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“What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age five. This is not a big government boondoggle policy that would require a huge redistribution of wealth. Acting on it would, however, require us to rethink long-held notions of how we develop productive people and promote shared prosperity.” University of Chicago economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman, in a column on the New York Times’ Opinionator website, September 14, 2013
Chasing the Silicon Prairie: Can high-level, high-tech employment catch fire around Montana? http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- October Montana Tourism Update
MFO Sponsors Filmmaker Panel October 26 at MCT in Missoula.
- Computer education wanes; Educators: Additional, earlier programming classes could put Montana kids in good jobs - Code Montana aims to train more young programmers
If you've got a (computer/programming) workforce ready to go your going to attract those businesses." But the need also depends on what kind of businesses our economic development agencies in Great Falls are targeting."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Northwestern Energy - Electric Transmission Planning (ETP) Public Meetings, 10/8 Great Falls, 10/10 Bozeman
NorthWestern Energy invites the public to attend a meeting regarding the company's local area electric transmission system planning process and how we plan to meet our Montana transmission customer's needs in the future.
- Northwestern Energy Builds Sustainable Energy Portfolio
Bringing hydro back is the culmination of a long-term goal to acquire assets that will be dedicated to serve our customers, helping us supply customers with fairly priced, reliable electric and natural gas service.
Come Home Montana
- Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity
The use of big data will become a key basis of competition and growth for individual firms.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Customer Outreach Manager - Botanie Soap
Botanie Soap, in Missoula, cranks out 60,000 bars of organic bar soap each month for other companies to sell under their own labels.
Montana Economic Development
- Artichoke Press receives 2013 Montana Excellence Award
Artichoke Press has been selected for the 2013 Montana Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC).
- Bozeman, Montana's Brilliant Swim™ Ships First Product - PaceWatch™
Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. Let's keep building!
- Map out your next great Montana adventure - Montana GPS
You can also download maps that show land ownership overlays using Google Earth - which shows the owner for all public and private parcels in the state.
- Young Crow entrepreneur builds a business to lift her community - KTE Construction
Eventually she hopes the array of businesses will provide jobs for 25 to 30 local employees.
- Chasing the Silicon Prairie: Can high-level, high-tech employment catch fire around Montana?
When it comes to high-level tech companies creating software or programming computerized solutions for individuals or business, "It's really all about the entrepreneur creating an idea, and attracting and retaining the talent," said Brett Doney, president of the Great Falls Development Authority.
- Hope for kids with disabilities: New AWARE Center for Excellence opens in Anaconda
AWARE has a history of creating jobs though its programs.
- Montana in the middle of health-care statistic - State comes in 27th for its low-income resident care
19 percent of Montanans have incomes under the federal poverty level and 41 percent have incomes below twice the poverty level.
- Sanders County Community Development Corp. Receives Award for Feasibility Study for a Rural Technology Initiative
We propose to undertake a study to determine the feasibility of establishing the first regional "technology center" in Sanders County that would include rentable space for existing small businesses or mobile workers, incubator space for entrepreneurs, a training/conference room, space for pilot projects and offices for permanent staff and temporary residents.
- Immigrants seek end to 'discriminatory' Montana policy
An immigrants-right group Monday filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to put an end to a Montana policy of detaining minorities stopped for minor offenses until their immigration status could be verified by federal authorities.
- Idaho students are scared of science and math
Without a workforce better trained in science and math, "we're not going to have the high-paying jobs."
- $3 Million in Grants Will Go To Twelve Small Businesses
Businesses can sign up for the program through October 31, 2013, by completing the profile and questionnaire.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah's challenge: Matching tech talent with tech jobs
For every two people who graduate from STEM programs in the United States, only one is hired into a STEM field, among other findings in the study.
Montana Education Excellence
- High school senior to give technology advice to Superintendent - "Technology is a driving force rather than a supplemental tool"
"It's all part of this LAIR idea. It's about getting technology into schools, which they're doing already, but it's in a different sense. It's about giving people the actual tools instead of just giving them the thing to run the tools."
- Utah poverty study shows school (early education) key to breaking cycle
Education is one prime ingredient in any formula to break the cycle of poverty that can follow a family from generation to generation, new Utah data indicates.
- Montana's top teachers come supporting common core
A statement released Friday by 21 past Montana teachers of the year voiced support for the program. The supporters say the standards clearly explain what is expected of students at each grade level, and the curriculum teaches critical thinking over memorization.
- Watch the 2013 Education Nation Summit!
- $2.7 million gift to S.F. middle schools
"You have to think bigger," the CEO told them.
- Missoula County Public Schools innovation team looks to future of learning
Teachers, parents, students, grandparents, business owners, retirees, administrators, MCPS staff and community members are gathering this week to participate as part of the "Education Innovation Team" that will help guide the district's long-range facilities planning.
- The Missing Half of the Education Debate
The point is simple: Conversations about college must address more than just cost and access.
- University of Montana President Engstrom details steps to address 'enrollment challenge'
Engstrom told a roomful of faculty and staff members that the efforts are paying off. The nonresident inquiry pool is now 70 percent higher than it was at this point last year.
- MSU's new Honors College - Elite but not elitist
It's this magical combination -- bright, motivated students, working together in intimate classes, with professors excited to share their passions and get to know their students -- that has led to the honors program's success.
- University of Montana President Engstrom believes marketing, refinement, key to countering enrollment slide
UM is re-working its entire marketing effort, from traditional media to social media, in concerted attempt to "sell" the school. Engstrom says that's what other schools are doing, and Montana must keep up.
- Schools lower dropout rate: Graduation Matters, anti-bullying campaign key
"We are thrilled with these results and thrilled with these numbers, but we want it to be zero," Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey said.
Funding and Building your Business
- Get Your City Walking With DIY Wayfinding
"The website is built around a handy tool that allows everyone to create custom street signs based on walkability,"
Energy and Climate Change
- 10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees
Want to unload your most dynamic, highest-potential employees? Keep doing these things:
- 10 Digital Marketing Secrets Set A Brand Experience
A new generation of consumers who want what they want, when they want it, and where they want it.
- Real Entrepreneurs Need to Accentuate The Positive
The world of an entrepreneur is tough, unpredictable, and fraught with risk. Most importantly, the buck stops with you, so there is no room for excuses and negativity.
- Preparing For The Road Ahead With A Community Response To Climate Change, 10/16, Missoula
Hear how forward thinking entities in Missoula are forging ahead on the path to sustainability at Preparing for the Rough Road Ahead with a Community Response to Climate Change, a presentation on the outcomes of September's Missoula Community Climate Summit by Jill Alban, Outreach Director of the Clark Fork Coalition.
- Technology Gives People as Much Power as States
"Individuals have the capacities of states. They have the capacities of big corporations now. The power is being decentralized to the individual," he said. "This idea of leadership, it's not about a leader; it's about leaders."
- Denver Water Uses Big Data to Improve Efficiency
Denver Water has harnessed the power of machine data to find potential system errors and fix them before users even realize something is amiss.
- This is the woman behind Siri's voice
There's long been speculation as to whom the voice of Siri, Apple's personal assistant in iOS devices, belong to, but today, CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz says she knows who it is.
- New App (Recargo) Shows 20,000 Electric Car Charging Stations
"Even if you only need a charging station in emergencies, their presence is encouraging if you're looking into purchasing an electric car."
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