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"The only thing worse than starting something and failing...is not starting something." ― Seth Godin, US entrepreneur
7th Annual Montana Clean Energy Fair - 9/16 - Helena, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6534
Big Sky Code Academy
- PFL Newsletter: Fall for Print
Whether you're well down the path of year-end promotion or just ramping up your outreach, we're here to help you make your print projects a success.
- Do you believe in magic?
We invite you to the second-annual Big Sky: Big Ideas summit.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Keegan Nicholson, founder of ReLaptops, has joined forces with the America Campaign - the company behind Big Sky Code Academy and Montana Code Girls - to grow the program into Laptops for Students.
Keegan Nicholson, founder of ReLaptops, has joined forces with the America Campaign - the company behind Big Sky Code Academy and Montana Code Girls - to grow the program into Laptops for Students.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Popular 'Get Lost' Logo Now Available for Montana Businesses to Use
To start the licensing process, e-mail Jan Stoddard at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a license agreement.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber Now Accepting Nominations for Kalispell Business Awards
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 46th Great Chief, Businessman, and Businesswoman of the Year awards.
- The 2 stages of successful early STEM education
How to better integrate the connected benefits of computer science in elementary STEM education.
- Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts (It's spelled STEAM)
Arts education fosters critical deeper learning skills, such as collaboration and perseverance, in students.
- How to Measure Brilliance? By More Than a Test - District Embraces '6Cs' as Teaching Model
This school is the first time I've done this," senior Quavion Woods said, about using skills like creativity, collaboration and critical thinking to present a plan for a school store last spring. This occurred during a competition in the style of the TV show "Shark Tank." His team won. "I had to step up a little. I wasn't used to being a leader."
- New York City is now offering free lunch at all public schools
The move has been long sought after by food policy advocates, as 75 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunches.
Energy and Climate Change
- Adventures in Montana's wild backcountry
Heading into the wilderness is part of life in Montana. Here are some wild stories about the backcountry.
- East Rosebud makes for a great Montana road trip
Where the hell is Roscoe? Just tell folks it's on the way to East Rosebud.
- Last Sperry Chalet visitors in Glacier National Park carry spirit of the lodge. You can help rebuild it.
"There's not always a smooth path," Khi Soldano said. "Sometimes you have to go out into the dark. Sometimes you need to quit being in such a hurry and look around. Respect everything around you. Respect the lightning and the storms. We were all strangers here, but we stayed together and we got out together."
Come Home Montana
- Electricity-free Stanford system cuts cooling costs by beaming heat into space
The latest test of the technology has managed to use solar panel-like devices to cool water without requiring any other energy source.
- 5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to Mainstream
Actively work to attract more women to solar.
- The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water
Improving permeability is the key to resilience.
- California policies pose challenge for Wyoming wind farm
"We have a huge issue in California in that Californians would like to keep all of the development and buy all of their power from within their borders,"
- Red Lodge writer sees more fires in our future
In "Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West," Ferguson deftly summarizes the grim situation we are all confronting. He explains the science of fires, the complicated mechanics of fighting them and what happens to the land in their wake.
- Emails show Trump appointees undermined Facebook CEO Zuckerberg's Glacier National Park visit
The Park Service was not allowed to post anything about the tour on its Facebook page or social media accounts.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Food & Ag Development Center Director, Business/Economic Development - Great Falls Development Authority
Looking for a star with demonstrated achievement in food/ag processing, business development, and/or economic development.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Executive Director - NeighborWorks Great Falls
For the past 37 years NeighborWorks Great Falls (NWGF) has transformed blighted neighborhoods into vibrant communities.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Coordinator - Montana CDC
The Marketing Coordinator will play a key role in day-to-day marketing and sales operations, helping to execute programs that increase awareness and use of Montana & Idaho CDC's products and services.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Our new video on what we do at the Women's Business Center at Prospera Business Network
Join us on Thursday, September 28th for the 2nd annual Prosperity Party: Cocktail Party + Fundraiser at Rockin TJ Ranch Montana Weddings and Special Events
- Want an Innovation Ecosystem? Copy This One Part of Silicon Valley Culture.
It's the "Pay-It-Forward" culture.
- MEDA Sept. 2017 News - Montana Superheroes - Building Our Communities
The MEDA 2017 Fall Conference , hosted by Beartooth RC&D, will take place October 5 th - 6 th , Old Roosevelt School, Red Lodge, MT. The agenda highlights success stories and tools that are used by Montana Superheroes working in the Economic Development arena.
- Montana 2017 Labor Day Report
Montana's economy continues its prosperity in 2017, with growth in the western half of the state exceeding expectations. Our entrepreneurs continue to be among the best in the nation for new business startups and for the successful launch of businesses. Workers have experienced real wage growth faster than the national average over the last ten years, allowing families to achieve a higher standard of living.
- Missoula Regional Manufacturing Growth Workshop - 9/25
What's your role in improving outcomes for your company, our local economy, and the workforce?
- Proposal to End International Student Visa Program Worries Flathead Businesses
Eliminating the program could have big impacts in the Flathead Valley, according to local business officials.
- Business leaders discuss challenges, legislative successes at Missoula roundtable
Barb Wagner, the chief economist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, has estimated that the state will lose 120,000 baby boomers to retirement over the next decade, while only between 80,000 and 90,000 young people will be entering the workforce in that same time period.
- How to Recognize Burnout Before You're Burned Out
In today's era of workplace burnout, achieving a simpatico work-life relationship seems practically out of reach.
- On the Day I Die - by John Pavlovitz
On the day I die a lot will happen.
- Why Gen Z is choosing to skip school in favor of entrepreneurship
Small businesses rule the economy these days, and this youngest generation of adults wants in on the action.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor
Insurance Director Dean Cameron called it a "win-win solution" that would lower insurance costs while providing access to health care for Idaho's working poor. Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly called it "an Idaho solution."
- Idaho pays feds $3.5 million to settle FCC broadband claims
State leaders made the payment Sept. 5 as part of a settlement with the federal agency over claims that the state misused more than $14 million in federal money by putting it toward the illegally awarded contract.
- Can injecting Zika into brain kill deadly glioblastoma?
The findings suggest the lethal power of the virus could be directed at malignant cells in the brain--and potentially improve the chances of people with glioblastoma--that is most often fatal within a year of diagnosis.
Regional Economic Development
- Wells Fargo accused of forcing mortgage applicants to pay unwarranted fees
The suit alleges that Wells Fargo engaged in "a systematic effort" to charge unwarranted rate-lock extension fees -- sometimes costing thousands of dollars each -- to borrowers who should not have been required to pay them.
Utah Economic Development
- This is one of the tools Pixar uses to make blockbusters, so it seems to work for communities as well:
Every major movie in Hollywood uses this framework to tell a story. And it works for communities, too.
- With cash from the University of Utah, four student teams spent the summer focused on their startups. Here's how they did.
"What if there was a way to transmit the TV audio through my phone so I can listen anywhere I want without bothering anyone?" Mahidov thought.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.
Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state's education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.
- How states could end the student-debt collections trap
Take all of the economic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, and that's roughly how much the student debt burden is GROWING EVERY YEAR.
Montana Education Excellence
- Media Arts In The Public Schools Community Open House - 9/13 - Hamilton, Montana
MAPS is gearing up to start it's 14th year of afterschool programming!
- University of Montana readies institute focused on Senator/Ambassador Max Baucus' legacy
"We have a vision of a public policy institute that gives Montana students opportunities they may not otherwise have had," said Melodee Hanes, Baucus's wife. "It will be a place to learn about policy, inspire them to come back to city, county, or state public service, and contribute to their communities."
- Four Finalists for UM Presidency to Visit Campus
"We have a very talented group of distinguished professionals advancing to the next phase of the process."
- Montana State University focuses priorities on students, research, pay
This year's five objectives will focus on strengthening research, ensuring students learn critical skills and knowledge, raising the number of graduate students, making the student body more diverse, and improving pay to attract and keep the best faculty and staff.
- Montana State University considers need for dental school
Access to dentists is so poor in parts of rural Montana, people have health problems like those in "a Third World country," says Dr. Kathy Jutila.
Funding and Building your Business
- Support #MontanaStrong decals to benefit Montana fire relief
All proceeds benefit fire relief right here in the state. So far she's raised $7,000!
Connectivity & Communications
- Entrepreneur's New Show 'Elevator Pitch' Will Floor You
The first 60 seconds of a business pitch can be the difference between achieving your highest dreams or falling flat on your face when seeking venture capital.
- 4 Silicon Valley venture firms invest $21 million in Denver's Guild Education
Guild created a tech-based program for employers to offer employees tuition reimbursement and even a college degree.
- Top CEOs Get Brutally Honest About What It Takes to Run a Company
Inc. asked the nation's fastest growing, private-company CEOs to answer a series of wide-ranging questions about their early days and their biggest struggles. Here's how they launched and how they stay motivated, as well as what keeps them up at night.
- American Bar Association Legal Fact Check website launched to help public sort fact from fiction
"Through our new ABA Legal Fact Check http://www.abalegalfactcheck.com/ , the American Bar Association will use case and statutory law and other legal precedents to help set the record straight by providing the real facts about the law."
- This Sinclair-Tribune Merger Is a Rotten Deal for America
What's to be done about 'the most dangerous company most Americans haven't heard of?'
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Are SuperClusters the Future of Gov Tech Collaboration?
A growing number of stakeholders are participating in a new concept aimed at sharing solutions to common governmental challenges.
- Best States for Data Innovation
These 10 states outperform the rest in data accessibility, technology and business.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Biologists beat back death in fruit flies. Humans next?
The biologists who carried out the work are hopeful that their findings will have implications for human aging and help fight off age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
- What to do if you're one of the 44% of Americans hit by the Equifax breach
Let the Equifax hate begin.
- Turo lands $92 million for peer-to-peer car rental
San Francisco's Turo, which helps people rent their cars to other people, has landed $92 million in funding, co-led by Germany's Daimler and South Korea's SK, a major conglomerate. The investment brings total backing for the peer-to-peer marketplace to $193 million.
- Utah wants to launch pilot project to tax motorists for miles traveled instead of at the pump
Better gas mileage from newer cars means less revenue for state highways and roads.
- Reimagining our roads
On-the-street solutions for improving five American cities, with accessibility and mobility in mind
- On-the-street solutions for improving five American cities, with accessibility and mobility in mind
The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years.
- Leadership Mentoring Series -Successful Women Entrepreneurs' Stories Of Success And Challenges - 9/12 - Bozeman, Montana
- Montana Solar Community Project With Meetings Throughout The State Starting Sept. 19.
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