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Montana Department of Commerce
Montana World Affairs Council
- Register now for the Treasure Statement Endowment Program application workshops
The Treasure Statement Endowment Program (TSEP) is a state-funded program that is designed to help address the "affordability" of local infrastructure projects by providing grants to lower the cost of constructing public facilities.
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- Montana World Affairs Council - An Evening Of International Filmmaking, Wine, And Culinary Arts - 6/27 - Missoula
Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for a fun and entertaining evening, exploring wine and food from around the world with Award-Winning Filmmaker Sophie Dia Pegrum.
Montana West Economic Development
- Groups working to protect greater Yellowstone area see collaboration as solution to recreation crowds
"It is a hot mess from the beginning, so buckle up and stay present."
- Billings sportswoman talks about how to effectively advocate for resources
Artemis, a sportswomen's organization, is an offshoot of the National Wildlife Federation. The focus of the conservation group ranges from sharpening the skills women need to hunt and fish to providing them the tools to protect natural resources.
- Recreation pumps money into Montana's economy, complicating resource and human management
One trait common to most Yellowstone-area visitors and residents could be the key to finding a solution to greater crowding and all of the problems it brings -- a love of the region.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Community Broadband Initiative - Bringing The Broadband Discussion To Light - 6/13 - Kalispell
This important event will organize community conversations about options to address the well-documented gap in crucial infrastructure for new technology and broadband access as demonstrated in the Flathead County's 2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) community access process.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- In Kalispell, a Star-Studded Film School Emerges at FVCC Thanks to Hollywood director Michael Polish and actress Kate Bosworth
Hollywood director Michael Polish and actress Kate Bosworth team up with Flathead sheriff deputy Travis Bruyer to launch Montana art institute, now taking applications for two-week filmmaking course in July at FVCC
Great Falls Development Authority
- Dorsey & Whitney -Third Annual Forum On Employer Sponsored Benefits - 6/7 - Webinar
Dorsey Benefits & Compensation Group will conduct its third annual forum on issues affecting employer sponsored health and welfare benefits. Sessions will focus on practical advice and guidance.
Early Edge Montana
- GFDA Top 10
Here is our Top 16 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Lit takes a village for pre-K education
"It's important for programs to include parents because they are their child's first teacher,"
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On The New Gig Economy
Smart business professionals are rapidly becoming the new entrepreneurs.
- Gig workers: You're probably making less than you think
Self-employment has many costs, including some you might not expect. Here are some money matters you need to consider before you go it alone.
- Missoula County Public Schools recommends controversial English curriculum, teachers speak out
Some teachers have taken issue with the two-year curriculum review process, saying it didn't involve teachers from every school, and there wasn't enough communication with teachers about the process until it was nearly over.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- 9 ways a trip to Missoula will surprise you
Here, you can bar hop between craft breweries, surf a wave in the middle of downtown, gobble vegan donuts, explore ghost towns, rent bikes for free, and finish it all off with a pint of Moose Drool. And that's just the first day.
- Bucking Horse Sale brings thousands to Miles City
You should make this part of your trip to Montana next year.
- Ovando, Montana lays out the welcome mat for bicycle tourists
In this tiny town of about 65 people in the postcard-picturesque Blackfoot Valley east of Missoula, the summer swarms of bicycle tourists can almost double the population on a busy night.
- Explore what Red Lodge, Montana has to offer this summer
There's plenty to do this summer just up the road in Red Lodge. Here's a guide to everything that's happening.
Energy and Climate Change
- New Deep-Learning System Can Train Robots to Learn Skills by Watching Humans
A new deep-learning system developed by Nvidia's robotics lab will help robots and humans work and live together.
Come Home Montana
- New research confirms energy needs can be met by renewables
"There are no roadblocks on the way to a 100-percent renewable future," the research states, while pointing out that existing research already holds the answers to the common objections raised.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Project Manager, Quality Assurance Analyst, Solutions Developer and more... - Zoot Solutions
Decisioning engines for the world's leading financial institutions
- Tom Morgan Remembered - Winston Rod Bonus - Under the Big Sky Video
Tom Morgan moved the R.L. Winston Rod Company to Montana in 1976 shortly after purchasing the San Francisco based business from Doug Merrick.
- 4 Questions you Should Ask Your Potential Employer
If you're looking for a job, it's as important to compare 401(k) plan benefits as it is to seek a competitive salary.
- America doesn't have enough truckers, and it's starting to cause prices of about everything to rise
Joyce Brenny, chief executive of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, gave her truck drivers a 15 percent raise this year, but she still can't find enough workers for a job that now pays $80,000 a year.
- Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools — creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation
Carriers are raising wages and hoarding every available pilot -- including the instructors schools rely on to teach incoming students.
- Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city
The ongoing gentrification of American cities clearly demonstrates the national tendency toward satisfying the rich above all others.
- Heartland innovation depends on net neutrality
Without net neutrality, there is no longer a guarantee we'll be able to reach our customers.
- Hundreds celebrate Idaho's CEOs of influence
The award winners were selected from a group of nominees based on their leadership, vision, innovation, competitiveness, financial performance and community leadership.
- This California employer is relocating to Idaho. Many of his employees are coming with him.
A California pump company from Sonoma's wine country has announced it will relocate to Caldwell before the end of the year.
- Enjoy America's first dark sky reserve on your summer camping trips
"We are all made of stardust, and must connect with the night sky to see our origins,"
- Idaho- based Dome Technology building structures across the world
In 1967, Barry South and his brothers David and Randy came up with an idea for a business that changed the shape of potato cellars for some eastern Idaho growers -- they wanted to construct domes.
- Oregon lawmakers move quickly to vote on Kate Brown's business tax cut
Gov. Kate Brown's small-business tax cut is on track for floor votes in Oregon's House and Senate on Monday afternoon, which would allow the Legislature to wrap up the special session in a single day.
- On the Water, and Off, the Rogue River in Oregon Charms
The reason I'd come to the Rogue River area is because it's thriving -- even in the off-season.
Washington State Business
- Madrona Venture raises another $300 million fund to invest in Northwest startups
Madrona has long been known as one of the most active venture funds in the region.
- Now will you come to Tacoma? New tax credit takes aim at Seattle's new head tax
"I've received inquiries over the last week from companies that have indicated they are exploring options for locations in Pierce County," Kendall said. "And they are telling me that's why they are calling me, because the head tax passed."
- Economic Deveopment Organizations, Cities, Data and the Future of Work
New tools are being put to use to prepare workers for new trades and match them to a changing labor market.
Montana Education Excellence
- Sweetwater commissioners grant permit for state's first large solar generator
"We know we're going to be causing problems if we build this there,"
- As West Coast shuns coal, states like Wyoming will face difficult choices
A disheartening presentation from Rocky Mountain Power on Monday at the Joint Corporations Committee meeting in Lander showed how fraught with complications coal-fired power may become right at home.
- Wyoming cities seek ability to impose new taxes
A downturn in state revenue from mineral extraction in recent years has left the state spending more than it is taking in from taxes on energy production.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Outstanding students from the University of Montana Class of 2018
Congratulations once again to our newest alumni. We are proud of you!
- Humanities Institute Supports University of Montana Faculty Research, Student Writers
The Humanities Institute is dedicated to supporting humanities scholarship across all disciplines, departments and programs at UM.
- App competition encourages Montana kids to solve community issues
"Technology is part of our lives. This is part of the core education that youth need to have today."
Funding and Building your Business
- FIVE New Grant Opportunities
- Preservation and Innovation on Kalispell, Montana's Main Street
Primarily working alone, retired aerospace engineer John Hinchey has restored three historic buildings in downtown Kalispell
- Beautify Butte, Montana a proud Mining City tradition, gets going again
The mayor announced that the "City Fire Siren will give signal for merchants and business firms to scrub sidewalk in front of their establishments." Some 81 years later, the campaign on dirt is underway again.
- Missoula leaders look for further input on citizen survey at event tonight 5/23.
The open house will give people a chance to focus on specific stations such as streets and housing that will be set up in the Missoula City Council chambers from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
- Helena moves toward creating downtown Urban Renewal District
The City of Helena took a step forward Monday in creating an urban renewal district (URD) downtown, paving the wave for new development and renovations.
- Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs - University of Montana Professor, business consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Michael Braun
Great Podcast conversation with University of Montana Professor, business consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Michael Braun, about current and future trends in business, business education and the intersection with technology.
- 7 Benefits of Promoting Your Dream Before Building It
The common reason given is that this prevents any competitor from stealing their idea and beating them to market. In my view, this paranoid approach costs them much more than the risk of being open.
- Sending a Pitch Deck to Investors? Make Sure It Has These 12 Things
Your pitch deck should really be your best marketing tool.
- More U.S. businesses are becoming worker co-ops: Here's why
Because the people doing the work for the company are also the ones who own the company, they feel a greater sense of responsibility for and personal stake in helping the business succeed.
- Investors say these startup metrics don't really matter when evaluating a potential investment.
Here are the indicators they look for instead.
- A New Deloitte Study of 10,455 Millennials Shows They Need Help Improving These 4 Skills
Exactly how to attract and retain Millennials and avoid creating unnecessary tension with them has become an art form, and important new context just splashed onto the canvas.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Former Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Named CEO of Missoula-Based Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Reporter Mike Spies claimed Weaver, the NRA's third highest-ranking executive, was dismissed the month before the 2016 presidential election and speculated that the reasons were political.
- The Montana Institute for the Arts
The goal of the Montana Institute for the Arts is to see Montana film, art and theater work flourish. We want to create and collaborate educational programs to better prepare those interested in the industry and promote Montana-made projects. We'll do this by donors, sponsorship's and fundraising.
- Almost half of US families can't afford basics like rent and food
Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That's 43% of households in the United States.
- 42: The answer to life, the universe and everything
Douglas Adams said it was the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. He meant it as a joke, but a new book shows how the number 42 has played a significant role in history
- The Road Trip of the Future
Fully automated vehicles—which will steer, brake, and park entirely on their own—are coming. Exactly when they'll become common is hard to say. But many experts think that in another generation they'll rule the road.
- The Montana Department of Transportation Hosting Public Open House Workshops for the Montana Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan
The open houses will be held between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 PM at multiple locations throughout Montana.
- Elon Musk doesn't want anyone slowing down his plan to dig tunnels under Los Angeles
"If you do hundreds of tunnels and have dozens of small stations woven throughout the fabric of the city, you can actually, without even the city appearing different, you could solve the transport problem,"
- Allegiant grows fast in small cities, but will they stay?
The airline's rallying cry to the communities it serves: Use it or lose it.
- If we end up sitting around in self-driving cars watching ads, Google is going to make billions
The biggest opportunity--$1.2 trillion--will be in robo-taxi services, moving people and things around in autonomous vehicles, according to UBS.
- Driverless-car ripple effects
Accidents could drop, but ownership, too. And what will become of driver's licenses?
- Public comment period open on Great Falls Metropolitan regional transportation plan; several area road projects coming up
The plan will be reviewed by the Great Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization, which includes the city, county and the Montana Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Great Falls Transit District, and other local, state and federal agencies interested in transportation.
- Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities
As cars start to drive themselves, we have some ideas for how urban planners of the future might reimagine those outdated layouts--and transform the city into a joyful mess of throughways and byways optimized not for cars but for people.
- America's Boulevards of Death
Far too many pedestrians are dying on our most heavily traveled streets. They don't have to.
- Bozeman Bunker Brews - Official Launch - 5/30 - Bozeman, Montana
- Helena TechLadies Monthly Social Meeting - 6/15 - Helena, Montana
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