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"Innovators are the ones whose dreams are clearer than the reality that tells them they're crazy." Simon Sinek
Is your community among the 100? How 100 Local Governments Will Work Together to Speed up Sustainability http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Chelsea Cheff provides safety element for host of uses while living her dream in Montana - SOS Gear
"People want to stay in Montana, and given that there aren't that many large corporations here, people try to figure out a way to stay," Kregg Aytes, dean of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship at MSU in Bozeman
Montana Politics & Legislature
- How Customer Analytics Is Speeding the Cure for Parkinson's
"Suddenly overnight we were able to have, on our desktops and our mobile devices, real-time automated reports. It was game-changing for senior management." -Emily Moyer, senior vice president of marketing and digital strategies at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- The Historic Congressional Race in Montana That Nobody's Watching That Could Elect the First American Indian Woman in Congress
I'm still an Indian, no matter what. I'm a candidate, I've been elected statewide twice, and I happen to be a candidate who happens to be American Indian, who happens to be a woman, who happens to be openly gay. It's all a bonus. I think that gets people excited."
- Bozeman Pushes for Local Sales Taxes in Montana
The city of Bozeman is hiring a lobbyist to push for local sales taxes during the 2017 legislative session.
- Candidates plug in to state's energy future
Both candidates spoke to nearly 200 members of Montana's 25 electric cooperatives during a morning session of the 55th annual meeting of the association.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Just In Time, Department Of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Webinar, 11/1, Online
Just in time for the October 31 Phase I release, this one hour long webinar will cover a general overview of the DOE SBIR/STTR Program and feature a Phase I/Phase II recipient of DOE SBIR funds.
- Where's the Money? Getting Funding from the SBA
Check out this brief video that features Mark Walsh, head of investment and innovation at the SBA, and Nina Tandon, the co-founder and CEO of Epibone discuss the SBIR/STTR Program.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana 'very popular for our people,' says Norway's consul general
"Norwegians love the American road trip."
- Flathead Lake - A Family Returns to Montana 'Ruts' and a Million-Dollar View
The beach was nothing but water-weathered rock. But the rounded stones of Flathead Lake, Mont., aren't mere pebbles. Beneath the crisp, transparent water, their straight-from-the-1970s hues -- dusty mauve, adobe and pale avocado -- are magnified, becoming deep purples, oranges and greens.
Come Home Montana
- Solar Roadways to go live as the world watches
In 2006, it was just an idea from a Sandpoint, Idaho man and his wife. A decade later, solar panels on the roadway are about to become a reality -- and could eventually change the world.
- Doubling Down on California's Climate Commitment
Legislation it passed a decade ago has produced significant gains without wrecking the state's economy. A new law holds promise for accelerating those gains.
- How 100 Local Governments Will Work Together to Speed up Sustainability
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Communities Alliance is aiming to get energy-related programs at the local level off the ground, faster and smarter.
- Toyota's FCV Plus concept is part car, part power plant
In addition to being hydrogen-powered, the FCV Plus was designed to be a power source itself.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Electric Operations Supervisor - Northwestern Energy
The Supervisor of Electric Operations is responsible for the efficient scheduling and supervision of electric utility and contract crews and service crews engaged in the construction and maintenance of the electric transmission and distribution systems.
- Join Us Next Wednesday At 1 Million Cups With Artes Academy, 10/5, Missoula
The excitement is echoing here at 1 Million Cups!
- Six B2B Networking Luncheons Scheduled in Bozeman, Montana
A six-luncheon series featuring vibrant speakers, engaging networking, various awards and drawings for prizes in a fun, collegial atmosphere. Join us!
- Churn and failure define a successful startup ecosystem
Effort is not success; failure transformed is.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula, Montana's Kettlehouse Brewing Co. lands top honors at national beer convention
"Kettlehouse is one of the more than 4,000 breweries that are generating such excitement for beer around this country, and providing the American consumer with unprecedented choice and quality,"
- Recruiting workers to Montana - BillingsWorks
BillingsWorks Director Brittney Souza says right now in Yellowstone County, 30% of the workforce is over the age of 56.
- New Program Provides Down Payment Gift For Montana Homebuyers
One of the biggest challenges potential homeowners face isn't making monthly mortgage payments - many already pay as much or more in rent - but saving for the down payment and closing costs.
- World Famous Missoula chef Ray Risho - "Ray Risho's Ports of Call" provides introduction to 'Syrian state of belly'
His forthcoming book, "Ray Risho's Ports of Call," will include a large section on Syrian cuisine.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Missoula aviation company gets funding to train low-income workers as mechanics
The Montana Idaho Community Development Corp. (MICDC) has received a $769,639 grant to help fund a job creation and training program at Neptune Aviation in Missoula.
- Today's TED Talk - Can we build AI without losing control over it?
We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.
- Pro-Learning, Not Pro-Failure
"I'm not pro-failure. I'm pro-learning," he says. "We mean find incredibly efficient ways to learn."
- Broadband Access Remains Roadblock to Rural Prosperity
"You cannot bring businesses to a community that doesn't have access to broadband." Governor McAuliffe opening his annual Summit on Rural Prosperity. And it's not just businesses.
- California Bans All Cellphone Use While Driving
The new bill explicitly prohibits drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel for any distracting activities unless they do so through dictation or other hands-free modes.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise, Idaho Based Questgroups Connects Top Companies With Top Talent
We are the missing link, helping scale venture capital investments, startup growth and candidate's careers
- Idaho hunters learn Texas billionaires are locking them out at the last minute
"I hope you spread the word," his son, Bradley Wolfinger, told the Statesman via email. "Outrageous."
- Ranchers disappointed by pipeline reclamation process
"I didn't want to do it," he said, laughing in retrospect. "When they first started putting pipelines through here, when the boom started, it was pretty conniving."
- Fayetteville -- a little town that grew around outdoor adventure
"I hadn't been here three months before I knew this is my place. I never had that feeling anywhere. We knew we wanted to stay, but we didn't know how we could stay," she said.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- California Suspends Ties With Wells Fargo
Citing Wells Fargo's "venal abuse of its customers," the California treasurer took the unusual step on Wednesday of suspending many of its ties with the San Francisco bank as it continues to reel from the scandal over the creation of as many as two million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts.
- Why Wells Fargo customers won't be able to sue the bank over fake accounts
In the case of Wells Fargo, the arbitration clauses that customers agreed to when they opened their real accounts are being used to keep them from suing about the fake accounts opened in their names.
Montana Education Excellence
- Utah program helps students get jobs in medical innovations industry
The program is a replication of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, which was established last year. Its success in the aerospace industry attracted interest from other industries seeking to start their own pathway programs.
- A State Policymaker's STEM Playbook
This report also identifies elements that contributed to the passage and implementation of this legislation.
Funding and Building your Business
- MSU launches new center designed to improve engineering students' success
Faculty conducting research at the center will seek to understand what motivates students to pursue an engineering degree, persist to graduation and enter -- and remain -- in the engineering workforce.
- University of Montana to Become First US Campus to Launch Fast-Charging, Zero-Emission Electric Buses
"We salute the University of Montana as the first college in the nation to adopt Proterra zero-emission buses. We hope this example inspires other academic institutions to follow suit.
- Montana Tech reveals low enrollment for fall semester
"The fact a lot of our degree areas are dependent upon the prices of commodities. So when the price of gold is down, the price of oil is down, the price of silver is down, the price of copper is down that's going to impact our enrollment," said Abbott.
- 'Organized,' 'belligerent cheaters' overwhelm Tech summer classes
The spate of academic dishonesty, which resulted in the expulsion of 15 students, appears to have been far more systematic and widespread than previously reported.
Connectivity & Communications
- Announcing: USDA Rural Investment Fund
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America.
- Why Women Entrepreneurs Have a Harder Time Finding Funding
Loan approval rates for female entrepreneurs is 15 to 20 percent less than it is for men. Clearly, something is not right.
- 'Being your own boss' is one of the biggest myths of entrepreneurship
"As an entrepreneur, you have traded one, two, or a handful of bosses for dozens, hundreds, thousands, or millions of bosses, each with their own agenda!"
- Google's Got a Plan to Unify the World's Wi-Fi Hotspots
You'll access the Internet from any of them using a single username and password--no more asking the barista for the network name and password.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 18 facts that you didn't know about Google, on its 18th birthday
Nobody knows when Google's birthday is - setting a tone of joyful confusion that marks much of what the company does
- Jack Dorsey on childhood, Twitter and what's next for Square
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square, said his life has been marked by a series of obsessions in which he learns as much as possible about a particular topic and applies that knowledge to a problem.
- 5 times Elon Musk blew our minds with his Mars plan
Buried in his announcement were a host of fascinatingly specific details stripped straight from sci-fi novels.
- What the Designer of Fitbit Wants to Revolutionize Next
NewDealDesign prioritizes a patience for the process of iterating and reiterating, and Amit values people who are driven to devise surprising solutions.
- Sisyphus - The Kinetic Art Table - Kickstarter Campaign
What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
- No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show
Showing electric cars will help avoid a faux pas in a city where the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has campaigned against pollution from conventional autos. The Sunday before the show opens, she held a second "Day Without Cars." About half the city was off-limits to private cars for seven hours.
- Eve of Disruption: How the Auto Industry Is Remaking Itself
"The whole idea of owning a car, parking it for $1,000 a month, and not using it 95% of the time is ludicrous." General Motors vice president of urban mobility to an auditorium full of automotive executives in New York City
- What Uber's self-driving big rig plan means for truck drivers
Uber, which acquired self-driving truck startup Otto this summer, plans to get long-haul trucks on the roads next year. How will it affect those who are involved?
- Iveco's blue-sky "Z" concept imagines the future of trucking
The "Z" stands for "Zero," in the sense of zero CO2 emissions, zero accidents, zero stress and zero waste of driver time.
- This easy maneuver, borrowed from the Dutch, could be life-saving for cyclists
Nearly every cyclist has had to, at times, quickly swerve out of the way to avoid drivers opening their car doors. Doing so is dangerous, and it recently claimed the life of a young woman from Somerville, Massachusetts.
- Will Driving Your Own Car Become the Socially Unacceptable Public Health Risk Smoking is Today?
The anticipated reduction in road deaths and injuries alone makes a complete transition to driverless vehicles a compelling public health proposition.
- Why Smarter Cars Need Smarter Cities
"Vehicle technology can essentially reduce human error in driving a vehicle almost down to zero."
- Hydrogen fuel cell four-seater passenger plane takes to the air
A collaboration of aircraft makers, fuel cell developers and university engineers have come a step closer to zero emission passenger flights with the first flight of a hydrogen fuel cell four-seater electric aircraft.
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