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"We can drop bombs, hand out condoms, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won't change” Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) http://matr.net/news.p ... itute
This is a great event for out-of-state CEO's and entrepreneurs who'd like to learn more about the opportunities available in Montana. Who can you invite to participate? "2009 5th Annual Montana Ambassadors’ Business Open, 8/20, Anaconda, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
- Modeling, Experimentation and Validation School draws nuclear experts, researchers and students to Idaho National Laboratory
More than 50 students and researchers from national and international settings are registered for the 10-day session that will bring together many experts in the field of thermal hydraulics, reactor physics and safety analysis.
Come Home Montana
- 2009 5th Annual Montana Ambassadors’ Business Open, 8/20, Anaconda, Montana
Included is an invitation to you, as a tournament participant, to join Governor Schweitzer and the First Lady for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at their home on Georgetown Lake, where tournament prizes will be presented.
Come Home North Dakota
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Infrastructure Services - Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana
The Director of Infrastructure Services is responsible for supervision of the organization’s activities related to community development planning, including public facilities project development, grant writing, project management and reporting to state and federal funding agencies.
- How mining nearly killed 'the richest hill on earth' - Butte, Montana
"Without minerals, we could not till our soil, build our machines, supply our energy, transport our goods or maintain any society beyond the most primitive. Our horn of plenty starts with a hole in the ground. "We are in trouble if we forget that!"
- Montana Career Opportunity - Part-Time Accountant - Beartooth Capital
Beartooth Capital http://www.beartoothcap.com is seeking a part-time accountant who will be responsible for maintaining the firm’s operating books, partnership accounting, and financial reporting as well as providing tax and audit support.
- Career paths lead back home to Montana
"Being in a community where people care about each other goes a long way in the quality of life picture," said McCartney, who now works for Front Range Supply. "The landscape here, I think is some of the best on the planet. It's just a great place to live and work."
- Boost in VISTAs benefits Montana
We salute the VISTAs serving throughout Montana and around the country. In difficult times, volunteerism is more important than ever. VISTAs are working beautifully in cooperation with local organizations that have already identified community needs. The VISTAs' contributions are multiplied because they become the hard-to-find, full-time volunteers that help public and private agencies recruit more part-time volunteers.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- A not-so-friendly small town - Long 'in turmoil,' folks in Zeeland, North Dakota have even stopped waving hello
"People there just don't get along."
- Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman open girls’ school in Afghanistan
“There has been a significant shift and huge learning curve in the U.S. military the last two to three years. The military is deploying more of what I call 'brain-power,' or trainers, instead of firepower, infantry or artillery, and puts a big effort into to helping the people get back on their feet.
Montana Economic Development
- Economists To Present State, National, and Local Economic Outlooks At Many Communities Around Montana
“Over the past year, Montana has started to see some real effects from the national recession,” said Montana Chamber President/CEO, Webb Brown. “Montanans, especially the business community, are interested to know if we have seen the worst in job losses and business down-sizing or if more bad economic news is on the way.”
- Rocky Mountain Laboratories July 2009 Newsletter
On May 5 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved the 20-year Master Plan for RML.
- Yellowstone Club is sold for $115 million
The club, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, has been at the center of lawsuits and complicated financial dealings for more than a year.
- Wendt, regional ad agency, celebrates 80th anniversary in Montana
By 2000 it was among the top 5 percent of ad agencies nationwide in revenue, Peterson said. It's the oldest and largest full-service advertising and public relations agency in Montana.
- Neville Log Homes near Victor, Montana seeks stimulus funds to retain or hire about 50 workers over the next two years.
“We think demand is coming back,” she said. “We have a lot more interest. A lot more prospective clients are coming in and looking. They appear to be real serious.”
- Vision for downtown Missoula, Montana - Master plan a guide, not map, for development
The plan offers a broad vision, an overarching guide and road map that helps government officials, property owners, business owners and the public understand the general direction Missoula is heading. “The plan isn't something that is going to dictate what buildings go where,” McCarthy said. “It's a fluid document. It's a document that helps us look to the future.”
- Commission backs development plan to make Bozeman, “the most business-friendly city in Montana.”
The plan calls for diversifying the local economy and seeking higher paying jobs, maintaining Bozeman’s quality of life and education, improving affordable housing for employees and supporting existing local businesses.
Funding and Building your Business
- Tips for Taking Assessment Tests
Following are some recommendations from experienced executive recruiters who have helped thousands of professionals "ace" assessment tests:
Montana Education Excellence
- Entrepreneurs Strive to Turn Buzz Into Loyalty
Companies With Cult Status Push Array of Giveaways and Contests to Build Long-Term Business From First Rush of Success
- Websites give buyers chance to invest in a company before IPO
If you're dying to invest in a popular private company such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, you might not need to grow old waiting for an IPO.
- 5th Annual University Of Montana Night With The Missoula Osprey, 7/23, Missoula, Montana
Attention Missoula area alumni and friends! The University of Montana Alumni Association and UM Foundation invite you to join us on the Blackfoot Party Deck for a night with the Osprey!
- Eligible vets can go to college in Montana for free
Eight universities and colleges across Montana have entered into Yellow Ribbon Program agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program to attend college for free.
- Montana State University College of Business Seniors Score Above the 90th Percentile in MFT
The spring 2009 cohort (141 students) scored in the 96th percentile overall.
- Livermore and Sandia labs retool for commercial business and tech transfer success
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories are opening their doors to the private sector and pursuing better ways to commercialize their discoveries.
- Premier Technology breaks ground in Mackay, Idaho
Premier Technology broke ground July 16 on a $1 million plant in Mackay that is expected to employ at least 25 locals in the town of less than 600.
- Idaho wine industry works to create research center
A recent Boise State University study found wine producers in Idaho, located predominantly in the southwest corner, contribute $73 million in economic value to the state.
- Public, Private Partners Create Idaho's First Smart Business Ecosystem
“With this particular group’s diverse yet targeted expertise, the SBE plans to introduce to the community new models promoting workforce flexibility, enhanced productivity, collaboration, and a sharp focus on sustainability at all levels of enterprise – from design to operations to environment to output,” said Mark Gilbreath of VengaWorks. “One direct result will be higher levels of efficiency –efficiencies that result in operational savings for businesses and a smaller environmental footprint that positively affects us all.”
Connectivity & Communications
- Western Governors University - What many need to reinvent themselves
"The Best Relatively Cheap University You've Never Heard Of" Time Magazine
- Washington View: Union grip on public schools threatens future of education
How will America survive in this competitive world if our public education system is tied in knots by union rules?
Energy and Climate Change
- Qwest doubles top broadband speed in some cities
Qwest aims to add more areas in the next few months. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2009/07/20/financial/f065441D09.DTL#ixzz0LqO6jZG3
- Utility companies find that keeping up with the Joneses may be a cliché but it can motivate people to conserve. - Positive Energy
Positive Energy will be serving over a million utility customers by the end of 2009. The hope is that what has been learned in the energy arena can be applied elsewhere, like water conservation for starters.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Serial entrepreneur Jim Clark's new thing is saving the oceans - Oceanic Preservation Society
The man whose genius for computer-generated imagery led to dazzling illusions for films like "Jurassic Park" is chronicling the destruction of the natural world by greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
- Speech-recognition technology is rapidly improving
If speech recognition advocates are to be believed, the science fiction world of widespread and well-functioning voice-controlled devices and appliances is finally just around the corner.
- Tech confab with a conscience (TED) goes global
TED, the granddaddy of all tech summits, is on a path to becoming a global brand.
- U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving
“No public health and safety agency should allow its research to be suppressed for political reasons,” Clarence Ditlow said.
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