|MATR Newsletter - Tue Oct 7, 2014|
This MATR newsletter sponsored by:
Add an event...
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page
I know the voices aren't real but boy do they come up with some great ideas.
The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10 ,Billings, Montana http://www.matr.net/ne ... ntana --- Montana Ambassadors: Larry Simkins, CEO Washington Companies (All Are Invited) , 10/16, Seattle, WA http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5219
Great Falls Development Authority
- Never get lost
Winter is coming and the decision to use a GPS device in the backcountry is more important than ever. Imagine you're out skiing and white out conditions develop.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 20 for 10/6/14
Here's the GFDA Top 20 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
- SRS Crisafulli, a Glendive company that manufactures pumps and dredges visits China - Bullock says he hopes China trade mission yields contracts
"With Ambassador Baucus, who now represents the whole United States, not just Montana but certainly has that fondness for Montana, it was clear that he will continue to work on being a solid partner over there," Bullock said. "It's something that the mission is going to continue to build on."
Come Home Montana
- The bald truth is that most companies are pretty bad at recruitment.
"About 84% of people who get fired do so because of lack of cultural fit, not because of lack of skills."
- I Know What You'll Do Next Summer: Why Marketers Must Embrace Predictive Analytics
Using predictive analytics, and a little help in the form of human creative messaging, computers are learning how to sell, and the results prove it.
- Yellowfin Business Business Intelligence Software ranks first in Docurated review of 50 BI tools
"Yellowfin BI offers Business Intelligence tools that are so easy to use, they become universal throughout a company."
- Montana Career Opportunity - System Support Specialist- PrintingForLess
Are you technically gifted, smart, nice and hungry...and not just for Mexican food? Do you want a title that is a challenge to say five times fast?
- Montana Career Opportunity - Quality Assurance Engineer / Product Specialist - Goomzee
We are looking for an individual who prides themselves on attention to detail, problem solving, customer service, technical troubleshooting, working well with others in-person and remotely.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Analyst - Schedulicity, Inc.
Duties will be divided roughly equally between maintaining and improving existing processes (e.g., monthly financial report preparation) and investigating, modeling, and recommending new investments, strategies, and initiatives.
- Montana Career Opportunities - QA-Automation Engineers, Quote to Cash (Q2C) Solutions Specialist, Staff Consultant - Advanced Technology Group
Our ATG team of professionals seek these challenges with passion and it shows in the solutions delivered - whether it's Quote-to-Cash, Project Management, SaaS/Cloud Integration, Quality & Process Improvement, or Custom Software Solutions.
- TeleTech to Hire 195 Employees in Kalispell
Two open house hiring events are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. The events will take place at TeleTech's office, 1203 Highway 2 West in Kalispell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Montana Economic Development
- Help us recognize Montana's safest workplaces! - WorkSafeMT Governor's Safety Achievement Award
The WorksafeMT Governor's Safety Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate Montana employers for safety excellence and leadership.
- Missoula's Draught Works named very small brewery, brewer of year at Great American Beer Festival
"We're super proud of our whole team here and all the brewers we have," said Jeff Grant, who, with Paul Marshall, owns the brewery.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Trade mission pitches exports to China - and bring tourists to Montana
Tourism was a major topic of discussion during the trip, led by Gov. Steve Bullock. And that offers a chance for just about every Montana business - not just the ones with products they can ship across an ocean - to cash in on the world's second-largest economy.
- Today's classic TED Talk Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called "the greatest geek who ever lived" -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
Business Plan Forums
- Google HR Boss Describes His Ideal Length For A Resume
You've probably heard conflicting advice when it comes to how long your résumé should be.
- LinkedIn University Rankings Based on career outcomes
Which schools are best at launching graduates into desirable jobs?
- 8 year old Lash Laker from Coeur d'Alene, ID develops invention that wins national competition
"This young man is going places, very definitely."
- Government ZipCars? Feds enter growing car-sharing economy
With an eye toward reducing costs, GSA announced Wednesday that it will start experimenting in November with a novel way for federal employees to get around when they're on business: By joining the rapidly growing car-sharing economy.
- Montana uses a few methods to value property for taxes
Different approaches are used to determine the market value of different types of property.
- Montana property tax appraisal reflects changing trends
"The state currently reappraises property once every six years and it's a big deal because it can change people's taxes." Montana Revenue Director Mike Kadas
- Austerity has been an even bigger disaster than we thought
That's right: cutting spending in a slump might actually make debt problems worse.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise wins federal grant for Delta to launch nonstop flights to Atlanta
Boise's air travel options consistently rank near the top of concerns for Treasure Valley businesses, which cite better connections as critical in the modern business world.
- U-M sees record number of inventions
Researchers reported 439 new inventions, an increase from 421 last year.
Regional Economic Development
- Too Big to Jail? - No banking executives have been criminally prosecuted for their role in causing the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression.
"We have created the incentive structures that [are] going to produce a much larger disaster."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool Launched!
Economic development efforts in the U.S. have typically focused on cutting taxes and regulation, or giving incentives to individual companies. None of this works, according to Michael Porter, a strategist at Harvard Business School
- We should be teaching kids public speaking in school
For the sake of social equality, all schools should teach children the public speaking skills they need for educational progress, for work and for full participation in democracy.
- Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops
The point is just to get people together, so they can support each other as they learn the craft.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation
Over the past decade, while the amount of money going to community college students in the form of federal Pell grants has risen significantly, financing for the colleges themselves, which rely to a great extent on government appropriations and foundation grants, has risen only modestly.
- Maryland Increases Access to Digital Learning Technology
"These funds will ensure that our students continue to be among the highest achieving in the nation, and can compete for jobs in a changing economy."
- Arizona State University, Starbucks Partner for Online Higher Education
Colleges can't continue doing the same thing they have been for years if they want to help more students graduate.
Montana Education Excellence
- Creators of NBC's Grimm meet MAPS Media Institute youngsters
They said Peter Rosten's MAPS program can help energize the industry with new, creative, young minds.
- This Montana Location is the "Best Place to Work" in the U.S.
Like any public school, Seeley Lake Elementary teaches basic academics to kids from pre-K through eighth grade. Unlike most, it practically requires them to get outside with active programs in Nordic skiing, hiking, biking, and canoeing. The school, just an hour from Missoula, is flanked by the peaks of the Rockies and bolstered by a lakeside alternative campus, so it's not hard for staff to instill a love of the wilderness in their students.
- New FVCC Program Pushes Student Chefs to the Limit
"We're going to take everything they have learned in the classroom about entrepreneurship and have the students actually open their own restaurants."
- Montana gets $12.5M in public school grants
The goals of the five-year school climate grant include increasing the number of Montana Behavior Initiative (MBI) schools, particularly high-need and Indian Country schools; adding strategically-located MBI coaches to support districts in implementing MBI; and increasing the number of schools using the My Voice student school climate survey; and more effective coordination of resources.
Funding and Building your Business
- How Planners Can Help Cities Thrive
If planning continues to use its same long-standing planning practices it will continue to marginalize its value and be misunderstood and mistrusted by residents and politicians.
- NINE New grant announcements
- One Thing Every City Can Do to Be More Pedestrian-Friendly
But there is one easy, cost-effective, and quick thing just about any city can do to make themselves more pedestrian-friendly:
Energy and Climate Change
- Cloud Makes Netflix's VP of IT Position Redundant
Cloud services make it easier for businesses to manage technology without the aid of a separate IT infrastructure group. This shift, found in all industries, is helping to transform the CIO role.
- Apply Lessons Learned To Gain From Startup Failure
Most entrepreneurs define themselves by their business projects.
Connectivity & Communications
- Three Technological Innovations that Could End Asphalt as We Know it
The solar energy collected by the smart surface could be used to feed the grid during the day time, or even power things such as heating elements under the surface to clear ice and snow from the roads in the winter. Eventually, it might be possible to power electric cars as they drive along.
- 'Breathing Battery' Runs on Light and Air - could bring down the cost of solar power by 25 percent
"It breathes in air when it discharges, and breathes out when it charges."
- Powering Up Energy Storage
Coupled with innovative green policy-making, innovations in energy storage technology have been coming hard and fast in recent years.
- A portable solar recharger -- for your car
"These EV ARCS will allow San Franciscans to drive on sunshine and drive for free, assuming they're intelligent enough to have an electric car," said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision, which is based in San Diego.
- Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work?
A Columbia scientist and his startup think they have a plan to save the world. Now they have to convince the rest of us.
- Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guests' personal Wi-Fi networks
Marriott's Opryland hotel in Nashville first blocked personal Wi-Fi connections, then charged between $250 and $1,000 per access point, says the FCC, who levied the fine.
- Half of Offline Americans Live in Rural
Americans who don't use the Internet have more than just their lack of digital communication in common. They are also more likely to be rural, elderly and poor.
- Big phone companies are racing to abandon old copper networks. The FCC says, 'not so fast.'
"Our goal should be to improve our copper retirement process to strengthen our core values, including competition."
- Houston Mayor's 'Open Data' Policy Aims to Unleash Public Information
Houston leaders in the last year or so have cheered the promise of "civic hacking," pushing to make the mountains of data the city collects accessible to tech enthusiasts capable of building programs to help citizens better understand and interact with their government.
- The Fed Just Updated Its Jobs 'Dashboard.' Here's What It Shows
The index is composed of 19 indicators of the labor market, including the unemployment rate, of course, and less familiar measures such as "job losers unemployed less than 5 weeks" and "jobs plentiful vs. jobs hard to get."
- Open Government: The Secret to Making Tough Fiscal Choices
When governments make it easy for citizens to know the facts and engage them in the conversation about what needs to be done, reforms can happen.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Helena has highest density of nonprofits among state's population centers
Jim Lawrence, director of membership and resource development with the Montana Nonprofits Association, said that perhaps the Legislature is the reason. Proximity to the body of lawmakers allows nonprofits to advocate for their cause. Plus, Lawrence said, the Montana Nonprofits Association is in Helena.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Amazing Video: U.S. Military's 21st Century Robots Of War:
These Autonomous Military Robots Are The Future Combat Systems Of The United States Military.
- Hackers' Attack Cracked 10 Financial Firms in Major Assault
It is unclear whether the other intrusions, at banks and brokerage firms, were as deep as the one that JPMorgan disclosed on Thursday. The identities of the other institutions could not be immediately learned.
- Car Makers Vaunt Future Tech at Paris Motor Show
"It's coming to the point now that because of all these new technologies, car makers are starting to bring them together towards building vehicles capable of highly automated driving," said Ian Fletcher, analyst at IHS Automotive.
- Volkswagen's New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient
What excuse is there for banning highly efficient cars from American roads?
- Newest Fuel Cell Vehicles: Trains!
"The only emissions from fuel cells are heat and water," one of the major benefits of hydrogen powered vehicles, according to "How Stuff Works."
- The 11 Coolest Cars From the Paris Motor Show
But it's not exactly restrained. The combination of three electric motors and a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine produces over 900 horsepower, enough to send this hybrid from a standstill to 62 mph in three seconds flat.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page