghanistan, an Iraq War vet who's coping with combat stress and their blind friend. Together, they navigate rivers. They bond. They heal.
- Great River Energy studies viability of greenhouse project
The Utah facility has excess heat and carbon dioxide from flue gas that's pumped into a tomato greenhouse from the neighboring natural gas-fired power plant run by Rocky Mountain Power. It grows 457,000 bushels of tomatoes year-round and employs 120 people.
Montana Education Excellence
- A prominent tech investor says arrogance in Silicon Valley has reached a fever pitch and he's constantly embarrassed by what people say
He described a disturbing trend he had noticed among people in the tech industry -- namely, that they're "losing touch with reality.
- State agency OCAST, strategic partners build more diverse Oklahoma economy
"Together with our strategic partners and alliances, we are supporting cutting-edge R&D, technology-based startups, small business and workforce development by growing a culture of innovation across Oklahoma and transforming Oklahoma into a major technology corridor."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- You're Invited To Join Montana ILEAD, University Of Montana To Celebrate International Coaching Week - 5/6-12
Join us for one or more free Pop-up Leadership Workshops designed to enhance your leadership effectiveness in key areas critical to personal and organizational growth.
- Carroll College research festival speaker Dr. Hilton Lewis oversees 2 of the world's largest telescopes
"All the big questions about the universe, how it started, how it's evolving, how it's going to end," Lewis said, are being asked there.
- University of Montana creative writing program at tipping point as budget cuts loom
UM touts its creative writing program as the second oldest in the U.S., and students are drawn to Missoula for its muscular tradition.
- "InnovateUM 2018 to Envision Missoula's Innovation Ecosystem"
Through interactive breakout sessions and facilitated design sprints, innovateUM's 230 attendees and 35 local, national and international speakers, facilitators and guest designers will collaborate in envisioning Missoula's own innovation corridor.
Funding and Building your Business
- Plan for growth: City leaders lay out Bozeman's future
Bozeman leaders need to plan for the city like it's double the size.
- Companies outside of Silicon Valley need to rethink how they hire and train tech talent
Last year in the Midwest, 45 percent of small businesses reported to The National Federation of Independent Business that they were struggling to hire qualified candidates.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The return of Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" Mustang
"Do you understand why the car has the mystique it has?"
- New Research Uses Spider Silk to Heal Bones
The team from the University of Connecticut used silk fibers in order to create a new biodegradable composite specifically for repairing load-bearing bones like ones found in the leg.
- Light-cured bone patch may replace plates and screws
The biocompatible patch, which is designed to stick to wet bone, was created by scientists from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institutet. It's applied in a procedure that takes about five minutes.
- Graphene used to make stronger, greener concrete
Scientists have used it to create a new type of concrete that is much stronger, water-resistant and eco-friendly than what we're used to.
- Lyft purchasing carbon offsets to make all rides carbon neutral
This will be achieved through the purchase of carbon offsets, which will require a multi-million-dollar investment in the first year alone.
- Ovo Energy's V2G charger could see EV owners drive for free
"Today we're launching the world's first widely available vehicle-to-grid charger, helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the energy sector.
- North America's first 200 kilowatt wireless charger keeps e-buses rolling indefinitely
"The simplicity along with seamless charging allows Link Transit to operate all of our urban service routes continuously without the need for midday charging,"
- China's self-driving vehicles on track to take global leadership position, ahead of US
"In the near future, roads will also send information to vehicles," Li says. "Self-driving cars, buses and trucks will communicate both with the infrastructure and with other vehicles, making driving much safer than it is now."
- The 25 Ways AI Can Revolutionize Transportation: From Driverless Trains to Smart Tracks
The transportation industry is in a state of flux thanks to ever-evolving technologies. Here's what to expect from AI in transportation.
- Today'S TED Talk SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes
Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and the organization's next big project.
- The Future Of Your Commute
Flying cars. Dockless bikes. Cars that watch you. We spoke with eight venture capitalists on the transportation technologies they're betting on and why.
- This Is How Many Autonomous Cars Will Be on the Road in 2025
One firm estimates that 8 million cars with level 3 or higher autonomous driving capabilities will be sold in 2025. Will it prove too conservative?
- Montana Code School Demo Day: Missoula, 04/26, Missoula
- MT Code School Demo Day: Bozeman, 04/26, Bozeman
- Davidson Honors College At University Of Montana To Host Dinner And Dialogue Event - 5/3 - Missoula
- The 14th Annual Montana Testicle Festival Of Washington, D.C. - 6/9
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