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2018 Montana Politics
Big Sky Economic Development
- Time to stop the Montana Public Service Commission gravy train
Would it surprise you to find out that each of the five members of the Montana Public Service Commission makes more than the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State and the State Auditor?
- Given the chance, public weighs in on fate of Wilderness Study Areas in Kathleen Williams' forum
While most voiced opposition to the sweeping release of the state's WSAs proposed by Rep. Greg Gianforte, nearly all said Montanans could find common ground and deliver a bottom-up solution that works for the state and its diverse interests.
- Williams, Gianforte Hold 'Roundtables' On Wilderness Study Areas
The Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana's U.S. House seat both held roundtable discussions about Wilderness Study Areas Wednesday.
Montana Department of Commerce
- 2018 marks the 20th year anniversary Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) has hosted the Procurement Technical Assistance Program in Montana.
MT PTAC government contracting advisors specialize in assisting businesses with finding, bidding and winning on government contracts.
Flathead Valley Community College
- Commerce Department to Help Preserve Affordable Housing in Culbertson and Wolf Point, Montana
"Having a safe and affordable place for hard working Montanans and their families is important to the economic vitality of Montana, from our larger towns to our smallest communities," Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. "This rehabilitation will keep housing affordable for workers in these communities for many years to come."
- Tribe, MT Dept Of Commerce Partner To Share 100th Anniversary Crow Fair With The World - 8/17-20 - Live Streaming Online
The event will be streamed through Commerce's official Visit Montana Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/visitmontana , which has more than 500,000 followers from across the world.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Ambassador And U.S. Senator Max Baucus To Deliver FVCC's 2018 Mansfield Lecture - 9/5 - Kalispell
FVCC's annual Mansfield Lecture seeks to promote a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Tourism Campaign Wins Big at ESTO - Takes Home 3 Mercury Awards
"The awards cap off a record-breaking year for Montana Tourism in terms of attracting visitors to the state," said Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote.
- What Shop Class Did for Me
"Ach du Lieber, who let der schmelly von?"
- Montana Ambassadors Honor The Event at Rebecca Farm's organizer Sarah Broussard for her entrepreneurial spirit
Under Broussard's leadership, and in partnership with Broussard's family, The Event at Rebecca Farm has grown into one of nation's largest equestrian triathlons.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- ACRM: American Computer & Robotics Museum In the Beautiful Gallatin Valley - Bozeman, Montana
Numerous Galleries & Hundreds of Artifacts Spanning 4,000 Years of Human & Technology History Including:
- Tourism industry leaders reassure visitors about Glacier National Park fires
Friede wants tourists to know the vast majority of the park is open, including all the scenic spots east of the Divide.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Building the Virtual Gold Rush in Columbia Falls, Montana
New facility offers power, internet and ventilation for miners looking to invest in cryptocurrency
- Meet the Man With a Radical Plan for Blockchain Voting
A new movement says that crypto-voting can purify democracy--and eventually eliminate the need for governments altogether.
Energy and Climate Change
- Arrow Solutions Group announces a new office in Denver
"The opportunity to serve our customers and resources is a great honor - and one we take seriously every day. Our commitment to our clients is to provide quality experiences, successful outcomes, genuine partnerships and high-touch engagements. Opening our Denver office will better serve our clients on a local and national level."
- IT Careers with Arrow Solutions. Build a career you can thrive in.
Finding a new job can be challenging and we try to make that process as smooth as possible.
Come Home Montana
- When climate change hits home. Northern New Mexicans weigh their future in a drying climate.
As drought settles with semi-permanence in the Southwest, residents of varying backgrounds struggle with the decision to stay or go.
- The smart grid is working for ConEd's customers
"Today, families and businesses across northern Illinois enjoy electric service that is more reliable by every key measure, and the smart grid is well positioned to respond to storms and other weather events."
- Scientists made an awesome error that could save our planet from plastic hell
A team of researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made an enzyme that can eat up plastic bottles.
- USDA to publish notice to relocate 600 ERS, NIFA employees - Which Montana city will they chose?
USDA is requesting input from state and local governments, industry, academia, interested parties and organizations on potential locations that would accommodate "the construction and/or lease and operation of a NIFA and/or ERS headquarters facilities," the notice says.
- Montana Career Opportunities - C++/.NET Software Developer, Software Engineer/JAVA Developer - Synesis7
Each employee helps position and project Synesis7 as the company leading the revolution in its industry, creating the new holistic business and solutions delivery model.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Service Support, Chief Information Officer, POS Implementation Specialist and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
Are you an IT professional looking for change and don't see the role for you?
- Helena YWCA recieves $50,000 grant from Town Pump
Monica Lindeen, Executive Director of Helena YWCA says "the Town Pump Charitable Foundation grant will ensure that women and children are supported, and given the resources needed to get back on their feet."
- Butte tech company, Synesis7 co-winner of $47 million defense contract, to double workforce
The company will see around 25 new employees come through its doors in the months ahead thanks to a four-year, $47 million contract that the U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded to the company and to ManTech International Corp., a Virginia-based company collaborating with Synesis7.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana gives $100,000 to two Helena non-profits
This is the second year both programs have received this grant.
- Calving Season: Video - Coming of Age on a Montana Cattle Ranch
A teenager helps her family save newborn calves during a snowy spring.
- Bozeman web developer launches new app that will pay you to visit breweries
The app, PintPass, went into pre-release for those who signed up for it by midnight on Aug. 14, and it will fully launch on Oct. 15. So far, about 19,000 people are participating in the pre-launch alone, said Ryan Rickert, the app's founder.
- Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs From Montana Public Radio
"Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" is a podcast all about why Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship and business startups.
- Missoula, Montana based Submittable Makes Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies
Now, some 10,000 clients in 124 countries have used our platform to collect more than 6 million submissions--growth that, thanks to you, has helped us support a better product and team, and landed us on this Inc. 5000 list.
- 'Difficult to realize your own home may burn': Why it is crucial to build fireproof homes
"How do you build a log home that will not burn?"
- How to Be an Ace Salary Negotiator (Even if You Hate Conflict)
Here's how to fight for a better salary when you loathe uncomfortable conversations.
- What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists
The data science revolution across industries and society at large has just begun.
- MT Board of Investments offers top job to Bullock's budget director Dan Villa
The board voted 5-3 last week to offer the job of executive director to Villa, who has been state budget director since 2011, under governors Brian Schweitzer and Bullock.
- Governor Bullock Announces over $680,000 in AmeriCorps Grants
"AmeriCorps members are critical to the fabric of our communities," said Governor Bullock. "I know these leaders will strive to do good for others and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Montanans. I look forward to all they will accomplish for this great state."
- Zinke's Outdoor Recreation Committee Touts Public-Private Partnerships
New 'industry-dominated' advisory committee seeks to expand recreation, meets pushback in lawsuit
- Trump asks SEC to look into practicality of quarterly corporate reports
Some believe that executives are making decisions based on short-term thinking to satisfy the market at the expense of the long-term viability of their companies.
- It's called 'bleisure,' and it's a tourism mix that can be a boon for Boise
Westergard said a promising development is that Boise is attracting more "bleisure" travelers - business travelers who make time for vacation activities while in town or come back as vacationers, often with their families.
- Spectrum announces plan for faster internet in Cheyenne, statewide
Cheyenne businesses have long complained of pricey estimates for top-notch services that other Front Range cities provide at reasonable costs, and Wyoming as a whole contends with issues with a sparse population and a large number of rural communities.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why Education May Be the Issue That Breaks Republicans' Decade-Long Grip on Wisconsin
"I realized that if I really wanted to make a difference for these kids in the state, I couldn't rely on this position to do it," Tony Evers, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin told me. "The governor is the one who sets the tone."
- Free tuition for all NYU medical students - a $55,018 per-year surprise
Thursday's announcement comes as the medical community reckons with the moral impact of higher education costs.
- How to Get the Most Out of College
They're privileged, pivotal years. Navigate them with as much care as you did the path that got you there.
Universities and Economic Development
- MSU announces lineup for sixth annual Provost's Distinguished Lecturer Series
The series of free, public talks recognizes outstanding MSU faculty for their creative scholarship and leadership.
- New initiative grants full scholarships to Montana Tech to local, first-generation college students
The program gives full, four-year rides, plus room and board and money for books, to three students who are from Butte, who would be the first in their family to graduate from college and who have "a real financial need," according to Montana Tech Foundation Executive Director Michael Barth.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Arizona breaks commercialization records again with 16 new startups.
The 16 startups -- new companies based on intellectual property generated from UA research -- that formed this past year to bring UA inventions to the public include:
- Multiplying the Effective Intelligence of Your Organization
Are you getting the best results from the people-the embedded collective intelligence-in your organization?
- This angel network wants to mobilize 100,000 women investors
It Portfolia succeeds, it will funnel over $1 billion into startups that women care about by 2022.
- The 6 Most Common Legal Mistakes Made by Newbie Entrepreneurs
For a newbie entrepreneur, going into business is a chaotic period of trial and error. Avoid these six errors when launching your business.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana's New CIO Aims to Focus on Cybersecurity and Efficiency
Tim Bottenfield wants to aid Gov. Steve Bullock's effective government agenda while also keeping an eye on IT security.
- Our first look at Alphabet's smart city
Timber towers and smart pavement: Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs is sharing an early glimpse of its Toronto development.
- Oil Owns Gas Stations. Who Will Own EV Charging Stations?
Utilities, oil companies and technology developers are all eyeing the space--but the high cost means no one has taken the lead.
- Fill-er Up at the new pump - New hybrid flow battery can release electricity or hydrogen
The filling station of tomorrow could be able to service electric and hydrogen-fueled cars from not only the same location, but the same pump thanks to a potentially revolutionary breakthrough by chemists at the University of Glasgow.
- Meet the renegade who's teaching the world to fix totaled Teslas
Phil Sadow reverse-engineers and repairs Tesla vehicles. He and those he's taught have repaired nearly 400 salvaged cars. And the company isn't happy.
- Montana Nonprofit Association Annual Conference, 10/02, Helena
- Learning Opportunity - Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) - 9/5 - Missoula
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