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"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots. The other is wings." - Hodding Carter, Jr.
Gov. Steve Bullock
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- "Dear North Carolina: We're open for business ... for everyone. Sincerely Montana." - Governor Bullock and Montana officials market big opportunities - #ChooseMontana
"Dear North Carolina: We're open for business ... for everyone. Sincerely Montana."
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Create 93 New Jobs across Montana
More funding opportunities are still available. The deadline for submitting an application for consideration at the next Grant/Loan Review Committee meeting is April 13.
- The 2016 Montana Equal Pay Summit, 5/2-3, Bozeman, Montana
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to be hired to coach in the National Football League. She was recognized at the United Nations as Sports Pioneer of the Year and named by ESPNW as one of the 25 most influential women in sports in 2015.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Tourism Awards: Finalists Announced!
In February, we asked you to nominate the best of Montana's tourism industry for the 2016 Montana Tourism Awards--and you delivered!
- 15 adorable Montana Airbnb getaways for less than $75
Ever wanted to spend the night in a tipi? How about a yurt? Airbnb can help with that.
- 50 Wild Places: Celebrating Montana's Outdoors
Join the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by highlighting 50 wild adventures in Montana's outdoors.
- Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters - The Montana Wilderness on horses at 3 miles an hour.
If you are tired of the static, stress and noise in your busy daily life and would prefer to hear the soft clomping of your horse while you experience the peaceful sounds and smells of whispering pines at 3 Miles an hour, the speed of a trail horse, then join us on a wilderness pack trip vacation.
Come Home Montana
- Rural Roundtable: Climate Change
What is the biggest threat climate change poses to rural communities?
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Cloud Operations Engineer, Senior Front End Engineer, Senior Software Engineers, Software Development Engineer in Test - Workiva
We're a data company, so we looked at it differently.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Economic Development Associate - Missoula Economic Partnership
Three (3) to five (5) years of proven and successful experience in an economic development organization, or any combination of experience and training deemed as equivalent preferred. Strong verbal, written, and listening skills are required.
- Can Your Community Be the Next Silicon Valley? (I dare you not to laugh)
Watch this with the office door closed or headphones on because you are going to laugh out loud at at this short, insightful, and funny economic development talk.
- Under the M: Blackstone LaunchPad starts student Diversity Coalition
The University of Montana's entrepreneurial incubator Blackstone LaunchPad will initiate a student diversity coalition to help eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship and encourage participation.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's 2016 SBA Small Business Award Winners Announced
"These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today's evolving and competitive business environment."
- 'The rising tide lifts all ships': Headframe Spirits recognized as small business champion
In all, the couple said that what they do at Headframe Spirits is not so much selling products as it is rewriting the narrative of Butte.
- Montana Manufacturers More Optimistic About 2016
The survey also found the major concerns for Montana manufacturers continue to be finding and retaining adequate labor and skilled workers, the general economy, markets, competition and sales.
- Bozeman-based Sustainable Bioproducts receives SBIR Phase II grant grant to turn biological waste into products
"We're trying to take waste and turn it into higher value products," Kozubal said. "Doing what we're doing is fairly unique."
TEDx Events in Montana
- Governor Bullock Announces First NFL Female Coach Jennifer Welter to Keynote Equal Pay Summit in Bozeman May 2-3
"I'm excited to welcome Dr. Welter to Montana as we continue our fight to ensure women in our state earn equal pay for equal work," said Bullock. "This year's Summit will focus on women in business on Main Streets all across Montana, and how we can achieve equal pay by promoting leadership, support, pay equity education, and access to critical resources in our state."
- 10 TED Talks for binge-watching
Sit down, press play and prepare to be riveted by these beautiful, mysterious, moving talks.
Come Home Washington
- Improve your job search opportunities and create luck
You are the one that creates opportunities through having a positive mindset and seeing possibilities.
- Chocolate cake for breakfast? Research says it's good for both your brain and your waistline
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here's why it should also be the sweetest.
- Plan your career's second act before your first one is over
"If you are planning on working in retirement, having something lined up before you submit your papers to your employer is a good idea."
- Ten Phrases That Are Killing Your Resume
Imagine if your job required you to read other people's resumes all day long? You'd go out of your mind. It would be fun reading resumes if people wrote interesting things about themselves, but almost all of us have been trained since childhood not to do that.
- 10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence
If you want to know if you have high emotional intelligence, here are a few tips to guide you along the way.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Spokane City Council agrees to $25,000 contract to help find next police chief
The public's involvement in hiring a new chief has not yet been decided, Lowe said, but will be soon after the job is publicly posted.
Business Plan Forums
- Wisconsin Governor Signs Legislation to Provide Broadband to Rural Communities
"We know in this state to be successful, everyone has to have access."
- Bozeman entrepreneur Andrea Michael places at "Shark Tank" startup competition
The founder of the company Shellter, Michael was awarded third place and $1,000 at the Montana Shark Tank Competition on March 16. The competition was modeled after the reality TV show "Shark Tank" and was open to startup businesses.
- Congratulations to the Montana Shark Tank Live Pitch Business Plan Winners
We had a talent pool of 13 competing companies, making it a tough decision for our judges. Companies that placed in the top five were:
- The feds have resumed a controversial program that lets cops take stuff and keep it
Asset forfeiture is a contentious practice that lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted -- and in many cases, never charged -- with wrongdoing.
Regional Economic Development
- France making it illegal to check work emails outside of work hours
France is taking steps to try and make it illegal for workers to be punished for not checking their work emails outside of work.
Washington State Business
- Small but Powerful: Maximizing the Impact of Your Economic Development Website Through GIS
Katherine Long, from the economic development team in Ponca City, OK, discusses how her small community makes a big impact with a simple, but effective website, strategic use of online data tools & website analytics to attract, inform and engage potential investors.
- Google Makes a Big Move in Seattle
Google will give Amazon.com some competition in the race to turn a once-sleepy Seattle neighborhood into an even bigger arena for tech powerhouses.
- Apprenticeships: "College without the debt"
"I don't learn from books," says lanky, soft-spoken Joyner, who sports ear piercings and tattooed arms. "I have to see it. I like learning and doing at the same time."
- Strengthening the future of our physician workforce in Montana
Physician training at Montana State University is poised to take an important step forward this fall with the opening of a new facility for Montana WWAMI students at Bozeman Health on the campus of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
- A Jackson, Wyoming Greenhouse Takes Local Produce and Employment to Another Level
The company employs 15 people who have conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, seizure disorders and spina bifida; they share 140 hours of work a week under a customized employment model and will begin churning out a projected 100,000 pounds of fresh produce a year.
Montana Education Excellence
- 5 Ways to Get Girls to Fall in Love With STEM
"We cannot solve the STEM gender gap without solving it for millennials. They're our first digital natives and they're willing to learn quickly."
- The overwhelming whiteness of U.S. private schools, in six maps and charts
Private schools are more likely than public schools to be virtually all-white, defined as a school where 90 percent or more of students are white.
- More than just a :) at Montana Code School
Whatever the project, nearly each of the class's 13 students will graduate into a junior-level programming job, where the starting pay in Montana ranges from from $40,000 to $60,000 a year.
- FVCC offers high school students chance to earn free college credits
This offers students entering their junior or senior years this fall the opportunity to earn free college credits during the summer.
- Montana prep teams rev up Formula 1 competition
On Thursday, March 24th and Friday March 26th, Montana Tech and Highlands College in Butte, together with OPI 21st CCLC and SAE International hosted the 2nd ANNUAL F1 IN SCHOOLS - MONTANA REGIONAL competition. Ten high schools from all across Montana participated in what is to be one of the state’s best educational competitions.
- Virtual classroom opening doors for K12 Montana students thanks to VisionNet and "We Are Montana in the Classroom"
More than 6500 students have been reached in the first year of this initiative, and from here it's only growing.
- STEM with a Competitive Edge in the Flathead Valley of Montana
The Tech Club offers students a variety of high-end projects to complete, wherein the students not only build the hardware, but they program the software as well.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic View - Growing Up in a Bad Neighborhood Does More Harm Than We Thought
These findings could fundamentally reshape national housing policy.
- Civic hackathon brainstorms environmental solutions in Missoula
"That's what this is about, is getting the info into these population's hands to know that they can make a massive difference to the children of their children's children.
- The transcience of youth: As young arrivals flock to Bozeman, how many can build a life here?
"Bozeman is not a community in the sense that it is composed of the same persons over an extended time period."
- 7 ways small businesses can leverage customer data
Marketing, customer experience and data experts discuss what small and midsized businesses can learn about customers from the data they collect.
- Job market rebounds as employers lower skill requirements
Employers have also increased hiring of people with disabilities, those enrolled in school and retirees, a Goldman Sachs analysis has found.
- TechJunction Montana, 8/18, Bozeman, Montana
With a "by invitation-only to MATR members" format, cutting-edge content, interactive labs & exhibits, and other complimentary delegate benefits (coffee, lunch, cocktails; etc.) TechJunction has earned the reputation as "THE technology conference" for IT professionals across the country. There is no charge for attending TechJunction.
- Companies turn to quirky interview questions -- even after Google says they don't work
"What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?"
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- How One Startup Intends to Reshape Government Finance
"a fiscal radar"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula film enthusiast works to introduce people to big ideas on the big screen
"There was something sort of mythic for me in coming to Montana,"
- Get ready for robots to become part of the family
"This has been science fiction for 50 years or more. I believe it's on the precipice of happening." Jeff Bezos
- No Business as Usual in an Autonomous Vehicle Future
We call on local, state, and federal officials to elevate the research and discussion about the implications of the autonomous vehicle revolution. We don't claim to know the future, but we recognize the risk of continuing business as usual.
- Alaska Airlines, JetBlue want to buy Virgin America
Discussions between Virgin America and the two bidders are ongoing, and a deal could be announced as early as next week
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