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2014 Montana Politics
Early Edge Montana
- Initiative 172 - Montana Supreme Court upholds ballot language for Charter to try and lower its tax rate
MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver told Lee Newspapers of Montana that if the initiative qualifies for the ballot, the union will return to court for a judicial review.
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Missoulian Editorial: Investment in early education will pay off exponentially
Unfortunately, the Montana business community has been noticeably missing from the growing discussion on early education.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- 'Hacker Economy' Booming as Companies Increasingly Rely on Technology
Nearly 80 percent of the time, people who are hacked are "targets of opportunity," meaning someone happens to click on something, like a phishing or spam email or a fraudulent link offering fake prizes. Once that happens, a computer is immediately infected with malware that is downloaded onto the computer, and then everything that computer is linked to, like a server.
- Chattanooga, Tenn., Is Proof Municipal Broadband Works
City innovation cannot be stifled by its inability to invest in 21st-century infrastructure.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Energy Files Annual Electricity and Natural Gas Supply Trackers in Montana
NorthWestern Energy (NYSE:NWE) yesterday submitted its annual filings with the Montana Public Service Commission to true-up its electric and natural gas supply costs beginning July 1, 2014.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Tourism among top Montana exports for 2013
The University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research estimates tourism accounted for nearly $440 million of our foreign visitors' spending in 2013.
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News
Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - June 2014
- Great Falls Climbs for 8 Straight Years!
I'm very pleased to share some wonderful news in the Forward Great Falls effort. For the 8th straight year, the Great Falls metro area climbed in Policom's Economic Strength Rankings!
- GFDA Top 18 June 1
Here's the GFDA Top 18 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
Come Home Montana
- Want Useful Data to Improve Education Success? Start with the Questions!
To harness the power of data, it is important to start with the questions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Franchise Development Resale Specialist - Great Harvest
As a Franchise Development Resale Specialist, you will assist existing owners with the sale of their business, help to locate new owners, and facilitate the sales process between buyer and seller.
- Request for Proposal for Park County Economic Development Marketing Style Guide and Website Development
MSU Park County Extension requires a contractor who has demonstrated experience in the development of marketing style guides that comprise cohesive branding and messaging tools and managing website design and deployment projects.
- Missoula County taking applications for clerk and recorder, treasurer - will take applications until next Friday 6/6/14
Commissioners posted the $29.83-an-hour job on the county's website Friday and will take applications until next Friday.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Communications Director - Adventure Cycling Association
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a self-starter with initiative to boost the profile of Adventure Cycling and bike travel nationally and even globally.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Information Systems Manager - Missoula County Public Schools
Goal: To support leadership in manag ing and executing on forward - thinking and visionary implemen tation of technology in instructional and business applications.
- MSU's search for new agriculture dean fails
"This is an extremely important position for the college, the university and the state. We want to make sure we get the very best person for the job."
- Biz Stone on leadership (and Star Trek)
Q. What's your definition of leadership in 140 characters? - A. Leadership can be defined as good communication plus confidence without ego.
Montana Economic Development
- Please submit your nominations: Montana Business Hall of Fame
The Montana Business Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional business leaders who have added to the growth of business in Montana.
- MSU business college seeks nominations for family business awards
Awards are based on multi-generational family business involvement and longevity, preparedness for succession, community and industry contributions, and innovative business strategies.
- RanchHacks - Insights from the Beef Industry's Brightest Minds
RanchHacks is a platform where progressive thinkers in the ranching and land management business can share their ideas and insight, with a particular focus on how they use technology in their life and work.
- MEDA Online News for June
There is a lot going on but the newsletter will catch you up.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Online talent communities replace job boards
A person interested in working for the online retailer must come to Zappos' new careers portal, sign up to become a Zappos Insider and upload a resume or LinkedIn profile. That will open a two-way communication between the person and the company that one day could lead to a job.
City Club Missoula
- City Club Missoula Presents: Montana Dams - A Great Opportunity, 6/9, Missoula, Montana
Heather Grahame, vice president and general counsel of NorthWestern Energy, will tell City Club Missoula why her company wants to buy the same 11 hydroelectric dams, storage reservoir and related assets from PPL Montana that Montana Power Co, NorthWestern's predecessor, sold about 15 years ago.
- "Vision Zero" New Effort Mobilizes to Save Lives on Montana's Roads
Mike Tooley, director of MDT, wants to change the perception that deadly roads are simply unavoidable in a vast, rural state like Montana.
Incubators and R&D
- New Idaho software tax law will benefit big installations
Upgrades at large businesses will be exempt from sales taxes, costing the state.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Where Missoula entrepreneurs come to create. - The Dinny Stranahan Business Incubator
We are constantly on the lookout for exciting companies with the potential for big growth that are interested in working in a fun, stimulating, and collaborative environment.
Regional Economic Development
- Best state in America: North Dakota, for its economic recovery
In a handful of states, the unemployment rate has fallen well below its recession-era apex, home values are up and the median income has risen. And no state has recovered better than North Dakota.
- Economic Incentives - State-by-State
Since there is no nationwide accounting of these incentives, The Times put together a database and found that local governments give up: $80.4 billion in incentives each year through 1,874 programs
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Data: the Crucial Link Between Higher Education and the Workforce We Need
To address that problem, we came up with four recommendations for governors that fit into the Data Quality Campaign policy roadmap but offer a greater focus on leadership:
- The 10 Best Public High Schools in the United States
In the 21st century, the top high schools in the United States offer much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.
- At-Risk Students Who Fall Behind Struggle to Catch Up, Study Finds
Fourth and eighth graders who qualified for free and reduced-price lunches were less likely to meet ACT standards in all three categories four years later than were students in both grades who did not qualify for the lunch programs.
- Hamilton school district's Keystone to Discovery growing, celebrates 10th year
"We want to help kids get ready for that next stage in their lives."
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Is French the language of the future?
The language beloved by Parisian poets, Russian aristocrats and international diplomats is set to reclaim its title.
- No Kid Hungry Darby, Montana 2014 with Jeff Bridges and Gov. Steve Bullock
Several weeks back, MT. Gov Bullock, Jeff Bridges and Billy Shore of "Share our Strength" came to Darby Elementary School. Here's the short documentary our kids made about their visit.
Funding and Building your Business
- Main Street, California: A Guide for Improving Community and Transportation Vitality
Incorporating principles of livability and sustainability into main street projects can help balance the need for an efficient multimodal transportation facility with local needs for a main street that functions as the heart of the community.
- Why the 'Garden City' Is Making an Unlikely Comeback
"It's not rocket science"
Energy and Climate Change
- Growth sector: 'Social entrepreneurship' is trending
While American entrepreneurship has dipped, 'social entrepreneurs' geared toward melding the ideals of the non-profit sector with for-profit business have been finding traction.
- Death of a Co-Founder: The Importance of Key Man Life Insurance
Entertaining the thought of losing a co-founder is one of the last things any entrepreneur wants to do.
- Eight states set goal of 3.3M zero-pollution cars
The eight are looking to step up public charging stations for electric cars and increase hydrogen fueling stations in a bid to create more incentive for consumers to ditch their gas-powered cars in the favor of electrics or hydrogen fuel cells.
- Solar-roadway backers set crowdfunding record
It's such a compelling idea that so far over 36,000 people have backed the project on Indiegogo, with total contributions of over $1.5 million as of this writing on Thursday.
- Obama lends support to EPA's upcoming power plant rule
Many of the public health benefits associated with the regulation stem from the fact that the phasing out of older coal-fired plants will cut soot, or fine particulate matter, which is linked to both heart and lung disease.
- Sports pitch turns into a giant solar panel when not in use
Just as the Netherlands' Rabalder Parken skatepark doubles as a water reservoir in times of flooding thanks to its design, the Cablean Sportveld makes public space usage more efficient and even helps empty pitches generate energy while they're not in use.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The power of government big data: It's all in the use cases
As more people join the discussion about big data, and as they continue to evaluate what the concept means for government IT, chances are you will see the phrase "big data use case."
- GIS and the Rising Importance of "Where" in Government
Read this Special Report to find out how various departments in government agencies around the country are putting a new spin on an old technology to transform operations.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Set to Upload a New Trove of Online City Data
"Five years from now, this should essentially be the go-to place to find data. That's the goal here."
- Mary Meeker's Annual Rapid-Fire Internet Trends Talk (Video)
Mary Meeker can synthesize trends, pinpoint interesting numbers and research, and deliver hundreds of slides like nobody's business.
- Can the Nervous System Be Hacked? A machine the size of pea could be the answer to healing the painful inflammation that comes from arthritis.
The brain, with its billions of neurons, seemed far too complex. 'Why don't we just skip the brain and go straight to the organs?' someone suggested.
- It's Not Magic: Watch How Parts Assemble Themselves
What if if a table or a bridge could build itself?
- The Future Of America's Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate
We're in a period now of such rapid change in all these modes of transportation that part of our job is to get there first.
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