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Which Montana company is going to benefit from John's expertise? "Twenty Year Veteran of IT and technology looking to move family back to Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- This will be the first of several presentations about this exciting project "Economic Blueprint Project In West Central And Northwest Montana, 7/31, Polson, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- As Sen. Baucus is leading the effort to reform health care, this should be an interesting conference " Sen. Max Baucus Hosts: "Make Health Happen: Promoting Wellness And Prevention In Rural Communities", 8/9-10, Bozeman" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Great press for Missoula Children's Theater. " Video of Missoula Children's Theatre in Missoula, Montana on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Excellent results for a vital element of Montana's economic development " Montana Community Development Corporation 2008 Annual Report" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center
Montana Matters - What you can do to help guide the future of Montana
- Glacier Raft Company - Be Your Own Guide - The North Fork of the Flathead River of Montana is hard to reach but not to run
"It's completely remote," says Alex Vandevoort, a guide with Glacier Raft Company http://www.glacierraftco.com , the north fork's only outfitter. "You'll see elk, deer, bears, moose and even wolves. But probably no other boats.
Idaho National Laboratory
- Montana's Future Is At a Crossroads - "Montana Matters"
How do we move forward, with knowledge and understanding of our past, our wildlife victories as well as our defeats? How do we remember those hard-learned lessons, in the face of short-term financial gain?
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho National Laboratory wins three R&D 100 Awards
“These three award-winning technologies demonstrate the breadth of research at INL ranging from specified nanoparticle production for energy application to water quality monitoring and cybersecurity research,” said David Hill, INL deputy director for Science and Technology. “While energy remains our principal investigative nature, our researchers are leveraging discoveries for application across many disciplines."
- Montana World Trade Center July Newsletter
The Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) http://www.mwtc.org works to increase international trade through public-private partnerships, business networking, and student education.
Highway 12 Ventures
- City Of Bozeman Update, 7/30, Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman's City Manager, Chris Kukulski will talk about planning and building statistics, land use, growth trends, transportation and facility planning, public safety, and other current issues.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Montana Dad Died Twice Before Being Saved with SynCardia temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart
When Greg Michels, 40, was first diagnosed with heart failure two decades ago, he was told he only had a few years to live.
- Moose Crossing?
Leave your suggestion in the comment section below. Glenn, George and I will pick the winner. First place will get some fat Highway 12 swag and props on Twitter.
- 5 Minutes with Chris Onan
Chris Onan, Managing Director at Appian Ventures in Denver and the Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.
Come Home Montana
- Video of Missoula Children's Theatre in Missoula, Montana on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer”
"What a great segment this evening on Missoula Children's Theatre. MCT has touched our grandson and classmates in rural Salmon, Idaho. (Pop-3,000) They have provided an enriching experience like no other and we applaud them deeply. Thanks!" Bob Knoll
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development and Communications Director - National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
NCAT is seeking an accomplished and experienced fundraiser to serve as our Development Director. This is a regular, full-time position located in NCAT's Butte, Montana office.
- Twenty Year Veteran of IT and technology looking to move family back to Montana
Montana and I adopted each other when I married a woman from Great Falls. Currently we are living in Seattle area with our 2 children and where I work for Microsoft. Our goal is to move our family back to Montana and be closer to our Montana family and friends and all that only Montana can provide in terms of lifestyle.
- Montana Career Opportunity - President - Salish Kootenai College
The President of Salish Kootenai College, as the Chief Executive Officer of the College, is charged with the responsibility of executing the policies of the Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors and directing the general administration of the College.
Montana Economic Development
- Judge OKs GM’s Move to Drop Montana Mine Contract with Stillwater Mining Co.
GM said it wanted to cancel the contract to slim down its expenses as it emerges from federal bankruptcy protection. The Detroit company is keeping its two other precious metals suppliers, based in Russia and South Africa.
- What is Plum Creek’s End Game?
How much longer will Montana’s largest forest products company remain in Montana?
- Announcing Northfork Strategies to help companies achieve strategic vision and build value
With Northfork Strategies, companies can enhance their business models to build value in today’s markets.
- Montana Community Development Corporation 2008 Annual Report
It isn’t every year that you can report to your investors and clients that your business has grown by nearly 40 percent. But that is the central fact that shapes everything else about this annual report.
Regional Economic Development
- Sen. Max Baucus Hosts: "Make Health Happen: Promoting Wellness And Prevention In Rural Communities", 8/9-10, Bozeman
Please join us, top foundation and business leaders, and world-class experts to explore ways to improve health and promote wellness in small communities.
- Governor Schweitzer: Montana is Bright Spot in Bad Economy
Schweitzer says he spends a majority of his time recruiting businesses to come to Montana, in hopes of creating new jobs. Schweitzer noted, "Anybody that's thinking about location to someplace, I show up at their doorstep and I start gnawing on their door."
- Energy, agribusiness top potential diversification list for the Sweet Grass region of Montana
Those were the findings of a 12-month study funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment and the Montana Department of Commerce with the goal of helping the Sweet Grass area, which includes Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties, weather the loss of the 50 missiles and 550 personnel.
- Economic Blueprint Project In West Central And Northwest Montana, 7/31, Polson, Montana
Please join us and Governor Schweitzer in launching this regional effort to develop practical strategies for economic development that will be implemented throughout the region.
- Governor Brian Schweitzer discusses Montana's stimulus spending plans
Montana chunk of the federal stimulus bill adds up to roughly $1 billion, and we sat down with Governor Brian Schweitzer to find out where the infusion of funds is going.
Funding and Building your Business
- Treasury prepares to launch SBA bailout plan
Treasury Set to Buy Loans With $15 Billion in Bailout Funds
- The Rich Home on the Range
Have your home on the range, access to a few thousand acres …without paying for it all!
Incubators and R&D
- Unpaid workers may put employers in legal hot water
Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, warns that while people can volunteer time for non-profit groups and government, it is illegal for commercial companies to not pay workers.
- Use the Web to Take Your Product International
The magic of e-commerce is that, in essence, the World Wide Web levels the playing field. Despite being a small business, you have access to a virtual world market so you can be as competitive as any large corporation.
- A No Bulls*#% Manager's Guide to Internet Use at Work
I then read an interesting story by AP reporter Martha Irvine about how young workers are pushing employers for more online access. It's one of the more balanced reports I've read on the topic, and got me thinking it might be fun to write another "No bull guide" for employee internet usage.
- Zappos CEO Wanted To Stay Independent, Sequoia Wanted Liquidity—Sources
The decision to sell hot online shoe retailer Zappos to Amazon.com was more in line with the interests of Sequoia Capital than the company’s CEO, according to two sources close to the company.
- 16 Things You Can Do Yourself to Create Word-of-Mouth for Your Business
Word-of-mouth is the most effective means to advertise your brand.
Montana Education Excellence
- Startup School: The Xconomy Guide to Venture Incubators, 2009 Edition
The programs go by various names, such as “venture incubators,” “startup boot camps,” “seed programs,” and “growth accelerators.” The confusing terminology, plus the fact that most of the organizations were founded in 2008 or 2009, can make it hard to track down all the various programs accepting startups these days—hence this Xconomy Guide.
- Montana State University scientists to design optics for new solar mission
Montana State University scientists are involved in a new space mission to figure out how energy is transferred through the sun's atmosphere.
- Feds select Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University to create national transportation assistance center for public lands
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a $1.5 million competitive grant to the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University to help with projects such as trails and shuttle systems on public lands across the country.
- This article will self-destruct: A tool to make online personal data vanish
"If you care about privacy, the Internet today is a very scary place," said UW computer scientist Tadayoshi Kohno. "If people understood the implications of where and how their e-mail is stored, they might be more careful or not use it as often."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Dan Moshavi named Montana State University College of Business dean
"A major focus of mine will be on finding new and innovative ways to create hands-on opportunities and a personalized learning environment for our students, with a big emphasis on professional skill development," Moshavi said of his appointment.
- Montana State University College of Business on-line interactive annual report
"It is more important than ever that we provide our students with the skills necessary to succeed in professional jobs." Dean Dan Moshavi
- Montana Educators Praise Community College Funding Initiative
“In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience,” Obama said. “We will not fill those jobs, or even keep those jobs here in America, without the training offered by community colleges.”
- Montana State University receives $800,000 grant to train mental health nurse practitioners
"The faculty at the College of Nursing are delighted to have this opportunity to address the stark need in Montana for primary providers in mental health care," Holkup said. "The development of the new option within the state-supported Master of Nursing graduate degree program represents a collaborative effort between state-wide mental health representatives and faculty from the MSU College of Nursing."
- Dozens apply for Montana State University president job
One issue the regents have discussed but taken no action on is whether to raise the MSU president’s pay, $205,050. Though high by Montana standards, it’s low compared to university presidents’ pay in neighboring states n Idaho, Wyoming and the Dakotas. It’s the lowest in the nation among universities granting Ph.D.s and conducting substantial research.
- Please register your support for the SBIR debate on Capitol Hill
We think it's valuable to alert MT's delegation to the importance of this program and votes that will impact the program.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Premier Tech wants to do business with Challis and other rural Idaho communities
Premier’s Rural Idaho Outreach Partners is a program begun in 2008 to stimulate economic growth and create better paying jobs in rural Idaho. So far, Sayer hasn’t met his goal of funneling $1 million per year to small businesses, primarily in the Custer-Lemhi-Butte county area, but he’s determined to do so.
Washington State Business
- North Dakota delegation extends investment in nanoscience at the North Dakota State College of Science
“We have to have the research and skilled workers necessary to build up our cutting-edge technology industries. This center will help attract businesses to the state and give students career opportunities in an exciting field that is growing here in North Dakota. It helps keep our best and brightest here at home, and helps North Dakota schools become an example of teaching methods across the country.”
- Washington state's new data center: wait just a minute!
State Rep. Reuven Carlyle calls the Department of Information Services' decision to build a new data center in Olympia a few blocks from the Capitol Campus "shocking in its lack of quality research, new data, national context, or insight into technology trends."
Montana Meth Project
- Arkansas Governor Beebe Launches Modern Workplace Program to Connect Teachers with Companies to Better Prepare Students for Jobs in the 21st Century.
This program creates a connection between classroom teachers and Arkansas companies to better prepare students for the complex jobs of the 21st century.
- Bill Gates urges use of stimulus to improve schools
"The stimulus package contains funding for longitudinal data systems" to track students throughout their school years and into the workplace, he said. "I hope you will use it . . . to leave behind bad habits."
- New 'science of learning' could reinvent teaching techniques
The goal for education in this century is to create teaching tools — such as robots, computer programs or science fairs — that produce the same benefits of the very best teaching situation, one-to-one tutoring.
- California university system OKs 20 percent fee hike
"We face a huge economic tsunami," board Chairman Jeffrey Bleich said. "What we're doing today doesn't give anyone pleasure."
- An Apple for Your Teacher - Fed funds help schools become more tech-savvy
The only problem: Districts are prohibited from using the money for any other purpose—which can mean that they have to cut staff and other programs while spending lavishly on computers.
- The Role of Information Technology in Creating New Kinds of American High Schools
A small, but growing number of American high schools are using information technologies to redesign schools in fundamentally new ways.
- A $4 Billion Push for Better Schools - Obama Hopes Funding Will Be Powerful Incentive in 'Race to the Top'
President Obama is leaning hard on the nation's schools, using the promise of more than $4 billion in federal aid -- and the threat of withholding it -- to strong-arm the education establishment to accept more charter schools and performance pay for teachers.
- Building the skills for a global future - Grant funds language classes
The grant, titled Startalk, came easily to Spokane because the program’s targeted languages – Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Persian and Urdu – are rarely taught in area secondary schools and are fading from higher education institutions.
- Methland: A Drug Book All About Rural Hope
Nick Reding wrote a book about rural America, but most of the reviews of Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town begin with Roland Jarvis, the drug addict who burned off his face and most of his fingers when his lit cigarette ignited the chemicals he was using to make methamphetamine in his mother’s house.
Energy and Climate Change
- Budget to drastically reshape California "The Golden State...?" - Montana is on the Move!!!
California will be reshaped into a domain that is more efficient by necessity, but also noticeably shabbier, less generous and possibly more dangerous.
- A New Fight Over Pollution Curbs Takes Root
Preserving forests is just one tactic raising concern that the campaign against climate change is being gamed.
- The World's Greatest Collection of Lies
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- Worker commits suicide over lost iPhone prototype
Sun was responsible for sending iPhone prototypes to Apple, and on July 13 he reported that he was missing one of the 16 fourth-generation units in his possession, the newspaper reported. His friends said company security guards searched his apartment, detained him and beat him, the paper reported.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Big Sky Big Heart - Big Sky Resort Encourages Participation Through Charitable Giving.
We, at Big Sky Resort, enjoy the opportunity to aid great community organizations in their causes. It's wonderful that we can live, work and play on this mountain. It is even better to have the tools to be able to share it.
- VISTAs reflect on experiences in Glendive, Montana
“I would encourage any recent college grad to consider VISTA,” she said. “You find out a lot about yourself and the community.”
- Glendive, Montana's art community offers opportunity for local tourism
“When people think of art, they think of big cities and museums, but it can be in as common a place as Glendive,” she said. “It’s right here.”
- Creative Caravan - House swapping & letting for professionals in the creative industry
Launched earlier this month, Creative Caravan is a property listing service for people working in the creative industries, devised to help film directors, make-up artists, painters, photographers, etc find a place to (sub)let or swap.
- Costly canvas: Artists say Missoula's charge for public art is too steep
Among the most prominent proponents of a lower fee is Mayor John Engen, with whom Abell been working closely. “The mayor was fantastic,” she said.
- Why Can't Americans Get Their Heads Around Roundabouts?
They're safer, faster, require less fuel use and enhance public space. So why do Americans tend to reject proposals for roundabouts?
- Spam soars despite billions spent to prevent it
"The clear message spammers are giving us is that they are unimpeded by the efforts of law enforcement and the security community.”
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