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2018 Montana Politics
Montana Department of Commerce
- Senate candidate Matt Rosendale shuffles cash to keep excess donations
Campaign records show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale used excess donations from deep-pocketed GOP donors this spring to pay himself back for personal loans from his failed 2014 congressional run.
- State legislators consider bills restricting Montana tax increment financing districts
Republican Rep. Adam Hertz of Missoula said there are widespread issues of abuse in TIF districts statewide and the districts are "at this point, a disaster."
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- You're Invited to Montana Resilience Summits
These facilitated summits are open forums designed to identify relevant community shocks and stressors, share current local resources and discuss barriers to address these challenges.
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces Financial Assistance for Community Development, Job Creation
"Community development is important work, and it comes in different forms according to the specific needs of the community," said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. "These projects will help to revitalize a downtown area, improve the quality of service for individuals living with disabilities and grow a local business."
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Innovate Montana Symposium Invitation for Early-Stage Businesses
This year, the event will be focused entirely on providing tangible value and actionable information for early-stage companies.
- MMEC Newsletter - News and Events for Montana Manufacturers
Manufacturers, we need your help to learn more about your transportation challenges.
- NorthWestern Energy Seeks Cost Information on Montana Capacity Projects
NorthWestern is interested in information for capacity products across its Montana Service Territory or in the greater Northwest U.S. region to serve its peak demand, which occurs primarily in the winter months and during some summer demand periods.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Direct Mail Secrets from PFL
Our "Secrets to Direct Mail Success" is loaded with best practices, new concepts and top strategies for getting the word out about your business.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- GFDA Top 10
Here is our Top 10 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
- Pardue Grain's state-of-the-art plant adds 12 new, high-paying jobs
Other key players in assisting with securing financial and working capital for the project were Great Falls Development Authority and USDA Rural Development.
- Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?
Following the Great Recession and the rise of the app-driven gig economy, more and more American workers have found themselves jettisoned from traditional office spaces and thrust into jobs that require them to work remotely, at least some of the time.
Energy and Climate Change
- It's BYOWB at The 2018 Event (dressage, cross-country, and show jumping)at Rebecca Farm July 18-22 in Kalispell, Montana
As in prior years, national and international participants will compete in dressage, cross-country, and show jumping at The Event, set for July 18 to July 22.
Come Home Montana
- Montana wind power: Poised to make the jump to bigger markets?
With Pacific Northwest utilities on the hunt for new, cleaner power sources and space possibly opening up on interstate transmission lines, wind-power advocates and developers in Montana are sounding optimistic.
- California beats its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases
They pledged to continue to fight efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to roll back strict emission rules imposed by the Obama administration.
- Manufacturing Jobs in Montana
Job Postings below are a service for MMEC clients provided by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Personal Finance Class Training Director - Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women's Business Center (MWBC)
We are seeking an independent contractor to be the Personal Finance Class Trainer that will manage and lead a new personal finance training series that will be offered 6-10 times per year starting in October 2018.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development Director - MEIC
MEIC is a fun, fast-paced and cutting edge, environmental organization with a long history of success in protecting Montana's environment.
- Make Montana Home - Enticing Entrepreneurs - 8/2-9 - Various Montana Communities
The series takes place in nine locations across the state, with additional stops in Glasgow and Sidney being added this year.
Montana Economic Development
- This isn't a fiber-optical illusion, Harlowton: High-Speed Internet Updated in Central Montana - Just in time for TicketPrinting.com
With 20 employees in Harlo and 15 more working remotely from their homes in Lewistown, Livingston, Billings, and Twodot, Ticket Printing has expanded to become one of the area's largest commercial employers.
- Study: Missoula immigrant, refugee population vital to state economy, local workforce
While immigrants in the region number less than 5,000, or 2.3 percent of the population, they earned a combined $119 million the year of the study and represented more than $93 million in spending power after taxes.
- Destination Missoula and the Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) have event grant funds available
The purpose of the Missoula TBID Grant Fund is to provide funding to new and/or growing events, preferably in non-peak months (October-April) that will provide economic benefit through increased hotel room nights and other spending within the Missoula Community.
- The emotionally intelligent way to give feedback to your boss
Here's an approach to raising concerns with managers that won't feel risky to you or whiny to them.
- Rural by Choice: Seeing Another Side of the Story
In the midst of negative images of rural places, it's easy to lose track of what's good - or even great - about living in a small community.
- Trump Administration Says Employers Can Fire People for Being Gay
Why does President Donald Trump care about what gay people do in the bedroom?
- City of Missoula to pursue bad-faith lawsuit against former water owner Carlyle Group
The city of Missoula will pursue a bad-faith lawsuit against The Carlyle Group, claiming the former owner of Mountain Water Co. practiced deceit and "corporate bullying" during the years-long legal battle over the city's drinking water system.
- U.S. is squandering its leadership role, letting Putin push weight around, says Baucus, former ambassador to China
"Because the United States is withdrawing from its leadership role, it enables people like Putin to push their weight around. And he's doing that, obviously, whether it's Ukraine, Crimea, interference in U.S. elections," Baucus said.
- City of Bozeman seeks community input on affordable housing via online survey
Last week, Communication Coordinator Melody Mileur sent out an email stating the city is continuing the beginning stages of addressing affordable housing issues in Bozeman and they want the community to be involved.
- It Just Got Easier for the FCC to Ignore Your Complaints
It may soon be harder to get the Federal Communications Commission to listen to your complaints about billing, privacy, or other issues with telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho Virtual Reality Council Newsletter
You won't want to miss this meeting at CSHQA headquarters! Join us Wednesday, July 18th from 4:30-6:30 as we discuss virtual reality and architecture.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- UM Researchers Receive $700,000 in NIH Funding to Study Tick-Borne Lyme Disease
University of Montana researchers Dan Drecktrah and Scott Samuels were recently awarded $449,998 from the National Institutes of Health for the first year of a five-year project to study the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
- SBA Increases Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs with New Women's Business Center Opening in Fargo, North Dakota
"This year marks 30 years of the Women's Business Center program, and the funding of this new center will expand access to resources to help women-owned businesses succeed," SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut said.
- South Dakota is best overall for retirement? New Bankrate.com survey thinks so - Montana #6 on the list but #1 in our hearts
There's a lot to consider when selecting the best place to spend your golden years. But have you considered going South?
- We've had to prepare for jobs that don't exist yet before
It's difficult to teach job-related skills when it's unclear what those jobs will be. But we've been here before. Here's what we need to do.
- Missoula College To Kick Off New IT Apprenticeship Program With Signing Day July 17
In response to employer input, Missoula College has created an apprenticeship program for students studying IT networking administration and security.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Wyoming Business Council tackles rural broadband internet access
Wyoming public officials recognize fast, reliable internet is critical to modern business. So, the Legislature created a broadband program during its 2018 session to deliver just that.
- Wyoming's pioneering crypto cowboys beef up the supply chain
Ranch owners are using blockchain to prove the quality of their cattle as the state passes laws to attract cryptocurrency start-ups
- Attend The Wyoming Community Builders Leadership Institute! - 9/26-28 - Lander, Wyoming
Over two and half days, the Community Builders Leadership Institute (CBLI) engages community teams in an intensive workshop that builds leadership and practical understanding of ways to align community planning and economic development in today's economy.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Children's Theatre: Magic Happens When Kids Do Theater
Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) introduces kids around the country to the wonders of performing.
- A Harvard Study Reveals 1 Change That Will Make Any CEO More Effective
Want to get more done as a leader? Address the "M" problem.
- What's New in Civic Tech: Dashboard Gauges Local Government Representation
Plus, a federal government single-sign-on platform enters public bug bounty testing phase; Louisiana debuts digital drivers' licenses; and a new report highlights states' use of data and evidence to improve life for constituents.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How Slack's search finally got good
For years, organizations have been pouring essential knowledge into Slack. Getting it back out again wasn't all that easy--until now.
- A.I. predicts side effects for millions of drug combos
In many cases, doctors have no idea what side effects might arise from adding another drug to a patient's personal pharmacy.
- Electric Car Charging Points Could Soon Be Required in All New UK Homes
The UK has proposed making it mandatory for new houses to be electric vehicle-friendly.
- Einride unveils first driverless, electric, off-road logging truck at Goodwood
The vehicle is designed to go off-road and to navigate forest roads with and without loads.
- This self-driving car could deliver groceries to your doorstep
Kroger is launching a pilot program later this year to test the autonomous vehicles.
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