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"Children have very deep feelings just the way parents do, just the way everybody does, and our striving to understand those feelings and to better respond to them is what I feel is the most important task in our world." Mister Rogers
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Big Sky Economic Development
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Key Billings players stepping up support for One Big Sky project
One by one, the key players involved in the new One Big Sky project for downtown Billings are getting on board.
Montana World Affairs Council
- This weekend is Big Sky Pride in the state of Montana.
This weekend is more than a just celebration, it is about making progress, having pride in our state and its people, and acknowledging the work still to be done.
- Montana World Affairs Council: With North Korea, discussions better than bombs
This "game" with North Korea will not be as easy to manipulate to get your desired outcome.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Marc Benioff of Salesforce: 'Are We Not All Connected?'
On their first day of work, we take everyone and we show them the kitchen and the bathroom and their office and their desk. Then we take them out and they do service in the afternoon. They'll go to a homeless shelter or they'll go to the hospital or go to a public school. This is a very core part of our culture.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana officials reinvigorate efforts to boost tribal tourism
"We are taking the best assets we see in Native communities and turning those into opportunities for business development and economy boosting."
- 8 reasons why we should combine art + math
From better comprehension to higher U.S. math rankings, here are compelling reasons for merging these two disciplines
- "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" is one of the most popular TED Talks of all time.
"..if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong."
- A Great Legacy for Montana Ambassador Arne Siegel and His Wife Steffi - West Yellowstone Celebrates the grand opening of the Siegel Learning Center
Folks in West Yellowstone gathered Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the Siegel Learning Center. This beautiful, state-of-the-art building now houses the Little Rangers Learning Center -- an early education program that teaches and supports little ones before they get to kindergarten.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Philipsburg, Montana gearing up for another busy summer
Crowds are coming out for the food, drinks and music that will be on hand, and everyone is invited.
- Helena hiking guidebook highlights 52 trails, from beginner to advanced
Jannis LeBlanc loves guidebooks and pouring over maps of places to take her next hike, and that passion led her to pen her own guidebook for those looking to hit the trails in the Helena area.
- 5 Glacier loop trails, a great way to experience the national park for all hikers
Glacier is the hikers' park, and with a number of loop trails, or at least routes where you can grab a ride back to your starting point, it's a perfect opportunity to see the best of the park.
Energy and Climate Change
- Bitcoin mining craze bypasses Oregon: Here's why
That tiny amount is the reason a cryptocurrency "mining" craze that upended small communities in Washington state has passed over Oregon.
- Goodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain
Expenses for the fledgling outlet will be covered by a grant from Civil, whose sole investor, for now, is ConsenSys, a Brooklyn-based blockchain software technology company founded by the Canadian entrepreneur Joseph Lubin.
- Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die
Hospitals, doctors and other health-care providers have been trying for years to better use stockpiles of electronic health records and other patient data.
- This Startup Correctly Predicted the Oscars, World Series, and Super Bowl. Here's What It's Doing Next
Unanimous A.I. wasn't built to make sports predictions. But it's damn good at it.
Come Home Montana
- Xcel Energy power plan would cut carbon emissions by half, use renewable sources for 55 percent of power
Xcel Energy Colorado unveiled a new power plan that the utility estimates could save customers $215 million, cut carbon emissions by half and lift renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its electricity portfolio by 2026, according to a filing submitted Wednesday with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
- Could the U.S. Retire Most of Its Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2040?
A little over a decade ago, coal-fired power plants produced more than half of the electricity in the United States. An unprecedented rate of plant retirements cut that share to just 30.1% in 2017.
- What is happening to the Copper River Salmon Run this Year? Where are they?
Apparently there is a mass of water roaming the Pacific Ocean known as the 'Blob' that could be partly to blame for the Copper River's historically dismal salmon season.
- California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid
Critics, including some environmentalists and consumer advocates, say California would jeopardize its efforts to require the expansion of renewables.
- Why I Love Montana
Why do I love Montana? Because this state is a land rich in treasured resources and experiences--and for generations, the love and appreciation for Montana remains in the hearts and homes of its people.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Community Development - Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana
Experience working with local elected officials in a planning or project management capacity preferred.
TED and TEDX Talks
- Egerton Crescent Productions (ECP) film production company started by MSU seniors sees international growth
"Bozeman's also really nice because the airport is 20 minutes from downtown so we can pretty much be anywhere in the world; within an hour's notice we can be on a flight somewhere," Burt said.
- 'Two Yellow Lines': Movie being filmed in Helena and Missoula is based on Mann Gulch fire
Producer Billy Zeb Smith, wearing a jumpsuit because it doesn't put any pressure on his stitches from a recent appendectomy, said the movie would be filmed in "Helena, Missoula, Montana City, Thompson Falls and a ghost town," which is Garnett.
- Report: Workers earning minimum wage can't afford rent
People in Montana need to make $16.13 to pay rent on a two-bedroom place, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition's 2018 Out of Reach report. That's almost double Montana's minimum wage and about $4 more than what the state's average renters make.
- A Bozeman businessman is trying to bust Republic Services' Missoula trash monopoly. It might get messy.
In no other urban area of Montana does a company enjoy this sort of monopoly, a circumstance born from state law, industry trends and city-county history. Your trash cannot legally escape Republic’s hands, and your government has no say over how much Republic charges you to handle it.
- ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia on the Advice That Got Her to Launch the Hit Fitness App (Video)
ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia on Friday revealed that her iconic fitness app almost never came to be.
- Kalispell Regional Healthcare CEO Addresses Financial Challenges, Vision for Future
Amid rapid growth and change, Pamela Robertson acknowledges tightened finances and "anxiety" within hospital ranks but stresses optimism and confidence in mission
- iXplore Yellowstone - Butte-based app developer sees bright future in destination application concept
What if there was a smart phone app that would allow users to carry a variety of field manuals in the palm of their hands?
- Missoula Early Learning Center to expand; businesses can reserve spots for employees
The additional 150 open spots will help parents in the workforce and those who are on the center's waiting list.
- Conservation book recognizes women's contributions to Montana agriculture
A woman's role on a farm is everchanging, from cow nurse and parts manager to crew chef and bookkeeper.
- ViZn Energy Systems Secures Funding, Restarts Operations
After shutdown and furlough, battery-technology firm has more than 40 employees back working at its Columbia Falls facility and a new CEO
- Today's TED Talk The surprising science of alpha males
"Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male," de Waal says.
- How to Find Out If Your Company Pays Men and Women Equally--And What to Do Next
How to ensure your business pays workers fairly.
- 4 Ways Mr. Rogers Forged Deep Relationships With Everyone He Met
The new documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor showcases the TV pioneer's focus on understanding the emotions of children and adults.
- If you think your job is pointless, it probably is - "Professional scotch taper" for the President?
Two former "records management analysts" in the White House whose $65,000-a-year jobs entailed preserving the president's memos, letters, emails and papers for the National Archives where part of their job became Scotch-taping papers back together that Trump had torn into pieces.
- Bozeman commissioner wants minimum wage increase for city employees
Bozeman currently follows Montana's set minimum wage but they wouldn't be the first city to change that. Missoula decided to set its own wage in 2015. As of right now, it is set at $15 an hour.
- Maine Tests a New Way of Voting, and Opts to Keep It
"We want to make sure every vote counts because that's what this is all about: more voice and more choice."
- How Washington Can Create Smarter Regulations
How to build a framework for sensible, flexible regulation no matter which party is in the White House.
- State-revenue rebound could lead to Montana undoing budget cuts this year
"So, it's huge. ... This could have a very big effect on some of the cuts we're seeing."
Incubators and R&D
- Premier Technology adds 70,000 square feet in Blackfoot
"It will increase our efficiency and quadruple our capacity," Sayer said. "This is the first phase of a three-phase expansion."
- 'Inspire Idaho' promotes low-cost tech training programs for both urban and rural residents
This week, Inspire Idaho launched a free 12-month app development program with about 140 participants in five cities across the state.
- Skeptical crowd wants 'Idaho first,' questions Avista sale to Canadian utility
Another speaker, Glenn Bledsoe of Rathdrum, said he advocated "Idaho First, America First. Keep foreign interests out of our utilities."
- Zero to $3.5 billion: U of T honorary degree recipient Ilse Treurnicht built MaRS into an innovation powerhouse
Now one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs, MaRS is today home to some 6,000 people from 150 organizations who have collectively raised over $3.5 billion in capital in areas that include health, cleantech, fintech, and work and learning.
- Growth and taxes: Can Alaska's local option sales tax system prove a model for Montana?
Could an widely debated sales tax be the key to paying for the costs of growth in the Gallatin Valley? For the latest installment in our ongoing series "Postcards from Bozeman's Future," reporter Lewis Kendall went to Alaska to find out.
Regional Economic Development
- The Technology That Just Might Save Brick-and-Mortar Retail
Technology has largely been seen as hurting traditional retail. Soon, it may be what saves it.
Washington State Business
- How to Develop A Connected, State-Wide Innovation Ecosystem
Many states across the country have stepped up in recent years to help facilitate innovation.
- Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband 'Economic Challenge of Our Time'
"Access to broadband is the single most important economic development tool in our toolkit right now, and the most necessary to our state."
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming Young People Come Out with Bold, Positive Vision for the Future
ENGAGE, which stands for Empowering the Next Generations to Grow and Advance the Economy, is invested in capturing the candid input of Wyoming's next generations and building a dynamic communications channel between Wyoming's public sector and the people who will define Wyoming's future.
Funding and Building your Business
- "Kindergarten coders" might surprise you this summer
"Looking at your situation and going back and trying again," Peters said. "That's a life skill whether you're going to be using the computer or not."
- Defining 'right' size and mission, as University of Montana-MSU enrollment gap widens
The Montana Legislative Assembly of 1893 said UM would impart to young men and women "a liberal education and thorough knowledge of the different branches of literature, science and the arts."
- Annual MSU Bus Tour to visit northeastern Montana June 19-21
This year's tour will include stops in Fort Peck, Froid, Glasgow, Jordan, Lewistown, Malta, Plentywood, Poplar, Sand Springs and Scobey.
- Welcome To The Missoula Mastermind - Every Thursday Morning - Missoula
Here in Missoula Montana like-minded entrepreneurs come together to hash out ideas and dissolve problems. This is an open group welcome to all local entrepreneurs.
- This Secret 1930s Tradition Is Suddenly All the Rage With CEOs - Welcome To The Missoula Mastermind - Every Thursday Morning
Mastermind groups are quietly gaining steam. Can peer mentoring solve your problems?
- 7 ways in which blockchain is defining entrepreneurship
Understanding the various features of the blockchain technology which proves to be very useful in the entrepreneurship industry
- 3 Ways Your Business Can Attract New Grads
Based on recently released surveys and reports, here's how employers can attract new college graduates to their open positions.
- A hot startup raised $66 million in 5 days using these 24 slides
She pitched 11 investors, received 10 term sheets (or investment offers), and walked away with $66 million from Sequoia Capital and several others.
- Recruiters overrate these job skills, screwing over everyone
Sadly, the typical hiring process isn't really set up to answer all three of these items effectively.
- Colorado's More Modern CRM
Some states have begun deploying commercial cloud platforms and a modular approach to speed up development and reduce risk.
- To Combat Potholes, Cities Turn to Technology
Even companies such as Google and Microsoft have created apps that people can use in their cars that try to detect potholes and alert drivers about damaged roads.
- University Students Create Spatial Analysis Tools to Help Cities Do More with Data
The graduate students in the program work with city officials to develop data science tools that their clients can use to determine how best to use their resources.
- Meet the mad geniuses building personal flying machines
From billionaires to students, engineers around the world are racing to close the gap between humans and birds. A million-dollar prize adds incentive.
- Four Reasons We Don't Have Flying Cars--Yet
"It's time to rethink a lot about aviation."
- Battery-powered buses could be a reality for Gallatin Valley
Bozeman and Big Sky are asking for two each.
- How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country
Their targets: voters most likely to oppose a local plan to build light-rail trains, a traffic-easing tunnel and new bus routes.
- Waymo, Uber, Ford, and others are joining forces to explore the 'human impact' of self-driving cars
A crisis in labor is brewing, and the big AV companies are on it
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