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"Election Day is the equalizer. It is the one day that all Americans, we are all equal. No matter your wealth, no matter your status in life, no matter your age, your accomplishments. So Vote! Election day should be a national holiday." Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 8/13/18, Missoula, Montana
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2018 Montana Politics
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Group targeted in 'Dark Money' film: We stand for free speech and privacy
Garner, a Republican, said messages from AFP-Montana and similar groups are clearly trying to influence elections - and, if that's occurring within 60 days of balloting, their funding should be disclosed.
- Welcome to the Montana Business Navigator - Are you ready to Plan your new Montana Business or move it to Big Sky Country?
The Montana Business Navigator is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Montana's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Montana.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Solar panels installed at Billings high school with grant from Northwestern Energy
Two rows of panels, which are capable of pumping out almost 50 kilowat/hours of power, were installed this summer as part of a grant from NorthWestern Energy.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Why the gig economy was doomed from the start
In her new book, Gigged, reporter Sarah Kessler chronicles the ascent and decline of the gig economy, starting in the early 2010s
- PBS Video - Viral sensation Flossie Lewis is still a spectacular teacher at 94
More than 7 million people viewed teacher Flossie Lewis's Brief but Spectacular take on growing old in 2016. When it aired, her former students contacted us by the dozen, many to express appreciation for the profound impact she had on their lives. Flossie, now 94, returns in this special installment for an inspirational class discussion with some of her biggest fans.
- iConnect Montana is Here to Support Montana Entrepreneurs
"Montana is gaining a growing reputation as an ideal place for colocation and cloud operations as well as other high tech businesses," said Mike Sheard, CEO of iConnect. "We want to be at the forefront of supporting these innovative companies from the beginning."
Energy and Climate Change
- NBC News - River surfing surging in popularity in Missoula, Montana
There's a thriving community of surfers in Missoula, Montana -- hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. They take to the state's rushing rivers to catch some waves.
- Why you should stop worrying Yellowstone's supervolcano is about to end the world - So come see Yellowstone!
"It's an active volcano. It will erupt again," said Michael Poland, scientist-in-charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, a consortium of eight organizations led by the U.S. Geological Survey. But don't go changing your vacation plans just yet - or potentially ever.
- Bannack State Park: Preserving the "Mother Lode"
Summer means exploring our state, and at Prairie Populist we're joining the thousands of Montanans visiting the amazing lands, lakes, and historical sites that make up Montana's state parks.
Come Home Montana
- Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho
It would own the NuScale Technology project once the small nuclear power plant is completed in 2026 at a site at the Idaho National Laboratory.
- Bitcoin's energy usage is huge - we can't afford to ignore it
The cryptocurrency uses as much CO2 a year as 1 million transatlantic flights. We need to take it seriously as a climate threat
- This town will get its heat from an unlikely source: a data center
In Norway, the new town of Lyseparken is being designed specifically to allow homes and businesses and a central data center to work together to reduce energy usage.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Coordinator - Lake County Development Corp.
Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson, Montana?
- Second city administrator search: Billings showing it's willing to pay more, applicants lining up
This time around, the salary range being circulated by Springsted/Waters in a recruitment brochure is between $165,000 and $190,000. Cole said that range is based on salary data compiled from cities and counties with populations near that of Billings.
- New Bid Posting RFQ for FY19 Utility Improvement Projects for Missoula, Montana
The City of Missoula, Montana is seeking Statements of Qualifications from engineering consultants to provide overall project management, engineering analysis and design, bid administration, construction management, and related services for the FY19 Utility Improvement Projects.
- New Bid Posting RFQ for FY19 Sewer Lift Station Improvement Projects for Missoula, Montana
The City will select the qualified consultant for contract negotiation in accordance with selection procedures required by MCA Title 18, Chapter 8, "Procurement of Services" and adopted City policy for consultant selection.
- At the start of every semester, a business school professor asks his students a question, and most everyone gets the answer dead wrong
He's noticed his students consistently buy into common misconceptions around successful entrepreneurship.
- 'a new Angle' - Conversations with cool people doing awesome things in and around Missoula, Montana
We like to say at the college that "Montana Means Business," but that's not just a catchphrase. Montana and our Missoula community inspire incredible creators. This podcast is about exploring their journeys. We hope the stories we share will resonate with you, at whatever stage you are in your career.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula Tourism Business Education Roundtable - 9/17
You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state's tourism industry with Glacier Country and Missoula businesses and leaders.
- Sparking Change: How a Montana-based company Spark R&D is looking to solar for their manufacturing needs
Bozeman-based splitboard company Spark R&D takes pride in their soup-to-nuts production, making all of their bindings in house since their 2006 founding.
- Mining City History: The Finlen, formerly the McDermott, was always elegant
The Finlen Hotel, inspired by the Astor Hotel in New York City, opened in Uptown Butte on New Year's Day in 1924 as one of the most elegant hotels between Minneapolis and Seattle.
- Tax reform, health care and online taxes top Missoula tech leaders' talk with Gianforte
Those in attendance Monday, including Advanced Technology Group, Tomis, L&G Security and Inimune, are members of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance.
- Crowd to One Big Sky developers: Billings' downtown should be authentic, accessible, safe
Most groups produced multiple ideas for values they want developers to keep in mind as they continue to study what One Big Sky could look like. Those ideas included:
- Malcolm Gladwell's Advice to Entrepreneurs: 'Don't Be One Thing'
The author and podcaster believes entrepreneurs and creatives should think of themselves as ever-adaptable -- open to opportunities wherever they come.
- 17 Icebreaker Questions to Use When Meeting New People
In this article, you'll find examples of icebreaker questions to use in most situations where fun, light-hearted conversation can lighten the mood and encourage real bonding:
- Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity
That's what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis.
- Automatic Voter Registration Gains Bipartisan Momentum
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that places Massachusetts among a growing number of states making it hard to not be registered.
- Job growth sizzles in Idaho
Idaho has had the second-fastest job growth in the nation over the past year and Kootenai County led the pack among five metro areas statewide in that category, a report released on Friday states.
- Idaho rejected for Women's Business Center grant
Idaho will continue to be one of the only states in the nation without a Women's Business Center.
Regional Economic Development
- Rural Broadband at Center of New State Position
Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help farmers and farm businesses keep up with advancing technology and help rural communities find ways to attract reliable and affordable high-speed Internet.
Washington State Business
- Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson, MT? LCCDC is hiring.
This position in 20/hours week starting October 1, 2018 housed in the Polson Montana Chamber of Commerce Office.
- Spokane's increasingly worst-kept secret: It's a great place to live and work
"At first, I was just relieved I didn't hate it," Messegee said. "Everyday I'm loving it more and more. It is up and coming into this unique flavor of a city."
Montana Education Excellence
- Wyoming's local governments push for more stable funding
Every two years, local government leaders across Wyoming hold their breath as they wait for state legislators to approve their funding.
- An Evening In Science, 10/20, Bozeman
The evening will feature some of the coolest tech happening in Bozeman by professionals, MSU departments and local students all to introduce our community to informal learning and exploratory play as a means for creativity and critical thinking - the foundations of student prep for a STEM career.
- Bozeman schools see results teaching kids social-emotional skills
They're trying to find additional sources of money, so counselors, teachers and specialists can help students who are dealing with stress, anxiety and trauma.
- Kids flock to Missoula Under Construction event
What young kid doesn't love dump trucks and cranes? Hattie Redmon of Jackson Contracting says that the goal was to inspire the next generation of contractors and to show that the trades aren't just for the boys.
- MSU Wonderlust Reception On Sept. 5 Highlights Fall Lifelong Learning Courses
Wonderlust offers a variety of non-credit classes, forums, book discussions, writing workshops and other activities for the intellectually curious.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Here Are 45 Life Lessons Written by 90 Year Old
#32 Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show it's possible in nearly 30 states
Two states -- Washington and Alaska -- have ended their statewide online voting systems.
- Revolution on the Road: The Shift to EVs and Self-Driving Cars
Vehicles expert Dr. Daniel Sperling walks us through the future of transportation and the multiple revolutions needed to make self-driving cars an affordable, convenient, and efficient reality.
- There are Safer Roads Ahead
The continuing evolution of automotive technology aims to deliver even greater safety benefits and Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that--one day--can handle the whole task of driving when we don't want to or can't do it ourselves.
- Electric Cars: What Are You Waiting For?
Sales of electric cars in the United States are up 40 percent from this same time last year.
- Air Cooled Refrigeration And Energy Efficiency, 09/20, Missoula
- Columnist David Brooks To Speak In Missoula - 9/10
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