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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Montana CEIC Data User Conference Presentation and Webinars Posted
Learn how the State of Montana is using data to improve support and outcomes.
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership SBIR/STTR Alert
MITP news and recently opened SBIR/STTR research funding opportunities.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Senator Baucus Announces Fresh Video From Jobs Summit Now Available Online
"These panels were overflowing with interest during the Summit. By posting them online, we are bringing insider tips, information and connections available to all Montanans to help them continue our mission of creating good-paying jobs," said Baucus.
- Today's TED Talk - Geraldine Hamilton: Body parts on a chip
Geraldine Hamilton builds organs and body parts on a chip -- to test new, custom cures.
- Today's TED Talk - Sally Kohn: Let's try emotional correctness
Sally Kohn searches for common ground with her political foes by focusing on the compassion and humanity in everyone.
- Technology Licensing Opportunities and Assistance with TechLink
TechLink assists the US Department of Defense in licensing its inventions to industry, enabling companies to create new products and services using these inventions. There is no charge to either DoD labs or companies for these services.
Come Home Montana
- Using Analytics to Crack Down on Electricity Theft
Today, more utilities are using analytics to identify consumption patterns that indicate theft.
- Data Sharing Leads to Powerful Tools for Fighting Fire
Once considered a problem for remote western forests, wildfire is now routinely affecting communities.
- To Make Hospitals Less Deadly, a Dose of Data - 440,000 deaths per year due to errors
Available statistics on hospital safety don't tell the public what they need to know to make informed decisions.
- Data Helps Drive Lower Mortality Rate at Kaiser
Kaiser is starting to lower its mortality rate much faster than the national average. "A lot of this is directly rated to how we use data and integrate data."
- In The Hospital Of The Future, Big Data Is One Of Your Doctors
"What we're trying to build is a learning health care system," says Joel Dudley, director of biomedical informatics for the medical school. "We first need to collect the data on a large population of people and connect that to outcomes."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Southwest Montana And The Rivers That Run Through It
Traveling with Airstream in tow along the rivers that run through Montana, I couldn't help but reflect back on the film, "A River Runs Through It", and the life lessons learned through the storytelling of American author Norman Maclean.
- Montana Talent Available - Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD
I am currently a Research Fellow in the Urologic Oncology Branch (UOB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
- MSU names committee to search for Vice President for Student Success
"Montana State University places student success as one of the university's top priorities," Leist said. "Our Vice President for Student Success will play a pivotal role in directing the many units dedicated to supporting our students in every area of their collegiate experience."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Information Officer - Montana State University
Montana State University (MSU) seeks a talented individual to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the four MSU campuses, providing leadership for the innovation, development and operation of technology solutions and services to support the land-grant mission and institutional strategic plan.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Manager WWAMI Medical Education Program - Montana State University
The Program Manager is responsible for representing WWAMI at meetings involving administrative/professional staff and faculty with the University of Washington and other regional partners.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Administration & Finance IT Director Division of Administration & Finance University Business Services - Montana State University
The Director manages the University Business Services technical workload and scope of work, often weighing many competing requests from central offices, departments, including those at management levels on both the Bozeman and affiliated campuses, and outside constituents.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Director of the LaunchPad, Research and Creative Scholarship - University of Montana
The program director will implement the LaunchPad program in particular as a distinguishable feature of the UM student experience and contribute to the established culture of entrepreneurship at UM.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of ASUM Transportation - University of Montana
The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Office of Transportation invite applications for the Director, who will continue the mission of increased transportation options and awareness to the University of Montana campus.
Hellgate Venture Network
- The Lean Startup Conference 2013 Live Simulcast, 12/9-10, Missoula, Montana
On December 9-11, the biggest names in the Lean Startup world, plus dozens of terrific speakers you don't know with must-hear advice, and more than a thousand entrepreneurs will gather at The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco.
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Missoula, Montana
The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Montana is emerging across all disciplines and spilling out into the Missoula community!
- Hellgate Venture Network Holiday Party, 12/12, Missoula, Montana
No speaker, just networking and holiday cheer! Feel free to bring a beverage or baked goods (Dawn's request!).
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- The Dilemmas of Leading in a VUCA World
Today's turbulent environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity means new challenges for government managers and policymakers. There are ways to cope with them.
- MEDA Online News for December 2013
Interested in sharpening your professional skills as an economic and community development practitioner? Looking for new tools to place in your economic development tool box? Check these out.
Montana Economic Development
- Study finds Montana lacking in jobs that pay a living wage
According to the report, low wage employment leaves workers in Montana without the ability to provide for themselves and their families.
- THIRD makes "Conscious Softwear"
We're hoping that our shirts will help change the world. With equal parts cognitive dissonance, humor, indignation, compassion and cotton every one of our shirts is created.
- Recent Blackstone Deal in Focus on the Daily Show
Mr. Stewart introduced the segment by comparing Blackstone's work to the deals struck in the movie "Goodfellas."
- University of Montana Marketing Student Creates Event Production Business for Non-Profit Fundraising - WE Missoula LLC
Peterson currently is getting ready for his next event, Feed the Zoo. WE Missoula, LLC will be arranging this event for the Missoula Food Bank. Feed the Zoo will take place at Sean Kelly's in Missoula on Dec. 14.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Vincent to push Butte, Montana at "White House Mayor's Manufacturing Summit"
Vincent will join officials from dozens of other U.S. cities hoping to become one of 15 National Network Manufacturing Innovation Centers across the country.
- Missoula Workforce & Business Growth Survey 2012-2013
Please help us gather information about business growth and job creation in the Missoula area by providing important information about your company.
Come Home Idaho
- Super Achievers' Secret Power: Humility
The better we get at what we do, the more understanding we have of those skills and the more humble we become about them. That's the hope anyway.
- Idaho Career Opportunity - GIS Technician - City of McCall
Selected individual will perform a variety of projects to further the development of the GIS
City Club Missoula
- Technology and Robust Economies Drive Rural Town Revival
Recoveries in agriculture and rural manufacturing are combining with rapidly spreading high-speed wireless access and other factors to yield numbers that few predicted.
- City Club Missoula Forum - Lunch With Mayor John Engen, 12/9
John Engen, Missoula's 50th mayor, was recently elected to a third term serving his home town. City Club Missoula marks the start of his third term, just around the corner, with a lunch devoted to questions and answers from anyone who wishes to attend.
- Tester, Baucus congratulate Kim Gillan on new post as the new Region VIII Director for the Department of Health and Human Services
Gillan will work with western governors, mayors and local officials to strengthen partnerships between the federal and local levels and implement Health and Human Services' policies. Region VIII includes Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Incubators and R&D
- Petition drive aims to boost wages in Idaho
A proposed Idaho ballot measure would lift the minimum hourly pay to $9.80 by 2017.
Oregon Economic Development
- The MonTEC business incubator at the University of Montana
MonTEC is western Montana's premiere business incubator, providing an entrepreneurial environment for growth oriented enterprises whose success will contribute significantly to the growth and diversification of Montana's economic base.
- Rural Oregon's aging population: readers suggest tax reform, better infrastructure to spur economic growth
"Once you start losing the work force, it's hard to talk firms into setting up shop in your rural area," state economist Mark McMullen said. "With no jobs, you're not going to get any young migrant families. With no workers, you get no jobs, and this becomes a very negative cycle."
Regional Economic Development
- Missouri may dangle $1.7B carrot to win Boeing 777X
Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the Missouri Legislature to approve state incentives for Boeing if the company adds thousands of new jobs.
- The Startup City You Probably Haven't Heard About
It’s pretty clear that nobody is here by accident. Everyone is right where they need to be, and if they work together they might do more than just build businesses—they might help change the way we talk about an entire community. They might make sure this is all more than just noise.
- 13 Ways to Kill Your Community - How is yours doing?
We're orchestrating our own demise. By choice.
- How to build a successful economic "supercluster"
To thrive economically, and become an efficient tech supercluster, the region needs to combine its strengths and present itself as a single, contiguous innovation sector, not distinct hubs.
- What Cities Can Do to Boost Entrepreneurship
The biggest lesson of the Mayors Conference--for Kauffman, at least--was the value created for mayors and others in having a place to hear the latest thinking in entrepreneurship research and policy and support each others' efforts, and to take those ideas home with them to implement.
- Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies
Economies with natural-resource endowments have a huge opportunity to transform their prospects. But history suggests that they could all too easily squander the windfall.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Using Regional Economic Development Strategies To Diagnose And Treat Skill Gaps
Yes, the skills gap is a big, national issue, but our ability to understand, diagnose, and treat it has a lot more to do with our ability to diagnose and treat problems happening at the regional level.
Montana Education Excellence
- Great book with examples of excellence: "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom"
These are our most unsung heroes, the men and women responsible for molding and preparing our children to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
- Thoughts on lack of computer science majors in Montana
What's the problem? Culture and preparation.
- Broadband in schools gets boost from tech gurus Zuckerberg and Gates
Zuckerberg's Startup: Education and Gates' foundation have contributed a combined $9 million to the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway.
- Q&A: Analytics in Higher Ed Can Yield Rich Results
For our data warehouse, it wasn't so much student data; it was financial data. Once we made financial data easy to access, that was one of the tipping points for our warehouse, so even though in my heart I would say, "Let's focus on students," the university was focusing on money.
- Five reasons to encourage entrepreneurship in kids
If they start young, the sky's the limit.
Universities and Economic Development
- Recent Study Identifies UM Clinical Psychology Program as 'Hidden Gem'
The researchers found that the UM is among "select programs [that] appear to be value-additive during training and evidence a student body that is achieving markedly better than expected."
Funding and Building your Business
- Should Universities Help Pay for City Services?
Each side stresses how it benefits the other
Energy and Climate Change
- Designing A Website For 2014
As we have been working to give our website a fresh coat of paint, I've come across some current design trends that we may or may not implement, but wanted to share with you.
- Accelerate Women Now: Building A 50/50 Global Economy
Women are good for business.
- 7 Benefits For Startups Joining The B-Corp Movement
The B-Corp status is meant to reduce investor suits, and gives consumers an easy way to spot genuine social commitment, without assuming it is a non-profit.
- How to Get the Answer You Want
Whether you are selling something soft or hard, you need to start by understanding two basic things:
- Hitachi unveils storage for wind, solar energy
The units can be installed on high-voltage power lines, and will be able to capture excess energy produced by wind and solar sources so it can be sold back into the network when the demand for power exceeds the supply.
- SolarCity, Tesla roll out energy storage service
The service will use a combination of solar panels, big batteries and advanced software to cut utility bills for clients. Those clients will pay for the service on a monthly basis, rather than buying the gear.
- Forest Service maps go digital
"We had this overwhelming cry from the public that they really want to see more of our maps online."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Feed The Zoo- A Benefit For The Missoula Food Bank Public - By WE Missoula LLC, 12/14
This benefit is about bringing the community together for an unforgettable night showcasing some of the best musicians and artists in Montana, while supporting an incredible organization that provides an average of 6,000 services monthly to Missoula County and feeds 1 in 7 Missoulians each year!
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Scientists make lung cells from human stem cells
This is important because lung transplants have a particularly poor prognosis.
- Experimental Website Lets You Download Amazing House Blueprints for Free
Pacheco rounded up 12 well-known architects from around the world to contribute a house blueprint that the public can access for free.
- 7 Things You Didn't Know About 3D Printing
3D Printing Could Mean Stronger Local Business Models
- Mass hack affects almost 2 million Internet accounts -- Guide to protecting Internet accounts
Almost 2 million accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and other social media and Internet sites have been breached, according to a Chicago-based cybersecurity firm.
- In Austin, a bus-bike alliance pays off
Austin has just done the impossible: it's replaced 9 percent of the city's downtown on-street auto parking with a buffered bike lane without howls of protest.
- Officials give green light to Boston's first parking-free condo development
"This development is going to seize on that existing infrastructure to create a new way of living in this neighborhood and getting around Boston," said Peter Spellios, an executive with Related Beal. "I don't think the parking situation is ever going to get fixed simply by building more garages."
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