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When we first arrived in Bozeman nine years ago we did not know then that we had finally come home. We have become Montanans. Neither of us was born here, but it is here that we now belong. We have been inspired by this place and its people and want to give something back." Montana State University President Geoff Gamble http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Great news for Montana and its commitment to education: "Gift of a Lifetime - Montana State University President Geoff Gamble and his wife, Patricia, will leave their estate to the school." http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "Phyllis J. Washington Education Center dedication a big event at University of Montana" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --
Idaho National Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory research aims to add longevity to key national energy source
"Industry wants to know how these materials react in that environment because they are looking for ways to repair these reactors or extend their lives," said John Jackson, an INL scientist participating in this research at CAES.
City Club Missoula
- Green Is Your New Favorite Color, 10/22, TechRanch, Bozeman, Montana
What you are currently doing with your routine operation that will allow you to market your business as green.
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Tacoma organization City Club celebrates 25 years - “Open minds embracing the future.”
“The concept was, and still is, to present people with expertise in their field, to provide factual information and encourage informed questions,” said Warnick. The group would provide “a nonpartisan forum where we could explore divergent views.”
Come Home Montana
- Montana Tech grad, Earl Dodd, helps bring supercomputer, new opportunities to Butte, Montana
"I left this place because I couldn't find a job and now I've been able to help create an opportunity for people like me to come here, so it's a humbling experience for me. It really is," Dodd said.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana Talent - Anne Millbrooke specializes in conducting research, writing, editing, and presenting.
I want to write grant applications, grant reports, background reports, status reports, progress reports, project reports, and present results to audiences relevant to the specific projects.
- Whitefish Named Top 10 ‘Coolest’ Small Town
Whitefish has garnered national attention for the outdoorsy, fun-loving atmosphere that we have all come to know well by being named one of the top 10 "coolest" small towns in America by Budget Travel Magazine.
- Gift of a Lifetime - Montana State University President Geoff Gamble and his wife, Patricia, will leave their estate to the school.
"When we first arrived in Bozeman nine years ago we did not know then that we had finally come home," Gamble said. "We have become Montanans. Neither of us was born here, but it is here that we now belong. We have been inspired by this place and its people and want to give something back."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Coordinator - Missoula Downtown Association
Under the direction of the Missoula Downtown Association Board of Directors and the Executive Director, this position will be accountable for some of the day-to-day responsibilities of the Missoula Downtown Association. This position will focus on program development, management and entail support functions as they relate to the mission of the Missoula Downtown Association.
- Come Home Oregon - PRIME Project Manager - Roseburg, Oregon
Umpqua Community Development Corporation of Roseburg, Oregon, has received a Small Business Administration PRIME grant to create a comprehensive recruitment, screening/assessment, technical assistance, and long-term support program for low and moderate income entrepreneurs in conjunction with utilization of Individual Development Accounts.
Montana Economic Development
- RightNow, of Bozeman, Montana Hosts Global Summits in Colorado, Australia and the United Kingdom
Leading Consumer Companies, Government Agencies and Industry Experts Gather to Share Customer Experience Insights and See Demonstration of RightNow’s New Social Solution
- Creditors seek to foreclose on Bitterroot Resort, demand full control of Maclay property
"We're starting at the low point of the economy, rather than the high point," said Maclay. "It's in the interest of people looking for a good market to get products out there now, rather than what has been described as an over-inflated economy."
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Department Of Commerce Technology Entrepreneur Workshop, 11/5, Butte, Montana
“The Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Technology Innovation Partnership is proud to help entrepreneurs improve their businesses, which in turn, improves our local economies,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “I encourage Montana entrepreneurs to attend this workshop.”
- Governor Schweitzer announces $21.5M for Montana energy projects
"This funding will provide Montana the resources to put in place innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will create jobs across the state, while reducing carbon pollution and helping to shift how America uses energy."
- The Native American Development Corp. of Billings, Montana Receives Grant to Help American Indian-Owned Businesses Secure Government Contracts.
"With this cooperative agreement, we'll be able to provide technical assistance for government contracting to reservations."
- Recruit Rock Star Scientists To Make Seattle Thrive as an Innovation Hub
I am quite often asked, in some form or another, “What can [STATE][LOCAL] government do to spur on an innovation-based economy in [CITY][STATE]?”
- Can Silicon Valley Attract the Right Workforce for its Next Turnaround?
Based on a recent in-depth research study of global innovation networks, several elements will be essential to the future success of the Bay Area. Two critical but often overlooked factors are specifically community colleges and local demographics. Both are tied directly to people.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Michigan Experiment: Rust Belt State Strives for a Green Makeover - "Garden, don't hunt"
Economic Gardening is the idea that sustainable economic growth happens most effectively when done from within.
Incubators and R&D
- “Audience Shift: Why The Future Of Marketing Is About Building Audiences”, 10/8, Missoula
You can't buy love (at least not legally in most states)!
- Marketers focus on humor in viral ad videos
The notion of producing funny video clips on behalf of brands in the hopes of obtaining viral buzz has become an advertising discipline in its own right.
- Royalty-Based Venture Financing, Born in Boston, Could Shake Up VCs and Startups from New England to the Northwest.
If you’re a VC, angel investor, or entrepreneur, it definitely needs to be on your radar.
- Three Best Ways to Win a Corporate Client
Any business can get a leg up on the competition – with a little effort. Here are three best ways to land a corporate client.
- Venture Model Makeover & Diet Plan—Step Two
The venture capital model is being remade.
- An open letter to micromanagers
If you’re a manager, you must assume you have thoroughbreds working for you. Your job is to give them what they need to win their respective races, agreeing with them on the goal and rewards, but then getting the hell out of the way.
- "Workshop For Architects And Designers On Cutting-Edge Fabrication Tools", 10/14-17, Bozeman, Montana
The workshops will also be sponsored by Bozeman-based Sweet Onion Creations. Started in 2006, the company builds scale architectural models, renderings, and websites for the real-estate development and architecture industries. Clients to date have included Google, Tom Weiskopf Designs, Sun Ranch Group, and Forest City Development.
Montana Education Excellence
- Researchers at the University of Idaho Create Computer Chip Faster than 17,000 Quad Core Processors
"We had a lot of fun," Whitaker said. "But we worked awfully hard. When you get a group of engineers together, accomplishing the project becomes more important than a lot of other things in our lives."
- McLaughlin Institute gets $137,000 research boost
"It's not everything I asked for, but it will be a big help after the cutbacks in scientific research under the Bush administration," the Great Falls scientist said. "Everything helps, and this increased grant money over two years will help pick up the pace of the research again."
- Crash course - The University of Montana fights the "failure factory" label
"There simply is no question from a historical point of view that what made this country survive and thrive was its commitment to education," UM President Dennison says. "That's declined in the last few years. That's why we've fallen. We've got to revive that and get people to believe again."
- Bozeman girl, Marina Dimitrov, wins America’s top young scientist award
Marina Dimitrov, a ninth-grader at Bozeman High School, has won the title of “America’s top young scientist” and a $50,000 savings bond after beating nine other U.S. student finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
- Phyllis J. Washington Education Center dedication a big event at University of Montana
Using state-of-the-art technology, the new education center enhances distance learning capabilities and aims to strengthen the next generation of teachers. The largest omni globe - a large sphere that projects everything from the world to the planets - at any university in the nation welcomes visitors to the new center. Only 40 omni globes exist in the world, said Thomas Ligon, owner of ARC Science Simulations, the Colorado-based company that invented them.
- University Innovators Embrace Technology Commercialization Grants
"It's exciting to see the number of businesses that co-applied," Roy continued. "We're trying to drive collaboration between academia and industry, and it appears that the TCG program is fostering those kinds of connections across the state."
Utah Economic Development
- The Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps Idaho businesses secure more than $75 million in government contracts
The Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies learn about how to write bids seek grants and submit bids.
- Heart-valve company offered $11.5 million incentive - Edwards Life Sciences plans move to Draper, Utah, will create 1,000 more jobs over 15 years.
The heart-valve manufacturer said it has accepted the state's $11.5 million incentive package, plus $3 million in concessions from Draper where it will move next year into a 280,000-square-foot facility.
Connectivity & Communications
- Lamborghinis Invade the University of Washington
After the opening, officials and local Lamborghini owners mingled over wine on the lawn outside Guggenheim Hall. Some wore their Lamborghini shirts and jewelry; when I asked one couple if they drove their supercar, the man said, "No, I drove the Bentley."
- It’s Time for Washington to Commit to a 21st Century Education System for the 21st Century Economy
This year’s conversation was all about talent.
Energy and Climate Change
- AT&T Relents, Opens iPhone to Skype, VoIP
Bowing to openness pressure from the FCC, AT&T renounced on Tuesday its opposition to internet telephone calls that use the iPhone’s 3G data connection.
- New blogger rules aimed at shifting new-media world
Online scribes must disclose pay for reviews, feds say.
- Bio-energy park, Sirti, city of Spokane receive energy funds
A bio-energy park near Fishtrap is among the largest Washington recipients of $20 million in federal stimulus money set aside for energy projects. The city of Spokane and Sirti received smaller amounts.
- Boise State set to lead National Geothermal Data System
The lead designation comes with a U.S. Department of Energy grant of $4.9 million to be used over the next five years to establish the National Geothermal Data System – a Web-based network to support the discovery, development and sustainability of geothermal hot spots.
- Montana green businesses: Climate-change bill needed
More than 100 Montana businesses want Congress to know they support climate change legislation and disagree with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's attempts to fight it.
- Gordon “Corky” Brittan is tilting at windmills -- to save the planet
If Gordon “Corky” Brittan’s dreams come true, someday the Montana landscape will be dotted with a new kind of wind turbine that can generate clean electricity, boost the state’s economy and do good for the planet.
- Utah Creates Social Media Guidelines for Employees Who Blog, Tweet, Etc.
"We want to make sure that when our agencies use social media, they do it responsibly and that they recognize the difference between social media as a private individual and social media as a public or government representative - that's not clear to some people," said Utah Chief Technology Officer Dave Fletcher. "We want to make sure that individual employees understand what is expected of them when they're posting as a government representative."
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