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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Montana's infrastructure gets poor grades
Governor Steve Bullock proposed $300 million on Monday to go toward infrastructure needs in Montana over the next two years.But the engineers say it could take decades at the current rate of investment to fully address the needs.
- WGM Group contributed its expertise to the new Montana Infrastructure Report Card.
The report highlights the critical need to address Montana's aging infrastructure, which scored an overall C- in the report, and coincides with Governor Bullock's proposal to fund $300 million for water, sewer, roads and broadband Internet projects across the state.
- Gov. Bullock outlines higher education plan
"At the end of the day, our two and four-year colleges are such a gateway for success, and when costs are going up and tuition increases -- essentially a tax on every working family that's trying to make ends meet -- to make sure that student can get into the colleges and universities," said Bullock.
- Lt. Gov. Mclean rallies support for budget proposal from Bozeman tech companies
We can invest in our own people to commercialize research into products and services. We've already helped researchers build Montana-based businesses that employ Montanans to produce vaccines, build aeronautics and imaging technology, and improve agricultural methods. It's the most direct job creation we have." State Sen.-elect JP Pomnichowski
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Gazette opinion: No standards for most preschools in Montana
That's where Montana should put some state money first: preschool for disadvantaged children, such as those who are in state-subsidized day care while their parents work at low-paying jobs.
- Governors Can be Champions of Early Math
Studies find that the mathematics knowledge acquired in early childhood and early elementary grades is a critical foundation for long-term student success.
- Kalispell Chamber to serve as Small Business Saturday Information Center
Chamber will be open on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
- NorthWestern purchase of Montana dams complete
NorthWestern Corp. announced its $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric facilities in Montana from PPL Montana was completed on Tuesday.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Three Products You Need To Know About
3 great ways to improve point of sale displays.
Yellowfin Business Intelligence Solution
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News
The Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Division is now accepting Montana Main Street (MMS) membership applications for the 2015 cycle.
Great Falls Development Authority
- University Dramatically Improves Reporting and Efficiency Through Yellowfin's Intuitive Business Intelligence Solution
Yellowfin's intuitive BI solution has enabled a broad range of academic and business decision-makers to access and independently analyze a single reliable source of data - anywhere, anytime from any device.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 15 for 11/16/14
Make it a prosperous week and Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!
- Great Falls Development Authority Presents CEO Forum: Making The Transition, 12/11, Great Falls, Montana
Tom & Katie will talk openly about what lead to the transition discussion, what process was used to determine who to include in the transition, what issues were faced, what concerns each of them had regarding the transition and what, if anything, they might do differently.
Come Home Montana
- Success is in Your Little Data - The Ability of Good People to Use Good Data to Make Good Decisions.
The digital economy is all about capturing, analyzing, and using information to serve customers. Most companies can significantly improve their business performance simply by focusing on how operating data can inform day-to-day decision making.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Geographic Information Systems Technician, Geographic Information Systems Specialist I, Geographic Information Systems Analyst - City of Bozeman, Montana
The City of Bozeman is growing and is in search of qualified candidates to assist in the continued development and maintenance of the City's Geographic Information Systems. There are currently three full-time opportunities available.
- ADF plans 130 new jobs in Great Falls
"My job is to find and recruit an additional 130 employees within the next six to 12 months, including high quality welders, fitters and painters."
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Governor Bullock Announces Historic 1 st Quarter Revenue - Revenues boosted by strong job growth and wage earnings
Montana's revenue collections, bolstered by strong private - sector job growth and higher wage earnings, are 7.18% higher than the previous record.
TEDx Events in Montana
- The First Step to Success? Admit Failure
The best leaders are humble enough to recognize that they messed up, learn what not to do in the future, and develop resilience.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- Today's TED Talk Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly
Forget stitches -- there's a better way to close wounds.
- NYC Unveils Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network
City officials ready to deliver free Wi-Fi services to millions of residents and visitors across New York's five boroughs.
- The United States Unified Community Anchor Network
The U.S. UCAN mission is to identify, nurture, and implement national advanced network and application programs that enable community anchor institutions (CAIs) to better serve their communities.
- Idaho Power: Ready to become a green giant?
If 16 proposed solar plants are built, it would make the Idaho utility one of the nation's most progressive in renewable energy
Regional Economic Development
- 10 reasons to fall in love with shopping local
Small Business Saturday -- head to Main Street or your local shopping area and spend your money in local, independent stores and cafés.
- How the Arts and Culture Sector Catalyzes Economic Vitality
To pursue economic development projects with a creative approach, there are four key points to consider:
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- These 16 Industries Are Bleeding Billions A Year Due To Unfilled Jobs
"I think that increasingly in the US, there are two paralleled economies."
- Robots will replace 50% of today's occupations by 2025
"Customer work, process work and vast swatches of middle management will simply 'disappear.'
- 2 Montana Grant Programs to assist with Workforce Training
- The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education
Daniel Goleman makes the case for teaching children two types of focus: self-awareness and empathy. He also shares research on how students who better understand themselves and others experience improved academic performance, personal development, and relationships.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- College freshman first-term grades: Should parents flip out or chill out
What should you do if your college freshman comes home with a less-than-stellar grade report?
Montana Education Excellence
- MCT Newsletter. Clue auditions are this weekend!
Next Step Prep is a unique, practical, high quality program for students who are considering the performing arts as a major in college or as a career.
Funding and Building your Business
- "ScienceMontana" Montana science outreach program launches online database of STEM resources
ScienceMontana features resources created in Montana and about Montana.
- The Audience Awards seeks film submissions from High School Seniors for The Senior Shorts Film Competition
High School senior filmmakers interested in attending The University of Montana are invited to submit their films to compete for two weeks in The Senior Shorts Film Competition at http://www.TheAudienceAwards.com.
- "[W]hen did access to a computer and an Internet connection become a pre-requisite for a public school education in Missoula County?"
Citing a series of raises given to Apostle during his tenure, O'Leary says it's "a tough pill to swallow as a parent and a taxpayer to say we don't have money to buy books and materials so everyone gets the same, equal education, but you keep getting raises."
- Montana University System must be more responsive to change, Commissioner Clayton Christian says
"The world is moving at a different pace, and I'm committed to seeing a system that meets that responsiveness," Christian said. "We know we're a large ship, but we can turn that ship and do it at the pace Montana needs us to."
- University Business Magazine Recognizes UM as Model of Efficiency
The Models of Efficiency program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology and/or business process improvements.
Energy and Climate Change
- Come Hear One Of UM's Best! Kari Dillo Of Redfin "Public Relations: Way More Than Press Releases", 11/20, Missoula
How do start-ups leverage PR and social media to create a brand? What does it take to be successful in PR today?
- These Guys Made a T-Shirt. Now Silicon Valley Is Giving Them Millions
In many ways, this is the story of online commerce: eliminating overhead.
- Service offers loyalty points without all the cards
Thanx enables consumers to collect loyalty points by simply registering their existing credit card.
Connectivity & Communications
- Could energy from living crops be the next sustainable power source?
While the technique has currently only been trialled in urban settings and yields a small amount of electricity per m2, the Plant-e team envisage multiple connected energy farms on city rooftops to help power buildings, and eventually creating an super-large network of ricefields and wetlands around the world.
- Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy
Over the past few years, Apple, Google, and Facebook pledged to run their online empires on renewable energy, and considering how large these empires have become--how many data centers and machines are now required to keep them going--this was a vital thing.
- Renewable Energy's Rise Hurting Utilities
Solar energy is one of the nation's fastest-growing industries. But it and other renewables are eating into utilities' profits, which have begun asking cities and states for help.
- Corporations wean off the grid with solar, fuel cells
"We're doing it because as a company we're committed to reducing our carbon footprint and we believe in leading with that in our own facilities. We also help our clients do that," said Jim Rosenthal, Morgan Stanley's chief operating officer.
- Rural Americans should be pleased with President Obama's recent call to preserve network neutrality.
This could be a big win for rural communities and small towns. Let me tell you how.
- With Big Data Comes Bigger Goals
Today's performance management tools eliminate the old ways of thinking about what government can and can't do.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Please take the Montana State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. It closes on Friday, 11/21/2014
The survey results are used to 1) tailor training so that it benefits Montana's nonprofit community, 2) to paint an accurate picture of the sector when we are advocating on your behalf, and 3) to give us at MNA the opportunity to improve the quality of our work. Your participation is a gift that we trust will come back around in the coming year.
- TED Video: Will Marshall: Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time
Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online.
- Military's Self-Flying Helicopter Gets Modded to Fight Wildfires
The goal of all firefighting aircraft is to make firefighters on the ground more effective at containing and ultimately extinguishing a fire. The need for a human in the cockpit makes them less effective.
- Data-Gathering Snow Probe Will Help Skiers Avoid Avalanches
The SP1 will never light up green to signal it's safe to hit record on the GoPro and schralp the gnar.
- Jacket uses vibrations to guide wearers around Paris
With the Navigate app, users simply tap in their destination and put their phone away.
- Stanford team creates computer vision algorithm that can describe photos
Coming soon, better visual search?
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