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Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- What the heartland can offer those on the coasts
Here and there, signs show that country is becoming chic. It's also big business, capturing both dollars and hearts.
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~HAVRE
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Communications Associate
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Senior Manager
- Online Compendium of Promising Practices in Entrepreneurship
Using a series of roundtable discussions involving experts and practitioners, CFED identified "entrepreneur friendly" policies and programs
- Tech teachers urge more computer classes for children
Computer science, like other subjects, is fighting for time on student schedules and a place on the political agenda, where reading and math dominate.
- Guest opinion: Quality Schools panel striving for public participation
As the Quality Schools committee gets information from consultants and staff, we will begin making policy recommendations to place before the Legislature later this fall. Those meetings are open to the public, are televised and audio streamed, and testimony is taken. We are also considering moving our meetings around the state after the Quality Schools committee has developed proposals. That will allow all Montanans to scrutinize our work and make public comments. That will be later this summer and will be publicized as soon as a schedule is set.
- How Can Business Schools Be Made More Relevant?
For those who feel this way, the question is what to do about it?
- New Webpage Asks for Views on Montana Public Schools
"Anyone interested sharing your opinion about the current condition in your schools and about how important that condition is to your local community should take a few moments to complete the survey," said State Superintendent Linda McCulloch.
Montana Economic Development
- RightNow (Bozeman, MT) is looking up a year after going public
RightNow's customer-service software, which allows businesses to answer consumer questions by e-mail with little or no staff, is in high demand. Its clients include British Airways, Motorolo and Cabalas; there are more than 1,200 in all.
- Missoula-based company, Armor Auto inks German deal during Montana World Trade Tour of Europe
"This is not difficult," said Ryan. "These people know what they're doing. Companies all over the state of Montana would be out of their minds not to do this."
- ILX Lightwave (Bozeman, Mont.) Donates Laser Diode Test System to Wuhan National Laboratory in Hubei, China for Optoelectronics
ILX Lightwave’s Equipment Donation is the First of Many for International Colleges and Universities
- Growing concern - Local environmental consulting business, Geum Environmental Consultanting, Inc. of Hamilton, MT, prospers amid public's surging ecological awareness
"Having (Geum) doing the work is great because local knowledge of plant communities and habitat is very important with these kinds of projects," Key said. "Even having knowledge of the roads cuts down on costs and travel time."
- Marketing business finds its niche in Great Falls
"There were a few niche companies for middle-of-the-road products but no clear leaders," Baker said. "It looked like an opportunity, and that seems to be true."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Going monthly feels right - Montana InBusinessMonthly
Each month's edition also will continue to offer profiles of people and businesses we think you'd like to meet – entrepreneurs, innovators, small businesses that are experiencing big success. We've added a feature to each of these called"Keys to Success" in which our profile subjects reflect on the business strategies that have worked for them.
- Angels we have heard on high - Getting investor networks to look closer to home have sprung up in Wisconsin and Minnesota and have just started to take flight in the Dakotas and Montana.
Angels were looking out for Andrew Field. Not the kind with wings. The kind with cold, hard cash available to jump-start his promising e-commerce printing business Printingforless http://www.printingforless.com in the laid-back resort town of Livingston, Mont.
- South Dakota Launches Hospital Pricing Web Site
Under the new law, the department will post the median price of each hospital's 25 most commonly performed inpatient procedures on the web site. Because the most common procedures vary from hospital to hospital, the price list will not be uniform throughout the 62 hospitals.
- Arizona Installs IP Communications Network
The state is replacing separate networks for voice and data with a single communications infrastructure based using the internet.
Universities and Economic Development
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Colorado University launches business center - Students, local companies to work together
The center aims to match faculty and students with local businesses seeking help with strategic problems and systems projects.
- Card craze - Montana artists turn out greeting cards, from Duckboy to ducks
Most card makers are artists at heart who want their work to be seen, Micklus said. Customers like the cards because they love Missoula and western Montana so much, he said. "Missoulians are proud of their town," he said.
- Staying on top in the global IT job market - Broadened management skills, new titles, and client-facing roles are likely safe havens in years to come
Hiring managers and outsourcing specialists point to an increased demand for managerial positions that incorporate broadened project-management skills. They also point to new titles, such as business transformation architects, and the prevalence of client-facing roles that simply cannot be outsourced.
- Smart Resume Advice: Fewer Words Say More
"Remember, this isn't the third installment of 'Lord of the Rings,'" says Russ Jones, principal of First Transitions, a career company in Chicago.
Connectivity & Communications
- Global Wind Power Estimate Developed from Stanford Study
If these locations represent a good sample of the world's land area, the researchers report, there is easily enough potential wind power to meet the world's electricity demands.
- Qwest Web site reaches out to Spanish speakers
"When it comes to Hispanics, Qwest has done the most."
- Streaming video takes center stage
Although more than half of households now have broadband connections, Enderle said relatively few have computers attached to their TVs, meaning people can't yet watch Internet programming on large screens.
- Medicare Center Tests Telemedicine In Treating Chronic Illnesses
In addition to this latest project, Clapp says Health Hero is participating in three other government telemedicine projects, including one with the Veterans Administration.
- Eyes are the Prize - The Struggle to Reach and Connect With Citizens
"The looming battles between cable companies and Telcos and the likely changes to telecommunications laws bring to mind the distinction between the values of citizens in a democratic republic (codified in such things as free speech and the obligations of broadcasters to serve the public interest) and values derived from commercial interests and consumer tastes."
2005 Montana Legislature
- Connecting Rural Communities: Volunteering and Neighboring
Today’s challenges have not dimmed the positive spirit of rural America.
- PBS Documentary On Small Town Divisions in Kalispell - "The Fire Next Time"
"The Fire Next Time" deals with how talk radio divided a small town already suffering from economic and community woes dealing with land use.
- The Montana Interim Legislative Newsletter - July 2005
The Interim contains articles related to interim committee work, general Legislative Branch news, and other articles of legislative interest. The last page(s) of The Interim contains a calendar of upcoming meetings and events of interest.
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