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"Less Bark...More Wag"
"Missoula Children's Theatre - Next Step Prep, the Academy for Musical Theatre for High School Students—the time is drawing near to open the doors to the inaugural class in Missoula, Montana." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "MAEDC Annual Meeting “Creating An Educational System For The 21st Century And Why This Matters”, 2/24, Missoula" http://matr.net/events ... =2634 --- "2009 Montana Ambassadors Annual Conference, 2/26-27, Helena" http://matr.net/events ... =2618
Destiny University School of Medicine
2009 Montana Legislature
- Clinic, University of Great Falls teaming up to offer 'Mini-Med School'
Khaliqi hopes the program will give high school and college students an idea of what medical school is like.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Small Montana wind energy producers take on NorthWestern - HB491
Dogterom and his colleagues are behind a bill (House Bill 491) they say will push NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, to follow state and federal law requiring it to buy electricity from small projects of “renewable” power, such as wind.
Come Home Montana
- Missoula Children's Theater - Next Step Prep, the Academy for Musical Theatre for High School Students—the time is drawing near to open the doors to the inaugural class in Missoula, Montana.
Martin Charnin (author of Annie, the musical), J.K. Simmons (Juno, Spiderman Trilogy, ABC’s The Closer), Bill Bowers (Under a Montana Moon, Scarlet Pimpernel and The Lion King on Broadway), Alexander Gemignani (Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd on Broadway) and Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard Tony Award winner) among others are secured as seminar leaders for the inaugural summer.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Analyst, HR Systems- RightNow Technologies
RightNow is always looking for great people. We need the best and the brightest to fuel our phenomenal growth and maintain our leadership in the industry. Work here is exciting and challenging—never dull! Pay is competitive, with medical benefits and 401(k) participation for full-time employees as well as opportunities for continuous learning and advancement. You'll never have a better opportunity to have it all.
- Workplace Coach: In tough times, lead -- and listen
These are truly extraordinary times. It's times like these that will distinguish outstanding leaders from their counterparts.
Montana Economic Development
- International Kiosk Solutions of Missoula, Montana Offers Food and Beverage Pairing System
The touch-screen kiosk that arrived - which offers users the ability to learn about in-stock wines and liquors, figure out which foods they go best with, plan how many bottles to purchase for a any size party and will even print out thousands of creative cocktail recipes - was an instant hit.
- Getting the Word Out - Travel Montana and the six tourism regions and 11 Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVBs) use a variety of methods to promote vacations in Montana.
One way of getting folks to learn about Montana’s attractions and events is by conducting what are called “FAM” tours.
- Novel Kalispell, Montana based startup, Great Northern Solar banks on 'smart grid'
Great Northern Solar will need solar engineers, people with experience in manufacturing, business-minded accountants, marketing specialists, public officials to act as a liaison, Web developers, legal eagles, administrators, researchers who know something about timing and building site development and the like.
Regional Economic Development
- Livingston, Montana picked for feature film location
“My number one intent is to bring business to Livingston.”
- Gov Schweitzer: Butte, Montana could be first zero-carbon city on the planet
"And all those beautiful old buildings that are either unoccupied or under occupied, we would like to attract companies from all over the world maybe they bring 150, maybe they bring 300 employees so that they can decrease their carbon footprint," Schweitzer said.
- The Montana Legacy Project Groups prepare to receive transfer of timberland
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build on 30 years of conservation,” said Nature Conservancy Northern Rockies Initiative director Jamie Williams. “We've made a bet for Montana's future, and we hope to see it through.”
- Butte, Montana's IBM supercomputer ready for business - Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center
It has been described as a tool to help grow high tech, high paying jobs across Montana, something IBM representative Earl Dodd, who is contracted to help RMSC operate in Butte, said will be a product of a business model that is the first of its kind.
- States Recruit Worried Californians
Several Western states are launching aggressive efforts to poach jobs, talent and industry from California, sensing an opportunity to capitalize on the Golden State's current political and financial woes.
- Richard Florida - How the Crash Will Reshape America
“When a place gets boring, even the rich people leave.”
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Women advised to pursue tech careers
"At the end of the day, computer science is critical thinking," Tetro told the group. "You don't have to be a developer and be nerdy to be successful in technology. If you're excited about technology, or even have a glimmer of interest in that, embrace it."
- Nursing shortage: 1 in 5 quits within first year, study says
Newly minted nurse Katie O'Bryan was determined to stay at her first job at least a year, even if she did leave the hospital every day wanting to quit. She lasted nine months.
Funding and Building your Business
- Successful Montana Technology Entrepreneur, Keith Brown, CEO of Merlin Information Services Tapped for Chairmanship of Frontier Angel Fund, LLC
“I look forward to working with the members of the fund during these interesting economic times. Down economic cycles can be great times to launch a new venture. We continue to be positive and excited about working with Montana’s entrepreneurs."
Incubators and R&D
- Adobe, Nokia team up to offer $10 Million in grants to software developers
The two companies are announcing the creation of a $10 million fund, which will dole out grants to help independent developers build applications that use their technology and work on multiple devices.
- New tech start-ups can rise from the economy's ashes
"If we want to see a return of American prosperity, we have no other choice than to invest in creating the future, not merely preserving the past," says Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
- Why Can't We Figure Out How to Select Leaders?
Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers) has come forth with the proposition that there may be some jobs for which it is impossible to hire with any confidence.
Montana Education Excellence
- In its fourth year, Wyoming's $8.8 million cloud-seeding experiment is drawing big-time attention
The Wyoming project isn't the biggest cloud-seeding operation in the world. But, scientifically, it just may be the most important.
- Montana ‘facts' just aren't so - 11th annual Community Lecture Series “Hidden Montana: Dispelling Myths" Starts Next Week at the University of Montana
Myth: Jeannette Rankin - the first woman elected to Congress - voted against World War I because of her pacifism.
Utah Economic Development
- Intermountain Community offers communities 'stimulus plan'
Intermountain Community Bancorp, based in Sandpoint, has plans to depart from the corporate culture by initiating funding, leadership and coordination for economic development programs within its banking communities. These activities will all fall under a bankwide initiative called “Powered By Community.”
- Getting innovation from the mind the market - A Boise firm, I-Cubed, short for Invest Idaho Innovations LLC, will help creative people secure the capital they need to commercialize new ideas
The company expects foreign investment under a federal immigration program that grants foreigners visas in exchange for investing at least $500,000 in U.S. businesses. The program offers foreigners permanent U.S. residency, or a green card, in exchange for helping create U.S. jobs.
Washington State Business
- Utah Incentive Program Keeps Utah Competitive in Business Recruitment, Retention Efforts
"Once a company makes its short list, incentive programs come into play," says Derek Miller, managing director of recruitment and incentives for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). "Utah is almost never the highest bidder, but if we are on the short list we almost always win and get the company here."
- Got brawn? Wear a kilt - Utilikilts Co. of Seattle
"Chicks dig guys in skirts."
- Technology from Remote Medical delivers emergency medical care around the globe
Although it's providing extreme services in exotic places, Remote Medical might also be offering glimpses of new ways that medical services could be streamlined, coordinated and delivered in the future, especially now that the government has committed billions to accelerate the use of electronic health records.
- Wyoming wage gap for women is among worst
Even with bachelor’s degrees, Wyoming women make less money on average than men who have just high-school diplomas.
Montana Meth Project
- How Harvard Gets its Best and Brightest
Sure, students work hard to get into this elite college. But so does the admissions committee, assures Dean Bill Fitzsimmons
- Should schools teach kids about personal finance?
Indiana and Kansas are considering laws requiring personal finance to be taught from kindergarten through high school.
- Boosting Schools' Value Without Spending a Dime
Some teachers I trust helped me come up with these seven ideas.
- Montana Meth Project should get funding - Montana teens rally for cause
Nearly 2,300 Montana teens and Meth Project supporters marched to the Capitol on Monday, demonstrating the overwhelming support by the very group that has been targeted by this campaign to increase state Meth Project funding from its current $500,000 per year to $1 million per year.
Connectivity & Communications
- Affordable Housing: Five Myths
Betting on 'market correction'? Home prices would have to plunge 55 per cent to fit average family income.
- Do We Need a New Internet?
As a new and more secure network becomes widely adopted, the current Internet might end up as the bad neighborhood of cyberspace.
- The Rise Of The $5 Landline Phone
The $5 phone may not be as profitable as old landline products, but it is better than nothing.
- Seven Words That Will Make Your Web Site Worth Viewing
What are the seven most important words associated with Web-marketing? I'll give you a hint: Search, engine, and optimization don't make the cut.
- Facebook's change of terms raises eyebrows
The issue of who controls the data posted to the site is a massive gray area that continues to evolve.
- Broadband Missing for Many Rural Dial-Up Users
Rural residents are more likely to say they don't want an Internet connection. But they are also far less likely to have access to broadband.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Iceland strides toward a hydrogen economy
Global economic crises underscores urgency of the goal, even as it delays progress.
- The ‘holy grail’ of biofuels now in sight
Long-promised cellulosic ethanol is in modest production, but hurdles remain.
- Carbon Burial Research Grows as Huge Experiment Begins
The start of drilling marks the launch a geological sequestration project that will deposit a million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the ground by 2012.
- Dow Chemical to produce thermoplastic solar roof shingles.
"One day, a person would no more think about buying a house without solar shingles than they would buy a house without plumbing."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Economic Development is Growing Task for Government CIOs
Some experts believe there's a leadership vacuum waiting to be filled by confident and ambitious public-sector CIOs.
- Downturn Forces Communities to Put Festivals on Hold
Across the country, festivals that give communities a sense of pride -- and bring crowds to towns that rarely attract visitors otherwise -- are getting crunched by the economic crisis.
- Crown Of The Continent Symposium, 2/20-21 Kalispell
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will feature a series of speakers who will discuss the dynamic ecological attributes of the region straddling the Continental Divide between Montana's Rogers Pass and Canada's Crowsnest Pass.
- I-15 declared a natural-gas corridor
"We're going to see if we can do a better job at making the infrastructure available for people traveling all along I-15," the governor said, "and guarantee it's going to stimulate a whole lot more interest in this fuel called natural gas."
- Nigerian web scam bilked Utah out of $2.5M - Experts: 'Their IT people should have known better.'
Thieves apparently used a Nigerian-based scam to steal $2.5 million from the Utah treasury, covering their tracks by using intermediaries and a church address.
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