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"I go from stool to stool in singles bars hoping to get lucky, but there's never any gum under any of them." -- Emo Philips
Governor Brian Schweitzer Invites You to Attend the 2009 5th Annual Montana Ambassadors’ Business Open, 8/20, Anaconda, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Matters - What you can do to help guide the future of Montana
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- "Montana Matters" - Inaugural Benefit Concert With Shane Clouse, 9/18, Missoula
The Montana Matters campaign aims to preserve Montana’s rich and storied past, its vibrant history as the embodiment of the Wild West, while at the same time ensuring the state’s abundant wildlife and magnificent forests, fields, lakes and streams are preserved for generations to come.
- Montana Economic Developers Association Fall Conference, 9/14-15, Libby, Montana
ENERGY ALTERNATIVES: A WESTERN MONTANA PERSPECTIVE
Come Home Montana
- Governor Brian Schweitzer Invites You to Attend the 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.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Prospera Business Network
The overall duty and responsibility of the Executive Director is to lead the economic development organization.
- Governor Schweitzer Announces New Book that Tells Stories behind Names of Montana Places
Montana Place Names, a new book just released by the Montana Historical Society Press, is designed to be carried along on road trips, dog eared, marked up, and flipped through over and over again any time you get curious about Montana’s places.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Boomers Migrating to Rural America - "The 3rd Coast"
Baby Boomers are coming. Over the next decade, many will leave the cities for smaller towns, a migration that will change the nature and economy of many rural counties.
- Montana preteens learn business essentials - Hands-on program focuses on earning, spending, saving
"Financial education is not something that's a requirement in the schools across Montana, so it's really being missed."
Montana Economic Development
- Johns Manville buys Montana spray-foam insulation company, Corbond Corp.
Corbond’s employees will continue to work at its Belgrade, Mont., manufacturing facility, and Johns Manville said it plans to build a product demonstration and training facility there.
- Stevensville firm, Poly Warehouse, Inc. eyes 400-job expansion into old Bonner mill site
"I'm very confident," Sheldon said after the meeting. He estimated the new manufacturing plant would directly employ 380 people and create about 100 new, "indirect" jobs.
- Semitool Taps Into New Energy Market - Partners with Zinc Air to develop flow batteries
The two companies saw an opportunity in their combined expertise and teamed up to develop flow batteries intended to provide back-up power for renewable energy operations such as solar and wind.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Department of Commerce Director to Present Over $5.7 Million in Loans to Montana Wood Products Industry
Montana Department of Commerce Director Anthony Preite will present a total of more than $5.7 million dollars in Montana Distressed Wood Products Industry Recovery & Stabilization (WPIRS) loan funds to Montana wood products companies during a two day tour, on Thursday, August 13, and Friday, August 14, 2009.
- Funding organization reps visit Glendive, Montana
Gary Cunningham from the Northwest Area Foundation, Curtis Holloman from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dana Miller from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and Bill Vesneski from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, accompanied by Montana representatives Kelly Bruggeman from the First Interstate Foundation and Lynda Bourque Moss from the Foundation for Community Vitality, spent the day in Glendive, visiting with community leaders and local foundation representatives.
- Business Education Opportunities in the Flathead
Montana West Economic Development is partners with many great organizations around the valley and is happy to share the following information about business learning opportunities in the Flathead.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Tapping Youth and Older Workers to Maintain a Competitive Workforce
The growing need for a skilled workforce in the U.S. has prompted policymakers, educators and industry leaders alike to explore a wide range of options for ensuring a pipeline of qualified workers with specialized skills to fill both new economy jobs and those that will be vacated by the aging population.
- Montana summit aims to help economic growth on reservations - "Making It Work in Indian Country"
The summit, "Making It Work in Indian Country," aims to connect tribal leaders and employees with each other and government officials so they can share successes and failures, support and opportunities, to build reservation economies.
- The Workforce And Economic Development Conference, 10/27-29, Spokane, WA
The Workforce and Economic Development Conference is in Spokane at the historic Davenport Hotel, October 27 - October 29, 2009 and is hosted by the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and Department of Commerce.
Funding and Building your Business
- Angel Capital Education Foundation - Starting Angel Organizations, 08/24, Bozeman
Investors, entrepreneurial support personnel and universitey tech transfer professsionals will learn from the best from around the country about building an early stage capital infrastructure to support high value business creation
- You Aren't Crazy, You're Just an Entrepreneur
Mantra: I don’t know what the hell is going on, and that’s okay.
- Hard Work Is Essential for Startups. But How Much is Too Much? (Part 1)
When we talk about the intensity of startups, we need to distinguish between what people may do for a few months, compared to what they do for the longer haul.
- USTAR Announces Technology Commercialization Grants for Regional Higher Ed Innovators
In an effort to bring innovative new technologies to market from Utah's public colleges and universities, USTAR has launched the Technology Commercialization Grant (TCG) program.
- Qwest looks to hire 80 for Boise call center - 100 for its Idaho Falls call center
Starting pay for new positions is $10.50 per hour, increasing to $11.50 after training.
Utah Economic Development
- More venture capital pours into Utah companies - Cash infusion is nearly three times that of a year ago
The new figure represents the most venture capital since the first quarter of 2005, and 2009's second quarter is the third-best quarter since 2001, says the report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. It's based on data from Thomson Financial.
- Utah Offers Leading Life Science Company Incentives to Expand Operations in the State
"Life sciences is a key targeted industry for the state," said Derek Miller, acting executive director of GOED. "If Edwards Lifesciences expands in Draper, Utah, it will be a jewel in our state's long history of cardiac innovation."
- A wind power Pathfinder? New owner of historic Wyoming ranch develops expansive wind strategy. Wyoming wasn't ready for wind energy boom
"I wanted to bring the approach of master planning to renewable wind energy," Meyer said. "We don't have a wind project, we have a wind business."
Connectivity & Communications
- Setting Up Success in Developmental Education: How State Policy Can Help Community Colleges Improve Student Outcomes
ACHIEVING THE DREAM: COMMUNITY COLLEGES COUNT is a national initiative to help more community college students succeed (earn degrees, earn certificates, or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies).
Energy and Climate Change
- Wireless shows promise for stimulus money
Because they don't involve trenching and running cable, wireless networks can be less inexpensive and often deliver a faster payback in sparsely populated areas than terrestrial networks.
- States weigh in as feds prepare to spend billions on broadband for remote areas
Every state is supposed to get a share, and every governor will get a chance to weigh in on how the funds are spent. In this wash of new money, state officials are scurrying to identify the states’ greatest needs, coaching providers applying for stimulus money and developing overarching plans for how to roll out expanded service.
- How Twitter's Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems)
Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, said this week that he hopes the service will someday be just like electricity, something everyone uses but few feel the need to talk about.
- Broadband Applications Crash Federal Systems
Applications were due by 5 PM eastern on Friday August 14, 2009, but the system converting applications into PDF-formatted documents has slowed to the point of being unusable.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Turning Algae Into Oil, with Help from Fish
A California company, LiveFuels, is trying out a new, less energy-intensive approach: It is feeding the algae to small fish — and letting them do the job of harvesting.
- Netscape Founder Backs New Browser
Mr. Andreessen is backing a start-up called RockMelt, staffed with some of his close associates, that is building a new Internet browser, according to people with knowledge of his investment.
- Six Montana nonprofits snag development grants
Six Montana nonprofit groups will divvy up $25,000 in grants to hire consultants to help improve their organizations in what’s billed as breaking new philanthropic ground here.
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