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"We speak about the decline of the humanities without fully recognizing how it has hurt our society. If we want our nation to heal and thrive, we must put the study of literature, history and philosophy back at the center of our curricula and require that students study complex works—not just difficult ones." By Paula Marantz Cohen -- The Humanities' Decline Makes Us Morally Obtuse -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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2018 Montana Politics
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Yes or No on I-186: 20 years after cyanide ban, will voters approve another measure strengthening mining regulations?
Similar laws have been passed in three states: Maine, Michigan and New Mexico.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock listens to rural concerns in Montana
"I recognize when ag is hurting, families are hurting and so is our overall state," Bullock told the group. "I didn't come here promising solutions, but to hear what was on your minds."
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana's Median Household Income Growth Fastest in the Nation
"Montana workers are the backbone of our economy, our businesses, and our communities and it's heartening to see all the progress we've made in Montana pay off for middle-class families," noted Governor Steve Bullock.
Montana West Economic Development
- Highlights from the 2018 MEDA Unconference in Missoula.
The UNConference be gan with six topics. Re pr esentatives on each topic spoke for th ree minutes to give insight on wh at would be discu ssed in their session . Attend ees then decided which group to join .
Flathead Valley Community College
- Flathead County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) and Montana West Economic Development (MWED) Win the MEDA 2018 Innovation Award for Kalispell Core & Rail Redevelopment Project!
This project creates opportunities for investment in a vibrant cultural center and a business park for rail-served businesses, which together will serve to attract workforce, commerce and industry to the Flathead Valley.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Flathead Valley Community College nears One Campaign's $18 million goal
So far several families and individuals have contributed millions of dollars to the efforts. The combined total of those donations is $16 million.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Why the 'gig' economy may not be the workforce of the future
Over the past two years, for example, pay for gig workers has dropped, and they are earning a growing share of their income elsewhere, a new study finds.
- Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago
The gig isn't as good as it used to be for people working through online transportation apps in the U.S.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber to Support I-185 and 6 Mill Levy, Oppose I-186
The Kalispell Chamber Board of Directors believes the 6 Mil levy is good for the welfare of all Montana communities as it keeps education affordable, which helps establish a skilled workforce for the state.
- The Humanities' Decline Makes Us Morally Obtuse
The great works of literature, history and philosophy that used to be at the center of a college education have been shunted to the sidelines or discarded entirely over the past two decades or more.
Energy and Climate Change
- Video: Follow a Glacier Park jammer over Going-to-the-Sun Road
Take an iconic vehicle on one of the nation's most beautiful roads.
Come Home Montana
- How Your Battery Will Sell Energy to Your Neighbor's Car
The system for behind-the-meter device-to-device transactions is due out in a year.
- The Unknown Energy Battleground Tour - The PSC - How The Public Can Be Involved - 10/1-11 - Various MT Communities
Many aren't aware of the incredible influence that the PSC has over renewable energy development - from large scale wind and solar, to rates for net metering customers. Our goal is to help the public understand the important role the PSC plays, and how the public can be involved.
- California Universities Are Transitioning to All-Electric Buildings
The University of California system and Stanford University are making all-electric buildings the default in new construction.
- Shell and NREL Launch New Multimillion-Dollar Cleantech Accelerator Program
The program, dubbed GCxN for short, will leverage the expertise and resources available through both Shell and NREL to help de-risk emerging clean energy technologies and accelerate their path to market.
- National Parks Hit Hardest by Climate Change, Study Finds
The unique geography that makes the natural places special also makes them more vulnerable to a changing climate.
- The 3 E's of Sustainability in Local Climate Action: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative
"It's groundbreaking... It's the first environmental or climate initiative, as far as we know, that's been led by organizations of color in Oregon...It's a very clear statement that we are here, we are leading on policy, and we are also building political power."
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Software Developer, Product Marketing Manager, Early Childhood Assistant Teacher and more... - Zoot Enterprises
Our employees are committed to delivering the best software platform and services in the marketplace. But they're also committed to passions outside the company - family, friends, outdoor activities, the community and environmental causes.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Marketing Specialist, Director of Human Resources, Neurologist and more... - Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is the local resource for high quality, personalized healthcare in Ravalli County.
Montana Economic Development
- Podcast: Storytelling Your Way to Success - Jennifer Sheets, winner of the 2018 Montana University John Ruffato Business Startup Challenge along with $22,000 prize in start-up funding.
"Everybody knew I had no idea what I was doing, so I tried to take all this advice. But, by the end, I just thought, 'Well, this is too much advice. What works for me?'"
- Wolf Creek Angler - Digital done right: How small Montana businesses are creating a big online presence
Wolf Creek Angler is a little fly-fishing shop with a worldwide presence. Nestled in a small town of 477 people, the business in Wolf Creek has 47,000 followers on Facebook.
- The Succession Crisis of Montana Baby Boomer Businesses
A crisis is brewing in Montana and across the country for business owners in their 60s and 70s.
- Powered By Submittable, AT&T Film Awards' Call for Submissions
"Submittable connects millions of storytellers with organizations looking for creative work," CEO Michael FitzGerald said. "The AT&T Film Awards is a great example of this. It offers filmmakers a unique way to gain exposure and financial support for their projects."
- Opportunity Zones Networking Event Survey
Regional Opportunity Zone Event Planning Underway
- The 5 types of mentors you need in your life
Everyone can use a mentor. Scratch that -- as it turns out, we could all use five mentors.
- Ask HR: Can I be fired with no warning? When do I have to tell a boss that I'm pregnant?
Employees in Montana have more job security than employees in any other state.
- Sexual remarks at statewide Montana Association of Counties conference offend, have some seeking change
A public apology, some say, would be a good place to start.
- New Credit Freezes Now Available Thanks to Senator Tester's Law Senator's Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Bill Helps Consumers Defend Against Identity Theft
"Montanans shouldn't have to worry about criminals affecting their credit scores or financial security," Tester said. "These new credit freezes will protect Montanans and give them better control over who can access their credit information."
- President Trump Signs Senator Tester's Campaign Finance Reform Bill into Law
"With the signing of my bipartisan e-filing bill, the Senate is finally joining the 21st century," Tester said. "I've been fighting for over 10 years to make this common-sense idea a reality, and now elections will be more transparent for everyone."
- Gov Bullock Announces Health Insurance Premium Working Group
"We've got to figure out ways to make sure we stabilize rates on the private market," Bullock says. "And excited about working together with folks on how we might be able to do that."
- More Idaho women start businesses. Fewer work part-time. But men are still paid more
Women's wages are increasing at a faster rate than men's are, and state labor officials say women are entering the workforce in droves.
- Israel's tech scene is growing so fast the country is called the 'Startup Nation,' but a local venture capitalist says it's in danger of losing its entrepreneurial edge
But some, like Itzik Frid, a longtime Israeli tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, think the country will lose its edge if it can't better integrate its minorities into the tech scene.
Regional Economic Development
- 'Netflix for Open Source' Wants Developers to Get Paid
A startup called Tidelift hopes to help these unsung programmers make money with a business model the company compares to Netflix.
Washington State Business
- Aviation Way Commercial Center in Missoula will meet demand for short and long-term industrial, distribution and office space
The Aviation Way Commercial Center (AWCC) is available for pre-lease now through Sterling CRE Advisors and is slated for completion Summer 2019.
- VCs await regulatory clarity on Opportunity Zones, the latest tactic to draw capital
Opportunity Zones are specific U.S. neighborhoods that have been designated as economically distressed, with high unemployment rates and large shares of low-income residents.
- 7 US cities that will pay you thousands to live there
To remain competitive, these cities are doling out lucrative perks to get people to move there, such as cash handouts, student loan repayments and housing incentives.
- As tensions rise in booming Seattle, tech industry steps up civic engagement
"We have an untapped resource of innovative thinkers who live and work here in our city and they want to better understand the civic challenges that Seattle's facing," said Eileen Sullivan, a senior public policy manager at Amazon, during the launch event. "They're looking for a way to fit in and contribute to their community."
- Getting There: How do we fix our crumbling roadways?
Every year, Washington's vehicles get hit with $656 in needless damage due to poor road conditions.
- $3M Grant to Assist University of Montana Students Pursuing Health Careers
This grant works closely with the existing advising structures at UM, as well as regional high schools, tribal colleges, health care pipeline programs and others to find suitable students who could maximally benefit from the program.
- Guest opinion: New training puts Montanans to work in high-demand jobs - The Department of Labor continues to focus on programs that address our workforce shortage.
The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to lead when addressing the worker shortage and other economic issues in Montana.
Montana Education Excellence
- Will allowing Wyoming cities to tax themselves solve their looming funding woes?
The bill's consideration is also being mulled over at a time where the state legislature is considering slashing its direct aid to municipalities by $105 million, creating a confusing link between two unrelated issues.
- University of Montana Enrolls Just Under 11,000 Students for Fall Semester - Excellent Video: UM's marketing vs. MSU's
As predicted by UM officials, enrollment is down across the institution, which includes student enrollment at Missoula College, Bitterroot College and the central mountain campus.
- Understaffed University of Montana financial aid office hurts student retention
"We were one of the offices that were cut the deepest a couple of years ago," McGowan said.
- Montana State University sets fall enrollment record, sees increases in retention and graduation rates
Montana State University has set a new enrollment record, with 16,902 students on campus this fall, while keeping students in school and graduating them on time at the highest rates in modern university history.
- Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana Retracts Warning About Deep Cuts to UMArts
"President Bodnar has described the arts and humanities at UM as areas of distinction which are vitally important to our mission," said Harbor. "Many of our students choose UM for this distinction and the opportunity to learn in an awe-inspiring setting and in a community with a deep appreciation for human expression."
Funding and Building your Business
- Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World - Author Michelle Gelfand on Morning Joe
Why are clocks in Germany so accurate while those in Brazil are frequently wrong? Why do New Zealand's women have the highest number of sexual partners? Why are "Red" and "Blue" States really so divided? Why was the Daimler-Chrysler merger ill-fated from the start? Why is the driver of a Jaguar more likely to run a red light than the driver of a plumber's van?
- HeForShe Invites Men - and People of All Genders To Stand In Solidarity With Women To Create A Bold, Visible and United Force For Gender Equality
And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Beware of Early Venture Capital Term Sheets: No Due Diligence Means No Guarantee
It's very rare that an entrepreneur and investor will get to the signed term sheet phase and then have the deal fall apart before closing.
- This Is What Jeff Bezos Does When Amazon Gets His Order Wrong
Bezos responded by saying he does indeed get faulty orders from Amazon from time to time, and that he treats these problems the same way he does customer problems that he discovers, which involves the following:
- As China builds biotech sector, cash floods U.S. startups
"They said, 'If you start a company, you won't have any problem raising money.' I didn't quite believe that at the beginning. But as we went through the process, it was incredible."
- VC Michael Goguen to join UM panel this Thursday 9/27 for a discussion on Healthcare Innovation Expansion in Montana
New to the panel is Michael Goguen (Philanthropist and Venture Capitalist) who has now turned his sights towards gene-editing technology that could be applied to Alzheimer's, cancer, and other diseases.
- This reusable beer bottle could change the way America drinks
Oregon's ambitious project to bring the reusable bottle back is stirring interest across the country-and, in this case, a monopoly could be a good thing.
- How Would Teleportation Change Society?
Hamilton envisions a future in which teleportation portals are used for garbage disposal, irrigation, and carbon sequestration, and in which the now-useless bridges and highways have been converted into parks and shopping centers. He also predicts that cheap teleportation would spell the end of the hotel business.
- Apple and Salesforce create a strategic partnership to bring Siri to enterprise customers
"We're going to be able to provide the sales rep instant access to things using your voice instead of clicks and going through different apps. We're changing the way people work, and that's always been at the heart of what Apple is about -- changing things for the better."
- FDA Approves First Spray-On Skin for Burn Treatment
A low-cost spray-on skin treatment uses a patient's own skin cells to quickly and efficiently restore and regrow skin on burn victims.
- Will Congress rescue travelers from excessive airline fees?
The FAA reauthorization bill, as currently stipulated, would strip airlines of the ability to levy all sorts of fees and entrust that oversight to the secretary of transportation.
- 220,000 EV Drivers in California to Lose Carpool Lane Perk in 2019
Not only does the increase in vehicles permitted to use the faster-flowing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes add to its congestion, but the decals also remove the incentive to carpool, which was their original purpose when they were first conceived in the late 1960s.
- Why Alphabet Will Win the Driverless-Car Race
No other company can match the combination of technology, experience, and partnerships that Alphabet's Waymo has already forged.
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