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Before she took the job, Cathy Cole, University of Montana vice president for enrollment management and strategic communications signed up her dog as a prospective student at UM to see the type of material the flagship provided, but the campus didn't send information. Once she started the job, she saw the computer wrongly noted it had sent a set of messages. "We had a fairly enthusiastic phone call with the owner of the company," Cole said. "I may have said my favorite word a number of times." --- University of Montana: Applications from prospective students up 123 percent --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2018 Montana Politics
Gov. Steve Bullock
- GOP lawmakers want work requirement for low-income Medicaid recipients in Montana
Bullock said Tuesday that Montana should instead focus on its one-of-a-kind voluntary workforce program, called HELP-Link, that legislators created when expanding Medicaid.
- Helena might join push to change US Constitution to affirm corporations aren't people
Montana Department of Commerce
- Editorial: Montana wants what Alabama has - Early Education Success
Bullock's trip proves how excellent Alabama can be when lawmakers worry about what's right instead of what gets them re-elected.
- Governor Steve Bullock - Connecting Montana Students to Broadband
Montana is making incredible progress connecting K-12 students to high-speed broadband.
Montana World Affairs Council
- Montana Department of Commerce to Host Montana Pavilion at Photonics Tradeshow in Japan
"Montana's photonics industry is one of the most impressive in the United States, and it continues to grow," said Sean Becker, bureau chief for the Business Assistance Bureau at Commerce. "Asia has been a region with great interest in quality Montana products and represents the best opportunity for this industry to expand and diversify its markets."
Montana West Economic Development
- Montana World Affairs Council Upcoming October Events
October is going to be a very busy month with some dynamic speakers and events, so please read on for a full listing of upcoming programs.
Early Edge Montana
- Montana West Economic Development Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council
Creating communication bridges between industry and education circles was a necessary strategy to attain the goals of Making Montana.
- Making Montana Manufacturing And Technology Expo - 2/15-16 - Kalispell, MT
With over 3000 people engaging with makers and manufacturers over the course of two days, our 2nd Annual Making Montana event was a great success. We expect an even greater attendance next year.
- The engine that could in Kalispell, Montana
"It's one of the best projects I've seen, frankly, for a TIGER," Montana Senator Jon Tester said before the event. "It's going to transform the look of Kalispell."
- Program will offer free pre-k education in Montana - Enroll your 3 or 4 year old today for next summer's program.
Starting next summer, UPSTART will come to the Treasure State, fully funded, for all four and five year olds.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Updated release of 'Day Hikes Around the Flathead' by Stormy Good Monod now widely available
It is the flagship guidebook by the Whitefish-based publishing company Flathead Guidebooks LLC, and outlines 120 day hikes, ranging from easy to strenuous, while featuring more trails than ever before as Monod's roster of hikes and familiarity with the region has only grown. The guidebook has been growing and improving year by year.
Energy and Climate Change
- Why Now Is The Best Time To Embrace Blockchain Technology
This is going to be a bold statement: It's time for your business to start embracing blockchain, the biggest game-changer in technology since the internet.
Come Home Montana
- Kilowatts that come with a cold one in Missoula, MT
Missoula Electric Cooperative installs solar panel array on roof of Bonner KettleHouse Brewery in expansion of its successful Solarshare program.
- California Energy Efficiency Program Could Be Much More Effective for Low-Income Residents
"at least one-third of those eligible for California's low-income energy efficiency assistance live in multifamily buildings, yet energy efficiency programs have historically underserved these residents."
- Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise
To meet their energy goals, cities are starting to make new buildings have solar panels or vegetation atop.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Chief Information Officer, dot NET Developer, IT Service Support, Project Manager and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
Arrow Solutions Group's understanding of client needs, regional challenges, and industry trends helps clients match the right talent for the culture of their organization.
TED and TEDX Talks
- 2017 Economic Contribution of Nonresident Travel Spending in Montana Regions and Counties
This report details the methods and results of the economic impact analyses for each of Montana's travel regions, as well as analyses for counties in which nonresident travelers spent approximately $50 million or more.
- MSU's Montana Manufacturing Extension Center selected as national award finalist
MMEC is one of five finalists for the University Economic Development Association's 2018 Awards of Excellence in the "Talent + Place" category.
- Montana Made Video: Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
The Montana Made business continues to expand and one day could be seen on shelves across the globe.
- Paying the Price - Eugene's Pizza in Glasgow, Montana - Under the Big Sky
The family owned establishment is located in Glasgow, along a stretch of highway and railroad known as the Hi-Line. Arlie and Mary Sue Knodel purchased Eugene's Pizza after two days of consideration and opened the doors with forty dollars to their name.
- What if Montana's Golden Triangle was to beer what Napa Valley, Calif. is to wine?
Maybe it's pie in the sky. Or maybe Ryan Pfeifle is onto something.
- Montana-based Whitefish Energy gets US contracts after Puerto Rico ouster
A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts.
- Bayern Brewing in Missoula Now Using 100% Reused Glass
"Every bottle deserves another round."
- A Whistleblower's Journey
Former hospital administrator explains why he blew the whistle on Kalispell Regional Healthcare, an unprecedented move that led to a $24 million settlement
- Podcast: Can Do: KOA President Toby O'Rourke, The Future Of Camping
KOA got its start in 1962 in Billings, Montana when the sight of travelers heading west on Highway 10 towards the Seattle World's Fair sparked the imaginations of a group of business people.
- Precious Plastic Missoula gets creative with fighting waste
Rowe wants to raise enough money through the Precious Plastic Missoula GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/precious-plastic-missoula to get new, better equipment. His ultimate goal to turn the operation into a larger resource that the community can come to for any recycling needs.
- Missolula has emerged as a model of success. Missoula Federal Credit Union shines light on ethical banking, Missoula's growing refugee community - Donates $20,000 to Soft Landing Missoula and the International Rescue Committee.
"We can choose to pursue explicitly positive and sustainable social, economic and environmental change, or pursue profits, which is relatively simple, and just let the chips fall where they may," CEO Jack Lawson said. "We seek to empower people over profit, and we choose to include all walks of life in our work."
- Former Missoula Independent Staffers Rally To Revive Alt-Weekly
The day after their contracts with their owners expired, former Indy staffers stood in front of a crowd of about 70 people at a Missoula art gallery and discussed plans for what comes next.
- Today's TED Talk - How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes
For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream.
- This Is the Greatest Form of Emotional Intelligence. Practicing It Will Make You a Respected Leader
Emotional intelligence is a red-hot skill to build, and this one form is like rocket fuel for your leadership prowess.
- 8 warning signs that you're in a career rut (and how to get out)
It might be time to make some changes.
- Here's how the FCC plans to defend its net neutrality repeal in federal court
The FCC said its evidence showed the Obama-era net neutrality rules had stifled investment in broadband expansion, justifying the decision to wipe the protections off its books.
Regional Economic Development
- Boise Startup Week October 17th, 18th and 19th, 2018 - Downtown Boise
It's gonna be awesome!
- Free Economic Development Webinars
If you're looking for insightful, practical new information related to the field of economic development, you'll want to check out these three free professional development webinars. Can't attend? Register anyway to ensure you receive a link to the recording to review at your convenience.
- The Seven Deadly Sins of Economic Development
I feel it's my responsibility to turn attention to some of our own sins, as economic developers that is.
- Wyoming Business Council accepting startup grant applications
Companies must have potential to provide an economic return to the state of Wyoming through job creation, expanded tax base and diversification of the state's economy.
- Wyoming tests highway tech to save lives, boost commerce
Although automated self-driving vehicles have made headlines lately, that technology is still many years out from being usable on a large scale, said Ali Ragan, the outreach coordinator for this pilot project.
- This Tiny Company in Wyoming Spins Over 15,000 Pounds of Wool for Retailers Across the Country
Buy a sweater from Mountain Meadow Wool and you can trace it back to the ranch where it started--and help keep a Western tradition alive.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action
With a lawsuit against Harvard, Asian-American activists have formed an alliance with a white conservative to change higher education.
- Colleges often go about recruiting rural students in the wrong way, admissions experts say.
But they can commit to better practices if they recognize "rurality is different everywhere."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Join The Montana State Society For The DC Area Cat-Griz Game Watch Party - 11/17 - Washingon, D.C.
There will be an admission fee of $10 for the party (cash or check only; children 12 and under are free). Proceeds will be split with the UM and MSU Alumni Associations.
- Montana Tech chancellor Don Blackketter to retire
Don Blackketter is expected to officially announce his retirement at noon Monday in the student union's Copper Lounge. His last day will be July 1, 2019.
- Hall Passages: New Flagship after school program in Missoula offers academic, emotional support for students
"It's not so much focused on homework," said Nicole Miller, Flagship's program director. "It's more focused on skill building and the whole child."
- A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces
An initiative aiming to boost digital learning in rural schools lit a fire
- Funding does not guarantee retention of University of Montana Global Leadership Institute Program students
"I have seen quite a few people drop it. I guess it weeds people out. It weeds out the weak," Enger said. "It is time consuming and it can be frustrating when you are busy."
- University of Montana: Applications from prospective students up 123 percent
Cathy Cole, vice president for enrollment management and strategic communications, also said the number of acceptances has grown 333 percent this year compared to last year.
Universities and Economic Development
- Demystifying ERP: Leveraging Technology To Enable Growth, Productivity And Profitability - 11/7 - Bozeman
A new workshop from the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance and MSU Academic Technology and Outreach
- Washington Foundation Gift to The Max S. Baucus Institute Creates Path to Public Service for University of Montana Students
With the gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Baucus Leaders program now will double the number of UM students interning in the nation's capital every summer.
- For College Towns, Having a World-Famous University Is a Mixed Blessing
The university has reshaped a city where the Ivy League campus once felt like a world of its own, separate from the factory town where thousands of workers assembled bolt-action rifles.
- MSU tech park vies for federal research facilities, would mean 600 jobs to Bozeman
The Montana State University Innovation Campus hopes to sell the Trump administration on Bozeman as a base for the nation's Economic Research Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Funding and Building your Business
- Here Are the 'Great Places in America,' According to Planners
The Great Places in America awards recognize streets, neighborhoods and public spaces; five from each category per year. The APA says that the awardees "illustrate how a community coming together creates lasting value."
- Potluck Of The Minds- 10/26 - Missoula, MT
We think the Ignite talk format lends itself not only for practicing businessmen and women asking for a raise at a employee review meeting, a standup comedian that wants to test out his new material, but also to the introverts in our community to that might not have a voice for their ideas on civil engineering projects, or maybe a single mom that has to have a conversation with her teenage son about a tough topic.
Social Media, Connectivity & Communications
- Timing is everything when it comes to making decisions
The principles of better timing, he argued, can help local governments (and businesses, and people in their personal lives) be more deliberate, strategic and successful in when and how they take action.
- How Google's Keynote Speakers Keep Presentation Slides Engaging and Easy to Follow
Your audience can't listen to you and read slides at the same time. Here's how to solve the problem.
- What Every Founder Should Know
In the book, he draws on his own experiences as an investor, entrepreneur and board member to dispense advice for founders on facing common challenges -- from missing goals in the first quarter to firing an employee to knowing when to grow the business.
- This Is the Number 1 Sign a Founder Will Succeed, According to a Former Y Combinator Partner
Nope, it's got nothing to do with prestigious degrees or a past stint at Google.
- "Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy." Why the cooperative model needs to be at the heart of our new economy
In a new book, journalist Nathan Schneider positions cooperative businesses as both radical and traditional-and says all businesses should move toward more democracy.
- Why drive 6 hours for a 1 hour meeting in Montana? Videoconferencing opportunities to increase your interactions and save time.
While Montana is a gorgeous state, there are options to getting in the car and driving to meet with people. This is not an exhaustive list so please send me [email protected] any other video options that people can take advantage of.
- Google Just Revealed a Brilliantly Simple Trick to Totally Destroy Telemarketers. (Wait, Why Aren't We Doing This Already?)
'You'll never have to talk to another telemarketer,' the Google project manager said. (Which means for telemarketers: Bye-bye, business model!)
- Downtown Cincinnati Launches Online Data Tool to Attract Investment
The website provides access to a wealth of information: property location and business data intelligence, target industry profiles, state and local incentive programs, infrastructure, education and training, plus resources for start-up businesses - all in a user-friendly format. Users also have the option to add any page to a customized report.
- Women Tech Leaders Sound Off About Their Role in Government
IT has changed for the better, adding more women and becoming more diverse and inclusive, officials said during a panel discussion at the Colorado Digital Government Summit.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Real estate company Shelters to Shutters offers the homeless a house and a job
It has achieved an 87 percent annual employee retention rate for participants and a 93 percent success rate of participants not re-entering homeless services.
- An Evening Chat With Hank Green "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" At The University Of Montana - 10/24 - Missoula
Green and his brother John Green, the best-selling author of "The Fault in Our Stars," are known as the "Vlogbrothers."
- Former Indy freelancer creates site for Missoula arts and culture - The Missoula Tempo
"We want as many people to volunteer as possible, but we want to make sure the writing is solid. We're trying to find that balance," Fredrickson said. "We really hate that we can't pay our writers, but I think this is a moment where it's about making a statement."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Yellowstone geyser barfs up 'strange' garbage dating back to the 1930s
Old Ear had not experienced a known eruption of that size of since 1957, the United States Geological Survey said, though smaller bursts took place as recently as 2004.
- Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic will be in space within weeks
Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic will be in space within weeks, not months.
- Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop
Nir Barzilai has a plan. It's a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades.
- Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do Parkour
Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot can do a lot of things I can't, including backflips and running through snow without falling on its face. Now add parkour to that list of feats.
- Autonomous Cars Are Our Real Future
As one member of the California Transportation Commission notes, the state's planners largely ignore the role of technologies -- including home-based work, ride hailing and autonomous vehicles -- that offer the best hope for resolving our transportation woes.
- US will rewrite safety rules to permit fully driverless cars on public roads
So long, steering wheel
- What's it like to run errands in a self-driving car? Some Phoenix regulars are sold on Waymo
So what's it like to hand over your daily driving chores to a robot?
- Helena officials discuss changes to 5-point intersections. There won't be any physical changes at the intersections for years.
Cities that make the right moves are the ones that will differentiate themselves and perform over the longer term.
- Self-driving cars could change the way you get around in retirement
"Retirement villages are just the perfect first place we see for autonomous driving," said Oliver Cameron, co-founder and CEO of Voyage, the company that is bringing the autonomous ride-sharing services to the community.
- The Planet Can't Survive Our Transportation Habits
In light of the IPCC's dire report, substituting some personal convenience in the present could mean that much more hope for the planet's future.
- Google's Waze Expands Carpooling App to All 50 States
The app is designed to connect drivers with commute partners, essentially facilitating the creation of carpools.
- Electric Utilities Plot Bullish Course for EV Charging Infrastructure
The group Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) announced the one-millionth electric vehicle is on course to be sold in the United States this month.
- MacBride Law PresentsTrademark Law For Retailers And Service Providers, 11/14, Bozeman
- Montana Indigenous Foods Night at Fork and Spoon, 10/18, Bozeman
- Trailmix Event Promotes Idaho Startup Food Producers - 10/18 - Boise, Idaho
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