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Too many colleges "don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence.” Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies How to get a job at Google - The Most Valuable Traits in a Potential Employee, According to Google http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
SAVE THE DATE - Montana Business Leaders Summit On Early Childhood Education, 5/28, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
TEDx Events in Montana
- American farmers confront 'big data' revolution
"Information and data utilization is the way of the future," Jenkins said in an emailed statement. "And just as our federal government struggles with privacy concerns through records at the NSA and various health records, so too must we maintain appropriate privacy protection of individuals from corporate entitles."
Great Falls Development Authority
- The Best TED Talk of 2014 - Dancing on a Bionic Leg - Hugo Herr says he wants to end the notion of disability.
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs.
- Brad Feld really likes Elke Govertsen's TED video on "What's Your Best Worst?"
Enjoy 15 minutes of Sunday inspiration which will make you think a little differently today. Elke - thanks for sharing this with us.
Come Home Montana
- The Great Falls Development Authority Top 20 Great Things That Happened the Week of 3/30/14
Congratulations to the students up in Sunburst for winning the Samsung technology competition! http://www.matr.net/article-59902.html
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director - Montana Office of Gift Planning
Director Montana Office of Gift Planning The Montana Community Foundation seeks a Director of its Montana Office of Gift Planning.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
This CFO position is responsible for the entire scope of corporate finance, financial accounting, cash management, and economic analysis activities for the Company and its subsidiaries.
- 2014 MT Ambassador Conference Summary - "From the Mountains to Main Street: Transitioning Montana Tourists to Montana Investors"
In case you hadn't heard, the 2014 Montana Ambassador http://montanaambassadors.com/ Conference "From the Mountains to Main Street: Transitioning Montana Tourists to Montana Investors" was a great success.
Montana Economic Development
- Merger between Community Medical Center and Billings Clinic may reshape Montana healthcare scene
Many questions arise from a complicated merger such as this, but the major concern for local employees is the status of their current positions.
- Montgomery Distillery gets distributors for spirits in Chicago, East Coast
The owners of Montgomery Distillery in Missoula recently announced that it will distribute its Whyte Laydie Gin and its new Skadi Aquavit in the Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Chicago markets.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Business Plan For Montana Presentation, 4/3, Helena, Montana
On Thursday, April 3, Governor Steve Bullock will be joined by Larry Simkins of the Washington Companies, and Bill Johnstone of D.A. Davidson & Co. at Boeing Helena to release the business plan for Montana developed by the Main Street Montana Project.
- Philipsburg, Montana cautiously optimistic new road to Discovery Ski Area will spur economic growth
The community of Philipsburg does an amazing job of putting on festivals and attracting people as they come to the national parks. I think it's unrealistic to think we can make winter as profitable for them as summer is. But if we can get more people to stay in Philipsburg, the multiplier for all of us is better."
- Times Square spot will tout Billings on a really big scale
Big Apple, say hello to Big Sky.
- MEDA Conference Agenda; MEDA April News
The MEDA Spring Conference Agenda is now online and registration is open! Plan to join us in Havre, May 6th - 7th while we focus on "BUILDING MAIN STREET AND MONTANA."
- MSU launches new Faculty Leadership Fellowship program
The program includes four different components, including mentorship, perspective, knowledge and contribution.
- A Futurist on Why Lawyers Will Start Becoming Obsolete This Year
Schroeder points to efforts like the Ethereum project, which uses block chains--the technology behind bitcoin--to create smart contracts.
- Learn Basic Linux Commands with This Downloadable Cheat Sheet
Master the command line and you'll be able to perform powerful tasks with just a few keystrokes. This cheat sheet will help you remember helpful Linux commands, whether you're new to Linux or could just use a refresher.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Group: Montana Warehouses Mentally Ill Inmates
Montana officials seeking to free up bed space in the state hospital transfer mentally ill patients to prison, where they are warehoused, mistreated and denied proper mental-health care, a disability-rights advocacy group claims in a federal lawsuit Monday.
- North Dakota headed for a superfund disaster?
A company official who specializes in radioactive waste says North Dakota risks becoming a superfund clean up site unless it takes decisive steps to deal with radioactive waste from Bakken oil production.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Store closures loom as Safeway sale heads to FTC
"It is going to get worse before it gets better."
- The dangerous problem of rural homelessness.
The most chilling part of the whole 90 seconds or so were the words of the leader: "You remember what I did to that guy in Minneapolis a month ago? ..."
- Rural Hospitals Are on Life Support
Between having to serve some of the sickest and most expensive populations and federal cuts, can small town America save more from closing?
- Lilly Ledbetter champions equal pay for women in Bozeman speech
"Equal pay for equal work is a family affair -- it touches my husband, my children, every person," Ledbetter said in her Alabama drawl.
Montana Education Excellence
- Gateway to Cycling - Bike-building program furnishes Columbia Falls High School students with free wheels, teaches maintenance skills
"I just love bikes and I've always wanted a mountain bike. I've never had one so I kind of just sit around the house and dream. Now I can go riding."
- Missoula event encourages girls to become engineers
The overall goal of the event was to get the girls interested in science and math related fields in order to set a foundation to eventually close the gender gap in the future.
- What's trending in online education?
For students looking for options or flexibility in a college degree, these online options are trending.
- Classroom of the Future: The New Way to Teach Kids
It's called Blended Learning, combining teaching and technology in an effort to improve learning outcomes.
- Most Schools Don't Teach Computer Science - Code.org
Code.org, a nonprofit launched last year to promote computer science in schools.
- SAVE THE DATE - Montana Business Leaders Summit On Early Childhood Education, 5/28, Missoula, Montana
Please join the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Governor Bullock for a Business Leaders Summit on Early Childhood Education.
- Good Jobs Often Not Matter of Degrees
Our most competitive institutions need to make sure that people leave with the highest degree of critical skills.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Gianforte and wife to speak at Montana Tech graduation ceremony despite controversy
MTN News reached out to Montana Tech's Chancellor Don Blackketter. While he was too busy to meet with us in person, he did tell us over the phone that Montana Tech isn't in the business of discriminating.
- Flathead Valley Community College Looks to Expand Opportunities
The school's priorities for educational programs include partnering with four-year universities to expand degree opportunities in Kalispell, as well as future growth, including new potential facilities like a student center and performing arts center.
- University of Montana collaborates with Intermountain to run online course.
Relational Development combines research in Neuroscience, childhood trauma, grief and loss, child development, and family systems to create a broader, more effective method of caring for emotionally distressed children.
Funding and Building your Business
- Figuring out what Billings aspires to be
A big goal of the trip and the conversation and follow-up afterward, according to Billings Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer John Brewer, is "to make sure our corporate and civic leaders are taking time to think creatively about the future of Billings with a long term horizon. ... We are using this visit as one tool to facilitate visioning and shape the future of Billings."
- How Easy is Walking to the Grocery Store in Your City?
Walk Score has introduced ChoiceMaps, a new tool to help people find which parts of a city have the greatest "depth of choice" in terms of amenities like grocery stores.
Energy and Climate Change
- How Autism Can Help You Land a Job
Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace.
- Some Entrepreneurs Get Big Value From An Incubator
They dream of appearing at the door, with their idea on the back of a napkin, and popping out a few months later with investor money to burn. The reality is far different.
- Sustainability, growth can work together, Missoula panel says
Sustainability and growth in business are not mutually exclusive models, at least if they're done right, according to a panel of experts in innovation at a forum hosted by Missoula's Sustainable Business Council on Friday.
- Simple Reminders From The Smartest Marketers In The World
Companies Are So Concerned With ROI That They Forget About Storytelling and Branding
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- U.N. Panel Says Worst Effects of Climate Change Are Yet to Come
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group said that climate change's effects will grow more severe and that spending and planning are needed to guard against future costs.
- In latest 3D printer implants breakthrough, surgeons replace skull
"We used to create an implant by hand in the operating theater using a kind of cement, but those implants did not have a very good fit," says Verweij. "Now we can use 3D printing to ensure that these components are an exact fit. This has major advantages, not only cosmetically but also because patients often have better brain function compared with the old method."
- March 2014 MDT STIP Newsline
This issue lists the projects planned for Montana for the next five federal fiscal years. It includes aeronautic, railway, highway, public transportation, and Federal Lands Highway Program projects. There is also a map showing the locations of the projects.
- The place for bike lanes
But like Complete Streets, bicycle lanes are in a transitional phase in which weak, monofunctional designs are frequently touted as best practices.
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