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"If you want to find your life you must first learn to give it away." Michael Miles - professor and director emeritus of the Honors College at Montana State University in Bozeman. University of Montana President Bodnar's inauguration absent pomp, full of circumstance http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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2018 Montana Politics
Gov. Steve Bullock
- Montana's Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, and Havre Democrat Paul Tuss on modern politics
neither Tempel nor Tuss attacked the other during their campaigns. "Why would I do that?" Tempel asked. "He was a good candidate."
- Montana Governor Bullock's budget boosts preschool, pays for Medicaid expansion, plans for infrastructure
It also puts aside $303 million for the state's rainy day fund.
Montana Department of Commerce
- A Budget that Invests in Montana
Today I released my budget proposal for the 2019 Legislative Session that ensures fiscal responsibility, invests in education, protects healthcare for Montanans, creates jobs, and builds Montana's infrastructure.
- Governor Bullock Releases Budget that Ensures Fiscal Responsibility, Invests in Education, Protects Healthcare, and Builds Montana's Infrastructure
"The budget I present today is a reflection of the values we hold as Montanans. It is a reflection of the progress we've made as a state these past few years and seeks to maintain and build upon that progress," said Governor Bullock "It is because of these successes that I'm optimistic that in Montana we can still be a shining example for the country of how our political system is supposed to work."
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Registration for the 2019 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation is open!
Take advantage of the special Early Bird savings rate of $189 through December 31, 2018.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- MMEC - News and Events for Montana Manufacturers
Strengthen your firm's competitive advantage through the 8-week Operational Excellence training program coming in early 2019 to Kalispell. Registration opening soon! Contact MMEC to be notified when registration opens.
- Montana Innovation Partnership - P3 to PIII Newsletter
Welcome to the P3 to PIII newsletter: timely news from MTIP to help you leverage public-private partnership (P3) opportunities through the SBIR/STTR programs and prepare you for Phase III commercialization success.
- Belarus delegation visits Montana for renewable energy solutions
While in Central Montana, the delegation will meet with government, business and cultural leaders
Montana West Economic Development
- Episode 5: Stories from the Front Lines
In this episode, Jared Dirkscneider shares insights and anecdotes from a career spent battling credit card fraud.
- Zoot Delivers More Than 500% Risk-Adjusted ROI For Composite Organization
"If we had tried to build something internally, our cost probably would have been tenfold if not more."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana West Economic Development Annual Meeting - Opportunity Zones - The Next Big Thing? - 12/12 - Kalispell, MT
Opportunity Zones - The Next Big Thing? What they are, how they work, why to invest and who they benefit.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- GFDA Top 10 -- Here is our Top 17 for last week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
"Create your future from your future not your past." Werner Erhard
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Amazon and Google Are Taking Over Cities. The Smartest Startups Are Going Virtual
Over time, Foster says, they realized being distributed was allowing them to tap into a broader, richer talent market than they ever could by confining hiring to one locale, even a tech hub. "We realized this could become an advantage for us," Foster says.
- ChickTech: High School Tech Showcase - 12/1 - Missoula, MT
Our 50 high school participants will have worked hard all day to create an awesome project in one of our four workshops. Stop by and see what they've created!
Energy and Climate Change
- This All-You-Can-Eat Mennonite Dinner In Montana Is What Dreams Are Made Of
Obviously, there's not much to this small community -- but if you happen to go on a Thursday, you can enjoy an authentic Mennonite (similar to Amish) dinner you'll never forget.
Come Home Montana
- Hybrid rooftop device to harvest solar energy and passively cool buildings at the same time
"We've built the first device that one day could make energy and save energy, in the same place and at the same time, by controlling two very different properties of light," says Fan.
- Governors group, chaired by Montana Governor Steve Bullock, cites benefits of single national power grid
A bipartisan group of 18 governors, chaired by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, proposes that the federal government take a serious look at stitching together the three main U.S. power grids, comparing the importance of grid modernization to the creation of the interstate highway system 60 years ago.
- Your Children's Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different - Yellowstone Passes 4 Million Visitors for the Year
Winters are shorter. Less snow is falling. Summers are hotter and drier.
- The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid
"I heard all the substations trip off and it was just like bam bam bam bam bam bam bam bam," McHann says. "The power's out. All you can do is say, OK, we have to start from scratch bringing the power back up. You just take a deep breath and dig in."
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Technician-Information Services - Yellowstone County, Montana
The GIS Technician provides technical services related to geographic information systems Incumbents work under the close supervision of the GIS Manager and works on GIS projects and implementation of specialized programs.
Montana Economic Development
- Video: Missoula, Montana's Neptune Aviation Aerial Firefighting
As the primary provider of large airtanker services to the United States Forest Service for more than 25 years, Neptune Aviation has proven to be a leading aerial firefighting company in the nation.
- Hidden Lake Launches Using Missoula, Montana-based Blue Marble Extraction Technology
"The team at Blue Marble has been developing revolutionary products for over 12 years ranging from vegan bacon flavor to our most recent success, a biodiesel fuel made from coffee grounds used to power a tiny home on the East Coast for Dunkin Donuts," stated James Stephens, Founder & CEO of Blue Marble.
- Kickstarter Campaign: Montana's Cowboy Cricket Jumpers made with SuperCrickets
SuperSustainable SuperCrickets for SuperHumans! Three brand new flavors of Jumpers - and we want you to get them first!
- What is Montana's Inspired Classroom?
At IC connecting is learning and the world becomes your classroom.
- Video: Sarah Calhoun: Founder of Red Ants Pants
Moving to one of Montana's smallest towns and starting a women's workwear company took some nerve--and help from Montana's libraries. Hear Red Ants Pants' https://redantspants.com/ founder talk about how the library became her business incubator, laying the foundation for a Montana success story.
- Helena businesses celebrated at Accelerated Startups demo night
The Montana Business Assistance Connection says "Accelerated Startups" to support new and local companies with resources, accountability and mentor-ship.
- Video - Max vs. 24 Beer Cans - Missoula, Montana's Zombie Tools (Bladed Weapons) for that special someone.
Many commenters on this video have accused us of alcohol abuse. But, no, idgets, no beer was harmed in the making of this video.
- Making it in Big Sky: Montana Backcountry Adventures
"Such a fun experience you just have to do while in Big Sky. Our Ski Club had a blast riding up on the snow cat to the mountain Yurt above the base area. Tiki torches and a raging bonfire greeted us. The Yurt was lit be candlelight and low-lit lanterns, a guitarist played and sang during dinner." DEBBIE E.
- Richland Economic Development shares highlights
"I may not be the mayor in 15 years, but that's how far ahead I'm looking out for the city. We need to look ahead and at our future." Sidney's Mayor, Rick Norby
- Grow with Google to Sponsor Prospera Business Network - Montana Women's Business Center
Announced at Day-Long Event to Help Bozeman Workers and Small Businesses Grow their Digital Skills
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- 3 Things That Women Say Yes to that Undermine their Impact at Work
"I'll do it" may be costing you your career
- What recruiters really think when they interview someone who was fired
It's not always a deal breaker, but they will do some digging to see if your story matches up.
- Want to be a successful CEO? Get a dog
Even if you weren't lucky enough to grow up with an animal around the house, it's not too late to benefit from a trip to the shelter: 80% of people surveyed said they felt more connected to colleagues who own pets, and 79% believing that colleagues with pets are hard workers.
- Microsoft aims to improve rural Montana's internet access, amid local skepticism
One of the largest technology companies in the world, Microsoft, has announced a plan to provide wireless broadband internet service to 50,000 people on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
- Elon Musk's SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit
The decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission paves the way for SpaceX to build its full network of about 12,000 satellites intended to blanket the earth in wireless Internet access.
- Working in Rural Requires - and Inspires - Courage
Rural people vary in many ways, but they share the common values of community, and they believe their communities can inspire courage. Rural people "do hard things."
- Missoula council women launch local government citizens' academy
Two City Council members are inviting residents to apply to attend Missoula's first Local Government Citizens' Academy, which starts in January.
- Work U brings education and experience together for a pathway to career success at Boise State
Work U is an experiential learning opportunity for students of any major.
Washington State Business
- Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg Burn Facebook's Remaining Shreds of Reputation
It's hard to see how current management can pull the company and culture out of this spiral.
- State of Washington Department of Commerce Director's Update - November 2018
Commerce welcomes new industry sector leads for aerospace and life science/global health
- Job growth, affordable housing lures people to Spokane area
"For those of us who are 50-plus, the region looks completely different, and it feels different because so many people are moving here," Forsyth said.
Montana Education Excellence
- Airbnb generates $1.1M in Wyoming tax revenue
"Whether it's travelers eager to explore the state's beautiful national and state parks, or for big events like the August 2017 solar eclipse, we're glad the Airbnb community can help host a growing number of visitors to Wyoming," said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb public policy director for Wyoming.
- University of Wyoming proposes end of geography department
According to the university's proposal, the department has low enrollment, and "faculty resources are insufficient to support programs."
- Revitalization at University of Montana
We approach our mission to revitalize UM with great optimism and confidence. In fact, the revitalization already has begun:
- MSU plans online program to help address rural schoolteacher shortage
If approved, students who already have bachelor's degrees may apply to the program in the spring for summer 2019 enrollment.
- University of Montana President Bodnar's inauguration absent pomp, full of circumstance
"If you want to find your life you must first learn to give it away." Bodnar gets it, as even a casual glance at his resumé reveals. Servant leadership lies at its core. His inauguration was yet another step beyond mere words.
- Board of Regents addresses enrollment at UM meeting
One area they focused on was the roughly 44% of Montana high school graduates, who do not receive a secondary education.
- Montana Governor's budget seeks tuition freeze, Romney, free preschool
"This is incredibly exciting.... Wow," said Montana Board of Regents Chair Fran Albrecht.
Funding and Building your Business
- Information Powers Montana - Montana Library Association - From the Mountains to the Prairies
Reach. Explore. Connect.
- Working Alone, Together in Whitefish, Montana
New co-working space opens in Whitefish for freelancers, remote employees and others who work from home
- Video - Ranch Maps - Professional Map Services for Ranches
Learn how public access to geospatial data helps Montana's farmers and ranchers document and protect assets on every square inch of their land.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana Made: Archie Bray Foundation serves as hub for ceramic artists
"I think the Bray in a way has really been a place that has played a very significant role in the development of ceramics arts in this country,"
- Anti-aging compounds targeting Alzheimer's move closer to human trials
The work is on the cusp of commencing two human clinical trials investigating the efficacy of two compounds derived from natural sources.
- Volvo and Greenlots Dive Into Electric Truck Charging
A pilot project in Southern California will test how electric trucks can reduce air pollution and help balance the grid.
- School Districts Rolling Out Electric Buses as Economics Improve: 'It's Time to Switch'
The environmental, public health and economic arguments for electric school buses are getting stronger.
- How Autonomous Vehicles Will Upend Transportation
Whenever it finally takes over, driverless technology will do much more than ease daily commutes: It will also have a profound impact on the world's economy.
- Driverless cars will lead to more sex on the road, study says
They're also going to change the way people have sex, according to a new study.
- Missoula City-County Community Needs Assessment Public Meeting - 11/15
- Montana Summit On Agricultural Finance, 02/06-7, Pray, MT
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