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The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10 ,Billings, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Early Edge Montana
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Graduation Matters Billings to rally resources around young students
If a child in Billings can read by the end of third grade, he or she will most likely graduate from high school.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Chief analytics officer: The ultimate big data job?
As organizations expand their executive teams with new C-level titles that underscore their digital transformations in-progress, the role of chief analytics officer is gaining traction.
- What Can the McLaren Racing Team Teach the Rest of Us?
At a moment when big data has become de rigueur--and when cheap sensors and computing power are making everything measurable--the challenge is to know which data are important and which are merely noise.
The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10, Billings, Montana
- 2014 Data User's Conference, 10-21/22, Helena, Montana
The conference features presentations and hands on workshops, including national presenters from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards Funds to Support Economic Development Activities
Five programs within the Business Resources Division review and award funds to support economic development activities in the State of Montana, including:
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Just 7 Days to Compete Smart!
Come hear Real Stories of Success from your Manufacturing Neighbors.
- Montana Office of Tourism - September Montana Update
Resourceful Ad Campaign Brings Estimated $6.9M to Montana, Wins Prestigious Travel Industry Award
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - October 2014
Several partners from across the state have provided, in their own words, a recap of their 2014 season and even a few predictions for 2015. We've also included some of the latest tourism trends from across the nation for your consideration.
- Northwest Montana Road Trips - Five classic fall getaways
There may be no greater time to explore these roads than fall
Come Home Montana
- How Governments Can Hold on to Their Top Performers - Analytics used to predict who will leave a job!
People stay in a job or leave it for a range of reasons.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Water Resource Engineer / Hydrologist - DMS Natural Resources
Water Resource Engineer / Hydrologist to assist fast-paced, growing water-right consulting firm.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Media Strategist, Account Executive, Copywrighter, Public Relations Account Executive and more... - PartnersCreative
The lifeblood of any creative business is people.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Auto Travel Counselor, Automotive Territory Representative - AAA MountainWest
Whether you are an experienced professional or in the early stages of your career, AAA MountainWest is a great place to build and expand your career.
Montana Economic Development
- Jim Kerr to succeed Bill Johnstone and become D.A. Davidson Companies' new chief executive officer
D.A. Davidson Companies' best-known subsidiary, D.A. Davidson & Co., is the largest full-service investment firm based in the Northwest, and provides financial advice and services for investors, as well as a range of equity and fixed income capital markets services.
- Glacier Bancorp Searching for Successor to CEO Blodnick
Michael Blodnick announced his intent to retire after 37 years with Kalispell-based banking company
- Missoula's PartnersCreative named one of Outside magazine's Best Places to Work 2014
Six Montana workplaces selected in 100-company list.
- Your October MEDA (Montana Economic Developers Association) News
Early bird deadline to register for Harvesting Partnerships Across Montana is October 20th.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- The One Trait That Guarantees a Good Hire
There's something else I look for before all that. This quality has never let me down. When I see it in someone, the person shoots to the top of the candidate list. And when I don't see it, off the list the person goes.
Incubators and R&D
- What's the GDP benefit of community-wide gigabit Internet?
A new study (PDF) released this month by the Fiber to the Home Council Americas found that communities with widely available gigabit Internet access have a per capita GDP 1.1 percent higher than communities without.
Oregon Economic Development
- MSU receives $5.4 million to enhance biomedical research
The latest COBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will support faculty members in two MSU colleges who are trying to understand emerging diseases and diseases spread from animals to humans and then develop therapies to fight them.
- Oregon Tech Leaders Seek $2.5 Million for 'Center for Cyber Excellence'
The project aims to create a pipeline of skilled workers from Oregon universities to go to work in cyber security, support research in the field and build cyber awareness at businesses - and even in elementary and high schools.
Regional Economic Development
- New York Launches a Web Portal to Match Its Tech Boom
Officially launched on Wednesday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the website is hoping to become an online hub for everything tech in New York, including venture capital, technology jobs and incubators.
- Don't Judge the Economy by the Number of Start-Ups - It's all about Gazelles
In the coming eight weeks, we are engaging in a global effort to focus more of the entrepreneurship conversation on scale-ups and their positive impacts on societies and economies.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Commission to highlight women in Utah economy
"(As a commission), we are really trying to figure out what the problems are, how we're measuring them, and what kind of partners we might need to better understand the needs of our women." Ann Marie Thompson
- Recruiting Tech Talent in High School
"The business community is stepping up where they've never stepped up before because they're so scared" about the lack of skills.
- 4 Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, Drawn From Stanford Research
Students don't need information, they need to learn how to process and use it.
Montana Education Excellence
- 3 Things Higher Education Should Know about Disruptive Innovation
"The big takeaway is that change is hard, failure is much harder, and would you rather be sick or would you rather be dead?"
- Montana universities' tuition doubles since 2000; groups decry debt
Advocates will call on the state to increase its funding for higher education and to place more focus on need-based financial aid.
- UM president tasks faculty with strengthening academics, promoting liberal arts
Engstrom asked the task force to design a process to identify academic programs challenged by low enrollment, and find ways to make them more attractive to today's students.
- Montana State University ahead of schedule on strategic goals
President Waded Cruzado said the strategic plan has been presented at meetings with visiting alumni and received lots of positive comments. The strategic plan and two progress reports are posted online at http://www.montana.edu/strategicplan.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Sustainable Business Council - 10% Food Campaign Finished | Bike Walk Bus Week
How did you define "local" this Summer?
- Why Smart Cities Must be Sharing Cities
After researching leading cities around the world, we've concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing.
Energy and Climate Change
- How to Use Design as a Competitive Business Advantage
"You cannot produce change in technology without producing change in design."Milton Glaser
- Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Smart
The truth is that intelligence, knowledge, and domain expertise are vastly overrated as the driving forces behind competitive advantage and sustainable success.
- More companies are starting venture divisions
"Many corporations feel like it's essential for them to engage with the startup communities, otherwise they are going to get blindsided."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Climate change linked to California drought disaster
17,000 lost jobs
- This Is How You Know Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are Readying for the Big Time
Clearly, utilities are starting to see some value in getting more involved in the hydrogen fuel cell market.
- At This Incredible Soccer Field, Kids Power the Lights Just by Playing
Innovative tiles under the turf harness energy from the players' movement to illuminate the stadium.
- Montana's American Prarie Reserve Won't Get Yellowstone Park Bison
Montana Wildlife Bureau Chief Ken McDonald said Wednesday the American Prairie Reserve http://www.americanprairie.org/ near Malta was eliminated from consideration pending the adoption of a statewide bison conservation plan.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Cyberattacks on State Databases Escalate
That disconnect about the status of security of data between the information technology people on the front lines and other state officials helps explain why states aren't putting as much money into cybersecurity as they should.
- States Play Catch-Up on Open Data
The open data push already is paying off, sometimes in the form of better collaboration among state agencies.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 15th Anniversary Of The Humanities Montana Festival Of The Book, 10/9-11, Missoula, Montana
The Festival of the Book is one of the biggest cultural happenings in the Northwest and this fall’s events will include the annual Festival Poetry Slam, a special Festival edition of the wildly popular storytelling event "Tell Us Something," a Festival-themed Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat Lounge, a 15th Anniversary Gala Event, and a roster of best-selling authors, including James Lee Burke, Pete Fromm, Walter Kirn, Gwen Florio, and many others.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- After Surgery, Predicting a Speedy Recovery
Capturing such a fine-grained picture of blood cell activity and linking it to patient outcomes marks a new milestone along the road toward individualizing medical treatment
- Online Recipes Will Soon Have a Button That Sends You the Ingredients
What could make Chicory an important force in the marketing world is the way it's reinventing the idea of digital shelf space.
Montana Chamber of Commerce
- The Unpatchable Malware That Infects USBs Is Now on the Loose
If you're going to prove that there's a flaw, you need to release the material so people can defend against it.
- JP Morgan reveals data breach affected 76 million households
JPMorgan said "there is no evidence that account information for such affected customers - account numbers, passwords, user IDs, dates of birth or Social Security numbers - was compromised during this attack."
- Montana Main Street Program
The Department of Commerce Community Development Division will begin accepting Montana Main Street membership applications for the 2015 membership application cycle on October 1, 2014.
- Tesla co-founder Ian Wright snags FedEx for new hybrid engines - Wrightspeed
Unlike Tesla, which Wright left in late 2004, Wrightspeed doesn't build entire vehicles. Instead, it makes a hybrid electric powertrain -- essentially, the engine and the transmission -- that can be "dropped in" to existing trucks.
- How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Vehicle Traffic
If driverless car programs like those led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti take hold, models such as these could become commonplace and transform the urban landscape across the nation.
- A Giant Charger That Juices Up Electric Buses in Three Minutes
Since it's being charged frequently, the battery doesn't need to store so much energy to begin with.
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