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Growing old is inevitable... growing up is optional.
Missoula's Choice 2011 - (Grupthink Powered) - Vote Today! http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
21st Century Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- A very cool school
One of the most exiting things about her school, Ippel says, is the effect it's having on the community.
- Happy Holidays from EverLog™ Systems
EverLog™ Systems' family of products offer the exact look and texture of natural wood logs while eliminating the problems commonly associated with wood log construction.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Techranch Presents: "Facebook, Twitter And Adwords, Oh My!" Learn More Dec 14, Bozeman, Montana
Dr. Dustin Fraker from Wellness WORx http://mywellnessworxonline.com/ will talk about why social media is an important part of the multi-faceted marketing plan for his small business.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Energy Summit, 1/7-8, Helena, Montana
NorthWestern Energy http://www.northwesternenergy.com/ , in cooperation with the Wheeler Center http://www.wheelercenter.org and others, is hosting an "Energy Summit" on Friday and Saturday, January 7 & 8, in Helena. Please join us!
Come Home Nebraska
- Montana Career Opportunity - Grants Manager - Montana Community Development Corporation
MCDC is a community development financial institution providing innovative financing and business development products.
- "The ABCs of Montana's National Parks" - Local authors release second children's nature book
"We wanted short, concise, interesting facts about both parks that all ages can enjoy."
Come Home Wyoming
- Learning and discovery are Nebraska's ultimate competitive advantage, once the talent, companies and places find each other.
The first thing is to bring back the talent Nebraska has lent to the rest of the country."
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Come Home Wyoming - Psychiatrist - Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center
The Center is a comprehensive rural community mental health and substance abuse treatment center, serving the needs of Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston counties.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- A question and...December MEDA Online News
The December MEDA Online News http://www.medamembers.org/Dec2010.pdf is now available for your review.
- Tightrope: Is 8 too young to be an entrepreneur?
Schools are embracing the idea of entrepreneurship, and the kids are loving it. And why shouldn't they? Children, after all, are often more proficient at using their innate creative skills than many adults.
- Mayor Engen's leadership course at the University of Montana exemplifies the Mansfield Center's Initiative on Public Policy and Leadership.
We at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/ were pleased to read the Missoulian's Nov. 26 story on Mayor John Engen's Leadership Seminar at the University of Montana http://matr.net/article-41956.html . In follow-up, we would like to provide some background on how the course was created as part of the Mansfield Center's Initiative on Public Policy and Leadership.
Montana Economic Development
- Wind Power Bringing Jobs to Montana - Part 2
At least 25 large scale wind farms are in the early planning stages for Montana. That means billions of dollars coming into the state in the next decade.
- Qnuru Unveils the Lighting Industry's Highest Performance Consumer-Ready LED Bulbs
Designed to fit the 4.7 billion U.S. light sockets, Prism LED bulbs consume one-fifth the energy of incandescent lamps, generate up to 1080 lumens and, with normal use, have a service life of 50,000 hours, compared to 2,500 hours for incandescent bulbs and 15,000 hours for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
- MMEC Forward Focus Newsletter - December 2010
Also read in this issue how one Montana company is beating the odds on inclement weather for the building industry in 80,000 square feet of the historic Stimson Lumber properties at Bonner.
- Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock Confronts Rail, Seed and Meat
Bullock's concern with anti-competitive practices in the agricultural industry has prompted him to take a front-and-center role on the issue both within the state and nationally.
- Great Falls, Montana ripe for business expansion
Nearly 83% of all businesses in Montana, and more small businesses could be opening up.
Regional Economic Development
- Think small to build economy: Supporting early learning programs will help attract investments while strengthening Montana's work force
New research from the business leader group America's Edge shows that investments in high-quality early learning are among the most effective ways to infuse billions of dollars into local and state economies, while creating thousands of jobs and building a foundation for sustained economic security.
- When states poach each other's businesses, taxpayers lose
Where is regionalism?
- Key to American Indian Development: Self-Government
Native American incomes increased much faster than the nation as a whole since the 1990s. The reason isn't gaming but self-determination, according to two researchers.
- Hottest Spots for the Entrepreneurial, Innovation Economy
This report makes concrete suggestions for how states could help get the entrepreneurial wheels turning faster.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Department of Labor and Industry Receives Grant to Help People Applying for Federal Student Aid
Montanans who want to go to school and need financial assistance can turn to their local Job Service Office to help them with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid thanks to funding through the College Access Challenge Grant.
Incubators and R&D
- Getting Ahead of the Curve in a World of Cascading Crises
How scenario planning and forecasting tools can help organizations prepare for the worst--or seize entirely new opportunities.
- Make informal advisors part of the team.
These people are not about the pay, and the treasure of their advice is worth the careful use of time in its seeking.
- Commit To Your Core: 9 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should Outsource and Where To
Where to outsource. The list is endless but the below should be all you need. I've had personal experience with most of these.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Montana could match grant to Missoula tech company- Rivertop Renewables - Could convert MonTEC incubator to Clean Tech focus
"Phosphates were really good at what they did. They kept your glasses from getting spotty," said Jason Kiely, vice president of marketing for Rivertop Renewables. "The industry hasn't found good replacement yet. We think we're going to be that good replacement."
- At Missoula's Cold Springs elementary, prospective writers start in kindergarten
"Kindergartners have so much more potential that we haven't realized."
- World renowned paleontologist Jack Horner honors Big Timber, Montana teacher, Rolland Karlin for getting kids fired up about science
That teacher, Horner said, "finally realized I wasn't completely stupid." In most classes, he seemed stupid, Horner said, "because I was completely dyslexic." "I failed all the tests, but I won the science fairs," Horner said. "I could do them at my own speed."
- Gazette opinion: Montana Digital Academy connects students to future of learning
Altogether, the 1,430 students have 1,951 course enrollments this fall.
- Montana State University Web site, film and teacher's guide focus on alternative energy
A new Web site, film and teacher's guide now available free online from Montana State University promote a better understanding of scientists' quest for alternative energy sources.
- University of Montana 15: Part I and II
This is not a best of list.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Managing university inventions: with privilege comes accountability
If the Supreme Court gives universities greater control over the inventions created by their faculty and grad students, the Court should also require universities to publish metrics that shed light into how they are managing their invention portfolios.
- Good heavens! SEC could take aim at super angels and angel groups
Experts say new financial regulations will leave the venture capital industry relatively untouched, while so-called "super angels" will be stung by additional reporting requirements. New angel funds "will have to manage more administrative overhead, [which is] very difficult in a smaller fund," warns Jeff Bloom, who sees angels easing up on the pace of their investing.
Oregon Economic Development
- For ingenuity, look to southern Idaho's food entrepreneurs
The spark of ingenuity and perseverance that has made Roquet so successful can be found among dozens of food entrepreneurs ranging from Twin Falls to Ketchum who have thought out of the box to get that extra edge. Here's a look at four of them.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Portland wants to transform its software culture into an industry
So as Portland works to rebuild its recession-ravaged economy, Mayor Sam Adams considers its software community an untapped resource and he's made it a key focus of his economic planning.
- The Interim - Montana Legislative Newsletter - December 2010
In addition to voting for governors, state legislators, and members of Congress, voters in many states took on a slew of initiatives and constitutional amendments in November.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Here, Kids Are Encouraged to Dream, not Drop Out
"If you live in a high poverty environment it's really bad - your chances of getting out with a good education, having a shot at the American dream at best - 50/50," said Balfanz. "That's why we have to do something about it."
- High-tech school bus extends learning Students from rural schools are shown math and science content on long bus rides home
The Pope County district is participating in a new program for rural schools believed to be the first of its kind: It's playing math and science content over ceiling-mounted computer screens during the lengthy bus rides.
- Simple program wards off bullying in schools
Some school programs that focus specifically on bullying and on student groups that are often victimized experience an increase in bullying, at least in the short term. "In R time, the kids just learn to get along," she said.
- New laboratory for reforming urban schools
"We were just about as low as we could be. He blew into town with a suitcase full of ideas. Now the school system's in motion."
- "Is the Pre-K Movement Doomed to Replicate the Flaws of the K-12 System."
Very few informed observers would argue that our current early childhood non-system is delivering the results we need for young children.
- Portland school bond as stimulus? Consultant says huge tax measure would create 2,600 jobs
Portland Public Schools wants voters to approve a record $548 million bond issue to upgrade schools, so it's playing up not only how that would help students learn but also how it would help the local economy.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Media Arts in Public Schools (MAPS) produces PSA for Ravalli County Public Health Department
"Public health is really important, regardless of one's take on health care," said Peter Rosten, MAPS president. "What the health department felt was that our best service would be to boost awareness."
Energy and Climate Change
- Missoula Children's Theatre Community Theatre still dreaming of 'White Christmas'
You know the tune. We all do.
- Lake effect: World's lakes warming due to climate change
"The results have implications for lake ecosystems, which can be adversely affected by even small water temperature changes."
- Nominations Requested for the Montana EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award Program
Is your small business or organization taking environmentally responsible steps to reduce solid and hazardous waste, maximize efficiencies, conserve energy and water, improve air quality and create a more sustainable business model?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula's Choice 2011 - (Grupthink Powered) - Vote Today!
Vote on your Missoula favorites. Decide who wears the crown as "Missoula's Best"*. Vote now through December 29th, 2010.
- The 15 Most Brilliant New Ideas We've Seen This Fall
Each day, we scour the web for these daily million dollar ideas
- See the Future with a Search - Recorded Future
The 18-month-old company gained attention earlier this year after receiving money from the venture capital arms of both Google and the CIA. Now the company has offered a glimpse of how its technology works.
- The Pros and Cons of Open Source Software and Cloud Computing for Government
At first glance, cloud computing and open source software more closely resemble kissing cousins than warring factions.
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