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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” - Henry David Thoreau
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Commuter Rail Development
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- $489 million for Utah rail - Mineta visits to announce funding for commuter line
"This project couldn't come at a more critical time," Mineta said, citing projections that the population along the Wasatch Front will increase 62 percent in the next 20 years.
- Building a haven for innovation and high technology
"If you create an environment in which certain desirable organisms, entrepreneurial nuclei, want to land and grow, they will land and grow there,"
- Technology and the Three R's - Twenty school districts in South Dakota are in the midst of a technological revolution.
"We have definitely made a real commitment to making sure technology is a part of everything we do from a curriculum standpoint," he said. "For us, it's about understanding that in this day and age it's a vital tool, that it has to be a part of what we do, the way kids learn and how teachers teach. Our focus has to really be on the teachers. [If] they get it, they grasp it, they use it -- we know the kids are getting it."
- Too many state students can't compete for jobs
Too many of our young people are leaving school unable to compete for 21st-century jobs. And our employers are not being provided with the trained and trainable work force that is a must if we are to compete successfully in a world economy.
Montana Economic Development
- Auroras Ushers in Next Generation of IPTV by Launching First Customer Field Trials in Fairfield, Montana
“That we watched IPTV today in a living room in rural Montana says so much about the potential of IPTV services for the telecom industry.”
- Dean Folkvord of Wheat Montana Farms & Bakery Named to SBA's National Advisory Council
"I'm sure that he will be a strong, independent voice for small business, someone we can rely on to inform and advise us on issues that are important to entrepreneurs across America. I personally will appreciate the opportunity to draw on Dean's expertise as a supporter of small business."
- AnswerNet Acquires Airpage, Expands Into Montana
Airpage/Big Sky Beeper is now known as AnswerNet-Billings, where the local management is based.
Funding and Building your Business
- Farmers look to adapt with innovation. "Growing" Carbon can be a profitable crop.
For now, researchers are doing the fieldwork to determine just how much carbon is kept in the soil. Next comes the job of assigning a value to that carbon. Then a carbon credit program can be implemented.
- Trade missions expected to bring business back to Montana. Could your company benefit?
Besides getting the chance to make business contacts overseas, a peculiar side effect of the trade missions, according to Harrington, is that the Montana business people who go also find opportunities among themselves as they spend time together.
- A Job Hunter's Bill of Rights: 10 Gripes from Online Applicants
Why don't corporations treat job seekers like customers?
- In Depth: When Outsourcing Goes Bad
The stampede to outsource over the past few years has trampled more than one company.
Regional Economic Development
- Qwest now largest company in region
Telecom jobs, on average, pay $76,000 a year. In Denver, every Qwest job generates almost five jobs in other industries, said Adams.
Utah Economic Development
- Branding Oregon. Leaders dream of bringing more businesses to state
It's too early to tell how many California businesses are seriously interested in expanding or relocating to Oregon, but the advertising has generated at least 125 leads that state economic development officials are tracking.
- Mountain States Lead in IT Hiring Plans
Regionally, the Mountain states—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming—lead the United States in hiring optimism.
- Utah tries to lure plant. Allegheny is offered $3.25M to operate in the state
Utah has offered Allegheny Technologies Inc. as much as $3.25 million in an incentive to persuade the Pittsburgh, Pa., metals manufacturer to expand in Tooele County.
- State's computers crash again in Montana
The effects of the outage were "almost identical to the last time around" during a widespread outage in May, according to Gayle Shirley, spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena.
- State may expand Rural Idaho Initiative
The department said it prefers applicants "who organize creative collaborations for funding that cross jurisdictional boundaries and involve private-sector partners."
Universities and Economic Development
- Retirees could keep jobs under proposed Wyoming state program
The Wyoming Retirement Board is developing a plan to allow school teachers and state government employees to collect retirement while continuing to work full time.
- Development grant runs into opposition in Jackson, Wyoming
State Rep. Pete Jorgensen, D-Jackson, questioned using the Wyoming Business Council grant to help "a healthy business venture in the most expensive real estate market in Wyoming," according to his letter to the board.
Incubators and R&D
- Survey: Colleges don't train students for business world
U.S. colleges are failing to take advantage of a $13 billion market for job-related training, as U.S. companies find them slow and unwilling to adapt to necessary changes, according to an industry survey.
- University Venture Fund at the University of Utah gets final closing on $18 million
UVF is a collaboration among students, the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business and the professional investment community.
- Inspired by MSU professor, graduate students explore new territory for electronic chips
Formally called the Microwave and Millimeter Wave Electronics Lab, the facility's equipment allows Ross and fellow graduate student Kyle Lyson of Redmond, Wash., to test circuits and devices in the one to 300 gigahertz range made from silicon CMOS (complimentary metal oxide semiconductors). CMOS chips are in ipods, DVD players, laptop computers and global positioning devices.
- The Inland Northwest Space Alliance (INSA) found black hole - the budget
Legislative auditors are signaling possible criminal violations involving former University of Montana administrators at the head of a project supposedly working to promote space privatization
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- “The Effectiveness of University Technology Transfer: Lessons Learned from Quantitative and Qualitative Research in the US and the UK,”
The authors recommend that university administrators take a value chain approach to their technology commercialization efforts.
- Three UM business school graduates work as a team - "Warriors, Workers, Whiners and Weasels"
It’s a small world, so make the most out of the network that you’ll build during your time at the University of Montana. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day and look for Tim’s book at Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, Borders and bookstores everywhere.
- How to Clean Up Your Digital Dirt Before It Trashes Your Job Search
Search engines aren't going away, so here are some tips to help job seekers clean up their digital dirt.
- Non-profits also need to make profit
Like any for-profit business, a non-profit organization needs to consistently produce profits to meet the needs of the communities it is serving, Beach said. In addition, it is essential that non-profits have access to knowledgeable people who can devise detailed business plans.
- The Expanding Role of State Renewable Energy Policy
As of mid 2006, 22 states and the District of Columbia have implemented an RPS; well over half of the American public now lives in a state in which an RPS is in operation.
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