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University of Montana - Vision - Research, Innovation & Commercialization 2013 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Hellgate Venture Network - Mario Schulzke - IdeaMensch, 1/24, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2013 Montana Legislature
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Guest opinion by Gary Buchanan: Time to pay up - Montana urgently needs a public pension fix
Our governor and legislative leaders have recognized the state's pension shortfalls as a problem. That's encouraging. Now it is time to take the opportunity of our state's healthy fiscal condition to make much- needed changes to the plan.
- Education showdown - Montana public schools vs. charter schools
During the 2012 election, Democratic candidate Bullock rejected Republican opponent Rick Hill’s education reform ideas, including charter schools and tuition tax credits, saying they would mean “defunding, devaluing and dismantling public education.”
- National Geographic - Best Trips 2013 - Missouri River Breaks in Montana
Today Lewis and Clark wouldn't recognize most of their route from St. Louis to the Pacific. But there's one place they'd know in a heartbeat: a 149-mile stretch of the Missouri River in north-central Montana. It still contains the "scenes of visionary enchantment" the explorers found in 1805, where rugged sandstone canyons meet the river, then climb to a seemingly limitless prairie full of life.
- Nature: Moose on the loose
This week's moment in nature takes us to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Montana to see the moose.
Come Home Montana
- 'Big data' - the crown jewel or another missed opportunity for telcos?
Communications service providers (CSPs) can either ride the wave of 'big data' analytics or miss another multi-billion dollar market.
- Government and the Micro-Data Economy
We're still in the early stages of what can happen when we deliver valuable data quickly and easily to those who need it. But the momentum is shifting from "Should we do it?" to "How do we make the biggest impact with our data?"
- Skepticism on the Cusp of a Management Revolution
"Revolutions replace incumbents," said Brynjolfsson. "And senior executives have a hard time recognizing revolutions -- they have a stake in change. We are hopeful we will do a better job of recognizing changes and preparing people. Revolutions don't have to be bloody, but there are winners and losers."
- Creating Your Smart Grid - A H o w - T o G u i d e
Data from a single device is not nearly as meaningful as aggregate data collected from across the grid and then analyzed. Correlation software makes sense of the data and puts it into a form that utility personnel can use to make better decisions.
- Business Intelligence Roadmap: A Strategy for Government to Minimize Risk and Maximize Value
"We have data coming from a lot of sources. By bringing together management and BI, we were forced to resolve data discrepancies and make data more consistent."
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunities - Java Software Developer, Information Technology, Network/Computer Systems Administrator II, Student Affairs IT - University of Montana
The University of Montana promotes a positive and productive work environment and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package, the opportunity to live in one of the finest college towns in America, awesome Grizzly Athletics, and some of the best rafting and fly fishing anywhere in the lower 48.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Specialist, Montana Natural Heritage Program - Montana State Library
S/He works closely with biologists and data managers from state, federal, tribal, and nongovernmental partners to assemble, integrate, and disseminate information from a variety of statewide databases.
- Montana Career Opportunities - ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE II, AV TECHNICIAN (Computer Support Specialist I), NETWORK ANALYST (Net Sys/Comm Analyst II) - Information Technology Center, Montana State University
In support of the Montana State University mission, the Information Technology Center promotes, develops, delivers, and facilitates the use of information technology services and resources.
- Montana Made Ironman Champion - Triathlete Linsey Corbin Annual Report 2012
After a couple of months away, I always enjoy returning home to Missoula for a time of the year I call shoulder season. Nothing compares to Montana. Home is where the heart is.
- Senators Baucus and Tester Encourage Montanans to Apply for Top State Job at USDA Rural Development
Baucus and Tester will then submit up to three names to the President, who will appoint a Montanan to the position. The post was previously held by Matt Jones, who was appointed by President Obama in July, 2009 to manage the Montana offices of USDA Rural Development.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Technology Specialist, Accounts Payable Administrator - Great Harvest Bread Company
Our goal is to recruit the nicest, most generous, honest and authentic people we can find. We attract candidates who love learning for the plain fun of it, who see business as an adventure and an excuse to play. We introduce them to our learning community, which supports the entrepreneurial spirit and helps them TRULY run their own thing, make their own mistakes, have their own successes, and be 100 percent themselves.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Mario Schulzke - IdeaMensch, 1/24, Missoula, Montana
Our first meeting of 2013 will be on Thursday Jan 24 and we are delighted to have Mario Schulzke as our speaker. Mario has recently returned to Missoula after completing the IdeaMensch http://ideamensch.com/ 48 state tour and Mario will share a few nuggets of wisdom from that experience!
- The Most Misunderstood Aspect Of Great Leadership
Surrender - not for the faint of heart
Montana Economic Development
- Glacier Raft Company Begins 'New Era'
Based at the doorstep of one of America's iconic national parks, Glacier Raft Company now employs more than 90 staffers every summer who lead thousands of guests on adventures through the Crown of the Continent.
- Obama appoints Montana resort CEO, Barbara Barrett to Smithsonian board
Barrett is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch http://www.triplecreekranch.com/ .
- Tourism Produces Jobs In Every Industry Sector In Montana
Nonresident travel spending supports nearly 10 percent of the service sector jobs and 12 percent of retail jobs. It also directly or indirectly accounts for jobs in every other industry sector in Montana.
- Montana State Director for Rural Development, Matt Jones Stepping Down
Under Matt's leadership, Montana Rural Development has made historic investments, not the least of which is providing homeownership opportunities to over 5,200 rural Montana families totaling over $780 million in direct and guaranteed loans."
Come Home Oregon
- Why Everyone Needs an Elevator Pitch
Unless you are a master of improv, it's highly unlikely that you can whip up a great conversation with a senior executive at a moment's notice. However, that one conversation can make you stand out from the masses. So how can you prepare for this interaction?
- Cloud, mobile and BI skills to lead technology hiring in 2013
IT hiring in 2013 will focus on jobs involving cloud computing, mobile technology and business intelligence, said staffing professionals.
- Oregon Career Opportunity - Business Intelligence (BI) Consultant, Enterprise Data Asset Manager - University of Oregon
Information Services at the University of Oregon is seeking an Enterprise Data Asset Manager to join our DBA team in providing administration and support for relational database management systems (RDBMS) and related applications.
- As more move to the city, does rural America still matter?
Continuing urbanization saps rural political power and leaves leaders looking for ways to gain attention for issues of importance to rural America
- With Strong Community Support, Startups Create More Than Jobs
Some call this "economic gardening," while others have called attention to "startup communities" and "entrepreneurial ecosystems." Call it what you will - it is clear that entrepreneurship is the key to stronger local and regional economies.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Entrepreneurs, government struggle to rebuild a dynamic Boise economy
Three key principles received short shrift for much of the past decade, some local entrepreneurs say, but they're being observed now.
- Economic developers praise Otter's plan for Idaho business fund
A business development fund would require companies to meet agreed-upon goals in capital expansion or job creation, said Jeffery Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. Money would be paid out after a company meets its performance goals. Agreements and funds paid out would be public, according to a bill Sayer is preparing.
- STEM classes are incubators for Iowa's future innovators
The scene in New Hampton is playing out in more than 800 classrooms and other settings involving 40,000 learners across Iowa this year through the Scale-Up initiative of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Higher parent financial support for college equals lower grades
The findings -- particularly grouped with other work by the researcher who made them -- suggest that the students least likely to excel are those who receive essentially blank checks for college expenses.
- How California's Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It
Most of college-the expansive campuses and large lecture halls-will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online.
Montana Education Excellence
- Groundbreaking Partnership Launched To Build Model P-20 Education in Missoula
"Given the professional facilities and resources available at the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences and the innovative steps taken by the board and staff of MCPS to ensure success for all students, it made perfect sense to bring both parties together to take the 21st Century Schools initiative to the next level." Washington Foundation Executive Director Mike Halligan
Universities and Economic Development
- University of Montana - Vision - Research, Innovation & Commercialization 2013
This issue of Vision gives an excellent snapshot of the breadth and depth of the research and creative scholarship conducted by UM faculty and students. Highlights include everything from a tax-law discussion, which includes a case about country singer Conway Twitty's hamburger joints, to mastering the microbe.
- The Business of Biomimicry at the University of Montana
Professor Jakki Mohr studies companies using nature to solve problems and enhance products
- S.D. sees innovation as job growth catalyst - Sioux Falls economy primed to tap into research park potential
Last month, the Board of Regents took the latest step in its effort to marry area university research to product and technology commercialization, approving the creation of a nonprofit corporation to develop an 80-acre research park at the northwest edge of Sioux Falls.
Funding and Building your Business
- Tribal Lessons 'The World Until Yesterday,' by Jared Diamond
In the arenas of child-rearing, the treatment of the elderly and dispute resolution, Diamond argues that traditional societies have much to teach us.
- FOUR New Grants have been added to the MSU Extension website
- The Happiest (And Saddest) Countries In The World
The United States is a nation in decline. Last year the land of the free and the home of the brave came in 10th place in the annual rankings of World's Happiest Countries. This year the U.S.A. has slipped to 12th.
Energy and Climate Change
- Nurture 5 Top Entrepreneur Success Characteristics
Every business should anticipate the early struggle stage, a possible fun stage, and probably a turbulent whitewater phase, before they can hope for the predictable success stage.
- Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely
Study entrepreneurship, but major in something else.
- A New Approach to Annual Performance Reviews
Tired of the traditional annual performance review? Try starting the new year off with this fresh approach.
- Will SEC's new rules on marketing be a boon for start-ups or a risk for investors?
Congress has directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to lift the ban on general solicitation, in effect allowing companies to mass-market their private offerings for the first time since the 1930s. The goal is to help start-ups and small businesses raise capital more easily.
- 7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors
Here is a summary of the "big picture" high risk considerations:
- Climate change report: Seas rising, heat waves ahead
"Current efforts to address climate change are "insufficient to avoid increasingly serious impacts."
- Turning over new leaf in climate change... pulling energy out of thin air
They're designing artificial leaves that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into chemical fuel, much like the photosynthesis of flowers and trees.
Connectivity & Communications
- Senator JonTester: 'Montana's economic future full of potential'
"Uncertainty will set us back," said Tester, a former President of the Montana Senate. "Irresponsible policies will put us on the wrong track. Focusing on issues that divide us will only send a message that creating Montana jobs is not a priority."
- Google's ultrafast Internet draws start-ups to K.C.
The advantage here for start-ups is simple: A fast Internet pipe makes it easier to handle large files and eliminates buffering problems that plague online video, live conferencing or other network-intensive tasks. Though the Kansas City location presents challenges for start-ups, including the ability to raise money outside the traditional Silicon Valley venture capital scene, entrepreneurs like Synthia Payne believe it's the place to be right now for up-and-coming tech companies.
- China Shames U.S. With Plan to Speed 'Last Mile' Internet
The project drives home the point made previously by Mark Ansboury, founder and president upstart U.S. broadband provider Gigabit Squared: In other countries, broadband is driven by government investment and regulation, while in the U.S. it's driven by the needs of investors at entrenched companies.
- Missoula, Montana's nature-focused nonprofits refurbish building to reflect mission
It's hard not to notice the sweeping upgrades being finished on the old railroad warehouse on Hickory Street that is now home to the Montana Natural History Center http://www.montananaturalist.org/ and Five Valleys Land Trust http://www.fvlt.org/ . That's the point.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Listen Live to Whale Songs From Hawaii
The gurgles, whistles, and squeaks of humpback whales singing off Hawaii's island shores can now be heard live, courtesy of underwater microphones placed near Puako, Hawaii by the Jupiter Research Foundation. http://www.jupiterfoundation.org/new_bw_liveaudio_hawaii.html
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Deadwood, South Dakota - home of 3-D printer innovation - B9Creator.com
We're also seeing a lot of interest from people who are interested in real high-resolution applications like jewelers.
- Disable Java? Here's how, after US agency warns of software 'vulnerability.'
With an eye on the security of millions of Internet users, the US Department of Homeland Security is advising Americans to temporarily disable Java, a software commonly used in Web-browser programs.
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