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"It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." -- Adlai Stevenson II, political leader and diplomat
Montana Talent Available - Senior-level Information Technology Manager http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Officials clearing way for Google or Facebook to build data center near Bozeman http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Great Falls Development Authority
- NorthWestern Energy acts to inform and protect customers
The energy NorthWestern's system produces is already lower in carbon than the EPA Clean Power Plan's Montana target for 2030. And, 80 percent of the energy efficiency achieved in Montana has occurred through NorthWestern Energy programs. These are basic facts everyone should celebrate.
- Snowbirds: protect your nest!
If you spend part of the winter away from your primary home, you know it's more than just a matter of packing up a suitcase and heading out the door.
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- Great Falls Development Authority 3rd Quarter 2015 Index
Number of different locally made beers on tap in Cascade County: 36
- Great Falls Development Authority Announces New Development Director - Janet Duffy
It was very gratifying to have so many highly qualified candidates apply for the position. We enjoy a wealth of talent in our region, as well as many exceptional people who seek to move to Great Falls.
- GFDA Top 10 for Nov 29, 2015
Manufacturers: 20 or 31.5 acre, rail-served heavy industrial lot in Great Falls AgriTech Park ready for immediate construction start! Gas, electric, water, sewer, fiber, and rail all to your lot line for $30,000/acre. Join Pacific Steel & Recycling, Montana Specialty Mills, Helena Chemical, and Ruedebusch Development in this new industrial park. Contact Jeremiah Johnson at 1-406-750-3285 or JJohnson@GFdevelopment.org
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Let's Put Montana On The Google Map - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Summit, 2/3-4, Helena
Getting all of your business info online is free and easy. Join us at the free Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Summit to attend our workshops and get online!
Arrow Solutions Group
- Flight delays got you down? Try traveling by train
When it comes to seeing the country from a different perspective, especially in places where there are no roads, nothing beats a train journey for not only nostalgic value, hinting back at a more simple time, but also for the views and access to parts of America that would not otherwise be accessible.
Energy and Climate Change
- TecNet, 12/3, Billings, Montana
This is our most popular event of the year and it's a great opportunity to invite friends who are in the IT field and want to connect with other people in technology.
Come Home Montana
- Bay Area communities gearing up to create their own power systems
"It's the single most significant thing that cities can do in order to reduce carbon emissions."
- Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline
The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.
- Tens of billions promised to boost clean energy tech
Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week's high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging tens of billions of dollars for research and development.
- Bill Gates's new private-public push seeks clean energy innovation
Bill Gates is kicking off initiatives in both the public and private sphere to fund clean energy innovation and help combat climate change.
- Idaho lawmakers review solar energy development proposal on property tax exemption
Officials with Idaho's solar energy industry say they want to pay taxes on the energy they produce, not property taxes -- a system that already applies to other renewable energy developers.
- Tech Billionaires (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and pretty much every other crazy rich tech leader you can imagine) Team Up to Take On Climate Change
Through the partnership, the group's members have committed to use a substantial portion of their hundreds of billions of dollars in collective net worth to invest in early stage clean energy companies.
- Solarize Missoula aims to make solar simple for homeowners
Solarize Missoula has gathered four of Missoula's 11 active solar installation companies and worked up a group pricing offer for anyone willing to consider adding solar energy to their home power system.
- Stanford engineers develop 'invisible wires' that could improve solar cell efficiency
Stanford scientists have discovered how to make the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana: why buyers in the Big Sky State want small 'ranchettes'
The area may be known for its open spaces and huge ranches but it is properties under 30 acres that are now in demand
- A Scot in Montana: Divided by a common language
There have been times when I have no idea what you guys are talking about.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Development Technical Assistant, Senior Manager/Director/AVP of IT Engineering and Infrastructure, Senior Manager/Director/AVP of Account Management, Senior Manager/Director of Training - EDULOG
Education Logistics, Inc. is the original school bus routing software company and has been providing Routing and Planning software solutions to districts across North America since 1977.
- Montana Talent Available - Senior-level Information Technology Manager
Senior-level Information Technology Manager, entered into IT professionally in 1990, and moved into management roles starting in 1999. Completed MBA in 2001, PMP certification in 2009, CSM in 2011, CSPO in 2012 and continually seek knowledge through specialized training in IT and business management.
- Lisa Stone, Founder Of BlogHer Joins 1 Million Cups This Wednesday!, 12/2, Missoula
The excitement is echoing here at 1 Million Cups! From the caffeinated desk of 1MC, we are proud to present Lisa Stone, a Missoula native and the CEO and Founder of BlogHer http://www.blogher.com/ !
Montana Economic Development
- Who is Dan Burrell, businessman behind controversial proposed doctor college in Bozeman, Montana?
Even before announcing a controversial plan to build a 600-student, for-profit osteopathic college in Bozeman, Burrell has been making news in his adopted home of New Mexico.
- Nomad Global Communication Solutions of Columbia Falls was born in a barn and that left the door open for growth
Nomad Technologies was based, almost completely, on the need seen at the fire camps, and the belief that "Our generation is going to require better," Schmautz said.
- Give the perfect Montana-made gift this year
Find some of the best Montana-made gifts from these businesses around the state.
- With construction up in Missoula, skilled labor in demand
"We can see it coming," Fritz said. "Come April, there's a slam of work coming, and there's a definite shortage of qualified craftsmen."
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Officials clearing way for Google or Facebook to build data center near Bozeman
The district has been working for nearly two years to convince Google and social media juggernaut Facebook to build data centers in the Bozeman area.
- In Minn., an Emphasis on Getting to the 'Broadband Starting Line'
We were curious how Minnesota became one of only a handful of states that directly supports broadband deployment.
- State's failure to fund infrastructure hits eastern Montana towns hard
For six years, eastern Montana communities have sent more than $200 million in annual oil and gas production taxes to Helena. Aside from the usual share that returns to county and school coffers, no cash has come back to cities to help offset the cost of expensive infrastructure projects forced by the Bakken boom.
- Left in limbo - SPECIAL REPORT: Montana governor uses limited options to ease some communities' pain
Gov. Steve Bullock has tried to help communities pay for some infrastructure and building projects that were left without financial assistance from the Legislature this spring. But most remain unfunded and in limbo.
- Tough realities - SPECIAL REPORT: Montana's disagreements mean federal funds don't flow to communities
Twice in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Laurel went without water.
- Swett, South Dakota - ghost town up for sale, at reduced price
Swett is home to about 6 acres of land, an empty house reputed to be haunted and a closed bar.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Four tough things universities should do to rein in costs
although students are working more hours at outside jobs and receiving more tuition assistance, student debt now exceeds credit card debt and has become something of a national obsession.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS Media Institute introducing Montana youth to business at an early age through its ENTREPRENEUR class for students 12 - 17 years old
Now our Montana kids have the ability to conceive and create a business and gain valuable experience that can translate into effective, self-started businesses later in life.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: University of Montana must make enrollment plan a priority
A strategic enrollment plan is one of those things a university should have in place even when enrollment is strong.
- Enrollment bubble bursts at Montana universities
While there were years of growth in enrollment at the University of Montana from 2008 to 2011, enrollment has dropped steadily since and is now not only lower than it was in 2008 when the recession began, but is down almost 800 students from where it was 10 years ago.
- University of Montana School of Business Administration Students win award in Pronto Cycle Share Data Challenge
And, we won the People's Choice award https://www.prontocycleshare.com/datachallenge (The fact that we had 23 authors, all of whom understand marketing and have active social media presences could have played a role in that.) The congratulations email is below.
- University of Montana faces $10M to $12M budget shortfall
"The problem is that there are figures, and there are figures. And we don't know what figures they're using," said Liz Ametsbichler, a faculty senator and professor in modern and classical language and literature.
Connectivity & Communications
- Plans for private medical school in Bozeman moving forward
"The Burrell family came to us, we didn't go looking for them... they said there were going to engage in this process of looking at how feasible it was to have a school in Montana," said MSU News Service Director Tracy Ellig.
- Google, Facebook in race to build high-altitude aircraft
Tech giants Google and Facebook are dabbling in experimental aviation for the same reason they have invested in undersea cables and communications satellites: They hope to connect a larger portion of the world's people to the wonders -- and advertising -- of the Internet.
- Senator Angus King Wants Transparency in Federal Broadband Grants
Maine Sen. Angus King and two other legislators penned a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking for clarification on the federal grants provided through the Connect America Fund.
- The Development Activity Dashboard provides a summary overview of some key performance indicators for development activity in the City of Missoula
- Using Big Data to Solve Future Problems
It is possible to ethically use big data techniques to solve major regional and global problems, Alex Sandy Pentland, co-creator of MIT's Media Lab, said at Smart Con Dubai 2015.
- Montana Department of Revenue: Nonprofits must reapply for their property tax exemption
The department says a new state law requires owners of tax-exempt real property in exempt status before 2014 to submit an application by March 1, 2016.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How loneliness makes us sick
Loneliness can lead to fight-or-flight stress signaling, which can ultimately affect the production of white blood cells.
- Looking for the future of tech
And there it was, right in front of my eyes: the future.
- How Technology Will Transform Retirement
For the next generation of retirees, the question that will trump all others will be a simple one: How do you add life to longer lives?
- Stem Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth In 2 Months!
This is huge for the many adults who end up losing a tooth or multiple teeth during their lifetimes.
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