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People born in the 50's have lived in seven decades, two centuries, and two millenniums. We had the best music, fastest cars, drive-in theaters, soda fountains, the internet and Happy Days. And we're not even that old yet. We're just that cool.
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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Obscure rules change could roil Montana House at 2015 Legislature
House Democrats -- and some Republicans -- say the change inappropriately allows the GOP leadership to install minority rule, enabling 41 of the House's 100 members to deep-six any bill chosen by leadership for this special treatment.
- Montana school 'choice' battle may be at tipping point - The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies
The key House Education Committee is stacked with lawmakers he said are "seriously biased and prejudiced ... against public education."
- Montana Gov's agenda facing resistance at GOP-controlled Legislature
"Certainly with a Legislature that is almost two-thirds Republican, I want to find common ground with folks who can move things forward," he said in a recent interview. "Let's actually focus not on the politics, and get some stuff done."
- Guest opinion: Give Montana cities more flexibility to meet growth demands
In terms of efficient, responsive, and effective government, local authority is a crucial ingredient. These elected officials -- and the tax, spending, and policy decisions they make -- are close and accountable to the people.
- Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature
Gov. Bullock looks to invest $37 million in voluntary early childhood education programs. Knudsen said he and his caucus don't support the proposal, saying children don't benefit over time.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- So you wanna be a data scientist? A guide to 2015's hottest profession
Glassdoor reports that the average salary for a data scientist is $118,709 versus $64,537 for a programmer.
- Big Data Will Get Even Bigger In 2015
If 2014 was the year that enterprises desperately tried to take off the Big Data training wheels, 2015 will be the year they succeed.
- Dec 2014 MTIP Newsletter
MTIP, in collaboration with TechLink and MSU Vice President of Research, will conduct SBIR/STTR informational sessions to the MSU community.
Sustainable Business Council
- Sick of winter weather? Warm up with a FREE E+ Audit for the Home! - NorthWestern Energy
A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
- Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food - Missoula Winter Public Market
Move over farmers' markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- We are looking for Ignite Rural Medicine Speakers on March 20th
- please contact me ASAP if you're interested or know someone who might be. Thanks!
Great Falls Development Authority
- Rocky Mountain Front is place of surprises
The Rocky Mountain Front, a marriage of opposites between the plains and mountains, has been inspiring writers and regular folks alike forever.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 15 for 12/28/14
Here's the GFDA Top 15 for the last two weeks, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward! On Tuesday, we'll email you our Top 10 for 2014 and then next Sunday our Top 10 for what's in the works for 2015.
Come Home Montana
- How will Google, Apple shake up car insurance industry?
Google and Apple also have other advantages, including being ubiquitous in the lives of many consumers and having been accepted as big data collectors.
- IDC Reveals Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Predictions for 2015
Faster access to more relevant data and constant experimentation is creating a further gap between leaders and the rest of the organizations.
- 8 Keys To Creating A Memorable Customer Experience
The customer experience is really your brand, since that is what customers remember and communicate to others, rather than your marketing.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Public Relations Account Executive/Social Media Manager - Sublime Public Relations
The Social Media Manager/Account Executive will be responsible for media relations and client communications on behalf of a list of Agency clients.
- Young Montana entrepreneur learning business at early age
"The Million Girl Army is a new thing that encourages a million girls from the United States to help girls in Third World countries who don't have as much as we do," Kodi pointed out. "I'm hoping to do it a lot longer and for it to expand and to do it over the summer and maybe next year."
Montana Economic Development
- Adelos, Inc. fiber-optic sensor systems for use in the oil and gas, perimeter security, and environmental monitoring industries.
Adelos™ provides a one-stop center for integrated situational awareness, perimeter intrusion detection, and environmental monitoring.
- You can wait months for a classic Airstream travel trailer or you can get one from East Missoula's Blue Moon Caravans
Besides a better economy, Airstream is benefiting from a big bubble of Baby Boomers, many now choosing not to wait until their 60s to buy one, and a new wave of desire for the classic designs of America's yesteryear -- even if they command top dollar. New Airstreams run $42,000 to $140,000.
- Retrofitted space aims to enable creative manufacturing in Helena, Montana
"The idea is anything you can dream of fabricating from metal or wood we can potentially make happen here."
- Galactic Farms takes off from Missoula, Montana
Galactic Farms is a research and development company that specializes in sustainable, indoor, year-round cultivation plants and vegetables.
- Missoula's MicroPowder Solutions provides materials development expertise and nanotechnology enabled solutions
MPS has the experience and expertise to offer solutions that leverage "the nano-advantage".
TEDx Events in Montana
- Economic Momentum Carries Flathead County into 2015
As analysts and economists begin reviewing the data for 2014, a clear message has already surfaced: Flathead County is one of the fastest-growing economies in Montana.
- Life in the afterglow of TED-talk fame
Why should the results of someone's research be confined to academic journals and 100-person lecture halls when there's a whole world of Internet users eager to hear about them?
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- The Last Shovelers in Yellowstone National Park
"It's more than shoveling snow," he said. "It's a way of life."
- Faced with too few physicians, California offers free medical school
The University of California Riverside Medical School will offer five full-ride scholarships to students who agree to stay in the area for five years after they graduate and choose primary care rather than more lucrative specialty fields such as radiology and anesthesiology.
- How to approach your own career like an entrepreneur
Fortune's insider's guide to launching the startup called 'you.'
- Why Successful People Need Hobbies
Don't think it's worth making time for hobbies? Read this and you may reconsider.
- Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City with NoogaNet
Through a combination of political will and federal stimulus money, 175-year-old Chattanooga became the first U.S. city to broadly offer a gigabit per second internet speeds - nearly 50 times the national broadband average.
Incubators and R&D
- The Capitol City Angel Fund Provides Funding for GenZ Technology and Wevorce in Boise, and Room Choice in Nampa, Idaho
The $1.1-million fund is affiliated with the larger Boise Angel Alliance http://www.boiseangelalliance.com/ , which has invested nearly $8 million in startups.
- Idaho Falls still uncool with unhipsters
When I returned this month, I didn't find a muddy farm town.
- Researchers believe they're on track to solve the mystery of weight gain--and it has nothing to do with overeating.
Phipps and colleagues are trying to identify a company to help with commercializing the patent asset and bring a new obesity treatment to the marketplace.
- Tony Hsieh Is Building a Startup Paradise in Vegas
Instead of looking for a "return on community," the Downtown Project instead wanted a "return on connectedness."
Washington State Business
- Tiny homes are becoming a bigger player in Utah
Ten years ago, small residential homes were a novelty. Today, they're a movement.
- Firefighter's BADAxx needs funding for production
The BADAxx Kickstarter campaign will run through Jan. 9. Contributors can earn perks, including T-shirts and a BADAxx donation to their hometown fire department, by giving certain amounts, from $5 to $2,050. To watch a video demonstration of the BADAxx, or to contribute, visit http://kck.st/1yQRqaf.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy
"It's possible that because of this action, agriculture will lose workers without any mechanism to bring in new workers."
Montana Education Excellence
- Colleges see promise in salary guarantees for graduates
"Obviously, we feel like this is a big solution to a big problem - maybe the biggest problem right now in higher education. We felt like we needed to make a grand statement."
- Schools seek streamlined distance learning process
It's becoming much easier for students to take courses online from other states and still get credit in their own state schools.
- The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on
- Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science
Both are introductory chemistry classes at the University of California campus here in Davis, but they present a sharp contrast -- the traditional and orderly but dull versus the experimental and engaging but noisy.
- College Watchdogs Aren't Watching the Right Things
Accreditation groups are paying too much attention to schools' finances and not enough to the quality of the education they offer, or the value of the degree students walk away with.
Universities and Economic Development
- Where art meets science: 3D printer at Capital High keeps students on cutting edge of technology
"I just knew it was cutting edge and the kids would get so much out of it."
- Best Public High Schools in Montana
A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.
Funding and Building your Business
- Utah's colleges providing seed money for student entrepreneurs
Advocates of university entrepreneurship programs say the trial-and-error nature of college campuses allows students a safe environment to try out their ideas before launching them in the "real" world.
- Driving Your Startup With Fear Has Bad Consequences
Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup. Yet I see this approach used all too often by new entrepreneurs, most of whom are not natural tyrants, but who are fighting to mask their own internal fears and insecurities about starting a business.
- 10 Keys To Success When Turning To Entrepreneurship
It is not for everyone, as the entrepreneur's path is fraught with challenges.
- Yahoo prodigy Nick D'Aloisio ponders future
"There's lots of kids who are very good coders and programmers now. What was striking about him was he was driven by the vision of the product he wanted to put in users' hands. That was impressive, frankly, for a 16-and-a-half-year-old kid."
- Year in Review: From Cattle Pimping to Baseball Bats, CIOs Share Their Most Off-The-Wall Vendor Experiences
"As we prepared to depart with slight apprehension about the flight, the salesperson shook hands and asked, 'if the plane crashes with you guys on board, is the deal off?'"
- New Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services web portal debuts
The new web portal https://apply.mt.gov/ lets Montanans check their eligibility and apply for the following programs and benefits.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- WIRED's 10 Most Hardcore Tech Stories of the Year
Sure, some things stayed the same--machines still can't beat humans at Go--but mostly, the hardcore-tech universe is in serious flux.
- The Creepiest Science and Nature Stories of 2014
Fanged deer. Tarantula pageants. Face mites. These things might creep some people out, but not you.
- 5 innovations you're likely to hear about in 2015 like jewelry that turns your blood into energy
Jewelry that turns your blood into energy: Like it or not, we're all energy addicts. Soon, thanks to industrial designer Naomi Kizhner, we might be able to feed that addiction with a God-given resource: blood.
- Cars that run on natural gas may now be more feasible
"MOFs are being commercialized for methane storage in vehicles now."
- Colleges taking the lead in controlling environmental road salt damage
"With a four-lane highway, you have 16 tons of salt per year in that one mile segment," he said. "In 50 years, that's about 800 tons of salt in that one mile - and 99% of it stays in the environment. It doesn't degrade."
- Get the Most from Your Airline Points (Before They're Completely Worthless)
Is there really nothing I can do to protect the value of my points?
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