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When the economy finally heats up again, so will the world. “This data illustrates that humanity better find a way to decouple economic growth from carbon emission growth – and fast,” said Steve Running, Regents Professor of Ecology and director of UM’s Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group. “For those who worry about slowing the economy down now, climate instability will slow the economy down more, and in ways we can’t control.” http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"North Carolina Launches Innovation Blog - Does Your State Have One?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Montana Public Asked to Comment on Energy Efficiency, Conservation" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
- Department of Energy Announces More Than $104 Million for National Laboratory Facilities
Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, ID) will receive $5 million to establish a High Energy Battery Test Facility. The High Energy Battery Test Facility will possess capabilities that will enable development of low cost batteries that meet real world performance requirements.
- Top 5 Ways to Make a Difference This Holiday Season
“With the recession, many people need help, and it’s definitely the year to focus on giving rather than receiving,” says Andrew Field, PrintingForLess.com Founder and CEO. “With this in mind, our team put together our ‘top 5’ list to show that it’s possible to make a big difference in someone’s life without spending a lot of time, money or effort.”
Come Home Montana
- Modwest 2009 Thanksgiving Food Drive
Last year, we ran a week-long food drive, and collected over 100 lbs of food for the Missoula Food Bank, an organization that distributes 250 tons of food every year to local families in need. We're going to try and beat that record this year.
Come Home North Dakota
- Montana’s future depends on raising fit kids
Children in Montana are more likely than their fellow American kids to engage in physical activity daily, spend less time watching television or playing video games and are less likely to have a television in their rooms.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program Manager - Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO)
The ideal candidate will have a background in sustainable agriculture and/or food systems and should be capable of building strong relationships with a diverse membership, community leaders, interested citizens, researchers, educators, and funders.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Communications, Networking and Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Associate, Engineer or Scientist - Montana State University
The Systems Engineering, Development and Integration (SEDI) Program at WTI researches and applies best practices to evaluate and develop software, hardware and communication systems for transportation.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Ex-Microsoft executive, Doug Burgum, gets North Dakots's highest honor
Burgum also created the Arthur Ventures Growth Fund, a regional venture capital fund that invests in businesses, and the Doug Burgum Family Fund, a charity focused on youth and education.
- In war-ravaged Afghanistan, Greg Mortensen, the author of the best-selling book 'Three Cups of Tea' is... Fighting Terrorism With Schools
In 2004, CAI opened its first school in Afghanistan; this year, our 39th. Including tent schools in refugee camps, we already educate 39,000 Afghan children, mostly girls. Taking our mission into a war zone has proved enormously challenging and dangerous. Yet my commitment to educating girls has only grown stronger. Indeed, we hope soon to complete a 200-mile line of girls’ schools directly through the heart of Taliban country.
- Montana State University joins national consortium for biomedical scientists
More than four dozen jobs are expected to be created across the consortium, Young said. Team members will start by collecting information about all the biomedical resources available at each of the nine participating institutions. Then they'll catalog that information and build databases, a search portal and necessary links.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Announces 2009 Annual Report Deadline for Domestic Corporations and Domestic Limited Liability Companies
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch reminds Domestic Corporations and Domestic Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) that Montana law requires them to file the Annual Report on time to avoid having their business involuntarily dissolved.
- Montana Taxpayers Association 88th Annual Meeting – Montana’s Leading Tax Forum to cover the hot topics facing Montana today.
“Our annual meeting has become the leading forum in Montana to learn about current issues important to all Montana taxpayers;” said Mary Whittinghill, President of the Montana Taxpayers Association. The meeting format provides an excellent opportunity for our members to interact and share ideas on these top issues. The annual meeting is open to all interested persons.
- Missoula, Montana Based, Jim Palmer Trucking being sold to Chicago businessmen
The company’s new owners are Milan Kangrga, 53, and Blazo Gjorev, 31 – who are American residents originally from Croatia. The men currently operate a small flatbed truck service out of the Chicago area and are partners in other businesses, but did not elaborate on the nature of those businesses.
- Montana Sentator Jon Tester hears economic concerns of Flathead business community
Jane Karas – who as president of Flathead Valley Community College played host to Monday’s roundtable – stressed that no matter the industry, a well-trained workforce will be key to future job creation in the region. Her school has seen a 40 percent enrollment jump this fall, in large part due to the area’s high unemployment, and she’s been adding programs to meet the demand of both employers and job seekers.
- Gallatin Valley groups propose “one-stop” workforce training center
“We see these little agencies that have specialized training scattered throughout the county that repeats itself,” Burkenpas said. “Our mission is to gather all of those entities under one umbrella, a one-stop campus that will be easily accessible. We feel that there’s a great opportunity now in the marketplace to consolidate.”
- Rocky Boy online company seen as economic development tool
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has started a new business in an effort to stimulate economic development.
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating a Résumé That Sells
The Wall Street Journal introduces Résumé Doctor, a new feature in which recruiting experts and hiring managers critique readers' résumés and suggest ways to improve them.
Incubators and R&D
- A chat with Bob Goedjen, adviser to Silicon Valley startups
We might as well get the python story over with right off the bat.
- Valley startups rising up from the graveyard
"I don't think we're completely out of the woods," Kellogg said. "But there is certainly more optimism."
- Silicon Valley's new sport: extreme bootstrapping
Now, with investment dollars scarce but job-seekers plentiful, Internet entrepreneurs are taking the lean, Spartan ethos to new extremes.
- The Perfect Interview Test
Watch how they cross the street.
- The Secret to Finding Venture Capital: Not "How" but "Where"
If an entrepreneur believes that getting venture capital is incumbent to his startup's success and location is important to venture firms, it's probably worth spending some time thinking about where your startup will call home.
- How To Price Software Without Just Rolling The Dice
As it turns out, people do buy drills (not holes).
Montana Education Excellence
- SIRTI Spotlight Fall 2009
I encourage you to read this newsletter from front to back. You’ll be delighted to learn about a number of Sirti clients’ novel innovations and the success they are earning on multiple fronts. They definitely deserve the spotlight for their contributions to our region’s economic recovery.
- University of Montana employees face pay freeze; President Dennison may still receive a $75,000 raise
UM administrators also will see no increase in their salaries, said executive vice president Jim Foley, with one possible exception – President George Dennison.
- Montana gets $1.8 million grant for grads from the Lumina Foundation
The grant focuses on the state’s two-year colleges as well as getting students still in high school pointed toward college.
- Washington State University Regents Approve Creation of University College to Improve Retention and Help the Outcomes of Its Students
The University College will include New Student Programs, the Center for Advising and Career Development, Learning Communities, Undergraduate Research, General Education and the Writing Program.
- White House Begins Campaign to Promote Science and Math Education
“It depends on the dedication of students and parents, and the commitment of private citizens, organizations and companies. It depends on all of us.” President Obama
Energy and Climate Change
- North Carolina Launches Innovation Blog - Does Your State Have One?
But where could government start? We have some ideas, and they come from the business world.
- Montana Public Asked to Comment on Energy Efficiency, Conservation
Committee members want to hear about specific changes in state law that the public believes are needed in these areas, as well as any other recommendations regarding them.
- Demonstrating a CO2 Recycler. The "Sunshine to Petrol" system
Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.
- GoodGuide iPhone App Scans Bar Codes for Environmental and Health Ratings
A Web site that lets consumers get detailed environmental, health, and social info on more than 50,000 products and companies.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Montana Government IT Conference 2009 (Open To All), 12/1-4, Helena, Montana
The annual Montana Government IT Conference is an opportunity for state and industry professionals to share new technologies and applications, best practices, and plans for Montana’s IT landscape. Please join us at this year’s conference, December 2-4, 2009 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn, Helena. The cost for the conference is still only $50.00 per attendee!
- Special Preview Screening Of "The Wildest Dream" - A Benefit For The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation,12/20, Bozeman
The Alex Lowe Foundation and National Geographic Entertainment Proudly present "The Wildest Dream", An Altitude Film Featuring Conrad Anker Following in the Footsteps of Legendary Everest Climber George Mallory
- ‘Old Man’ walks to raise money for the Whitefish, Montana Performing Arts Center
“We’ve been raising money [for the auditorium] for five years. We’re very tired,” Carol Atkinson said. “We want to finish this by the end of the year. I’m feeling pretty good about it.”
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