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"So it goes" Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007
Congratulations to MAPS "Montana's Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) lands first national client" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Outstanding Montana Career Opportunities - PrintingForLess.com has immediate opportunities for Technical Sales and Service Representatives (TSR)
Great place to WORK, in a Great place to LIVE
- Montana Career Opportunities ASP Software Developer - PrintingForLess.com - Livingston, MT
Optimizes customer satisfaction by developing, implementing, and maintaining Internet-based applications.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Finance Director - REC Silicon
REC Silicon, of Butte, Montana and Moses Lake, Washington, is looking for a Finance Manager to be located at the Butte, MT site.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Systems Architect, Systems, Developer, Product Manager, Systems Administrator - Zoot Enterprises
Whether it’s building a state-of-the-art solution or walking their dog around the beautiful campus, you will always find Zoot employees having fun and thrilled to be working with you!
Montana Education Excellence
- Citigroup to idle 17,000 - to shift 9,500 positions to "lower cost locations"
"We already have lots of jobs in India — but also in Shanghai, Manila and Buffalo, N.Y.," he said. "We're looking for the right location."
- Uncovering America's Longest Commutes
Seven hours is extraordinary, but four hours, increasingly, is not. Roughly one out of every six American workers commutes more than forty-five minutes, each way.
- Montana's Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) lands first national client
Students earn money and scholarships for working on films, commercials and other class projects.
- In Cascade, a glimpse at marvels of science
Robots, moose tracks and fires — oh my!
- University Of Montana Conference Showcases Top Undergrad Research, 4/13, Missoula
"This has got to be one of the biggest and best undergraduate research conferences in the United States."
2007 Montana Legislature
- Usefulness of education research questioned. "No Child Left Behind"
By law, educators should use scientific methods when determining curriculum, but the science is often inconclusive, politically charged, poorly disseminated or impractical.
- University of Montana president, George Dennison, discusses higher education in Bitterroot
“With regard to the proposal to create a community college, that is an issue you all have to decide for yourselves,” he told Lions members Tuesday.
- Web Survey Seeks Opinioins About University of Montana Site
In its effort to continually improve and enhance the UM Web site, the Home Page Subcommittee of the University Web Committee is collecting user feedback via an online survey.
- Politicians say press missing stories from the 2007 Montana Legislative Session
As Montana's 60th Legislature heads into its final weeks, some of the session's best-kept secrets may be hiding in plain view.
Montana Economic Development
- Homeowners eligible for solar-electricity grants. Solar Plexus of Missoula offering assistance
Each year, NorthWestern Energy is required to provide grants to companies installing alternative energy systems, and Solar Plexus will have at least seven grants for Great Falls this year, Hamilton said.
- Jobs in abundance at Helena, MT career fair
While workers may be hard to find, the aisles of the job fair were bustling with people either looking for a first job or looking for a change from their current scenery. More than a thousand people were expected to visit with the 92 employers, military organizations and graduate schools on display.
- Nearly 20 Percent of Montana Jobs Linked to Imports and Exports
"Montana is reaping the benefits of international trade," said John J. Castellani, President of Business Roundtable. "The study suggests that trade is part of the reason Montana has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation."
- Choteau, Montana business, Alpine Touch turns loans into success story
Allowing people to live and work in small towns is part of the goal of USDA's Rural Development loans, said Michele McLeod, public information coordinator for USDA Rural Development Montana.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Gov. Schweitzer backs Amtrak route through southern Montana. Meeting in Billings on Friday
"This couldn't come at a better time," said Jim Lynch, director of the state Department of Transportation.
- States' Health Plans May Aid Small Firms
As states look to shrink the swelling ranks of those without health insurance, the crucial test for one approach gaining favor with policy makers is likely to be its impact on small business.
- Foreign Ambassadors Attending the Upcoming Economic Summit to Tour Montana
Ambassadors from a number of countries including, Panama Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, will tour Butte, Billings and Bozeman prior to the Montana Economic Summit on 4/30 and 5/1 in Butte
- Montana World Trade Center E-News - April 2007
MWTC’s Latest Development: Montana Environmental and Engineering Consortium
Funding and Building your Business
- Doing the Deal: THE TERM SHEET Seminar, 05/02, Kalispell
This is an excellent opportunity for accredited investors who do angel and direct investors to learn. Bill Payne is the instructor with an expert panel.
- State Rolls Out Five New Capital-attracting Funds
One of the most vexing problems facing states, outside of a few well known success stories, is a persistent lack of attention from the venture capital industry.
- Kickstart gives budding entrepreneurs a leg up on the competition Wed. and Thur. in Boise, ID
This is the third year of the event sponsored by the Boise entrepreneurial organization Kickstand. This year's gathering brings together keynote speakers and a series of workshops aimed at giving entrepreneurs and young companies tools to succeed.
Regional Economic Development
- NOTES FROM MONTANA: Highlights from Senator Tester's Spring Recess
A brief, multimedia journal of Sen. Jon Tester’s past week in Montana.
- Sen. Max Baucus keeps national spotlight on Montana
Now journalists at CNN, the New York Times and other media titans are routinely dialing the 406 area code. For a state like Montana, so often invisible in national policymaking and media coverage, it's heady stuff.
- How The West Can Win: Transforming The Energy Debate
The energy and environment innovations west of the Rockies could change the nation's mind about what's possible.
Washington State Business
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology Newsletter April 2007
Idaho's largest metropolitan area again received a top ranking in the annual Forbes survey of best places to work and do business.
- Idaho companies market products, services to China
The companies worked in cooperation with Idaho Commerce & Labor on what was among numerous international trade missions and shows.
- Berg Companies hopes for military contracts to build mobile trailers at new facility near Post Falls
"Virtually no one else domestically makes it," Barrett said. "Not only are we … a Native American company, which gives us some advantages, but we're made in America." The Coeur d'Alene Tribe recently qualified for a federal designation designed to help firms in economically disadvantaged areas win government contracts. The designation, which is good for 10 years, will be an asset as Berg Integrated Systems pursues government work, Matt said.
- 260 jobs cut as Alltel shuts Issaquah, Washington call center
Alltel Wireless said Thursday it is closing an Issaquah call center and eliminating 260 jobs, moves that come two years after it acquired Bellevue-based Western Wireless in a $4.4 billion deal.
- At Washington tech summit, experts talk job growth. State wants to be a leader in innovation
"The main thing is to bring people together from all over the state," said Lee Cheatham, executive director of the Washington Technology Center. "We can use it to establish Washington state and the Pacific Northwest as a leader in innovation and technology."
University Business Plan Competitions
- Wyoming Business leaders look to the future
At noon on Thursday, University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan will discuss the decision to build a supercomputer center in Cheyenne.
- Many Michigan workers who were recruited to Wyoming have left
Sylvia Jones, senior research analyst, said that of five people coming to Wyoming, only one will stay over time.
- Sheridan entrepreneur, Homer Scott Jr. to be honored by the Wyoming Business Council
"First Interstate Bank always has been, and still is, a family-owned bank," Scott said. He served as chairman of the board from the 1980s until 2004, when he retired.
Incubators and R&D
- Beyond Grades: Business Students Put Their Start-Up Ideas to the Test
“Not winning wasn’t a big deal,” he said. “Just because you don’t answer the judges’ questions perfectly that day should not be a reason to quit your entrepreneurial aspirations.”
- BYU wins L'Oréal ad contest in U.S.
BYU, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University, the University of Virginia and the University of Texas were chosen to compete in the national finals in March.
- MSU Researchers collaborate on paper on Eastern Montana dinosaur that yields 68 million year old protein.
"The fact that we are getting protein is very, very exciting," said Jack Horner, one of several co-authors on a paper published in the journal Science and released today, April 12. Horner is curator of paleontology at MSU's Museum of the Rockies.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Campuses may get $60 Million to sell ideas
"It's frustrating for me to see the faculty members not get to see a great idea able to reach market. But I think help is on the way"
- Weyerhaeuser and Chevron said Thursday they are joining forces to research ways to commercialize biofuels made from wood and other cellulose materials.
"They know things we don't, and we know things they don't," said Rick Zalesky, Chevron vice president for biofuels and hydrogen. "And we are much smarter together."
- How Blogs Are Changing The Recruiting Landscape
Corporate recruiters have long surfed the Web to vet potential hires, but now they're also surfing blogs to unearth job candidates, expanding their talent pool and gaining insights they say they can't get from resumes and interviews.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- New solar panel design traps more light
The new design features an array of nano-towers — like microscopic blades of grass — that add surface area and trap more sunlight.
- Sharing Data Visualization
IBM's site lets people collaborate to creatively visualize and discuss data on fast food, Jesus' apostles, greenhouse-gas trends, and more.
- Feel the Vibe, Literally - Gaming gets more real.
When body-shaking sound is not enough, the $499 Ultimate Game Chair, from the company of the same name (www.ultimategamechair.com), uses 12 vibration motors whenever the leather chair picks up vibration cues from PC games, as well as from titles for the PS2 and original Xbox.
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