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The secret to life is … "Grizzled cowboy: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t. Newbie: That’s great, but, what’s the one thing? Grizzled cowboy: That’s what you gotta figure out." Jack Palance (cowboy) and Billy Crystal (newbie) in "City Slickers"
"Montana's Frontier Angel Fund boosts start-up companies like Tipu's Tiger Chai with funding, valuable advice" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It
To compete in a global economy, some school districts are offering engineering lessons to students in kindergarten.
- Montana launches free online courses for high schoolers
"My goal this first year is to get 1,500 students," he said. "We'll take enrollment all the way through September."
- Microsoft's 'School of the Future' graduates first class - all going to institutions of higher learning
The school graduates its first senior class Tuesday with each student having been accepted to an institution of higher learning.
- The Burton K Wheeler Center for Public Policy Presents “Montana’s Challenge: Rethinking Education For The 21st Century”, 9/20-21, Helena, Montana
What commitments must be made if Montana's educational system is going to create the opportunity for Montanans to be competitive in the 21st century?
Come Home Montana
- Chicago's fine and all ... but it's no Montana - Missoula website brings Montana v. Chicago up a notch
Montanans have taken to the Trib's website to good-naturedly comment on some Chicago "nature."
- Montana Clings To The Wild - Affordable Outdoor Adventures Await
Montana is a state that has not lost its sense of adventure. While many places in the American West have become urban centric, Montana still clings to what makes it special, its wild places.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Missoula Marathon seeks Delaware runner so all 50 states are represented
Organizers of the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon recently learned that athletes from every state in the country have submitted an entry for the July 11 event – except from the tiny East Coast state.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Finance Director - Flathead County
The successful candidate must possess a comprehensive understanding of finances, budgeting and planning operations of county government
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Manager - National Parks Conservation Association
The National Parks Conservation Association seeks a full-time Program Manager in Whitefish, MT.
- MEDA Conference Summary: Presentation files and photos
Watch your In Box for registration to open for the August 10 – 11 Professional Development course on Managing your Economic Development Organization and Strategic Planning.
- Invest in Biotech, Or Watch the U.S. Health Innovation Edge Slip Away
* Xconomy Network: * Xconomy National * About * Contact Us * Archives * Advertise * Reprints * E-mail - RSS RSS Feed Xconomy | Seattle - Business + Technology in the Exponential Economy * SEARCH * Seattle Home * Local Events * Blogroll * Jobs * Xconomists * X Lists Share Twitter Facebook Email Other Related Posts * Gov. Gregoire’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund Survives Budget Axe * Gov. Gregoire’s Baby, $350M Life Sciences Discovery Fund, Faces Possible Shutdown * Gov. Gregoire’s Budget Axe Leaves Life Sciences Discovery Fund Unscathed * Gov. Gregoire “Committed” to Biotech Fund While Juggling DC Health Reform, Economy * Dendreon Saga Nears Climax, Gregoire Biotech Fund in Jeopardy, UW’s Biofuel Futurist, & More Seattle-Area Life Sciences News Biotech, innovation, Politics Invest in Biotech, Or Watch the U.S. Health Innovation Edge Slip Away Rogers Weed 6/15/10 Not everyone understands the way that new medical treatments, diagnostics, medicines, therapies and the like are created. It’s a long, expensive process, mostly the realm of scientists and engineers. But anyone who’s ever been concerned about a sick family member, or a loved one succumbing to disease, can appreciate what these scientists and their discoveries have done to improve health prospects for all of us. Insofar as medical innovation is the future of health care, however, we are now seeing that health care plays a central role in the future of our economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the health care industry has added nearly 700,000 jobs since the start of the recession. Many experts believe that medical innovation is an industry where our country will shine brightest. But a recently released report by Battelle suggests that American leadership in this area is no longer a sure thing. There are some troubling data points. For the U.S. health innovation industry to remain the global leader, it needs a growing pool of talented scientists. Yet the average science, technology, engineering, and mathematics assessment scores for American eighth-graders is 520, trailing Russia, England and Japan’s rates of 530, 553 and 561 respectively. According to a 2006 Association of American Universities analysis, 15 percent of U.S. undergraduates pursue a degree in natural science or engineering, compared to 50 percent in China. Battelle found that life sciences leaders around the country are concerned that the United States is losing its edge.
Montana Economic Development
- 2 ex-NFL stars, Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe along with Jean-Michel Cousteau, push Whitefish, Montana company's technology to help clean BP oil spill. Ecosphere Energy Services
"I know it sounds unusual," said Chad Wold, general counsel and managing member for Ecosphere Energy Services, a Whitefish-based company that has developed a nonchemical treatment system specifically built for removing oil and chemicals from water. "But BP was talking about using ping-pong balls and pom-poms to clean up the oil, so we feel they should at least consider this technology that has been proven to work already."
Regional Economic Development
- "Developing a Business Case for Sustainable Biomass Generation: A regional model for Western Montana"
This report explores the feasibility of developing sustainable, woody biomass-fueled Combined Head and Power (CHP) plants at sawmills in western Montana to supply a portion of Northwestern Energy's required renewable energy portfolio.
- Spokane medical school impact detailed: Leaders urged to rally for project
A four-year medical school in Spokane would support more than 9,000 new jobs by 2030 and generate $1.6billion in new economic activity, a new study says.
- Lack of venture capital stymies Colorado bioscience startups
"Our whole pipeline of innovation is going to be stymied unless we come up with a new model."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Interview: Jeff Skoll, former eBay president and founder of Participant Media and Skoll Foundation
If there's one lesson, it's to know what you want to accomplish in the world and then work backward from that goal. Then you can make decisions along the way in a much more synchronous fashion than by simply chasing the highest-paying job.
- Advice to college graduates from Obama, McCain, and Souter... and Will Ferrell?
"This is no time for retrenching in terms of your plans or changing plans to somehow take into account this very tough moment. In fact, if you want to make God laugh, let me suggest that you tell Her your plans." Juan Williams Journalist, NPR and Fox News
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana's Frontier Angel Fund boosts start-up companies like Tipu's Tiger Chai with funding, valuable advice
"I'm impressed with what they do as a group, they are wonderful to work with," said Patel. "Most are successful business people and the expertise they bring to the table is as important as their financial backing."
Montana Education Excellence
- If you decide to compete, you've already won
Former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley was a basketball star at Princeton University and later with the New York Knicks. When he was at Princeton, Bradley's father used to tell him, "Son, when you're not out practicing, someone else is. And when you meet that person, he's going to beat you."
- How to Finance a Growing Business
It's always a calculated risk to take on debt, so if you are considering it, you need to make sure the benefits are worth it.
- Bar Codes Find New Business Uses
Soon the codes could lead to other avenues for connecting with customers in ways businesses can measure.
- Good ideas get funded
"You have to be sharper, better prepared than the next guy in line when you go after that money."
- Is Entrepreneurship Just About the Exit?
“What if the idea of exit was removed from the equation… what if the investor and entrepreneur agreed to a different model—the model of sharing dividends”?
- Entrepreneurs, investors and board meetings:What's the right balance for start-up companies?
Given that board meetings are going to be with us whether we like them or not, let's look today at the question of how often should you have them.
- Your first investor is your lawyer
"Convincing the lawyer is the first step towards having social proof,"
- Is Your Great Idea A Real Business?
Twelve questions to help you separate the merely clever from the ideas that stand a true chance of succeeding.
- Gazette opinion: Let’s work to fix up Billings, Montana school facilities
School facility needs throughout Montana are great.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Cablevision buying Bresnan Communications for $1.4 billion
Bresnan owns cable operating systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming currently serving more than 300,000 subscribers.
- Hatching a Lark: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Through the Business Plan Competitions
Every mentor will have a different opinion, and it is your responsibility as an entrepreneur to be open to these ideas, but not to idealize them.
- 21st Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition Results
Students from Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman and Missoula submitted 26 business plans to this year's competition. Judges narrowed the field to 15 for the semifinal round, which took place on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 on the UM campus.
South Dakota Economic Development
- QED - Proof of Concept Funding
The QED Proof of Concept Program helps to bridge the gap between research grants and private seed investment, thereby supporting translational research and technology transfer.
Washington State Business
- South Dakota 20 years behind in education, development efforts - Research investment may boost high-wage jobs
The state is 49th in receiving federal research dollars and has one of the nation's lowest percentages of people with advanced degrees.
- Gig Harbor, Washington company Environmental Chemical Solutions, eager to help with Gulf oil spill – but denied
The bacteria eat the oil, the bacteria multiply with the added food source and then the bacteria die. Nobody gets hurt.
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's grandstanding wearing thin
We urge Gov. Schweitzer to focus his efforts on meaningful advances in economic development rather than political gamesmanship.
- A Better Solar Panel
When it comes to solar energy, we ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet.
- A Business Plan For America's Energy Future
It is time we invent our future.
- Windows that Work as Solar Cells
A Swiss professor has just received the Millennium Technology Prize for developing low-cost solar cells that can be built into glass windows.
- Reactor Developer TerraPower Wins $35 Million Infusion
TerraPower, a spinoff of Intellectual Ventures of Bellevue, Wash., is developing a “traveling wave” reactor that would run for decades without refueling, although the fuel might have to be reshuffled from time to time.
- New microbial genetic system dissects biomass to biofuel conversion
A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels.
- It's alive! - Making Buildings More Like Ecosystems
Brukman likens a living building to a flower: “A flower is rooted in place, but it collects all its own water for use and reuse, it operates efficiently, and it’s beautiful.”
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