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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Department of Commerce
- Kalispell Chamber celebrates its 110th year with the theme "Taking Care of Business in the Flathead"
With a crowd of 425, the Chamber awarded the community- chosen Great Chief, Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year awards.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology has outsized impact on Montana economy
Based in Helena, the board is administered by the Montana Department of Commerce. The agency hands out research grants every year to projects that have the potential to make Montana more competitive in the global marketplace.
Great Falls Development Authority
- "It's Time!" - New Montana tourism slogan encourages potential visitors not to wait
"Montana is a place a lot of people have heard of, and a lot have an interest in visiting, especially with two national parks and one of them, Yellowstone, being on a lot of people's bucket lists."
- Malmstrom Air Force Base Issues RFI for land development - housing and commercial
We encourage local developers and contractors to explore this opportunity to provide much needed quality housing for MAFB Airmen and generate lease revenue for MAFB
Come Home Montana
- Customer Loyalty in the Age of Big Data
The ideal way to use data is not so much to decide for consumers exactly what they will want based on their data profile, but to use data to personalize and curate a list of options.
- Business Intelligence Innovation at Hyatt
In this presentation Parthiv Sheth talks about Hyatt hotels Corporation before going on to talk about the evolution of analytics.
- Looking for technical co-founder in Montana
Do you know of any Montana front-end developers or UI/ UX coders/ developers that may be interested in coming on board with a startup? Must be open to potential of spending 4 months at an accelerator program in San Francisco in 2015...
- Montana Career Opportunities - Program Specialist, Administrative Specialist, One Montana
Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide
Montana Economic Development
- ikuw solutions -- Super Early Bird Discounts + Upcoming Guaranteed to Run Courses - FREE Online Training Sessions Every Friday!
The digital age is upon us and it presents unimaginable opportunities to change the way we communicate, educate and conduct business. We look forward to partnering with your business to build your success!
- Prospera Business Network - Innovator of the Year: 406 Aerospace
Another great spinoff from Montana State University
- Steele's, Pioneer Technical, Headframe Spirits receive awards during Butte Local Development Corp. annual awards dinner.
"There are businesses and individuals in our community out there that go above and beyond," Jim Smitham said. "They're doing it because that's the way they feel they should be doing business, not for recognition. (But) we feel that they deserve recognition."
- At Simms' Bozeman-area headquarters, fishing is big business
"Helping to facilitate memories and great experiences for anglers is what we do," said Rich Hohne, brand communications manager for Simms Fishing Products. "When our gear is working best, you don't notice."
TEDx Events in Montana
- TODAY at 9:30AM! - Webinar Info To Explore Montana Governor's Office Of Economic Development New Website, 11/14, Online At 9:30AM
Join the webinar today and explore new options for you and your organizations through the Governor's Office of Economic Development website http://business.mt.gov/ .
- 'Best Of TED Fest', 11/20, Kalispell, Montana
Free event is open to the public and will feature exceptional TED Talks
- Today's TED Talk Leana Wen: What your doctor won't disclose
When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was ... unsettling.
- Why Time -- Not Money -- Is the Key to Happiness
"When a 20 year-old says, 'I feel happy,' and when a 60 year old says the very same thing ... they're likely feeling very different things."
- Viewfinder: Leaving behind 'Guys in Ties'
Daniel Acker lived and worked in New York City for 10 years before he decided to move to rural Illinois, along with his wife and their two children. Four years after the move, Acker talks to the Daily Yonder about farmers, photography and why he likes living in a small town.
- Rural Counties Push for Federal Payments
It's been five months since county governments saw any payments from the federal government for the local services they provide in areas with lots of public, untaxed federal land.
- An expensive year of legal challenges could get worse before it gets better for Missoula County.
During the past 12 months, the county has paid at least $1.1 million in civil settlements and court awards to resolve allegations of legal wrongdoing. That number far surpasses the roughly $380,000 total Missoula County paid to settle civil litigation between 2009 and 2013.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Judge tosses state of Idaho's education broadband contract
Undoing the 5-year-old contract to wire Idaho schools could be a legal and financial nightmare.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- MSU technology transfer success highlighted in Prospera business awards
Rebecca Mahurin, who has headed MSU's Technology Transfer Office for 23 years, was given the Economic Leadership Award for her "substantial contributions to economic development throughout the state."
- Year-Round School? My Kids Love It. Yours Will, Too.
My children attend a year-round school. And these are the kinds of hands-on, big-project classes that are taught during "intersessions," or short breaks throughout the year that take the place of the long, lazy, Huck Finn summers that most Americans have come to think of as an inalienable right of childhood.
- Games like 'Call of Duty' train brains to learn faster
The key to the action-gamers success, the researchers found, was that their brains used a better template for the task at hand.
- More high schools teach manufacturing skills
Project Lead the Way, which creates high school engineering and technology curricula, says one manufacturing class it designed for Wheeling is offered in about 800 schools -- nearly twice as many as in 2009.
- How Data-Driven Learning is Changing Education
Data matters. While state administrators have long had access to school district statistics, recent years have seen greater reliance on hard numbers as a means of driving education policy. CIOs have found that the ability to gather and analyze school stats gives them greater sway in the shaping of school policy and practice.
- New languages re-wire brains of all ages
"Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain."
- No Books, No Classes, No Problem: These Students Teach Themselves
"I've seen every kind of kid--from kids that were on the autism spectrum to kids that were 'gifted and talented' to kids that were good basketball players--[succeed]," he said. "Art school kids, science kids, nerds, middle American kids, urban kids--they all thrived."
- Decades of Neglect Show Starkly as Indian Schools Cry Out for Repairs
On a national reading assessment in 2011, fourth graders at the bureau's schools scored 22 points lower on a 500-point scale than their Native American peers in other public schools, a scathing review from the federal Government Accountability Office found. In addition to consistently poor test scores, the report highlighted a subpar graduation rate and confusing layers of bureaucracy that create a disconnect between national policy and classrooms.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Universities Re-imagine Alumni Engagement with Angel
These two trends have started to merge as there has been a rise in the number of alumni angel networks that connect the talents and capital of alumni with faculty and students looking to launch an entrepreneurial venture.
Montana Education Excellence
- MCT Newsletter. Winter is on it's way
Sending a huge congratulations to the cast and crew of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical on a successful closing weekend!
- Senator Tester sending new resources to rural Montana schools
"As a former teacher, I know students need effective, up-to-date tools to learn, communicate and stay connected," Tester said. "I'm confident Montana's teachers and students will put these computers to great use and for innovative teaching and learning."
- Governor Bullock Announces Huge Gains in Montana Students Taking Dual Credit Courses
"Montana teachers have so many demands on them already," Bullock said. "Our state's high schoo l teachers deserve huge credit for helping to double the number of students who are getting an early start on college at half the normal tuition price."
- Graduation Matters helps cut down on high school dropouts in Montana
Great Falls accounts for 101 of the 700 additional students statewide who graduated last year compared to just three years ago before Graduation Matters began as a partnership between United Way and school districts.
Funding and Building your Business
- Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court
Mentors -- all of them veterans -- stand with their clients during required Wednesday court appearances and check in with them and provide friendship and help other days of the week, too. Mentors say they wear many hats -- coach, guide, role model and advocate.
- Missoula gets a perfect score in human rights study
Missoula was one of 38 cities nationally to receive a perfect score of 100 points.
Energy and Climate Change
- Why it's so hard for us -- and boards -- to plan ahead
There is, of course, one other question that boards need to ask themselves -- and it's the hardest one for this group: Do we have the right people sitting around the board room table to get us to where we need to be, or do we need to make some changes to ourselves?
- "The National Conversation On Board Diversity", 11/20, Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman is one of 18 cities around the globe hosting the event. As part of the campaign, more than 1,000 people are expected to discuss what it will take for the U.S. to become a global leader in advancing women to the boardroom.
- The Pitfalls of Investing in a Friend's Business
Unless you are a really savvy and experienced investor, I am not a big fan of investing money in a business of a friend unless you are going to be an owner operator yourself.
- Panera Bread never rests on its laurels
"Panera in its core comes from a view that competitive advantage is everything. If we don't have a reason for people to walk past competitors and come to Panera, then we don't exist." founder Ron Shaich
Connectivity & Communications
- Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands
Its creators call it a test of an idea that could someday lead to roads that generate the same power that electric cars use to travel on them.
- These Walls Cool Themselves, No A/C Needed
What if buildings could start to cool themselves without plugging into the grid?
- Why the U.S.-China Emissions Pact Could Be a Climate Change Breakthrough
To clean the city's air pollution in time for the arrival of the VIPs, the government had told residents to get out of town. When that didn't work and the smog persisted, China started blocking data on air pollution.
- Absolute Zero: U.S. is Closer to Building Zero-Net Energy Communities
This vision encompasses homes and commercial buildings that use on-site systems and renewable sources to generate at least as much energy as they consume.
- Dean Kamen, Segway inventor, is now bringing energy autonomy and Stirling engines powered by natural gas to the home.
"When there's not enough solar, you turn on the Beacon 10. Then, ideally, the grid itself would just be the ultimate backup. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen."
- US privacy confidence at new low, survey indicates
he vast majority - 91% - of Americans believe that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies, according to a survey.
- the mario blog - more shallow
every once in a while I look back, and I recognize that somehow my life has gotten to have a whole lot less depth, not more.
- Online Stores Change Prices Depending on How You Shop. Here's How
The study still provides a window into how your shopping experience can change depending how you behave.
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