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â€œMost school districts put a premium on success at third grade, when high-stakes tests are first administered. Itâ€™s a strategy very much like waiting until youâ€™re 60 before getting serious about retirement savings.â€ Samuel J. Meisels, Erikson Institute, Early Ed Watch, July 11, 2011
Board votes to disband Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- Senator Tester announces all-star panels for July 22 women's small business workshop http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- Only 2 Weeks to Register. Blackfoot's Education Technology Conference (ETC)(8-2/5) helps inform teachers about best-in-class technology uses. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Innovation schools catch on
Innovation schools are part of the state's efforts to create schools that operate with more autonomy than traditional public schools.
- Girls Dominate Google's Science Fair With Projects On Cancer And Asthma Treatment
The winners also received something that might be even better than gadgets and cash: coveted internships at Google, Lego, and CERN to set themselves up for a lifetime of geeky goodness.
- How to make STEM education a success
What makes science programs at specialized science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) schools better than ordinary programs?
- College-bound students get inside look at health care in Missoula camp
Put on by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at the University of Montana, the camp provides a "stepping stone in giving them an upper hand for when they actually do go to school" and want to go into the health care field, said Jeremy Cox, coordinator for MedStart and a pharmacy student at UM.
- $10 for Child Care, Critical Child Care Subsidies & Another Race to the Top Contender
"Looking to the future: A coalition says cheaper daycare is in the best interests of both government and citizens."
- Only 2 Weeks to Register. Blackfoot's Education Technology Conference (ETC) helps inform teachers about best-in-class technology uses.
Attendees will enrich students' education by learning how to implement Smart Board technologies, hand-held devices and videoconferencing into their curriculum.
Come Home Montana
- Things to do in Historic Anaconda, Montana
People heading to Anaconda should consider these attractions in the Smelter City
- Black Wolf Mototours: Montana motorcycle touring company offers opportunity to leave pavement
Feel like getting a motor running, heading out on the highway, looking for adventure and then taking off on a byway? Then Doug Durward can help you be a bit wild.
- Yellowstone Safari Company - Join a wildlife biologist for safari style expeditions throughout Montana and Yellowstone National park
Biologist-guided activities include single and multi-day wildlife observation, bear and wolf viewing safaris, seasonal hiking and backpacking, wildlife photography, llama pack trips, river trips, bird watching, Lewis and Clark tours, as well as winter snowshoe and cross-country ski excursions.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Report: Health care linked to Montana rural population growth
"A lot of that has to do with young people leaving, not necessarily because they don't want to be living in those communities, but because the jobs that provide the benefits they need are often located outside of those communities."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- MEDA Announces EDA And USDA Outreach Meetings: New Info On Assistance To Communities, 7/26, 8/25
In addition to regular programs, information will be presented regarding disaster assistance for communities and new national initiatives. Community officials and economic development professional are urged to attend.
- Montana Woman Finalist in Today's Entrepreneur Woman - Judy Helm Wright / Artichoke Press
Vote today for our Montana representative business because the contest will end July 31, 2011.
- Teens-Only Incubator Announces First Startup Class
"I started my first company when I was 14, and there were a lot of people who generously helped mentor and provide me with valuable guidance along the way. Having benefited from that support network, I think it's important for seasoned entrepreneurs to pay it forward and proactively lend a guiding hand to our next generation of aspiring tech entrepreneurs and contribute to them hopefully building the next Google or Apple."
- What I Learned About Leadership from the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama's approach to leadership and peace starts with an emphasis on individual action and relationship building.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's green jobs key part of state economy
Montana boasts one of the highest concentrations of "green" jobs, but the growth of that environmentally friendly sector has been slower than the national average, a new report concludes.
- PTAC's 7 Steps To Successful Government Contracting, 7/26, Butte, Montana
This event is provided at no charge, but your registration is important!
Regional Economic Development
- Board votes to disband Missoula Area Economic Development Corp.
"I think the big news here is it's a voluntarily plan and everyone is cooperating. Everyone is putting the interest of the community first."
- Disrupt Education. Save the World.
You can't have a leading economy and a lagging educational system.
- Western Governors Accept Report on Strategies to Address Water Infrastructure Needs
Facing record flooding and failing levees in a number of states, while others are afflicted by drought and devastating wildfires, Western governors have accepted a report on strategies to address water infrastructure needs prepared by the Western States Water Council.
- Entrepreneurs Need Funding To Create Jobs: 3 Ways Washington Can Help
Here are just a few of the recommendations from the report, two of which I've personally seen work.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Start-Up of You
Today's college grads need to be aware that the rising trend in Silicon Valley is to evaluate employees every quarter, not annually.
Montana Education Excellence
- Why ABC's Shark Tank Is Entertaining, And 100% Wrong On Dealmaking
There are a few problems with the Shark Tank model that should be put out in the open right now.
- Don't Allow an Hour for a Five-Minute Discussion
If you are a problem solver by nature, this requires you to change your mindset from giving the "answer," to helping someone else understand the process, and come to an even better solution.
- Every Startup Needs a Reality Check Now and Then
The reality of starting. It's not going to get better - it already is.
- Bored Of Directors (continued)
Everyone should wake up to the fact that too many board meetings suck.
- 15 best new cities for business
Check out the map to see where your next business trip might take you.
- Local entrepreneurs can be too humble
"We wanted them to have a chance to share their stories (to those thinking of starting a new business)," she said. "We can make the path a little easier for those behind them."
- How an Entrepreneur Can 'Get Lucky' in a Startup
With these attributes and the right attitude, I believe that most of "business luck" can be meaningfully influenced.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Senator Baucus Announces Investment in Montana Education Opportunities
Senator Highlights Grants to Help Montana Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Succeed
- Senator Baucus Brings Montana Educator to Congress to Stand Up for Rural Schools - Office of Rural Education
"Montana has some of the best teachers and brightest students around, and they deserve the chance to compete on a fair and level playing field. The Office of Rural Education will help make sure Montana schools have the tools they need to shine."
- Montana State Online undergrad courses now open for fall
Online undergraduate courses at Montana State University are now open for fall registration. Several courses fulfill core requirements, and all courses are presented completely online and begin Aug. 29.
- Durham-based non-profit to manage angel investor fund
The two organizations hope the merger will mean more investment opportunities as well as broader support for entrepreneurs.
- Idaho's surplus exceeds expectations
Governor Otter plows most of the money into education, but not everybody agrees with the allocations.
Oregon Economic Development
- Oregon wine industry nearly doubles in four years to $2.7 billion
"I'd expected to see growth, even fairly significant growth," said Christian Miller, who conducted the study. "But I was surprised at how strong that growth really was. Given the economy we've been through, it's pretty remarkable."
- Oregon needs to shore up the foundation of its economy
Oregon's economy is one of the least diversified in the nation
Washington State Business
- Josh James launches next big venture
"We want to make a Fortune 500 company."
- A Tourism Office Falls Victim to Hard Times
An alluring billboard beckoned to motorists on a busy industrial corridor here this spring. It displayed just one image, a panoramic view of a valley and mountains and sunshine, and one word, "Montana."
- Seattle Grows Up
"Now, you're seeing folks who are on their third company. They're starting those companies with the kind of understanding of what it takes to raise money, what it takes to be successful."
- Governor names private economic development board members - Organization to take equity in exchange for assistance to fund the program
The organization could perform much like a venture capitalist would by offering startup money and other financial enticements to bring business and jobs to the state in return for equity in the companies. That equity could then serve as a new long-term stream of funding for the state.
- Louisiana looks to tech for economic development
The Digital Media tax credit program already has attracted major technology companies, such as Electronic Arts, to Louisiana, and they are creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the state.
Connectivity & Communications
- Beyond Safety in Numbers: Why Bike Friendly Cities are Safer
The finding that most bike friendly cities are safer than average has been reinforced by the recent experience of cities such as Cambridge, MA, Portland, OR, and New York.
- SEVEN Grant announcements
- Happiness - The power of pedaling in Missoula, Montana
An analysis published in The Atlantic last month suggests that because Missoulians bike more than people in other communities, we may be happier and more educated, and our community more diverse.
Energy and Climate Change
- Speak Your Piece: Dear FCC...
Yes, rural America needs broadband. But the best way to do that is many places is through local carriers. Reforms to the Universal Service Fund proposed by the FCC, however, could put these small, rural companies out of business.
- State rules to power growing plug-in car market
The rollout of electric cars could pose problems for utility companies - if they aren't prepared.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Gamers With Disabilities Battle Indifferent Industry
- Google is changing your brain, study says, and don't you forget it
When we know where to find information, we're less likely to remember it -- an amnesia dubbed The Google Effect by a team led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University.
- Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough
In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?
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