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“It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have,” Mr. Obama said, according to prepared remarks. “It’s an economic issue when eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. It’s an economic issue when we know countries that outeducate us today will outcompete us tomorrow.” President Obama "President Obama Defends Education Program - 'The economic issue of our time'" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Hope you're planning on attending this important event: "Building a Skilled Workforce - The Governor’s Forum On Adult Credentialing, 8/12, Kalispell, MT" http://matr.net/events ... =3303
Glacier National Park Centennial
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- A New Era at Great Northern Resort - Owners hope to stimulate rafting industry for whole Glacier National Park region
Raft company operators have reached a conclusion – they need to get more people on rafts and they need to work together to do it.
- Blackfoot Sponsors A FREE Technology Conference To Cooperative K-8 Schools, 8/3-5, University Of Montana, Missoula
The main conference goal is to help rural schools integrate effective teaching technology into their classrooms that bring "lessons to life."
- SBA To Launch Redesigned Site This Fall
The new SBA.gov will make it easier for small businesses, lenders, small business counselors and other members of the small business community to find the information they need through a simplified navigation structure.
Come Home Montana
- Revving Up for the National Model T Tour - Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour rolls through valley Aug. 1 to Aug. 7
Get your century-old motors running, and get ready to head out on the highway – the national Ford Model T tour is coming to the Flathead.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Wine Assistant - The Wine Gallery
The candidate we are seeking must have a good knowledge of the world of wine, exemplary customer service skills and a willingness to work.
- Techies reject coasts for 'Silicon Prairie'
A generation of young workers flocked to the coasts at the turn of the millennium, drawn by job opportunities and the fast-paced lifestyle that the big cities provide. But the priorities of a 30-year-old can be dramatically different from those of a 20-something.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Two USTAR/USU Technologies Reach Semifinalist Stage in Cleantech Open
“Both of these technologies are based on Lidar, which is short for light detection and ranging,” said Robert Barson, CASI executive director. “We’re literally using lasers to map the wind or analyze large volumes of air in real time for chemicals.”
- The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Stanford Technology Ventures Program's Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset.
- Leadership Development: Executive Self-Assessment
What’s the #1 differentiator between companies that excel at succession planning and leadership development and those that simply “go through the motions”?
- How To Win An Argument Without Words - 3 body-language tricks every executive should know
Here are three basic steps for winning the nonverbal argument when emotions are running high. All must be done so subtly they are not consciously noticed.
Montana Economic Development
- Big Sky Montana mom starts stainless-steel baby bottle business - Pura Stainless
Pura Stainless' bottles are made out of "foodgrade" stainless steel, a material also used for milk pasteurization and beer brewing. It's a material, the company said, that's cleaner than plastic, eco-friendly and BPA-free.
- Seattle based, Blue Marble Biomaterials plans to open plant in Corvallis, Montana
Blue Marble Biomaterials http://bluemarblebio.com/ says it will used pioneered technology to convert biomass ranging from food waste to grass clippings into carbon-neutral petroleum products. The resulting material will be used as fragrances in food and cosmetics products.
- Griffin-Hammis Associates Awarded Contract: $2 million in Stimulus Targets Jobs for Ohioans with Disabilities
Note that GHA has offices in Montana, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Washington, Oregon and Minnesota
- Grants Available for Montana Companies Impacted by Imports and Forced to Lay Off Workers
We offer up to $75,000 in matching federal grants for Montana companies that qualify for our program.
Regional Economic Development
- Upgrading Skills in Montana's 21st Century Workforce 8/12, Kalispell, Montana- updated agenda
Join Governor Schweitzer, educational innovators and representatives of various Montana business and industry sectors to explore how to attract and retain adults with the credentials to propel Montana’s economy in the 21st century.
- A Sharper Focus On Technical Workers - How to Educate and Train for the Global Economy
A recent report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices provides states with a blueprint to create a skilled workforce
Funding and Building your Business
- Bill Payne's Blog - Lean Startups - I
In all of my travels, I explain to audiences that there are only two places in the world for entrepreneurs starting companies and seeking capital – (1) Silicon Valley … and (2) everyplace else.
Incubators and R&D
- New wave of whistle-blowers could become millionaires
"If the law works, whistle-blowers should be rewarded with millions of dollars,"
- What does “Marketing” Really Mean?
Although marketing can mean all these things, the fact is, advertising, sales, price deals, and Web-based strategies are not the essence of marketing.
- Make Meaning in Your Company
Guy Kawasaki, founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, believes that those companies who set out to make a positive change in the world are the companies that will ultimately be the most successful.
- Five Biggest Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make
Jerry Kaplan, serial entrepreneur, executive, technical innovator, and author, elaborates on the five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make
Montana Education Excellence
- Incubators Are Usually Dumb, This One Might Not Be
It's incorporated three things that set is apart from most incubators.
- Montana Middle Schools Encouraged to Apply for 'Service Project' Grant Funds
"It's important to spark an interest in math and science when students are young. They are the problem solvers and leaders of our future," said First Lady Nancy Schweitzer.
- Nominations sought for 2010 Idaho BetterBricks Awards
The BetterBricks program honors building professionals who are taking significant strides and taking the lead in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of Northwest commercial buildings.
- Idaho Governor Butch Otter: Attracting, keeping small business key to Idaho’s growth
“Small business is really one of the biggest ingredients in our mix,” Otter said. “We want to maintain an environment where they can grow here and not somewhere else.”
- Summit makes recommendations to improve business capital
The report outlines recommendations from the Governor’s Finance Summit held earlier this year.
Utah Economic Development
- Linfield, Oregon track coach's company takes to deep-water training
The products are growing in popularity among athletic elites -- golfer Tiger Woods and quarterback Peyton Manning have tried them out -- but some of his biggest fans join him at the pool every Tuesday and Thursday. Killgore calls it his "breakfast club."
- The 29th annual edition of Utah Business Week - Weeklong Utah State University ‘camp’ gives students ins and outs of business
The 29th annual edition of Utah Business Week begins Sunday and runs for seven days on the Logan campus, putting the high schoolers through the paces of how to create companies, develop products, establish marketing plans and, in the process, have a good time.
- The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers
A new study found students with better teachers learned more in kindergarten — and earned more as young adults.
- Montana Senator Jon Tester: Waive some tuition to bring specialist physicians to Libby
Since 1970, Tester said, a federal program called the National Health Service Corps has helped recruit physicians to "underserved" markets - generally rural states such as Montana - by offering medical school scholarships or loan repayment. The program, however, is limited only to general practitioners, Tester said. Tester's proposal would amend that legislation to allow certain specialists to participate, so long as they agree to work in an area designated as a "public health emergency."
- 'Bookless' library at Stanford looks to the future
Stanford's new engineering library is at the forefront of a new movement toward electronic rather than paper materials.
- 'Hard Truth' on Education - New, Higher Standards for Proficiency Alter View of Years of Perceived Gains
Erasing years of academic progress, state education officials acknowledged that hundreds of thousands of children had been misled into believing they were proficient in English and math, when in fact they were not.
- President Obama Defends Education Program - “The economic issue of our time”
“It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have,” Mr. Obama said, according to prepared remarks. “It’s an economic issue when eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. It’s an economic issue when we know countries that outeducate us today will outcompete us tomorrow.”
- NVCC named a leader among community colleges
Community colleges are focusing on completion rates like never before, and their sector of higher education has come into focus since President Obama set a goal of regaining the world lead in college graduation by 2020.
- Iowa Innovation Council sets goals for innovation
"There is a plethora of programs developed to support entrepreneurs and companies, but they are siloed," said Karen Merrick of the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED). "They are not working together. So breaking down the silos is probably the one thing that must be done."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google - The power of area code 406 (Montana)
"The 406 area code is a fitting choice," Google's Randall Sarafa tells the Indy via e-mail, "because the area code spells G-O-O, a bit of word play on 'Google.'"
- First look: Apple's Magic Trackpad - End of the Mouse?
After taking some photos of the Magic Trackpad, we've spent the day using it, and here's our first in-depth look.
- Helping Joints Regrow Themselves
A chemical-infused scaffold generates new tissue by attracting stem cells.
- Northwest Area Foundation awards $1.9M in grants to combat poverty
Higher institutions receiving grants of $200,000 or $300,000 are the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Iowa State University, Montana State University, North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University.
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