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Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Department of Commerce, Miles Community College Partner to Open New Small Business Development Center
"Together SBDC and Miles Community College will provide access to business development resources, supporting the entire region and strengthening the economy," said SBDC State Director Chad Moore.
- Montana Made Monthly
We are so happy to have continuous additions of creators, manufacturers, growers as well as retail locations and restaurants into our program!
Early Edge Montana
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoes bill to raise allowable campaign contributions
In his veto, Bullock wrote the changes in the bill would "completely undermine the effectiveness (of the Commissioner of Political Practices) and the increase in contribution limits are far above what Montanans believe to be acceptable."
- Anthology featuring 40 Montana writers supports public lands
"The land is under imminent threat. Our public lands are in grave danger. This is the extraordinary catalyst that drew this movement together in such short order," Bass said.
- Governor Bullock vetoes health-care price transparency bill
"Peer-reviewed medical and scientific studies show that online pricing tools are not used, and when they are, drive costs up," he wrote.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Running Free in Germany's Outdoor Preschools
"It's terrible that kids today know all about technology but nothing about the little bird outside their window."
- How the IoT is improving lives to transform the world
Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years -- and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Best Foods under the Big Sky: What to Eat in Montana
Montana is known for its open expanses and beautiful wilderness. That natural bounty yields exceptional food, including bison, huckleberries, chokecherries, morels and some of the best beef in the country, along with local favorites worth a detour.
Come Home Montana
- Arctic stronghold of world's seeds flooded after permafrost melts
No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change
- Kid power (Claire Vlases) brings solar power to Sacajawea Middle School in Bozeman, Montana
"We want this to be a launching pad for other green energy for schools," Claire said, "and for students to follow their own passions."
- Find out what is true and false about climate change
Skeptical Science is a science education group run by a global team of volunteers. It's based on scientific literature that's gone through the peer-review process, meaning the research has been subjected to scrutiny by other experts in the same field.
- A Curious Plan to Save the Environment With the Blockchain
"One reason why we have environmental crises, like the overexploitation of natural resources, and pollution, is because the global economy is full of actors who are doing business without much accountability."
- Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990
Just how much control we are able to exert over the rate of sea level rise will critically depend on how rapidly global greenhouse gas emissions come down in coming years -- making the entire outlook closely tied to whether the United States sticks with the rest of the world in honoring the Paris climate agreement.
- HATCH is looking for passionate, self-motivated, and dedicated individuals to join the HATCH2017 Planning and Execution Team for the HATCH North America Experience from September 20 - 24, 2017 at Moonlight Basin, Montana
HATCH was founded 13 years ago by Yarrow Kraner as an annual, 100% curated, exclusive, invite-only, four day "think-tank meets retreat" of 100 curated creators and do'ers that are at the headwaters of creativity across a range of disciplines.
- Missoula's Out To Lunch Starts 6/7 - Come Join The Party With Montana Food And Music
Enjoy Montana's longest running festival every Wednesday in June, July and August from 11am - 2pm.
- Seamstress or tailor needed for prototype garmet design for startup
One of our LaunchPad clients is looking for a seamstress to help with some prototype garments.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Nonprofit Accountant, Communications and Administrative Assistant - Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
The Corporation will provide facilities for the creation of artistic works and association with other serious artists as the foundation for creative growth.
Montana Economic Development
- IronCore Labs Raises $1.5m in Seed Round Funding Led by Next Frontier Capital
Developer-focused, turnkey security will accelerate Enterprise adoption of cloud software
- Ravalli County's airports a well-kept economic secret
"It is a well-kept secret that we have this asset, and when we look at the Ravalli County airport (it) is the same kind of asset," Foster said. "I think most citizens in Ravalli County aren't aware of the jobs and tax base."
- Sales development company OppSource opens Bozeman office after $1.2 million investment led by Bozeman's Next Frontier Capital
One of the company's founders, Dan Metzger, lives in Ennis and will oversee the Four Corners office, which currently employs four people, mostly in sales. OppSource plans to add several more employees to the office by the end of the year, said co-founder and CEO Mark Galloway.
Come Home Wyoming
- The 2017 Prospera Economic Profile of Gallatin and Park Counties
New in 2017, the Economic Profile has been expanded and redesigned, and for the first time ever it is available for free online.
- Wind turbine manufacturer looks to train Wyoming workers - Goldwind Works
Good candidates could include workers laid off as a result of the recent downturn in Wyoming's coal, oil and natural gas industries.
- Speak Your Piece: The Economic Status of Rural America in the Trump Era
Over the next few years, the federal government will consider many policies that affect rural economies.
Incubators and R&D
- Senator Tester Announces $1.3 Million to Support Montana Tribal Youth Program
"Our children are our future," said Tester, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "We have to make sure they have every resource they need to succeed and that's exactly what this funding will do for youth that attend public schools across Indian Country."
- States Get Involved in Lawsuit to Protect Obamacare, Saying Trump Can't Be Trusted
Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion Thursday to intervene in a long-running lawsuit over a core part of the Affordable Care Act.
- FCC votes to start rolling back landmark net neutrality rules
The current net neutrality rules make it illegal for Internet service providers to block or slow down websites for consumers.
- In 'Enormous Success,' Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence
Just as important, intelligence is profoundly shaped by the environment.
- Gov. Hogan wants a plan to grow Maryland startups in these two fields
Excel Maryland, which includes a roster from Maryland's tech community, is looking to deliver "a blueprint to strengthen our innovation economy," Hogan said.
- Sweden puts entire country up on Airbnb
It's called "allemansrätten" or "everyman's right" and allows everyone access to the great outdoors. It applies to both public and private lands, though with a few caveats.
- Bitcoin hits record $2,000 -- and rising
Bitcoin, sometimes frowned upon as a currency of the underworld, is fast gaining currency in the financial world.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- More Wyoming rest stops get free Wi-Fi
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has expanded free Wi-Fi availability at rest stops, welcome and information centers around the state.
- New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools
Students reveal their favorite technology learning preferences and talk about where digital learning can take them
Montana Education Excellence
- Bringing the Dream of an Elite College to Rural Students
Ms. Hadley is part of a nonprofit organization, and a movement, trying to break down the social, economic and psychological barriers that keep low-income rural students from having a shot at the elite range of the American dream.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU growing, UM shrinking in latest estimates
Enrollment at MSU's Bozeman campus, already the state's biggest, is predicted to grow over the next two years by more than 500 students. UM's Missoula campus is forecast to lose over two years more than 1,100 students.
- Making a (business) pitch: Lacrosse gear made from recycled plastic impresses Judges In Great Falls, Montana High Schools "Shark Tank"
Six teams, three from CMR and three from Great Falls High, presented their business ideas, models, prototypes and revenue projections to a panel of business sharks.
- Opinion: Medicaid cuts would badly damage public schools
In Montana, roughly $55 million in Medicaid funding flows into our schools, and more than $35 million of that is federal funding.
- Free Summer Meals for Montana Kids and Teens
The School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the Office of Public Instruction's Health Enhancement and Safety Division.
- MSU business students to offer consulting for area businesses and non-profits
Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship is seeking local and regional businesses and non-profit organizations that are willing to offer students practical business experience in return for research, issue analysis or operational advice during the upcoming fall semester, which runs from Aug. 28 through Dec. 8.
Funding and Building your Business
- The 6 Cutest Main Streets In America - Broadway Avenue, Red Lodge, Montana
Sorry, Will Smith, this is the authentic Wild Wild West. Need proof?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Startups: 3 strategies for talking about your competitors
There is a striking lack of guidance around how to talk about that competition. Here are three tips on how to get it right:
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Early Stage: In the middle of the wilderness, but not out of service
Rangers and guides in Yosemite and Point Reyes National Seashore already have signed up with the app.
- Scientists Have Reversed Age-Related Blindness by Deliberately Infecting Eyes With a Virus
Symptoms almost completely disappeared.
- America's dangerous Internet delusion
Put differently, we are -- incredibly -- inviting trouble. Our commercial interests and our national security diverge.
- Electric scooter-sharing scheme gets rolling in Paris
A fleet of 600 Gogoro scooters in stations across central Paris will be available for rent to subscribed users, offering accessible zero-emission personal transportation.
- Volvo takes out the trash with an autonomous garbage truck
The truck is similar to a project Volvo has undertaken with autonomous mining vehicles, using very similar technology, but programmed for urban use.
- A Next Generation Strategy for Affordable Proximity
This briefing explores a next-generation mobility strategy for affordable proximity: MaX Lanes (Managed eXpress Lanes) moving the maximum number of people at maximum speed and allowing direct point-to-point single-seat high-speed trips by transit buses and other shared-ride vehicles today, and autonomous vehicles in the future.
- MSU's WTI launches program to study safe integration of semi-autonomous trucks
Given the rapid development of driverless technology, CHAPTA fills a need for a research and testing forum that works collaboratively with the trucking industry, regulators, law enforcement and others to ensure that the technology is safely and effectively applied, Shankwitz said.
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