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Congratulations to Vision Net and the citizens of Whitefish. These are examples of why Montana is so special: "Montana company, Vision Net and nonprofit link soldiers in Iraq with families in U.S." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html -- "‘The little Carnegie Hall’ Whitefish, Montana Middle School’s ‘phenomenal’ performing arts center hosts opening gala" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Come Home Wyoming
- Montana Career Opportunity - Facilities Engineer - Vision Net
Vision Net is looking for an enthusiastic individual that enjoys the fast paced telecommunications field.
Globalization Partners International
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Green River Futures, Inc. (Green River, Wyoming)
The primary focus is on commercial, retail, office, residential and some light manufacturing recruitment.
Funding and Building your Business
- Globalization Partners International Teams Up With The Montana World Trade Center to Enable Its Website For An International Audience.
GPI worked with MWTC staff closely from scoping the project to approving designs and feature sets, through localization and website testing. GPI provided comprehensive design, development and translation, as well as CMS deployment and hosting for the new multilingual website.
- Virtual worlds catching on in workplace
The goal is to enhance communications and productivity as workforces go global - the effect may be a radically different office of tomorrow.
- Ten Questions with a Lawyer to Startups in Silicon Valley
It’s very important to make the right decisions in these areas at the start of a company, so I hope you’ll heed his answers.
- Organizers hope summit assists discussion to improve area schools. Businesses asked to not hire dropouts.
Borchers said goals could include working with businesses to promote education by: #Asking them not to hire students who do not hold a high school diploma.
- 840 student College of Idaho gets $72 million to kick off a 10-year fundraising campaign
Only five liberal arts colleges in the nation have received larger gifts since 1967.
- City To Build Affordable Housing For Educators
"Teachers who work in the city want to stay in the city and want to live in the city. They want to have families grow up in the city," said teachers union President Randi Weingarten. "This project is a way of doing that."
Connectivity & Communications
- Funds may launch Oregon State University’s inventions: 'Valley of death' stands between discovery and commercialization
Last year, OSU made $2.5 million from licensing fees for products developed at the university, such as new varieties of wheat, scientific equipment and wood glue inspired by the gripping power of mussels at the coast.
- Fund aids schools to turn studies into venture
Technology - The new development fund seeks $14 million to help universities commercialize their research
- Internet2 network now 10 times faster
That means a high-quality version of the movie "The Matrix" could be sent in a few seconds rather than a half-minute over the old Internet2 and several hours over a typical home broadband line.
- IBM Teams With Second Life To Build Portable Avatars
IBM says universal standards will help drive the use of virtual worlds beyond gaming and entertainment and make them more practical for businesses.
Universities and Economic Development
- BBB Reinvigorates Brand, Increases Focus to Help Consumers Make Better Pre-Purchase Decisions
Ninety-five-year-old institution updates image and kicks off “Start With Trust” public outreach campaign
- 2 top UM business alumni set fund. Under Armour founder, ex-CEO of HP donate $175,000 for startups
"We just know that there are so many students [starting] these businesses that are under the radar," Smelstor said. "It's not viewed any longer as being an add-on or outside the realm of curriculum."
Montana Economic Development
- National Trade Press Notices as Computer ER Grows - Recent Coverage Reflects Influence Expanding Beyond Region
“Our efforts to enhance our line of services and capabilities have been well-received by the market, which is now starting to show interest in across a wider geographic region. We are pleased to see the trade press recognizing that.”
- Montana company, Vision Net and nonprofit link soldiers in Iraq with families in U.S.
In Montana, Vision Net, a communications technology and videoconferencing company based in Great Falls, has partnered with Freedom Calls since 2004 to give Montanans serving in Iraq a taste of home sweet home.
- Montana's Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program (WOTC) Offers Employers up to $9,000 in Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is designed to assist individuals facing barriers move into gainful employment.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Montana Community Finance Corporation announces 504 loan activity
Based on the information provided by the customers, these loans will create 156 new jobs.
- Historic downtowns across the U.S are being 'eroded' by new development
"Whitefish's downtown is unique and fragile," George Crandall and Don Arambula said in their Sept. 26 letter. "It cannot be duplicated; however, it can be destroyed by new development that is out of scale with existing buildings."
Regional Economic Development
- Canola biodiesel plant near Velva first of its kind in North Dakota
The first wholly owned canola biodiesel plant in the United States.
Utah Economic Development
- LESSONS OF THE LAKES: Promoting Water Quality Amidst Community Growth,10/17-18, Polson, Montana
Two days of inter-active panels, issue-specific break-out sessions and presentations exploring the most important issues of the day facing large lakes experiencing rapid growth and development.
- The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin: Findings, Recommendations, Steps to a Healthy Future
A Wisconsin commission recommends health insurance for farmers, revitalized rural schools and protection of farmland in two and a half year study of farming and rural life.
- Measuring Your Business Incubator’s Impact
Business incubators work to help businesses do better than that by offering specialized services and mentoring. Does it work?
- Immigration and Housing in Rural America
This research examines rural immigration trends and assesses the impact of a growing rural foreign-born population on housing conditions in rural communities.
- Procter & Gamble plant Utah-bound?
A state board put out Tuesday a potential $85 million tax-rebate incentive to try to land a 1,000-employee Procter & Gamble Co. manufacturing plant in unincorporated Box Elder County.
Oregon Economic Development
- 90 Korean officials, Gen. Colin Powell head to Boise. Korea is one of Idaho's key trade partners, mostly in high-tech products.
"In international business today, Gov. Otter feels it's important to cultivate relationships and believes very much that it's important to be able to look people in the eye and talk face-to-face."
- Rural economic alliance is good for the Valley
If the newly formed Western Alliance for Economic Development succeeds, it should be a plus for its member cities — and for the entire Valley.
- Idaho Innovation trade association gets green light
The group will focus on workforce development, healthcare costs and advocating policy with the state legislature.
Washington State Business
- Oregon Introduces Tax Credit to Donors Supporting University Research
“This tax credit is one of a kind,” Oregon State Treasurer Randall Edwards said. “No other state has a program where donors can receive such a generous tax credit in return for helping move research from lab to market,”
- Fresh $1 million for online commerce. Enigmatic startup targets 'social merchandising'
He compares discovery to the concept of finding an entertaining TV show while channel surfing or reading an informative article from the newspaper.
- Minnesota Governor Pawlenty Annouces SEED: Strategic Entrepreneurial Economic Development
“Investing in small business will bring lasting value and economic growth to our entire state and especially rural communities that need it most,”
- Montana Faith Summit was inspiring success
And it was literally a summit, with top leaders from across the state on hand to work toward finding remedies instead of finding fault, in the words of summit sponsor Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
- Solar power's secret recipe
The liquid is silicon ink, a secret nanotechnology recipe it developed that the company says lets it make solar cells that are more efficient than current models, at a lower price.
- Warming climate shrinking Glacier Park's glaciers
"There's still water down there under the cobble," Dan Fagre said of that stream, "but it's not so good if you're a fish."
Montana Education Excellence
- Why Biking Doesn't Mean Dying
Not pedaling can kill you
City Club Missoula
- Improving Indian schools should be a priority in Montana. UM Grant will help
Now University of Montana professors Jan La Bonty and Marian McKenna have been awarded a three-year, $3 million federal grant to try to change that.
- ‘The little Carnegie Hall’ Whitefish, Montana Middle School’s ‘phenomenal’ performing arts center hosts opening gala
“It’s turned out to be the little Carnegie Hall we hoped it would be,”
- University of Montana starts specialty trauma center for American Indian children
The goal of the center is to train people who have close relations with children on reservations. These people can then help and treat children who have experienced a traumatic event such as domestic abuse or a natural disaster.
- City Club Missoula - Russell Street/South 3rd Street Transportation Project, 10/19, Missoula
What will the new Russell Street look like? When will the first dirt be moved? What’s taking so long?
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