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“Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.” - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
All companies and organizations should take advantage of the innovation, excitement and enthusiasm of our most important product - our future leaders. "Maximizing Your Human Capital Network With Graduates And Interns, 11/28, Bozeman" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - "Twenty-First Century Community Development"
In today’s economy, rural community and economic development increasingly go hand in hand.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Administrator - WebMaster - Community Medical Center in Beautiful Missoula, Montana
Missoula is the region’s major medical and retail center, with a cultural diversity unique to a city of its size, as well as unlimited outdoor recreation for every season.
- Montana Career Opportunity - System Administrator - Pyron Technologies, Inc.
Since 1995, Pyron Technologies has helped businesses and medical practices use the advantage of technology to achieve success. We deliver IT and web solutions that give our clients the advantage in rapidly evolving, competitive markets. Pyron Technologies has made life easier and business better for companies all over the nation.
- Montana Career Opportunities at The International Wildlife Media Center & International Wildlife Film Festival
From our home in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Montana, the International Wildlife Media Center (IWMC) works to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television, and other media.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Young CEOs Learn Business Isn't Child's Play
Young entrepreneurs, some of whom can count their age on two hands, are multiplying partly because of the arrival of programs that teach kids M.B.A.-like concepts.
- Little-known Grand Canyon University plans to open the first College of Entrepreneurship, with $4.5M in startup money for students with great ideas.
Entrepreneurship is the fastest-growing course of study on campuses nationwide, but never before have would-be moguls been able to get a degree in the field.
Montana Education Excellence
- Going after Gen X in Rural America - Great Falls, Montana
"The challenge now is for those of us who live here is to convince other people of that they we are trying to recruit and retain."
- Brian C. Johnsrud from Montana State University-Bozeman one of 32 U.S. Students Named Rhodes Scholars
The scholars were selected from 896 applicants endorsed by 340 colleges and universities. The scholarships, the oldest of the international study awards available to American students, provide two or three years of study. The students will enter Oxford University in England next October.
- Lunch lessons - “Lunch Lady” Goes Renegade in Missoula, Montana
"Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children"
- Studying abroad is important, Montana regents told
“We believe this whole issue of properly preparing students for a global society is very key.” William DeLauder, executive director of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program
- Jobs and Opportunity: The Power and Potential of Maine’s Community Colleges
“Higher education is now nearly essential for success in Maine’s workplace. But almost two-thirds of Maine adults—455,000 individuals —do not hold a college degree, and some 7,000 young people leave high school each year with no immediate plans to enroll in college.” An advisory panel called Thursday for dramatic growth in Maine's community colleges to help the state meet an increasing demand for skilled workers.
- A Snapshot of the State of U.S. Education
The percentage of children ages 3 to 5 who attended early childhood care and education programs -- including day care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten and nursery schools -- increased from 53 percent in 1991 to 60 percent in 1999. It then decreased to 57 percent in 2005.
- Scholarship Program Yielding Big Economic Results For City
“This is a cutting-edge example of the kind of economic development strategies that state and local areas will increasingly want to pursue,” predicted Mr. Bartik, a member of the school board and an economist at W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a local non-profit think tank. “The issue is broader than just the merits of tuition assistance programs. The issue is how communities and states can develop and attract human capital.”
Montana Meth Project
- Harvesting the wind: A year into project, Judith Gap turbines a huge success
"Of all the turbines General Electric has sold for wind farms throughout North America, this particular wind farm has been the most productive, energy wise," said Mark Jacobson, Invenergy's Milwaukee-based senior development manager.
- Cathy Conover - New Montana Associate Commissioner of Higher Education - Dave Gibson is New President of Qwest
Conover will replace Dave Gibson, who is resigning his post as associate commissioner of technology, research and communications to become the Montana president of Qwest. Conover will begin her duties at the Commissioner's office on Dec. 1 "I have great respect for Dave Gibson and am honored to be selected to replace him," Conover said. "I look forward to working on the system level with the Regents, the Commissioner and her staff and the other campuses."
- PFM Manufacturing in Townsend Looking North to Canada for Success with Help from MWTC
PFM is one of eight firms headed to Calgary next month as part of an organized trade mission facilitated by the Montana World Trade Center in Missoula.
Montana Economic Development
- How 'crank' laid waste to small-town America
In rural areas - such as Missoula, Montana, where Shaden talked to The Independent earlier this year, it is eating up the lion's share of resources of the local authorities.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- It's an almost unthinkable statistic: One Montana child in five lives in poverty.
We must do more to pull children from poverty
- Brokaw, Gates Will Headline Montana Economic Summit In Butte, April 30-May 1
“This is all about jobs,” Baucus said. “The Summit is about working together to boost our state’s economy and create more good-paying jobs. We want our kids to be able to stay here and raise their families.”
- Learning from other states: Oregon's land planning
The statewide goals express the state's policies on land use, natural resources and related topics. Most come with non-mandatory “guidelines” as to how to achieve them. The goals do allow substantial wiggle room, and cities and counties show sometimes significant differences in how they meet the goals. But there is also a large body of implementing regulations, detailed rules for applying the goals.
- Big Box Shock! Big box stores have a sticker price that may shock the local community.
“If you can reach 30 percent of the people and have them shift 5 percent of their purchases from chain stores to local businesses, that can be millions of dollars and that can be the difference between success and failure,”
- Everything is coming up whistles for the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo thanks to the State of Montana and PPL
Welcome to the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo, Montana's premier dinner train! As we ride the rails from Kingston Junction, ten miles northwest of Lewistown, to Denton, we will pass though some of the most scenic country in Central Montana. Our route follows the old Milwaukee Railroad line through the landscape that inspired much of the art done by turn-of-the-century Western artist, Charlie Russell.
Funding and Building your Business
- Angels Live !!
There is a podcast of the Angles LIVE event held here in Colorado several weeks ago (presentations of businesses to Angel investors).
Regional Economic Development
- Strategic Workforce Planning Key to Improving IT Organization's Effectiveness, Says Gartner
A strategic workforce planning process that aligns business and IT strategies ensures IT organizations will have the right number of people with the right skills and competencies in the right roles at the right time.
- Good leaders foster good relationships
They inspire rather than dictate, and they reach out to employees for information and ideas
- Successful entrepreneurs need to understand why people buy
When building your business, it is essential to know why people buy. When you are tempted to cut your prices to stimulate sales, just look in your driveway and remember why a Yugo is not sitting there.
- New Tools on the Web Help Startups Crunch Numbers
A number of offerings are popping up that give small-business owners quick access to their financial data without a lot of investment in technology.
- Intellections Newsletter - Open Source Code Survives Antitrust Challenge
Utah Economic Development
- Retirees head back to business
Wight is one of a growing number of Americans retiring into businesses rather than porch swings. The number of self-employed Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 grew 29 percent to 1.85 million in the past five years, and those over the age of 65 increased 18 percent to 756,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Improving the Quality of Healthcare Through Health Information Exchange
Over the last year, interest in and recognition of the importance of health information technology (HIT) and the mobilization of health information electronically (health information exchange) to improve our nation's health and healthcare has continued to grow significantly.
- New Website Supports Sector Strategies to Strengthen Regional Economies
The site features reports, case studies and webinars designed to help states strengthen regional economies through sector strategies. The site also features the Knowledge Exchange Calendar, a schedule highlighting webinars and other sector-related events.
- The Art of Panels
Scott Kirsner wrote a great article called “12 Guidelines for Great Panels.” Check it out here. If you read "How to Be a Great Moderator" and "How to Kick Butt on a Panel," you’d have panels down to a science.
Washington State Business
- Utah’s Centers of Excellence Program: A 20-Year Review
The primary goal of the program is to develop technologies with commercial potential in order to boost economic development within the state of Utah through the creation of new companies and enhancement of business opportunities for existing business.
- Icos gives layoff notices to 300 in Washington State
The latest round of cuts brings the layoff tally so far to nearly 500 out of 700 jobs at the Bothell company.
- Soaring in the gorge - Insitu of Bingen, Washington
Home prices in the gorge are rising as the area's abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, like skiing, windsurfing and hiking, attract newcomers and people buying vacation properties. Those same qualities have proven to be a selling point for Insitu's employee recruitment. "It turns out that engineers are very much outdoors people,"
- Blue Sky Biodiesel eyes Torrington, Wyoming for biodiesel plant
Torrington and Grant, Neb., are part of a feasibility study for a crushing plant that would employ 15 to 20 people.
- Mushrooms' cloud in Wyoming
The Wind River Mushrooms farm at Shoshoni, once a promising prison industries program, has shut down while state officials work on a plan to reactivate the operation.
Incubators and R&D
- Researchers: Forest fires may cool, not warm, regional climate
"This cooling effect cancels the impact of the greenhouse gases,"
- Typical prairie town dwindled to nothing
It takes only a few minutes to "tour" the bend in the Molt-Rapelje Road that once was Wheat Basin. But for Don Nordahl, 84, the tour teases up a time and place that has long since faded from the prairie.
- Business incubators nurture startups to develop into commercial realities
The center is one of a handful in the state that aim to nurture startup companies by giving them office and lab space, business-development services and support.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Tech group seeks to spawn 80 startups a year through University Tech Transfer
Pittsburgh may be above the national average in spinning out companies from its universities, but according to the public and privately funded study, it has yet to create a critical mass of tech firms."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Maximizing Your Human Capital Network with Graduates and Interns, 11/28, Bozeman
Carina Beck, MSU Career Services, will cover the global, national and state human capital issues and how a business can resolve such challenges by using MSU resources and hiring interns and graduates.
- MSU College of Business Class Seeks Businesses to Offer Consulting
Montana State University's College of Business is seeking local and regional businesses that would be willing to offer MSU management students practical business experience this fall semester in return for research, issue analysis or operational advice.
- Job-Search Secrets For Hunting on the Web
According to a 2005 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., about 86% of human-resources professionals polled use Internet job postings to recruit candidates.
- This non-profit merger a winner for all
The cooperation of two nonprofits working for the benefit of all is more than a shining example of teamwork.
- Personal Payoff Corporate -Types Help Themselves by Helping Nonprofits
In many companies, even high-level executives may find it hard to see what direct impact their daily work has on their companies. Decisions may take months to come to fruition, and only after multiple meetings and layers of approval. But in the world of nonprofits, one board member can make an instant difference.
- Make It Easy for the Media to Cover Your Non-Profit Organization
Ever wonder why the media seems to cover some nonprofits all the time, while ignoring others? It’s usually because some nonprofits make it easy for the media to cover them — and others don’t.
Connectivity & Communications
- A Sunnier Forecast for Solar Energy
Still Small, Industry Adds Capacity and Jobs to Compete With Utilities
Commuter Rail Development
- Websites not liable for posts by others
Websites that publish inflammatory information written by other parties cannot be sued for libel, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
- 200 MPH Bullet Train in California a Hot Topic
Even people who hate high-speed rail believe it would transform California, much like steam-powered railroads did in the 1860s and freeways did a century later.
- The Changing Shape of the City "Rail-Volution"
He examines the positive and negative trends pulling metropolitan America in different directions. Some of these trends are encouraging for advocates of smart growth, transit-oriented development, and new urbanism while others are troubling and point to a new set of challenges.
City Club Missoula
- 30 Books That Can Make You a Better Leader
A single book might not help you discover your inner leader, but 30 books can change your life.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- World trade discussion comes to City Club Missoula
Local businesses face some daunting disadvantages when it comes to entering the highly competitive global economy, not the least of which is the state's relative inexperience with foreign trade, Montana World Trade Center executive director Arnie Sherman told a group of City Club Missoula members Friday.
- New "wearable instrument" shirt allows playing air guitar to yield audible music
The researchers say it allows anyone to thrash out their impressions of Led Zeppelin without ever picking up a real guitar.
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