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Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10, Billings, Montana
- The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech Our Phones Do
The mobile revolution has spread beyond the mini supercomputers in our hands all the way to the datacenter.
- Best TED videos on Data Visualization
In order to be able to see and make any sense of data, we need to visualize it. Watch these TED videos to get deep insights on Data Visualization.
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- The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10 ,Billings, Montana
Join us to CELEBRATE MANUFACTURING and the many ways it is MAKING THE MAGIC that enriches our lives everyday.
- Check out what people say about Compete Smart, Montana's anchor event for manufacturers and their allies, who support our communities, provide great jobs and build our economy:
2012 -- You've enlightened us, you've entertained us, and you've motivated us. You've given us tools we need to "tune our engines." I can guarantee that we will be better leaders, better businessmen, and better manufacturers because of these two days, and I look forward to being here again. Tom Spika, President & General Manager Spika Welding & Mfg http://www.spikawelding.com/ , Lewistown MT
- Voices of Montana Tourism - MT Nat'l Parks in Top 5_Main Street MT meetings continue
Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are two of the country's best, according to travel experts and readers of USA Today.
- Montana: Why Oregonians love it (in photos taken by many photographers over the years)
Once you cross that Idaho-Montana border, the feeling changes. It's not that Idaho is undesirable, but Montana _ now that's something else: huge Rocky Mountains running to the northern and southern skylines, river valleys criss-crossed by pristine mountain streams and skies so big you'll think you found heaven.
Come Home Montana
- Every company is becoming a data company
The argument that every company is a tech company--or that there is no such thing as a tech company--is an old one. But it seems increasingly clear that every company also needs to be a data company.
- Montana Career Opportunity - eStore Merchandising Specialist - Murdoch's
The eStore Merchandising Specialist is responsible for helping to gather, organize and manage product-related data and assets for Murdoch's online store.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Regional Planner - Great Northern Development Corporation
The regional planner will work in tandem with the respective development organization(s) to develop both short- and long-term plans for infrastructure improvements, land use, and the revitalization and/or expansion of the region's rural communities.
- Phil and Patty Aaberg mix music and business in Chester, Montana - Sweetgrass Music
"You know this music came up the river. It came hopping the Great Northern Empire Builder. It came on Red River carts and painted ponies. It came in the clouds, riding the wind, down into the badlands, up through the ground through the roots of the cottonwood trees back into the big sky. And it reached Jack in Edgar, Montana. Kelly in Malta, Montana. And me in Chester, Montana. It's yours now." -Phil Aaberg
- Idaho Career Opportunity - ProjectWise Support Specialist - Boise, ID - Arrow Solutions Group
This person will provide ongoing support for ProjectWise users on the company's network and users accessing the system remotely.
- Montana Career Opportunity - C++/C# Developer - Missoula, MT - Arrow Solutions Group
The successful candidate will be required to spend 6-12 months training in our corporate office in Merrimack, NH before relocating full-time to Missoula, MT.
- Montana Career Opportunity - City Attorney - City of Helena
Montana Economic Development
- Master fly rod maker in Bozeman Tom Morgan won't let MS hamper his craft
Although Multiple Sclerosis has kept him from holding one of his creations since 1995, Morgan-designed fly rods are considered masterpieces by those in the fishing community.
- Help wanted: Billings-area businesses struggling to hire, keep workers
In Montana, worker shortages, particularly in the service sector, are putting the brakes on an otherwise fast-moving economy.
- Missoula-based Orbital Shift helping to manage 350 workers for Paul McCartney concert
"We serve 30 different industries, from bus transportation to elderly home care," O'Reilly explained. "There is a wide array of businesses that have general needs that we serve. We have clients as large as 500 employees or more. We have pay scales based on the number of staff in the system."
- Montana Saleswoman Laura Madison Moves Toyotas With Self-Promotion, Social Media - A New Way of Helping People Find the Cars They Need
How to Boost Sales, Customer Satisfaction? Ask Laura Madison
- Missoula startup ContractorSherpa.com connects customers, contractors - site launches just five months after winning the 2014 Startup Weekend Missoula contest.
A Missoula-based tech startup, http://www.ContractorSherpa.com, which connects qualified contractors with homeowners looking for construction help, will be open to consumers in early September in conjunction with the Parade of Homes events in Missoula and Bozeman.
- Manufacturing in Montana: Economic Update Seminars Reveal Trends Across the State
This year's series, "Manufacturing a Greater Montana," is being held in seven cities around the state.
- Booming Bozeman, Montana
"Bozeman seems to be on a little bit of a run here. We're excited about the timing of the economic recovery and Bozeman's economic growth and the Cannery District all coming along at the same time." Bozeman City Commission. Barry Brown
- Butte-Silver Bow County panel: Economic efforts not working
The report recommends, among other things, that local government "critically reconsider" its contractual ties to the Butte Local Development Corp., the county's designated lead organization for economic development.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- Montana Apprenticeships provide a step up to good careers
Apprentices also earn above-average wages. Unlike many blue-collar and even an increasing number of white-collar jobs, "These are careers that can't be exported."
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Carefully move forward on broadband
The creation of this task force is a sensible idea, and residents ought to give this group all the support it needs to get a broadband system up and running in Missoula as quickly as possible. High-speed Internet is not just a luxury any more; it is an important part of everyday commerce.
- Illinois Completes 55-County Broadband Project
A nearly $100 million, four-year project to connect 55 counties to a high-speed broadband network has been a boon to education, public safety and the economy, Gov. Pat Quinn said during a stop Friday at Illinois State University to celebrate the project's completion.
Incubators and R&D
- Teton-area 'geotourism center,' billed as world's first, opens in Driggs, Idaho
The Teton Geotourism Center is designed to provider travelers "with a glimpse into the life and lifestyle" of the communities from Ashton to Swan Valley along Idaho's Teton Scenic Byway.
- Idaho leaders take on a changing climate
No matter the cause, climate change has forced managers to act and politicians to debate.
- Boise tech startup CradlePoint pivots to success
CradlePoint now has 256 employees spread among four Boise sites, including its 25,000-square-foot headquarters at 805 W. Franklin St. Executives want to move to a building large enough for the entire workforce in the coming months.
Regional Economic Development
- Want $1 million from Google? Design improved a smaller, high power density inverter for electric cars.
Efforts to reduce that would result in the usual benefits-reduced weight and more packaging options.
- NIH gives $18 million to enhance biomedical research across Montana
"We don't fund research," Harmsen said. "We fund the development of the intellectual and physical infrastructure that supports research. INBRE investigators have to show progression toward being self-sustaining, being able to write their own grants and fund their own programs."
- Inland Northwest Economic Developments, Summer 2014
The following are projects, initiatives and economic developments making news in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This email is distributed by the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance (INEA) on behalf of its regional partners.
- Creating Jobs in America's Cities: Three frontiers in economic development
The need for more and better jobs is certainly not the only barrier to opportunity in cities.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Hells Angels gather in Cody Wyoming, support tourist season
"They're just bikers. This is their vacation."
- Cheyenne, Wyo. Welcomes New Green House Data Center
"It was just seven years ago that Green House Data was a glimmer in its founders' eyes," Mills said. "Today, we're very excited to say we count over 350 customers from around the world, including five countries and 26 states."
- How to Build a Better Teacher
What makes for great and nimble teachers? The Hollywood view is that they're born that way.
- 2014 Teacher of the Year Sean McComb's Back-to-School Advice for Parents
Sean McComb vividly remembers the moment a teacher changed his life forever.
Montana Education Excellence
- One in two Wyoming community college students completes college after remediation
"We're trying some innovative things," Wright said. "We are making a pretty good effort to be as efficient in developmental (education) as we can."
- 2014 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, 8/5-7, Missoula, Montana
"Inspiring Montana's Youth"
Funding and Building your Business
- Attention Event Organizers - Here's a possible way to encourage attendees to car pool.
There's no reason for multiple attendees to arrive at a conference in Montana and then find out they all drove their cars.
- Indiegogo Campaign: Local filmmaker seeks funding for Missoula urban avalanche documentary
The focus of "Amplify Kindness" is how kindness has a ripple effect in communities.
- TWENTY new grant announcements
Energy and Climate Change
- Startups Must Embrace Coopetition For Rapid Growth
Entrepreneurs often overlook the fact that their biggest growth opportunity may be a win-win collaboration with a serious competitor, known in the business as coopetition.
- How Smart Entrepreneurs Select VC / Angel Investors
A focus on numbers tends to hide other more subjective issues that could be more important for any given startup.
- 10 Brilliant Marketing Stunts That Put Startups On The Map
A startup has more to potentially gain from a successful marketing stunt than any other kind of company.
- The Five Roles of a Company Board
The board and CEO must fundamentally see themselves as a team, who share a set of tools for collaborating and a common approach to leadership.
- Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program Provides Zero % Interest Loans for Rural Businesses Through Local Utility Companies
Under the REDLoan program, USDA provides zero interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas.
- The Mobileys - Does your mobile app, service or product deserve a trophy, $10,000 and a place in the spotlight? Prove It.
- Ditch the Start-Up Pitch
The problem is that pitching is a waste of time and teaching this as a primary skill of entrepreneurship is misleading and sets the wrong priorities for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Connectivity & Communications
- Renewable Energy: The Future Looks Bright
Danielson said developments in solar power technology are quickly bringing prices down.
- New sites help you avoid wimpy hotel WiFi
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to relax when your hotel wants to charge you $12 for the fastest internet speeds 1998 has to offer.
- City's interactive map allows users to track development
The online community development map shows all of the active planning projects around the City to give people a sense of where development is happening - like the Northwest side of town.
- The State of Montana and Bozeman, Montana launch online data portal for public information
Bozeman was brought into the fold after partnering with the state on the Montana Site Selector, a similar project that melds city and state land data.
- Kalispell Regional Medical Center needs help raising money for new ER
"We want to expand that 8,100 square feet to 34,000 square feet - that will help us keep up with what our needs are today - as well as allows us to buy 15, 20, to 25 years to grow into and be able to handle the busy summers that we have here in the Flathead," said Tagen Vine with the KRMC Healthcare Foundation
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Photo of grizzly and man meeting on narrow cliff trail in Glacier Park - 'Oh, crap.'
the man "scrambled" over the cliff, down a tenuously small and steep rockslide, and took refuge behind a boulder. He's about 10 feet below the trail - and approximately 15 stories above Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
- The Maker movement makes its mark
The next industrial revolution is right around the corner, and it's going to be bigger than the Internet -- or so says a growing army of hackers, designers, artists and entrepreneurs.
- Reno Is Tesla's First Choice As A Gigafactory Site - But Elon Musk Sets A High Price Tag
Musk was careful to say that the site "could be" the final location for the gigafactory, which will produce battery packs to power Tesla's upcoming Model 3 car, due later in the decade.
- How biofuels will expand Tesla's charging stations
No, this isn't a joke. And yes, this is actually quite probable. In fact, you'll wonder why it wasn't attempted sooner.
- Futuristic features fuel latest vehicles
Given the fact human error accounts for more than 90% of road accidents, perhaps we ought to rely more on our vehicles to help keep us safe?
- BMW Launches Its Answer to Tesla's Supercharger Network
Now BMW is following suit, launching a network of charging stations to make owning its first all-electric car, the range-handicapped i3, more convenient.
- Students Build an Electric Car With Better Range Than a Tesla
The team wants to show that solar-electric cars are a "viable alternative to conventional fossil fuel-powered vehicles."
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