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"Please remember that just because Topeka was the first to suck up to the good folks there at Google, doesn't mean that we can't suck up even more."
"Dalai Lama coming to Missoula and Arlee, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Google Fiber For Communities Project Discussion With Mayor John Engen, 3/18, MIssoula" http://matr.net/events ... =3159 --- "Rally For Google Fiber For Missoula, 3/20, Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
- EIEEA To Honor DOE Contractors For Environmental Outreach, 3/16, Idaho Falls, Idaho
The three companies are recipients of this year's award because of their support for community outreach programs in environmental education, sustainability and pollution prevention.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- PrintingForLess March Newsletter - Leading Through Inspiration
In this month's newsletter we're featuring several articles on leading through inspiration, introducing part 2 of our 3-part series on using email and direct mail together, and showcasing a 'tough as nails' customer testimonial.
Come Home Montana
- Register Today! - The Wheeler Center - "The 'Next' Economy: A Public Discussion On Jobs And Innovation" including keynoters Craig Barrett (Intel Corp) and Paul Kedrosky (Kaufmann Foundation for Entrepreneurship), 4/5-6, Bozeman, Montana
With the collapse of a number of businesses, projected revenue shortfalls, decreasing stimulus funds, and 6% unemployment, how will we rescue our economy in the short and long term? What is "next" for our economy?
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Dalai Lama coming to Missoula and Arlee, Montana
Details of the visit will be announced at a news conference Friday. The visit will include time spent at the Garden of 10,000 Buddhas in Arlee.
- Want to live like a cowboy? Try Wyoming
"It could be everything from someone who lives out there and wants to get closer to culture and jobs, to someone who has lived in a city for a long time and is looking to get a bit of space around them."
- Executives free to live where they want - with a tradeoff
“These CEOs, it amazes me how many of them don’t relocate from wherever they live. They just run the business sort of virtually,’’ said Thomas May, chief executive of NStar and a Bank of America board member who served on the search committee that recommended Moynihan. “You see a lot of that that goes on today, especially in these large international companies that really aren’t located in one place.’’
Montana Economic Development
- Legislator: If a corp. is a ‘person,’ tax it like a person
Lawmakers should “close some of the tax loopholes,” said Rep. Kendall Van Dyk, D-Billings.
- NorthWestern Energy says more renewable energy coming
NorthWestern Energy is telling the governor that it is investing more in system improvements and paving the way for more renewable energy.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montanans Encouraged to Participate in On-Line Speed Tests to Map High Speed Internet Availability
“These tests are quick, easy and important,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “The data collected from these speed tests will help us plan for broadband services. Broadband technologies are key to bringing good jobs, educational opportunities and cost-effective services to Montana. I encourage everyone to take the speed-test to help promote this project.”
- "Montana Goes to China"-Daily Blog of Montana Chamber of Commerce China Tour
Beijing in the Spring
Funding and Building your Business
- Growth fund a boost for Maine ideas - Capital is available for businesses with 'high potential'
For every $1 that the SEGF invests in a Maine business, more than $9 are invested alongside by individuals and other venture funds.
Incubators and R&D
- Forget Business Plans—Go for Market and Passion, Say Investors
“You don’t know what you don’t know when you start a company for the first time.”
- Would-be businesses learn from mentors
“Just because there are 200,000 people that live within three miles of where you want to open your doors doesn’t mean all of them are prospective customers. Most people don’t understand that there is research that has to be done to verify that a market even exists for what they want to do.”
Montana Education Excellence
- Georgia Pacific research lab site waits for buyer. - Property could play role in Camas revitalization
For sale: A Camas laboratory campus that once thrived with researchers bent to their test tubes in search of efficiencies for the town’s giant paper mill.
Universities and Economic Development
- Led by Montana High Schoolers, a Village is Built
“I’ve designed before, but nothing that’s ever been built before. So that’s kind of cool.”
- Bitterroot College Program reaches out - Summer 2010 course list available online
Despite the fact that enrollment went beyond 70 students this semester – more than doubling the previous count – Clark and the BCP are reaching out, both to inform Ravalli County residents about the program, and to take their input.
- New Study Documents Growing Role for Higher Education in Driving Economic Development Efforts in the States
"Research, technology transfer, management assistance, and/or worker training are often thrown in among the incentives -- but sometimes as a kind of afterthought.... Perhaps there is now an opportunity to flip the old model around -- adopting a new, 'knowledge first' paradigm in which higher education systems explicitly take a leading role."
- Fixing Technology Transfer
We think both sides are wrong in their embrace of the profit motive as a stimulator for university research innovation, and suggest a more fundamental rethinking of the use of commercialization as a way to get academic innovations into the market.
Utah Economic Development
- Saw-safety invention, SawStop, pits Oregon firm against giant manufacturers
An electrical current in the blade triggers a brake when it comes into contact with a body part.
- Tourism Office unveils online scenic byways guide Enticement - Guide seen as means of attracting visitors
"This new online guide will allow travelers to view and print the pages on demand that are of interest to them."
- Churning Out Startups: Utah Universities Excel in Technology Commercialization
Utah's leading universities are among the best of the best in terms of creating new startup companies, licensing technology, and patents applications.
- Does the Size of a School Matter?
How much does school size matter? And what are the lessons learned from Kansas City?
- If you want to reform high school, you need to reform early childhood. You don’t reform high school in high school, you reform very early on in life.
The Promise of Preschool - Why We Need Early Education For All
- In education, we're getting increments, not excellence
Better, stable K-12 funding can’t be guaranteed in competition with other general fund needs and the demands of other political constituencies.
- Pink slips for 21,905 state teachers
"These layoffs would be devastating to our schools, would harm our communities and would harm our education delivery system."
- Teenagers in need of direction can turn to apprenticeships
Only after he put his hands to metal on a factory floor did Jordan Vail begin to grasp the point of math, communications and other skills he was supposed to be learning in high school but wasn't.
- Montana communities not happy with state funds freeze
State budget director David Ewer says the decision to freeze the money indefinitely was necessary to make sure the state has enough money to make ends meet.
Connectivity & Communications
- Four New Grant Opportunities
- Savings program helps Boulder County working poor buy a home, get a degree or start a business
"If you are someone who has been low-income for a long time, you are so busy dealing with crisis in your life that you can't think about the future. This gives them a future vision to work toward."
Energy and Climate Change
- Cities get silly to win Google's superfast broadband test
They're swilling Google-tinis in Sarasota, and vowing to Google-ize the names of their firstborn children up in Duluth.
- Effort to Widen U.S. Internet Access Sets Up Battle
The country could build state-of-the-art computers and applications, but without equivalent broadband wiring, it would be like having the technology for great electric cars, but terrible roads.
- A "Broadband Battle"? We Should All Be on the Same Side
Finding more spectrum to promote mobile broadband? It is long overdue and needs to be done.
- FCC plans faster broadband, for everyone - 'The Second Wave of Electricity'
A goal of making sure at least 100 million homes have affordable access to networks that allow downloading data from the Internet at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second -- at least 20 times faster than what most people get today.
- 1st U.S. plant to bring green-job windfall. Wind turbine manufacturing facility would employ 1,000, boost state’s clean-power resume
“We are committed to clean energy development and this partnership, which will allow us to expand our presence in the American renewable energy sector and create over a thousand jobs in Nevada,” said A-Power Director John Lin. “A-Power highly values the opportunities in renewable energy in America.”
- Top Washington Advisor On Climate And Energy Issues, David Gardner, 3/25, Missoula
David Gardiner has more than thirty years of experience analyzing and shaping successful federal and international environmental policy in the public and private sector.
- Google Fiber for Missoula? What are your suggestions?
Missoula is taking a shot at being one of the towns Google will deploy fiber optic connectivity. It would open up a number of doors for communication and interconnectivity in the city. Mayor John Engen is putting in an application.
- 'Corporations are people, too' - Company Runs For Office
Thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, companies can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves."
- The Many Faces of Nonprofit Accountability
Is it feasible, or even desirable, for nonprofit organizations to be accountable to everyone for everything?
- March MTc3 eNews
Nonprofit network building is one of the most important aspects of MNA’s work.
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