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"Indiana University understands the need for commercially-focused research and technology development and the important role the university plays in serving as a catalyst for economic growth for Indiana. In fact, creation of the Innovate Indiana Fund directly addresses the Indiana Commission on Higher Education's recent request for the state's research universities to find new ways to contribute to the economic enrichment of Indiana. This fund gives us yet another tool to help us in our role as an economic driver in the state." Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"University of Montana Hires New Technology Transfer Director. Dr. Joe Fanguy" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "University of Montana Research Could Provide Effective Treatment for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury - Sinapis Pharma" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- " University of Montana grad, Mario Schulzke, launches IdeaMensch.com - Profiles and Interviews People with Good Ideas from Across the Internet" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
- Is a Respectable ROI an Achievable Metric for Angels?
It’s a GREAT time to be an angel. Find a group and jump in!
- New wind turbine expands partnership with Idaho schools - Idaho National Laboratory's Center for Advanced Energy Studies
Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of new electricity generation in the Unites States, and Idaho National Laboratory's Center for Advanced Energy Studies is keeping pace by installing another educational wind turbine.
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Of Front Runners and Grinders
I used to play a lot of tournament golf. The sport put me through college and for a brief period after school I tried to make a living swinging a club – to no avail. But regardless of my failure on the course I draw on the mental lessons learned there every day.
- Montana is a Terrible Place to do Business If...
I hope this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone but Montana is a terrible place to do business for those entrepreneurs that only sell their services or products in the local market.
- Rocky Mountain Super Computing center In Butte, Montana using the pay-as-you-go model for smaller businesses
Pay-as-you-go supercomputing getting easier with some thanks to Amazon
Montana Economic Development
- Bitterroot biofuel goal of partnership - Bioroot Energy
Mark Radosevich and Jay Toups are pairing to do what they say has never before been done - create clean transportation fuel out of the Bitterroot’s trash, sewage and thinned timber.
- Smurfit-Stone to permanently close Frenchtown, Montana mill - Governor Schweitzer Statement on Closure
All 417 workers will lose their jobs.
Funding and Building your Business
- DEQ Accepting Applications for up to $8.1 Million in Energy Efficiency Projects Block Grants Target Montana's Smaller Cities and Counties
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants are designed to reduce energy use while creating or retaining jobs across the state.
- Bresnan's fiber-optic plan in Montana questioned
“It hurts the incumbent providers, and we’ll have little or no investment incentive, and then have this white elephant that we have to clean up after,” said Geoff Feiss of the Montana Telecommunications Association, predicting that the Bresnan network won’t be able to sustain itself financially.
- Montana telecoms question grant process
Geoff Feiss, general manager for the Montana Telecommunications Association, which represents telecom firms and co-ops that serve rural areas, said he has little confidence in the selection process.
- Recovery Act is aiding Montana’s economy
As the Montana directors for two federal agencies administering Recovery Act funds, USDA Rural Development and the Small Business Administration, we have overseen an infusion of more than $325 million in economic investment in Montana for 2009, $175 million of that from the Recovery Act alone.
- BOOTSTRAP MONTANA LOAN PROGRAM - Funding Available for 2009-2010
Established in 2007, the program is seeking to loan funds to Montana entrepreneurs who embrace the business development philosophy of ‘bootstrapping’—or growing a company without the aid of outside (equity) investment capital.
- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer Pushes for Wind, Clean Coal (Video)
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is aiming to transform his state into a national hub for renewable energy resources.
Incubators and R&D
- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Goes Green Light For Green Technologies
The pilot program will help green technologies reach the market more quickly and encourage innovators to invest in developing these technologies.
- A VC’s Advice On How To Pitch VCs
Its been almost five years now that I’ve been in venture capital. I finally know what i don’t know.
- Venture Capitol: New VC Force - The Department of Energy
The DOE hopes to lend or give out more than $40 billion to businesses working on "clean technology," everything from electric cars and novel batteries to wind turbines and solar panels.
- Term Sheets: Breaking Down the Breakdown, Part III
There are no guarantees in business, but when it comes to getting your startup its share of the venture capital pie, you can expect any VC to want as sure-fire a deal as possible.
- Structuring Funding From Your Family
How to get start-up funding from relatives that won't turn off potential venture capital investors
- CIT Group to waive fees on SBA loans
CIT Group is waiving the $1,000 packaging fee at the same time it is planning to commit $500 million to support its small-business lending operations in 2010.
- 50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation
As your organization gears up for 2010, here are 50 ways to ensure that it's culture is conducive to innovation. Commit to a few of these today and begin to work your magic.
Montana Education Excellence
- Low-cost temperature sensors, tennis balls to monitor mountain snowpack
This isn't TV spy work -- it's science.
- University of Montana Davidson Honors College Autumn Newsletter 2009
It has been a vital and productive autumn semester here at The University of Montana. Students in the Davidson Honors College have accomplished great things as campus leaders and as writers, researchers, and professionals in their chosen disciplines.
- University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholars
"This is a remarkably talented group of scholars, and we expect great things from them" said DHC Dean James McKusick. "With generous support from many DHC donors, these scholarships truly raise the bar for academic accomplishment at UM."
- DRAFT - The University of Montana - Climate Action Plan - DRAFT
Leaders of the University of Montana (UM) recognize humanity is having an impact on our climate and have decided to do something about the university’s contribution. UM has long been known for environmental conservation and education and in 2002, President George Dennison signed the Talloires Declaration committing the university to specific actions aimed at increasing awareness of environmental sustainability. As a result, the interdisciplinary Sustainable Campus Committee was created and charged with advising the administration on issues related to sustainability.
- Helena’s dropout rate always a surprise
It’s a long-standing problem and one that has no magic-bullet solutions. And much of what can be done to reduce the rate doesn’t come without a cost, both of money and community involvement.
- University of Montana Research Could Provide Effective Treatment for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury - Sinapis Pharma
“The University of Montana is now at a critical point, where we can really capitalize on this technology and move it into the public domain where people can actually benefit.”
- Montana school continues to fight AIM requirements
The program streamlines the reporting of student-related data from school districts to OPI, including enrollment, demographic data, eligibility for state and federal education programs, registration for the statewide assessments, and special education planning and reporting. But now the agency demands additional information such as the student’s name and disciplinary matters.
- Montana State University turns garbage into gold
Their dream is someday to have all MSU food waste composted and then add the Bozeman School District, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, city businesses and even curbside pickup from households.
- Montana Department of Commerce to Collect Public Comment on New Quality Schools Facility Grant Program
"This program will assist schools in addressing major deferred maintenance, energy efficiency, critical infrastructure needs, emergency facility needs, and technology improvements into the future."
- Plans under way for agriculture and energy education hub of the northern United States in Sidney, Montana
In addition to energy and agriculture classes, which could serve as the “hallmarks”of the center, the potential is there for adding courses in culinary, electrical, construction, business, health and a variety of other professional degrees. Second, is to utilize the area’s field experts.
- University of Montana Hires New Technology Transfer Director. Dr. Joe Fanguy
“It’s an honor to have been selected for this great leadership opportunity within The University of Montana’s growing research community,” said Fanguy, who earned a doctorate in biophysical chemistry with an emphasis in biotechnology instrumentation from Mississippi State University.
- Study: Mountain states hit hardest by recession
"While the Intermountain West is an increasingly distinct region in national affairs, it remains disparate -- a still-loosely linked network of individual metropolitan economies, some of which remain mired in recession and many of which are clearly recovering.
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho woman creates sun-safe swimwear - Sun Safe Swimwear
"Active women finally have the swimsuit that can effortlessly go from water to sand to trail to boat."
Washington State Business
- Governor's economic development office funding may face 20% cut
Included in the governor's GOED budget is a 24 percent reduction in funding for tourism and an 18 percent decrease in money for business development.
- New state commerce director puts agency’s focus on job creation
While agencies at all levels have been grappling with a dismal economic climate defined by a housing crash, big cuts in manufacturing employment and a crippled commercial banking industry, the state’s Department of Commerce is rolling out a plan to renew its focus on job growth.
Energy and Climate Change
- National Center for Atmospheric Research will build supercomputer in Wyoming
NCAR officials explained that the huge amounts of comparatively inexpensive electricity and space required for the $500 million computer upgrade are more easily had in Wyoming
- Many Wyoming doctors nearing retirement
The average age of Wyoming's doctors is 51, and 20 percent of them plan to retire within the next five years.
- Power to the people: Ellensburg, Washington show the way with the first "community solar park" in the country.
It's an idea that experts say could be replicated in communities across the country.
- Green Roofs Also Capture Carbon
A new report shows that green roofs not only help by cooling the sun's rays, they also are effective for carbon sequestration.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Set Up a Webcam for Chats, Streams and YouTube Videos
Want to be a YouTube star? Or, maybe just chat with long-distance friends?
- University of Montana grad, Mario Schulzke, launches IdeaMensch.com - Profiles and Interviews People with Good Ideas from Across the Internet
“More people than ever are working on some pretty amazing ideas – not just CEOs of large organizations, but people within the ranks and garage entrepreneurs from all over the world. On IdeaMensch.com we feature these people, and learn about their ideas and how they’re bringing them to life.”
- Viruses That Leave Victims Red in the Facebook
The result is that people are inadvertently telling their co-workers and loved ones how to raise their I.Q.’s or make money instantly, or urging them to watch an awesome new video in which they star.
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