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"We live not in a passive society, a read-only society, but in a writable society.” (Beth Noveck) TED Video: Demand a more open-source government http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Cities & Regions: The Need for Data with Meaning - The Boston Indicators Project - "City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- How To Help Startup Ecosystems: Be An Early Adopter http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" - Movie shoot boosts Billings, Montana's economy, pride
"It's a proven fact that the impact of productions in the state is extreme," Staggs said. "The trickle-down is really, really immense. Far more immense than people would think."
Arrow Solutions Group
- Why data is the key to better medicine -- and maybe a cure for cancer
What's possible when smart people have access to good data?
- Cities & Regions: The Need for Data with Meaning - The Boston Indicators Project - "City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy"
Here's a message that many cities and regions in the United States should heed. They are competing on a global scale, and those that are paying close attention--as Boston is with the indicators project--will do better than those that are not taking a careful, clear-eyed look at data and crafting the policies and partnerships they need.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Montana Career Opportunities - eCommerce/Magento Consultant, .NET Developer, Project Manager - Arrow Solutions Group
Arrow Solutions Group (ASG) is Montana's only specialized IT & engineering staffing and recruiting agency, connecting IT professionals and engineers with companies in Montana, Wyoming, North & South Dakota.
Come Home Montana
- Blackfoot to Expand In Idaho, Broadening Access to Its Cutting-Edge Services & Technologies
"We welcome the opportunity to serve our neighbor state. As a locally owned business, we understand the value of our strong customer relationships in western Montana and are eager to earn the same trust in Idaho," said Bill Squires, Blackfoot's chief executive officer.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Misfires - Strange but true Montana hunting tales
What about the stories hunters dare not tell? Or the stories so memorable that Montana game wardens and wildlife biologists are the ones who retell them?
- Montana Career Opportunity - GIS Web Developer - Montana State Library
This position supports the agency's information sharing mission through the efficient and responsible deployment of web applications and services.
- How To Help Startup Ecosystems: Be An Early Adopter
For any startup community) to have early adopter DNA, it needs its startup leaders and the extended community that supports the ecosystem to do three things -
- Montana educators compete in gravity cruisers game - Montana Ambassadors sponsor pilot program for up to 134 schools
The curriculum kits were purchased for 17 of Montana's rural schools by the Montana Ambassadors, a group of business, education and other professionals appointed by governors to further the best interests of the state. They hope to eventually distribute the kits to 134 schools.
Montana Economic Development
- Tourism researcher: Billings travel industry booming due to better marketing
Randall said there's no question that the increase in room occupancy can be traced to the formation of the city's Tourism Business Improvement District.
- MSE sale terminated
The sale of Butte's MSE Technology Applications, Inc. to a Florida-based technology holdings group is off, according to a joint announcement from both companies Thursday.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- UM economist touts Medicaid expansion; legislator says Montana solution needed
Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of low-income Montanans should be an economic boost for the state, a University of Montana economist said Wednesday, as it will bring billions of federal dollars into Montana.
- Mixed opinions on Global Leadership Initiative program at University of Montana
Key elements of the Global Leadership Initiative http://supportum.org/givingopportunities/Presidential%20Initiatives/Global%20Leadership%20Initiative.php involve some 300 students, 20 seminars, a separate Living Learning Community in Miller Hall and a goal of raising $3 million from private donors.
- To keep brain fit, go for a run
A trip to the gym or going for a run not only keeps your body healthy, it's good for your brain, too
- 12 ways to live a better life
Karl A. Pillemer, a Cornell gerontologist, used the wisdom of crowds -- more than 1,000 Americans aged 65 and over -- to glean material for his book "30 Lessons in Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.'' Here are 12 of his tips.
- Mismatch between jobs and workers stems from 'education gap' not a 'skills gap'
Manufacturers say they are willing to train new workers, but they can't find high school graduates with the math and science knowledge they need to learn the jobs.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise, Idaho based Inovus Solar kept the (solar) lights on during Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast
The success of Inovus' lights and solar power systems scattered throughout the East Coast illustrates why communities and the military are trying to develop a new, more resilient electricity grid.
- New director for Idaho SBDC
SBDC's mission is to help small businesses start and succeed. SBDC offers counseling, training and workshops for would-be business owners and for people who already have a small business under way.
- Menard to fly Wisconsin workers in to staff North Dakota store
Businesses struggle to attract workers throughout North Dakota, which has some 22,000 more jobs than takers and the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 2.4 percent, Job Service North Dakota data show. The unemployment rate in Minot is 2.3 percent.
Regional Economic Development
- Danish consulting company "Specialisterne" expanding in the U.S. - Don't apply for a job unless you are autistic with special skills
The consultants are far more devoted to accuracy than neurotypical workers.
- Obamacare to add 758,0000 computer, data jobs
On the IT front, health care systems, data companies and other industries in need of talent all are competing for the same workers.
Utah Economic Development
- Sonoran Institute - Community Builders Summit 2013, 1/30-31, Bozeman, Montana
Be a part of the leading regional conference on economic trends and strategies for building successful communities
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah offering grants to help bring new technologies to market
The competition is a state-funded grant program that was developed for the purpose of commercializing cutting-edge technologies developed at Utah's colleges and universities. There are two types of eligible applicants for the $40,000 grants.
- Free open online course prepares students for biology exam
The inaugural version of the course began Nov. 26 and ends Dec. 14. Sessions also be recorded for students who have missed any session, officials said.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Georgia school systems use Gallup to predict teacher success
The Gallup test measures "talent" and whether a prospective teacher is "engaging" and can connect with children, Baker said. "They're getting to the innate ability to teach."
- I.B.M. and Ohio State University to Open Center for Big Data
There seems to be no debate that there is already a shortage of data scientists and business analysts to feed the Big Data boom.
Montana Education Excellence
- MCT's 'Miracle on 34th Street' truly a community effort
MCT also is providing a special performance on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that's adapted for those with autism spectrum disorders. Among the adjustments: light and sound levels will be lowered, and the theater lobby will have designated quiet areas with autism experts and trained volunteers.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- UM watching future enrollment closely
I think things are looking good and of course the recruiting people are out there in force right now, looking at next fall's enrollment," UM Interim Vice President for Communications Peggy Kuhr explained.
- U Of M Entrepreneurship Club Presents - "The Business Of Big Data", 12/4, Missoula
Philp is building interdisciplinary partnerships to teach UM students to solve business problems with big data.
Funding and Building your Business
- Angel investor Bill Payne on people, products and pivots
Bill Payne http://www.billpayne.com is one of America's leading angel investors, with more than two decades of experience under his belt. When he speaks, entrepreneurs listen.
Connectivity & Communications
- Taking Your Company to the Next Level
There are a number of indicators which are very useful in identifying a company which is still operating within the cottage industry paradigm and facing the complex issues of reinventing itself.
- Open-source entrepreneurship - Resources for every entrepreneur and educator
If you're building a startup, the Startup Tools tab on the top of this page has curated links to hundreds of startup resources.
- 10 Avoidable Mistakes Cause Entrepreneurs Much Pain
The one unforgivable mistake you should never make is to repeat a previous mistake.
- The Unique Job Perks That Employees Love
Here are 25 companies that are leading the way with creative perks that keep their employees more than happy.
- HR's Dirty Little Secret - We don't like to hire Vets
When given a choice between the fresh young grad out of college, or the military vet who just spent years defending our country - they'll chose the college kid - almost always.
- Programs That Help Women-Owned Businesses Get Ahead
In order to be eligible for these programs, the business must be operated, managed and controlled at least 51 percent by one or more women.
- Recruiting Developers? Create An Awesome Candidate Experience
If you're trying to attract awesome developers, you need to create an awesome candidate experience (CX). Something that makes them go "WOW!". It's like UX -- but for the people interviewing to join your team.
- Wireless Tax Moratorium: A boon to state's economy, consumers
Baucus's support for the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (S. 543), currently awaiting Senate action before the end of the year, would be a positive step in the direction of just the kind of economic stimulation and increased access to wireless broadband Internet and phone service that the senator has pledged to bring home to Montana.
- Montana Launches New Website (mt.gov) Redesign
"This will enable the state website to have greater functionality for more people. We've seen how the industry is changing and knew we needed to adapt to all new platforms available to Montanans. I am excited to continue to make state government more efficient," said Governor Brian Schweitzer.
- Predictive Data Fuels Child Support Success
Rather than waiting until a non-custodial parent fails to make payments and amasses large past due amounts, a lower score prompts earlier intervention and tailored outreach.
- Study: City Planners Unprepared for Future
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
- Tell the Nonprofit Story
Did you know that although Montana ranks in the bottom five states for income, our charitable giving is ranked at 23 among all states?*
- The Power of Failure in Nonprofits
Some nonprofits are tempted to hide their failures, partially for fear of donor reaction. But most acknowledge that transparency about what works and what doesn't is crucial to their eventual success.
- Grateful Nation: Beanies that raise funds for fallen soldiers' children moving fast at Bob Ward & Sons
Four days after Chad Ward started selling Grateful Nation Montana http://www.gratefulnationmontana.com/ beanies inside the five Bob Ward and Sons http://www.bobwards.com/ stores around the state, he had to order more.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Facebook Addresses Privacy 'Disclaimer' Hoax
"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false," Facebook said.
- Hotel initiative gives guests the chance to overstay for free
Its Overstay Checkout campaign enables customers to keep the room for as long as they want if no-one is due to check in.
- Mind-Controlled Artificial Limbs Fusing Man and Machine Coming in 2013
"They will be able to simultaneously control several joints and motions, as well as to receive direct neural feedback on their actions. These features are today not available for patients outside research labs. Our aim is to change that."
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