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"Make your Reservations Today! - City Club Missoula - Our Youth Are Civically Engaged And Making A Difference - And Some Of Them Love To Sing, 12/14" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Missoula Business Forum-Winter The Missoula Economy...where We Are Headed In 2010?, 12/17, Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
Idaho National Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory featured in video presented at Copenhagen conference
President Obama introduced the video, which is titled "America's Response to Climate Change" and discusses how varied energy technologies can combat climate change.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Great Recognition Party at TechRanch for Montana Instruments and Morris Technologies
Last night we recognized Montana Instruments and Morris Technologies for the progress they have made over the past year.
- Will the Dogs Eat the Dog Food?
Understanding consumer behavior is incredibly difficult.
City Club Missoula
- SendGrid Raises $750K For Email Delivery Software
SendGrid’s outbound email servers promise to improve the delivery rates and solve scalability problems.
- Make your Reservations Today! - City Club Missoula - Our Youth Are Civically Engaged And Making A Difference - And Some Of Them Love To Sing, 12/14
Students representing four high school programs in Missoula will discuss the various ways they are making a difference in their schools and community. In addition, the Sentinel High School Spartanaires, directed by Teacher Jessica Tidwell with 23 student singers, will provide festive holiday music.
Come Home Montana
- Modwest Asks Customers: Help Guide Our Giving
This year, we want to make a holiday donation to an organization of your choice!
- Bitterroot College Program Adjunct Faculty Pool Search
For the Spring Semester 2010, faculty members are needed for courses in Anthropology, Communications, Computer Technology, Literature, Math, and Writing.
- Montana Talent Available - Renewable Energy Systems Technology - James "Jake" Terzo
Goal: To utilize my Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems Technology in project management for a dynamic company focused on developing or supporting renewable energy generation technologies.
- Montana Talent Available - Marketing/Branding/Product Management Professional - Phillip C. Luebke
Tech-savvy, knowledgeable, forward-thinking marketing professional with the expected skills in strategy and planning and the unique twist of being trained in the creative arts.
- GE chairman talks about renewing American leadership
“Leaders must become systems thinkers who are comfortable with ambiguity,” he said. “Success requires problem solving, and connecting the dots. This requires intellectual breadth and tactical depth. We must understand technology, globalization, politics, economics, human resources. We must understand how government, community, the environment, business, academics all connect. And we must apply this to solving problems.”
Montana Economic Development
- SCORE added to resources of Flathead Regional Business Center
Its volunteers are working and retired professionals who volunteer thousands of hours to assist small business owners in such areas as accounting, marketing, finance, management, real estate, law and business planning.
- Sustainable Business Council - December Newsletter & Calendar of Events
SBC educates its members as well as the general public, on what makes a sustainable business. How being an empowered consumer positively effects us all and why keeping our dollars in our community prevents recession.
- Alleged imposter tops Missoula man's personal tailgate table in Budweiser contest
"Given that we've been in business since Oct. 2007, it's obvious that this isn't his original idea," Kustes wrote on his own Web site in November. "As you can imagine, it's disheartening that someone can claim our idea as their own, win a $5,000 prize from ESPN, and effectively pass the rights to ESPN, rights that weren't theirs to begin with
- E-tailing - Vann's on a roll
Holiday season 2009 has one Missoula retailer, Vann's http://bit.ly/8BnpPf , already one-upping itself left and right.
- Tax Credit Program Saves Montana Businesses Millions
WOTC is designed to assist individuals facing barriers move into gainful employment.
- Magazine publicity benefits Turner Mountain ski area in Libby, Montana
“We’re receiving tons of e-mails from folks that read that article,” said Bruce Zwang, president of the board of directors for Turner Mountain. “I think we’re going to get a lot of business because of it.”
- Hong Kong trade commissioner courts Montana businesses
"We're very interested in doing business with Montana businesses, and we'd be happy to have our staff meet with them in the easiest way possible."
- Missoula businesses launch campaign to fill Washington-Grizzly for Saturday's game
The idea is to boost roaring and reputation. Campbell said the full stadium will raise the decibel level - and trip up the enemy. Plus, ESPN will be televising the game nationally, and a house packed to capacity at 25,200 will promote the mountain town of Missoula.
Regional Economic Development
- Missoula Business Forum-Winter The Missoula Economy...where We Are Headed In 2010?, 12/17, Missoula
We want to “WRAP-UP” our first three forums with where we have been and “PRESENT” you with where we are heading. You will NOT want to miss this informational business forum.
- Tony Preite, Director of Montana’s Commerce Department discusses status of state’s economy
What is the state doing right now to promote development and investment?
- Nobel Peace Prize Winner and University of Montana climate change specialist, Dr. Steven Running urges Montana not to develop coal deposits
"That, to me, is where all this global theory (on climate change) comes right back down to this kind of decision-making," he continued. "Here we are in Montana making a real-life decision that is exactly this decision multiplied worldwide.
- Rural Montana telecom providers escalate protests against $70M Bresnan contract
“Bresnan’s request for federal broadband stimulus dollars to build a duplicate (broadband) network on top of Montana’s existing network is 100 percent waste.”
- Montana Senator Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act vetted online
A coalition of conservation organizations launched a new website today dedicated to detailed analysis of Sen. Jon Tester's proposed Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.
- Iconic Sears Building in Butte, Montana Brought Back to Life Through New Markets Tax Credits Program
New Markets Tax Credits can be used for building projects across the State and are best for projects that exceed $3.5 million dollars. Contact MCDC www.mtcdc.org for more info.
- Strong tribal economies need strong small businesses - Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes business expo provided resources for budding entrepreneurs
“Networking is key. Get involved in your own community and see what the needs are. Be the one that goes to tribal council meetings and see what grants that are coming up. Search and see what’s going on.”
- Bigfork Area Chamber launches new marketing strategy
"It's in the best interest of everybody," he said. "We want people to come in the shoulder seasons."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- An Innovation Agenda
First, push hard to fulfill the Obama administration’s education reforms. Those reforms, embraced by Republicans and Democrats, encourage charter school innovation, improve teacher quality, support community colleges and simplify finances for college students and war veterans. That’s the surest way to improve human capital.
- Ravalli County considering microloan program
Common for years in the Third World, microloans are typically made not by banks but by governmental or nongovernmental agencies to businesses which, due to the size of their operations, may not easily qualify for traditional loans.
Funding and Building your Business
- How economic gardening nurtures local businesses
The strategy of economic gardening is paying off . Littleton, Colorado has doubled its job base and tripled its sales tax revenues over the last 20 years, far outpacing locales throughout the Denver area and the nation. These strong results are spurring cities and states across the country to adopt economic gardening for themselves.
Montana Education Excellence
- Break Down the VC Barrier
Landing investors takes a lot of persistence and a little luck. Here's how these entrepreneurs did it.
Universities and Economic Development
- Guest opinion: Regents' goal is keeping college affordable in Montana.
For most of the last 25 years, the state has steadily reduced state-funded appropriations (in constant dollars) per student, so the regents routinely consider whether it will be necessary to make up the difference.
- University of Montana Scientist, Steven Running. Helps Invent Worldwide Climate Change Index
Steve Running, Regents Professor of Ecology at The University of Montana, was a key player in creating a new worldwide climate change index to be unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- School trust lands generate $85.3M for Montana schools in fiscal year 2009
Eight wind turbines have been approved for state-owned school trust property in Sweet Grass County as part of a larger wind farm that would be the county's first.
- Class teaches parents to cope with children's mental illness
NAMI Basics consists of six classes, each 2½ hours long and offered weekly. They are specially designed for parents and caregivers of children with mental illnesses.
- Montana State University will offer 11 graduate-level online science courses this spring.
Some of the Spring 2010 courses are designed specifically for elementary teachers, including The Science of Sound (PHYS 580) and The Dirt on Soil Science (LRES 580-02), both of which offer one graduate credit.
- Working with words: Funds help Writing Coaches of Missoula program expand into more Missoula schools
To the praise of students and teachers alike, a program that mentors young writers has expanded to the middle schools.
- Indiana University unveils $10 million Innovate Indiana Fund for investment in faculty research
"Indiana University understands the need for commercially-focused research and technology development and the important role the university plays in serving as a catalyst for economic growth for Indiana," McRobbie said. "In fact, creation of the Innovate Indiana Fund directly addresses the Indiana Commission on Higher Education's recent request for the state's research universities to find new ways to contribute to the economic enrichment of Indiana. This fund gives us yet another tool to help us in our role as an economic driver in the state."
Washington State Business
- Nampa, Idaho launches free downtown WiFi
The new service, which provides free wireless Internet access at businesses in Nampa’s historic downtown core, was paid for with a grant from Nampa-based Capital Matrix, a development company that works with the Small Business Administration and private sector lenders to support small businesses.
- 1.5M in renewable energy grants awarded in Idaho
The grant program was designed to spur economic growth and job creation by encouraging renewable energy development collaboration between local authorities and energy developers.
- Boise is one of the world’s leading geothermal cities
Boise made the list for several reasons: the city’s public works department has the largest direct use geothermal system in the U.S.; the city's geothermal system injects 100 percent of the water back into the aquifer; the Idaho State Capitol is among several buildings in the Capitol Mall area that are heated by the system and Boise built its first geothermal heating system in 1892.
- Spokane's top economic official steps down
Citing concerns about her inability to "change the culture" at City Hall, Spokane's top economic development official has submitted her resignation.
- The Alternative M.B.A.: One-Year Master's Degrees
Shane Torchiana chose a master's degree in finance over an M.B.A. to boost his career in asset management.
- High-school students with disabilities can apply for "DO-IT" college prep program
DO-IT, which stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology, introduces high school students with disabilities to technology, peer support and work-based learning in an effort to help them be successful in a college environment.
- Protecting Education in Tough Budget Year Will Pay Off in Long Run
Education is the key element to our long-term prosperity.
- The positive effects of tracking students in school
A new report out today makes the case that students do better in school when they are separated into groups based on their achievement.
- District needs input on high school plans
We urge everyone in the community to take a look at the proposals and let the school board know what you think.
- 'One keypad per child' lets schoolchildren share screen to learn math
Four connected numeric keypads allow children to do math problems using the same computer.
Connectivity & Communications
- EIGHT new community-friendly grant opportunities
- Community Almanac Puts Small Town America on the Map
Unique online tool helps users create lasting records of the places they love
Energy and Climate Change
- FCC plans to formalize Internet rules on net neutrality draw fire
Currently, the only thing stopping ISPs from abusing their control are four "Internet principles" – voluntary guidelines, which are subject to interpretation.
- Who'll Define 'Universal Service'?
A term from the early days of the telephone may bring communications monopolies or widespread rural broadband service -- or both. Two scholars look at how competing interests have wrangled over "universal service."
- Google Wave Explained In Two Minutes
Confused by all the hype surrounding Google Wave? Don't understand what it is?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Dick Cheney is correct on Climate Change
Cheney’s instinct is precisely the right framework with which to think about the climate issue — and this whole “climategate” controversy as well.
- Capping Emissions, Trading On The Future
Whatever the results of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, one thing is for sure: Draconian reductions on carbon emissions will be tacitly accepted by the most developed economies and sloughed off by many developing ones.
- Making Diesel from CO2 and Sunlight
A new program will develop novel approaches to renewable fuels.
- Solar panel designed with the novice in mind
Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install.
- After climate talks, scientists worry about enforcement
The cuts that countries including the USA are proposing in greenhouse gas emissions are difficult to measure and highly susceptible to manipulation by government officials and companies.
- Scientists tell how to forestall worst effects of climate change for years (Updated)
We interrupt Dateline Earth’s relentless search for the 100 one-percent solutions to global warming for a special report on a sweeping new look at how we can give ourselves a lot more time to find those solutions.
- Batteries Made from Regular Paper
A dip in nanotube ink turns ordinary office paper into a high-energy electrode.
- Wireless Brain-to-Computer Connection Synthesizes Speech
A system that turns brain waves into FM radio signals and decodes them as sound is the first totally wireless brain-computer interface.
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