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"Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born." Albert Einstein
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2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Early Edge Montana
- Capital Shuttle for Legislative Session Now Available in Helena, Montana
Helena Mayor Jim Smith said "The people's house is plenty big enough. But the people's parking lots aren't big enough."
- Montana educators weigh in on proposed public pre-K program
"This is a chance for Montana to move forward as a state. Not only for our children and families, but to better prepare our workforce."
- "Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood's Academic Countdown,"
Early-Childhood Education in the U.S.: An Analysis
- Official Invitation: FAST WOMEN MONTANA (free listserv) - ALL invited including male allies.
Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them!
- A summary of funding in the Build Montana Act
Here's a summary of proposed funding in Gov. Steve Bullock's nearly $400 million Build Montana Act, according to an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Divison:
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Why Early Edge? At-risk children need pre-K.
Governor Steve Bullock recognizes that our greatest obligation is to the next generation of Montanans. It's with this in mind that he's put together a plan to make voluntary, high-quality early childhood education available to every Montana four year-old.
- Obama to propose legislation to protect firms that share cyberthreat data
President Obama plans to announce legislation Tuesday that would shield companies from lawsuits for sharing computer threat data with the government in an effort to prevent cyberattacks.
The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
- NorthWestern Energy is happy to announce the opening of walk-in office for customers in Missoula
The Missoula office, located at 1903 Russell St., adjoins NorthWestern's Missoula Service Center.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone
New tools are tilting health-care control from doctors to patients
- Data Sharing and Analytics: Changing Health and Human Services For the Better
Data resides in silos in many states.
- A Road Less Traveled
In the remote North Fork of the Flathead River, the century-old Polebridge Mercantile will offer respite from winter's isolation and the escape from the pace of life on the grid
- Adventure ideas for 2015: Montana has so much to offer
The American Prairie Reserve is a large-scale conservation project located north of the Missouri River near Fort Peck Lake. APR's goal is to create the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48, approximately 3.5 million acres consisting of both public and private lands.
Come Home Montana
- 74% of biz decision-makers recognise the value data and analytics brings: KPMG survey
"Today, small yet highly-analytical organisations are emerging and quickly stealing away market-share by making better use of their data to drive real and valuable insights. It's not about size - it's about how well you know your customer and what they want."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Shortage of Workers Problematic for Billings Employers
There are more job openings than able workers, and it's a growing challenge for employers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Research Associate Position - DMS Natural Resources Bozeman, Montana
Hiring Research Associate to assist fast paced, growing water right consulting firm.
- San Francisco Supports Startup Economy With Simplified Business Portal
Starting a new business is a tortuous journey of paperwork and legalese, a counterproductive system for any city that strives to encourage economic development.
- CTA Architects Engineers Helping to Design Kalispell's Identity as Economic Hub of Northwest Montana
For more than 75 years, CTA Architects Engineers http://www.ctaarchitectsengineers.com/ has helped form the character of cities across the West.
- Have You Heard: Great Harvest Bread opening second Billings shop
Great Harvest is Dillon-based company with franchises nationwide. All Great Harvest breads are baked with Montana wheat and other locally sourced grains.
- Attorney general OKs sale of Missoula medical center for $74.8 million
"Our hope would be that those folks working there now will be retained, and they will be," he said. "If anything, we'd like to think that growth over time will add the potential for new jobs.
City Club Missoula
- Learn to Code for Free at These 7 Places!
Nowadays, you don't have to go back to college (and take on the huge loan or remortgage your house) to get up to speed. You can learn to code for free.
- 10 Ways To Keep Your Failures From Being Mistakes
Mistakes are things you do on purpose, with negative consequences already known, because you didn't do your homework.
Regional Economic Development
- City Club Missoula - Missoula council members debate water system purchase
At a Missoula City Club http://www.cityclubmissoula.org/ meeting, two city council members, one for the sale and the other opposed, discussed whether the city should take control of the water company.
- Regional Growth and Development Strategies: Business Relocation and Recruitment
"Attempts to recruit businesses through offering low costs and tax incentives has proven to be ineffective and should be replaced by efforts to foster a more entrepreneurial attitude within the community."
- Oklahoma City's Plan to Attract and Retain Millennials
The Oklahoma City Council agrees that the school system's success also will determine the city's long-term success.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Gazette opinion: Want a workforce? Invest now in career education
Montana's present spending on career education is one-tenth (or less) of what our neighbors are providing. It's unreasonable to believe Montana can make its student population competitive in the job market with such a disparity in career education investment.
- FCC Commissioner to Tech Industry: It's Time to Reinvent Textbooks, Teaching
"In the rest of the world, we have an infinite array of digital tools to change our civic and commercial lives. Yet somehow we've put up some barriers at the school doors," Rosenworcel said. "It's time we started inviting them in and wrestling with them and doing some good things."
- The most important thing you can do with your kids? Eat dinner with them.
It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit. And that nightly dinner doesn't have to be a gourmet meal that took three hours to cook, nor does it need to be made with organic arugula and heirloom parsnips.
- Where Obama's Free Community-College Plan Fails, Tennessee's May Succeed
The president's plan has met opposition or indifference, but the Tennessee program that inspired it is already catching on in other states.
Montana Education Excellence
- Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education
Venture and equity financing for ed tech companies soared to nearly $1.87 billion last year, up 55 percent from the year before.
Universities and Economic Development
- Montana ranks 30th in educating youth
The state does not fund public preschool, and though it does fund full-day kindergarten, state law does not require school attendance until a child is 7.
- Hamilton schools changing the way it delivers special services
"I think all students have needs, regardless of whether they are identified or not. Everybody needs the opportunity to get the best education that they can, and that's what we do." Eric Larson
- Great Falls schools to see differentiated diplomas
There will now be three types of diplomas high school students can earn.
Funding and Building your Business
- Integrating Innovation & Entrepreneurial Educational Programs with Businesses Communities
The conversation also covers some of effects of student entrepreneurs and why it has become a major focus on campuses across South-Eastern Wisconsin and the nation.
Energy and Climate Change
- 20 Hot Coworking Spaces for Business
Working remotely doesn't have to mean being cooped up in your house or apartment.
- Tech companies woo MIT students with laid-back vibe and perks
Companies tried to win over students with the same pitch that has already given the valley an edge over Wall Street in the Millennial talent wars -- a job in tech is not some stuff 9-to-5 with the promise of an eventual corner office.
- Are Changes In Store for Women in the Boardroom?
Brande Stellings, a Catalyst vice president who focuses on corporate boards, said the reduction in the number of companies with zero female board members is "striking."
- Today's TED Talk Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests
He asks if the lessons learned in Brazil could be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Addressing the Data Divide between the rich and the poor - rural and urban.
"Communities that are poor in data, as well as the individuals living in those communities, may fail to thrive," Castro wrote in the report. "Rather than being the new oil, data may be the new oxygen."
- Tips for Designing and Building an Award-Winning Government Website
The 2014 Best of the Web winners share collective insights to be used as a resource for state and local government agencies in website planning going forward.
- Analysis of tweets may be useful for urban planners
An interesting use of geolocalized tweets to extract information about existing use of land in urban areas.
- 5 Tips for Getting Started with Analytics in Government
0 0 Share on email Let's assume you are the CIO of a public enterprise -- one typical in that it is led by a committed but financially stressed elected official.
- Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Google researchers join forces to avoid 'pitfalls' of artificial intelligence
The letter, designed to bring attention to the dangers of artificial intelligence, barely manages to articulate them. Instead, it focuses on the upside.
- A Trippy Helmet That Tricks You Into Meditating
"When your brainwaves hear the sounds controlled by them, they're balanced by it, it's balancing."
- West Coast electric highway now serves thousands of electric car drivers
The secret is to use DC quick-charging stations, which can recharge an electric car'sbattery pack to about 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less.
- Device adds 100 smart features to any bike
Germany-based COBI has produced a single system that integrates 100 smart features into any bike without weighing it down with multiple gadgets.
- These are the top 25 bike-to-work cities in the U.S. - Missoula ranks #10.
The most environmentally-friendly ways to commute to work are to walk and bike, followed by mass-transit, then probably car-pooling and other similar options, and then by individual vehicle.
- Voices: Do we really want self-driving cars?
I acknowledge that with distracted driving only getting worse, it's appealing to know that onboard tech can rescue me when my reactions aren't up to the growing chaos of the daily commute.
- In Berlin, retrofitted lampposts can charge electric vehicles
The success of these products could offer huge potential savings to energy providers and consumers alike, as well as greater convenience and heightened potential for green living.
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