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"You may be the most cynical, born and bred, citified lefty like me -- instinctively skeptical of big concepts like "patriotism," relatively foreign to hunting culture, unused to wide open spaces.But spend any length of time traveling around Montana, and you will understand what all that "purple mountain majesties" is all about. You'll soon be wrapping yourself in the flag and yelling, "America, **** yeah!" with an absolute and nonironic sincerity that will take you by surprise. You will understand why and what people fought and died for -- or at least perceived themselves to be fighting and dying for -- either defending Native American hunting grounds against Custer or "defending America" against foreign aggressors. And you will be stunned, stunned and silenced by the breathtaking, magnificent beauty of Montana's wide open spaces. When you look up at the night skies over Montana, it's hard not to think that we can't be alone on this rock, that there isn't something else out there or up there, in charge of this whole crazy-ass enterprise." -Anthony Bourdain
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock Signs Executive Order to Shine Light on Dark Money in Montana
"Enacting these protections is essential to protecting the integrity of our government," said Governor Bullock. "It is essential to protecting the public's right to know and participate in government. And it is essential to restoring the trust and faith in government."
- New TV Series 'Yellowstone' To Premiere Early In Missoula - 6/14
The event will also feature an appearance by Gil Birmingham, who plays Thomas Rainwater in "Yellowstone" and is known for roles on film and TV such as "Hell or High Water" and "House of Cards."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Livingston's Printing For Less (PFL) expanding, plans to add 100 jobs
"We're obviously optimistic about our own future because we're investing millions in a new facility," said PFL Founder and CEO Andrew Fields.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority Quarterly Investor letter
Great Falls tied as the 10th best metro in the eight-state mountain west for winning private sector investment deals in 2017.
- Great Falls Development Authority - As trade fears grow, US states reach out to companies
Today, the AP issued a wire story that has already been picked up and run by the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Mail, Seattle Times, and 10 additional news outlets.
- Great Falls Economic Development Top 10 for 6-11-18
Here is our Top 11 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. This is our 350th Top 10.
- The US government is seriously underestimating how much Americans rely on gig work
Undercounting people who rely on "alternative work arrangements" risks marginalizing a key part of the American economy.
Energy and Climate Change
- Film - Wrangling Wild Horses in the Mountains of Montana
In this short film by Kristopher Rey-Talley, join the Kelsey family in Montana as they embark on their yearly trip with the horses through the land they cherish.
Come Home Montana
- The Controversy Surrounding Liberty Utilities' Home Storage Pilot
Typical roles are reversed in New Hampshire's debate over using residential batteries to reduce system costs.
- Sustainable Missoula: Solar is no longer an 'alternative' energy source
Now is an important time for local action to keep momentum building in the right direction. Fortunately, Missoula has demonstrated its dedication to doing just that.
- Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought
Estimated cost of geoengineering technology to fight climate change has plunged since a 2011 analysis.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Solutions Engineer, Director of Customer Success, 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 - Account Executive, Ad Ops Coordinator - LumenAd
LumenAd is a Missoula, Montana based AdTech that unifies sophisticated media distribution with real-time campaign management software.
- Experts agree: Billings is a pretty good place to launch a business
WalletHub, a personal finance and economy website, ranked Billings on its top ten best places to start a business list, highlighting the city's business-friendly ecosystem.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Marketing, Digital Marketing Manager, Front-end Engineer, Sales Development Representative and more - Submittable
Submittable is a cloud-based submission management platform that makes it easy to accept, review, and make decisions on any kind of digital content.
- Life in the Silicon Prairie: Tech's great migration to the Midwest - Why not try Montana?
Startups and investors are increasingly foregoing Silicon Valley for the Silicon Prairie -- and with good reason.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Butte, Montana's Finlen Hotel makes investments for modern style - Have you tried the Smooth Hoperator?
J.J. Adams has owned the complex since January and said over six weeks the Finlen Hotel has done as much event business as it did in all of 2016.
- What public lands mean to Montana's tech sector
"We're talking about a $1.7 billion revenue-generating industry, with [job growth] nine times faster than the statewide economy," Hayes said. "Impressively, the industry also has self-projected a 5 percent wage increase in 2018, and an addition of 1,200 jobs."
- Mamalode is taking the summer off. We are ready for the next phase. Suggestions?
Why you ask? Because, believe it or not, our kids are growing up and almost out of the house. Sob!
- MyVyllage: Missoula start-up mentors new child care businesses, connects families
"Everyone I have encountered for the most part in Montana has a very DIY, entrepreneurial focus, and I think that very much aligns with us and our values as a company," Mackey said. "It's also what's going to be required for somebody to take the leap to start a business in their own home."
- Energy Summit: Can Montana Achieve Energy Dominance?
There is work to be done, but Montanans sure do know how to work hard and come up with creative solutions.
TED and TEDX Talks
- University of Montana NEW Leadership Institute inspires young women
Free to the women who participate, the institute costs roughly $40,000 to produce and spans five days. The leaders raise funds for the program.
- Today's TED Talk Why the secret to success is setting the right goals
Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives.
Come Home Wyoming
- These 5 time-wasters are killing your job search
Job seekers tend to spin their wheels in similar ways. Here's how to get your search back on track.
- America is unprepared for the "jobs apocalypse" automation will bring
"We're not prepared at all."
- Women Are Interrupted Twice as Often as Men in Meetings. Here Are 7 Tips to Have Your Voice Heard
Last June, after Arianna Huffington commented during an Uber board meeting that having one woman join a board could pave the way for others, fellow board member David Bonderman replied that having one woman join a board would simply lead to "more talking." Outrage ensued and Bonderman resigned later that day.
- This 95-Year Stanford Study Reveals 1 Secret to Living a Longer, More Fulfilling Life
This decades-long study shows that living an easy, stress-free life won't make you happier -- and definitely won't help you live longer.
- The Wyoming Business Council seeks broadband consultant for ENDOW
"This all kind of ties in to what the business council has been trying to do already," Dixon said. "The state Legislature agrees that broadband is critical when it comes to economic development; it's something that companies need and it's a quality of life issue."
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Rural Funders Urge Philanthropies to Let Communities Lead the Way
Philanthropists who want to help rural communities thrive need to get out from behind their desks and out into community, according to three executives of foundations that focus on rural projects.
- 'Innovation ecosystem' key in Calgary Economic Development 10-year strategy
Calgary Economic Development says innovation is key for the city to fully move beyond its recent economic challenges, which include unemployment and lots and lots of empty offices.
- Press Groups Criticize the Seizing of a Times Reporter's Records
The Committee to Protect Journalists called the move "a fundamental threat to press freedom." The Times, in its own statement, called the seizure "an outrageous overreach" and raised concerns about a chilling effect on journalists' ability to report on the government.
- NEW ON TED.COM What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?
Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan politics.
- Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?
Monday marks the official end of the U.S. government's net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally.
- Why the U.S. Needs to Embrace Private Sector Involvement in Infrastructure
The United States could learn a great deal about infrastructure finance from Australia, which has paved the way for public-private partnerships in that domain, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett in this opinion piece.
- Idaho, the top-performing economy among U.S. states, relies heavily on international trade.
Idaho has fewer people than Houston, still grows the most potatoes, and outperforms all 49 other states with a 21st-century economy that shows that the U.S. does best when it puts the world first.
- A guide to Minnesota's startup community
Nine years ago, I was an early-stage tech entrepreneur living in the Greater Washington D.C. metro area before making the move to Minnesota's Twin Cities: Minneapolis and Saint Paul. What pulled me in? One of the area's many Fortune 500 companies -- I was a trailing spouse.
Regional Economic Development
- Why Retaining Older Women in the Workforce Will Help the U.S. Economy
If companies do this, the greying of America could become an opportunity rather than a threat.
- Zoom into June with LCCDC
- Why Cities Can't Stop Poaching From One Another Even Though It Makes No Economic Sense
The more intriguing question, then, is not whether these deals make sense, but why politicians and voters are so keen on them.
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming governor candidates debate technology development
"Guess what our biggest concern is? Being able to fill those jobs with the right kind of people. We need workers in this state," Galeotos said. "We have a great technology industry in this state, and we need to expand it."
- MSU's mechanical engineering programs ranked among best in nation
Schools.com ranked MSU No. 5 on its annual list of the best American colleges for mechanical engineering, citing the program's student-to-faculty ratio, tuition and degree options.
Funding and Building your Business
- Helena mayor to Billings crowd: Know differences between refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers
"No immigrant goes through the kind of vetting process that refugees go through. No other," he said. "And so when you learn these definitions, you will see that, 'Oh my god we've been wrong. We just lumped everybody in one group and called them refugees.' "
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- 7 'Best Practices' Have To Change For Survival Today
With these tips, you can reinvigorate your own and your company's long-term health with next generation thinking:
- 6 Reasons Moms Make the Best Entrepreneurs
To all women who have raised kids, if you are new to entrepreneurship, switching career gears or possibly jumping back into the work force after having kids you are in the right place.
- How to Ensure More Women Succeed in the C-Suite: Start Grooming Them Now
New research reveals that women CEOs perform better when promoted from within.
- Kevin Costner Revisits the American West, Now by Helicopter - "Yellowstone," a modern-day western set in Montana
It's a violence-tinged saga, in which everyone wants a piece of Dutton's Montana empire, including the daughter and three sons under his care since his wife died, leaving them to brood in their gargantuan log castle with helipad.
- Bozeman International Film Festival kicks off with 70-plus films
"We are presenting films that then open up for a conversation, about where do we go next. Where do we, certainly with all the female issues it's like okay, well if what's been going on is not good, what do we differently? As women and as men."
- Booking With Airbnb? Here's Your Survival Guide
So here's my advice for ensuring you have a smooth stay at an Airbnb, along with some tips on becoming a well-reviewed guest.
- The Definition of Planning Insanity - It's Time to Take the Keys Away from Granddad
We unwisely continue to use the same old zoning tools that drove our city into today's housing crisis and auto-domination while expecting more urban outcomes.
- 5 Huge Benefits of Self-Driving Cars -- Who or what is driving that 18-wheeler?
Autonomous driving promises more than just saved time, it's enough to make society reassess its concepts of time and space -- after all, what's a two-hour drive if you can work on the way? -- and it could arrive in just three years' time.
- These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers
New traffic signals in Detroit are designed to help pedestrians, cyclists and ambulances get through intersections, while helping traffic planners test safety improvements quickly.
- What if your car knew where the closest parking spot was?
A new technology that lets passing cars equipped with parking sensors measure open spots and create a map for other drivers that shows where their car might fit.
- Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels
The potential appeal of solar roads -- modified solar panels that are installed in place of asphalt -- is clear.
- Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents
"SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly ..."
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