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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it." -- Ferris Bueller
"The Montana Green Campus makes it easy to study, work, and live green right here in Montana," Montana Governor Schweitzer. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
Missoula Children's Theatre
- October MEDA Online News
Montana's Economic Development Leaders
MSU Leadership Institute
- Missoula Childrens Theater Arts school to begin as summer program in Missoula. “MCT's Next Step Prep: The Academy for Musical Theatre.”
A future performing arts high school program will debut as a summer school starting next year, MCT Inc. officials have announced.
Come Home Montana
- Bozeman Premier- "The Endless Knot", 10/14, Bozeman, Montana
Brown’s 57- minute film The Endless Knot chronicles the friendship of two men, the love of family, overcoming survivor’s guilt and helping others to avoid a similar fate. Alex Lowe’s death was one of many sad stories that unfold when families lose loved ones in the mountains.
Come Home Wyoming
- New radiologiests find great opportunities in Montana - "Montana Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology Specialists"
The company is in the process of purchasing a home in Butte for its employees to stay. It is also making an effort to recruit more doctors who want to live in Butte.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Technology Division Administrator - Office of Public Instruction
Knowledge and skill in the design, development, and implementation of across-office systems used to manage and report education data.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Wyoming's economy draws immigrants
Wyoming’s immigrant population jumped 17.5 percent between 2006 and 2007, the largest percentage gain in the nation, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Entrepreneurial Support Programs Must Function Within a Regional Vision, Meet Entrepreneurs' Core Needs
Expert panel provides insights into the nature and effectiveness of entrepreneurship support programs
Montana Economic Development
- Do you have what it takes to be a leader?
"Who's next?" is a question that senior executive and succession planning committees consider with regularity.
Regional Economic Development
- Allied Bio-Energies to develop 10 million gallon per year oil processing facility in Havre, Montana
Its’ a win win for our community and the state of Montana.” Greg Kegel, Dean of the College of Technical Sciences at MSU Northern calls the plant an “economic engine” and goes on to say that it will serve as a magnet to attract students to MSU Northern. “We really need this plant to get off the ground.”
- Senate approves nearly $40 million for Montana defense projects
“This is a tremendous investment in the security of Montana and America,” Baucus said. “These projects will help make Montana a world a leader in cutting-edge military research, help create good-paying jobs and will provide new opportunities for economic growth across the Big Sky.”
- Canadian oil sands could boost Montana businesses
Gov. Brian Schweitzer said in July that the pipeline project will create a sizable number of high-paying construction jobs and will generate $57.6 million a year in property taxes in Montana, including up to $14 million each in Fallon, McCone and Valley counties.
- Libby, Montana officials see positive future at old mill site
“We haven’t finalized exactly how we’re going to approach this but we’ll look at strengths and the businesses at the site and ask, “why would someone come to Libby to start a business?”
- Study to gauge impact of wind projects in six states including Montana
Two federal agencies — one a manager of wildlife habitat, the other of high-voltage power lines — are teaming up to study the impact of wind development in six states, including Montana.
- Rural U.S. Losing Out on Innovation
Some of those variations are really obvious: you can't get cellphone coverage everywhere in rural America, much less broadband, for instance.
- Welcome to YourEconomy!
YourEconomy is a free research tool that enables visitors to take a closer look at business activity in their local communities—and across the United States.
Funding and Building your Business
- Best Companies for Workers Over 50 - #1 - Cornell University Ithaca, NY
The winners will also be featured in AARP The Magazine in the November-December issue, which will be in homes on Sept. 25.
- Butte-Silver Bow area mentors' project completes its second round
Funded by a grant from the Butte-Silver Bow Community Fund of the Montana Community Foundation, seasoned professionals from across Butte's business spectrum met in a round-robin event to review seven young professionals' careers.
Incubators and R&D
- 10 musts before termination so you don't get sued.
#1. Know the Facts.
- Marketing CEO Dave Balter on achieving the corporate full Monty
Balter is passionate about the power of word of mouth and equally so about what might be called radical corporate transparency.
- # How to retain employees when you can't compete on pay
Small companies have a leg up when it comes to offering low-cost, sometimes quirky, benefits that large corporations don’t want to spend the time and effort administering (or even thinking about).
- Open Forum - A wealth of resources for savvy business owners and entrepreneurs
Expert videos, articles and more to help grow your business
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State, Utah State win research grant for biofuel production
The two schools will team to grow species of algae that thrive in geothermal vents and Great Salt Lake in a test of their oil content.
- Montana Green Campus Website Unveiled to Governor Schweitzer
"The Montana Green Campus makes it easy to study, work, and live green right here in Montana," Montana Governor Schweitzer.
- UM, Regents prepare $30MM proposal to build new campus for the College of Technology in Missoula. Regents OK $131M MSU budget
It is UM's hope, and a priority of the Montana Board of Regents, that lawmakers will approve an unprecedented $30 million plan to construct Phase One of a state-of-the-art facility on a chunk of ground that is currently home to the Missoula campus golf course.
- New coats for 20 new medical students at Montana State University
WWAMI is a cooperative program of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
- New degree options helps spread computer science across Montana State University
The new option gives students the chance to apply their computer educations to problems in other fields by combining computer science with their academic minors.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Rural lawyer shortage crimps Central Idaho counties
Rural northcentral Idaho communities facing a shortage of lawyers to work as public defenders or represent hospital and school districts have been forced to hire legal counsel from as far as 100 miles away.
- Idaho Gov. Otter orders 1 percent holdback on state spending
This is in response to a significant revenue shortfall projection just a few months into the new fiscal year.
Utah Economic Development
- Iowa biotech puts pig farm near Sioux Falls
Exemplar Genetics of Sioux Center is establishing a swine operation north of Sioux Falls to raise pigs to be used in biomedical research.
- Main Street Thriving in Utah
Connection to the past is what attracted many new tenants to the area. Several businesses are housed in historic buildings that have been restored.
Connectivity & Communications
- 'Clickers' let teachers see who's really learning
Hand-held electronic devices for children may catch a lot of flak. But the little plastic keypad that Jill Hanford's sixth-graders use is revolutionizing the way she teaches her classes.
- Missoula’s Access Consulting helps Deliver Broadband Internet to Elk River, ID
On Friday, September 12th, 2008, affordable broadband Internet service finally became a reality in Elk River, Idaho (Pop. 156).
- Ronan Telephone Company Selects SOMA Networks to Provide Wireless Broadband Access in Montana
Several Rural Communities to Gain Access to Broadband Data and Voice Services via 700 MHz Licensed Band
- World's carbon dioxide emissions rising at 'scary' rate
"If we're going to do something (about reducing emissions), it's got to be different than what we're doing."
- Go Green - Businesses Get on Board with Environmentally Savvy Outlooks
Car gets 300 miles to the gallon
- High-Efficiency Generators for Hybrid Vehicles
Free-piston engines could be used to generate electricity as efficiently as, and less expensively than, fuel cells.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Technology as lens to ponder imperfect future - David Friedman
Far more dangerous, in his view, are some potential technological catastrophes - such as might occur from a runaway bioengineered virus, a self-replicating nanotech swarm or a malevolent artificial intelligence that finds a way to pull the plug on Homo sapiens.
- Purifying Water with Nano- particles - NanoH2O
NanoH2O says 3-D nanoparticles boost the efficiency of water purification.
- A New Tool for Venture Philanthropists
Figuring out how exactly to measure social impact has long been a challenge for philanthropists.
- Changing the world, one volunteer at a time
“For the vast majority of our organizations, volunteering service is the lifeblood,” he said. “We recognize that looking at ways to strengthen and maintain the volunteer sector in Montana is absolutely vital.” Brian Magee, executive director of the MNA
- Helping Rural Non-Profits — A President's Attention Could Make A Difference
Urban-centric federal programs make it hard for rural nonprofits to compete. A president with a rural point of view could help.
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