|MATR Newsletter - Tue Aug 23, 2005|
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- Businesslike approach keeps school PCs going
For $10 a month per computer, schools buy unlimited technical support, maintenance, configuration and even disposal of old computers.
- Montana Tech, UM earn ‘best colleges' ranking in the Princeton Review
According to promotional material from the New York City-based company known for its test prep course, books and educational services, the guide goes on sale Tuesday. However, the promo did not reveal any tantalizing tidbits, colorful comments or basic information included in the Montana schools' profiles.
2005 Montana Elections
- Blossom's Bed and Breakfast - 1910 Missoula house blossoms with care, rebuilding following fire - Grand Opening this Sunday
Transformed is a good way to describe it, literally rebuilt from ashes of a fire that burned the front and upstairs of the 1910 Craftsman-style house two years ago. It remains a family home, but is also a new bed and breakfast and is still a presence in its lower Rattlesnake neighborhood.
- Living off art alone - Artists who've ‘made it' say marketing, small steps essential
The same study showed that the state's 5,800 artists had an economic impact of $233 million in Montana in 2003.
- NGA Selects Feature Analyst® for Baseline Production
- Montana's dinosaur trail is all mapped out
The new Fort Peck museum is home to one of the world's most complete T. rex skeletons.
Montana Economic Development
- Campaign finance reporting goes online in Montana
"It will make it easier for the people to know what money is coming and going, and it will make it easier for the people who are filing."
Regional Economic Development
- Tentative Schedule for Economic Development Field Visits with the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
- State tourism study to focus on Butte and two other Montana communities
The nine-month assessment process is designed to help Montana communities determine how tourism can help diversify and expand their economy.
Utah Economic Development
- Education, Skilled Workers, & the Future of Cold-Weather Cities
“Higher skills have a much greater impact on growth rates in cold-weather metropolitan areas then in warmer areas.”
- What Is an Economic Cluster Anyway?
The confusion as to what works and what doesn’t for cluster development extends well beyond the level of practitioner
- Offer sweetened to lure business
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development Board on Friday voted to boost the incentive to lure the operations to Utah — a surprising move to at least one board member.
Incubators and R&D
- Insurer gives patients power of information - Regence BlueShield of Idaho
Regence BlueShield of Idaho will unveil a new Web site to its 2.8 million members in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington on Monday. The site, htp://www.MyRegence.com , was designed to put health care information — claims, costs, health issues and community events — on one site personalized for each member of Regence BlueShield.
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#252), Knee-deep into muscle fatigue, Good at being bad, Spanish eggs, Principal emotions
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Center to link academic research, markets
Academics are superb at starting things, lousy in finishing them. Our contention is that if our state focused on creating this upstream implementation, we could create new industries and keep a lot of value in the state."
- Tessera Brings Chip-Scale Packaging Capabilities to North Dakota State University
"We are very excited about our partnership with NDSU in developing a world-class microelectronics packaging R&D center,"
- The coming era of the media engineer and media entrepreneur . . . software engineer era ending
Every future company is a technology-enabled media company
- Montana Grant Writer Cooperative - Is there a level of interest state-wide? Please fill out the survey
An effort is underway to determine the level of interest and ultimately, the feasibility of a grant writer cooperative that would serve all of Montana.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- NorthWestern Corp. paid execs big, big bonuses & Public Power - Further Disrupting or Repairing Montana’s Crippled Public Utility
Now there is a proposal to change the old Montana Power Company once again. Montana’s largest cities are proposing to borrow the money to buy Northwestern Energy and operate it as a publicly-owned electric and natural gas utility. NorthWestern Corp. paid its top executives nearly $6.5 million in salary, bonuses and other compensation in 2004 as the company underwent bankruptcy reorganization.
Connectivity & Communications
- Too Many Homes on the Range
While the controversy and science surrounding the environmental impacts of grazing continues, 1000 Friends based this project on the premise that unfettered rural sprawl damages both ranching and the environment.
- Blogging + Video = Vlogging
Video blogs -- also known by their shorter, clunkier name, vlogs -- are blogs that primarily feature video shorts instead of text.
- Bucks for blogs - Businesses, Bloggers Look to Score Deals, Forge Links at S.F. Summit
In an industry where there is notoriously little money being made, there's hope corporations may pay big bucks for help in understanding blogs and in producing their own.
- Free Wi-Fi? Get Ready for GoogleNet.
What if Google wanted to give Wi-Fi access to everyone in America?
- Wi-Fi for the Masses
"Cities are becoming smarter about this, becoming more efficient about the process."
- Google's Desktop 2 updated, ready for free beta-test release today
The latest Google offering includes several twists. Beyond providing search results, it monitors the user's behavior and presents relevant information in a resizable and moveable vertical window called the Sidebar.
- Telecoms to expand Wi-Fi - New freedom for cell phone and laptop users
Cell phone users will be able to download songs, check e-mail or get video over the air with ease.
- Security technologist and author Bruce Schneier tackles identity theft questions and security issues.
You call "identity theft" a misnomer, saying that the fight against fraud might be more effective if we thought of it as impersonation rather than ID theft. Could you elaborate on why?
- Northwest states to toughen auto rules - Emissions curbs are set for Oregon and Washington
When that happens, California's newly implemented emissions standards, which are the toughest in the country, will be in effect along the entire West Coast.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Internet is dividing rich and poor
A report by the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation has claimed that the internet is increasing the gap between society's richest and poorest people.
- British soldiers to get germ-fighting underwear - "What's in your shorts?"
"Support for the modern serviceman or woman starts from the skin out,"
- Ultra-sensitive breath tests aim to identify disease
The new test was developed by a New Jersey researcher, Dr. Michael Phillips, who expects his patient-friendly method will one day be used to detect lung cancer, breast cancer, kidney disease and diabetes.
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