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MATR supports Geoff Badenoch for Mayor of Missoula - Statesman, Visionary, Leader http://www.matr.net/article-15971.html
Come Home Montana
- A small-town move may bring big rewards
Now, however, smaller cities and towns, aided by advances in technology and lower housing prices, are luring away urban professionals seeking a better life.
- Lewistown, Montana economic revitalization plan to be unveiled Thurs 9/15, Public urged to attend 7 p.m. meeting at Yogo Inn
“What will be revealed is reality – this is what can be done,” said Myhre. “We’ll talk about opportunities for the future. I think Lewistown has a bright future but we can make it brighter if we take an objective look at the future and plan for the future.”
- The 4th and 5th grade students at Russell Elementary School in Missoula, Montana, are on a journey of a lifetime.
They are virtually running and walking across the entire United States as part of their physical education curriculum during the 2005-2006 school year.
- Reach out and learn: E-learning in Montana takes flight - The Montana Schools E-Learning Consortium (MSELC)
Some 45 school districts have joined the consortium and more districts are coming on every week
Montana Economic Development
- Invizeon (Missoula) Strengthens U.S. Position with New Strategic Alliance with MB Tech Inc.
MB Tech has formed a strategic alliance with Invizeon Corporation (www.invizeon.com) centered on this cellular technology product and the potential for it to be integrated into Invizeon's suite of product systems called CHAIN(tm) EMN(r).
Funding and Building your Business
- Coal rush - Montana Gov. Schweitzer’s plan to convert coal to gas
“Here’s the deal,” explains Schweitzer, “This sounds too good be true. Well, this happens to be one of those cases where it’s a win-win-win. More jobs, cleaner energy and a better economy.”
- MATR supports Geoff Badenoch for Mayor of Missoula - Statesman, Visionary, Leader
Much of the economic success in Missoula is due to the outstanding quality of community we enjoy. If you appreciate Geoff Badenoch's key role in creating the riverfront trail system, Caras Park, its pavilion and Carousel, if you enjoy the Missoula Children's Theatre, then you can be confident that Geoff Badenoch as Missoula's Mayor will continue to build the whole community of Missoula into a place we can enjoy and be proud of.
- The Montana Agriculture Innovation Center provides further funding for value-added agriculture
"These are a great example of the important agriculture producer projects that MAIC is here to support,"
- Professor's quest for 'jewels in the jungle' helps move Montana State University to national research university and drives millions into local economy
The MSU professor's remarkable fungus and its many applications - just one of many of Strobel's worldwide finds - exemplifies a trend at Montana State University. The school formerly known as Montana State College has become a nationally recognized research university.
- Wheeler Center presents symposium (Oct. 7) on high-end real estate development in Montana
"While most residents of the 'last best place' welcome newcomers, the realities of recent development in some parts of our state have many wondering about the impacts of this unparalleled growth," said Gordon "Corky" Brittan, executive director of the Wheeler Center as well as a philosophy professor at Montana State University.
- Inventor's journey includes legal help
In today's cutthroat environment and litigious age, he adds, nailing down a patent can prove the difference between entrepreneurial glory and ignominy.
- Gap's new Web sites seen as innovative
"Gap's new sites leapfrog every other retail site out there today," said Carrie Johnson, a retail analyst with Forrester Research, an online consulting firm. "They're providing a customer experience that other retailers will quickly try to figure out how to copy."
Regional Economic Development
Utah Economic Development
- Micron's (Idaho) expansion doesn't include Lehi (Utah)
"We need operations in close proximity to our customers, and the Singapore operation is perfectly located to help us achieve this goal," Micron spokesman Mike Reynoldson said. "This expansion will support Micron's assembly and test needs in Asia for the next four to five years."
- Brownsville resembles Austin two decades ago - What developing communities can learn from those who've faced the same challenges. Education is key!
Gibson likened Brownsville’s challenge to the one Austin faced two decades ago when it was the sleepy Texas capitol, before Dell, before Samsung, before it was “Austin.” “How will we compete against China, Inc.?”
- The goal: A strong regional economy - 7 counties launch joint effort to brand, sell 'Milwaukee'
We’re at a critical turning point. We can see where we’re at and take off. Or we can sit back and slowly bleed to death. - Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee
Washington State Business
- Friendliness won Utah new Encover operation - Encover Inc. president 'taken aback' by the nice people he found
"I'm thinking, 'Not only are these guys friendly, but they know how to sell. This is a good first impression,' " Overstreet recalled.
- Stealthy startups are the rage in tech circles
In the past year, a number of talented Seattle-area business executives have formed "stealth" startups -- withholding details of their early-stage ventures until the timing is right.
- Sick of losing movies to Canada, Wyoming considers incentives
Shober said attracting film production would help the Wyoming economy in two ways. First, the production would pump money into the local economy where filming takes place. Second, it would generate tourism, bringing new visitors.
Incubators and R&D
- Spanish city gets high-tech buggies to attract tourists
"Cordoba is not on the cutting edge, so to speak, economically or technologically speaking. But the society we live in is the information society, which offers free technologies," Romeo said. "You can create whatever is inside your head."
- New center will promote leadership in regional economic development in Tennessee
Kolzow acknowledged larger communities like Nashville have more resources available than small towns. “On a regional basis, they might be able to help the smaller communities,” he said.
- University of Montana Foundation Celebrates Creation of "The John J. Craighead Chair in Wildlife Biology" Endowed Chair. An Extraordinary Life in Montana
Craighead, who spent more than 25 years of his professional career as head of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at UM, was named by National Geographic as one of this century’s most eminent scientists.
- Rocky Mountain Lab - Hardy strains of staph infection defy defenses
"The reason that some mild infections become severe or fatal is not well understood, but virulence is often associated with certain strains," said Jovanka Voyich, lead author on the study published last week in The Journal of Immunology.
- Hamilton, Montana prepares for major bio defense lab
"It is a logical extension of what had gone on here virtually 100 years," Bloom said
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Universities Missing Opportunities to Advance Innovation - Kauffman Foundation Conference Seeks to Spur Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Business and industry want to capitalize on the products and services that result from breakthrough research. Venture capitalists want to pluck the most promising investment opportunities. And we at the Kauffman Foundation want to see that entrepreneurship is cultivated to the greatest extent possible.
- Biking the Hiawatha Trail in Montana and Idaho... just be careful of the bears
Trail rangers have to scoot them out of the tunnels in the morning before they open the trail to riders.
- Whitewater weekends in 'America's best national park' - Montana's Glacier National Park
More than just a backpacker's paradise, Glacier is also prime real estate for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, day hikers, even casual travelers with a few calories to burn. And even if you only have a weekend, Glacier's mountain scenery and its many affordable activities add up to a pretty good value.
- How to survive a dumb thing you did to your boss
Done right, you can rebound from such an embarrassing moment and actually end up with a better relationship with your boss
- 2005 IT Salary Survey
This report also examines: salary by region, industry, and company size; job satisfaction and security; and average number of hours worked per week.
Connectivity & Communications
- Wind center proposed - The North American Wind Research and Training Center
“We have not met anyone who has not been supportive of this,”
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Plan by 13 Nations Urges Open Technology Standards
The group defines an open standard as technology that is not owned by a single company and is openly published.
- Eco-aware shower recycles water - promises to save householders money and energy.
The shower works on similar principles to a Dyson vacuum cleaner, using filters and hydro cyclones, installed behind the shower unit, to clean the recycled water and reheat it to the desired temperature.
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