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"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." - Robert Orben
Come Home Montana
Montana Education Excellence
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~GARDINER
We believe our town is a good place to spend time rich in history, surrounded by bountiful wildlife, in the heart of some of the West’s finest country.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Computer Analyst
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Michael Sanders | Desired Field: HR Manager / Director, Training and Organizational
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Arts at the Core. How six school districts, including Corvallis School District No. 1 , integrate arts education into the curriculum
Gov. Brian Schweitzer has praised MAPS for its potential to attract big-name filmmakers to Montana. A state proposal would expand MAPS statewide in 2007, funding it through a state grant matching what Rosten’s foundation raises.
- Report Identifies Factors that Encourage Small Business Growth in Rural Areas
The report features detailed case studies from six rural states
- Best Places for Entrepreneurs. What is your community doing?
"We are starting to see virtually every community try and bring in and grow new industries," says Jack Schultz, author of Boomtown USA and CEO of Agracel, an Effingham, Ill., outfit that specializes in industrial development in small towns.
Montana Economic Development
- Resodyn of Butte is building a better bandage
“The specific aim of Resodyn Corp.’s research in this area is to develop a bandage that will inhibit or kill pre-existing bacteria, prevent further contamination and provide flexible protection,” said company president Larry Farrar.
- CDI's Aerospace Group to Open Sikorsky Engineering Design Center in Bozeman, Montana
"We are excited about the opportunity to tap into the skilled labor force in the Bozeman area. Our goal is to create a first-rate center to provide not only the best value for Sikorsky Aircraft, but also to provide a great environment for aerospace professionals to excel," said Joseph Cardile, Executive Vice President of CDI-Aerospace.
- Missoula now has one of the world's most advanced cardiovascular labs
There are only three other systems that have all the capabilities of the new lab. This is the only one on this continent.
- Television production venture opens branch studio back home in Missoula. ILF Media
It offers the know-how and tools to create a variety of productions for the small screen, including 30- and 60-minute features and industrial video communications.
- High-End TV Production Company Opens Missoula Office - ILF Media
ILF Media is known throughout the western states as a leader in digital television and film production.
- GlaxoSmithKline looking forward to 100 new hires in Ravalli County
The grant will allow GSK to create 53 new jobs within 12 months, including a certain amount of jobs for low- to moderate-income Ravalli County residents.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- A Discussion On The Feasibility Of Commuter Rail Service In The Missoula & Bitterroot Valleys, 6/15, Missoula
- Paradise Valley man has sustainable vision for his land
He believes he can maintain the wildlife habitat, even while creating a human community of approximately 250 homes, spreading a considerable amount of wealth around the area and making a profit.
- Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) June Newsletter
- Developers eye massive subdivision in Flathead Valley of Montana
If built out to its maximum, Riverdale would sprout some 3,100 homes and 320 acres of commercial business - infrastructure enough for perhaps 7,500 people.
- Guest Opinion: Nearby states poised for economic surge. What is Montana doing?
Joe McClure, Big Sky EDA, thought this article may be of interest. It was the Guest Opinion in the Billings Gazette this past Saturday.
- Economist says state gains not only the result of energy
The state's economy is growing at a pace not seen since the energy boom of the 1970s, but is the result of more than just a surge in energy development, a University of Montana economist says.
- Tax Credit For Angel Investors Would Encourage Funding For Entrepreneurs
“The tax credit proposed in HR 5198 is a judicious use of public policy since it targets the incentive at exactly the time it is needed by both the entrepreneur and the angel investor.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Bioscience Alliance meets Wednesday
Complete background on the Alliance can be found at the website http://www.montanabio.org. For more information about the Montana Bioscience Alliance or its annual meeting, contact Sharon Peterson at 896-5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Making the Best 'Right' Decision
Following his advice may not make the decisions any easier, but it should at least help you understand—and explain—why you make the choices you do.
- Intellections Newsletter - Recent Decision Signals Trend in Montana Case Law That Could be Disadvantageous for Montana’s New Economy
- L.A. May Run Partly On Wyoming Wind Power
The contract is valued between $236 and $280 million dollars.
Universities and Economic Development
- Reeling 'em in: States hold attractive bait to lure filmmakers. Effort could draw jobs, encourage spending
"Everybody's jacking everything up before you can turn around," Bill Arnold, director of the North Carolina Film Office, said of states rushing to sweeten the pot.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Study Looks at Research Universities as Drivers for Economic Development
A new study by the Center for Regional Strategies recommends ways in which universities and their municipalities can work together to achieve economic development.
Business Plan Forums
- MSU College of Business students placed in a business plan competition held recently at UM.
"I had a great time coaching the teams and seeing real progress as they integrated the feedback into their presentations," said Joe Long, an adjunct professor in the College of Business and the students' business coach "I can't say how impressed I was with the caliber of these students."
- Winners of past business plan contests secure funding, credibility
Several emerging technology companies have earned much-needed start-up momentum, and attracted the attention of investors, after submitting winning business plans to a competition that has attracted hundreds of ideas.
- Computer charity gets organized. Computers4Kids
Computers4Kids got a little more organized recently with the help of a local group.
Connectivity & Communications
- Mountain Home, Idaho wind-power plant will be first in nation to make hydrogen
"We're talking a lot about high energy prices these days," Hart said. "Well, this is a project that will use a source of renewable energy to produce another kind of energy."
- Qwest, Microsoft join forces on Web services. Denver telco to offer Windows Live on its high-speed lines
The Denver-based telco and Microsoft, which have had a joint- branding agreement within Qwest's 14-state region for the past five years, say the services will launch sometime later this year.
- Wi-Fi town a learning center. Residents get half price cable and phone-based communications
"It's much easier to implement Wi-Fi technology in a smaller site,"
- "Brain computer interface" may help paralyzed communicate.
Without so much as moving a nostril hair, he suddenly begins to compose a message — letter by letter — on a giant screen overhead.
- Is Montana ready for commuter rail service? You can participate in the discussion this Thursday and Friday.
If the stars align for promoters of rail service in the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, as many as 1,500 commuters may someday travel those tracks in air-conditioned, diesel-powered coaches to stations along the line and a downtown terminal.
- Small Footprints on a Vast Montana Landscape
"we know our neighbors from 20 miles away better than the people 20 feet away in Palo Alto," Mr. Avis said.
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