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“It is easier to create the future rather than predict the future.” Google’s Milo Medin, VP of Access Services
i3Missoula - 27 students + mentors + 4 weeks = 6 exciting ideas: a hydroelectric turbine, green roofs, a glass pothole filler, biodigesters, a solar powered vending machine and a website to help teens find jobs http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Internet connectivity is a matter of survival, not politics
A sorry 17 percent have what most of us in this area regard as a utility as important as the water we drink.
- 2 Montana Spots Make the Popular Mechanics Top 25 Nerdiest Road Trips
The Free Enterprise finished No. 14, followed by the Berkeley at No. 15 in the list highlighting the nerdiest offbeat destinations.
- Printing Tickets? Selling Tickets Online? Promoting an Event?
We print millions of tickets each year for customers just like you with great taste and an eye for affordable full color printing.
Come Home Montana
- Why Aren't Companies Making Better Use of Analytics?
How focusing on data quality, infrastructure enhancements, and C-suite support helps some companies achieve better analytics outcomes.
- Breaking down silos between finance and HR
Finance and HR are both finding that the roles they've traditionally played are becoming obsolete.
- Data Doesn't Lie
Governments live and die by data.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Junior Java Developer, Senior Java Developer, Web Interface Developer - ZaneRay Group
Have you ever thought about having a job in a place where camping, fishing and skiing are 15 minutes away, where you do something new -- and challenging -- at your job every day and where you can still afford a home on acreage?
- Montana Career Opportunities Chief Information Officer, Broadcast Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
We're professionals who have built our reputation with Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses.
- MSU forms committee to search for new engineering dean
The search will likely be completed no earlier than January and no later than July.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Engineering Technical Assistant - Blackfoot Telecommunications
This multitasking position provides a wide variety of technical, administrative, and clerical support for our Network Operations Dept., and acts as a liaison between multiple departments and divisions in issuing, tracking and closing work orders.
- Montana Career Opportunity - System Programmer/Software Engineer - TeleSphere Software Inc.
We are taking application for all levels of experience, but a computer science degree is necessary.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Internal Auditor - Northwestern Energy
Butte, MT or Sioux Falls, SD Responsible for performing internal audits designed to examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the Company's internal controls.
- Exceptional Montana Talent Available - Fabrication, Research, Science, Leadership
Objective: To work in a high energy, passionate workplace that is committed to the accessibility of education through creative and inspired methods where my skills in fabrication, exhibition management and field research are an asset, and my leadership and professional competencies are strengthened.
- Scaling Up Female Entrepreneurship
What we can do to enable more women in America to achieve their full potential as entrepreneurs?
- Startup Day Across America on August 29
Much progress has been made to ensure that those in Washington are hearing entrepreneurs' concerns, but we still have a long way to go - especially with connecting politicians to those in the seed-stage technology sector.
Montana Economic Development
- Approximately 0% of the Best Advertising Agencies to Work For are in NYC or LA
Fifteen years ago, a headquarters in Montana would have implied second-tier clients and work. But today, it seems the agencies with the most obscure addresses might just have the most potential to serve their clients well (especially if those clients are in the travel and outdoor sectors).
- Ex-WesCorp Rep Amy Rapp Forms VirtualCorps Education Consortium in Montana
Workshops featured on the firm's website cover a wide range of topics, from net worth restoration and loan and deposit pricing to corporate communications and community development certifications.
- Seven Montana Companies Praised in Outside Mag's List of 'Best Places to Work'
An increasing number of employers across the nation (and especially in Montana) are setting a new standard by actually (gasp) appreciating and rewarding their hard-working staff members.
- Kalispell businesses express positive attitude towards economy
The attitude of shop owners has shifted - there's a sense of revitalization. Store windows are filling up, and more folks are buying.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Creativity in economic development
As a state, Montana needs a diverse approach to economic development. We need the traditional efforts to attract appropriate industries and thoughtful natural resource development. But we also need the creativity found in folks like Calhoun and Korsmoe, who take their passion and the uniqueness of their communities and develop events that will find success for years to come.
- New executive director Christopher Shove at helm of Montana Business Assistance Connection
MBAC is a nonprofit economic development organization that supports business expansion, retention and relocation by providing access to business consulting, financing, professional development and economic research.
- Montana Film Office August Film News
RECENT PROJECTS: A closer look at $1.75 million in generated revenue
- Missoula residents excited to welcome new businesses - Cabela's and Kohl's
Plans are in the works to construct buildings to house a Cabela's Outpost and Kohl's Department Store. As for the other three business spaces, Skunkcap says she has some ideas in mind.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get
Time is Not a Limitless Commodity
- The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation's Young Entrepreneur Program
The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation's Young Entrepreneur Program offers a ten-week curriculum aimed at giving students, grades 6-12, and the opportunity to learn how to start their own businesses!
- PMP CAPM Certification Boot Camp, 9/18-20, Bozeman, Montana
Enhance your career in project management with a PMP or CAPM Certification
- Old-School Ad Execs Sweat as Data Geeks Flex Muscle Madison Avenue Increasingly Values Digital Savvy Over Conventional Creative Talent
Once home to creative types in the mold of Don Draper and "Mad Men," Madison Avenue is increasingly a bastion of geeks: computer programmers, data heads and quantitative analysts.
- Senator Baucus Calls for Solutions to Improve Mental Health Care
Senator Uses Committee Oversight Role to Seek Ideas for Delivering Better Care
- Montana Gov. Bullock: Open to all options on Medicaid expansion
Gov. Steve Bullock says he still believes it is important that Montana accept federal money to expand Medicaid for the working poor.
- Friday Funny: The Most Epic City Council in North America
Don't you wish your council meetings were this epic?
- Butte-Silver Bow county wants your comment on its budget
The survey has nine questions, four of which are optional. It asks the respondents about their priorities, including street repair and maintenance, park and trail improvements, historic preservation, economic and community development, and community enrichment. It also asks about taxes and fees, and satisfaction on specific city-county services.
- Kalispell is running out of cash
If something isn't done, some important city programs could run out of money as soon as 2015.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho moving backward in producing STEM graduates
Idaho's economy depends on it.
- Reimagining National Labs in Today's Innovation Economy
This report proposes a series of pragmatic nonpartisan policy reforms needed to ensure the labs remain effective and continue to deliver national benefits to the taxpayers.
- Funding woes at Montana Tech cut program; eight staffers losing jobs
Initially funded in 1989, the program supports and develops services and conducts research for the global mineral, metallurgical and materials industry.
- Technology Business Center at the University of Wyoming connects commerce across Wyoming
The chief executive officer of the Wyoming Technology Business Center at the University of Wyoming says businesses thrive when they learn from one another.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- For Medical Tourists, Simple Math
"We have the most expensive health care in the world, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's the best," Mr. Shopenn said. "I'm kind of the poster child for that."
- Justice Department proposes sweeping punishments against Apple
If Justice Department's proposals are adopted, iPhone or iPad users could directly buy e-books from Apple's rivals -- a practice now blocked by the company.
- Some Higher Ed CIOs Remain Big Data Skeptics
The responses I found most intriguing were from CIOs who said that they had already taken steps to provide their faculty with access to big data tools, but now they are itching to expand their own role with these new technologies by utilizing big data analytics to improve IT operations.
- The disturbing shift underway in early childhood classrooms
The data from this online survey of early childhood educators reveals that teachers of young children in general do not feel that current education policy mandates are benefiting children.
- Is Your School District Network Ready for Next-Generation Learning?
Learn about the successful actions taken by two school districts that allowed them to ready their networks for next-generation learning. In addition, read 11 invaluable network upgrade tips.
- What parents need to know about technology in schools
Public schools are failing our kids when it comes to technology.
- Teachers turn to start-ups to change education
Many former teachers are using technology to improve education, but from outside the classroom.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- More Schools Sign Up for Wireless Internet
Under the five-year contract, the company will provide uninterrupted, high-speed wireless Internet access in public high schools, as well as ongoing support and repair.
- The $4 Million Teacher
Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher--a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world.
Montana Education Excellence
- i3Missoula - 27 students + mentors + 4 weeks = 6 exciting ideas: a hydroelectric turbine, green roofs, a glass pothole filler, biodigesters, a solar powered vending machine and a website to help teens find jobs
"What I liked the most is that these students said, 'Let's take our mistakes, learn from them and try again,' " Johnson said. "In my mind, that's hands-on learning - that's education - and for the students, they have learned it's fun."
- Missoula and Bozeman School Districts reacts to poor No Child Left Behind scores
Only one Missoula County high school met the standards this year, set in the No Child Left Behind Act.
- i3 Academy Missoula - MCPS Academy wraps up, but student projects live on
"It's been fantastic. We actually started off with 30 positions, and hoped to fill 30 positions for high schools students, and ended up with 150 applicants. We were blown away by that," MCPS Gifted Education Coordinator Shirley Lindburg said.
- University of Montana coming back stronger; President says time has come to move forward
"We've had difficult times to be sure, but the underlying quality and values behind the University of Montana have helped guide us through this," Engstrom said. "Now we can get back full time to the business of building a great institution."
- Two MSU entries top all universities in national CASE competition
An outreach program that allowed students from Montana's rural communities to follow the riveting adventures of a group of world-class climbers as they climbed Mount Everest in 2012 won a gold award, or first place in the CASE national competition's public relations and community relations project category.
- FVCC Survey Shows Overarching Support for More Degree Opportunities
As another school year approaches at Flathead Valley Community College, administrators are moving forward with discussions with state universities about possible partnerships that could greatly expand four-year degree opportunities at the Kalispell campus.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Lands at No. 7 on Top College Towns List
"For a small to midsized town, having a great college or university can add immeasurably to the livability," said Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael. "Schools provide a level of economic stability, a constant influx of new residents and cultural and sporting events that cities couldn't produce on their own."
Energy and Climate Change
- 5 Key Solution Attributes Investors Love to Fund
Product ideas be assessed against the following five key qualities.
- How thinking like a big company can help you become one
Thinking like a big business is what actually turned us into one.
- Pitching Practice
Happily, pitching at the Wharton Venture Initiation Program Networking Event last week forced me to consider how much my business has evolved since I first pitched to enter the program three months ago.
Connectivity & Communications
- What Kind of Solar Investor Are You?
With $33 trillion of assets invested in the US marketplace, it seems that everyone's an investor these days.
- Stop the Presses: A New Press Lord Appears - Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
Word that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post might cause consternation in its newsroom, but uneasy journalists wondering about what lies in store might be reassured if they read the letters he has sent to shareholders since 1997.
- Where's all Montana's water heading? Find out by using interactive maps
As river levels drop and creeks warm up across western Montana, you might wonder where all the water went.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- When IT Projects Fail, Technology Often Isn't to Blame
From the moment an IT project is launched, there's political pressure from agencies to back off business changes that would deliver results.
- Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program - Enhancing Computing Centers in Montana Public Libraries
Many community-based and statewide partners are assisting local librarians and patrons with efficiently locating ever-growing online resources.
- How Can Techies and Planners Work Together to Create Better Cities?
As an urban planner moonlighting in tech, I've been invited to hackathons and conferences, TEDx talks and prototyping festivals -- all focused on critical urban issues ranging from homelessness to economic development, public art to public transportation. Through all of these events I've noticed one commonality: I'm the only urban planner there.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Monte Dolack's art brightens up Giant Springs State Park on dreary day
"I love coming here. It's my favorite place in Great Falls," he said.
- 10 Cool Things 3-D Printers Can Do
Cars, guitars, and tracheal implants: Is there anything that 3-D printers can't make?
- Portable 3D cutting machine brings complex design to the home
Could something like this enable even hapless DIY enthusiasts to produce professionally finished handiwork?
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