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"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." Dalai Lama Thanks to all. "Donations pour in for 8-year-old Mikaslyn Larson from across the globe" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Sorry for the extra characters in some of the stories but we're working through a translation problem with a new font which is causing a lot of problems on the net. Russ
Montana Department of Commerce
- Video: EverLog™ System of Missoula, Montana Using Concrete To Make Log Homes
EverLogs™ http://www.everlogs.com are the worry free and environmentally friendly solution to log construction.
- Montana economy and budget may be the "envy of the nation"
"We're one of only two states that's been operating in the black. As a result of that, the governor is going to be able to present a budget that, as I tell people, is not just going to be balanced, but it's not going to raise taxes. It's going to retain essential core services and still have a good and even balance. And there are very few states in the nation that can say that," said Evan Barrett, Montana Chief Business Officer.
- Governor Schweitzer Presents 2012-2013 State Budget for Montana
"This budget puts people first by creating high paying jobs, cutting taxes, educating our kids, protecting our seniors, and keeping our communities safe. Unlike almost all other states, we have 'cash in the 'bank'-- currently over $330 million. Our state's finances are sound," said Governor Brian Schweitzer.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Corporate Communications Specialist - NorthWestern Energy
As a specialist in Corporate Communications you'll be part of a team that shares engaging, relevant and important information to customers, employees, shareholders and everyone else in our stake-holder universe about NorthWestern Energy that underscores our mission to enrich lives through a safe, sustainable energy future.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Thank you - Donations pour in for 8-year-old Mikaslyn Larson of Missoula, Montana from across the globe
Donations poured in from Missoula, from across Montana and from distant places like Florida, Switzerland and as far away as South Africa.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Developer - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter based non-profit wildlife/habitat conservation organization seeks a Software Developer to analyze, design, develop, document, and support new and existing software solutions.
- WARREN'S WORLD: Welcome to Palm Springs... were they salted?
After we landed, and as I looked out the window of the plane, I counted 17 wheelchairs lined up to haul passengers from the bottom of the ramp to their waiting limousines.
- News from Matson's Laboratory, LLC of Milltown, Montana
A wildlife laboratory offering cementum aging and tetracycline biomarker screening.
Montana Economic Development
- Senator Max Baucus To Push For Repeal Of Reporting Requirement For Montana Small Business
Senator tells Montana Businesses: "I have heard you loud and clear."
- “The Small Business Jobs Act Of 2010: What It Means For Montana”, 11/19, Helena, Montana
The talk will discuss the Small Business Jobs Act which extends a series of SBA loan provisions and offers billions more in lending support, tax cuts and other opportunities for small business owners.
- Missoula project to tally retail space downtown
The result should be a catalogue of sorts that serves as an economic development tool for Missoula.
- Online travel industry gets help in fight with Montana - Shutting door on full hotel rooms: State's lawsuit against travel sites is potential blow to tourism
Tourism is big business in Montana. It's one of the leading industries in the state, bringing more than 10 million visitors from out of state each year for the past few years.
- Dalai Lama's visit to Arlee Buddhist center postponed; Facebook snags on name - UPDATE - FACEBOOK SOLVES PROBLEM
"We can't always make these changes, but did this time and contacted the admin of the page." Corey Owens, Public Policy Associate, Facebook
- "ON", A New High Tech Electronics Retail Store in Southgate Mall, Powers Up December 2.
Apple will be ON's anchor brand, but the store will also sell traditional consumer electronics products, including flat-panel TVs, digital cameras, and camcorders, as well as high-growth emerging CE products and technologies, such as smart phones, tablet computers, netbooks, gaming (especially 3D gaming), and content delivery.
- Montana Senator Max Baucus Lauds Partnership Between Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers of Butte and Global Security Giant, Northrop Grumman Partners to Boost Renewable Energy Projects in Montana
"Max's Economic Development Summit in Butte this past September helped make our M.O.R.E. POWER partnership possible," said Earl J. Dodd, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers, Inc. "At the Summit we were able to bring the right people together, kick discussions into high gear and turn our ideas into real business opportunities. "
- Entrepreneurs: Red Lodge, Montana man turns hobby into booming business - Back Alley Metals
What advice do you have for someone running a business? Take a powder day every once in a while. Go skiing, take a hike.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Montana - Neighborworks Loan Fund - acquire land, fund housing projects, etc.
We have funds available to lend for housing projects in Montana.
- Montana State University Researchers: Baking soda dramatically boosts oil production in algae
"We are looking at everything from biofuels, to fuel cells, to wind, to carbon sequestration," said Lee Spangler, Energy Research Institute director. "This work by the algal group is an exciting example of how we take university research and make it available to the private sector through licensing."
- In tough job market, disabled workers need more help than ever
Programs help place those with physical problems
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening for Growth
“I can’t say that there’s anything that I needed from them that I haven’t been able to get.”
Montana Education Excellence
- GREENtrepreneurs: The Challenge & the Opportunity
"So what is so special about green entrepreneurs?"
- 4 ugly websites from companies that should know better
These big-name companies should know better.
- TIBCO's CEO and the art of 'The Two Second Advantage'
"It's about anticipating events before they happen."
- The Future-Proof Entrepreneur: 25 New Tech Trends You Need To Know About
Master this list and, with a little luck, you can keep that next new day under control.
- "Changing the Way We Start Companies": Q&A with AngelPad's Thomas Korte
But far from worrying that there might be too many incubators these days, Korte says there should be many more.
- 14 Reasons Why You Need To Start A Startup
You Will Have The Time Of Your Life
- 5 things that can screw up your exit strategy
Your company may be liable for penalties to the employee if they never receive the deferred compensation.
- Perks at work are reappearing
During the recession, many cost-conscious companies furloughed fringe benefits such as holiday fetes, bonuses and free snacks. But now that the economy is improving, some perks are slowly being reinstated.
- Montana Students Lend a Voice in Decreasing Drop-Out Rates
Montana has one of the highest drop-out rates in the country and 25% of those students who drop out are Native American. That is why State Superintendent Denise Juneau is giving a voice to students in her fight to keep teens in school.
- Montana Regents' meeting goes live
Montana residents who would like to know more about how the Montana University System operates can tune in to live streaming video of this week's Montana Board of Regents meeting in Missoula.
- Requirement that students be enrolled in Butte, Montana schools in order to take online classes tabled
"One of the reasons that it passed and it was funded was that it was intended to be available to all," Sesso told the board Monday. "We are facing resistance and push back from people who are not allowed in."
- The Great Outdoors: Protecting Our National Parks and Our Local Economies
Initiative must collaborate to maintain and improve parks for the next generations.
- Moving Ideas from University to Market Place
How can we accelerate innovation from campus to the economy?
- Idaho State University Accelerator Center to help company develop baggage screen system
Valley Forge vice president Keith McClellan says the company plans to first build a demo unit and if that is successful, manufacture the $8 million systems in eastern Idaho.
- Ore., Wash. businesses not 'making the shift' to Idaho
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's $17,000 marketing push to convince Oregon and Washington businesses to move to Idaho has so far failed to yield any results.
- Updated power lines hold key to Idaho growth
Why: If the state doesn't expand its current transmission capacity, Idaho won't be prepared to accommodate future industrial growth, he said. "When new businesses come, they want to be able to go to the wholesale market and move energy to them." Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/11/16/1420087/official-updated-power-lines-hold.html#ixzz15SBTF8ki
- Act-On resists Silicon Valley's call, lands $4 million in venture capital anyway
"Who are these guys to tell me that I should only succeed down there?" asks Raghavan, Act-On's founder and CEO. "It's ridiculous to think you can't succeed in Oregon."
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- "Is this the best we can be?" - 4,100 High School Students Prove 'Small Is Better' Rule Wrong - "How High Schools Become Exemplary"
"This is gym; we shouldn't have to teach writing." Mr. Thomas said he replied, "If you want to work at Brockton High, it's your job."
- Crafting the future high school curriculum
Students will enroll in one of four academies: creative arts, communication and design; business, agriculture and natural resources; architecture, construction, manufacturing and engineering; or health sciences and human services.
- Teacher Training Is Panned - Panel Recommends More Classroom Practice, Higher Standards for Applicants
"We need large, bold, systemic changes. As a nation, we are expecting all of our students to perform at high levels, so it follows that we need to expect more of our teachers as they enter the classroom." James Cibulka, president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
- North Carolina Schools Adopt Technology Courses Statewide
"In today's economy, providing the Microsoft IT Academy to high schools just makes sense," said State Superintendent June Atkinson
- More Professors Give Out Hand-Held Devices to Monitor Students and Engage Them
In Professor White's 90-minute class, as in similar classes at Harvard, the University of Arizona and Vanderbilt, barely 15 minutes pass without his asking students to "grab your clickers" to provide feedback
- MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools)/Ravalli County Health Department/Documentary
FYI, the Ravalli County Health Department serves 44,000 county citizens. The MAPS assignment was to convey the department’s wide variety of services – and most importantly – the quality/humanity of the nursing staff who provide them.
Connectivity & Communications
- Symposium addresses Wisconsin's lack of venture capital
Wisconsin has the all of the assets needed to become a Midwest Silicon Valley except one: venture capital.
- Iowa Innovation Council: A new plan for nurturing business
The answer to improving Iowa's economy lies more with igniting startup companies such as BodyViz, Dwolla and Sensr than luring big companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft to the state, influential business leaders believe.
Energy and Climate Change
- Triangle Communications to expand broadband access in rural Montana
That project will set 64 miles of new fiber and copper cable to connect premises to broadband access in Triangle’s Dodson, Harlem, Malta and White Sulphur Springs telephone exchanges.
- Autistic boy has 'amazing' success with Kinect
What proceeded to happen was pretty amazing to me.
- EPA issues guidelines for cutting greenhouse gases
EPA's new guidance is meant to help states understand how to implement new greenhouse gas reduction requirements while mitigating costs for industry in a bad economy.
- Climate change threatens wheat crop, farmers fear
In Chicago, London and other money centers, the wheat market is so roiled by bad news and speculators that rising prices may put bread out of reach for millions more of the world's poor.
- What's the Price Tag for Smart Grid Security?
Growing interest in smart grid deployments worldwide will motivate various market segments to spend $6.5 billion globally on securing them between 2010 and 2015, according to a research firm.
- Senator Jon Tester - Renewable Energy Standard a job creator in Montana
Don't believe these out-of-state claims that renewable energy is somehow bad for Montana.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Second Life - Man makes record $335,000 in Entropia Universe virtual real estate deal
Entropia Universe is an MMO that has an actual working economy based on real money. The game uses its own currency, but pegs it to the dollar. Players must buy into the game using dollars, and then all their purchases and sales are made with the game currency which has a real value.
- Senior boom begins amid economic bust - Jan. 1, 1946, the beginning of the Baby Boom
"The Baby Boom, which reversed a long decline in the American birth rate and became what historian Steven Gillon calls "the single greatest demographic event in U.S. history."
- Bridges that resist the rust
The design is meant to ward off corrosion, the bane of bridges.
- Five Materials Improving Sustainability In Construction
Joe Peach explains the technology behind five materials that will dramatically increase sustainability in the building industry. Among the list are wool bricks which are stronger, greater insulators and don't require firing to set.
- Retinal Implant Restores Vision in Blind Mice
A new type of prosthetic eye may someday allow blind people to seamlessly see the broad sweep of an ocean or the dimples in a baby's face.
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