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"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." -- George Bernard Shaw
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MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
Come Home Montana
- December Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Newsletter and a few quick notes.
MEDA Day in the Rotunda is January 21st. This is MEDA’s opportunity to shine – especially to demonstrate the success of our programs affected by the 2010 sunset and one-time-only programs.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Is Big Sky or Big Mountain the real Montana?
You can go as big as you want in Big Sky Country. But which is the real Montana?
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Remote Wyoming towns home to broadband jobs - Eleutian Technology
Eleutian Technology http://www.eleutian.com/ hires people in towns across northern Wyoming to teach English to South Koreans using Skype, the free online calling and person-to-person video service. Two years old, Eleutian already is one of Wyoming's fastest-growing businesses.
- Goal-oriented Montana teen quickly finding success with e-commerce business
"I'm like a normal high schooler except I'm willing to do what others won't do," he said. "I have a dream that is so strong, it powers me every day."
- Youth Entrepreneurship Education in America: A Policymaker’s Action Guide
The Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group's (YESG) vision is to ensure that each graduate from a high school serving a low-income community has educational opportunities to explore their entrepreneurial potential.
- 'Tribes' review: Anyone can be a great leader on Internet
"The only thing holding you back from becoming the kind of person who changes things is this: lack of faith," he writes. "Faith that you can do it. Faith that it's worth doing. Faith that failure won't destroy you."
Montana Economic Development
- Alleged Montana Based Scheme Has International Implications
Last week the Securities Department of the Montana State Auditor’s office filed an Amended Notice of Proposed Agency Disciplinary Action against Missoula businessman, Shawn Swor, and Hamilton businessman Dan Two Feathers.
- Behind the Scenes: Companies at the Heart of Everyday Life - St. Patrick's, Billings, Montana
The company paired up with Erspamer on a $75,000 project to renovate St. Patrick's in Billings, Montana, in 2000 and built a number of items for the church, including the altar, which is made of walnut and red oak.
Regional Economic Development
- Lewis and Clark County, Montana unveils new Web site
The site, at http://www.co.lewis-clark.mt.us, is still under construction. It was designed and built by county employees, who searched the Internet for ideas and developed the site’s looks and functionality.
- Official questions Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers funding request
"If Montana is to grow beyond its traditional brick-and-mortar economic base, it must quickly invest in opportunities like RMSC that will drive economic growth."
- Butte citizens say: Bring more jobs to town
Local government's priority should be jobs.
- Linda Brander resigns as program manager of the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Program
It is with mixed feelings that I leave this program. I built this program from a concept into a nationally recognized program, met many wonderful people along the way and cultivated many partnerships that have helped me and benefitted Montana’s tech-based market sector.
- New Report on Internet Information Access Shows Montana is Way Behind the Nation
“This study demonstrates that the rural and remote regions of the state are underserved and falling behind.”
- MTHousingSearch.com is a housing resource for us all
As we all strive to build a better quality of life for Montana residents, the Montana Board of Housing and the Montana Department of Commerce Housing Division wants to make it easier for families and individuals to find and secure housing opportunities within our state.
- 15 Montana communities chosen for Horizons development program
The fifteen communities are Alberton, Choteau, Cut Bank, Darby, Ennis, Eureka, Geyser, Harlem, Hays, Libby, Malta, Sheridan, Superior, Stanford and Twin Bridges.
Funding and Building your Business
- A Web Tour of Opportunities for Rural Innovation
Please consider helping share these resources along with supporting the creation of new distance learning opportunities to help rural folks understand what broadband offers them for e-learning, supplementing their family incomes, and preserving their cherished rural lifestyle.
- Pakistan seeking Utah business ventures - Envoy says country needs energy, ag help.
"Anyone who is involved in power production and energy development would be welcomed with open arms to Pakistan," Haqqani said, pointing out that his country currently is plagued by a shortage of power generating facilities.
- Blue is the New Green
Forget for a moment about carbon emissions. The world is facing a more immediate crisis -- it is running out of clean water.
- Western Governors University Offers Scholarships for Reservists and National Guard
Can be used to earn a degree in any discipline offered by WGU in its colleges of Business, Education, Information Technology or Health Professions. WGU is both regionally and nationally accredited.
Incubators and R&D
- Marc of the Valley - Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen on his latest venture, the state of Silicon Valley, and the future of technology.
At 37, Andreessen is a legend in Silicon Valley.
- Biorefinery aid available
The Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees for the development, construction and retrofitting of viable commercial-scale biorefineries producing advanced biofuels. The maximum loan guarantee is $250 million per project subject to the availability of funds.
- How to Hire the Net Generation
Hiring the under-30, digitally savvy young workers who will be the next generation of managers requires adapting recruitment strategies to fit the demographic
- SBA smooths rocky loan road
In response to the credit crunch, SBA's acting administrator, Sandy K. Baruah, announced loan-program changes to help the agency's lending partners increase access to capital for small businesses.
- Please return the copy of SMARTUPS that I loaned you.
So, if you borrowed a copy from me, please return it. If you can't drop it off at my house, then please mail it. If you can't mail it, just let me know where I can pick it up.
- Back to the Garage: How Economic Turmoil Breeds Innovation - Tom Siebel
In July 1993, Tom Siebel launched Siebel Systems, which made software for managing corporate sales staffs. The US economy was faltering, and the market for his product was new and untested. In other words, the timing couldn't have been better.
Montana Education Excellence
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#282), Salmon simulations, Meth detector, Religion and Yellowstone, Unlikely cousins?
Suppose police officers could point a laser device at a house and detect methamphetamine fumes flowing from its vents.
- Regenerating Neurons in Eyes
Researchers stimulate the growth of new retinal cells in mice.
- Bozeman schools seek to raise scores for special-ed kids
Pulling special-ed kids out of regular classrooms and having them learn at a slower pace and at a lower level isn’t always successful, Chad Berg, the school district’s new special education director, recently explained to the School Board.
- Montana State University brings on full-time staffer to search for energy savings
"This is another step we are taking toward meeting the governor's 20x10 Initiative," said MSU President Geoff Gamble. "For the university, this is a low-risk contract with the potential for very high reward."
- University Tech Transfer - Seed, then license
"Every university wireless lab will likely host CalRadios in a few years time," states UC San Diego tech-transfer expert Gibbons. "They will enable education of new engineers with the latest in flexible design platforms for wireless communications."
Washington State Business
- Virtual education in Idaho inspires once-struggling kids to succeed
Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in virtual learning for K-12 students and was rated No. 3 in the nation for policy and practice by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education.
- Will alternative energy be Idaho's next big industry?
Economic development experts say the state faces stiff competition from its neighbors - especially Oregon, which offers generous tax breaks for alternative energy businesses.
- Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd Requests $100,000 Pay Reduction
"These are exceedingly tough times for my students, faculty and staff. We will be asking them to think more creatively and work harder with less as we deal with budgetary restraints. It is incumbent upon me to lead by example,” Floyd said.
- Wyoming business leaders discussed the state's future economy in relation to changing policy on the climate.
Whether that demand can or will be met with fossil fuels will be a big determining factor in Wyoming's economic future.
Connectivity & Communications
- Radical change ahead for Idaho schools? "Tough Choices or Tough Times."
Billions in money saved from high school budgets would be used to dramatically increase teacher salaries, pay for early childhood education, and help disadvantaged students.
- Can There be an Emotionally Intelligent Society?
If emotional literacy is so crucial for a child’s success in life, then why don’t we teach it to every child?
- LinkedIn CEO touts growth of network
Membership has swelled from 8 million to more than 30 million, while the staff has expanded from 60 to 370 employees.
- Sybase CEO sees mobile commerce as future
It's about anytime, anywhere to anybody.
- Google Wiki lets you customize search results
Unhappy with the results of your Google search? Think the third ranked link should actually be number one? Well, now you can do something about it.
- Segway inventor, Dean Kamen touts island as an energy model
Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model.
- The power to overcome a bad economy? WiTricity Corp. and wireless electricity transmission
Imagine electricity beamed around rooms the way Wi-Fi provides an Internet link. WiTricity could provide the power to keep a mobile phone's battery perpetually charged or operate a wall-hung flat-screen TV without cords.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Glacier Park turns to private donations - seeks wilderness designation
“The Park Service is embracing philanthropy as never before, and some say that's good and some say that's bad,” Cartwright said. “But it doesn't really matter what we think about it. The reality is, this is the new way of doing business.”
- Executive chosen for Humanities Montana
The position has been accepted by Ken Egan, a professor of English at Missouri’s Drury University.
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