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2014 Montana Politics
Big Data Week - May 5-11-14 - 30+ Cities Worldwide Including Missoula
- Corporate initiative - Charter withdrew I-172, but has it set a precedent?
While those economic interests have periodically interfered in the initiative process, Charter's attempt to enlist voters in a campaign to overturn a Supreme Court decision and reduce its tax burden struck some as an unprecedented abuse.
Early Edge Montana
- Missoula Big Data Week Videos
Missoula is a hotbed of Big Data, Cyber Security and Research activity ranging from our world-class data curriculum and the cyber security lab at the University of Montana to Big Data/Little Data companies like LMGSecurity, Inteneo Systems, SemanticWeb.com, Data Solutions, GCS Technology, onXmaps, and others.
- Big Data Week Missoula News Show -- LMG Security
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Montana Governor Bullock on the universal pre-k proposal - Early Edge Montana
Montana governor Steve Bullock discuss the universal pre-kindergarten proposal.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Five Ways to Avoid a Cyber Attack at Your Law Firm (or any other organization)
Office data security is more important now than it's even been before.
- Google Just Made Big Data Expertise Much Tougher to Fake
Google executives declared that they're over Hadoop. It's yesterday's buzzword.
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News June 2014
This year, Montana is continuing this warm season campaign with: Step Out of Bounds. Why Step Out of Bounds? Because when travel is good, it transforms us. We embrace a truly remarkable place--its landscape, its people, and its way of being--and we find moments that will only ever happen once:
- Lake Yellowstone Hotel: a $28 million renovation polishes a national treasure
Lake Yellowstone Hotel is the oldest hotel in the nation's oldest national park. Reducing its impact and ensuring its future was a challenge.
- Montana before YouTube
What was it about this stern-faced man in suit and tie that made him, by some accounts, the most popular professor ever to teach at UM? Perhaps what made him controversial also made him so successful. He wasn't just a historian. He was an opinionated one.
- Conference prepares Butte's future leaders
"When a community acts like youth matter and listens to them," she said, "it changes the town."
Montana Economic Development
- Montana - Team KAIZEN Needs YOUR Help!
Sony is asking people where they should bring the PlayStation Greatness Awaits truck (basically a video game expo in wheels). They're having people do video submissions and the public at large can vote for the submissions.
- Missoula manufacturer Botanie Soap launches new foam liquid soap
Botanie wants to add their liquid soap to stores and they want to see it make it into people's sinks, restaurants and retail restrooms.
TEDx Events in Montana
- SBA Announcement: Initiative to help companies scale-up and grow; proposal webinar July 1
ScaleUp America builds on the agency's core mission by supporting communities' efforts to deliver targeted intensive assistance to established high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages.
- Max Baucus: New U.S. ambassador to China pushes trade ties
"Successful cooperation on climate change and other pressing concerns has an important byproduct: It helps our two countries build trust and better manage areas where we don't agree and where our interests are not so closely aligned."
- Today's TED Talk - Ge Wang: The DIY orchestra of the future
Both a musician and a computer scientist, Ge Wang turns ordinary MacBooks and iPhones into complex instruments.
- States Are Strengthening Teacher Preparation Laws
According to a new report, states are passing more laws that make teacher colleges more selective and require educators to demonstrate mastery of their subject areas.
- Applications open for Fall 2014 Economic Gardening Certification Course
If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a certified Economic Gardening specialist, send them online to apply!
- Economic Gardening Is Growing, But What Is It?
Instead of trying to lure big companies with tax incentives, more and more places are trying to increase the number of local businesses to boost their economies.
- The 7 Deadly Sins of Public Finance
The temptation of the quick fiscal fix has seduced just about every lawmaker at one time or another.
- Mayors Talk Inequality, Climate Change, Open Internet
"The Internet has thrived because of its openness and equality of access," they wrote in their letter. "Its level playing field is its core principle. The open Internet gives anyone with a big idea a real chance to compete."
- Idaho tightens use of training fund to recruit businesses
Idaho officials announced Tuesday that they will change how they award a top incentive to attract businesses, a program some criticize as lacking safeguards to recoup state money when companies close.
Regional Economic Development
- Elizabeth Warren says the U.S. economy is rigged. Many conservatives agree.
According to a new Pew survey, 62 percent of Americans think that the economic system unfairly favors the powerful, and 78 percent think that too much power is concentrated in too few companies.
- Examining Commercial and Mixed Use Development Trends in the Rocky Mountain West
We analyze the ways that communities can capitalize on these trends in a way that makes sense in the context of regional and local considerations.
- The new growth engine for airports: cargo
"The main purpose of an airport is to be any community's chief jobs driver," he says. "That's why an airport exists."
- In Bid for Millennials, Cities and States Promote Cycling
Communities across the country are believing that a cycling-friendly reputation will help them attract millennials and the creative and economic energy that comes with them.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Receives $5.125 Million Grant for Job Training Efforts
"With more than 11,000 new jobs created in Montana since the beginning of the year, it is clear that our economy is on the move, however many Montanans still are struggling to earn the skills to compete in our changing economy," Governor Steve Bullock said.
- 20-minute 'snapshot' gives teachers better feedback
A new assessment tool offers a less subjective way to evaluate classroom instruction and only takes 20 minutes to complete, report researchers.
- How States Are Failing Students with Disabilities
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a new grading system to evaluate whether states are meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act -- and the first year's results aren't good.
- Advocacy Groups Push Coding as a Core Curriculum for Schools
Roxanne Emadi, a promotional strategist for Code.org., says despite technology's pervasiveness there is great need for educators to distinguish between computer science, the study of how computers work, from technology training, where students learn software programs to accomplish tasks.
- The Work Wonders Project - SOLE - (Self Organized Learning Experiment) Transforming Education In Amazing Ways
Dr. Sugata Mitra, TED Prize winner and founder of School in the Cloud, believes schools are obsolete. Can they work together to revolutionize education?
Montana Education Excellence
- Lofty Salaries in the Ivory Towers - Are College Presidents Overpaid?
Despite continued talk in academia of austerity - resulting in program cuts, loss of tenure-track jobs and increasing reliance on part-time adjuncts - the salaries of university presidents have reached record levels.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Helena teachers prepare to collaborate
"We are going after learning, and we are going after it aggressively,"
Universities and Economic Development
- MSU, UM and Montana Tech join national push to increase American Indian participation in STEM fields
"When it comes to meeting the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and Purdue are truly exemplary programs," said Elizabeth S. Boylan, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Now they're coming together to forge new opportunities and expand their already measurable impact."
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Tech shooting TV ad starring burro to promote it, city
"... I won't be the only jackass in the courthouse today." -- Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent
Energy and Climate Change
- What Entrepreneurs Should Never Say To Investors
How an entrepreneur answers this question speaks volumes about their knowledge of business realities, customers, confidence, and their ability to handle investor funding.
- SBA Extends Weekly Office Hours Webinars for Women Entrepreneurs on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
SBA's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program presents an opportunity for small businesses to increase their presence in the federal marketplace.
Connectivity & Communications
- Global warming to disrupt US economy and cost hundreds of billions by mid-century, report finds
If global warming continues unchecked, it is likely to cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars in lost productivity, inundated housing and infrastructure along coasts, and plunging crop yields in key farming regions by mid-century.
- A First Step for Raising the Speed on Maine's Information Superhighway
Will Maine get the most out of this investment in expanding service?
- Speak Your Piece: Competition and Fair Play - The FCC
The free market and competition alone will take care of all of rural America's communications needs. So says Senator Ron Johnson (R) of Wisconsin. The facts? Well, they say otherwise.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana officials notifying 1.3M whose data were in hacked computer
State officials Tuesday said they're notifying 1.3 million people whose personal data were in a state Department of Public Health and Human Service computer hacked by unknown assailants a year ago.
- Civic Tech Pioneers Hit the Road to Spread the Open Data Gospel
We have seen firsthand what open data efforts can do to increase transparency and accountability in some of the most unlikely of places.
- San Francisco Makes Collaborative Effort Toward Civic Tech
"If you just put tools in people's hands and give them a platform to amplify their voices and connect with other people, incredible and beautiful things will happen."
- Kalispell Chamber estimates airshow will have economic impact in the millions
The event, slated for August 30 and 31, 2014, will feature the U.S.A.F Thunderbirds and is expected to draw 30,000 spectators over the two-day period.
- Larry Page on Google's Many Arms
"Today, computing mainly automates things for you, but when we connect all these things, you can truly start assisting people in a more meaningful way." Sundar Pichai
- Zero-fare Mountain Line would benefit everyone in Missoula, Montana
No matter if Mountain Line is helping students get to school or employees get to work, or helping seniors and people with disabilities independently move around town, Missoulians value this top-notch service.
- Google car software push hinges on security
"Hello, Triple-A? Someone just hacked my steering wheel!"
- Israel Is Building a Futuristic Transit System of Magnetic Pods
The low-maintenance tracks move the cars with "passive" magnetic levitation, so there's no power required to keep the pods elevated and mobile.
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