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"In the 19th century, it was sufficient to ask who you are. In the 20th century, it was sufficient to show who you are. In the 21st century you will have to prove who you are." Tate Preston, vice president at Datacard Group
I had the pleasure of attending the Washington State Governor's Economic & Workforce Development Conference in Vancouver last week. Lots of innovative ideas and examples of success in building a globally competitive economy. Gov. Gregoire presented her vision for the "Next Washington" which is outstanding. I especially find it great because the anchor for the future of Washington State is education and as you've heard me say it over and over... "The State with the Best Education Wins!" Take a few minutes and read this draft proposal if you're interested in seeing how a state economy can move forward and be a competitive global force. Vision for Schools - Gov. Gregoire: Washington State must improve education to compete globally http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---Russ
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Great job opportunity - operations manager for small business loan fund in Missoula, MT
The ideal candidate is very familiar with business financing, and also has a proven track record of supervision and program management.
- Great Job Opportunity - Field Engineer I
Primary responsibilities include: Performing manufacturing and management consulting services for bio-product manufacturing clients in 32 counties in northern & eastern Montana.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Targets Next Generation of Entrepreneurs and Innovators. Feb. 24 – March 3, 2007
“Educating our young people about entrepreneurship and reinforcing the value that entrepreneurs and innovators bring to our economy is critical to America’s long-term prosperity – more so now than ever before,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.
- Quadriplegic Entrepreneur Providing Hope and Freedom to Others. Access to Recreation, Inc.
With recently passed legislation as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all new public swimming pools are mandated to provide access to their pools. The product is a perfect fit.”
- The National University of Singapore's injection of a more entrepreneurial dimension into education and research is reaping rewards in technology commercialisation and spin-offs.
More specifically, NUS Enterprise's mission is to be an agent of change, promoting the spirit of innovation and enterprise within the NUS community, and generating value from university resources through experiential education, industry development, and venture creation.
Montana Education Excellence
- Taking Extreme Commuting To The Next Level
Some workers are going to great lengths to have the best of both worlds: a good job and a great home, even if they're states apart.
- Montana State University College of Business seniors score in 90th percentile in U.S
"We are pleased with these results that show our students have superior knowledge and skills relative to the majority of business graduates across the country," said Rich Semenik, dean of the MSU College of Business. "The Bracken Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Business Education in the College has most certainly had a primary effect on student skill development. The small classes, which are taught by a highly skilled faculty member, give our students the personalized attention they deserve in their quest to prepare themselves for the challenges of a business career."
- MAPS has a new website
If you have a moment, please visit the new site. And if you have any comments, criticism – that would be greatly appreciated.
Montana Economic Development
- The Changing Role of Community Colleges in Economic Development
The important relationship between four-year colleges and universities and economic development is well established. The relationship is particularly clear in two areas. First, the value of a college degree to the individuals receiving them and society at large are readily apparent.
- Microsoft Moves into Robotics
Founded by Microsoft Research, Georgia Tech, and Bryn Mawr College, the computer science and robotics program is aimed at college and graduate students.
- Commercials to offer University of Montana exposure
“No ads in Montana are of this caliber,” Foley said. “There are none that look this good or have as many bells and whistles.”
- The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana-Missoula request for research ideas
We need your thoughts! Each year the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana-Missoula is charged with soliciting input from the private industry, government agencies, Montana residents, and other interested parties regarding tourism and recreation research. We need to know what questions you feel should be answered in the travel and recreation industry of Montana.
- 2006 Montana Faith Community Impact Summit, 9/22, Billings, MT
Purpose: To provide a venue for leaders who are motivated by spiritual values, the common good, social responsibility, and a vision for change to come together on issues that deeply affect all Montanans.
- Attached is The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education’s Request for Proposal covering Montana’s New Homestead Act: Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED).
- Governor gauging sentiment for new oil refineries in Montana
The administration has hired a consultant to gauge whether any of seven Montana towns might welcome an industrial-sized refinery, which would process crude oil from Canada’s growing oil-sand development.
Funding and Building your Business
- ‘911 where is your emergency’ Increasing cell phone use makes pinpointing locations difficult
Butte-Silver Bow 911 is receiving more and more 911 calls from cell phones. Unlike landlines, Butte’s current system can’t automatically determine the location of the phone call if it is made from a cell phone, according to 911 supervisor Dave McPherson.
- Four Steps to Better IT Hiring
Miller’s view is that most companies hire to fill open positions, to keep head count rather than add unique skills to their staffs.
- You Talkin’ to Me? Teaching IT to Communicate Better
Companies that teach technical staff how to communicate well with different kinds of people not only get a more effective IT group, they engender employee loyalty.
- Hot job market opens for disabled
Alan Vuong, who has movement in his arms but not in his fingers, recently got work doing data entry. He says employers are often unaware of what people with disabilities can do.
- The Best Web-Based Computer Applications For Small Business
With Ajax, we'll no longer need desktop applications. Our data will be available to us everywhere we go, because it will all be stored on Ajax-based Web sites. Who needs Microsoft or other makers of desktop software? We're finally free!
Washington State Business
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology September 2006
Can high tech spuds be far behind???
- Vision for Schools - Gov. Gregoire: Washington State must improve education to compete globally
Maintaining the state's competitive edge will require overhauling public education, she said: "It's the single most important investment we can make for the future of our state."
Incubators and R&D
- Google developing eavesdropping software. Audio 'fingerprint' for content-relevant ads
The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background, and then serves you relevant adverts, was "that's cool, but dangerous".
- University of Montana Ethics Center Lands $270K Grant to participate in public debates about sciences and emerging technologies.
"Scientists themselves must become fruitful participants in these debates, but scientists rarely have formal training for that in their backgrounds," he said. Traditionally, researchers have learned scientific ethics in standards-of-practice courses.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 3000 free cdx plywood sheets for Montana non-profits
After the Rolling Stones concert in Missoula, October 5th the concert managers want to get rid of the ply wood sheets but only to a non-profit organization (or several).
- Watching a Single Thought Form in the Brain
New techniques to capture single thought processes open up new possibilities for neuro-imaging.
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