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Come Home Montana
- The Agurban E-Zine Issue 99 Oct 31, 2006
Each week, The Agurban focuses on economic development best practices that Jack has seen during his Boomtown USA speaking tour. We share insights on revitalization, regionalism, developing entrepreneurs and many other economic development issues through examples of communities and organizations that are getting it right.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Getting away from it all in Montana
Intense! When I first started planning our trip to Montana’s Beartooth/Absaroka Wilderness I had no idea that it would be so difficult, yet so rewarding.
- Small town atmosphere, friendliness & even lutefisk make new doc feel at home in Cutbank, Montana
"I feel like I'm in the right place," Dr. McClain shared. We in Cut Bank are very glad he's here.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Nonprofit to aid entrepreneurs. Fledgling organization will focus on high-growth-potential firms
First State Innovation, which will have its first board meeting Thursday, will nurture technology-focused ventures that would support an economy based on innovation and entrepreneurial activity. So-called "innovation-based" economies have fast-growing companies with high-paying jobs.
Montana Education Excellence
- Offshoring blamed on talent gap
Companies worldwide are scouring the globe for the best programmers, engineers and other professionals.
- Ireland Looks to U.S. In Search of Skilled Workers
Faced with shortages of skilled, experienced workers in fields such as technology and finance, Ireland has looked to the U.S. to fill the gap.
- Thieving viruses intrigue MSU researcher, Joel Graff
His goal is to better understand how that occurs, specifically with rotaviruses and noroviruses, said Graff, who is working on his doctoral degree. Both viruses cause gastrointestinal problems, but rotaviruses infect newborn humans and animals. Noroviruses affect adults.
Montana Meth Project
- Geraldine, Montana bank shuts its doors
"We've always tried to be a community supporter with the bank, but it just doesn't make any sense to go forward," Clark, the Heritage CEO, said in late September.
- Invizeon (Missoula) Announces Joint Development Effort with TerreStar to Deliver Interoperable and Survivable Communications to Public Safety Communities
To help meet these communication challenges, Invizeon and TerreStar are teaming-up to provide first responders, military personnel, support agency staff, law enforcement, private sector security groups, corrections and parole board employees, forest fire teams, critical infrastructure managers, school employees, and many others with an effective set of communication tools to manage critical events.
- InterBel receives $11.4 million federal loan for five-year upgrade
Among the possibilities that this new technology will provide includes video to the home.
- Ghost in the Woods - Company is Successful if You Can't See Them - Montana Camo, Inc. of Missoula - Home of Ghost Camo
The Mathewses designed camouflage clothing that hunters in the West would appreciate. Their five different patterns run the gamut - from one that allows a hunter to blend in the varied bright and dark light of a standing conifer forest, to a pattern that takes on the challenge of harsh light and absence of vegetation during a winter hunt.
- Western Montana InBusiness - Forecasters see gray on Montana's horizon
What struck us was the mammoth impact our population's aging will have on the very fabric of our communities: our businesses, schools, hospitals, social services, you name it. So we set out to talk with folks about how the new, grayer Montana will look, and how they're preparing for the change.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Meth Summit scheduled, 11/2-3, Miles City
The two-day conference is inviting social service professionals, teachers, medical professionals, youth workers, law enforcement and rehabilitation professionals. However, parents and concern citizens will also be welcomed.
Funding and Building your Business
- MEDA November Online News
- 'America's largest Petri dish' - Yellowstone National Park threatened by diseases
The Yellowstone Park Foundation http://www.ypf.org/ , a private nonprofit group that helps fund park projects, hopes to raise $222,220 for the program by the end of the year so it can get under way next spring, said Michael Cary, the foundation's director. The five-year project is a chance to learn about diseases in Yellowstone and to get insight into how wildlife diseases operate elsewhere in the country.
- Officials in Great Falls, Montana express desire for airport to attract global market at runway dedication ceremony
Great Falls is now the only Category III runway in Montana and among a handful in the region. Officials plan to leverage that capability to attract businesses that need on-time air service.
- Montana PSC Oks policies to encourage alternative energy
“If we’re at all serious that we want to develop alternative energy resources, this is a good tool to accomplish that objective,” he said. “It’s a very good decision, heading in the right direction.”
- Montana Telecommunications Association Commentary: Reverse Auctions
The FCC has proposed a number of policies designed to keep universal service program viable and productive. Reverse auctions, however, is not one of them.
- Travel agency locating to Butte - BCD Travel
A corporate travel consulting agency is putting down roots in Butte starting Jan. 2 — with 60 to 70 people expected to be hired by March.
- Enter StartupNation's Elevator Pitch Contest to Win Small Business Coaching and "The Ultimate Hook-U
If you have a business idea and dream of setting your own hours or simply having more control over your career, now's your chance.
- Venture Firm, Charles River Ventures, Is Giving Loans a Try
“In an environment where a fewer number of deals are generating the majority of the gain, we think it is important to see as broad a selection of companies as possible.”
- 9 tips for making 90 seconds count in an investment pitch
If you know your pitch by heart, you can tell everyone you meet why you're going to be the next big thing.
- Online service makes board connections
DirectorConnector, an online service that matches privately held companies with board candidates, has thus far focused on Dane County and Wisconsin, but it might be tempted to veer into another lane on the information super highway.
Regional Economic Development
- Local students told to go global
“In today’s global economy, the higher paid people are those who do can do high-skilled or knowledge-based jobs,” said Blanca Ramirez, marketing director for Lectrodryer. “In the future, more jobs will be knowledge based.”
- How Friendly Is Your State Towards Entrepreneurship?
"In politics, talk is cheap, and everybody talks about how much they love small business. The 'Small Business Survival Index 2006' moves past the rhetoric to actually rank the states according to the policies implemented in terms of taxes, regulation, spending, and other governmental costs affecting the entrepreneurial sector of our economy."
- Powering Up the Smart Grid: A Northwest Initiative for Job Creation, Energy Security and Clean, Affordable Electricity
Today’s electricity infrastructure is built on an architecture that has hardly changed in the last 50 years.
Washington State Business
- Cabela's picks Post Falls for 2nd Idaho store
The Sydney, Neb.-based company said Thursday that it's close to completing negotiations for the store, which would be built off Interstate 90 between Coeur d'Alene and the Washington state line.
Universities and Economic Development
- Washington Governor Announces $1 Million Awarded for Health Technology Projects
"I am committed to improving health care in Washington and ensuring that all patients have access to updated health information technology is a key part of that initiative," said Gregoire. "These awards show our commitment to partner with the public sector and with providers to make this a reality."
Incubators and R&D
- University of Montana's top priority is students, not community
When considering the proposed development of the University of Montana golf course, also known as south campus, it’s important to keep something in mind: the point of a university is to educate, and its first responsibility is to its students.
- Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study
Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Web’s basic software, is leading the program. An Oxford-educated Englishman, Mr. Berners-Lee is a senior researcher at M.I.T., a professor at the University of Southampton and the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, an Internet standards-setting organization.
Connectivity & Communications
- Global Warming Scientists say White House muzzled them
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said he was informed that the inspectors general for the Commerce Department and NASA had begun "coordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration's censorship and suppression" of federal research into global warming.
- University of Montana Information Technology Takes Steps to Increase Network Performance
As the use of Internet technologies has soared, so too has demand on The University of Montana’s computer network, resulting in sometimes frustrating slowdowns.
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