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"It (Montana) is hardly thought of at all as a competitor, according to Mark Willis, Director of the Business & Industry Division of the Wyoming Business Council."
Very sobering comments from our neighbor "competitors" - "How does Montana, as an economic force, stack up against the competition?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Economic opportunity lures Cut Bank native back to Montana
"I saw it as a great opportunity to get back to a state where I have family," he said. "And I have always loved Montana's hunting and fishing."
Montana Education Excellence
- Bringing The Knowledge Economy To Town
“Companies don’t bring in their own work force. They look for where people who are likely to comprise their work force are, and that’s where they locate,” Bussell said. “We’ve got to get the word out about all of the things that are creating the urban live/work/play lifestyle that these types of workers are looking for.”
- Safe schools center established at UM
“DERS has a long and highly successful track record of working on critical safety and child-wellness issues in schools all across Montana,” Evans said. “Establishing this new center is an excellent step for UM as well as for Montana’s children.”
- Economist, Dino Falaschetti, brings White House experience to Montana State University students
Dino Falaschetti spent last year at the White House briefing the President and White House officials on the effects of economic policy. Now the economist is spicing his Montana State University lectures with glimpses of the potential -- and limits -- of economic analysis.
- De La Salle Blackfeet School gets $1 million
A Michigan man dedicated to helping Native Americans get a quality education donated $1 million to the school — no strings attached.
- Nature programs' goal: No child left inside
Programs, public and private, are starting or expanding as research shows kids suffer health problems, including obesity, from too much sedentary time indoors with TV and computers.
- Montana educators want to keep up with Wyoming pay
Some Wyoming school districts are offering starting teachers close to $40,000 a year, which is as much as $20,000 more than some rural districts in Montana,
- Erasing Divide, College Leaders Take to Blogging
While some colleges and their presidents have seen their reputations shredded on student blogs, and others have tried to limit what students and faculty members may say online, about a dozen or so presidents, like Dr. McGuire, are vaulting the digital and generational divide and starting their own blogs.
Montana Economic Development
- Aluminum plant may hire 130 people in Montana
Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. has begun the process of hiring up to 130 workers and craftsmen to staff the expected start-up of the second of its five potlines.
Funding and Building your Business
- "The Cowboy Boot" Changing the Face of Montana's Economy?
Montana's economy and its workforce have been linked to industries related to natural resource extraction and refinement for over one hundred years. This has started to change recently for some areas of the state though, and led Governor Schweitzer to identify a set of counties he calls the "Cowboy Boot."
- How does Montana, as an economic force, stack up against the competition?
It's hardly thought of at all as a competitor, according to Mark Willis, Director of the Business & Industry Division of the Wyoming Business Council.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Tips for a smooth transition when taking over a business
When you buy a business, a smooth transition should be one of your priorities.
- How much you'll pay advisers when you're buying a business
I have been negotiating to buy a business and just signed a letter of intent. How do I determine what are appropriate fees for the professionals involved in this process?
- New Technology Seeks To Let Startups Build Their Own Googles
One of the first questions online startups typically face these days from potential investors is "Why couldn't Google build this?" Entrepreneurs are beginning to respond, "Why couldn't we build Google?"
- Put Your Focus on Startup
There are generally only three reasons to start your own business
- Money as a Social Barrier - How does this impact marketing your product?
This study has important—and perhaps counter-intuitive and even puzzling—implications vis-a-vis the evangelism of products and services.
- Industry knowledge is key to a successful executive search
Your company is growing and you are ready to hire your first chief financial officer or vice president of finance. Or maybe you've realized that it's time to bring in a CEO from outside.
Regional Economic Development
- Sen. Conrad and Sen. Dorgan: Crosby, North Dakota Firm, SEO Precision Wins High-Tech Contract
Boeing Delivers Major Deal for Growing Crosby Company - SEO Precision, Inc. designs and builds electro-optical solutions for Government and Commercial applications, specializing in Fast Steering Mirror (FSM) technology.
- One path to affordable housing: You own the house, but a trust owns the land
"People should be able to have a home and raise their kids and have some sense of community."
- Job creation formula: Education + innovation
"The more skilled the population, the faster is the rate of innovation,"
- Announcing ShopMainStreet.org - A national directory of Main Street businesses that have an online retail component
Please pass this on to Montana businesses. It would be great to get some Montana businesses involved in this project.
- Wildfire - Officials warn of converging threats that will overwhelm the nation's capacity to battle the flames
Although wildfire poses obvious risks to homes, "most homeowners fail to take the necessary measures to better protect their property," the fire leaders wrote. "This lack of involvement is likely driven by an expectation that firefighters will always be there when needed."
- Group seeks $48.8 million for Idaho tech sector - Tech council wants Risch to ask Legislature for funds to stimulate science and technology industry
"If Idaho is going to move forward in the areas of discovery and invention and count itself among the states that have achieved notoriety, it will be through the development of intellectual talent and the intellectual property that comes from the universities," Boise State University President Bob Kustra
- Powell, Wyoming fiber-optic project delayed due to financing
Plans to develop a municipally owned fiber-optic telecommunications network are taking longer than expected, with backers blaming the delay on difficulties in securing private financing.
- Wyoming works to recruit, keep outdoor-oriented businesses
Wyoming, with its relatively lax regulatory climate, is uniquely situated to attract companies that produce outdoor gear.
- 2006 Vaporware Awards: Call for Nominees
Wired News gives our readers the opportunity to nominate whatever it was they most looked forward to, and were cruelly denied.
- University of Wisconsin technology transfer extends reach. Marshfield Clinic will be first non-university client
"It literally just fast-forwards our development cycle for the technology transfer office overnight,"
- The Power of Relationships in Your Career
"It's not what you know, but who you know."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Nonprofit Leadership Development a Nationwide and Local Challenge
Nationally, nonprofit organizations will need to attract and develop some 640,000 new senior managers over the next 10 years
Connectivity & Communications
- November edition of the American Prairie Reserve Newsletter (Montana)
Are there cougars on the Prairie?
Commuter Rail Development
- Wikis are spreading into new realms
Buoyed by the growth of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the wiki model of shared writing and editing is spreading into surprising new realms, from accounting, real estate and academic research to cake design and even intelligence gathering.
- Enterprise Blogging Software Proliferates
With an estimated 57 million blogs in operation and more coming online daily, businesses are finally succumbing to the desire to blog and software vendors are eager to feed that hunger.
- Cellphone owners will be allowed to break software locks on their handsets in order to use them with competing carriers under new copyright rules announced Wednesday.
In granting the exemption for cellphone users, the Copyright Office determined that consumers aren't able to enjoy full legal use of their handsets because of software locks that wireless providers have been placing to control access to phones' underlying programs.
- Free Services to Inspire Your Cellphone
You can now call any of 50 countries from the United States, free.
- Plan eyes Wyomong for high-speed rail
Passenger rail service in Wyoming is edging toward a “back to the future” scenario as interest grows in a high-speed railroad corridor down Interstate 25.
- 91 percent of respondents say Indianapolis needs rapid transit
94 percent say the problem is only going to get worse without more rapid transit
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Great site (FlightAware) for air travelers or those waiting for them this holiday season
FlightAware is a free flight tracker that will change what you think about live flight tracking and aviation data.
- The Challenges of Thinking Machines
Why is creating an artificial intelligence so difficult?
- Regenerating Chicken Wings
A method to regrow damaged wings in chicken embryos could shed light on how to regenerate limbs in other species--including humans.
- Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever. How to live long and prosper
The inventor, author, and futurist predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.
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