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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
Montana Department of Commerce
Flathead Valley Community College
- Lt. Gov. Cooney and Director Haxby-Cote Celebrate Groundbreaking of 124 Affordable Homes in Great Falls
"We know that our communities thrive when their workers can afford to live and raise their families close to good-paying jobs," said Lt. Gov. Cooney. "That is why it is so important we recognize and celebrate Rockcress Commons, a place that will provide a safe and affordable home for local hard-working Montanans for many years to come."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Pioneering leadership, deep community support and vigorous fundraising are catapulting Flathead Valley Community College to ambitious heights
A place where the community can gather for major events, where students can have nearly every need met without stepping foot outside the campus and where the future leaders of Kalispell can grow without leaving home.
Early Edge Montana
- GFDA Business Education Calendar: October 2018
Here are our upcoming educational events for business owners, managers, and professionals for October 2018:
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Guest view: Early childhood development an economic imperative for Montana
the shortage of child care programs could have an even bigger impact on Montana's workforce and economy in the long term.
- Funders for Montana's Children
Funders for Montana's Children members represent philanthropic organizations who have joined forces to ensure the well-being and future productivity of Montana's youngest citizens. Our vision is a vibrant, prosperous Montana where children reach their full potential and are prepared to contribute to their communities and our social and economic vitality.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Here are 10 questions you need to ask before hiring a freelancer
You should always wrap up the conversation by asking whether or not the freelancer has any questions.
- The Gig Economy for Mapping - Like Uber, but for Cartographers
Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)
- How tech helped transform a rural Idaho school district
"You're treating most of the kids exactly the same way, on the same page, day after day after day and those kids that are above are bored and waiting around, and those kids behind get left behind," Dillon said. Now each student can learn at a pace that is right for him or her with the help of technology.
Energy and Climate Change
- Find a Montana Ambassadors Chapter Near You
As Ambassadors, we work to continually improve the perception of the State on a national stage as inclusive, forward-thinking, and business-friendly through positive outreach and opportunistic marketing.
Come Home Montana
- A new use for Google Maps: calculating a city's carbon footprint
New tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings-and the carbon footprint of all the car trips, bus and subway rides, and other transportation used by the people living there.
- Utilities, Automakers and Environmental Groups Unite Around Slashing Energy Use
A diverse group of transportation companies and public stakeholders on Wednesday unveiled a new initiative, the 50x50 Commission, alongside a set of policy and regulatory recommendations to reduce energy used in transportation 50 percent by 2050.
- Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid
On Wednesday, an energy company headed by the California billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is unveiling a rechargeable battery operating on zinc and air that can store power at what it says is far less than the cost of lithium-ion batteries.
- ATG Is Hiring - Fall Meet And Greet - 10/30 - Missoula, Montana
Advanced Technology Group will be hosting its annual Fall Meet and Greet at The Missoula Community Theater on Tuesday, October 30. This event is open to those interested in learning more about what ATG has to offer:
- MSU To Host 31st Annual Fall Career Fair On Oct. 4
More than 210 employers are expected to be on hand at the fair with information about careers for MSU students.
Montana Economic Development
- A day after announcing new Missoulian publisher, Lee Enterprises announces he won't be hired.
Within hours of news reports about McArthur's appointment Tuesday, his past tweets and Twitter "likes'' on topics ranging from the news media to Islam to the weight of flight attendants were being widely shared -- and criticized -- on social media.
- MSU Business College To Honor Six Montana Family Businesses On Oct. 26 In Bozeman
Panel topics will include resources available to family businesses, regional and federal policies affecting businesses and advice for turning business challenges into successes.
- Household wage growth in Missoula ranks 5th nationally; Montana tops Census charts
"Montana's wages are probably the number one reason why our household median income has increased so much," Barb Wagner, the state's chief economist, told the Missoula Current on Wednesday. "We've had very strong wage growth in the state over the past 10 years - we're the fourth fastest growing state in the nation for wage growth."
- Video: Great Businesses in Montana - Greater Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership
Hey Montana! Do you know about the GGVMP? Check out the video about manufacturing in the Gallatin valley.
- Help wanted: Butte employer, service providers join forces to raise awareness about disabled workers
For some, the process is less like breaking the glass ceiling and more like tearing down a brick wall.
- Gov. Bullock aims economic-growth program at rural Montana
"Ultimately we have an obligation and an opportunity to ensure that rural communities, and Indian country, (aren't) left behind, as we see growth," he said. "And that's a chunk of why we're here today."
- What a mindfulness practice can teach you about leadership
If repeating mantras from the top of a mountain feels way out of your comfort zone, there are many other mindfulness practices in which you can engage, even if your organization doesn't offer specialized training.
- How I went from Google intern to the head of Google Maps
Jen Fitzpatrick started out in Google's first class of interns in 1999. She now runs one of the company's most important businesses. And along the way, she saw-and shaped-a lot of history.
- Ignite Talks Writing Workshop - 10/13 - Missoula, Montana
What could you speak PASSIONATELY about for 5 minutes in front of others?
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Speak Your Piece: What's D.C. Doing for Rural Internet? Not Enough
Opinion: The Federal Communications Commission is rolling back consumer protection to make things easier for telecommunications giants. Meanwhile, congressional measures that could help are moving slowly or not at all.
- Why the Business World Needs More Female Angel Investors
A more diverse equity investor pool can help ensure great ideas get the funding they deserve.
- How Angel Investors And Angel Groups Work
Angel investing has not only become trendy and highly profitable, it has emerged into being a powerful source of fuel for the national economy, jobs, and new innovation.
- How Micron's business could change dramatically from this research at Boise State
It's a new way to make memory that uses DNA, the self-replicating carrier of heredity.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Big Single-Family Landlord Bets $1 Billion on the Home-Flipping Business
Amherst is starting the business as a shortage of homes for sale has driven up prices and created hot competition for available listings, prompting bidding wars and all-cash offers and forcing prospective buyers to shoot first and ask questions later.
- The Hot Property That's Next on Tech's Agenda: Real Estate
The hauls are part of a race by investors to pour money into technology for real estate, or what Silicon Valley now calls proptech.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Finalists Named for 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition
This year's Finalists and their inventions provide a glimpse into the future of American innovation and emerging technological trends -- from a harp-inspired water harvester to a steerable microcatheter.
- NSF Grant Awarded to Establish University of Montana I-Corps Site
"The UM I-Corps Site will capitalize on the success of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program at the University of Montana," said Blackstone LaunchPad Director Paul Gladen, who will serve as one of the UM principal investigators.
- The Coders of Kentucky A bipartisan effort to revitalize the heartland, one tech job at a time.
"With millions of U.S. tech jobs out there," Interapt Founder Mr. Gopal said, "we could help transform eastern Kentucky. Well, hey -- Middle America."
Montana Education Excellence
- Casper City Council to give $3 million in 1-cent money to nonprofits
Given that the 41 applicants requested a total of $14 million, Mayor Ray Pacheco said at Tuesday's work session that many groups will likely be disappointed.
- Celebrate The Arts! - 9/28- Missoula
We are organizing outside of University Hall to show our support for the arts and express our love and commitment to what makes this campus and community so vibrant.
- Montana University System to host 'Montana's Research Roadshow' in 25 towns in October
Presented by the Montana University System, the October roadshow features dynamic speakers traveling to 25 Montana towns to share 10-minute research stories. Speakers on the roadshow hail from every public Montana university, and presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including tiny houses, space travel, suicide prevention and cancer research.
- University of Montana releases budgets showing cuts, some growth to departments
"This is the responsible thing to do for the long-term health of our university," Provost Jon Harbor
- October to highlight business as part of MSU's 125th anniversary
As part of Montana State University's yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary in 2018, October will highlight the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating inclusive smart cities
"We're working with Smart Cities for All to help ensure that as more and more cities implement smart city strategies, they can do so with inclusion in mind from the very start. This project builds upon our collaboration with G3ict and our commitment to accessibility and creating inclusive experiences for everyone." Mike Zeto, vice president and general manager of smart cities, AT&T
- Denial No More: Bozeman's Boom Is Coming At A Steep Cost To People, Community
If growth produces "winners," then who and what are the "losers"?
Social Media, Connectivity & Communications
- This Is the Number 1 Sign of High Intelligence, According to Jeff Bezos
"Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
- 7 Keys To Improving The Odds On Your New Idea Success
Some analysis and due diligence along the following lines should be performed on every idea, as a reality check, before committing your efforts and other people's money to building a business:
- Funding For Early Stage Ventures, 09/28, Missoula, Montana
Missoula SBDC is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to bring Dr. Patti Weber to the University of Montana for a presentation touching on:
- Cities Are Teaming Up to Offer Broadband, and the FCC Is Mad
Right now, the 16 very different cities that make up the South Bay region of Southern California have gotten fed up with their internet access situation: They're paying too much for too little. So they are working together to collectively lower the amounts they pay for city communications by at least a third.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Wild Sheep Foundation relocates to Montana
CEO and President of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Gray Thornton and VP of conservation and operations, Kevin Hurley stopped by Montana This Morning on Wednesday morning to tell us about the relocation of the headquarters from Cody, WY.
- Exclusive: Microsoft aims for the holy grail--video conferencing that actually works
Microsoft let me sit in on the rehearsal for its futuristic "meetings of the future" demo in Orlando. Here's what I learned.
- Innovative Spinal Implant Allows Paralyzed Patients to Walk Again
Electrode sensors inside an implant are helping spinal cord injury sufferers regain movement in their legs.
- Retractable-spike winter boots give ice a kick in the rear
Canadian entrepreneur Darrell Bachmann has created KickSpike boots, which feature spikes that pop in or out of the sole at the kick of a button.
- Chemotherapy hydrogel could fight skin cancer from the outside
Researchers have made the first steps towards a kind of chemo that can be "painted" onto the skin.
- This major European city wants to embrace autonomous cars
As of yet, there had not been a "significant collaboration" between car manufacturers and city planners. "In order for autonomous vehicles to work well we absolutely have to work together."
- Driverless cars will arrive in Denver in a meaningful way in five years, according to these experts
They talked about how the city would change, and would have to change, in the near future.
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