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If you want a legacy, do you want more wealth, to speculate in derivatives, or to invest in education and the future leaders of our civilization?
Education is truly the key to Montana's future and this program shows our strong commitment to our fallen and future leaders. "Video - Montana's Grateful Nation Program Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (Video)" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana World Trade Center
- National and local experts come together in Montana to discuss international business opportunities for Montana companies and services providers
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from local, regional and national experts at half the cost of national and web based trade education programs.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Boomtown Institute - Can Our Country Afford to Lose These People?
Immigrants have historically provided one of American’s greatest competitive advantages.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- April MEDA Online News
P.S. You did mark your calendar for June 11th and 12th, right?
- The Burton K. Wheeler Center Presents "Montana And Canada: Reaching Across The 49th Parallel", 5/13-14, Great Falls, Montana
The Wheeler Center, in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Denver, will focus on four areas of mutual interest: the border, energy, trade and the environment.
- The Top Ten Challenges of the New Leader
1. People do not naturally want to be led by you.
Montana Economic Development
- Bitterroot Resort: Since fall, 3 liens placed on land
“We’re still waiting,” Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter said. “We haven’t heard from them” since December when resort officials said they intended to submit the information soon.
- NaturEner returns to finish one wind project, start a bigger one in Montana
NaturEner officials will be presenting plans for the completion of the second phase of the Glacier Wind Project.
- ikuw Solutions approved to be an Eligible Training Provider by Montana Department of Labor & Industry under the Workforce Investment Act
ikuw Solutions has been approved to provide job training services to adults, youth and dislocated workers who fall under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Regional Economic Development
- Officials work to bring energy complex to MonDak region
The energy complex would include an oil refinery, an ethanol plant, bio-diesel plant, wind farm and a coal to liquids conversion facility.
- Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation Newsletter - 4/1/2009
City of Missoula’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund – Accepting Applications
- The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce leads 100 Flathead residents on trade mission to China
"We're the first Chamber to do this in Montana," Kalispell Chamber President Joe Unterreiner said.
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards $200,000 to the City of Hamilton
“This project touches several important areas of economic development,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “These CDBG-ED funds are playing a role in the development of new infrastructure, a new business incubation center, and eight new jobs in Hamilton.”
Business Plan Forums
- High Road or Low Road? Job Quality in the New Green Economy
One of the greatest risks is that, in our haste to create a large quantity of new green jobs, we pay too little attention to their quality.
- $50,000 contest on for new clean technology businesses in the Northwest - Clean Tech Open
Northwest clean technology entrepreneurs with a good idea but strapped for cash are invited to enter the Clean Tech Open, where the right business plan could win tools, training and $50,000 in cash.
Funding and Building your Business
- President & CEO - National Business Incubation Association - Athens, Ohio
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is looking for a new president and CEO to lead the association into its 25th year and beyond.
Montana Education Excellence
- Effective Federal Income Tax Rate Faced By Small Businesses Varies By Legal Form Of Organization
Sole Proprietorships Face Lowest Rates, S Corporations Highest
- Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry
Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.
- Goomzee Reveals 7 Commandments of UX
A common ingredient for failure in serving the needs of consumers is a lack of attentiveness towards the end-user experience (UX).
- Montana State University professor, Durward Sobek wins Shingo prize for problem-solving and manufacturing research
The Shingo prizes are named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo, a world-renowned expert on improving manufacturing processes. The prizes were established in 1988 to promote awareness of lean manufacturing and to recognize manufacturing excellence around the world.
- Video - Montana's Grateful Nation Program Featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (Video)
UM President George Dennison said, "Grateful Nation offers an important service for the children of Americans who have made the greatest sacrifice for their country. We view it as a privilege for the University to participate in this effort. I can think of nothing more appropriate than a guarantee of education for the children of fallen heroes."
- Flathead Valley Community College Continues Push to Become ‘College of Choice’ - adds honors program, receives grant for occupational trades
The goal of the Scholars Program is to provide a more rigorous academic selection for high-achieving, motivated students. The college is accepting applications for the program now, and will admit its first class of 20 students this fall, though Ivan Lorentzen, the program’s director, said that number might grow in the future.
- Classes combining disabled, typically developing kids enrich all
This area of education has opened my eyes to the importance of early intervention and the benefits of implementing the most recent research-based interventions for young children with developmental disabilities.
- $200,000 gift aims to keep Great Falls, Montana high school students close to home with scholarships to The University of Great Falls
"This affirms that we are Great Falls' university," McAllister said. "It's wonderful that we and the community are swimming against the tides."
University Business Plan Competitions
- Qwest poised for total sale?
Analysts see that as a possibility if it sells off its fiber-optic network.
- HydroSense, With Plan to Conserve Water, Wins University of Washington Environmental Business Competition
University of Washington president Mark Emmert told a group of local business leaders last fall that two issues, above all others, can rally the intellectual energy of the institution’s students and faculty—environmental sustainability and global health.
- Early Data from MIT Study Hints at Link Between Interdisciplinary Research and Tech Transfer
They found that the average science and engineering project at MIT in terms of number of collaborators is more than 30 percent larger than similar projects at other US universities.
Oregon Economic Development
- Jobless? Go to work for yourself It's risky, but some Idahoans find starting their own business beats a futile search for work
"Recent events have made clear that the economic interests of the large corporations aren't in line with their own in terms of job security and financial well-being."
- Starting Up: If you're an entrepreneur, then read this
This is a collaborative process and we're asking you, the local technology entrepreneurial community, to help with your feedback. We'd like to know where we can best place our resources.
- Portland area growth report estimates need for up to 300,000 more homes by 2030
The report provides the foundation for upcoming growth decisions, including whether to expand the current urban growth boundary. Metro, the regional government, will make that decision in 2011.
- Teacher gets creative with technology grant from Qwest - High-tech pens will read to disabled students, allowing them to use regular textbooks.
The devices, known as Readingpens, are manufactured by WizCom Technologies in Westford Mass. Heaney says they should help disabled students with reading impairments understand science and social study textbooks.
- Original Academic Research on Boomers & Lifelong Learning Released
The First Academic Study to “Connect the Dots” Between Boomers, Higher Education, and the Willingness to Pursue a College Degree, Training or Certification Program that Integrates Experiential Learning, Service Learning, and Social Responsibility Disciplines
- Wyoming virtual school to open
The Wyoming Virtual Academy will be open to students statewide. The school will serve in part as an alternative school for high schoolers who have difficulty in a traditional school environment.
- The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research Get $1.3.M From NSF to help secondary school teachers and students understand how IT is used in biomedical research.
“This grant will help make sure that our students are educated and qualified to meet the demands for the economy of the 21st century,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement.
- Warming to bring more flooding and fire, less rain to California
"Extreme events from heat waves, floods, droughts, wildfires and bad air quality are likely to become more frequent in the future and pose serious challenges to Californians," said the report, a synthesis of 37 scientific papers.
Connectivity & Communications
- Nurturing youth can be as simple as mentoring one child - "Our Kids: Our Business"
The project began in 2007 to help unite social service agencies, nonprofits, businesses and the media in the same cause: the protection of children.
Energy and Climate Change
- Can Wi-Fi Be a Moneymaker for Government?
Augusta, Ga., recently implemented a municipal Wi-Fi strategy that may finally prove financially workable for both governments and partnering vendors.
- Google Voice routes calls from multiple lines, transcribes voice mail, and gives you one phone number for life.
Call it the "one number to rule them all" service. Google Voice
- Hope for FutureGen and Clean Coal
A carbon-neutral coal power project may rise from the ashes.
- Google maps show sensitive areas of West - Path to Green Energy
The groups said in a teleconference that the project is meant to simplify development and transmission of renewable energy sources by preventing environmental conflicts.
- Clean-Energy Industry in the Doldrums
Investment in renewable energy has hit a lull as private-sector money is drying up, but the bulk of government funding has yet to arrive.
- Cloud Computing Apps for Government Offered by Microsoft
Among the offerings are public-records tracking, case management, and licensing and permitting applications.
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