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“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” Elon Musk
Thank you Senator Baucus for an outstanding conference for Montana's future. http://www.matr.net/ne ... d=164
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
Great Falls Development Authority
- Senator Baucus Kicks Off 2013 Ambassadors Tour in Kalispell
Senator Announces Major Investment from German Company to Train FVCC Students for High-Tech Jobs of the Future, Leads Global Trading Partners on Tour of High-Quality Montana Manufacturing Facility, after Connecting Local Business Leaders with Global Markets
- Ambassadors from Canada, China, Japan, Germany, and Peru join Sen. Max Baucus to tour Sun Mountain Sports in Missoula
You can see the excitement with some of the new things we're working on. Its been a great day," owner Rick Reimers said.
- FVCC Awarded $46 Million Worth of Software for High-Tech Training
German Ambassador to the United States Peter Ammon made the announcement in Kalispell during a tour of Montana in advance of Sen. Max Baucus' Economic Development Summit in Butte next week.
- Ambassadors tour Wheat Montana with Sen.Baucus
"It all comes down to getting more good paying jobs for Montanans. That's my #1 job - is helping accomplish that," he said.
- Live Video Stream from the Montana Jobs Summit in Butte, Montana
- Montana Jobs Summit locks in strong partnerships
"The summit is about making sure that people around the world know how much is going on and elevating the status of our state," said Kathy Weber, spokeswoman for Montana Sen. Max Baucus, summit founder.
- Roundup from 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit
Here are snapshots from Monday's opening day at the Montana Jobs Summit.
- Montana Economic Development Summit special publication
What an amazing day for Montana's future...
- Google's Eric Schmidt: entrepreneurs brought him to Montana Jobs Summit
"Growth comes from small fast growing companies. A lot of those could easily be in Montana."
- Nation's top executives tout ideas to grow Montana economy at summit in Butte
A crowd of 3,500 business and community leaders heard ideas from some of the nation's top corporate executives Monday on how to create jobs and grow the Montana economy.
- Baucus at summit: Keep best, brightest in Montana
"One of the goals of our jobs summits is making sure our best and brightest don't have to leave the state to find good-paying jobs," Baucus said. "This new call center is going to be a big win for Montana jobs that will be a game changer for Great Falls.
- Business owner casts no-doubt as a Montana success story
"The key things to making an entrepreneurial business work," Robins said, "is passion. It's absolutely critical."
- Montanans lean in, weigh in on Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
"I'm trying to bring the gender discussion into the open because it's not being addressed," said Sandberg. In one disparity, women earn 58 percent of higher education degrees in the United States, but only 3 percent of university presidents are women.
- Another Win for Team Great Falls!
This morning Health Care Service Corporation announced it is moving forward with a 100-150 person insurance operations center in Great Falls!
Come Home Montana
- Here's to the Skeptics: Addressing Predictive Modeling Misconceptions
Predictive analytics requires investment: in your data, in infrastructure and technology, and of your time. It's also an investment in your company, your internal knowledge base, and your future.
- Data shows progress of Sentinel's graduating Class of 2007 - What are they doing now?
Moving forward, the district intends to drill down on the data and find in the details a better understanding of why and how students choose their post-graduation path.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Human Resources Generalist - Northwestern Energy
Supports the achievement of organizational objectives through the administration of Human Resources programs, policies, and activities.
Montana Economic Development
- Probe: Mineral County health grant mismanaged, but no laws broken
Mismanagement at the uppermost levels has gotten the Mineral Regional Health Center http://www.mineralcommunityhospital.com/mrhc/ into a big mess in its administration of a $10.5 million federal health care grant, but that's changing, board chair Michelle Parkin said Thursday.
- WoodBlock Creations, LLC of Missoula, Montana
We started WoodBlock with the goal of materializing our ideas on how mobile technology can, and should, improve the daily lives of users in an organic way.
- Feds aware of $10.5M grant mismanagement at Mineral Regional Health Center
"We look forward to continuing to work with them on ensuring the appropriate use of public funds (and) meeting the goals and objectives of the award," he said. "We're focused on helping make this project, which will benefit Medicare patients, a success."
- Cooksimple - After bankruptcy, Red Lodge entrepreneur rebuilds food company into national player
"I'm going through bankruptcy," he told the Bank of Red Lodge http://bankofredlodge.com/ loan officer. "I'm completely broke. There's no reason you should help me out here, except I've got something."
- Report: clinical drug trials help patients, provide jobs
In the last 14 years, researchers have conducted more than 800 drug trials in Montana, including 469 that target the nation's most debilitating chronic diseases - asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental illnesses and stroke, according to the report conducted by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
- CTA celebrates 75 years - Architecture and engineering firm founded in Billings
"We went from a small Montana firm to a regional and national presence," Wilson said. "The reason for the growth was to take care of the clients."
- Botox for biz: Anaconda storefronts get facelifts in special tax district
"The TIFD primes the pump for more investment by the business owner and it encourages other businesses to invest in their own buildings, too," said Jim Davison, Anaconda Local Development Corp. director for 30 years. He strolled along with the pack Thursday, pointing out several eye-catching upgrades.
Regional Economic Development
- Freelancers Are The New Entrepreneurs For Services
I propose we standardize on the "specialist" title, which is much more meaningful and focused, and can be applied to almost any role. Here are a few examples:
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Book Review: "The Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity" by Meredith Whitney
States that properly manage their debt and pension obligations will enjoy a prosperous future. States that do not will encounter severe problems. Investors and public sector employees take note.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- UM researches awarded $1M to further research brain injury drug treatment
“This would be the first human clinical trial that’s been funded through UM.”
- Teachers blast about Idaho data tracking program
Software to track and improve Idaho student performance isn't working as planned, according to educators who complained about the program this week.
- Sally Mauk: Gallup researcher says colleges not doing enough to help students find jobs
"What we see is a lot of people advocating young people to get involved in a whole bunch of things," said Busteed, "at the cost of getting involved in one or two of them in a very meaningful way."
- Change Agents: The Menlo App Academy (started by kids) wants kids to code
The Menlo App Academy http://www.menloappacademy.com/ , started by two California teens, is on a mission to teach more kids the joys of coding.
- Education for everyone: An interview with Sal Khan
Defining the ability to do a math problem as your ability to innovate is like measuring an artist by how well they mix paint, or a dancer by how flexible they are.
Montana Education Excellence
- Athletics cost colleges, students millions
College sports create undeniable campus pride and identity, but spending has increased so fast it's taking money from academics and student services.
- Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free
What students learn in the online classes can be used to "test out" of required courses just as those with knowledge of the subject matter can do now.
- Google's Boss Eric Schmidt and a Princeton Professor Agree: College Is a Dinosaur
Schmidt was more positive about the un-Princeton-like Khan Academy, on whose board he serves. He said the academy, which offers free online video tutorials on dozens of topics, has begun to analyze students' answers to figure out which questions do the best job of assessing mastery of a topic.
Funding and Building your Business
- First Stop on UM President's 'We are Montana' Tour is Eastern Montana
"We see the boundaries of the University as the entire state of Montana, and I'm excited for the opportunity to better understand what matters to the people and communities of this region," Engstrom said. "I want to hear what's on their minds, as well as share the story of our students, faculty and alumni."
- CodeMontana - Statewide program aims to produce more Montana computer science graduates
CodeMontana http://www.codemontana.org/ is an online program that teaches high school students the basics of computer software development.
- President Cruzado commits $2 million toward MSU research shortfall
MSU's research office has a $3.5 million shortage because the university's total research dollars dropped from a record $112 million to $94 million last year.
- New UM Cyber Innovation Lab will teach about security, 'big data'
"The Cyber Innovation Laboratory at UM will be a place where students are given real-world experience and learn the technical skills that employees require in this dynamic and growing industry," UM president Royce Engstrom
- 6 Business Success Myths Entrepreneurs Must Avoid
There are still other old, reliable tenets that don't work anymore.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Hilarious Voicemail From A Witness To Traffic Accident [AUDIO] - This will put a smile on your face.
His descriptions are spot on and his laughter is incredibly infectious.
- Tesla Job Listing Reveals Push for Fully Autonomous EV
Tesla has posted a job listing for an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Controls Engineer, with the goal of creating its own autonomous driving solution.
- Analysis: Clipped wings: How essential is Essential Air Service?
Significant changes are on the horizon for air travel across the state, including the discontinuation of passenger service to Lewistown and Miles City, and the introduction of a new airline to Montana.
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