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"Thriving ecosystems exist outside of the Bay Area, and I’m so glad I found this one the slice of Heaven that is Northwest Montana." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Montana Code Girls
Big Sky Code Academy
- Google CEO to girls: You belong in this industry and we need you
"I want you know that that there's place for you (women) in this industry, there's a place for you at Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you." Google CEO Sundar Pichai
- CEO Susan Wojcicki's Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo
Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. "Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?"
Great Falls Development Authority
- Stuck in A Career You Don't Love? Let's Change That.
Graduates from Big Sky Code Academy have two exciting career options at their fingertips:
- What would you do with more time, flexibility and money?
Learn how to drive your company forward and stand out from the crowd. It's noisy out there, get the tools to be seen as the innovator in your company.
Early Edge Montana
- Montana Specialty Mills Breaks Ground on New $20 Million, 20-Acre Processing Facility in Great Falls, Montana
GFDA worked closely with the agriculture production company to identify a site with rail access that could accommodate the company's growth.
- Great Falls Development Association Issues New Strategic Plan Draft
Investors Want to Increase Comprehensive Economic Development Efforts
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction, children who don't attend preschool are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school.
According to OPI, children who don't attend preschool are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Nowhere is tech more important than in curriculum-here's why
With tech like Spotify, Curriculum-as-a-Service has the potential to free schools of static textbooks.
- A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
Moheeb is part of a new program that is challenging the way teachers and students think about academic accomplishments, and his school is one of hundreds that have done away with traditional letter grades inside their classrooms.
Energy and Climate Change
- The Next Wave: Using AI to Build Better Marketing Campaigns
"Whether we opt in or not, AI is touching all of us and will touch every person on the planet."
Come Home Montana
- Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report
"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans," a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.
- Utahns light up rooftop solar proposal as Rocky Mountain Power negotiates with clean-energy advocates
The review of Rocky Mountain Power's expenses and revenues should take into account environmental costs and benefits.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Finding Big Opportunities in Big Sky Country
One entrepreneurs story of moving from Silicon Valley to Montana's Flathead Valley. And why that is no problem for her startup.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - The Montana World Affairs Council
The Council is at a dynamic time in our history, on the threshold of expanding further across the state and developing our educational initiatives.
- Finding Big Opportunities in Big Sky Country... Bumbleroot Foods
How one entrepreneur has found success trading out Silicon Valley for Montana's Flathead Valley.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Construction Engineer, Technical System Analyst and more... - Northwestern Energy
For more than 80 years, NorthWestern has provided reliable, competitively priced electricity and natural gas service.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Everyone Is Invited To The Missoula Regional Manufacturing Growth Workshop On Monday, September 25, 2017
What would it look like if the Missoula area was a regional center of manufacturing excellence?
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Hits Another Milestone - Frontier Fund 2 Fully Invested - New Frontier Angels to Launch in October 2017
Larry Cates, Chairman of the Fund said, "we are delighted to have found such great investment opportunities and helped some terrific entrepreneurs. The acceleration of the startup world in Montana, the rise of angel syndication networks in the region, and the passionate engagement of our investors has fueled some great opportunity." Frontier Fund 2 now enters portfolio management mode.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Joe Sample: Voicesifter, 8/17 - Missoula, Montana
Our next meeting will feature Joe Sample, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Voicesifter a cloud based customer feedback application. We've been using Voicesifter at the Blackstone LaunchPad, and we love it!
- New economic numbers underscore need for Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation
According to OIA's new numbers, Montana's outdoor recreation economy generates over $7 billion per year in consumer spending and supports over 70,000 jobs that pay more than $2 billion worth of wages.
- Montana Food Show on Oct. 10 in Bozeman - We're all booked up for vendors, but we're looking for buyers to join us!
We invite food purchasers from schools, restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, catering businesses, and other organizations to attend a private buying event from 10am-4pm.
- News and Events for Montana Manufacturers - Montana Manufacturing Extension Center - August 2017
Reforming your technology can be intimidating, since the more sophisticated technology becomes, the more complex it is to understand and operate.
City Club Missoula
- Where the tech jobs are: Seattle, S.F., D.C.
Tech job seekers take note: Go west, or head to our nation's capital.
- Senators Tester and Collins want to address doctor shortage with new bill
Collins and Tester say the U.S. is estimated to need more than 100,000 new primary care doctors by the year 2025.
- Hear Us Roar: A Manifesto for Women and Minorities in Startup, Tech, and Business Communities
I want to suggest a counter-manifesto. I want to suggest that women and minorities both begin to roar. Our silence is what allows the resounding echo-chamber of misogyny and prejudice to exist. Especially within the startup, tech, and small business communities.
- Preparing for longevity -- we don't need to become frail as we age
Age-related frailty may be a treatable and preventable health problem, just like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, highlights a review in Frontiers in Physiology.
- City Club Missoula Forum: ZERO By FIFTY Missoula's Pathway To Zero Waste, 8/14, Missoula
In 2016, the Missoula City Council passed a resolution pledging to reduce the city's waste by 90% by 2050.
- The Rise of the 'Night Mayor' in America
The concept caught fire in Europe and is gaining relevance in large and small cities across the Atlantic.
- At least 7 Montana schools lose out on federal grant after application changes
"In an era where Montana's public school budgets are tighter than ever, our rural schools cannot afford to have even one dollar from these grants threatened by trival bureaucratic red tape." Senator Jon Tester
Incubators and R&D
- Unheeded warnings, repeated mistakes put lives at risk at Idaho nuclear lab
Three decades later, Lewis, an electrical engineer who had become chairman of the lab's safety committee, had a bad feeling this could happen again, with a worse outcome. And he turned out to be right.
- Scientists unclog genetic brain blockade in mice with Alzheimer's
Researchers at MIT have uncovered a new potential treatment for reversing memory loss of Alzheimer's sufferers.
- A key to restoring youthful brain plasticity could be in a single gene
A team at the University of Utah has uncovered a possible key piece in the plasticity puzzle with the discovery of a single gene that can rejuvenate plasticity in the brains of adult mice.
- Beyond Incubators and Accelerators - Introducing a New Level of Actuator
To say an uber-community approach is what makes a connected community work makes sense, and in Mazer's mind, working as a community to not only accelerate but "actuate" start-ups out to solve some of the biggest problems in the world, starts at a very early stage.
- Incidence of Colon Cancer Rates Are up in Younger, White People
"This increase in incidence is real. And it's scary, because we don't know what's causing it," said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society, who led the study team.
Regional Economic Development
- How Trump's FCC aided Sinclair's expansion
Use of a regulatory loophole will allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households after buying Tribune's stations.
Washington State Business
- Building Strong Clusters for Strong Urban Economies: Insights for City Leaders from Four Case Studies in the U.S.
Clusters can catalyze economic growth by providing a framework for organizing disparate local and regional public policies and investments directed at economic development.
- Smaller American Cities Need to Focus on Private Sector Job Growth Downtown
America's smaller cities are winning people back with an explosion of new residential and entertainment options. Now they need to get serious about private sector job growth--and tech isn't the silver bullet.
- Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives in Spokane?
"The Circle of Life is being a little bit harsh on us now," Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart
- Interest grows in approaches to internship models in Germany and Switzerland.
In the push to expand "earn-while-you-learn" programs, what lessons can the U.S. take from approaches in Germany and Switzerland?
- Montana's Registered Apprentice Program - Earn While You Learn
Apprenticeship is still a mystery to many, who never get the chance to capitalize on the opportunity to "earn while you learn" because often they do not even know it is an option.
Montana Education Excellence
- Idaho schools try new tactics to combat teacher shortage
"I think we're headed toward a crisis," he said. "People don't realize how hard it is to attract teachers these days."
Funding and Building your Business
- Search for new University of Montana president narrowed to 13
The semifinalists are diverse beyond gender, McRae said.
- Lauded climate scientist Steve Running takes buyout from University of Montana
"I think the university needs to do some serious restructuring, and I don't want to be a part of that battle," Running said.
Connectivity & Communications
- How to Build a Startup That Gets Acquired
As a founder, you need to be planning your exit the day you get funded.
- 7 Tips On Following The Triple Bottom Line To Success
Entrepreneurs are now measured against the "triple bottom line" (TBL or 3BL) of people, planet, and profit.
- Montana Internet providers urge Tester, Daines to back net neutrality
Blackfoot Communication, based in Missoula, and Treasure State Internet in Bozeman and Helena, want to keep the Internet Neutral.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- It turns out that traveling makes us far happier than any material wealth ever does
The amount of happiness we derive from our purchase falls over time, whereas the memories of our traveling experience continue to supply us with happiness hormones for much longer.
- Ethereum Is Coding's New Wild West
Instead of running on a laptop or a server, it runs on thousands of individual computers at once, all kept in sync with blockchain technology.
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