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"The solution to dealing with 21 century disruption for both government and companies is the same - a rapid innovation pipeline that’s disciplined, evidence-based and data-driven, that delivers solutions with speed and urgency." --- The Five New Forces In Innovation Strategy --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gazette opinion: How to lose $270 million in Montana investment http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock - Increasing Access to Your Public Lands
The MT-PLAN is widely supported by a diverse range of landowners and sportsmen groups for its innovative approach to provide incentives to private landowners for increasing public access across private land to otherwise inaccessible public lands.
Montana's Outdoor Recreation Economy
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization and Technology (MBRCT) is now accepting prposals for funding. Proposals are due March 1, 2018.
The Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) can assist you with your proposal development and can provide a full proposal review at no cost!
- The GOP Wants Chouinard to Testify? He Should Accept.
The intensifying war between Republicans and Patagonia could now move to Capitol Hill--exactly where the outdoor industry could make the most impact
Big Sky Code Academy
- Webinar: MSU TechLink Department Of Education SBIR Funding, 12/21, Anywhere
In this webinar, representatives from MSU TechLink and MTIP will help you understand the key elements of the Small Business Innovation Research Program. We'll also discuss the current funding topics from the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and how your small business can apply.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- America Campaign and Technology & Innovation in Education Selected as Code.org Regional Partners to Receive $615K Investment for K-12 Computer Science Education in Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota
Missoula based America Campaign launched Teachers Teaching Tech partnership and receives $615K in support from Code.org.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Best Practices in the Era of Outside Investigations: Is Your Organization Ready?
Institutions and organizations are increasingly expected to conduct a thorough, neutral investigation of allegations of impropriety, misuse of authority, and sexual harassment, among many other issues.
Early Edge Montana
- GFDA Top 10
Thank you to the GFDA Investors who are working hard and putting resources into growing Great Falls!
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Alums pledge $1 million to MSU to bolster early childhood education
"We are humbled by the Fishers' generosity to Montana State," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "This strategic gift will build upon our early childhood education program at MSU and serve as the basis for the everyday practice of early literacy and pre-school education reaching thousands of children across the state of Montana."
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Impatient With Colleges, Employers Design Their Own Courses
"The industry would be very satisfied if higher education was taking care of it," said Eaton. "I don't think there's a desire to get into this space, other than that it's not."
Energy and Climate Change
- Why AI Could Be Entering a Golden Age
Together with advances in computing power and scale, AI is making big strides today like never before.
Come Home Montana
- A new report finds 'we have created a new climate' - Climate change models project extreme temperature woes for continental US
New high-resolution climate models are projecting that, in the not-too-distant future, America could face frequent and extreme temperatures that would take a significant toll on the nation's water resources and agricultural efforts.
- Lawsuit: Montana solar industry claims PSC order is "death knell" for growth of renewables
The lawsuit, led by the Montana Environmental Information Center, Cypress Creek Renewables and Vote Solar, contends the PSC's decision will undercut their ability to compete with monopoly energy companies.
- These Cities Have Already Reached 'Peak Millennial' as Young People Begin to Leave
"They're doing what every generation does -- they get married, start a family and think about having a backyard and looking at school systems,"
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Blackfoot Launches High Tech Innovation Program and Welcomes Joe Fanguy as VP for Strategic Development
"Joe Fanguy is uniquely qualified to forge relationships between established tech companies like Blackfoot, start-up companies, the Montana University System, and private investors," said Blackfoot CEO Jason Williams. "With Joe's leadership, Blackfoot will help continue to foster Missoula's robust, high-tech ecosystem."
- Lowered expectations: Companies over-promise, under-deliver on job creation vows
The preoccupation with jobs has perhaps distracted from some of the subtler economic undercurrents taking place in the valley
- Helena, Montana based Medicine Springs Mineral Therapy earns national recognition
A Montana grown business featured this time last year in our weekly Montana Made segment has been named one of the best products of 2017 by a national publication.
- Butte businessman, Robins brothers to move Conrad manufacturing business to Anaconda
With the move to Anaconda, the company hopes to double its workforce to about 30
TED and TEDX Talks
- Grace Home wood shop focus of this year's Leadership Great Falls class
A graduation requirement is a group project that improves the Great Falls community, Etzwiler said.
- TED Talk - Learning from dirty jobs
Mike Rowe's talk, "Learning from dirty jobs," shines a spotlight on how undervalued so-called "dirty jobs" are, and how unappreciated the people are that do them.
- Today's TED Talk - How China is changing the future of shopping
Learn more about the new business-as-usual, where everything is ultra-convenient, ultra-flexible and ultra-social.
- TED Talk - Lessons from the longest study on human development
The sneaker is this: the talk isn't really about parenting. It's about the oversize role economic status plays in each person's development.
- Today's TED Talk - Want to get great at something? Get a coach
"It's not how good you are now; it's how good you're going to be that really matters,"
- Montana Republicans Praise Net Neutrality Repeal
Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte also sent MTPR an emailed statement in support of the FCC's decision. Gianforte said the internet created good-paying jobs to innovative companies but "two years ago the Obama administration imposed regulations on the internet that were a solution looking for a problem that didn't exist."
- FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality, And Here's 30+ Of The Best Responses
For many, the best way to deal with a traumatic event is to turn to humour.
- Gazette opinion: How to lose $270 million in Montana investment
The tax cut bill being pushed through Congress threatens to abolish a crucial economic development tool for Montana communities. The Montana Commerce Department estimates that $270 million in projects are at risk in 2018 alone.
- 60 Minutes - Whistleblowers: DEA attorneys went easy on McKesson, the country's largest drug distributor
A 60 Minutes/Washington Post joint investigation into the DEA's response to the opioid epidemic again finds investigators who hit a brick wall in Washington
- Consultant Who Did Work that Was 'Crap' Nominated to Head Mining Agency
Now President Trump has nominated Gardner to lead the federal agency that once called his work "a piece of junk."
- Judge eases rules on ethics complaints confidentiality for elected officials in Montana
Confidentiality does not apply for elected officials, Mangan said. The complaint will be listed on the COPP website identified by the full name of the complainant and respondent.
- Oregon increasingly reliant on newcomers for population growth
"People actually packed up and left,"
- Richest 1 percent owns more of country's wealth than at any time in past 50 years
his kind of extreme inequality is bad for the economy.
- When hospitals merge, you pay the bill
These massive businesses run much as their for-profit brethren -- and will put pressure on for-profits to merge as well. That won't be good for consumers, or the ridiculously high premium the American economy pays for a health care system that lacks effective cost controls.
- Bricks-and-mortar grocery stores hope to edge out Amazon with curbside pickup
Many have turned to curbside pickup that combines the ease of online shopping and skipping lines with more flexibility with fresh foods.
- Shifters closure prompts questions about the effect of Casper's downtown boom
After working for years to revitalize Casper's core, many city officials now consider downtown a point of pride.
Montana Education Excellence
- Some tax reform provisions might hurt universities, our country's overall competitiveness
By every relevant metric, America's leading research universities remain the envy of the world, and are a significant part of what makes America great.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Hands-on Learning at the Heart of Experience One at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana
Because of the focused nature of Experience One at Montana Western, the only public four-year institution to offer the program, students are able to learn in the field and in the classroom while building their portfolios for future careers and graduate school applications.
- University of Montana Students Become 'Last Best' Speakers
"Participating in this event provides an excellent opportunity to refine both their speeches and speaking abilities for a larger audience," said Betsy Wackernagel Bach, a professor in UM's Department of Communication Studies. "And, getting a stipend for doing so doesn't hurt the experience."
- Study to Investigate Potential Military-Related PTSD Treatment
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester helped bring the study to Missoula to give Montana veterans and reservists a chance to participate in the trial of this investigational new treatment and to create a PTSD clinical research center in Montana
Funding and Building your Business
- Cities face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort
He knows one day soon he'll get that knock on his door. Police will politely ask him to relocate. Neither party will be happy, Ramirez said, but he'll agree to move along.
Connectivity & Communications
- Consider "stay interviews" to keep your best people
The danger is upon us and if you still don't know what it is then frankly there is little long-term hope for your organization.
- Antsy about entrepreneurship? 6 reasons your 'non-business' self is ready
The truth is, nobody is ever truly "ready" to dive into entrepreneurship.
- The Five New Forces In Innovation Strategy
"Companies and government organizations are discovering that innovation activities without a defined innovation pipeline result in innovation theater."
- 11 Reasons You Should Only Hire Introverts
Ironically, introverts are better adapted than extraverts for today's so-called "collaborative" workplaces.
- How This Fast-Growing Software Company Hires the Best Employees (and Keeps Them Happy)
"Our culture in a lot of ways defines how we treat each other, how we treat our clients, and how we view our craft," says CEO and co-founder David Romine.
- Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband
The mega-utility of the 21st century officially has no regulator.
- In rural America, building the internet for everyone has stalled
President Trump campaigned on the promise of a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, which internet access advocates had hoped would include another infusion of cash to extend broadband to areas that telecom companies don't find commercially viable. So far, no plan has been proposed.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Four Blockchain Bills Introduced in New York State Assembly
A New York lawmaker has introduced four bills covering blockchain, making it one of several states to consider the issue in 2017.
- What's New in Civic Tech: Open Data Saves Connecticut $500,000
Palo Alto CIO Launches Video Series Aimed at Recruiting Government Technologists
- The fourth industrial revolution is upon us
Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots "man" the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, wiping out millions of managerial, as well as industrial, jobs.
- Study shows tailgating can slow everyone down
The researchers say that if drivers kept an even distance between cars rather than driving too close to the vehicle in front, traffic flow would remain even. This "bilateral control," could double the speed of the average vehicle on busy highways.
- Roundabouts are often safer, more efficient, less costly and more aesthetically appealing than conventional intersection designs. - US Department of Transportation
Furthermore, roundabouts are an excellent choice to complement other transportation objectives - including Complete Streets, multimodal networks, and corridor access management - without compromising the ability to keep people and freight moving through our towns, cities and regions, and across the Nation.
- CBS News - Self-flying helicopters could change future of warfare
The Huey helicopter has been around since the Vietnam War, but this one could start a revolution.
- Florida Proposes an 'Alternative Transportation Authority'
The Florida State Legislature is considering a new "Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority" to oversee autonomous vehicles and "alternative" transportation.
- New study shows that Uber is the new ambulance likely because of costs
Should you order an Uber in an emergency?
- Montana's Roundabout Corridor - They're a Success...
Overall, MDT officials report that the as-constructed traffic conditions at the roundabouts are generally meeting expectations with few exceptions, and travel times are better than expected.
- Direct flights to Dallas, Chicago coming to Missoula - Daily non-stop flight to Chicago starts June 7 in Great Falls
A spokesperson for Sen. Jon Tester, who said the senator had pushed for a $600,000 federal grant to help fund the revenue guarantee, said the new direct flights will be a benefit to the economy of the Missoula area and by extension, the state.
- Israeli bus company to invest $2.2M in wireless charging electric roads
ElectRoad's technology buries electric coils beneath roads to wirelessly charge electric vehicles as they drive.
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