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It just keeps getting better. Main Street Montana Conference, 7/13-14, Billings, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Code Girls
Early Edge Montana
- STEM professions, particularly within the tech sector, should be more accessible to young women everywhere.
All students, regardless of their sex, must have equal access to the full range of CTE programs offered.
- Girls stream into summer coding camps in the Bay Area and beyond
It already feels like the dead of summer, but the girls over at Adobe's coding camp are making it snow.
Gov. Steve Bullock
- New Vermont law to fund public preschool a first
Vermont has become the first state to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs to all 3- and 4-year-olds as of this month, state officials say.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Montana says health plan contracts will save $25 million
Montana will save more than $25 million by the end of 2018 through changes to the state of Montana's health care plan, Gov. Steve Bullock said.
- Governor Bullock lays out plans for Montana's outdoor recreation agenda
"It's more than just promoting Montana to get more visitors to come here," Bullock said during a presentation at the Montana Natural History Center. "We need to address workforce challenges."
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Takes Positive Stance on City Airport
"We encourage the City Council to select an alternative in the South Kalispell Urban Renewal Plan that preserves continued operation of the airport", said chamber president Joe Unterreiner.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- It just keeps getting better. Main Street Montana Conference, 7/13-14, Billings, Montana
We just added the opportunity to tour two innovative Montana businesses before the conference gets going on Wednesday, July 13!
- Political landmine: Montana campaigns are zeroing in on public lands -- and for good reason
"It's certainly not a pro-Democrat or pro-Republican message," said Aaron Weiss, of the Center for Western Priorities. "It's one that says being for public lands, and for balanced energy development, is what's successful."
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Will Swearingen, PhD, and Ray Friesenhahn of TechLink were given "Champion of Small Business Innovation" awards by the Small Business Technology Council in Washington DC.
Swearingen and Friesenhahn were the principal authors of a major economic impact study of the Air Force SBIR program, the first-ever comprehensive economic impact study of any federal SBIR program.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Intellectual Property Webinar Series Federal Trade Secrets, 7/27, Online
We will highlight the changes ushered in by the DTSA and provide tips on how to best leverage the federal forum for trade secret disputes.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Tourism Grant Program Opens for Fiscal Year 2017
"The Tourism Grant Program is a crucial economic development investment. This is the only program focused on the important work of developing the tourism industry, a substantial driver of our whole economy," said MOTBD Division Administrator Sean Becker.
Come Home Montana
- First Solar's Jim Hughes Touts a 'Bulletproof Balance Sheet,' Warns of an Industry 'Train Wreck'
I've been saying that retail-rate net metering is not economically realistic. It's something that's going to bankrupt the entire system...which is not something that a lot of people have focused on.
- 3 Stats From New York's Distributed System Plans
New York utilities will spend hundreds of millions in the next five years to prepare for a distributed energy future.
- Sonnen Launches a Home Battery for Self-Consumption at a 40% Reduced Cost
The "eco compact" is designed to maximize on-site solar consumption in markets where net metering is getting phased out.
- Clean Energy Is at a Turning Point and Wind and Solar May Not Be Enough
A closer look at what the White House and its counterparts actually mean by this proposal shows that for the United States, the goal relies on far more than an ongoing boom in wind and solar.
- Google, Amazon and Apple Are Forging the Future of Corporate Energy Management
The fact that a consumer technology company has formed an energy subsidiary reflects the extent to which large corporations are taking an active approach to energy management.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Location Coordinator - Montana Film Office
This exciting position is a combination of marketing and technical assistance, promoting Montana as a filming destination and providing support services to productions in state.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Communications Director, Administrative Assistant - MTIP Program, MT Promotions Officer - Montana Department of Commerce
Please take a look! If you are interested in applying, or know someone that looking to join our all-star team, follow the link at the bottom of each description.
- Guest opinion: Why millennials love working in Montana
There is no way we would see that kind of independent growth without the heart and soul of this company: millennials.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Public Access Specialist - State of Montana
The purpose of this position is to increase public access to public lands.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator - The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition
The BFR Program Coordinator will be responsible for a cohesive set of educational programs and will be the primary staff managing Farm Link Montana, Planning for On-Farm Success, Field Days, and Workshops. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to collaboratively evaluate needs in the food system and guide future work and priorities.
Montana Economic Development
- Top Montana health insurers losing money - and paying big bonuses to executives
Company spokesman John Doran told MTN News Friday the company's incentive plan is tied to the overall performance of the company, and not just the financial bottom line.
- Health insurers propose big premium increases for 2017
The largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, is proposing an average 62 percent rate increase for its individual plans for 2017. Montana Health Co-op's average requested increase is 22 percent, and PacificSource's request is an average 20 percent jump.
- Montana Precision Parts plans to grow by 80 to 100 employees, executives say
In case you're not privy to world of casting, Montana Precision Products makes parts for jet engines and industrial equipment in a process that involves, among other things, molding, casting and (the best part) pouring liquid-hot metal.
- Missoula realtor Dawn Maddux in charge of selling $39 million private island mansion on Flathead Lake
Dawn Maddux wasn't even in the industry eight years ago, and now she's charged with selling a property that can only be considered by the very wealthiest individuals.
- Missoula tech companies frustrated by lack of affordable airfare, but situation may improve
"The cost of flying in and out of Missoula is the single biggest challenge that we face in building a growing business in Montana," he said.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Entrepreneurs Find Resources on MWED's NEW Website!
It is designed to inform users how MWED can help their business, and to make valuable tools and information easily accessible.
- Missoula Economic Partnership assumes oversight of Bitterroot Economic Development District
"We're going to bring the BREDD function into our organization, which is grant writing for job creation in Missoula County," Grunke said. "The board of both organizations felt like this made the most sense to have it housed jointly with us."
- Today's TED Talk - When we design for disability, we all benefit
"When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm."
- Getting Past the First Cut With a Résumé That Grabs Digital Eyes
"The first thing employers care about is: Do you have the skill they are looking for?"
- This ChatBot Can Make Sure Your Resume Won't End Up In A Black Hole
One survey found that 75% of workers never heard back from a potential employer after applying.
Oregon Economic Development
- West Yellowstone places moratorium on new water connections
the moratorium will be in place "until such time as the Town receives the necessary information to move forward in obtaining, repairing or replacing its water supply."
Regional Economic Development
- Bend company gives Oregon State $250,000 to develop outdoor products degree program
The new faculty member will lead the curriculum-planning process and "work with regional outdoor products companies" to pinpoint necessary skills that should be taught in the program.
- The $4.3 Billion That States and Localities Are Missing Out On
Economic output would get a big boost if more women were in the workplace.
- An Underutilized Tool for Building Tomorrow's Workforce
Prior learning assessment -- awarding college credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom -- is a worthwhile idea that's catching on.
- Opposition growing to Wyoming wind-tax increase
Opposition is growing across Wyoming to any increase in the state's wind-generation tax over concerns it will hurt jobs and stifle development.
Montana Education Excellence
- 'The kids are being brainwashed': Bill Nye the Science Guy slams new Noah's Ark attraction
'This engenders anti-science attitudes. You are limiting children's futures by suggesting science is a conspiracy against them.'
- University of Montana offers $70,000 hiring bonus to new enrollment chief
"It seems like a good investment," McRae said. "It could be the smartest money we ever spent or the dumbest money we ever spent.
Funding and Building your Business
- Neighbors may protest density, but Bozeman's future is infill, sprawl or pricier housing
"I think people have a tendency to look at the worst possible situation," he said. "Because it's unknown, you tend to get worried."
- Grand Opening: Bitterroot Trail Celebration, 7/16, Hamilton to Missoula
Every community along the way is planning its own celebration honoring community members who have played a role in making this day possible.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Tips for collecting overdue accounts payable
Collecting overdue accounts payable can be an especially unpleasant part of doing business.
- Why entrepreneurs should hire English majors
I love English majors.
- 4 Questions That Separate 'Want'-repreneurs From Entrepreneurs
Are you asking yourself 'if' -- or 'how?'
- 'Hacking' the brain: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs turn to fasting and 'smart drugs'
"We're actually super productive on Tuesdays," co-founder and CEO Geoffrey Woo said. "It's hard at first, but we literally adopted it as part of the company culture."
- AI deep learning system helps keep lawn cat poop-free
Software engineer Robert Bond rigged up a system that detects when cats - and only cats - stroll into his yard, and responds by turning on the sprinklers.
- Is the car culture dying?
The car culture may be dying or, at any rate, slumping into a prolonged era of eclipse. The only question is whether the signs of change can be believed.
- A Tesla Co-Founder Is Making Electric Garbage Trucks With Jet Tech, and Why Not
Ian Wright developed an electric drivetrain that bolts right in.
- University of Montana to Launch Statewide Adaptive Bike, Recreation Initiative
The "Wheels Across Montana" program will debut at the inaugural Adaptive Bike Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 15, at McCormick Park in Missoula.
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