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"If this were around when I was in school, I'd probably still be in school." Warren Buffett speaking about the University Venture Fund http://www.uventurefund.com/
While it should always be first when economic development is concerned, the need to focus on education innovation is prominent in this week's news: "The Agurban from Boomtown Institute. Preparing for the Future - Part 2" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "How Much Longer Will We Shortchange Our Students? No State in the Union More Hostile to Education Reform Than Montana " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Local/Regional P-16 Eduction Councils. Why You Should Care. The Problem of Education in the United States" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html--- As always, your comments are encouraged and appreciated. Here's where you can register (free) if you aren't already so you can post: http://matr.net/login.phtml - When registered, go to the "My Account" link at the upper right hand corner of the MATR home page. If you have questions, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
Come Home Montana
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute. Preparing for the Future - Part 2
Based on the response we have received from last week's Agurban, readers from all over the country believe that today's youth are not prepared for the "real world". To see what your state requires for graduation, go to Find Your State. Select your state under the Graduation Briefs Downloads.
Come Home Washington
- Utopia from scratch - Man wants to create a sustainable village in Montana
Oberkleinberg will bring together writers and philosophers and scientists and chefs and artists and craftsmen. They will teach the people who buy what amounts to a time-share in the village, or come to stay at the town's hotel.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Biotechnology Business and Product Development - Resodyn Corporation
The position requires a versatile professional with experience in market research, business development, strategic planning, competitive intelligence, R&D, technology assessment and project management.
Come Home Wyoming
- Washington Career Opportunity - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR—LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIVISION- The Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
The Assistant Director of Local Government oversees, organizes, manages, mentors and coaches the division staff to foster a productive work environment and effective performance management
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Community Outreach Director - Main Street Program
This is a wonderful opportunity to work in Wyoming with communities interested in historic preservation.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Enter This Year's Best Lemonade Stand in America Contest
Share your story about building and running a lemonade stand, and you could win our Grand Prize, a $1,000 savings bond and a super backpack filled with back-to-school supplies.
Funding and Building your Business
- Start-up success: a guide
"Clusters matter because a new business is more likely to find relevant professional advisers, sources of capital and suitable premises on its doorstep.
- Millionaires cashing out of Bay Area
"I'm hearing from more California baby boomers, 'I need to get out,'"
- The Seed Capital Flight
Historically, the average time to liquidity for a seed stage investment has been in the 7 to 10 year range.
- Divorce: the entrepreneur’s nightmare
Divorce is a terrible thing on the best of days, but it’s an extra kick in the gonads when your business is involved.
- SBA and Trump University Launch Innovative Online Training Course for Entrepreneurs
The SBA and Trump University have combined the best that each organization offers, bringing together a vast array of resources, information and experts to guide students through the essentials of planning and executing a business idea by bootstrapping, a common method used to minimize the amount of outside debt and equity financing needed from banks and investors.
- For CEOs, uncertainty may be key to success. Companies fail to manage risk, analyst says
Facing up to uncertainty is a skill that's in short supply in a business world that rewards conviction. But it's becoming a core competency for companies planning a long and prosperous run.
- How Much Longer Will We Shortchange Our Students? No State in the Union More Hostile to Education Reform Than Montana
We owe it to our public school students to give them the very best classroom experience.
- Wyoming Officials: More dialogue needed to solve education issues
The Bridges agenda calls for looking at better serving under-prepared adults, devising uniform data on education, having priority programs align with economic diversification and looking at tax policy and governance issues to see if the priorities could be supported.
- Heading back to college, this time to learn a trade
Upending one role that community and technical colleges used to take, students with four-year degrees are using them to get jobs.
- Online university offering scholarships to Montana's current and future teachers
The donated grant will allow WGU to offer $7,500 scholarships to qualified individuals in rural areas of Montana.
- Local/Regional P-16 Eduction Councils. Why You Should Care. The Problem of Education in the United States
Today, ours is a knowledge economy. Obtaining a higher education is more important than ever to a citizen’s success and to the success of our state’s economy.
Connectivity & Communications
- Challenges to Academic Technology Transfer
University tech transfer was not only good for the country, but also for the communities surrounding universities. He went on to state that while many people may not understand what it means in their everyday lives, governors recognize that university spinoffs create high paying jobs. Bayh-Dole provides the basis for that to happen.
- Venture Investors' early-stage fund grows to $115 million. Continues to focus on University Tech Transfer
John Neis, managing director of Venture Investors, said the fund would continue to focus on investments during the formative stages of technology and biotechnology companies that have spun out of leading research institutions in Wisconsin, Michigan, and the Midwest.
- University Venture Fund Students Score With Two Successful High-Tech Venture Capital Investments
Largest Student-Run Private Equity Fund, with $18 Million in Capital, Proves College Students Do Learn About Entrepreneurship and Make Astute Investment Choices in Unique Educational Program
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- New rules could rock wireless world
"Whoever wins this spectrum has to provide … truly open broadband network — one that will open the door to a lot of innovative services for consumers,"
- Governors are fair-weather Facebook friends
With nearly 12 million computer users under the age of 24 hooked into Facebook alone, according to Internet information provider comScore, some political experts say that abandoning the youthful digital terrain could come at a cost to politicians.
Incubators and R&D
- Growing use of nanotechnology stirs hopes, fears
The future is now: Nanotechnology is already in hundreds of everyday products, but questions remain about long-term environmental effects
- Arizona Study Shows University Research Benefits Regional Economy
"There is additional research that goes on in the private sector when there is a robust university research program nearby," Charney said. "There are more business start-ups near a university. When people who are technically trained start businesses, the businesses grow faster."
Montana Economic Development
- Fort Benton expansion 'working smoothly'. Montana Flour & Grains
"We're growing because organic foods have become more popular and mainstream," said Giles, who joined the company as chief financial officer in 1992 and purchased it in 1999. "Montana's cereal grains are renowned for their excellent quality."
- Lakeside, Montana firm patents advanced remote sensing technology. Earth Search Sciences Inc.
Hyperspectral remote sensing technology is a highly accurate means of getting a picture of the earth’s surface from an airplane.
- Help available for laid-off Paradise Valley workers at Golden Ratio Woodworks
The Montana Job Service in Livingston said the laid-off workers can get up to two years of training, plus unemployment benefits and perhaps money for housing. An information session about the program is scheduled here Wednesday.
Regional Economic Development
- MAEDC Newsletter
Summer is here!... "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." ~James Dent
- Who’s backing the Bitterroot Resort study?
“We’re concerned that they’ll use [the study] as additional pressure on the Forest Service, and try to sway public opinion,” says Daphne Herling of Friends of Lolo Peak, a conservation group opposed to the development.
- Bridging Rural America's Digital Divide. The Wiring of Rural America
We want high speed two-way interactive transmission because communication in the digital age should be from each to all. We are supposed to be moving away from the standards where big networks communicate down to the little people. The emphasis on downstream is all wrong. The small business or the family farmer in Canton, Ohio should be able to communicate just as effectively upstream as the big business in Cleveland, Ohio . . . and that means send and receive (upstream and downstream) capability.
- State & Local Sourcebook
The Sourcebook is still the definitive resource for contact information on state and local decision makers, and still contains essential data in 10 categories.
- Career Technical Education Critical for Success in Today's Economy. National Governor's Association Issue Brief Answers the Question: What Happened to Yesterday's Vocational Education?
"Governors recognize that CTE programs can offer another avenue towards academic and career success," said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center. "When paired with a rigorous academic platform, CTE programs make learning more relevant and engaging by better aligning with students' interests and career skill needs."
- "Leading High Growth Businesses to Profitable Growth!" workshops with a $20,000 bonus for companies that apply
Entrepreneurs engaged in high-growth companies are encouraged to attend, and participants should be prepared to articulate current challenges they are confronted with in their business operations.
- University of Wyoming plans $50 million biz school expansion
The University of Wyoming has nearly finished planning a $50 million renovation and expansion at the College of Business, which was built in 1960 and now serves more than three times as many students as it did then.
- Nurturing Bay State's high-tech talent
By strengthening biotech and the other industries in which we excel, including medicine, research and development, specialized manufacturing, and advanced technology, we will sustain an economic foundation unparalleled in world markets for years to come.
- San Diego's new global initiative - "Partnership for the Global Economy". Ex-Official Says Seattle Stopped Listening
Hoping to get more juice from our global connections, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. is launching a Partnership for the Global Economy, a coalition of corporate, government and education leaders aimed at drumming up more international trade as well as creating more cohesion between San Diego's disparate business sectors.
- A Job Hunter's Guide To Recruiter Code Words
Here is a sampling of terms -- some more common than others -- that search executives say they often rely on when assessing potential hires:
2007 Montana Legislature
- Catilin secures $3 million in financing for nanotech biodiesel production facility and research
The company claims that its nanotechnology process allows biodiesel producers to get maximum profit from a broad range of feedstocks using fewer processing steps, which leads to lower overall costs, and greatly reduces water consumption and environmental contaminants. The process works with existing biodiesel production facilities.
Lewis and Clark Legacy
- Lobbying 2007 Montana Legislature cost $6 million, maybe more
“We work real hard at the Legislature,” Feaver said. “And lobbying all the bills that we do in public schools, higher education, state government and state employees takes a lot of time, and time is money. The primary cost of lobbying is the time you spent.”
- Lewis and Clark route at center of debate over coal-fired plant
Federal officials may soon decide just how hallowed the ground is that explorers Capts. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark walked on two centuries ago in the Great Falls area.
Montana Education Excellence
- Electric cars in Big Sky country?
Gas-guzzlers rule in Montana, but one salesman is trying to grow a niche market for the environmentally friendly Zenn car.
City Club Missoula
- McLaughlin Institute lands $529,000 grant for schools
McLaughlin Research Institute of Great Falls has received a $529,308 grant designed to spur interest in science by bringing local teachers and students into the laboratory.
- City Club Missoula Presents MCT’s “Little Red Trucks” Missoula’s Ambassadors to the World, 7/20, Missoula
This season MCT’s trucks will log 1 million daytime highway miles at shows performed in 50 states, four Canadian provinces, two territories and 14 countries. More than 65,000 children will perform in MCT productions this year, and 750,000 adults, friends and teachers will be in the audience.
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