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"People will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel" Maya Angelou
Hellgate Venture Network - Brian Morgan, Adventure Life, 10/24, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- Department of Commerce - Business Resources Survey - Please take a few minutes to help us provide better service to you!
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Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Mississippi Isn't Waiting for Google Fiber
"You no longer have to have bandwidth as a gating item," Gold said. "It's just like electricity or water. You never think of not having sufficient quality and quantity in order to do what you need to do every day. That's where we think bandwidth has to go."
Arrow Solutions Group
- Dry Powder, Bluebird Days and Uncrowded Slopes - 16 Montana Ski Areas to Explore
A few things remain sacred at Montana ski resorts
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Engineers wanted: Billings firm Arrow Solutions Group helps to fill the gap for much needed workers
For the past four years, Arrow Solutions Group http://www.arrowsolutionsgroup.com/ has specialized in helping its clients fill vacancies for computer programmers, network technicians and other jobs in information technology.
- Communications Skills For Project Managers - PMI Montana Chapter, 11/04, Missoula
Through interactive exercises, you will learn the difference between hearing and listening.
Come Home Montana
- Breaking down the barriers to corporate resource allocation
The data is unambiguous on the point of the reward that comes from being a more activist reallocator.
- Understanding the Role of Analytics in Financial Services - "If you don't use analytics, you won't be relevant"
How do we detect fraud more quickly? Why are we losing customers? Which is the next best product to offer? The answers to these questions and more are in reach. But for financial services companies they are hiding in a mountain of data.
- Bringing data back to the patient
This can only happen when all of this big data coming into the HIE and ACOs can be accessed and is usable by all users and in all settings.
- Retailers 'Listen' to What Customers Are Typing
"This system can pull in chat, surveys, emails, and news articles and quickly offer insights into the opinions of those who wrote them."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- SPACE HAS BEEN FOUND THANKYOU- Business Office Space Needed in Missoula
An excellent space has been found. Mike thanks you. If you do have space needs or have a space available, please feel free to post it on MATR.net
- Montana Career Opportunity - Front-end Developer - Submittable
Moving to Missoula isn't required, but all offers include a season pass to Snowbowl which is like skiing in 1977. Work is optional on any day with over 8 inches of new powder.
- "Biomimicry 3.8 has office space available and we are looking to share this space with other research, science or technology oriented businesses in Missoula, Montana.
Biomimicry 3.8 is located on the "hip strip" at 140 S. 4th Street West, Suite 2 (our front door faces Myrtle Street).
- Three Montana cities make 'most livable' list
Bozeman ranked 22nd, Missoula 60th, and Helena 95th.
- Today's Journey to Dillon, Montana
Another great and wonderful day in Western Montana.
- Entrepreneurship Is Contagious. That Means the Poor Need to Meet Gazelles
"studies showing that subsistence entrepreneurship is fairly common among lower-income Americans, but growth entrepreneurship is troublingly rare"
- Land grant began colleges' focus on economic development
"Things are clearly getting better and they are leading to new jobs."
- Montana Ambassadors Fall 2013 Newsletter
Outreach, Education, and Economic Development are critical to the future of Montana. The Montana Ambassadors have been very active in each of these three areas in the past several months.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- From Rural to National: A Story of Exceptional Marketingm- Montana's Red Ant Pants
"They make women's work pants and they put on a huge music festival out here every year. They're really big."
- 21st Century Cowboy
His new software, currently in Beta, digitizes a ranch's management plan so all its budgets and spreadsheets are linked through a cloud-based system. This holistic view allows ranchers to see the impact of the decisions they make throughout every enterprise of the ranch.
- Missoula's Hunting GPS Maps awarded $221,600 grant to aid in expansion
The money is mostly being allocated for equipment needed to add employees, a projected 40 new positions in the next two years. Needed equipment includes computers, desks and cubicles.
- Missoula Economic Partnership - OCTOBER & NOVEMBER INNOVATION EVENTS
Learn from the best.
- Emerging Trends in Project Management
The technical aspects of managing projects notwithstanding, project managers are increasingly asked to lead the organization in transformative ways.
- The Three Types of Mentors New College Graduates Need
In my first few months as a utility-paying, dinner-making "adult" professional, I have identified three key qualities that help to shape the types of mentors that are essential to a new college graduate entering the workforce.
- Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho's struggling Coldwater Creek chain puts itself up for sale
Coldwater Crek says it has no timetable to complete the process "and does not intend to disclose further developments with respect to this process unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes the review of strategic alternatives."
- APLU Announces Inaugural Designation of Boise State University and University of Idaho Included in 16 Institutions as Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities
The new designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.
- Clif Bar to open factory in Twin Falls, Idaho
Around 250 jobs will be created, with that number expected to increase to 450 when the facility is fully built. The total capital investment could reach $160 million, according to the city of Twin Falls.
- Bend investors launch Cascade Angel Fund to boost Central Oregon entrepreneurship
The fund says it will consider companies from any part of the state, but will emphasize central Oregon.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- U.S. Workforce Lacks Skills to Compete in Global Economy, Survey Indicates
In the U.S. adults 55-65 years old performed at levels close to the international average, while younger adults ranked among the least skilled in the 24 countries surveyed.
- General Assembly Launches Dash, A Tool For Coding Newbies
The program was originally created in-house by project manager Nathan Bashaw and a GA and co-founder Brad Hargreaves, who wanted to give General Assembly students young and old the opportunity to get comfortable with coding.
- Warren Buffett backs new business kits for kids
Heyward said the business kits seem to be a natural fit with the cartoon that is designed to teach kids about key financial principles such as avoiding debt, supply and demand, and the importance of pursuing your dreams. She said Buffett's talent for simplifying issues helps the program.
- Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions - The "QFT"
One small change can yield big results
- "Robot Turtles"!! - Board game sneakily teaches programming to 3-year-olds
Created by Google Comparison Inc CEO Dan Shapiro, the board game recently raised 25 times its target through its crowdfunding campaign, becoming the best-selling product of its kind on Kickstarter.
- Montana teachers gather for inspiration, training in new technology
School children are more than test-score numbers, and teachers must be more than bean-counters and scorekeepers.
Montana Education Excellence
- Universities Need a Data Science Rethink
"If students are only exposed to a) theory or b) little teaching datasets, then we haven't prepared them for the real world, where they'll be dealing with millions or billions of rows of data."
- The Montana State University Magazine - Mountains and Minds
At MSU, our leadership instruction strengthens people skills, cultural awareness, ethical acuity, decision-making acumen, self-reflection and personal growth to effectively serve our students in their own evolving social and professional environments, both while at MSU and long after graduation. --Carmen McSpadden, director of MSU's Leadership Institute, the MSU Leadership Fellows Program, and a noted teacher and a respected scholar of leadership studies
- Montana teachers learn ways to excite kids about science, math
The STEM event was created to let Montana teachers know about resources available to help them get kids excited about science, math and technology.
Funding and Building your Business
- Plans Scrapped for Whitefish Convention Center
Proposed $70 million resort complex loses support from financial backer
- This Awesome App (Blockee) Helps You Add "Civic Bling" to Your Street
Blockee is really easy to use.
Energy and Climate Change
- 5 Challenges Women Entrepreneurs Face -- And How to Overcome Them
Women entrepreneurs think they need to act like men.
- Emotional Intelligence and a Loyal, Motivated Staff
If you're reading this column, you probably know intuitively that Emotional and Social Intelligence are important leadership qualities when it comes to building loyal, motivated teams and retaining good people.
Connectivity & Communications
- An electric car charging station for no money down
The ability to skip the upfront costs of equipment and installation has revolutionized the solar power industry in recent years, leading to explosive growth.
- Researchers Uncover Holes That Open Power Stations to Hacking
A pair of researchers have uncovered more than two dozen vulnerabilities in products used in critical infrastructure systems that would allow attackers to crash or hijack the servers controlling electric substations and water systems.
- Unexpected Victims of Climate Change
Polar bears serve as the poster children for climate change. But global warming also threatens many other species that don't get as much news coverage.
- Climate Report: Everything You Wanted to Know
Fortunately for those of us who aren't climate scientists or who don't have the wherewithal to read through hundreds upon hundreds of pages, each Working Group report comes with a "Summary for Policymakers," which is significantly shorter (at approximately 30 pages) and focuses on the bare essentials of the larger report.
- In North Dakota, New Concerns Over Mixing Oil and Wheat - Worst Oil Pipeline Spill on U.S. Soil
Pipeline owner Tesoro inspected the line just a couple of weeks before the leak was discovered
- California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan
"The decision lays out an energy storage procurement policy guided by three principles: optimization of the grid, integration of renewable energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."
- Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency
Hopefully these results will motivate the thermophotovoltaics community to take another look at ceramics and other classes of materials that haven't been considered."
- Connecting California: Will New Broadband Funding Help Narrow the Digital Divide?
Two bills were passed this month that will provide millions in broadband development for rural and low-income communities.
- Comcast launching more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Utah
Hot spots will be available to non-Comcast customers at low cost or free depending on use.
- The Obamacare Website Didn't Have to Fail. How to Do Better Next Time
It's not just that the kitchen's on fire. The alarm system doesn't work either.
- Big Data, Chief Data Officers and the Promise of Performance
The case for a chief data officer is simple: Such a person can offer governments small, medium and large the power to radically improve what they do.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Volunteer hackathon connects techies, nonprofits
"Skill-based volunteering, you can be much more efficient, much more purposeful," said ReAllocate executive director Kyle Stewart. "If you have somebody with an amazing set of technical skills and they're serving soup in a soup kitchen, it may not be the best use of their time."
- 6 Ways To Treat Top Fundraisers Like Top Donors
We're finding that organizations that give special treatment to their most successful fundraisers are seeing more benefits in awareness, participation and donations.
- The 3D-printable car that gets 290 mpg.
"When you can print anything, you can think of everything."
- This Ingenious Way to Build Bridges Will Fix Our Crumbling Infrastructure
The process of ABC is basically to build support structures around the existing bridge, construct the new roadway on top, then demolish the old bridge while simultaneously sliding the new bridge into place and onto its new supports.
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