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"This country works. The best is yet to come." Warren Buffett at the Montana Economic Development Summit.
Lots of great news from the Montana Economic Development Summit in the Montana Economic Development category below...--- "Time Of Transition - Challenges Facing Montana's Institutions of Higher Learning" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Summer 2010 Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Newsletter
Together, through Governor Brian Schweitzer’s economic vision, Montana’s economic development partners and the valuable resources available to businesses through the Montana Department of Commerce, we will continue to create a climate for economic prosperity in Montana. Dore Schwinden, Director Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana's Energy Development Under Governor Schweitzer
Since July of 2007, the creation of the Energy Promotion and Development Office in the Department of Commerce
- TicketPrinting.com Opening New Customer Support Center in Lewistown, Montana - Senator Baucus Touts TicketPrinting.com as Example of Bringing Montana Solutions to Global Markets.
“This just goes to show that we can truly build Montana’s economy one business and one employee at a time through our efforts at the Montana Economic Development Summit,” said Baucus, “Folks in Lewistown really know the value of a hard day’s work.
- Panel at Montana Economic Development Summit stresses need for broadband in small town America
Lance Trebesch, CEO of online event management and ticket company http://www.TicketPrinting.com, said his company looked for a place to set up and chose rural Meagher County, Montana. Today the company has brought jobs to Harlowton. But he stressed that wouldn’t have been possible without high-speed broadband Internet service. “It is what has allowed our company to grow,” he said.
City Club Missoula
- PrintingForLess.com Opens Political Printing Center for Campaign Marketing Materials at http://www.politicalprintingcenter.com
"At our Political Printing Center, we have numerous campaign printing designs to choose from in three formats – political brochures, political postcards and campaign door hangers. All you have to do is select a format, provide the copy and pictures, and we'll do the rest!" Andrew Field, PFL Founder and CEO.
- PrintingForLess.com - Printing Matters - SEPTEMBER 2010
Conservation is really about making small changes in a few different areas of your business.
- City Club Missoula - Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder takes swings at Palin, politics in Missoula
Pat Schroeder, the 11-term Democratic congresswoman from Colorado, got a rousting round of chuckles from a packed room at the Holiday Inn Parkside, taking credit for opening doors to women in the political realm but lamenting that "you can't control who goes through them."
Come Home Montana
- Tech Ranch Montana 10 Yr. Celebration
John covers the history of Tech Ranch in Bozeman
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - ASP.Net Developer - Water Street Company
Work as part of our development team to design, build, test, document and maintain non-trivial, web based applications in Visual Studio using C# and ASP.Net 3.5.
- Stereotypical Montanans
Last week, a producer with the television station VH1, called our office and asked: “I know this is a weird question, but I’m looking for someone who might own a baby bear in your area. Do you know of anyone?”
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Manager - Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. The objective of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of Montana manufacturers by providing technical, engineering, and managerial assistance.
- University of Montana Crown of the Continent E-Publication
These are color-filled publications covering everything from physical and historical geography of the Crown of the Continent to interesting scientific research on the Crown’s wildlife, climate, rivers, glaciers and much more.
- College towns no longer just a lure for students
While there’s no hard data on the subject, there is anecdotal evidence that many people would jump at the chance to sell their family home and “move down” to a smaller home in a different environment such as a college town.
- Governor, MSU grads share secrets of leadership
"Diversity is the wealth of life." Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Montana Economic Development
- Zinc Air, Inc. of Kalispell, Montana Obtains Exclusive License For Zinc Air Fuel Cell Technology From Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
“In the short-term, this new technology has the potential to positively impact fleets of electric vehicles, such as FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service, that combine high daily usage, low-power requirements, and an in-place service infrastructure.”
- Out-Of-Towners Spend Big At Missoula Marathon
A recent report indicates the Missoula Marathon brought in big bucks from out of town runners. A study by the University of Montana says the race raked in over a million dollars.
- Whitefish, Montana company, Mother’s Power, powers concerts with wind and sun - A Mobile, Renewable Power Station
Everywhere Arcel and White go, they have power.
- Seacast to build jet engine parts for General Electric in Butte, Montana
“It really is building new capability that we don’t have here today in Butte.”
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC) delivers $40 million of Federal Tax Credit Financing to Montana Communities
"The tax credit program works really well for commercial projects in distressed areas that are close to penciling out but need the last piece of financing to get the ball rolling," says MCDC President David Glaser. "Senator Baucus made this program work for rural states and his efforts really paid off for Montana."
- Montana Economic Development Summit to be webcast live
Senator Baucus invited all Montanans to participate through the webcast and help create Montana solutions for Montana Jobs.
- Senator Baucus Announces Major Step Towards Moving Montana's Wind Power To Purchasing Markets
Senator Brokers Partnership Between Western Area Power Administration, Northwestern Energy to Coordinate Planning of Regional Transmission Projects
- Sen Baucus Touts New Energy Jobs Training Facility In SouthCentral Montana - Pure Energy
The Pure Energy Center's 212 acre campus includes a training center plus several buildings for hands-on training in building diagnostics with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Highlights from the Montana Economic Jobs Summit In Butte, Montana
News from today’s Summit:
- Buffett, Ballmer predict bright economic future during Montana Economic Development Summit
"This country works," Buffett said during a question-and-answer session via video at the Montana Economic Development Summit. "The best is yet to come."
- Speaker at Montana Economic Development Summit encourages U.S. to seek international tourists
Victor Bjornberg, Montana’s tourism development coordinator, said tourism is one of the state’s staple industries with about 10 million non-residents visiting each year.
Funding and Building your Business
- To Create Jobs, Nurture Start-Ups
“In this economic environment, I think job-creating ideas that don’t cost money are going to get a fair hearing.”
Incubators and R&D
- Instead of IPOs, startups look to be acquired
"This has been a disaster for the economy," said Weild, who argues that job creation has and will continue to suffer because young firms can no longer use Wall Street to finance their expansions.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State University Researcher, Brian Bothner Claims New TOF-MS Method Offers Significant Mass Accuracy and Sensitivity Gains
The technique, which is described in a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, uses physical signal modulation to improve the performance of TOF mass spec instruments without requiring any hardware changes.
- University of Utah scientist Brian McPherson gets $5 million DOE grant to study CO2 storage
His project: evaluate rock formations around the West that potentially can serve as underground storage sites for carbon dioxide.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Baucus, Juneau, Stearns Bring Butte Jobs Summit to Montana Classrooms
Teachers will have the Opportunity to Show Economic Development Summit Live in Classrooms across the State
- Billings School District 2 eases into using Google’s ‘cloud’ with amazing success - thanks to the high school technology levy that passed in May.
It was remarkable, she said. “Students are asking questions they never would have in class.”
- New President, Waded Cruzado vows to build a better, stronger Montana State University
Gov. Brian Schweitzer, wearing his trademark jeans, blazer and bolo tie, told the audience that when Lewis and Clark first came West, native people measured wealth in fast horses and plentiful buffalo, and it wasn't uncommon to try to steal your neighbor's fastest horse. Schweitzer told audience members from New Mexico, where Cruzado formerly worked, "We have just stolen your fastest horse."
- Time Of Transition - Challenges Facing Montana's Institutions of Higher Learning
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the future of Montana.
- School district adding excitement to math in Montana
"We have to get in every school a little 'clique' that says, 'you won't believe what we did today in math!'"
Universities and Economic Development
- Montana Student Assistance Foundation Distributes $1.25 Million in Grant Funds to Montana Schools
“We are extremely pleased that we were able to increase the amount of Acce$$ Grant funds we were able to provide to Montana students this academic year by almost $33,000,” said Kelly Chapman, SAF’s vice president of Foundation Activities.
- ‘Satellite’ schools a vital link to local Montana economies
The 2011 Legislature will be looking at a tight budget year, and there’s already been talk of closures, consolidations of programs and the like.
- InnovateTech Ventures helps universities bring technology to market
He now aims to expand nationally and already counts North Dakota State University and Case Western Reserve as clients.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Governor: Wyoming can't control greenhouse gases
Conservationists take issue with his position that legislative action prevents implementation of EPA rule
- Montana Governor Schweitzer looks to provide tuition breaks, focus on energy research
“Let’s have the fight about the (next two-year) budget today, but let’s think long term and make decisions today about our future,” the governor said in a recent interview. “I’m trying to start a conversation. It’s not a top-down idea. I need their buy-in.”
Connectivity & Communications
- Student loan debt exceeds credit card debt in USA
Some college students are failing financially long before they get a diploma — or a grown-up paycheck.
- Employers Favor State Schools for Hires
U.S. companies largely favor graduates of big state universities over Ivy League and other elite liberal-arts schools when hiring to fill entry-level jobs, a Wall Street Journal study found.
Energy and Climate Change
- Federal plans to boost rural telecom threaten to disable it
Misallocated broadband stimulus funds, which threaten rural telecom networks’ return on investment, combined with the potentially harmful effects of the National Broadband Plan, raise substantial default risk not only for private lenders, but for government lenders, including one of the very agencies responsible for awarding grants and loans under the broadband stimulus program.
- FCC move to release 'white spaces' has tech firms dreaming of wireless boom
Entire towns linked to the Web as giant hot spots with seamless wireless connections. Internet-connected refrigerators that monitor when it's time to get more milk and eggs.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Largest solar grid in state makes Ketchum, Idaho affordable housing project one of the greenest affordable housing developments in the country
The apartments will be so warm that dwellers will be able to open the windows on sunny winter days without feeling a chill. And they will enjoy “extremely low” energy bills.
- Japanese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Entering U.S. Market
A state-of-the-art vertical axis wind turbine will soon be the newest learning tool for faculty and students at the Montana State University Billings College of Technology thanks to a partnership between the university, a renewable/sustainable energy consulting company and a Japanese technology firm.
- Sen. Baucus Announces Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater To Perform At Shanghai World Expo
Senator Highlights Montana Ties to Asia-Pacific Region as Part of World Ambassadors’ Tour of Montana Leading up to Butte Jobs Summit
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