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This should be a very enlightening program for anyone interested in improving education and as we say here at MATR, "The State with the Best Education Wins!" : "NBC News And MSNBC Turn Attention To Education "Making the Grade" Sunday 8/15" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
- 3 (Four) Simple Steps for Achieving Global Domination
So you want to take over the world, huh? Not quite sure how to get started, you say? Then I have a treat for you
- Hispanics become second largest USA consumer market
Obviously this will have a major impact on many companies' decisions involving Hispanic website localization and translation into Spanish for online marketing materials.
Come Home Montana
- TechRanch: Successful business catalyst running on empty $
Yet after 10 years of helping Dobeck and scores of other entrepreneurs start new businesses around Montana, TechRanch itself is in trouble, running on fumes.
Come Home Wyoming
- Going To The Sun Road Rally , 9/6-11, Bozeman – Jackson, Wyoming – Sun Valley, Idaho – Missoula, Bozeman
What GTTSR gives back in charitable donations, is our small way of helping and hoping that Montana will remain the Last Best Place.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Grant Administrator - Great Northern Development Corporation
Applicants for the position should be able to demonstrate skills in preparing and presenting written and oral summaries and reports using computerized analysis programs and grant management software, establishing and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, committee members, contractors, state and federal government agencies, and the general public.
- How the West Won Me
The more we adapt to our new niche, the more Mike and I see that like Wranglers, snap-button shirts and country-and-western music, the West’s domestic architecture really suits its rugged setting.
- McKinstry Innovation Center Cozies into Position as Cleantech ‘Accelerator’, Director Elsa Croonquist On What’s Next
The McKinstry Innovation Center is fast becoming a 24,000-square-foot oasis for up-and-coming clean energy startups.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Learning Journals for Leadership Development
Here are 4 ways learning journals can be used for leadership development
- All Missoula County Public Schools high schools, middle schools fail to reach federal education targets
"AYP results hide the facts. Student achievement is improving." Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
Montana Economic Development
- Gourmet on the Gulch - The New Placer Market & Bakery in Helena, Montana
"It's a great addition to downtown and definitely provides a service to the residential component, in particular the infill in that project as a whole."
- Portable Housing, Made in Montana - HabiHut
The HabiHut weighs about 400 pounds, packs down to a 4-foot-by-8-foot crate, and costs $2,500, which includes shipping with bulk orders. It can be assembled in an hour or two with just a screwdriver, will last up to 15 years, and can be combined with other HabiHuts as a family expands or other needs arise.
Regional Economic Development
- Study to determine feasibility for Nordic Ski Center in Seeley Lake
The project concept developed out of a need to create year round economic stability for the Seeley Lake community.
- Ravalli County modifies revolving loan program
"This means that we are loaning as a region for the regional benefit," Julie Foster, director of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority, told commissioners.
- Cape Coral, Fla., Saves Money With Online Database for Commercial Properties
That used to be the case in Cape Coral, Fla., which had been paying $30,000 a year on a tool that city officials said produced inaccurate results. City officials urged commercial brokers to put available properties into the free tool. Few complied, and those who did rarely posted updates, which forced city officials to have to hunt down the data for interested parties.
- Local chambers to aid international business growth
Only 2 percent of all small businesses actively pursue business growth through international trade.
- Bill Payne's Blog - Lean Startups - II
We outside of Silicon Valley have been bootstrapping our startup ventures for decades because venture capital is not nearly as available anywhere in the world than it is in Silicon Valley.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- How To Ace Your Second-Round Job Interview
Do these three crucial things.
Funding and Building your Business
- Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit (RMIC)
The Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit (RMIC) is designed to generate investment in both startup and expanding rural microbusinesses by providing a federal tax incentive, in the form of a 35 percent tax credit, to entrepreneurs who invest in their businesses.
Incubators and R&D
- What’s your networking plan?
As you put together your plans think about who you need to meet and know in order to make those plans a reality. Be specific:
- Google's free Apps click with entrepreneurs
More than 2 million businesses, or 25 million users, currently take advantage of Google Apps. The company says more than 3,000 businesses sign up each day.
- San Diego’s Scientist-Entrepreneurs Look to “Virtual Incubator” to Help Life Sciences Startups
Their idea for a virtual incubator is akin to “letting a friend sleep on your couch.”
- Lindbergh Grant Awarded to Paul Slusser and Daniel Geery Project to Focus on Using Hyperblimps to Silently Study Right Whales
The Lindbergh Foundation announced today that Paul Slusser, of the University of Utah, and Daniel Geery, president of Hyperblimp, LLC, both in Salt Lake City, Utah, have been awarded a 2010 Lindbergh Grant in aviation and animal conservation for their project entitled, “Silently Recording the Behavior of Endangered Right Whales Using Radio-Controlled Hyperblimp Airships.”
- Casper business incubator bidding set for October
The $10 million business incubator -- a 12,000-square-foot renovation of the refinery's old administration building and a 29,000-square-foot expansion -- would provide assistance to young firms with consultants and professional resources to help them become self-sufficient and profitable.
- Western Governors' Association -
Western governors said today that the absence of a cohesive federal policy on the use of biomass for energy production could negatively impact efforts to improve forest health and to increase local and state investments in renewable energy projects, and they called on the Administration to make it a top priority.
- IBM partners with N.C. State to drive tech transfer
IBM is providing analytics solutions called “Big Data” to NCSU that will help the university “to quickly sort through massive volumes of data to uncover potential investors and partnerships,” IBM said in a statement.
- Oregon tax hikes don't stop revenue bleeding
The state is one of just five without a sales tax because residents have voted nine times over the years to keep it that way. Oregonians have enshrined a property-tax cap in their state constitution.
Utah Economic Development
- Report: Utah is second best pro-business state
Utah finished second to Virginia in the 2010 study, just as it did last year, followed by Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.
- Entertainment software industry boosts Utah's economic growth
Annual growth in Utah's electronic game industry has been almost 15 percent since 2005, according to the report from the Entertainment Software Association.
- Can college students learn as well on iPads, e-books?
Compared with traditional textbooks, the iPad and other devices for reading digital bookshave the potential to save on textbook costs in the long term, to provide students with more and better information faster, and — no small matter — to lighten the typical college student's backpack.
- College-bound kids with learning disabilities get help
Colleges and universities across the nation are increasingly offering programs such as Project Access to help prepare incoming students who have learning disabilities.
- Chefs help craft healthier school lunches with local food - The Chefs Move to Schools Initiative
Now Geraci and hundreds of other chefs across the country are signing up for the government's Chefs Move to Schools initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov/chefs.php), which encourages culinary experts to share their expertise with local schools.
- The truth behind the get-tough success stories in school reform
Ledesma encouraged defenders of teacher professionalism and civility to share their own equally compelling narratives. If we are to have a chance at convincing the public that they should care about how teachers are treated, or that bullying isn’t a necessary precondition for turning around low-performing schools, then we need to offer counter-examples.
- NBC News And MSNBC Turn Attention To Education "Making the Grade" Sunday 8/15
Msnbc is featuring twice-daily segments focusing on a variety of pertinent education issues, including the central challenges facing our public school systems today, the benefits of charter schools versus traditional public schools and how to improve the quality of our school systems on a national level.
- School superintendent: Let's make prekindergarten part of the school system
“I believe that the single most powerful change we’re going to make…the one that’s going to have the largest and most long lasting impact on our kids…is to switch us from a K-12 system to a PreK-12 system.”
- Most economic development tax credits don’t do job for economy
It's money that can't be spent on programs, such as higher education, that would strengthen the state's economy over the long haul. Or it keeps everyone else's taxes higher than they should be, which also slows down the economy.
Connectivity & Communications
- 25th Annual Missoula Out To Lunch Celebration And Call For Memories, 8/25, Missoula, Montana
Out to Lunch has become the cornerstone of community engagement over the years. One community member put it best: “I watched my children grow up on Out to Lunch. As babies we took them in strollers to the Park. As children they romped on the grass. As teenagers they served food at the event. And as adults with their own children we enjoy Out to Lunch as a gathering place for our family.”
Energy and Climate Change
- Anger greets Google-Verizon proposal for routing Web traffic
If the Google-Verizon proposal goes through, it would "kill Internet freedom," says Justin Ruben, director of the advocacy group MoveOn.org.
- Support for broadband loses speed as nationwide growth slows
"As broadband technologies have been adopted in the majority of American homes, a debate has arisen about the role of government in stepping in to ensure availability to high-speed Internet to access for all Americans," said Aaron Smith, a senior research specialist at the Pew Centers' Internet & American Life Project and author of the report.
- What's Holding Biofuels Back?
Startups say reduced mandates for oil companies make it difficult to finance biorefineries.
- Biochar Could Put Huge Global Dent in Greenhouse Gases
Biochar is charcoal made from biomass that is slowly cooked at high temperatures though a process called pyrolysis.
- Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex
Gadget lovers have long held to the secret belief that the right camera, smartphone or large-aperture lens will make them sexier. Now dating site OK Cupid has proof. Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/gadget-sex/#ixzz0wJ5kex2g
- The Well-Grounded Senator - Jon Tester of Montana
While other senators drove the campaign trail, dialed for dollars or lounged on a beach somewhere, Mr. Tester went home to his farm and harvested wheat.
- National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) Announces Technology Innovation Awards Finalists
Massachusetts' health insurance website, Utah's government cloud and Colorado's transparency work were among 33 state government IT projects and initiatives named finalists for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) 2010 IT achievement awards.
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