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"I think founders here in Missoula seem to be just as savvy as their peers all over the country, just as capable and just as ambitious. What seems to be sort of missing is this sense of urgency. They need to be a little more urgent." Venture Capitalist Paul Singh http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Economic Developers Association
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow and Expand 26 Native American Businesses
"Montana is seeing economic growth in all corners of the state, including in Indian Country," said Governor Bullock. "Today's announcement provides Native American businesses the tools and resources they need to grow and expand."
- Governor Bullock Announces Statewide Organization to Help Native American Businesses Grow, Expand, and Create Jobs
"Access to capital is a critical tool for business success and economic growth," said Governor Bullock. "I'm pleased to partner with NADC help open up additional financing for Native American owners to expand their businesses and create more jobs on reservations and in Native communities across the state."
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Montana Economic Developers Association July News
Even thought it is summer in Montana the work of economic development must go on; the calendar is packed with events and training opportunities.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Venture Capital Investor Will Price will be a featured panelist at the 2016 Innovate Montana Symposium on July 13th & 14th in Billings, MT.
Will is the founder and managing partner at Next Frontier Capital located in Bozeman, MT. He will be sharing his insights and ideas on find opportunities for innovation and growth in business, industry, and community.
Big Sky Commerce
- Meet the Surfing Kings of Montana's Rivers - Missoula, Montana
In Jordan Halland's short film Strong Water, Rieker and co-owner Kevin Brown talk about the early days of riding waves on the Clark Fork River and how they're redefining surf culture in mountain towns.
- 5 totally unique Montana dining experiences
These 5 spots are some of the best places to go for a unique dining experience. Enjoy!
Energy and Climate Change
- When traveling abroad, follow these three credit card rules
Using credit cards while traveling abroad doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are three credit card rules that'll make your trip a little easier.
Come Home Montana
- Let's Build a Global Power Grid
The smaller and more isolated a power network is, the more difficult it is to maintain the nearly instantaneous balance between electricity supply and demand.
- What If We Redesigned the Grid From Nothing?
The Energy Gang asks whether utilities, regulators and third energy companies will ever coalesce around a common vision for the future grid.
- Republic Services launches new recycling program for Missoula residents
"As we work to better inform and educate and build awareness of what can and can't be recycled, ultimately we'll be able to divert more valuable materials from landfills,"
- Spectacular Dugout Ranch: Cows plus science
"How can we help decisionmakers, ranchers, producers better be prepared for a warmer and drier world?" explained Sue Bellagamba, who oversees the ranch on behalf of its owner, the Nature Conservancy.
- Montana's MPG Ranch strives to preserve the natural communities that make this area beautiful and focuses on research to restore and protect native diversity.
We invite you to explore our site, give feedback, and stay up to date on MPG Ranch activities.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Coolest job in Montana now available - Whitefish seeks Energy Corps member
Climate Smart Glacier Country, the City of Whitefish and Whitefish School District seek to hire a motivated, dedicated Energy Corps member to help steer the community toward local community solutions.
- Montana's Wilderness Trails Need People With Horse Skills, Mule Packers and Volunteers to Keep the Back Country Supplied and Open.
"Right now, it's dying," Burns said of the packing tradition. "We're trying to keep that tradition alive."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Networking & Switching Engineer - Midrivers
Research/ install electronic components & systems for commercial use, tele. TV & Broadband services.
- Global startup investor Paul Singh looks to Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Helena for next big thing, advises entrepreneurs
Paul Singh, who has invested in some 1,700 companies in 50 countries, sat with the founders of several local startups over morning coffee before holding open office at The Loft in downtown Missoula.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Uber: What's slowing down the fast-paced program in Montana
App-based transportation companies have taken the country by storm in the past several years, but are a new development in Montana.
- Montana gains rural family physicians
"As far as national race go, 53 out of the 56 counties here in Montana are federally recognized as being underserved. So the fact that we're able to graduate, residents, who then go into those rural and underserved areas is a great win for Montana," said Rivard
- UM report finds growth in western Montana is catching up to other parts of the state
A new report from the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research has found Montana's economy is "evening out" geographically, meaning that the more populous western counties are finally catching up with the rural eastern counties that benefited from the oil and commodity boom.
- MSU Outreach and Engagement Council awards four seed grants
The aim of the MSU Leadership Institute project is to place upper-level undergraduate and graduate MSU students as non-voting members of regional nonprofit boards.
- MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Time for action on The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project
Daines and Zinke have been in Congress long enough – and the project has certainly been available to the public long enough – for them to have fully explored the idea and formed an opinion on it. If any lingering doubts remained about whether Montanans truly support the project, the UM poll results ought to put them to rest.
- Micron to cut about 2,400 positions globally
The job cuts and other changes will save the company $300 million, Micron says
- Paying it forward: Santa Clara program pairs valley veterans with social entrepreneurs
Social entrepreneurs trying to solve tough problems are tapping into tech industry veterans who have the skills to nurture startups and grow businesses, thanks to Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Institute
- To Get Doctors to Do the Right Thing, Try Comparing Them to Their Peers
Can an electronic nudge help doctors do the right thing when it comes to patient care?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Retraining the future: Can Wyoming build the workforce outside the energy industry?
Hardly anyone walks Glenrock's streets these days.
- Letter to the 10-year-old girl who applied to the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship
This will make your day, I promise.
- The Idaho STEM Action Center
The STEM Action Center was created by the 2015 Legislature to coordinate and maximize STEM-related programs and activities to strengthen Idaho's K-career STEM pipeline, providing Idahoans with more employment opportunities in STEM fields.
Montana Education Excellence
- Tiny Interventions Can Help Reverse Our Sky-High College Dropout Rate
Little tricks, like sending occasional supportive text messages, make students vastly more likely to finish college.
- Montana teen wins national Microsoft competition
"When my name was called, my mom screamed beyond loud and everyone I am pretty sure heard it and I am kind of in shock, but walked up and got everything," O'Donnell said.
- Funding limit that caps Montana high school graduation age a 'travesty,' legislators say
Montana is one of two states that doesn't provide funding for students in school after they turn 19. Maine is the other, though its limit is higher at 20 years old.
- Conservationists converge for international seminar at the University of Montana
The 26 mid-career protected area managers represent Botswana, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Georgia, Indonesia, Israel, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Funding and Building your Business
- Boulder, Montana moving forward on life without MDC
"We will take the data and put together a comprehensive plan for the Boulder community,"
- Billings residents asked to complete National Citizen Survey
According to a news release from the city, responses to the survey help officials gauge residents' perceptions of living in Billings, evaluate the quality of city services, assess community priorities and make comparisons with peer cities.
- The Best Companies Invest Aggressively in These 3 Areas
If you want your business to grow sustainably at scale, you need to figure out how to make big investments that will best differentiate you in your core.
- Being A Woman Is Now An Asset For Raising Venture Capital
Right now, being a woman is an asset. Rub your temples and say that to yourself 20 times a day.
- Why Sweden Is Shifting To A 6-Hour Workday
Be more focused, have fewer meetings--and then go home early. It sounds like a dream, but it can work.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Cognitive Computing: A Key Tool in Predicting Citizen Service Needs
Public-sector leaders are starting to think about how artificial intelligence might be able to help improve service delivery to citizens.
- Next Generation of Public Employees Must Understand Data and Policy
Cities need to attract and cultivate a workforce of tech-minded employees who can fully leverage new technologies and data initiatives to promote change and create public value.
- Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything we do within government work better. Or is it?
- How to 3D print 'joint patches' with ink made of cartilage
"Those who have osteoarthritis in their joints suffer a lot. We need a new alternative treatment for this."
- Multi-material 3D printer aimed squarely at professionals
Pollen has also put together a training package, where users are walked through all aspects of the technology in two half day sessions. You can see a brief overview in this video.
- Missoula awarded $600,000 air service grant for Texas flights
Call it the Great Texas Air Rush.
- Witness: Driver watched 'Harry Potter' as self-driving car crashed
The "Autopilot" system is designed to allow Teslas to cruise along highways without drivers having to steer, brake or accelerate.
- Welcome to Larry Page's Secret Flying-Car Factories
"What appears in the next 5 to 10 years will be incredible"
- Gazette opinion: What Billings needs to land a new airline
Over the past decade, Billings has seen an increase in air passengers, but a decrease in available flights and seats.
- Driverless cars could improve safety, but impact on jobs, transit questioned
Making driving easier also has the potential to hurt public transit and change how traffic operates because of lower speeds, so governments need to start thinking about policy for driverless cars before they become common, transit advocates say.
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