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Today! - Come Hear From Montana's Newly Elected Governor - Steve Bullock,9/24, Seattle, WA http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4758 --- Curious About Leadership Montana? Join Us At The Leadership Montana Signature Event, 9/26-27, Helena, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4727
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Montana Tourism Advisory Council is asking for your input
Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey to ensure that your voice is reflected in the TACs go-forward plan and strategy.
- Taking Inspiration From Sheryl Sandberg, Beijing Starts to 'Lean In'
Lean In Beijing is just getting started, but its founding members got a big psychological boost when Sheryl Sandberg met with them on Sept. 12 during her recent trip to China.
- Missoula Economic Partnership productive at summit in Butte - Focus was on Big Data
Grunke's focus at the summit was spreading the word and making connections to help boost the organization's Big Data Alliance, focused on creating educational and business opportunities in the big data and cybersecurity industries in Missoula.
- Missoula mayor's absence noticed at economic summit - Mayor says city was well represented
Engen, though, said the city of Missoula was represented well by other leaders. The director and deputy from the Missoula Redevelopment Agency attended, as did a team from the Missoula Economic Partnership.
- Q&A with Diane Smith of AmericanRural.org : Corporate America reluctant to talk about gender inequality
Diane Smith is the chief executive officer of American Rural, a new nonprofit based in Whitefish that is working to shape policies that help rural and small-town America prosper.
- HP CEO Meg Whitman discusses ways women can get ahead in workplace
"I'm quite an admirer of this next generation. I think they have a lot more confidence than my generation did," Whitman said.
- Female business leaders discuss ways to improve gender gap
In Montana, women make 67 percent of what men earn for doing the same job.
- Montana universities: We can meet rising demand for computer science degrees
College officials say yes - although they caution that it's not something that can occur overnight.
Great Falls Development Authority
- NorthWestern Energy's Montana At A Glance Available
This informational piece provides a general overview of the company, facts on our system/customer counts, information on our rates compared to other utilities in the region, new construction information and economic development contacts.
- GFDA Top Eleven 9-15-13
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!
- GFDA Top 21 9-22-13
Upcoming Start-Up Spark! sessions we offer weekly for new entrepreneurs will be held at noon at GFDA on Wednesday September 25th, Thursday October 3rd, Monday October 7th and Tuesday October 15th.
Come Home Montana
- Half of big data spending goes on salaries
the immaturity of the technology, which is causing confusion in the market, and poor understanding of the opportunities by businesses are holding back adoption.
- The Rise Of The Chief Data Officer Will Boost The Demand For Semantic Tech
"More and more organizations are opting to add to their mix a chief data officer or some similar kind of role."
- Duncan Acknowledges That Tying Financial Aid to College Ratings Is No Easy Task
Despite the breadth of the change, Duncan says he doesn't want the quest for a perfect solution to drag down the process. "I reject the idea that the value of a college education is so elusive, so inexpressible that no rating system can ever meaningfully help consumers determine its value."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Human Resources, Shodair Children's Hospital
Plans, organizes and directs all aspects of the human resource function of the hospital.
- Request for Quote to create an impact study that will cover five counties region in North Central Montana, including Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole.
Contingent upon this award, Sweetgrass Development is soliciting qualifications for services from interested firms to assist in the development, supervision and completion of the project in compliance with all applicable requirements under the EDA and the State of Montana Department of Commerce guidelines.
- Montana Talent Available - Information Technology Systems
Highly adaptable, creative problem-solver, who actively seeks opportunities to learn, with a history of quality performance in academic team settings contributing to project development, analysis, presentation, and documentation.
- Wilderness Treatment Center: Remade dude ranch marks 30 years
The program teaches these young men how to be sober, then how to build confidence by going on a backcountry trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex with an outfitter permit the center acquired three years ago.
- Montana businesses should consider supporting new graduates with internships
If you have never had interns go get one now as you will be amazed at how helpful they will be to you and you to them.
- Lineup of Missoula meetings to help budding entrepreneurs
The Innovation Initiative also includes on-site counseling services and peer networking opportunities.
- Missoula's Community Medical Center mulls outside partnerships, affiliations
"As a nonprofit, we are not here for the preservation of self," Carlson said. "We're here to make sure we're taking care of this community asset in the very best way and fulfilling the mission of providing the very best services."
- S.F.'s Hired helps link firms with workers
It was born out of a pain point I experienced when I started my first company, 99designs. We needed to hire a lot of engineers, and I found the process very frustrating.
- What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn
Thirty-seven percent of surveyed job recruiters identified social professional networks as one of the most important sources for hiring. Social professional networks are also the fastest growing source of quality hires.
- Second-Act-Career Success Stories, From Those Who've Creatively Reinvented Themselves
"Social media totally keeps you young, hip, and happening. I've been interviewed a lot from people who've found me on Twitter. Many thought I was in their age range and were shocked when I told them I could be their grandma."
- 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science
1. Exercise more - 7 minutes might be enough
- Commissioner Lindeen is travelling Montana to answer YOUR questions about Obamacare.
Obamacare in Montana - What you need to know.
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Montana delegation nees to stand up for park funding
Montana's congressional delegation ought to seize this opportunity to take a leadership role with budget negotiations by calling for full funding for our national parks.
- Health Care Cost Containment Measures Put More Money on Montana Main Streets
"By seeking innovative solutions to address rising health care costs for state employees, we've been able to contain these costs and put more money in the pockets of our employees. This is money that they'll be able to spend supporting Main Street businesses in their community."
- Missoula mayor wants city to buy Mountain Water Co. within 6 months
"We think that we can pay for it. I'm sensing considerable community support."
- Idaho's off to college - all over the place
Trying to figure out why so few Idaho kids don't get college degrees is one of the biggest issues facing Idaho education.
Regional Economic Development
- Boston's next mayor needs to nurture small tech and health companies
While this ecosystem has created thousands of jobs and dozens of new medicines and technologies that have changed peoples' lives, its future is not guaranteed as other regions attempt to capture a piece of our success.
- The American Rural Newsletter
Welcome to Ruralistically, the newsletter of American Rural. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and that you will forward it to your friends and colleagues who might have an interest in making sure that Rural and Small Town America thrive.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Investing $25M in Montana's future workforce
The 57 businesses that have committed to working with the colleges to develop training include some of the biggest firms operating in Montana, such as NorthWestern Energy, Continental Resources and Halliburton
- My Advice for Young Entrepreneurs? Learn to Code - CodeMontana.org
Programming is becoming a new form of startup literacy - a language you need to effectively communicate with the team. Start learning this lifelong skill today and you'll get more startup opportunities, will build better products - and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
- 4 reasons entrepreneurship is crucial to a middle school education
Many entrepreneurs working today equate their success to an early pioneering spirit.
- Childhood education: Invest in Montana's future today
For Montana to have a strong workforce tomorrow, we need to start investing in our future today by teaching children the skills to succeed from Day One.
Montana Education Excellence
- Higher Education Provides Freebies for the Rich
The share of state aid that's not based on need has nearly tripled in the last two decades, to 29 percent per full-time student in 2010-11.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- First annual Montana science & engineering festivals kicks off, plans to return every year
The festival is also a great resource for kids dreaming of a career in science.
- Energy savings is good news for the city's schools
"It's worked out financially and it's worked out educationally."
- Graduation Matters Montana receives $50,000 grant from the Student Assistance Foundation
The grant will help schools better prepare students for college.
Funding and Building your Business
- Lockwood, Montana residents urged to speak up in community assessment
Similar assessments have been done across the state and have included communities of Laurel and Ekalaka
- Paris Tests a New Approach to Urban Space
"Automobile traffic has dropped 25% since 2002 and the level of car ownership among Parisian households has decreased to only 37%. With a conscious, large-scale shift underway in how public space is shared between cars, bicycles and pedestrians, Paris is emerging as a leader among forward-thinking cities."
- Governor Bullock: 'Disgraceful' that one in five Montana kids goes hungry - MSU hosts conference on child hunger
Chronically hungry children are more likely to have health problems and less likely to attend school and graduate, the governor said.
Energy and Climate Change
- How to start a small business with smarts
For USA TODAY's new Smart Small Business series, four expanding firms will discuss their entrepreneurial triumphs and challenges, and share their specific tactics for success.
- The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said
"All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's."
- Don't Be Fooled By All The Hype For Crowd Funding
The problem is that crowd funding means something different to everyone, and even I have been confused by the different ways the term gets used.
- Billionaire Richard Branson Says Personality Is More Important Than Skill When Hiring Employees
"Find people with transferable skills - you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs. While specialists are sometimes necessary, versatility should not be underestimated."
- Arctic Ice Makes Comeback From Record Low, but Long-Term Decline May Continue
"I'm not at all surprised there was a jump upward -- we've never set two record lows in a row," said Walt Meier, a NASA scientist who has monitored sea ice for years. "I would say I'm a little surprised the jump is as big as it is."
- UN Climate Experts Stress Solidity of New Report Report states with more confidence than its previous assessments that global warming is mostly man-made
"I know of no other document that has undergone this scrutiny," Stocker said as the meeting opened. "It stands out as a reliable and indispensable source of knowledge about climate change."
- CDC Threat Report: 'We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era'
"If we do nothing but say, 'Here's the problem,' then the problem will continue to grow."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Former U.S. CTO Says APIs Are Key to Unlocking Government Data
"There is no wrong door to access government data."
- TED Video: Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals
By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods.
- Bike Share Finds Success in Small Cities
Small is efficient; small is beautiful.
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