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"You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase your income, power, influence and success. The problem is, you just don't see them." -- Jay Abraham
Final Comments on the Wheeler Conference on Affordable Housing - "Misconceptions and Corrections" This is a major economic development challenge http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Computer Programmer / Web Developer - Montana University System
Primary duties include programming to improve, expand and maintain the University System's Oracle-based data warehouse; development and support of database applications; and design and maintenance of web-based applications.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Development Engineer - Energy Labs
Energy Laboratories, Inc. is looking for a highly motivated .Net Developer. Job Duties include developing and maintaining software applications in LIMS systems and Web Services.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Interactive Designer (must love dogs) - saltStudio
Must enjoy problem solving and client interaction.
Montana Education Excellence
- Collaboration between RightNow Technologies and Montana State University Alumni Association Proves that Ex-Residents Offer Promising Talent Pool For Company in Remote Location.
It's hard enough for a small business to attract talent. It's even more difficult when that business is located hundreds of miles from a major job market.
- 100 to attend Indian academy in Billings, Montana. Event aims to help youths work toward positive future
"We really want to promote the positive side of life and provide some guidance for these children as well as the parents,"
- School's out: But not for some Montana teachers
Teachers learn how to incorporate technology into their classrooms through seminars on new classroom technologies, best practices, applications and much more.
- ECOS: No child left indoors: Pairing of UM, K-12 schools gets students outside and into environmental science
No child left indoors. This is the goal of the Ecologists, Educators, and Schools (ECOS) program that has paired University of Montana scientists with local K-12 teachers and their students.
Montana Economic Development
- Community college backers criticize UM plan for higher ed center
Dennison said UM will be "supportive of whatever the community decides to do."
- Hawaii Governor Signs Legislation to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
"The programs established under this bill are part of a long-term effort to develop the innovation capacity of Hawaii's workforce, particularly the younger generation, in order to successfully compete in the global economy," said Lingle. "These initiatives, especially the STEM-related programs, focus on creating life-long learning and skill-building opportunities for students, teachers and our existing labor force."
- Brain Drain (Professors leaving) at University of Wisconsin
"When you have a mass exodus of faculty leaving, that sort of jars students and tells them that something may be wrong here and their education is being compromised."
- Gates gives $105 million to University of Washington for health research
The new Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will collect and analyze data on health trends, conduct evaluations of individual health programs' effectiveness and make the data available to policymakers, researchers and the public. The institute will also offer fellowships to train junior researchers.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards $293,000 in Funding to the Town of Westby & New Century Ag
The Montana Department of Commerce has awarded a combined total of $293,000 to the Town of Westby and New Century Ag, to support infrastructure improvements and workforce training related to the expansion of New Century Ag facility.
- Final Comments on the Wheeler Conference on Affordable Housing - "Misconceptions and Corrections"
On May 17-18, in Missoula, the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy at Montana State University http://www.montana.edu/wheeler held a conference on affordable housing. It brought home to me the fact that I had been laboring under six misconceptions. My guess is that I was not alone.
- Does your Montana startup idea qualify for a $10,000 Advertising Grant?
Let the Bresnan Business Incubator transform your idea into a success story. With the State of Montana and Bresnan behind you, you'll be off to a flying start.
- Montana Association of Chamber Executives (MACE)-Spring 2007 Newsletter
It has come that time where the Montana Association of Chamber Executives takes a closer look inward and re-evaluates the processes that we have gone through, the programs we have encouraged and the solid progress that we have made as a leading organization of some of the most dedicated Chamber executives across the state.
Funding and Building your Business
- Tech Coast Angels Pray Early Stage Investments Will Be Heavenly
So why would members of the invite only group want to spend their own money on someone else's early stage idea?
- Five Steps for Creating A Business-Exit Strategy
Small-business owners: Have you thought about what will happen to it when you're ready to retire? If you think that you have years to plan your exit strategy, you better check the calendar.
- Shared vision helps to maintain an entrepreneurial balance
By not communicating enough with our team, we were in essence rowing an unbalanced boat.
- Workplace Coach: Don't underestimate emotional intelligence
One Gallup study of more than 2 million employees found the majority of workers rated having a caring boss higher than money or benefits. Productivity and workplace satisfaction have been linked to the amount of time people feel positive emotions at work. Good moods are good for business.
- By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09
Because of Truemors, I’ve learned a lot about launching a company in these “Web 2.0” times. Here’s quick overview “by the numbers.”
Regional Economic Development
- The Interim The June 2007 issue of the Montana legislative branch newsletter
There are several interim legislative committee meetings scheduled for June and July; details of those meetings are contained in this month's issue.
- Higher education vital for climbing value chain
"Up the value chain" is the only way forward to success. That, in turn, implies emphasis on enhanced skills, much more research and development application by business, innovation inducing continuing change and dynamic management.
- State of Montana IT upgrade in works, Out of basement and into new facility "within next few years"
Keeping that system secure both inside and out remains a full-time job. Yet despite its many challenges, the work could become easier thanks to $14.5 million in legislative funding for a new facility designed — not retrofitted — specifically for today’s technology.
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology June 2007
Study Shows West Has High Entrepreneurial Activity
Incubators and R&D
- UW taps energy leader for school
Mark Northam, research science consultant with Saudi Aramco, will begin work at UW on July 17, according to an announcement from the school.
- Gov: Prosperity requires change
Part of the change, and a hot topic during the work force summit, relates to housing. The governor said the state has the resources to help towns build infrastructure to develop more housing and encourage growth.
- Powell, Wyoming-owned fiber optic network under consideration
It would be the first deal of its kind where outside investors have completely funded a fiber optic network that will be municipally owned.
- Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas dies at 74
Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas, a three-term conservative Republican who stayed clear of the Washington limelight and political catfights, died Monday. He was 74.
- New biotechnology at Montana State University holds promise for enhancing immune system
Interested companies and entrepreneurs can license this new biotechnology by contacting Nick Zelver with the MSU Technology Transfer Office at (406) 994-7868, http://tto.montana.edu or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Harvard set to license 50-plus nanotech patents. Takes significant equity position in company
As part of the deal, which has been in the works for more than a year but was finalized only last month, Harvard will take "a significant equity position" in the licensee, Nano-Terra LLC, said Isaac T. Kohlberg , Harvard's chief technology development officer.
Connectivity & Communications
- LiveFuels raises $10M in first round. To produce biocrude oil from algae
Other companies seeking to make fuel from algae include Solazyme, also based in Menlo Park, and GreenFuel Technologies in Cambridge, Mass.
- Wyoming tops C02 output per capita
"We're blessed to be an energy exporter, but in this context it requires us to think a little deeper about what's the right way to do CO2 management, and we need to do CO2 management," Freudenthal said.
- Desperate Botnet Battlers Call for an Internet Driver's License
Build government-funded free clinics for infected computers around the United States?
- Widening the world of free Wi-Fi
The networking will be free and easy this summer, and we're not talking coffee shops. Free public Wi-Fi zones are fast becoming the latest must-have amenity for cities.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Envisioning Bike Lanes On Your Street
Bike friendly means a complete, continuous, interconnected network of named bicycle roads or "tracks," each marked and lit, each governed by traffic signs and signals of its own.
- Technology Review - Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2007 (This stuff is really cool!)
This year, as every year, we present the 10 technologies we find most exciting - and most likely to alter industries, fields of research, and even the way we live.
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