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"Our public education system does so much for every community and for our state. Public education truly is the cornerstone of our democracy and the bedrock of economic development in this state." Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Exciting news for education in Montana. Is your school district supporting this effort? "The State with the Best Education Wins!" - "Montana will apply for a once in a lifetime "Race to the Top" grant from the U.S. Department of Education." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "University of Montana hosts virtual high school, adjusts admissions process - The Montana Digital Academy" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana is proud to again host: " 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, 5/8-15, Missoula, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
Idaho National Laboratory
- Google Apps Perfect (and free) For Public Schools "All they need is a Web browser,"
School officials believe the move will save money, enhance communication and collaboration, and prepare students for the digital work force that awaits them. The state's 197 school districts can choose to use the cloud-based suite that comes with filtered e-mail, calendaring, document sharing and a host of multimedia streaming options.
- Montana will apply for a once in a lifetime "Race to the Top" grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Governor Brian Schweitzer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, and Board of Public Education Chairperson Patty Myers have announced Montana will apply for a once in a lifetime Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Foundations Offer $506M for Education Innovation
A coalition of foundations is offering up to half a billion dollars to match federal grants meant to encourage education reform, taking the pressure off schools scrambling to find the matching dollars they need to get the money.
- Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time
The resulting data indicated that two of the most important practices distinguishing high-retention programs were: ample leadership opportunities for youth and high levels of staff efforts to keep informed about participants' lives outside the programs.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- $3.8 million in scholarships awarded at Idaho National Laboratory Sponsored 2010 Hispanic Youth Symposium
Scholarships valued at more than $3.8 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Montana Launches Project Management Institute (PMI) Supported by Blackfoot Telecommunications Group and Others
The Project Management discipline is important to many in the technology, biotech, manufacturing and other industries. Having a PMP certification (Project Management Professional) is often a prerequisite for hiring.
- Leadership certifications can help advance IT careers
For IT professionals looking to move into leadership roles, certification and specific niche expertise could be a rewarding investment of time.
- TechRanch Welcomes Four New Start-up Companies
The costs are minimal and 100% worthwhile. We are months ahead of where we would be without TechRanch's support.”
- Angels are from Heaven, Entrepreneurs are from Hell
First time entrepreneurs have no concept of the difficulty involved in raising capital and the effort that must go into it.
Come Home Montana
- Get Lost Exploring in Montana and Share Your Best Story and Maybe Win 7 Days in Montana!!
Enter To Win 7 Days Getting Lost in MT!
- Montana Office of Tourism Launches "Get Lost" Campaign and Companion Website: Initiative Designed to Spur In-State Travel Through Storytelling
Want to get a taste of others' wild tales, touching moments or misadventures?
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Grant & Proposal Writer/Manager - Great Falls Development Authority, Inc.
Develop grant applications, appropriation requests and service proposals for economic development efforts. Develop site location proposals for business prospects in a variety of industries. Manage grants and projects.
- Helena to Host Premier of Montana Made Film: "A Fork in the Road" on May 6
A Fork in the Road is an action-comedy that takes you on a wild ride throughout South-Central Montana.
- 2010 MEDA Spring Conference “Montana’s Economy: Life Outside The Boot.”, 6/9-11, Miles City, Montana
Miles City Hosts are planning an unforgettable conference experience…...Miles City style.
Montana Economic Development
- Russian Adoptees Get a Respite on the Range in Montana at The Ranch for Kids
Ms. Sterkel’s remote ranch, five miles from the Canadian border in a homesteader’s valley that got electricity only around 1960, is for some of those families the end of the line.
- ZaneRay Group of Whitefish, Montana Providing Companies ‘Legos’ to Manage Online Business
“We had a meeting in the morning,” Roberts said. “Then we all went fishing. The Montana thing works well here.”
- Flat Earth Imports of Bozeman, Montana - All kitchen towels are not created equal
The Flat Earth Imports website has received record breaking traffic today seeking out these and other Autentico Italiano Guaranteed products.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana State University Technologies Available for Licensing
Getting university inventions into the marketplace is a priority for the Montana University System. University leaders recognize that economic growth in Montana and other areas is fueled, in part, by new inventions.
- Strengthening The Rural Economy
This report surveys the current state of rural America and describes the Obama Administration’s policies for strengthening the rural economy.
- Government efforts to lure firms called ineffective
Studies of state and municipal initiatives to direct the kind of business growth they will have show the initiatives don't work. Studies also show that the people at the top of corporations go where they want to live. And that, he said, depends foremost on quality of life, especially quality of education, both K-12 and at universities.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- How to work with “stupid” people
Calling everyone “stupid” leaves you with no next steps.
- How CQ "Communication Intelligence" Drives Success – In the Best and Worst of Times
It’s an essential skill set and a mindset that enables you to have exceptional situational awareness through what you see, sense, and how you take responsibility for understanding others and being understood.
Funding and Building your Business
- Rural Venture Investments As Successful As Metro Counterparts, Shows Report
Access to start-up and expansion capital, especially patient capital, is a critical element for rural economies.
Montana Education Excellence
- Many Silicon Valley start-up companies work from home
"Today, companies are fundamentally less corporate," says Brian Chesky, co-founder of Airbnb. "Start-ups need to be frugal and create a family-like atmosphere."
- 5 Tips On VC Alignment: Discuss The Exit Before You Enter
When the entrepreneur and VC are out of alignment, the likelihood of success plummets and self-inflicting wounds, rather than market- or competition-related issues, tend to dominate the agenda.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Montana Tech divulges Alumni Social Security Numbers in mass e-mail
"We've made phone calls and sent some e-mails out; we're doing whatever we can to contact folks. We feel horrible for the folks affected."
- University of Montana hosts virtual high school, adjusts admissions process - The Montana Digital Academy
The academy will provide both remedial and advanced courses for any Montana high school student at no cost to the student or his or her hometown school district. All teachers and course developers will be licensed Montana educators.
- Angel-Backed Companies More Likely to Succeed, Says Harvard Study
Angel-funded firms are also more likely to show improved venture performance and growth as measured through growth in Web site traffic and Web site rankings. The improvement gains typically range between 30 and 50 percent.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Moscow, Idaho manufacturer Biketronics has 'Fab' idea
The future of manufacturing in Idaho may depend on the kind of peculiar moves like the one Mike Meehan is contemplating this summer, opening up his company's doors to anyone who wants to tinker on the firm's CNC, CAD and laser machines.
- Angel investors put $200,000 into Hailey, Idaho-based organic food company, Prosperity Organic Foods Inc.
Prosperity produces a natural butter substitute called "Melt," which will be on shelves of 1,000 stores on the west coast by summer. It also is available at the Boise Co-op. Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/04/29/1172446/angel-investors-put-200000-into.html#ixzz0mXwEIGvH
- South Dakota has nation's lowest average wage. Lack of unions, high-tech industry among reasons
South Dakota has been at the bottom of wage lists for decades and, despite state initiatives, studies and investment, it remains unmoved.
- In a World of Ads, Teaching the Young How to Read Them - Admongo.gov
A federal agency is undertaking an effort to school youngsters in the ways of Madison Avenue.
- Michigan a star in Hollywood State locales, tax breaks are big hit with filmmakers
When thousands of independent filmmakers converged at the annual Locations trade show in Santa Monica two weeks ago, many made a beeline to see the booth of one state in particular: Michigan.
University of Montana Tech Transfer
- Code of the West
Is it a list of inspirational guidelines, or feel-good fluff that oversimplifies today's world?
- Nine New Grant Opportunities
- Research And Development Summit, 5/17, University Of Montana
The event will be a day of discussion and learning for translational researchers in academic and industry settings.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Capacity-Building Project Grants for nonprofits available through the Big Sky Institute
MNC funding helps grantees engage a consultant to build capacity through activities such as organizational planning, fundraising, financial management or leadership development for board, staff or volunteers.
- 33rd International Wildlife Film Festival, 5/8-15, Missoula, Montana
When a Best of Festival May Not Be the Only “Best Of” for Missoula
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