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"Montana cannot build a first-class economy with a second-class school system," she said in her final State of Education Address. "Continuing down the road to a quality education is not just about my kids, it's about all of us. It's about the future of Montana." Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch
With the ongoing deliberations about education in Montana, it was a pleasure to receive information about 4 individuals who are contributing directly to the success Montana's future leaders. MATR salutes Rob and Terry Ryan, Don Valentine and Earl Dobbs for their contributions and efforts to improve the opportunities available to our education system and the children who deserve our very best. They are part of the solution to our goal of being "The State with the Best Education!"----- "Rob and Terry Ryan and Hamilton High School - a successful collaboration. "We want to keep our kids here. We want to make our kids better thinkers." What can you do to help?" http://matr.net/articl ... .html -------- "Four Ravalli County schools benefit from "The Valentine Foundation". 2007 Grant Applications due March 16" http://matr.net/articl ... .html------ "A partnership between a Montana Tech alumnus, big business, Tech professors and the state could result in the college getting a “supercomputer” — the only one in this region" http://matr.net/articl ... .html------ And I encourage each and every one of you to send letters of support for the MAPS program in Montana. Truly an outstanding example of education at its best. "MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) needs and deserves your support in the Montana Legislature HB 691" http://matr.net/articl ... .html------ If you know of additional examples of individuals or companies that are contributing directly to their schools, please let us know so we can publicize their efforts. Thanks, Russ
Come Home Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Small Business Development Center Director
This position is responsible for providing confidential counseling, business training and information to small business owners in Yellowstone and the surrounding counties.
Montana Education Excellence
- Nonprofit’s success results in award for its chief executive. AWARE's Larry Noonan honored by Montana Ambassadors
For his role in AWARE’s economic success, Noonan on Thursday will receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Montana Ambassadors. The organization builds economic development bridges within the state, and between Montana and other states.
- MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) needs and deserves your support in the Montana Legislature HB 691
Montana Governor, Brian Schweitzer, says: “MAPS has proven to be a terrific teaching tool for Montana middle and high school students and as a ‘school to work’ program, it helps prepare them for the transition from students to productive members of the community. MAPS offers a great supplement to arts education in our schools and gives those interested in film valuable experience in an industry where hands on training is vital. The training and experience Media Arts students receive will likely lead them into quality jobs in the future, whether in the film industry or not.”
- University of Montana Television Ads win Top Marketing Awards. Best in Nation!
The University of Montana’s 2006 television ads have been judged the best commercials of any college or university in the nation.
- Groups differ on plans for Bitterroot campus
UM and the Ravalli County-based Bitterroot Valley Community College Exploratory Committee have each drawn up a separate set of plans for a new campus. Both organizations agree that the expanding Bitterroot Valley needs better access to higher education.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana Professor, Steven Running warns of local climate change. Missoula may be snowless in 50 years. Mayor Engen to address city on Friday 2/16
UM forest ecology professor, Steve Running, warns that the Missoula valley will be snowless by 2060 if current trends continue.
- TSI Health Sciences of Missoula, MT gets Australian TGA approval
TSI Health Sciences http://tsiinc.com/ has secured approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for manufacturing chondroitin sulfate sodium, thereby opening up another avenue of business for the Montana-headquartered company.
- Biggest threat to corporate information: Ignorance. Laptops are just one aspect of protecting a company's security
"You are losing tons of information on a daily basis and don't know it,"
- How arbitration and mediation can keep businesses out of court
ADR includes both arbitration and mediation. Although they are different procedures, their goal is the same: to minimize the expense and delay associated with litigation. Numerous public and private organizations provide both mediation and arbitration services.
- The Job Developer’s Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment
One of the most practical employment books available, this forward-thinking guide walks employment specialists step by step through customized job development for people with disabilities, revealing the best ways to build a satisfying, meaningful job around a person’s preferences, skills, and goals.
Regional Economic Development
- Weekly's founding editor to start Web newspaper that will cover the Inland Northwest
The site, at http://www.crosscut.com, will cover Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and parts of British Columbia.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Pacific Northwest Economic Development Council’s 48th Annual Meeting, 7/15-18, Helena, MT
The annual conference provides the forum where professional economic developers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Alberta, and British Columbia can network and learn to make the overall region stronger economically.
- Rob and Terry Ryan and Hamilton High School - a successful collaboration. "We want to keep our kids here. We want to make our kids better thinkers." What can you do to help?
Rob and Terry Ryan have a simple goal. They'd like to help provide the very best educational opportunities possible in math and science for the future leaders of Montana.
- Four Ravalli County schools benefit from "The Valentine Foundation". 2007 Grant Applications due March 16.
Grants are for purchases of software, hardware or related equipment. Grants may also cover the installation and training costs associated with improved technology.
- A partnership between a Montana Tech alumnus, big business, Tech professors and the state could result in the college getting a “supercomputer” — the only one in this region.
Supporters say it will open the door for economic development, new jobs and cutting-edge research and development.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- A Portable Refinery Powered by Garbage
Researchers have built and tested for the military a portable machine that efficiently turns waste into electricity.
- British Columbia lays out Green Agenda
The B.C. government is trying to out-green California with a sweeping strategy unveiled Tuesday to fight global warming by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions from everything from cars and industry to the daily energy consumption of ordinary people.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell Unveils $850M Clean Energy Fund
The governor’s Energy Independence Fund will support the development and adoption of clean energy technologies across the state and in consumer households.
Connectivity & Communications
- American Prairie Reserve Feburary Newsletter
Our new video is available for viewing on our website home page. Special thanks to Tom Brokaw for narrating the film and to Sandy Cannon-Brown and the Video Takes crew for producing it.
- Springing Forward Creates Big Issue for Information Technologies
There is a little-known glitch on the way that could soon confound computer systems across the United States.
- Houston Plans Citywide Wi-Fi Network
The city disclosed today that it has chosen Atlanta-based EarthLink Municipal Networks to provide a citywide, wireless Internet network within the next two years.
- Verizon calls for new rural broadband incentives
The U.S. government should launch a new program that provides grants and loans for broadband providers to extend service to rural areas, a top executive at Verizon Communications Inc. said Monday.
- Why Some U.S. Citizens Still Can't Get Broadband
Because large telecommunications companies want to invest their dollars where they'll get the most return on investment, so if you live in an area where it's not profitable to supply broadband, you're out of luck.
- The Next Wave Of People Power
Local governments and citizens are finding that tackling community problems requires new forms of deliberative democracy. “Look, we know you’re working hard for us, but what we’ve got here is a parent-child relationship between the government and the people. What we need is an adult-adult relationship.”
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Global Warming Expert to Speak at MSU March 5th. Tim Flannery, author of "The Weather Makers", Named “2007 Australian of the Year”
Flannery's most recent book, The Weather Makers, was published in 2006 and it provides basic theories for current discussion on climate change and global warming. Flannery's book is currently at the center of the international conversation surrounding this topic. It has had a major impact on citizens, senior policy makers, and the heads of corporations from around the world. The Weather Makers has surpassed one million copies sold, making it one of the best selling books ever written about climate change
- DWI message finds home in urinal
New Mexico State traffic-safety officials are trying an out-of-the-box solution to discourage drunken driving, but they're staying inside the can.
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