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"The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. It's to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives." -- Kelly Pollock
Montana Department of Commerce
- No, Really! Your Startup Doesn't Have to Be in the Bay Area - You Should Consider Montana Instead
It was the right decision, because we were able to go way further with a small amount of capital. I'm able to get engineering talent for so much cheaper.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Economic Partnership, Missoula County track progress of The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund job creation grants
The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund grants help reimburse businesses when creating new jobs and cover some costs associated with expansion.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- GFDA Top 10 -Here is our Top 11 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
As we get ready to move into our new office at West Bank Landing, it's time for us to say goodbye to some great furniture, office equipment, office supplies and artwork that won't fit in our new space. GFDA investors, non-profit organizations and teachers get first dibs on great stuff.
American Prairie Reserve
- The Gig Economy, Americans and The Future
Research reveals that 20 to 30 percent of the working-age populations in the United States and the EU-15, or up to 162 million individuals, engage in part-time contract work.
- 8 Steps To Assembling The Most Talented Startup Team
More people in the workplace don't want to be "employees."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Learning to love the Breaks: Montana's toughest landscape lures visitors
American Prairie Reserve (APR) https://www.americanprairie.org/ has been raising the profile of vacation opportunities in the Missouri Breaks region with a growing network of developed campgrounds, rentable yurts and interpretative displays. They join an existing community of public and private facilities that help ease entry into what many call "the American Serengeti."
Energy and Climate Change
- Losses for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies near $700 billion in worst week since bubble burst
If Bitcoin "collapses, if we start to see a run down toward $3,000, this thing is going to be a monster. People will be running for the exits."
Come Home Montana
- Trump Admin Report: "Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities."
"It's going to hurt cities, it's going to hurt people in the countryside, and, as the world continues to warm, things are going to get worse."
- Wyoming Billionaire Pledges to Protect 30% of the Planet by 2030 - The Wyss Foundation
The money will be used to "create and expand protected areas" with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet's surface by 2030.
- Video: How Co2 Could Be The Fuel Of The Future
As climate deniers and their allies in industry and government thwart conservationists' efforts, some scientists are working to develop a back-up plan: use technology to "geoengineer" the Earth's atmosphere and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Customer Success Manager, Junior Software Developer, VP of Marketing, Senior .NET Software Engineer, QA Analyst and more... PrintingForLess
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Accelerated Startups program helps Helena-area entrepreneurs hit the ground running
The Accelerated Startups program is a collaborative effort between the business assistance connection and Edge Marketing and Design to provide resources, accountability and mentorship to new startups in the Helena area.
Montana Economic Development
- Amid worker shortage, Helena employers get creative to attract and retain good employees
A lack of workers in Helena and across the state is forcing business owners to make some important staffing decisions.
- Spy High LLC: Helena company's trail cameras offer elevated surveillance
"The market is really progressive right now. There is a new level of advancement in the industry."
- Montana Bones: Helena startup sells clothing with Montana flair
We are an authentic family design collaboration spanning four generations and four Montana locations: Moccasin, Bozeman, Jordan and Helena. We offer handmade clothing and accessories from rural and small town places. Montana Bones...the real deal.
- Montana unemployment rates remain low, Gallatin County leads in job gains for year
Gov. Steve Bullock announced last week that Montana's seasonally adjusted employment rate is 3.7 percent, ticking up slightly from September and placing it at the same rate as July and August.
- WGM Group is ready to help economic development and investment with Montana's Economic Development Zones
At WGM Group, we've been following the conversation on Opportunity Zones to determine their potential impact on Montana's infrastructure and development. We want to share a bit of what we have learned.
Come Home Washington
- The Brilliant Response to Any Interview Question You Don't Know How to Answer
When a job interview starts going badly, here's how to turn things around.
- Do This Ritual At The End Of Each Week To Become More Productive
On the surface it's about getting your daily work done, but on a deeper level it's about re-framing who you are really working for.
- The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills
Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don't yet exist, reveals the World Economic Forum.
Come Home Wyoming
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to be first statewide agency to host artist-in-residence
Applications are now open for artists interested in the year-long position, which will be located within WSDOT.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Second search fails to find health science dean for University of Wyoming
At Wyoming, the dean of health sciences oversees two other deans, one for pharmacy and one for nursing. Sullivan says that has made it difficult to find interested candidates.
- USDA's Rural broadband Plan Met with Citizen Criticism and Concerns
Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service.
Incubators and R&D
- Bozeman tweaks affordable housing rules to pique developers' interest
This week, city commissioners approved widening how developers and builders can fit into the rules and still get incentives like a break on the fees builders pay the city.
- The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat
Sales of meat analogues are growing at steady clip of 23 percent a year, nibbling out a decent market share.
- A Montana scientific breakthrough pays off for cattle industry
To understand the significance of Gary Strobel's scientific breakthrough, look no further than calf 166, an animal that was on death's door before the researcher intervened.
- How Pollution Can Hurt the Health of the Economy
Many studies show a relationship between pollution and negative educational and earnings outcomes.
- Banks see bad ag loans on the rise in Montana, North Dakota
The percentage of bad loans is double what it was after the recession.
- Wyoming to expand trade with Taiwan, open trade office in Taipei
The Wyoming Business Council will be assisted by Taiwanese trade reps. to establish new trade ties between Wyoming and Taiwan over the next 22 months
- Climate change risks lose political sting for Wyoming delegation
But perhaps the most vulnerable industry to rising global temperatures, one that is threaded through the state's entire economy, is energy.
Montana Education Excellence
- 'I will die before this loan is ever paid off.' Idaho students' debt piles up
One of the nation's largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana universities want to attract high school grads not planning for college
Their plan, the Resident Student Access Initiative, would also boost the fortunes of Montana state campuses.
- Welcome to the Montana State University Makerspace
The MSU Makerspace is meant to provide students from all across campus a centrally located, universally available, welcoming space where they can build, test, and prototype.
- One Restaurant's Simple, Remarkably Effective Way to Shield Servers from Sexual Harassment
Wade is now developing workshops to teach other businesses how to use her system.
- The Founder of Panera Bread Explains the Economic Forces that Led to Trump
Ron Shaich believes that the fixation on short-term profits is jeopardizing the future of American business.
- Businesses must learn new tax law or pay the price
Small business owners who don't understand the new tax law may be in for a painful filing season next spring.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- MapAnything raises $42.5 million for location of things platform
The location of things (LoT) market -- which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data -- is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Conrad Anker: Climbing films highlight the best - 11/28 in Bozeman
Conrad Anker joins Chet to discuss the Reel Rock 13 Film Tour, set to show at the Emerson Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
- Giving Tuesday - The Whitefish, Montana Alpine Theatre Project Video with John Lithgow
Give the gift of inspiration this #GivingTuesday! Join us on 11/27 at 4pm at the ATP Garage (6464 Hwy 93 S) to be a part of the live studio audience and cheer on our students as they perform live. Or watch the livestream at http://atpwhitefish.org/givingtuesday We hope you can help!
- Bioengineered spinal discs show promise - in goats
While some scientists have developed purely synthetic replacement discs, a recent test on goats indicates that bioengineered discs may be a better way to go.
- Researcher: Alzheimer's vaccine could cut dementia in half, human trials may be next
"If the onset of the disease could be delayed by even five years, that would be enormous for the patients and their families," Lambracht-Washington said in a statement. "The number of dementia cases could drop by half."
- Elon Musk: To avoid becoming like monkeys, humans must merge with machines
Musk said humans must merge with artificial intelligence, creating a "symbiosis" that leads to "a democratization of intelligence."
- Will consumers have an appetite for robot-car grocery deliveries?
"Last-mile (robot) deliveries represent an elegant juxtaposition of a market need and a market opportunity."
- Las Vegas uses artificial intelligence to reduce I-15 crashes
The results came without any additional resources from state or local agencies.
- Rivian debuts all-electric pickup with abundant storage
Rivian showed off its R1T pickup on Monday at the Griffith Observatory ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle is slated for delivery in 2020.
- Driverless cars will need cities covered in sensors, China's Didi Chuxing says
"We can also predict in terms of what's going to happen in the next 15 to 30 minutes, in terms of traffic flows."
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