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"Going to high school is not a dress rehearsal. It's the real deal. Whatever you do or don't do in the next four years will follow you for the rest of your life." MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle
Invitation: UM Business School Employer & Student Networking Event, 11/4, Missoula http://matr.net/events ... =3845 -- Education Technology Conference 2012: Educators: Please Submit a Presentation Proposal http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
- Globalization Partners International's Latest Version of Translation Services Portal Wins 2011 Web Award
"We added several new features requested by clients this year," comments Martin Spethman, GPI's managing partner, "including a blog, global news feed, global business resource library, translation budgeting tools and connectivity to a variety of web content management and client relationship management platforms, including WordPress, Ektron, Episerver, and RightNow."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Printing Matters - PrintingForLess Newsletter - October 2011
THe Wind Beneath Your BusinesS CARD?
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Education Technology Conference 2012: Educators: Please submit a Presentation Proposal
Proposals will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive, non-commercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.
- Tax Credit Proposed for Early Educators
The low salaries and high turnover that characterize the field of early education remain barriers to creating a statewide system of high-quality early education and care.
Come Home Montana
- Education Technology Conference 2012: Educators: Please Submit a Presentation Proposal
The call for proposals http://www.matr.net/files/ETCProposalForm2012.pdf is now open for the 2012 Education Technology Conference - New Tools, New Worlds of Learning, August 6-8 in Missoula, Montana.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT / GIS Database Administrator - Plum Creek
We have an opening for an IT / GIS Database Administrator (DBA) working with our Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this role you will work with two other DBAs and be part of the overall 13 person Infrastructure team.
- Creating Rural Wealth
It's pretty clear that old approaches to rural development (like issuing tax breaks to attract factories) don't work all that well - but what else is there?
- TED Video: Jay Bradner: Open-source cancer research
An inspiring look at the open-source future of medical research.
Montana Economic Development
- Nomad Global Communications' Meteoric Rise in Columbia Falls, Montana
"Essentially we launched with the idea of providing advanced communications solutions to those who couldn't otherwise get it."
- TerraEchos Named IBM Premier Business Partner
TerraEchos Inc., a worldwide leader in security solutions that process and analyze big data in motion in real time, has been selected as a Premier Business Partner by IBM for its work with the IBM InfoSphere Streams computing platform.
Regional Economic Development
- Here Are 20 American Cities And Counties That Could Be The Next Silicon Valley --- Gallatin County, Montana
With laser intensity - Optics community rooted at MSU drives Bozeman, Montana's local industry and is recognized globally
Funding and Building your Business
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding To Create Jobs in Rural Communities in 26 States Including Montana and North Dakota
"As we celebrate National Cooperative Month, USDA is proud to continue its support of local and regional efforts to bolster these cooperatives and help them bring increased value and economic opportunity to rural residents."
Incubators and R&D
- 25 Twitter Chats Every Entrepreneur Must Know
If you are an entrepreneur one of the premier tools for personal branding and networking we have available to us is Twitter.
- Pinterest - How an Iowan founded one of the Web's hottest sites
Time magazine called Pinterest -- a website where users post collections of images of their favorite food, clothes, places and everything else -- one of the five best social media sites of 2011, along with Google-Plus and Klout.
- Five Things I Learned at Startup School
Here are the best morsels learned from Startup Schools of Yesteryear.
- The legal checklist every startup should reference
I've been a corporate lawyer for more than 17 years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I've seen startups repeatedly make (many of which surface when investors are conducting their due-diligence investigation).
Montana Education Excellence
- A Business Incubator Gives Funding And Jobs To Vets
"So many kids ... are disabled, so many kids [come] back unemployed and they volunteered to fight for what we have here -- and them coming back unemployed isn't fair." - John Miller, a Marine Corps veteran and founder of Illumatek
- Montana State University tech park gets an executive director - Montana Welcomes Teresa McKnight
She was attracted to the position with MSU's technology park because of the vision of MSU President Waded Cruzado and the administration
- Revolution: Bridger Alternative Program in Bozeman, Montana reforms way kids get to graduation
Bridger has been "a lifesaver," Stark said. "I was not going to graduate if I went to Bozeman High."
- Montana State University-Northern YouthBuild program drawing national attention
The program helps at-risk youths, between the ages of 16 and 24 years old, with few other prospects, get job training, specifically in construction, while they also earn a GED diploma.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Outside Magazine lists companies from Montana (Mercury CSC and River Design Group) and Wyoming (National Outdoor Leadership School) among best
"We are fortunate to be able to work and raise our families in the Flathead Valley," said John Muhlfeld, president and co-founder of River Design Group.
- Startup Success: How 7 Top Angel Investors Do Business
If you think you have what it takes to invest in startups, but are unsure of where to target your first seed investment, it may be worth your time to profile some other successful angel investors.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Idaho awarded $23M to help low-income students
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says his agency's aim is to ensure every student who graduates from an Idaho high school is ready to continue their education and will not need remediation once in college.
South Dakota Economic Development
- HELP WANTED: The North Dakota Boom
North Dakota has either tied for or had the lowest unemployment in the country since 2008.
- Report: South Dakota skirts law protecting Native American children
Critics say the situation appears to be financially lucrative for foster care providers, one of whom has ties with state officials, NPR reports.
Utah Economic Development
- Who is driving Utah's Future?
"The Community Foundation of Utah is a forum for people from all walks of life and passions to gain new networks, and drive innovation - together."
- Utah #4 in the Nation for Internet Speed -- Ranked Above All Other Western States
"Utah was the only inland western state to be highly ranked," said Tara Thue, manager of the Utah Broadband Project at the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). "Given Utah's large concentration of rural land, this ranking says something significant about our progress in distributing high-speed access throughout the entire state."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Education's impact on the Utah Economy
Education plays a critical role in our recovery from the longest, widest and deepest recession since the Great Depression and it is the key to long-term prosperity.
- American Prairie Foundation E-Newsletter Sept/Oct. 2011 - From Fence Removal to Cooking with Lewis and Clark!
As a group of 20 bison ran by us, the sound of their hooves and the cloud of dust was enough to make us imagine we were back in the Wild West. It was a good reminder of the vision we have for the Reserve, a place where the public can continue to experience the sights and sounds of prairie, now and in the future. We hope that your next visit is as memorable as ours - whether you're exploring the prairie for the first time or as a repeat visitor.
Connectivity & Communications
- Illinois contracts with Zipcar for state employees
The state won't immediately reduce its vehicle fleet, but Nayyar said that if the program works, it will eventually weed out high-mileage vehicles and would then eliminate the cost of repairing and maintaining them.
Energy and Climate Change
- Internet Phone Calls Caught in Crossfire As FCC Adopts Rural Broadband Subsidies
While updating a Depression-era program for the 21st century seems like a no-brainer, the change is pitting traditional phone service provider AT&T against Comcast, which provides calling services over its broadband network, and is exposing the FCC's intellectual confusion over how to regulate communications in the internet age.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Silicon Valley well positioned to be a leader in smart grid related technology
In 2009, the latest year for which data is available, there were 12,560 smart grid jobs in the Bay Area, defined as Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. That's up from 5,480 smart grid jobs in 1995, a jump of 129 percent.
- Wind Farms Float Among the Clouds
Imagine a city floating above the clouds and powered by a fleet of inflatable turbines, each one turning wind into electricity.
- Review: Newfangled Nest thermostat is hot
Nest smashes any preconceived notions of what a thermostat ought to look like and how it should operate -- whether you're in front of it or accessing it remotely from an iPhone or iPad. It takes advantage of cloud computing and what techies refer to as machine-learning. And it learns from your behavior.
- From the Lab that Brought You Siri, It's Trapit--A Personalized Discovery Engine
There are two kinds of people: Those who already own an iPhone 4S, and those who don't but have seen Apple's Siri ads and wish they did.
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