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"..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." Sir Ken Robinson -- "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" is one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Wilmot Collins: From African Refugee to Helena, Montana Mayor -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana World Affairs Council
- Montana Governor Bullock Creates Future Ready Cabinet to unite talent pipeline efforts and build trained workforce
"The key to continued economic growth and prosperity is the availability of a talented and trained workforce," said Governor Bullock. "We have an incredible opportunity here in Montana to unite our talent pipeline efforts. Working with employers and other stakeholders, we will ensure that we have a well-trained workforce for today and tomorrow."
- The Montana World Affairs Council Presents An Evening Of International Film, Wine, & Culinary Arts With Award-Winning Filmmaker Sophie Dia Pegrum - 6/27- Missoula
Sophie is a British American film director and documentary cinematographer who has produced and shot films in the Antarctic, at the North Pole and in the Himalayas. Her documentary films include "77 Below" and experimental "Come to the Edge", shot on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and featuring artist Lita Albuquerque.
Montana West Economic Development
- xTechSearch competition will provide prizes to select businesses for innovative technologies and ideas that can solve Army challenges.
xTechSearch is a novel approach for linking innovators directly with the Army labs, with a focus on lowering the entrance barriers and spurring innovation.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Workshop Held to Discuss Broadband in the Flathead Valley
Community members, county officials and broadband providers shared their hopes and concerns about the future of broadband in the region.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- HPF And GFDA Investors Annual Meeting, 6/28, Great Falls, MT
We will be celebrating the past year's accomplishments, and looking ahead at FY19.
- GFDA Top 10
Here is our Top 12 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
- New Study Names Great Falls, MT, Most Affordable Market for Food Processing
The Great Falls Montana Development Authority(GFDA) announced today that Great Falls is the least expensive market to operate a food processing plant based on a review of 25 U.S. cities.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development is excited to welcome the Havre CVB to the existing network of seven tourism regions and 24 CVBs across Montana
"CVBs focus on promoting and marketing local activities, attractions and businesses. Working together, we can collaborate between our national level of inspirational marketing and local facilitation to empower nonresident visitors to find incredible experiences here in Montana."
- Key Organizations Come Together to Support Expansion of Kalispell U.S. 93 Alternate Route
The City of Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana Department of Transportation, and Kalispell Chamber of Commerce have all come together to work congruently and develop a competitive application for the award estimated between $12-15 million.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Discover Your Own 'Jurassic World' in Montana
Montana Dinosaur Trail Gears Up for Summer Ahead of Blockbuster Film
Energy and Climate Change
- An AI System Taught Itself How to Solve the Rubik's Cube in Just 44 Hours
Researchers have developed a new technique to help AI solve complex problems.
Come Home Montana
- Connected Devices Are Driving a More Grid-Responsive Home
GTM Research estimates home energy management technologies will result in $24 billion in hardware sales to market players from 2016 to 2023, according to a new report, Energy Management in the Connected Home.
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Wilmot Collins: From African Refugee to Helena, Montana Mayor
Roy Wood Jr. meets with Wilmot Collins to learn about his unlikely path from Liberian refugee to the mayor of Helena, MT., a city filled with Trump-loving white people.
- Busty Business in Montana: Enell Owner and Founder Discusses Her Bra Invention
Many people buy her product online, and more than 500 retail outlets carry it.
- Manhattan, Montana Based Gluten-Free Prairie (GFP) Chosen for Trial to Feed Starving Babies
Montana-Based and Family-Owned Gluten-Free Prairie (GFP) is honored to be chosen for a potentially life-changing project to treat starving babies in Sub-Africa.
- Feds Investigating Kalispell Hospital Over Doctor Pay
Kalispell Regional Healthcare is under federal investigation over "compensation to certain physicians" and recently told employees it has set aside $21.5 million for a potential settlement.
- Business leaders discuss statewide, local impact of Montana's tech growth
"It isn't all about technology, it's also about communities and the people that live here and how that network and framework all fits together."
- Western Montana Home Construction Doubles In Areas With High Wildfire Risk
"There were more than 11,000 new homes constructed in areas with high wildfire hazard. That represents about one in eight of all new homes constructed in Western Montana," says Pohl.
- National grocery delivery service Instacart expands to Bozeman
The company, San Francisco-based Instacart, will allow local residents to order from Albertsons, Safeway, Costco, CVS Pharmacy and Petco, and have their goods delivered to their homes. The service is set to launch Thursday.
- Searching for solutions to Missoula's childcare crisis
"We have amazing pre-schools here in Missoula," Caroline Temple said, "but infant care remains in crisis. It's a mutual sacrifice when childcare providers are underpaid and parents can't afford to pay them."
- Want to Deliver Unforgettable Presentations? Use the 30-Second Rule
The secret to making a great presentation is winning over your audience in the first 30 seconds (and keeping their interest through the last 30 seconds).
- Dem Plan Calls for Investing in Rural Growth Industries
Rural areas still have less employment than they did before the recession. To make up the difference requires "smart" programs that build on rural assets.
- Land deal ties Interior secretary Zinke's family, Halliburton boss
A charitable foundation created by Zinke and now run by his wife Lola is allowing a company co-owned by Lesar and his family to use a portion of its land for the development, according to a letter of intent signed by Lola Zinke.
- Supreme Court Clears Way for States to Tax Online Sales
The landmark decision could boost state governments' revenues by tens of billions of dollars a year. Advocates hope it will spur Congress to pass national rules.
- Senator Tester Slams Supreme Court's Sales Tax Decision
Senator: Montana Businesses Shouldn't Collect Taxes on Behalf of Other States
- Montana Senator Jon Tester Unites Republicans and Democrats to Defend Montana and Keep Families Secure
Senate Committee Passes Tester's Bill that Strengthens Border Security and Invests in Disaster Relief
- Basic income could work--if you do it Canada-style
If any place can illuminate both the advantages of basic income and the problems it can't solve, it will be Lindsay.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- $192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's election funds draw scrutiny
And over the past two decades, Crapo's campaign has paid nearly $200,000 to his wife, Susan Crapo, for work that included creating gift bags for that yearly fundraiser.
- Memo to Mayor Bieter: Growth-roundtable participants love Boise, want their voices heard
"The other thing we talked about was the lack of trust in levels of government, planning and decision making."
- North Dakota's IT Unification Effort Is No Easy Task
State CIO Shawn Riley believes plans to unify the state's disparate IT systems will go ahead, but first he has to convince the legislature the initiative will work.
- Kentucky Launches Fresh Approach to Supporting State's Innovators, Small Businesses
"By clustering regional assets we will strengthen the statewide economy and startup ecosystem."
Regional Economic Development
- Economic Impact of National Parks
This interactive and background materials show visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for every National Park Service unit.
- This Scrappy Startup Wants To Save Family Farms. But Big Ag Is Fighting Back
ince its founding, FBN has built a network of more than 6,500 farms to which it offers information, an online store and marketing help--all with the goal of making farmers more profitable.
- Cities are refocusing economic development efforts
Economic development was the most prevalent policy issue across mayoral speeches in 2018, according to State of the Cities 2018 from the National League of Cities (NLC).
- We Can Build the STEM Workforce Our Future Economy Needs
So, what can we do in our communities now to prepare for 2030?
Montana Education Excellence
- The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approves two projects
About the Wyoming Business Council: Our mission is to increase Wyoming's prosperity.
- MSU recognized on list of top colleges and universities where alumni are most likely to land jobs
Zippia reported a 90 percent job placement rate for MSU alumni.
- UM Honors College to Welcome Best and Brightest Students This Fall
These students had offers from other prestigious institutions and chose UM and the Davidson Honors College for a liberal arts experience at Montana's flagship university.
Funding and Building your Business
- Before we reinvent the economy, we must reinvent ourselves
A sustainable economy won't mean much if we are still driven by a desire for unceasing consumption and mired in unhappiness and alienation.
Connectivity & Communications
- Women Entrepreneur's New Mentor Platform Will Help You Find Success in Business and Life
Women Entrepreneur has an innovative service that allows you to speak directly to experts on how to succeed in business, life and your career.
- A New Study Examines How Successful CEOs Use Their Time--and Entrepreneurs Should Take Notice
A recent in-depth, 12-year study from Harvard University demonstrates how CEOs manage the most significant resource we all have in common--time.
- City-Owned ISP Captures Title of Fastest in the Nation
How did David beat Goliath - as well as telecom titans like Verizon's Fios fiber-optic network and AT&T Fiber?
- Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin
As autonomous vehicles become more common, huge deficits are ahead.
- Colorado Joins California In the Fight for Cleaner Cars
Hewing to California's emissions rules will keep Colorado on the track the EPA set for the country as a whole during the Obama administration
- Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Communication, 08/16, Bozeman, MT
- Practical Project Management for Consulting Engineers - Day 1, 09/12, Bozeman, MT
- Practical Project Management for Consulting Engineers - Day 2, 09/13, Bozeman, MT
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