Corona Virus Information
- One Third Of Montana Counties Fall Under The New CDC Mask Recommendations – Montana Schools Superintendent Says Masks Should Be Personal Choice
The state’s superintendent of public instruction is advocating for personal choice while public health experts push for mandates.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities – Toolmaker, CNC Machinist, Quality Assurance & Safety Manager – Diversified Plastics
Work and live in beautiful Missoula, Montana! Diversified Plastics is a profitable, growing, privately held plastic manufacturer that has been in business over forty years.
- Childcare Connect Montana – Connecting Qualified Substitute Staff with Local Child Care Programs
Often times, childcare programs can have a hard time staying fully staffed. Now, a new pilot program called Childcare Connect Montana is helping facilities keep their doors open.
- Montana Career Opportunity – Executive Director – Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) announces an excellent opportunity to join the President’s Executive Team as the Executive Director of Foundation. FVCC is located in beautiful Northwest Montana.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Missoula’s Diversified Plastics, Inc. to Receive 2020 Exporter of the Year Award – Career Opportunities
“Diversified Plastics has demonstrated not only resilience but also growth during a time when the circumstances of the global economy have made it harder to achieve either and that’s certainly commendable,” said Commerce Director Scott Osterman.
- July Monthly: Guest Post, Website Tips, Upcoming Events – Made in Montana
What does the Made in Montana logo mean? It’s more than a brand; it signifies a product is made or grown here with pride, a badge of honor for the producer, and stands for quality. Made in Montana has three brand pillars:
Great Falls Development Authority
- GFDA is conducting a childcare feasibility study
“We’d like to get at least 500 responses from parents in the region or guardians about their childcare needs because it adds depth and richness to the number crunching that’s already been done.”
- The Great Falls Development Authority – Current Requests for Proposals – Social Media Management for Talent Attraction, Housing Market Demand Assessment, Web Design and Hosting Services
The Great Falls Development Authority is formed as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 governed by a 44-member board comprised of community partners and our private investors.
Prospera Business Network
- Upcoming Trainings – Prospera Business Network
Prospera Business Network is the lead non-profit organization advancing and supporting community-centered economic development in southwest Montana. Our focus is helping people start and grow their business – in turn strengthening our region’s economy and communities.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- National parks are so crowded that Congress is getting involved – Are Tourists Loving Montana Too Much?
Reservations, staffing, and car limits are pitched as solutions during testimony in a Senate subcommittee hearing
- An Opportunity for Long-Term, Equitable Local Economic Vitality
Small businesses need affordable commercial space. Federal stimulus funds offer the chance for local governments to get involved in a variety of ways — including becoming landlords themselves.
- Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana – Paw Prints – A Quarterly Newsletter to Keep You Informed
Bear Paw Development is a private non-profit organization that works to improve regional economic conditions in Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Chouteau, and Phillips Counties and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservations. To find out more, visit us online at http://www.bearpaw.org
- Boulder, Montana community group wants to start childcare program – New pilot program, Childcare Connect Montana, is helping childcare facilities stay staffed
The leaders of the working group have begun the process of creating a nonprofit organization. They’re seeking a grant to hire a childcare coordinator, and Hesford has been trying to recruit people to start the process of becoming licensed providers.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- This should be the remote workers’ ‘Bill of Rights’
The executive director of Tulsa Remote asks (and answers): “What is the remote worker owed? And, to what extent, if at all, are remote workers different from their office-bound counterparts?”
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Minnesota Broadband: Land of 10,000 Connectivity Solutions
The majority of the fastest, most affordable networks in Minnesota have come from locally-rooted companies and a commitment to local communities rather than distant shareholders.
- There’s a Rough Technology Sunset Coming for Rural Communities
Retiring old communication technology standards could have an outsized negative influence on rural communities with limited providers and competition in the field of broadband internet and wireless services.
- California Congressman Mark Takano Introduces Legislation For A Four-Day Workweek – Working 9-To-5 Is An Antiquated Relic
“A shorter workweek would benefit both employers and employees alike.” He pointed out, “Pilot programs run by governments and businesses across the globe have shown promising results, as productivity climbed and workers reported better work-life balance, less need to take sick days, heightened morale and lower childcare expenses because they had more time with their family and children.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Maximize Profitability by Doing Less Work
Increasing profitability in a business can be a lot of work. But there are ways to have a large impact on the bottom line. Find out how to maximize the profitability of your business simply.
- This serial entrepreneur asks himself three questions when assessing a business idea.
When he assesses a business idea, Jain starts with a simple premise: If your business ends up solving the problem that it sets out to solve, how many lives are going to be better because of it? ”If there are a billion people whose lives are going to be better, then you have a massive market,” he says. “And you’ll have to find a way to create that enterprise.”
21st Century Education Initiative – “You Should Care…”
- States with the Best & Worst School Systems Montana Ranks 27th.
Researchers have found that more resources — or taxes paid by residents — typically result in better school-system performance.
- Advocates Hope New Mexico Bill Offers National Model For Frontier Equity
Recently passed legislation establishes a new ombudsperson role for bringing the perspectives and needs of rural communities into the state’s policy- and grant-making processes.
- Austin, Texas, Offers Tips for Local Digital Transformation
Citizens are looking for the ability to self-serve, Ross said — and to do so outside of the traditional 8-to-5 workday.
- Boost Public Car Share to Reduce Private Vehicle Ownership – Expanding Car-Share Beyond America’s Biggest Cities
There is one unsung tactic that reduces the number of cars on the road and their consequences without big public investment, redevelopment, or a toll on central-business-district-bound drivers: expanding car access through car share.
- TuSimple Enlists Ryder To Build Out A Robot Truck Network
TuSimple, a San Diego-based developer of autonomous driving technology for semi-trucks, says Ryder System will support its plans for a nationwide “autonomous freight network” across by providing access to U.S. facilities Ryder operates to keep big rigs rolling.
- Toyota Whiffed on Electric Vehicles. Now It’s Trying to Slow Their Rise
In a bid to protect its investments in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, the carmaker is lobbying against the transition to electric vehicles.
- Fleets of microcars could become another public transport option
Completely free to use, they are self-charging, so door-to-door use is a reality. There is no need to park it anywhere in particular, or find a renewable energy charging station.
- How Does Removing Parking and Road Space Affect People With Disabilities?
Eliminating parking minimums and scaling down our streets will help bring destinations closer together. It will make more room for housing and services, and give many the option to walk or bike to their destinations, rather than using a car. And creating these alternatives to driving saves the parking and road space for those who need it most.