|MATR Newsletter - Tue Jul 26, 2005|
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- The National Geographic Education Foundation has Geographic Literacy Grants Available for K-12 teachers
Teacher grants are given directly to educators to facilitate their work in promoting and increasing geographic literacy in the classroom, school, district, and community.
Montana Economic Development
- Blackfoot Telecommunications Group makes the big shift
“This company has been very forward looking in recognizing that our subsidies have gone away,” said Dave Martin, director of technology for Blackfoot Telephone. “Competition continues to encroach, and our traditional funding mechanisms are gone. We knew we had to learn to do it cheaper in order to compete and survive.”
- Hiking lighter, hiking smarter: Taking the trail to backpacking enlightenment - Backpacking Light Magazine in Bozeman, MT
Backpacking Light Magazine Seeks Nominations for Outdoor Industry's Most Stringent Product Awards Program
Funding and Building your Business
- Changing Economy Drives Name Change for Montana Based Economic Development Organization, Jobs Now, Inc. changes name to Montana West Economic Development
Montana is a great brand and we wanted to marry that with our location and our mission, economic development.”
Regional Economic Development
- Clashes of egos, ideas forge creative edge -"consensus is the sire of mediocrity"
''Great firms let the stars be the stars."
- Getting into a partnership — badly
The concept of a partnership is that each partner brings something unique to the business.
Utah Economic Development
- Outsourcing seen as boon to reservations - American Indians bring work to their lands
Tribal and business leaders are hoping that in an increasingly globalized economy, where information-processing work can be done nearly anywhere, they won't need to leave their reservations.
Universities and Economic Development
- MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) acts as a "pipe-line" for technical education in Utah
MESA provides opportunities for role model exposure - tours of industries, talks with female and minority professionals, and campus visits that consist of more than just tours of brick buildings - that help students picture themselves as eventually completing the MESA/STEP pipeline and getting a math-based career or technical job.
Incubators and R&D
- College: Good time to try out a business - The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization
Because students are often free from "real-world" concerns such as finding a job or buying a house, many say they are able to take greater risks and spend more time developing a business.
- One-of-kind Hamilton, Montana lab empowers scientists to make new discoveries
Experiments that would take a small army of researchers months or years can be completed in Hamilton in just a few days. It gives scientists new tools to make sense of the tons of new information derived from the DNA sequencing revolution.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Ideas for sale: Four new Montana State University inventions need licenses, markets
Companies interested in any of these inventions should contact Nick Zelver with the MSU Technology Transfer Office at (406) 994-7868 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 5.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Rocky Mountain College alumnus, John Eisenhauer donates 90 computers
"I got so much from Rocky, so I'm glad I'm finally in a position to give something back," said donor John Eisenhauer.
- Brennan's Wave slowly moving forward in Missoula - Hearing planned on Wed.
"People tend to ignore an asset like the Clark Fork unless they have a stake in it," Baker said. "This has the possibility of bringing more stakeholders to the river."
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
- The Aerogenerator doesn't look like an ordinary turbine -- something that could sway anti-wind farm groups.
One of the most striking new projects rethinks the idea of the turbine entirely.
- Great Falls Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events leave $500K deficit
‘The three-day symposium attracted scholars and tribes from across the United States for an event that had never been done before,'' said Gray, emphasizing the symposium's importance in a city with an Indian population greater than 10 percent
- Flight plans into Seattle face uncertain future
"It's very difficult to predict," Russo said. "We do carry a fair number of people from Missoula who make connections to other flights (at Sea-Tac), and if we have to siphon some of those to Boeing Field ... we can't run a parallel operation. We can't run a parallel schedule to two different places."
City Club Missoula
- City Club Missoula - McGovern says U.S. losing its way under Bush
"One of the things we come back to is having speakers that are thought-provoking," Tracy said in an interview. "Having George McGovern in our backyard is, we realize, a gift."
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